SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–The retail winners of the GuildMaster Amazing Race are Terry and Meg Troutman from O.P. Jenkins in Knoxville, Tenn.
The world tour contest, GuildMaster’s third, offered winners a choice of either $10,000 or a trip around the world. For every $1,000 in GuildMaster product purchased by a retailer or sold by a sales representative, one entry was earned. More than 520 companies and 97 percent of GuildMaster’s sales reps took part in the competition with more than 2,600 entries.
GuildMaster CEO Steve Crowder delivered the news to the Troutmans in person amid great fanfare. “When we walked out of the store and saw Steve walking up in a tux on a red carpet with roses and a giant check we were amazed,” said Meg Troutman, O.P. Jenkins owner. “It was a fun contest, obviously with a great reward for us as the winners. We do plan to travel at some point, but for now, we plan to use the prize money to continue to preserve the charm of our store that’s been a fixture in downtown Knoxville for more than a century.”
The winning sales rep, Christie Blevins from Ft. Worth, Texas, was announced last week. Blevins plans to travel to Italy with her husband and two sons.
“Sometimes, the competition was intense. We were pleased with the response,” Crowder said. “We were encouraged by the excitement that the race generated over the past several months among both our retailers and sales reps . . . Now, we’re working to come up with our next fun, innovative idea. GuildMaster is known for setting the bar high and doing things a little differently. Brainstorming about the next great GuildMaster on Tour adventure has already begun.”