The Magnet Group (PPAI 338534, S12) has named Dan Jellinek, the Washington, Missouri-based supplier’s executive vice president and a 10-year veteran of the company, as the winner of its third annual Fran Ford Award. The award is named after Francis “Fran” Ford, Jr., CAS, president of supplier Castelli, a division of Magnet, LLC, and 2015 PPAI Hall of Fame inductee, who passed away in 2018.

The Magnet Group describes the Fran Ford Award as the highest honor it bestows on its employees. It is given to the employee who embodies the characteristics that defined Ford. An eligible candidate must possess the qualities of kindness and generosity, offering friendship and mentorship to others, and have participated in a volunteer capacity, either inside or outside the industry, during the calendar year of their nomination.

When announcing the award during a virtual sales meeting, the company said, “Dan was nominated by his peers and most deserving of the award. His efforts for the company were huge, and in the process the people around him were elevated to new heights by his actions.”