ISSA’s Manufacturer Representatives’ Distinguished Service Award for 2019 has been awarded to Bill Hemann, vice president of sales and marketing at Hospeco, a manufacturer of cleaning and protection products serving the “away from home” marketplace made up of janitorial, industrial supply, foodservice, healthcare and hospitality. Hemann was recognized during the ISSA Show North America 2019 in Las Vegas.
The award recognizes an industry person who has had a positive impact on the industry and the association, and who has been supportive of manufacturer representatives. The award is presented on behalf of all independent manufacturer representatives.
With 44 years of service at Hospeco, Hemann has earned a reputation as a visionary leader who inspires with his hard work and integrity. He began his tenure in finance, then transitioned to sales and marketing. Under his leadership, the company has introduced numerous new products and pioneered product categories.
“Each person and organization with which Bill has worked benefits from his expertise and commitment to the cleaning and protection products industry,” said Hospeco President and CEO Tom Friedl. “We’re proud to know the industry recognizes what we’ve known for so long — Bill is a one-of-a-kind leader.”
In addition to Hemann’s award, the Jack D. Ramaley Industry Distinguished Service Award was presented to Vonachen Group Founder Jay Vonachen. “It is a true honor to present these two awards to some of the most hard-working, professional, and innovative leaders in the industry,” said ISSA Executive Director John Barrett. “The ISSA Show brings together those who prioritize innovation and change the way the world views cleaning. Both Vonachen and Hemann are true examples of what it means to succeed in this industry.”