Our Total Beverage Solution team returned from a once in a lifetime trip during our national sales meeting in New Zealand. Our hosts, the Kono company team, and its founding directors, provided an unforgettable cultural, educational and welcoming experience that was both inspiring and humbling.
We have all been touched by the teachings and experience gained on the journey; not only learning more about Kono and its history, but also the Māori way, which is one with deep roots and values dedicated to family, relationships, legacy, respect for predecessors, caring for others and the preservation of land & respect for the sea.
Through this moving and memorable experience, we have grown and strengthened as a company and have built relationships with the Kono team and each other, that will aid us in the months and years to come. Dave Pardus, CEO of Total Beverage Solution, acknowledged the triumphs and accomplishments that our employees bring to the team and shared his vision for TBS in the next stage of our company’s evolution.
Dave also recognized the North Sales Team, for its narrow victory as the Division of the Year and Megan Tufano (Pacific Northwest) and Joe Randazzo (PA/NJ), who were the deserving recipients of the Market Manager of Year awards for 2017. While special accolades go these teammates, it is the effort and determination from every member of our team that keeps the engine rolling and makes this the proud and growing company it is.
On our final evening before departing New Zealand, Kono gave us gifts of Jade, or Pounamu, in Māori tradition. Jade in New Zealand, is treasured, valuable and holds spiritual significance, representing New Zealand’s most prized stone. The Māori people also use jade to: denote peace, adornment and authority. They left us with the message that we are part of their family and though we might not be able to see one another again, we will always be one. Total Beverage Solution left New Zealand with 50+ brand ambassadors of Kono Wine, wonderful memento and as a part of a broader family than when we began the trip.