CDA Industry Awards

Each year, CDA recognizes leaders for their contributions to the convenience distribution industry. These individuals are important industry fixtures that have paved the way for excellence and innovation in the industry and have worked tirelessly to better it.

Below, you will find Hall of Fame, Dean of the Industry and Distinguished Leadership award winners dating back to when the CDA awards program was reinstated in 2012. For a list of award winners dating back to the establishment of the association, click here.

*Click on the award winners' photos to enlarge; click on the hyperlinked names to view the tribute videos.


CDA's Hall of Fame Award

The Hall of Fame award represents a lifetime of achievement. It is presented to the industry’s most valued participants—those whose careers are highlighted by continual accomplishments on the industry’s behalf, and who have demonstrated unquestioned dedication to CDA’s highest values.

Sherwin Herring (left)
Southco Distributing Co.
2017

Ricky Jones (left)
Andalusia Distributing Co.
2016

Dick Dunham (left)
Stephenson Wholesale Co.
2016

Elvin Smythers (right)
Merchants Grocery Co.
2015

Pat Carrico (left)
Richmond Master Distributors
2015

Tom Joyce (left)
The Hershey Co.
2014

Rick Gummer (center)
Gummer Wholesale Inc.
2014

John White (center)
Swisher Int'l, Inc.
2013

Kathy Sparrow
Lorillard Tobacco Co.
2013


Bob Douglas
(Posthumously)
Douglas Companies, Inc.
2013

Eric Atkinson (right)
Atkinson Candy Co.
2013


Steve Shing (right)
GSC Enterprises
2012


David Dresser (left)
Core-Mark Int'l, Inc.
2012
Jim Colucci (left)
Altadis U.S.A.
2012

CDA's Dean of the Industry Award

The Dean of the Industry award recognizes the value and importance of the distributor’s many trading partners. It honors manufacturers and other industry members who have demonstrated a strong, continual partnership with, and support of, the distribution class of trade.

Viv Penninti (center)
MSA
2017

Kit Dietz (right)
Dietz Consulting
2017

Dave Riser (left)
RAI Trade Marketing Services
2016

Jon Burklund (left)
Burklund Distributors Inc.
2016

Bob Sears
Altria Group Distribution Co.
2015
Charlie Casper (left)
Hardec's
2012

CDA's Distinguished Leadership Award

Gene Lange (left)
Lange, Thomas & Associates
2016
Debra Robins
Century Distributors, Inc.
2015