Mar 5, 2012

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The Best of the Best 2012


Europa has always put an emphasis on creating and maintaining relationships. Many of our sales consultants will tell you that they don’t just have customers…they have friends. Combined with customer relationships they have a passion for the industry, Europa Sports, and most of all helping their clients grow their business. All of these attributes equal consultants that exemplify the outstanding expertise contributing to a reputation of being the best of the best.

And, like any good friend, Europa Sports consultants’ primary focus is to help the clients do well. You can rely on this relationship and each consultant’s passion for the industry to help your business grow.

Our awards ceremony is held every year in conjunction with a conference exclusively for sales consultants that focuses on education, team building and how each sales rep can excel at Europa and in the industry. The conference culminates with awards given to select reps based on peer review, sales statistics and humanitarian efforts.

Keep reading for more information about our annual sales consultant honors and how they envision potential for you and others.

Europa Sales Consultant of the Year: NATHAN KIRCHER

Nathan KircherNathan Kircher has been part of the Europa team since 2002. For over 10 years Nathan has educated customers on supplements and been the friend, go-to guy, and consultant that many customers trust and depend on.

According to sales manager’s Justin Weeks and Rick Hurd,”We would like to congratulate Nathan Kircher on winning our Sales Rep of the Year award for 2011. Nathan joined the Europa family 10 years ago and since then has been an integral part of our growth and success in the CA market. Over the past 10 years Nathan has upheld the ideals that make Europa great. He has worked hard to add value and treat customers, vendors, and employees with the upmost respect. We look forward to Nathan continuing his success at Europa for many years to come.”states Bryce Purvis of

Europa’s “Sales Consultant of the Year” is not an award based on numbers, but more on a consultant’s work ethic and all-around qualities and traits that peers admire and respect. To put it simply, it’s based on everything else a consultant does that makes them a role model for the entire sales department and company.

Nathan had this to say about the award, “Earning The Sales Rep of the Year at Europa Sports is the true recognition of being blessed. It is the culmination of my time, talents and treasures coupled with being surrounded by exceptional people backed by an incredible company. This award is the perfect example of making the most of the opportunities the Lord has offered yet keeping the heart humble.”


Rookie of the Year: KOSTA KOUTSOKALISK

Kosta KoutsokaliskThe “Rookie of the Year” award is bestowed upon a consultant that’s been in Sales between 6 to 17 months. This award is based on average sales rankings for the duration of time the consultant has been in Sales.

Europa’s Rookie of the Year is Kostas Koutsokalis. Kosta joined Europa in 2009 in Sales after graduating college and working for a popular supplement store franchise.

According to Kosta, “Winning this award is a reflection of how Europa and all of the Sales guys around me support one another for the greater good. It feels good to come to work every day knowing the people around are here to help you succeed even from your first day in sales.”

From Sales Managers Justin Weeks and Rick Hurd, “We would like to congratulate Kosta Koutsokalis on winning our ‘Rookie of the Year’ award. Kosta has worked extremely hard within his territory to increase Europa’s market share, which in turn has increased the service to those customers in his perspective area. Europa expects great things to come from this young sales consultant.”


Field Consultant of the Year Award: JESSE GROVES

Jesse GrovesThe ‘Field Consultants of the Year’ Award was awarded to Florida’s Jesse Groves. This award is based on total stores and gyms visited, new accounts opened, increase in sales of visited accounts, and best communication inside and outside the company.

“To win this award means that I have an incredible team to work with and accounts that value our relationship. Without these two, I would not have won the award,” states Jesse.

According to Sales Managers Rick Hurd and Justin Weeks,”We would like to congratulate Jesse Groves on winning the ‘Field Rep of the Year’ award for 2011. Jesse joined the Europa Field team early in 2011 and instantly made a dramatic impact. His passion for the fitness industry and his love for supplementation has created a lot of great value for the central Florida market place.”


FDM Sales Manager of the Year Award: DEREK WEST

Derek WestThe first ever ‘FDM Sales Manager of the Year’ Award was awarded to Derek West. Derek has been a sales manager in Europa’s Food, Drug and Mass department (Europa FDM) since 2004. This award is based on peer vote, quota percentage and sales dollar goals.

“It is a tremendous honor to be the recipient of the Inaugural FDM Sales Manager of the Year! I accept this award on behalf of our entire department, as I am just a small piece of the Food, Drug and Mass puzzle. I’d like to thank our customers, vendors and all the wonderful employees at Europa Sports,”states Derek.

From FDM Director of Sales David Hegel, “Europa FDM wishes to congratulate Derek West for winning the Europa ‘FDM Sales Manager of The Year’, for exceeding professional expectations in sales, account support, Internal Team efforts and for outstanding growth in his account base. After 8 years with Europa, Derek has been an instrumental part of our exponential growth and success in the major chains in both Specialty and Sporting Goods.”


Linny Mac Humanitarian Award: BRYCE BLASKY

Bryce BlaskyThis is the fourth year for the Linny Mac Award Humanitarian Award, named after Sales Consultant Lin McAteer, who passed away in 2008. Lin did many noble activities; more than can be mentioned here but a few notable stories include anonymously paying for a disabled boy’s gym membership who couldn’t afford it. Another story was when Lin heard of a gentleman who had a history of drug and alcohol abuse and started training at one of the gyms where Lin was a member. Lin started training and counseling him and the gentlemen beat his addictions and ended up becoming a minister. Lastly, Lin had over 30 gym memberships when he passed. A testament to the fact that he always believed in “paying it forward” to his customers, friends and people he didn’t even know. Based on these qualities, the fourth annual Linny Mac Humanitarian award was awarded to Sales Rep, Bryce Blasky. Bryce has embodied many of the traits that the award was founded upon.Bryce as Santa

Bryce won the award based on numerous clothing, food, and toy drives that he coordinates every year. His family adopted 7 kids for Christmas and he dressed up as Santa and delivered presents to them. He organizes an annual volleyball tournament to raise money for MS research. In addition, he coordinated the donation of 26 turkeys to “Street Turkeys”, a Charlotte, NC grass-roots campaign that provides food and monetary donations to hunger relief organizations to help their agencies feed hungry people throughout the Carolinas. In general, if Bryce sees the need he takes action to help in any way that he can.

Lin McAteerAccording to Eric Hillman, Europa Sports CEO, “Bryce turns obstacles in other people’s lives into opportunities for him to give back and help others. Just like Linny Mac, Bryce is continuously paying it forward to help others. It’s an honor to give the Linny Mac award to Bryce.”

From Bryce himself, “Winning the Linny Mac award is such a blessing and honor. Linny always put others before himself and was one of the greatest men I have every known and worked with. I thank Jeff and Eric for giving me the opportunity to work for a great company that gives me the opportunity to help others.”

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