Shaffer Marks 90th Year, Honors Muniak With Flynn Devotion Award

Posted On: 7/2/2019

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Shaffer Distributing made its 90th anniversary memorable with a companywide party and outing to Columbus Zoo. At left, standing (from left) are Andy, Michele, Steve, Scott, Macy and Edie Shaffer; kneeling (from left) are Drew and David Shaffer. Climaxing the festivities. the company honored sales representative Bob Muniak (at right, second from right) with its Bernard C. Flynn Devotion Award for Muniak's exceptional performance throughout his 18 years of service with the company. Congratulating him are Andy Shaffer (right) and (from left) Scott and Steve Shaffer.

COLUMBUS, OH - Shaffer Distributing Co. celebrated its 90th anniversary with a company festival and outing to the world-famous Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, which was enjoyed by the staffs of all Shaffer's branches.

One highlight of the celebration was the announcement that 18-year sales veteran Bob Muniak is the recipient of Shaffer's coveted Bernard C. Flynn Devotion Award. The award is based on a durable record of exceptional performance and service to Shaffer Distributing. It was established in 2001, and Muniak is the fourth Shaffer employee to receive it. The last award  was made in 2012.

The award was established as a tribute to the late Bernard (Bernie) Flynn, who is affectionately remembered for his services as Shaffer's executive vice-president of the company. He was known for the dedication, loyalty and competence with which he oversaw a multitude of services for the company, as well as for his exemplary personal life.

Muniak is noted for his sales production, customer relationships, product knowledge and superb reputation throughout the industry, the company noted.

Founded in 1929 by Estel (Pop) Shaffer, Shaffer Distributing has grown into a leading supplier of coin-operated arcade games, redemption equipment, virtual reality, digital jukeboxes and vending machines. It is currently owned and managed by the family's fourth generation.

An authorized distributor representing virtually every leading equipment manufacturer in the amusement and vending industry, Shaffer Distributing supplies equipment, parts and services to a diverse group of businesses including amusement and vending operators, universities, family entertainment centers, arcades, bowling centers, movie theaters, resorts, water parks, and many other types of entertainment-focused enterprises throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. Headquartered in Columbus, it maintains branches in the Cleveland, OH; Detroit, MI; Indianapolis, IN and St. Louis, MO.

Shaffer Distributing also provides financing and leasing services through a network of partnered lenders. It also provides a portfolio of professional business services including consultation, arcade design, theming and layout, equipment installation, logistics, on-premise training and post-sales support and maintenance programs.

LOOKING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK: Above at left, from left, Steve and Andy Shaffer show off the handsome plaque presented to Shaffer Distributing by the State of Ohio in recognition of its 90 years of success in Ohio. At right, Priya Amin (left) and Michele Bocook present a commemorative collage of photographs to Steve Shaffer. Images from nine decades were tiled to create the numerals. Below, employees from all five company branches mingle and enjoy the party atmosphere.