WorkingPerson.com Wins 2006 BKD Indiana Excellence Award in Technology


WEBWIRE – Thursday, October 19, 2006

Lakeville, IN – The Working Person’s Store, a specialty retailer based in Northern Indiana, is pleased to announce that it has been honored to receive the “Gold Prize Winner” award in Technology at the 2006 BKD Indiana Excellence Award ceremonies.

Indiana Business Magazine, and title sponsors BKD, LLP, National City Bank of Indiana and Bose McKinney & Evans LLP announced the winners for each category at an awards luncheon held in Indianapolis, on October 13. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were presented in each of six industry categories.

Eric Deniger, Chief Executive Officer of The Working Person’s Store, together with a number of staff members on hand to receive the award. In his acceptance speech, Deniger recounted the Company’s humble beginnings and rapid growth leading to the development of it’s leading edge web site known as WorkingPerson.com, adding that “without doubt, we owe our success to the hard work and dedication of our entire team; these are the people that have made it happen.”

To attract online shoppers, WorkingPerson.com has developed a number of proprietary systems and technologies increasing visibility on major search engines as well as providing a rewarding customer shopping experience. The WorkingPerson.com Web catalog features advanced interactivity features such as “Click to Call” technology, “Live Chat”, “Customer Feedback loops”, such as “Customer Comments” and “Customer Product Reviews” as well as a custom site search engine, and a granular Directory Navigation system available site wide. The WorkingPerson.com Web site also ranks among leading online retailers for availability and uptime, as well as well as overall speed.

In its 11th year, the BKD Indiana Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievements in business, rewarding organizations that have demonstrated a core commitment to business excellence through consistent improvement of a products, services and business practices. The program is founded on the concept that improving business improves Indiana, making it a better place to live, work and play.

The December 2006 issue of Indiana Business Magazine will profile each award-winning organization in its cover story on Indiana excellence.

About the Working Person’s Store

Founded in August 1995, The Working Person’s Store is a multi-channel specialty retailer of comfortable, durable and affordable, work clothing, footwear and accessories. An international leader in the “Rugged Apparel” category, The Working Person’s Store serves working people from its Flagship retail store operations, its Shoe Mobile Division, and its award winning website, WorkingPerson.com. Supported by an array of customer centric programs and guarantees, The Working Person’s Store offers a comprehensive selection of rugged apparel brands like Carhartt, Dickies, Columbia Sportswear, Red Kap Uniforms, Wrangler Jeans, Under Armour, Bulwark, Wigwam Socks, Thorlo Socks and many others. The Company also focuses on a broad selection of leading work footwear brands such as Carolina Shoes, Wolverine Boots and Shoes, Bates Shoes and Boots, Harley Davidson Boots and Shoes, Chippewa Boots, Doc Martens Shoes and Boots, Danner Boots, Wesco Lineman Boots, Georgia Boots and many others.

The WorkingPerson.com site was also recognized in the 2006 The Webby Awards, receiving a Top International Honoree Award for Achievements in Site Content, Structure, Navigation, Visual Design, Functionality, Interactivity and Overall User Experience.

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BKD, LLP (www.bkd.com) is the CPA and advisory firm of choice for growing companies and high net-worth individuals in Central Indiana. As one of the 10 largest such firms in the country, BKP helps clients go beyond their numbers by applying technical expertise, unmatched client service and disciplined delivery of solutions to their management and financial needs. BKD’s team of 1,600, including more than 220 partners based in 27 offices, within 11 states in the central United States. BKD serves clients worldwide as the largest member firm of Moores Rowland International (MRI), an association of independent accounting firms.

Indiana Business Magazine (www.indianabusiness.com) began publication in 1957, making it the country’s third-oldest state business magazine. Indiana Business Magazine profiles businesses and the personalities behind them. It focuses on industries and issues. Each issue reports on a different region of the state. And lists, surveys, and statistics are provided in a colorful and readable format. Indiana Business magazine also publishes guides, directories and community-profile magazines throughout the state.

National City Corporation (NYSE: NCC), headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is one of the nation’s largest financial holding companies. The company operates through an extensive banking network primarily in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Pennsylvania, and also serves customers in selected markets nationally. Its core businesses include commercial and retail banking, mortgage and consumer financing, and asset management. For more information about National City, visit the company’s Web site at www.NationaICity.com.

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP (www.boselaw.com) focuses on clients need with sound legal advice, with attorneys who are approachable, responsive and attentive. Over 130-plus attorneys take the time to listen to clients and to learn about clients’ businesses, including their concerns, opportunities, and goals. Working from offices in downtown and northern Indianapolis, in Northern Indiana, in West Lafayette, Indiana and in Washington, D.C., Bose, McKinney and Evans provides a full range of legal services to the public sector and to the local, national, international, and high-tech business communities.



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Stephen Antisdel
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The Working Persons Store
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