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Bartell Drugs hosts 27th annual Vendor Breakfast

Sep. 30th, 2016, 7:00 pm - Dec. 31st, 2016, 8:00 pm

Event honors work of vendors, product suppliers and company partners

SEATTLE—Bartell Drugs welcomed more than 150 guests at its annual Vendor Breakfast, the 27th such event it has hosted to thank the vendor and supplier community for their business and support.


The event was held at the Ballard Bay Club on September 29 and featured owners, CEOs, presidents, product representatives and others to foster the partnerships Bartell’s values with more than 80 companies, including more than 25 locally based organizations.


“Bartell Drugs is extremely appreciative of the relationships it has with its many vendors,” said Brent Beebe, Senior Vice president of Merchandising for the 126-year-old, Seattle-based pharmacy/retail chain. “We place a high value not only on the products these companies carry, but also the collaborative atmosphere and shared goal of offering quality products at competitive prices.”


The event also provides the opportunity for Bartells to present a number of awards to those vendors that go above-and-beyond in assisting the company, the oldest, family-owned pharmacy chain in the country.


The Family Values Award, given by the company’s owners for exceptional service,  was given to Geoffrey Clark with Kodak Alaris, an independent, global technology company on a mission to unlock the power of images and information for businesses and consumers. Sales Representative of the Year was awarded to Brian Balistrieri with Johnson & Johnson, an international group of companies devoted to consumer health products, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Ron Runyan with Cashco garnered the Local Vendor of the Year award. The Portland, Oregon-based distributor specializes in travel and trail-size products.


Photo caption: Category Manager Howie Cohen; Bartell Drugs President and CEO Brian Unmacht; Senior Manager, Digital Evelyn Merrill and Bartell family member; Board Chair George D. Bartell; winner of the Bartell Family Values award, Geoffrey Clark with Kodak Alaris; Ryan Merrill, Bartell family member and husband of Evelyn; Board Vice Chair Jean Bartell Barber; Dave Barber, Bartell family member, husband of Jean; June Bartell, wife of George.



About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit

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Media Contact:

Ric Brewer, Senior Communications Manager, Bartell Drugs, 206-933-9416n (office), 206-276-5200 (cell), or


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