PTN held a reception during the PMA show in Orlando, Florida, to honor its 2005 Dealer of the Year, David Guidry and Lakeside Camera and Imaging. Lakeside has two locations, in Mandeville and Metairie, Louisiana.
Soon after PMA, the folks at Lakeside changed the name of the store to Lakeside Camera Photoworks, as the new moniker more closely illustrates the focus of the business.
Lakeside embodies the true entrepreneurial spirit and out-of-the-box thinking that we here at PTN look for in those we recognize as our Dealers of the Year.
PTN publisher Liz Vickers and editor Diane Berkenfeld presented the award to the Guidrys as a packed room of friends and family, photo industry dealers and manufacturers, and past PTN Dealers of the Year watched.
Two photo industry veterans—Bill McCurry and Ray Ohannes—paid tribute to the tenacity and excellence that the Guidrys and Lakeside has strived for since its inception.
David Guidry graciously accepted the honors, and voiced his thanks to everyone in the industry who has offered their advice and help throughout the years to the Lakeside family. And when Guidry spoke about the influence his parents—Rodney and Susan—had on his life and the success of the business, there was barely a dry eye in the room.
He also took a few moments to make heartfelt comments about the effects that Hurricane Katrina has had on the lives of himself and his family, as well as those others in Louisiana and the other Gulf States hit by the storm.
PTN would also like to thank the following companies for making this year’s PTN Dealer of the Year reception such a success: Canon, Lucidiom, Nikon, Pentax, Trevoli, and Wizard International.