For the past 20 years, Glory Days Grill has recognized excellence in business partnerships by selecting “Vendors of the Year.” Partners are selected based on exemplary service and support in the previous year. In order to win this prestigious award, Glory Days Grill’s partners must exceed expectations by performing above and beyond the call of duty in a substantial fashion throughout the prior year.
This year, Glory Days Grill has selected six vendors for their outstanding support and commitment to quality, including two first-time winners. The winning Vendors of the Year for 2019 are as follows: Digitec Solutions, Inc., Auto-Chlor System, Harry McMann Food Styling, Sandy Spring Bank, Stevens Food Group, and Stephen Buchanan Photography. Recipients were honored with a dinner and awards ceremony on March 11, 2020.
Digitec Solutions, Inc. (Fairfax Station, VA): A twenty-time winner of this distinction, Digitec Solutions, Inc. is an extremely innovative company that has been an outside partner with Glory Days Grill since its inception in 1996. Digitec Solutions, along with the other members of the Support Functions Group, provide Glory Days Grill with a variety of products and services. They serve as Glory Days Grill’s IT Company, providing computer hardware, software, hosting, and a variety of other innovative technology solutions. Their ToPromote division supplies uniforms, custom promotional goods and toys for kid’s drinks among many other operational and marketing products and services. Their website addresses include: DigitecSolutions.com, SupportFunctions.com, and ToPromote.com.
Auto-Chlor System (Lorton, VA): A six-time winner, Auto-Chlor System has been in business as a dishwashing machine, laundry service and chemical supply specialist to the hospitality, healthcare, and lodging industries for over 75 years. Their focus on delivering exceptional cleaning results has fostered the reputation of always providing the best possible service to customers. Auto-Chlor has expanded to more than 110 service locations throughout the USA. Their attention to detail, excellent service skills, superlative performance record and ability to work very closely with management for the past 20 years make them a truly dedicated vendor partner with a vested interest. As a part of this relationship, Auto-Chlor works directly with Glory Days Grill management to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive consumption reporting system. This vendor-partnership enables all involved to identify and take prompt action to maximize opportunities and resolve problems quickly. Visit their website www.autochlor.com.
Harry McMann Food Styling (Baltimore, MD): A first-time winner, Harry McMann’s intro to food styling came in 1994 when, fresh out of culinary school, he was recruited by a Baltimore photographer to style images for weekly supermarket ads. He pursued styling as a sideline for a while before deciding to quit his day job in 1996. Since then, he has been privileged to work with some of the most talented creatives on numerous projects including still photography, film, video and live television for advertising, packaging, commercials, web, and media tours. Harry has been a partner with Glory Days Grill since 2006 when, along with photographer Steve Buchanan, he worked to create images for Glory Days Grill’s tenth anniversary. Since then, Harry and Steve work with Glory Days Grill to create high quality, colorful and delicious-looking food photos for Glory Days Grill’s seasonal menus, social media and other projects. You can see more of his work at www.food-styling.com.
Sandy Spring Bank (Olney, MD): A two-time recipient of this distinction, Sandy Spring Bank has served as Glory Days Grill’s banking partner for nearly a decade. Like Glory Days Grill, Sandy Spring Bank has a long-standing reputation for providing outstanding client service and building personal relationships. The Bank looks at the big picture, listens intensely, and provides real solutions for one’s needs. The Bank team truly understands Glory Days Grill’s business model and has worked closely with the company to successfully expand the brand. With over 50 locations, the Bank offers a broad range of commercial and retail banking, mortgage, private banking and trust services throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Through its subsidiaries, Rembert Pendleton Jackson, Sandy Spring Insurance Corporation and West Financial Services, Inc., Sandy Spring Bank also offers a comprehensive menu of insurance and wealth management services. For more information, visit www.SandySpringBank.com.
Stevens Food Group (Raleigh, NC): A four-time winner of this award, Stevens Food Group was created as a dream of using their experience in the foodservice industry to support multi-unit restaurant chains with their purchasing and distribution needs. Collectively, the Stevens Food Group team has over 200 years of experience in purchasing, distribution, operations, and culinary arts, which is rivaled by no other company. Their journey has led them to become a leading foodservice supply chain management company, currently managing over $200 million in annual foodservice purchases. Given their expertise, insight, purchasing volume, and broad network of distributor and vendor relationships, partnering with Stevens Food Group will have a tremendous positive impact on your bottom line. Find out more at www.stevensfoodgroup.com.
Stephen Buchanan Photography (Stevensville, MD): A first-time winner, Steve Buchanan has been a photographer since he was 14 years old when, while working at 7-Eleven stocking shelves, he spotted the label on the back of a roll of Kodak film, “Take this film to your Kodak processor or develop it yourself using Kodak chemistry.” “You mean you can do that?” he asked, and was hooked from there. Steve has been partners with Glory Days Grill since 2006 as the company’s sole photographer of food and beverage photography. Steve works hand in hand with fellow first-time winner, Harry McMann, food stylist, to create high quality, colorful and delicious-looking food for Glory Days Grill’s seasonal menus, social media and other projects. Steve specializes in commercial photography including food and beverage and architecture. Learn more at www.buchananphotography.com.