Knauf Insulation’s commercial manager John Gaunt picks up a win at the inaugural BMJ Industry Awards

By Elizabeth Cunliffe
May 22, 2018

John Gaunt becomes the first ever recipient of the Best Sales Representative award in recognition of his contribution to building customer relationships.

Shining a spotlight on the building industry’s most outstanding people and rewarding the achievements of merchant branches and supplier brands, The Builders Merchant Journal (BMJ) Awards, which were presented on Friday 18th of May at a ceremony at The Brewery in London, celebrate the best in the builders’ merchant industry.

Knauf Insulation had plenty of reason to celebrate, with John Gaunt becoming the first ever recipient of the Best Sales Representative award. John, commercial manager at Knauf Insulation, received the award in recognition of his pursuit of excellence in his role. John has worked at Knauf Insulation in a variety of commercial roles for over 20 years, building long-term strategic relationships with the UK builders’ merchants.

This is not the first time that John is recognised for his excellent work; in 2017, John was named Account Manager of the Year at the National Buying Group (NBG) Conference awards for the third time in a row.

John said: “Builders’ merchants play a vital role in the ongoing success of the construction industry and BMJ is a very powerful voice in this sector, so I’m really honoured to have won the award. The winners were voted for by the entire industry – my peers – which makes me even more proud to have been recognised by people I deeply respect.

“At Knauf Insulation, we’re advocates of long-term partnerships with our merchant customers and we have invested significantly in the support we offer to them, whether through our commercial and customer service teams or our training schemes. We want to be the world’s most trusted insulation partner, and strong relationships with merchants are a key part of this.”

Fiona Russell-Horne, editor-in-chief at Builders Merchants Journal, said: “It’s been a wonderful celebration. The competition out there is fierce, so huge congratulations to our winners and everyone who made it to the final.”

At the event, guests donated to a charity fundraiser carried out on behalf of CRASH – the industry charity for the homeless, which Knauf Insulation supports on an ongoing basis – and MIND, the mental health charity.