Tampa trophy shop owners talk about awards
Who we talked to
Dan Cantlon, manager
Awards of Distinction Inc.
1417 E. Busch Blvd.
Charlie Brown, general manager
Brown's Trophies Inc.
3202 Gandy Blvd.
Dick Wibberg, vice president
Award & Engraving of St. Pete
1110 94th Ave. N
St. Petersburg, Fla.
What services do you offer?
Dan Cantlon: "All types of awards ranging from plaques, trophies, acrylic awards and glass awards."
Charlie Brown: "A complete list is available on our website, but we offer everything including corporate awards, plaques, trophies and promotional products."
Dick Wibberg: "Engraving on medals, plastic, glass and acrylics. We do plaques, trophies, corporate awards and paperweights."
Are trophies becoming more or less unique today?
Cantlon: "I think they're becoming more unique. There's more of a variety to choose from."
Brown: "There will always be a percentage of trophies sold for Little League, but in the last five to 10 years more acrylics and glass awards have been sold."
Wibberg: "For adults it's less unique, they're more into plaques and money, but for kids it's unique."
How do you charge for trophies?
Cantlon: "Trophies can range from $10 and less up to $100 and more."
Brown: "On all of our trophies we don't charge for engraving. They can range in price from a couple of dollars to a couple thousand dollars."
Wibberg: "Yes, we charge by the size. An average trophy is 10 to 14 inches, and between $8 and $15."
Do people still have the same attachment to trophies that they once did? Why or why not?
Cantlon: "I think so. Seeing your name in print is very rewarding, it's very special."
Brown: "Even in economic hard times, most companies will give an award. It's a good thing to do in front of your peers. There will always be a need for recognition."
Wibberg: "There are some very personal things that have meant something to people throughout their life, and there's still attachment."
What's the funniest or most unusual award request you've received?
Cantlon: "The most unique are the 6-foot karate trophies. I always wonder what moms think when their children come home with this monstrous trophy."
Brown: "A pole-dancing award for one of the local clubs. It had a pole-dancing figure that looked like a Barbie doll. You could plug it in the computer and she'd dance to any song."
Wibberg: "The hot dog was the funniest one. It was for young kids that were driving go-carts."