Par-Way Tryson CEO Mandy Hanson has been awarded the Marty Whelan Entrepreneur Leadership Award by UniPro Foodservice for 2012. This is the second year the foodservice distribution cooperative has presented the award, named in honor of the late Marty Whelan, past chairman of Ettline Foods.

The award is the highest UniPro gives at any event during the year. The criteria for receiving the award include innovative thinking, development of creative marketing and sales strategies, commitment to the foodservice industry and dedication to superior customer service. Hanson received the award at the UniPro banquet during the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) Partners Executive Forum in Orlando earlier this year.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone I work with at Par-Way Tryson,” Hanson said in her acceptance speech. “They have all contributed to me receiving this award. It’s such an honor to work with them. It’s also an honor to be partnered with an organization like UniPro.”

Hanson went on to express her gratitude for the outstanding partnership Par-Way Tryson has had with UniPro and how much she enjoys the relationships they have built throughout the years.