Acorn was awarded the Sales Member of the Year by Network Services. It honors a distributor that provides outstanding support and service to national corporate accounts. Acorn was recognized with this award for dedication to providing exceptional service and expertise.
Photo L to R: Network Representative, Al Wachter (Acorn), Jennifer Wachter Rosenberg (Acorn), Sofia (Acorn).
Three generations of a family owned business!
Acorn's "Think Pink" campaign raised $750 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. We would like to thank our customers for supporting our efforts by purchasing featured breast cancer awareness products.
ACORN'S ANNUAL TRADESHOW
September 26, 2017
This year at our annual tradeshow in Ohio, we
celebrated the anticipation of our new facility in
Columbus by having a construction theme.
Over 68 vendors participated in our event. The day was filled with educational seminars, door prizes, games
and good food.
February 23, 2017
Acorn hosted its first ‘Acorn University’ session for
customers on Thursday, February 24, 2017 in
Columbus, Ohio. Attendees received a Cleaning
Technician Certification from IvyTech Community
College once they completed the day of training and
hands-on sessions. The program covered bloodborne pathogen spills, chemical safety, proper restroom cleaning and floor care techniques. Acorn is going to expand the program to include different levels of management and plans to offer Acorn University to its Indiana customers. All of this was made possible by our corporate sponsor Clorox, thank you.
ACORN'S ANNUAL TRADESHOW
September 7, 2016
This year, Acorn celebrated its 40th Anniversary with customers at
the annual tradeshow in Indianapolis. The day was filled with fun,
food, entertainment and educational sessions.
There were over 65 vendors that donated almost $5,000 in door prizes.
The 4-0 TP Toss was a big hit; an Evansville customer was the lucky
recipient of the mini-iPad. Plus the winner of our Facebook "Selfie
Giveaway' received $100.
Thank you to those who participated in the day's events.
NEW BOARD MEMBER ELECTED
April 12, 2016
On March 20th Jennifer Rosenberg, President of Acorn was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for NETWORK®. Jennifer is one of three women that have served on the board over the past 40 years. She was nominated by her peers due to her passion for the business as well as her reputation as a leader and experienced sales professional.
“We are excited to welcome Jennifer to the Network Board. Since Acorn Distributors became a Network member in 1987, Jennifer’s parents have served on numerous Network committees and contributed significantly to Network’s success. Jennifer has followed in those footsteps since taking a leadership role at Acorn, and we are confident that she will make a significant impact at the Board level.”
- Mike Olthoff, Chairman of the NETWORK® Board of Directors
“Network’s members are family owned businesses. The key to their long term viability is the successful transfer of ownership and leadership of the companies from generation to generation, and the capabilities of each successive generation to grow the value of the enterprise. Jennifer will be an asset to the Board and Network in providing services that help all members meet those challenges. We look forward to the fresh perspective she brings as both a business leader and as one of over a dozen woman-owned Network member companies.”
- Bob Mitchum, President & CEO of NETWORK®
NETWORK® is a national organization that has partnerships with local distributors to service multi-state accounts. By combining its resources, NETWORK® members are able to service over 1 million customer locations across the country with everything from janitorial supplies to foodservice disposables. For more information about the company or its members, visit www.networkdistribution.com .
TOYS FOR TOTS
December 10, 2015
We worked together to collect toys for WISH TV's annual
Tweet for Tots event. Not only was it fun buying for kids,
but also embodied the holiday spirit.
Thank you to the Marines for organizing, collecting and
distributing all the toys for this event!
ACORN'S ANNUAL TRADESHOW
October 6, 2015
Every year, Acorn hosts a tradeshow where our customers and vendors have a forum to interact. Customers that attend receive special offers, entertainment, and door prizes.
This year vendor participants donated over $2,000 in prizes and gift cards. Door prizes were announced every
10 minutes which made for a fun day!
MID-OHIO FOODBANK DONATION
February 5, 2015
Acorn Distributors proudly supports the communities it serves by donating time, money, and products. Last week, the company donated over $20,000 in needed product to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Items included foam carryout containers, plastic containers, cups, bakery boxes, paper towels, tissue dispensers, and cleaning supplies. In addition, Acorn employees have been active volunteers for years.
Mid-Ohio Foodbank works with community partners to assist 625 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs, and senior housing sites across central and eastern Ohio.
ACORN'S ANNUAL TRADESHOW
Ways To Save Time & Money
We place great value on customer relationships and nurture our relationships by providing product knowledge which is why we host a tradeshow every year.
On October 14, 2014, Acorn hosted its 6th Annual Tradeshow where customers and vendors interacted while enjoying good food and exciting door prizes. Attendees also received special discounts from participating vendors. We are actively planning our 2015 show which will be held in Columbus, Ohio. Details will be posted as soon as they are available.
SANITARY MAINTENANCE MAGAZINE FEATURE
One-On-One with Jennifer Rosenberg
Succession planning is a difficult endeavor for any company owner. Therefore, it’s often procrastinated and avoided. Not only does succession planning have the capacity to cause a business to fail, but if not done properly, it can also tear apart the family who owns the business. But if passing down the torch to the next in line is well thought out and planned, business should keep functioning without any major hiccups.
In the case of Indianapolis-based Acorn Distributors Inc., succession planning has been top-of-mind since Al Wachter became sole owner of the company in 1999. After convincing his daughter, Jennifer Rosenberg, to come back home and work for him, he’s made it a goal to pass down the knowledge and know-how of running the business. But Rosenberg didn’t start out right away in management. She worked her way up through the ranks with the company starting as a salesperson until she officially took over as president in 2005, when she purchased 52 percent of Acorn.
Today, Rosenberg runs Acorn with the values instilled in her from her father and has crafted her own management style along the way. Putting her employees first and creating a positive, fun work environment, she is setting her distributorship up for success for many years. And who’s to say she won’t pass down the family business to one of her three children.
INDIANAPOLIS STAR FEATURE
Rising Star: Jennifer Rosenberg
Acorn Distributors President Jennifer Rosenberg is not just another heir to a throne.
The 38-year-old Carmel resident went out of her way to prove herself in the family business: providing janitorial and foodservice supplies.
She started from the ground up in 1999, building her own contacts and creating her own sales territory. Rosenberg beat the streets, proving her credibility.
Acorn named as a top workplace
On June 21, 2009, the Indianapolis Star ranked small companies consisting of
100 employees or less. Acorn Distributors ranked number 14 out of 25 in the
top places to work in Indianapolis.
“The ability to make a difference, and the appreciation of the owners when that difference is made.”
-anonymous Acorn employee