• 18-OCT-2013

Acuity Brands Named 2013 IMARK Group Supplier of the Year

Company Honored for Fourth Consecutive Year

Company Honored for Fourth Consecutive Year

For an unprecedented fourth consecutive year, Acuity Brands, Inc., the market leader in innovative energy-efficient lighting, controls and daylighting solutions, proudly announces that it was selected as the IMARK Group’s (“IMARK”) 2013 “Supplier of the Year”, receiving the award at IMARK’s Annual Meeting. The prestigious Supplier of the Year award recognizes Acuity Brands’ industry-leading support in sales, service, marketing and product excellence over the past 12 months.

As a member-owned, member-governed marketing group of wholesale electrical distributors, IMARK represents more than 2,000 distributor locations. The award winner was selected by IMARK’s member companies.  Criteria in rating preferred suppliers were items such as: annual sales growth and overall performance, marketing support for IMARK programs, new product promotion and communication activities, IMARK member training and sales engagement, and creative efforts to serve new IMARK members.

Bob Smith, President & CEO of IMARK, said, “Our membership was very pleased to once again announce Acuity Brands as the Supplier of the Year in our largest supplier category. Acuity continues to demonstrate outstanding support for our membership through all of the IMARK engagement opportunities. We are proud of our association with Acuity Brands and the award is greatly deserved. What is more impressive and never-before-achieved is that this is the fourth consecutive year that our membership has recognized Acuity Brands as our Supplier of the Year from amongst a highly competitive supplier network.”

“Acuity Brands is thrilled to be awarded IMARK's highest recognition,” said Geoff Marlow, Acuity Brands Lighting Senior Vice President, Sales. “As our relationship with IMARK and its membership grows, we continue working hard to ensure that we deliver product leadership, targeted sales efforts, marketing support, training, and partnering forwarding superior strategy and execution to IMARK member and market demands. Receiving the IMARK Group Supplier of the Year distinction for the fourth consecutive year energizes all at Acuity Brands to continue aligning with member expectations and we are most appreciative of the partnership we share; the opportunity for focused growth together is great.”

For additional information, please visit Acuity Brands at www.acuitybrands.com and the IMARK Group online.

About Acuity Brands

Acuity Brands, Inc. is a North American market leader and one of the world's leading providers of lighting solutions for both indoor and outdoor applications. With fiscal year 2013 net sales of over $2 billion, Acuity Brands employs approximately 6,500 associates and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with operations throughout North America, and in Europe and Asia.  The Company's lighting solutions are sold under various brands, including Lithonia Lighting®, Holophane®, Peerless®, Gotham®, Mark Architectural Lighting™, Winona® Lighting, Healthcare Lighting®, Hydrel®, American Electric Lighting®, Carandini®, Antique Street Lamps™, Sunoptics®, Axion™ Controls, Sensor Switch®, Lighting Control & Design™, Synergy® Lighting Controls, Pathway Connectivity™, Dark to Light®, ROAM®, RELOC® Wiring Solutions, Acculamp® and eldoLED®.

About The IMARK Group

IMARK GROUP, Inc. is a member-owned marketing group made up of over 1,100 independently owned electrical distributors throughout the United States. Our membership includes over 70 members in the Top 200 largest distributors in the country. Member companies serve their local customers from over 2,000 branch locations. With over $15 billion in combined sales, IMARK Group is the largest member owned, member governed cooperative in the US electrical industry. IMARK members are market leading companies serving the needs of electrical contractors, industrial and institutional MRO customers, electric utilities and other customer types throughout the country. At the heart of IMARK's success is its relationship with over 100 of the electrical industry's leading manufacturers and service providers. IMARK members work closely with these companies to satisfy end customers while members and suppliers maximize profitability, increase market share, and strengthen business relationships.

IMARK Group, Inc. is headquartered in Bowie, Maryland and was founded on February 1, 1996 as the result of a merger between The Independent Electrical Distributors Group (TIED) and Western Independent Electrical Distributors (WIED). In January 2009, IMARK Group merged with the Equity/EDN marketing group. Moving forward, IMARK Group will be a haven for high quality electrical distributors that intend to maintain their independence and enjoy high quality relationships with the electrical industry’s leading manufacturers. One of the largest independent marketing cooperatives in the United States, IMARK Group is an associate member of the National Association of Electrical Distributors and the National Cooperative Business Association.

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