Vans has taken home the SIMA Footwear Product of the Year Award for the fourth time as announced at the SIMA Image Awards last Thursday in Anaheim, CA. Top honors were awarded to the company for its Van Doren Series featuring Classics with prints culled from Vans’ vast archives. The skate-and-surf brand also received its first-ever nomination for Environmental Product of the Year with the Nexpa Pro sandal utilizing a cradle-to-cradle footbed recycling program.
Greg Tunney, president and CEO of Pickerington, OH-based R.G. Barry Corporation, won out over 23 finalists to land the title of Ernst & Young’s 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year for the south central Ohio and Kentucky region. Chosen based on his ability to inspire others, his track record of achievement, and his continued efforts to lead and grow his business, Tunney accepted the award on June 24 during ceremonies at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati.