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MC Sports Names Confluence Watersports 2008 Hardgoods Vendor of the Year

Midwest retailer, MC Sports, recently named Confluence Watersports as its 2008 Vendor of the Year.

Grand Rapids, MI – Midwest retailer, MC Sports, recently named Confluence Watersports as its 2008 Vendor of the Year.

Each year, MC Sports—which has 80 stores across Michigan, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio—awards the title of Vendor of the Year to one hard goods vendor and one softgoods vendor. This year, Confluence Watersports, a leading manufacturer in the growing paddlesports industry, earned MC’s accolades in the hardgoods division.

The selection is based on a number of factors including responsiveness to business needs and return on investment, according to MC Sports executives.

“Confluence was instrumental in driving our boat business,” said Bob Slusser, divisional merchandise manager for MC Sports hardgoods. “Their ability to segment the market with unique product and deliver boats with very little lead time was the driving force behind our record sales year for the category. We are very pleased to recognize their contribution to the success of our business,” said Slusser.

“It’s an honor to work with MC Sports,” said Sue Rechner, president and CEO, Confluence Watersports. “Over the past several months, Confluence has been especially focused on making sure that we are the best possible partners with our dealers. This recognition speaks directly to the progress we’re making,” said Rechner. “Greg Larson, our eastern great lakes regional sales manager, and all our reps in this territory are doing an exceptional job,” adds Rechner.

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan since 1963, MC Sports specializes in outfitting athletes of all levels with authentic, top name sports equipment, footwear, and apparel. MC Sports operates 80 full-line sporting goods stores throughout the Midwest and can be found on-line at For more information, contact: Ed Rix, V.P. Marketing,; (616) 285-1609

Confluence Holdings Corp, the premier paddlesports company in the world, manufactures and distributes water sports equipment in Easley, SC. The Confluence family of brands include Mad River Canoe®, Wilderness Systems® touring and recreational kayaks, Wave Sport® whitewater kayaks, and Dagger® touring and whitewater kayaks, Perception® touring and whitewater kayaks, Mainstream® recreational kayaks, Harmony® paddlesports accessories and AT Paddles®. The company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Confluence Watersports Canada, Inc., distributes all the brands in Canada. For more information visit