Richard Pieris & Co PLC celebrated its top movers and shakers with ‘Breaking Barriers’, the annual sales conference and awards for the local manufacturing and distribution sector. The gala ceremony was held at Eagles Lakeside Attidiya in July, welcoming sales professionals and distributors who enjoyed an evening of music, dance and recognition for the sector’s best.

The awards aim to recognise accomplishments and motivate the group’s sales force to test boundaries and challenge traditional sales models to achieve their targets for the year. Richard Pieris & Co PLC Main Board Director and Managing Director for the local manufacturing and distribution sector, Sunil Liyanage joined the event as Chief Guest.

Awards were given away to the company’s star performers who have dominated sales and revenue generation in their respective territories and excelled with customer service. The accolades were awarded in the foam sector, mattresses, sofa and panel category, hardware sector, rubber products, water tank category, rigifoam category, durables and PVC category among others.

Star performers in these categories included: Mr. Ruwan Chaminda – Area Sales Manager, Mr. Kokila Dassanayake – Area Sales Manager, Mr. Dilshan Abeysekara – Senior Business Development Manager, Mr. Jayanatha Alwis – Senior Factory Manager, Mr. Shiham M. Kalib – Senior Business Development Manager, Mr. Ananda Amarasena – Thineth Lanka Distributors – Veyangoda, Mr. Prabhagar – Maweli Holdings (Pvt) Ltd – Hatton, Mr. Gamini Dissanayake, New Seeco Steels – Embilipitiya, Mr. G.H.U. Nandalal, Udjitha Distributors – Kandy, Mr. Gamini Dissanayake, New Seeco Steels – Embilipitiya, Mr. Supun Fernando, Safe Distributors – Anuradapura, Mr. Sriyan Sanjeewa – Business Promotion Officer, Mr. Chameera de Silva – Area Sales Coordinator, Mr. Janaka Laksiri – Area Sales Executive, Mr. Rinooz Abdeen – Area Sales Supervisor, Mr. Ravi Roshan – Area Sales Supervisor, Mr. Thusitha Dewasurendra – Business Promotion Officer, Mr. Sameera Madushanka – Business Promotion Officer, Mr. Thusara Jayaratne – Area Sales Supervisor, and Mr. Duminda Chanaka – Area Sales Coordinator.

The overall Best Performers category recognised the sales and management leaders responsible for making vital strategic decisions on behalf of their teams. Similarly, the accolades for the Best Achievers of the Year recognised professionals recording excellent customer PR, growth from sales, area coverage, product display and payments made on time. Prizes presented included foreign tours, cash prizes and promotions.

During the event, the other members of the head table Athula Wickramathilake (Head of Sales), Duminda Perera (Head of Sales), Derrick Perera (Head of Marketing), Hiran De Silva (Head of Sales), and Ms. Sanjeewa Anandapathiranage (Finance Manager) shared future objectives of the sector.