As one chapter ends, another begins. At the BrandSource 2018 Convention, the executive team and board of directors introduced the first-annual Lifetime Achievement Award. The distinctive award is designated for someone who has completed an outstanding lifetime of service to the retail industry. Sam Abdelnour, vice president of North American sales, Whirlpool Corporation was the clear choice as the first-annual award winner.
“Congratulations to our friend, Sam on his retirement! Sam has been serving the industry and the independent channel for 40 years and we are honored to present him with the first annual Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Jim Ristow, chief executive officer, BrandSource.
Abdelnour is celebrating his retirement after 40 years of service to the Whirlpool Corporation. Abdelnour joined Whirlpool at age twenty-three in the sales department as an account manager and grew with the company. “I’ve been blessed with an amazing 40-year career at the best company in the world. I’ve come full-circle, having had the privilege to lead the U.S. sales team for the past 14 years, and I can’t say enough about the people I’ve been surrounded by during this time. We have a sales force that’s second to none,” said Abdelnour in a news release following his retirement announcement.