Salt Lake City trophy shop owners discuss awards
Who we talked to
Scott Bennett, owner
Bennett Associates Inc.
2401 N. 1400 E. Lehi
Nate Burton, owner
Crown Trophy Inc.
4162 Carriage Square [Redwood Rd.]
Craig Benson, owner
Benson's Trophies & Plaques Inc.
1476 S. Main St.
Salt Lake City
What services do you offer?
Scott Bennett: "We focus on high-end awards. We do a lot of crystal, optical-leaded crystal and custom coins."
Nate Burton: "We make trophies, medals, plaques, custom medals, pins - any awards, glass or acrylics."
Craig Benson: "Awards, trophies and corporate recognition plaques mechanically or laser engraved."
What's your most popular service?
Scott Bennett: "We do a lot of glass followed by custom coins and jewelry."
Nate Burton: "Our niche is youth sports trophies and plaques."
Craig Benson: "The corporate awards."
Why should people choose you over an online company?
Scott Bennett: "We focus on the custom, high-end products so it's beneficial to see what you're buying."
Nate Burton: "It's hard to tell the size of a trophy from a photo. I recommend they get an idea online, then come in and confirm it's what they want."
Craig Benson: "I believe websites will give you a fair representation but when you come in, you know there will be no hidden suprises."
What are some of the options for figures on top of trophies?
Scott Bennett: "We'll do custom figures but don't have set options. We did a glass shape of a running man holding a globe once."
Nate Burton: "There's figures for everything from archery to microphones to horse shows to billiards."
Craig Benson: "Virtually anything they want. There are trophies for every sport from snowboarding to female volleyball."
Are trophies becoming more or less unique today?
Scott Bennett: "More unique. We customize everything; we offer a very specialized product."
Nate Burton: "More unique. They're making them more modern looking - like the basketball players have longer shorts now."
Craig Benson: "They're continually changing. There's always new designs, new features and new mediums."
How do you charge for trophies?
Scott Bennett: "There isn't an average since each one is a high-end custom. We get a budget and tell them up front if we can accommodate their wishes."
Nate Burton: "It's by style, meaning if it's single-post or double-post or triple-post. A regular-sized youth-sports trophy is typically between $7 and $10."
Craig Benson: "There's no formula since they're all custom. I'd say the typical customer pays $20."
Have you ever made any trophies or awards for anyone famous or any famous sports teams?
Scott Bennett: "We did a custom coin for David Copperfield. It was stolen from him in a Las Vegas hotel."
Nate Burton: "I made five trophies for the 2008 Olympic Speed Skating team and Apolo Ohno was a name on one of them."
Craig Benson: "All the time. I just engraved plaques for Karl Malone and John Stockton listing their career accomplishments."