PITTSBURGH July 16, 2015 – Tonight, local businesswoman, Regina Broudy, was awarded top honors at a national industry event for her significant achievements as part of Pittsburgh-based branded merchandise company Clayton Kendall, where she is President and Chair of the Board.
The highly-selective 2015 Counselor’s Distributor Woman of Distinction was awarded to Regina for her noteworthy achievements within the promotional products industry. The recognition took place at a black-tie ceremony during the Advertising Specialty Institute’s national trade show in Chicago on July 15th (2015) in front of an audience of 500 leaders from across the U.S.
Regina, who co-founded Clayton Kendall in 1999 and now oversees the company finances and fulfillment operations, was selected for the award after being nominated by an industry supplier and upon sharing the growth, creativity and success of Monroeville- based Clayton Kendall, the largest promotional products and decorated apparel distributor in Pennsylvania.
Under Regina’s leadership, Clayton Kendall’s business model changed to focus on the expanding promotional products industry by investing heavily in technology and in growing its network of vendors and manufacturers, including an expansion into the Canadian market. Clayton Kendall now has four distribution centers (Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Toronto and Melbourne) to provide cost-efficient fulfillment and access to 1,000,000 unique and completely customizable products.
“This award represents a major milestone for us,” remarked Regina, who added that the national recognition is testimony “to the dedication, work ethic and creativity that our Clayton Kendall family has brought to the task over the last 16 years.”
ASI leaders say the winners in seven categories represent the best and brightest entrepreneurs, small-business leaders and CEOs in the $21.5 billion promotional products industry.
“We’re delighted to recognize Regina Broudy with our 2015 Counselor Distributor Woman of Distinction award,” said Timothy M. Andrews, president and chief executive officer of ASI. “She founded Clayton Kendall with a goal of treating all of her customers like family. Clearly, her commitment to service has paid off and she is well deserving of this honor.”
The Distributor Woman of Distinction award is the most recent in a string of national and regional honors given to both Regina and Clayton Kendall. Awards include 2013 SBA Entrepreneur of the year for the State of Pennsylvania, 2013 Silver Stevie Award for female entrepreneur of the year, 2014 Pittsburgh Business Times Diamond Award Winner, and 2014 Celebrate and Share Woman of Achievement as well as multi-year recognition by Pittsburgh Business Times as one of the fastest growing companies and best places to work.
“This recent recognition validates my belief that my sons and I could build a successful business together,” Regina said. “It rewards our determination to continuously find creative ways to help our customers. We never even dreamed about an honor like this. But the beautiful thing about our industry is that there are no limits or boundaries to our imagination and opportunities.”