PPG Automotive Refinish has recognized Colors Edge, Inc., as its 2014 Platinum Distributor of the Year. Bob Wenzinger, director of the PPG Platinum Distributor program, announced the honor at the annual PPG Platinum Distributor Conference held February 20-23 in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Colors Edge president Darren DeWitt accepted the award on behalf of the Colors Edge team.
“It is always a privilege to present the Platinum Distributor of the Year award to a deserving company,” said Wenzinger. We are proud of the accomplishments and success of all our Platinum Distributors in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. This year we’re honored to recognize Colors Edge. Their commitment to customer service along with their support of PPG products and loyalty to our brand exemplifies the spirit and proud tradition of the PPG Platinum Distributor program. We are very pleased to acknowledge their hard work and achievements with this award.”
DeWitt attended the conference with Colors Edge field manager Chris Parr, store manager Tyler Tomlinson, and tech representative Tom Place. “I was absolutely shocked when I heard our name mentioned,” said DeWitt. “It was a total surprise, and we are honored by this award. Our employees all work very hard, and it’s rewarding to be recognized in this way. Thank you, PPG.”
Colors Edge was established in 2004 in Greensboro, North Carolina, and immediately became a single-line PPG distributor. DeWitt states he chose PPG because it represented the values he wanted for his company—quality products and a commitment to customer service. In 10 years, Colors Edge has grown to six stores and 33 employees serving collision centers, fleet refinishers, manufacturers and other paint coating operations throughout North Carolina’s Triad, Triangle and Appalachian Foothills area as well as southern Virginia and parts of Tennessee. The company vigorously promotes PPG waterborne products to its customers even though the region is not a mandatory low-VOC area. Colors Edge is also actively involved with the PPG MVP program and has made a significant investment in employee support and training programs.
The PPG Platinum Distributor program began in 1995 as a loyalty and support initiative for PPG single-line distributors with the ultimate goal of providing exceptional service and benefits for PPG Refinish customers. The program delivers competitive advantages to its participants by aligning the technology, training and customer support of PPG with the entrepreneurship, customer awareness, local market knowledge and service capability of the independent distributor.