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Levy Marketing + Awards started as a small local trophy shop founded by George A. Levy in 1960. Today, LMA still holds itself to the same values that he originally instilled in the company.
 
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Founder George A. Levy with new owner Michele Adams, August 21, 2013

 

LMA-Tampa-19601960: George A. Levy, Inc. was founded in 1960 by George Levy. He opened its doors on September 1st in a 600 square foot store in downtown Tampa. Two months later, Mr. Levy hired his first employee, Wanda Champion, who remained with the company for 51 years until her retirement in December 2011.

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LMA-kennedy-store1964: With sales approaching $100,000, the company moved to a retail location on West Kennedy Boulevard to increase their space to 2,400 square feet.

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Lee-Zeigler-sales-rep1967: Levy hired its first full time sales rep, Lee Zeigler, who remained with the company for 47 years as its VP of Sales.

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Casting-Plating1978: With sales increasing to $850,000, in-house casting and plating were introduced.

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Production-Facility-19801985: By 1985, sales had increased to over $2,000,000. With steady business growth a larger production center was needed. As a result, a 26,000 square foot production center was built in West Tampa. This production center now housed the company’s plating and casting department, trophy and plaque assembly departments, engraving department, a silk screen and electronic engraving department along with a shipping and receiving department. Also in that year, George A. Levy, Inc. was named Trophy Dealer of the Year by the Trophy Dealers and Manufacturers Association.

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LMA-Nation-Wide1990: With increased efficiency and sales reaching $3.7 million, the company started selling and shipping throughout the entire United States as well as abroad.

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Laser-Technology1992: Levy met customer demands for competitive prices and faster service by investing in more efficient high-tech laser equipment.

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eCommerce-Stores2011: As the digital era grew, Levy sought to expand its services, and developed its first ecommerce sites for Ricoh International and Catalina Marketing.

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Michele-Adams-new-owner2012: Michele Adams acquired Levy Awards and Promotional Products. Michele brings over 30 years of experience in the brand recognition industry and is dedicated to providing advanced marketing solutions to the company’s growing client base. The decision to re-brand and rename the company to Levy Marketing + Awards was made in an effort to better reflect the company’s products and services. LMA also adopted a new tag line, “Innovating the art of recognition,” to drive home its core competencies.

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WBENC-certified2012: In April of 2012, Levy Marketing + Awards became certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise.

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new-showroom2013: LMA moved its sales offices and showroom to its production facility in West Tampa in order to streamline productivity and improve communication.

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Industry-LeaderToday: Today LMA is a leading provider of recognition solutions nation-wide. With clients including many NCAA Athletic Conferences, Bowl Games, Universities, large corporations, and countless other organizations.
Work with us today to find out why we're a leading recognition provider.

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