About Us

About Us

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We are located at:
1210 Towanda Plaza
Bloomington, IL, 61701

We are open Monday-Friday
Hours: 9-5

You can call us at 309-828-9698 during our business hours, or
Fax us at 309-828-3948, 24 hours a day.

Our store was featured in an awards and recognition association magazine. Click here for a .PDF file

B&B Awards and Recognition is a family owned and operated business located in Bloomington, Illinois. Our business was established in October 1997. In 1998 we moved to Towanda Plaza and in 1999 we were lucky enough to add onto the business by leasing the retail space next to us. At that time we extended our showroom and added more storage and work areas including the sand carving system. In 2000 we realized we needed more help and hired a part time employee. In August 2003, we expanded again by moving around the corner in Towanda Plaza into a space twice as large as our previous space.


We take pride in offering you the highest quality awards, but more importantly pledge to listen to your desires and supply you with a finished product that fits your needs. Whether your budget is large or small, we will do our foremost to provide you with an award you will be proud to give.

We won third place in the 2009 Rowmark design challenge.  Click here to read the press release

All Major Credit Cards are accepted.


We were the 2009 Third Place Winner of the Rowmark Plastic Design Challenge

2008 First Place winner of Ikonmetal Award Design Contest

B&B was the Featured Retail Awards Business in the November 2008 issue of Recognition Review Magazine, Voice of the Awards Industry

B&B Awards was nominated by supplier members for ARA Retailer of the Year in 2007.

We received an honorable mention in the 2007 ICON Metal Design contest.

We are proud sponsors of
ISU Athletics,
BNGSA,
Kiwanis On-Track Scholarship
Mclean County United Way Organizations
American Junior Baseball,
and ARIEF Scholarship

BRIEF BIOGRAPHIES


Dick Manard, CRM

As the co-owner and General Manager of B & B Awards and Recognition, Dick has focused on the marketing and managing aspects of the business. Prior to owning B & B Awards and Recognition, Dick was employed at GTE for 31 years. His career focus was on customer service and meeting customer expectations.

He has earned an associate Degree in Business Management. He also received the GTE Technical and Business Management Degrees for credits earned from his service experiences, technical classes, and college credits. He continues to expand his knowledge through enrollment in the APA Certification Program. Dick received his CRM designation in February 2008, this is the highest designation to be earned in the Awards and Personalization Industry.

The success of B & B Awards and Recognition is largely due to the personal involvement in the business community. Dick is currently a member of the Bloomington Rotary Club. He is a Past President of the Bloomington Exchange Club. He has served as a Board Member and Secretary-Treasurer of the Awards and Recognition Association. Dick enjoys meeting new business people through the McLean County Chamber of Commerce where he served as an Ambassador and is a past member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Business Showcase Committee.

Dick is the 2007 Recipient of the Founders Award by the Awards and Recognition Association. This Award was created in 1979, and is presented annually to a person who has worked unselfishly for the success of ARA. The recipient is recognized for reflecting the spirit of the original founders of the association-individuals committed to promoting communication, cooperation, sharing, and unity, as well as to fostering growth and enhancing professionalism within the association.


 

Tricia Shaw, CRM

Tricia's love for art and her artistic talent is fully utilized at B & B Awards and Recognition. She is a Graphic Designer and Special Projects Manager.

After graduating from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. Tricia has continued her education by her enrollment in the Certification program through the Awards and Recognition Association. Tricia received her CRM (Certified Recognition Master) designation in February 2007, this is the highest designation to be earned in the Awards and Personalization Industry.

She is Past Secretary and President Elect of the Bloomington Kiwanis Club. In November 2003 Tricia was awarded the Kiwanis Fencepost Award.

One of Tricia's designs was chosen as a Top 5 Finalist in the 2007 IkonMetal Design Contest.

Tricia's diverse work experiences in customer service positions compliments her artistic talents. She has received many personal notes of appreciation from previous customers. You often hear her say, "This is the best job I have ever had."

Tricia is a member of Toastmasters International. She has also served as a seminar speaker and writer for the Awards and Personalization Association as well as a Committee Member and Education Advocate for the Association.

The piece, "American Heartland," that Tricia and her employees created for the 2009 Rowmark Design Challenge, received 3rd Place at the annual ARA Convention in Las Vegas


 

Joyce Manard, CRS

Wife, mother and want-to-be entrepreneur, Joyce brings her skills to the business from many past years of working in the public sector. She has spent 10 years plus working in the healthcare industry. Here she found the best rewards came from helping people enjoy a sense of well being. She also ran her own housekeeping business for several years and worked as a seamstress in the bridal industry.

In Addition to working full time, Joyce volunteers as a tour guide at the David Davis Mansion.

"I enjoy the hands on part of the production end of the business with its many challenges. Also the continuing education provided by the APA has enabled me to keep learning and bringing more new ideas into the awards business that has many facets."

Joyce received her CRS designation in March 2004.


 

Larry Radcliffe

Larry joined the B&B family last year, and serves us as our dedicated Trophy and Medal Assembler and comic relief.

We benefit greatly from Larry's work here, because we know that when we give him a job, it will get done quickly and correctly.

Larry is a very hard and dependable worker, but we also value him because he can always be counted on to be in a contagiously good mood.

 

 

B&B Awards and Recognition

1210 Towanda Plaza
Bloomington, IL 61701

Hours: Mon-Fri. 9:00 am - 5:00pm

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