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Karvonen's wins dealer of the year award

Submitted photo Aaron and John Karvonen, left to right, hold their North Central Chapter Dealer of the Year Award from Brand Source. With them is Andy Orozco, director of communications for Brand Source.

The 2012 Annual National Convention for Independent Brand Source Dealers recently announced that Karvonen & Son Inc. of Perham is the winner of the North Central Chapter Dealer of the Year Award.

President Bob Dickerman states in a press release that Karvonen's represents Brand Source's national mission statement day in and day out - as the "neighborhood expert giving the best prices and best service."

John Karvonen, owner and third generation, along with Aaron Karvonen, fourth generation, were present to receive the award. They got red carpet treatment, and John accepted the award on behalf of his employees, whom he called "the heart and soul" of the 87-year-old retail establishment.

Brand Source's 4,500-member organization does more than $14 billion in annual sales volume and enables local dealerships to team up together for buying power.

John Force, a 15-time world champion in NHRA racing and Motorsport Hall of Fame inductee, and Kathy Ireland, fashion designer, CEO and entrepreneur, have teamed up with Brand Source and are currently the two national brand ambassadors for the independent dealer organization.