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2012 Lifetime Achievement Award
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The Business Solutions Association (BSA) will present Simon De Groot with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The BSA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes De Groot’s commitment and outstanding contributions to the industry as well as his professional achievements in writing and communications.

This is the first time this award has ever been presented by BSA. The inaugural award will recognizes business products industry persons who, during their lifetimes, have dedicated their career, through personal and business accomplishments, to the industry.

“We’re excited to have this opportunity to have Simon De Groot as the first honoree of the Business Solutions Association Lifetime Achievement. He has served our industry well for many years,” said BSA President Mike Wilbur. “Simon truly deserves our recognition and more. Throughout his career, he has been a friend to many and earned our trust and respect.”

Simon began covering the office products industry at National Office Products Association (NOPA) in 1978, where he served as communications director and editor of the association’s magazine and newsletter for over 20 years.

After leaving NOPA in 1999 to set up his own PR and publishing consulting business, he served as editorial director for OfficeDealer and OfficeSolutions magazines for several years before launching INDEPENDENT DEALER in 2007.

Simon De Groot is editor and publisher of INDEPENDENT DEALER (, the monthly e-zine for independents and the official publication of NOPA.

Simon also serves as editor of OFDealer, the monthly e-zine for office furniture dealers and the official publication of OFDA (

De Groot will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at a special Awards Dinner on October 3 during the 2012 BSA Forum, which takes place October 2 - 4 at the Grand Hyatt DFW Airport in Dallas, Texas.

The Awards Dinner is included in the full registration package for the BSA 2012 Forum. Tickets for the Awards Dinner will be available, if purchased separately. For more information, contact BSA headquarters (PH: 410-931-8100; E-mail:


BSA is a trade association that represents manufacturers, wholesalers, manufacturer representatives in the business products and related industries. We strive to develop high industry standards, best practices and technological advances to promote the growth and success of our members through networking, education and innovative ideas.

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