Three Advantage Associates Honored with Sunstar 2007 Broker of the Year Award


IRVINE, Calif. — John Dillinger, Mary Forciea, and Cathy Walker were named Sunstar Americas, Inc.'s 2007 Broker of the Year for their respective markets. The awards are determined by Sunstar's assessment of business success for each of their markets. Sunstar Americas, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells oral care products including toothbrushes, interdental cleaners, and other preventative aids.

“Broker of the year recipients demonstrate sustained sales leadership excellence across the distribution, merchandising, promotion, sales and expense management goals,” said Jim Doyle, Sunstar Vice President of Sales. “We are proud to be a partner with ASM, all of the associates and look forward to our continued success!”

John Dillinger, Business Development Manager, reports to ASM's Harrisburg, Pa. office and received Sunstar's East Region Broker of the Year honor. John was recognized by Sunstar for his proactive commitment to grow our client's business at Weis Supermarkets. Under John's leadership, Sunstar Americas, Inc. was able to increase their number of SKUs and increase their market share at this particular customer.

Mary Forciea, Customer Development Manager, received Sunstar's Broker of the Year award for the South region. Mary works out of our Milwaukee, Wis. office and was honored for increasing Sunstar's overall sales by over 60 percent at Roundy's Supermarkets, Certco, Inc. wholesaler, and Fresh Brands, Inc. Sunstar was also able to add 30 new SKUs at these customers as a result of Mary's extraordinary efforts.

Cathy Walker, Business Development Manager, was instrumental in Sunstar's success in the West and received their Broker of the Year award for her region. Cathy works out of ASM's Pleasanton, Calif. office and is credited with obtaining distribution of Sunstar's manual toothbrush in her territory where it had previously been discontinued due to competition. Her perseverance and attention to detail drove Sunstar sales above and beyond their set objectives for her territory.

“These awards are a tremendous honor not only for the individual associates but for ASM as well,” said Terry Pangallo, Vice President of Client Teams. “John, Mary, and Cathy have driven outstanding results and their awards are a testament to their dedication and to the strong relationships they have built with this valued client.”

About Sunstar Americas, Inc.:
Sunstar is an 82-year-old company committed to providing quality oral health care products to consumers and dental professionals worldwide. Their GUM and Butler brands are widely recognized as leaders in oral health & hygiene, marketing hundreds of products under the 3-Step System of brushing, flossing, and customizing your oral care regimen for optimal gum health. Visit them at

About Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC:
Advantage Sales and Marketing (ASM) is a premier consumer packaged goods sales and marketing agency, committed to building brand value for our clients and customers. ASM's cradle-to-cart — post-manufacture to consumption — customized sales and marketing solutions includes headquarter sales, retail merchandising and marketing services, specializing in client and customer events, publications and assisted-selling services for the grocery, drugstore, club, convenience, natural/specialty, consumer electronic and home center industries. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., ASM has more than 22,000 associates and 66 offices in the United States and Canada. Visit today.