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Greatmats Annual National Instructor of the Year Award Series

By Created: September, 2017 - Modified: December, 2020

More than 150,000 votes poured in during the two-week voting period in Greatmats’ 6th Annual National Award Series, honoring coaches, instructors and trainers across 8 different professions who have served as a positive influence in their respective communities. The votes were used to determine his year’s finalists, and the 2020 winners are:


Greatmats is a national specialty flooring retailer based in Milltown, WI, since 1999. Identified as one of the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in the USA three times since 2008, Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5% of its annual profits to local non-profit organizations. It also supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources.

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The Greatmats National Award Series was founded in 2015 and is the first of its kind to recognize such a diverse group of individuals for both their positive professional and community influence. This is the 6th annual national awards competition to honor Dance Instructors, Dog Trainers and Horse Trainers. It has since expanded its National Award Series to include Martial Arts Instructors, Cheer Coaches, Fitness Trainers and Gymnastics Coaches. Over the first 6 years of the National Awards Series more than 665,000 votes were cast to honor these great instructors.

The top 10 vote getters in each category receive a prize.








Prizes

  1. Grand Prize: $250 in Greatmats Products
  2. Second Prize: $150 in Greatmats Products
  3. Third Prize:$100 in Greatmats Product
  4. 4th-10th Places $50 Greatmats Coupon toward purchases of $200 or more


Greatmats is a national specialty flooring industry leader based in Milltown, Wisconsin, since 1999. Identified as one of the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in the USA three times since 2008, Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5% of its annual profits to local non-profit organizations. It also supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources. Find out more about Greatmats at www.greatmats.com or by visiting Greatmats on Facebook.

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Past Winners

National Fitness Trainer of the Year

2015 - Jeanette Raichle - Owatonna Tennis and Fitness Center - Owatonna, MN
2017 - Thea Jorgensen - Thea Ward Fitness - Bismarck, ND
2018 - Adam Cayce - Arc Fitness - Indianpolis, IN
2019 - Micah Morgan - MMFitness - Tampa, FL
2020 - Jennifer Simpson - Cherrywood Village - Portland, OR

National Cheerleading Coach of the Year

2016 - Amy Beth Klopf - Coleman Junior Senior High School - Coleman, MI
2017 - Sherri Andrzejewski - Wilkes-Barre Bears - Wilkes-Barre, PA
2018 - Kaylee Cottrell - Anderson Invasion Cheer - Anderson, IN
2019 - Angie Koenig - Carolina Crossfire Cheer - Columbia, SC
2020 - Elicia Morigeau - Quad City Storm Elite - Prescott Valley, AZ

National Dance Instructors of the Year

2015 - Rosanne Vavasis - Gotta Dance - Hudson, FL
2016 - John Culbertson - Dance Attack Dance Studio - Miami, FL
2017 - Heidi Sulminski & Heather Gerard - H&H Dance Academy - Millbury, MA
2018 - Marlee Ramirez-Santana - Encore Dance Theatre - Sunrise, FL
2019 - Marianne Brash-Rieg - Twirl Time Dance Studio - Pittsburgh, PA
2020 - Katelyn Byrd - Fever Dance and Tumble - Gastonia, NC

National Dog Trainers of the Year

2015 - Jeremy Joseph Brown - The Complete Canine - Tucson, AZ
2016 - Jeremy Joseph Brown - The Complete Canine - Tucson, AZ
2017 - Sara Carson - The Super Collies - Palmdale, CA
2018 - Hannah Ernst - Down Home Dog Training LLC - Meadville, PA
2019 - Abbey Beasley - IncrediPAWS - Pataskala, OH
2020 - Courtney Gluchacki - A.C.E. K9 Academy - Warwick, RI

National Gymnastics Coach of the Year

2016 - Rilee Sauer - Gold Medal Gymnastics - Chandler, AZ
2018 - Steve Zamzo - Detroit Lakes High School - Detroit Lakes, MN
2019 - Aimee Walker Pond - Champions Sports Center - Lehi, UT
2020 - Jessica Ryan - Rock 'n Roll Gymnastics Academy - Shavertown, PA

National Horse Trainer of the Year

2016 - Jessica Moctezuma - Moctezuma Stables - Woodstock, IL
2017 - Kelly Murphy-Alley - Striking KMA Performance Horses - Wilmore, KY
2018 - Tammy Smith - Fox Mask Basic Horsemanship - Chandler, AZ
2019 - PJ O'Connell - Cowboy Way Ranch - Elizabethtown, KY
2020 - Bill Brown - W. Brown Performance Horses - Fowlerville, MI

National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year

2016 - Grandmaster Bryant Harrell - Real World Combat Academy, High Point Neighborhood Family Center - Clearwater, FL
2017 - Master Ron Poholik - Pride Martial Arts - New Lenox, IL
2018 - Erich Podbielski - American Taekwondo West Bend - West Bend, WI
2019 (Striking) - Leo Liuzza - Shinkyokushinkai Karate - Las Vegas, NV
2019 (Grappling) - Amanda Leve - Leve BJJ - Philadelphia, PA
2020 (Striking) - Cameron Smith - Premier Martial Arts - North Augusta, SC
2020 (Grappling) - Earl ''Trouble'' Small 302 BJJ - Wilmington, DE