SeQuel Response has named Priority Envelope the winner of its first annual David Forster Vendor of the Year Award, the direct marketing agency announced Thursday.
“Priority is always willing to jump through hoops for us on emergency jobs,” said Paula Phipps, SeQuel’s VP of Purchasing. “If there is an issue, they are in our office with samples immediately, and they usually send proofs within four hours of receiving artwork. They are very responsive and frequently bring new ideas to our attention that are trending in the industry.”
SeQuel's Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Jay Carroll, presents the first annual David Forster Vendor of the Year Award to the leadership team at Priority Envelope.
The award is named for David Forster, who worked for his mother, Sandy, at Little Pepper Promotions, which supplies SeQuel’s branded clothing and gifts. David passed away unexpectedly at age 27 while training for a marathon in June 2016. Doctors later discovered that David had a heart virus known as myocarditis.
“We are absolutely thrilled and humbled to be recognized by SeQuel Response as the inaugural David Forster Vendor of the Year Award recipient in 2016,” said Ryan Wenning, President of Priority Envelope, a custom envelope manufacturer based in Plymouth, Minn. “More significantly, SeQuel’s tribute to David Forster in such a meaningful, heartfelt manner with a commitment to his memory speaks volumes about the entire team at SeQuel Response.”
Each year, SeQuel plans to give the award to the vendor partner that displays the most effort, integrity, proactivity, creativity and unselfishness.
“These are the very same qualities we saw in David Forster each time we were fortunate enough to interact with him,” said Jay Carroll, SeQuel’s Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer. “We have such a talented group of vendors, and they’re a big reason for the success we’ve had. So this award is the perfect way to give them the credit they deserve and pay special tribute to the way David lived his life.”
David Forster, who worked at Little Pepper Promotions, a family-owned supplier of SeQuel’s branded clothing and gifts. David passed away unexpectedly at age 27 while training for a marathon in June 2016. Doctors later discovered that David had a heart virus known as myocarditis.
SeQuel will make an annual donation in David’s name to a charity chosen by the Forster family. This year the family asked that the gift go to the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, to fund myocarditis research. In a surprise gesture during the award ceremony, the owners of Priority Envelope announced their plans to match SeQuel’s donation to the heart institute.
“It has been largely the unbelievable outpouring of love and support we have received that has buoyed us up during these hard days,” Sandy Forster said. “We will never forget our beautiful boy, and we are forever grateful to our wonderful friends at SeQuel for letting us know that they want to remember him in such a wonderful way, too.”
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