Photo of Lynn Mattis Following the death in 1999 of their colleague and friend, Lynn Mattis, the members of PTRA sought a means to remember and honor Lynn’s generous spirit and his dedication to his profession and this industry. To that end, a scholarship fund was established to encourage and reward those enhancing their professional skills through continuing education. The membership of PTRA recognizes that each individual member’s success serves to elevate the stature of PTRA, and the deserved reputation of the group, as the best examples of industry professionals.

Funded by member and nonmember contributions, two scholarships are awarded annually by a blind drawing from the names of eligible Representative and Principal PTRA members attending our Annual Conference. All Principal and Representative Member firms will have the opportunity to be eligible by simply accepting their eligibility on the Registration Form for the Annual Conference. Acceptance of eligibility requires only a $10 Contribution to the Fund, paid along with your Conference Fees. In exchange for the $10 Contribution, your firm’s name will be entered in the Representative and Principal member drawings for that year’s scholarship award. The Annual Scholarship Awards (one Principal and one Representative member winner will be drawn) are $400 tuition certificates to help offset cost for any of the following eligible Educational Programs offered through the Institute for Professional Advancement, the educational subsidiary of the Manufacturers Representatives Educational Research Foundation ( www.mrerf.org ) :

Certified Professional Manufacturers Representative Program

Multiple Line Sales Training – Certified Sales Professional Certification

Or any One-Day Seminar for Manufacturers offered by the Manufacturers’ Agents National Association (www.manaonline.org)

Choosing to move to a higher level of business expertise through education is an endeavor that brings personal and professional rewards. As the commitment to Continuing Education among the Representative and Principal PTRA membership ranks grow, all members of the association profit from the increased recognition and attention throughout our industry.

2010
Scholarship Recipients:


Mike Jack – Rep Member
Electro Technology Products
Atlanta, GA

Sandy Tobias

– Principal Member

Royersford Foundry & Machine Co.
Royersford, PA

Past scholarship recipients include:

2008
Jim Creech
– Rep Member
R.C. Turk Company
Atlanta, GA
2008
Bob Lennon
– Principal Member
CENTA Corp.
Westmont, IL
2007
Kelly Perkins
– Rep Member
Perkins Power-Motion Products
Rogers, MN
2007
John Tremblay
– Principal Member
Enduride Canada USA Inc.
Quebec City, PQ, Canada
2006
Owen
McCarron
– Rep Member
OEM Industrial, Inc.
Wilmington, DE
2006
Mike
Cantania
– Principal Member
Leeson Electric Corp.
Grafton, WI
2005
George
Crump
– Rep Member
RPT LLC
Bellville, TX
2005
Carl
Fenstermacher
– Prinicipal Member
Ringfeder Corporation
Westwood, NJ
2004
Ron Hayes, CPMR – Rep Member
Robco, Inc.
Carrollton, TX
2004
Allan Soldwisch – Prinicipal Member
International Seal & Packing Co.
Berlin, NJ
GIFTED TO:
Scott Olmsted
Driven Sales Associates
West Chester, PA
2003
Robin Tetrault
Summit Agencies
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2002
G. Bryce Manthorne
Power Component Sales Co.
Pottstown, PA
2001
Bill Brant
Gleeson & Associates
Overland Park, KS
2000
Steve Alderson
Alderson Industrial Sales
St. Louis, MO