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8th annual awards were presented on February 21 in Las Vegas

Lansing, MI – February 24, 2014 – Hager Fox Heating & Air Conditioning Co. was honored on Friday in three categories for the 8th Annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service, by the American Business Awards. Matthew D. Anderson, Sales & Marketing Manager, received Gold for Sales Manager of the Year; Joe Kinney, Comfort Consultant, received Silver for Sales Representative of the Year; and the Sales Department received Silver for Sales Meeting of the Year.

The awards were presented by the Stevie Awards, which organizes several of the world’s leading business awards shows including the prestigious International Business Awards and the new Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards.

The final results were announced during a gala banquet on Friday, February 21 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Finalists from the U.S.A. and several other nations were expected to attend.

More than 1,500 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were evaluated in this year’s competition, an increase of 36% over 2013. Finalists were determined by the average scores of 129 professionals worldwide, acting as preliminary judges. Entries were considered in categories for customer service and contact center achievements, sales and business development achievements, and to recognize new products and services and solution providers.

After two and a half years in the role as a Comfort Consultant, Joe Kinney became the first salesperson in company history to sell over $2 million is a single year. Joe secured the largest commercial contract the company has received in over a decade, completed an extensive employee development program, and has seen his sales grow by over 30% each year. Matthew D. Anderson has overseen significant double-digit growth for the company’s overall sales since joining the company as the Sales & Marketing Manager in 2012. He created an innovative development-based alternative to Employee of the Year programs, and has lead cutting-edge weekly meetings that landing the Sales Department a Finalist Nomination for Sales Meeting of the Year.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Joe and Matthew,” said Rich Rau, owner of Hager Fox Heating & Air Conditioning Co. “They worked hard in 2013 to expand our brand and the vision we share of our company becoming the premier HVAC contractor in all of Michigan. This is another example of Hager Fox striving for that goal.”

More than 100 members of seven specialized judging committees determined the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging, which took place January 27 - February 5.

“In a record-breaking year for nominations, the judges saw extraordinary quality in the achievements portrayed in these Finalist nominations,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “The final judges enjoyed reading and evaluating such a treasure trove of excellent work.”

Of the Finalists accomplishments, Rau said, “Joe becoming the first Comfort Consultant in our company’s history to sell over $2 million in a single year is an incredible accomplishment – He’s only been selling for two and a half years! I’m very proud of Matthew for leading our Sales Department to new heights. It’s a statement about his abilities and leadership that he is being recognized as Sales Manager of the Year, and that he leads weekly meetings that have been named as Sales Meeting of the Year. Joe and Matthew are absolute assets to our company.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at

About Hager Fox Heating & Air Conditioning Co.
Based in Lansing, MI, Hager Fox Heating & Air Conditioning Co. has been providing comfort solutions and choices to its Clients since 1941. With technicians available to solve all of your service emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 356 days a year, Hager Fox is striving to be the premier HVAC contractor in all of Michigan. Between the NATE-certified technicians and the Healthy Air Specialist-certified Comfort Consultants, Hager Fox is available for any commercial or residential comfort issues.

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in five programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. A sixth program, the German Stevie Awards, will debut later this year. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at

Sponsors and supporters of the eighth annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service include the BusinessTalkRadio Network, Competence Call Center, and ValueSelling Associates.


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