2008 Dealers Choice Awards Winners

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From left: Marv Mathwig, Stihl product manager, accepting for John Keeler, Stihl national training manager; Audra Hanson, Mojack marketing director; Dan Shell, PET managing editor; Bill Bower of Briggs & Stratton; and Gary Lalla, Echo product manager. Not pictured is Powersports/Recreation category winner Husqvarna.

From left: Marv Mathwig, Stihl product manager, accepting for John Keeler, Stihl national training manager; Audra Hanson, Mojack marketing director; Dan Shell, PET managing editor; Bill Bower of Briggs & Stratton; and Gary Lalla, Echo product manager. Not pictured is Powersports/Recreation category winner Husqvarna.

After months of suspense, the moment finally drew near when the long-awaited winners of the third annual Power Equipment Trade Dealers Choice Awards winners were announced near the end of the GIE+EXPO show in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, October 25. Dealers attending GIE+EXPO voted on their favorite new products in five categories in the third annual Power Equipment Trade (PET) GIE+EXPO Dealers Choice Awards. Voting commenced on the show’s first two days, with the winners announced on Saturday, October 25.

As part of the awards, PET held drawings for two PulseTech battery chargers and a $100 cash award. Winners of the battery chargers are Steve Wilson of Madison Tool Rental in London, Oh., and Dennis Tedder of Tedder Outdoor Power in Camden, Ark. Winner of the $100 cash award is J.L. Rainwater of JR’s Small Engine in Collinsville, Okla.

The PET Dealers Choice Awards honor innovation and new technology at GIE+EXPO in five product categories: wheeled, handheld, business service, powersports/recreation and accessory/attachment. This year included more than 80 products nominated. The 2008 PET GIE+EXPO Dealers Choice Awards winners are:

• Handheld—Echo BRD-280 Bed Re-Definer
• Wheeled—Briggs & Stratton Allis Chalmers Lawn Tractor
• Business Services—Stihl iCademy On-Line Training Program
• Powersports/Recreation—Husqvarna HUV 4421DXL 4-Seat UTV
• Accessory/Attachment—MoJack Mower Lift System

Look for complete coverage of the 2008 PET GIE+EXPO Dealers Choice Awards winners and finalists, including full product descriptions and photos, in the December issue of Power Equipment Trade and also on the PET web site at poweret.com.