April 26, 2017
CLEVELAND – The International Collegiate Licensing Association (ICLA) has announced its 2017 Corporate Service Award honoree, Scott Shuler, President of Top of the World. The Corporate Service Award is awarded to an individual, licensee company, or agency that shows a commitment to the collegiate licensing process and the parties involved at either a local, regional, or national level. Honorees go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the collegiate licensing industry, their peers and their customers.
“On behalf of the ICLA Officers and Board of Directors, we are proud to announce Scott Shuler, President of Top of the World, as our 2017 Corporate Service Award honoree,” stated Rachael Bickerton, ICLA president and Director of Trademark Licensing and Enforcement at Boise State University. “Through his time spent volunteering and giving back to his community, Scott exemplifies the purpose of the Corporate Service Award. We are thrilled to present him with this award as a token of our appreciation and recognition of his work.”
Shuler began his time in the collegiate licensing industry in 2000 when he joined Top of the World as vice president of sales and marketing. A year later, he was promoted to president. The nation’s leading collegiate headwear supplier, Shuler emphasizes Top of the World’s commitment to the collegiate industry in all that the company does including the continuation of the annual licensing directors’ summit and involvement in ICLA. Shuler ensures the company understands the college marketplace and creates products that enhances their client universities’ brands.
Beyond their firm commitment to the collegiate licensing industry, Shuler promotes corporate responsibility at all levels. Nationally, Top of the World is an accredited member of the Fair Labor Association, which requires a company to have in place systems and procedures that ensure adherence to fair labor standards throughout its supply chains. In addition, Top of the World has implemented green-friendly business practices, recycling anything and everything they can.
On a regional and local level, Shuler encourages his staff to give back to the community, and he lives this message out through Top of the World’s philanthropic efforts. Every holiday season, Top of the World adopts families in need to provide them clothing, toys, and gift cards during the difficult season. Top of the World provides cash to its employees to make the purchases and donates hats to the families as well. This past holiday season, they adopted 107 children. Top of the World also is a supporter of the annual Coaches v. Cancer tournament in Las Vegas and hosts Bowling Without a Ball, an annual event held in conjunction with Bowl for Kids’ Sake that raises money for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Even more telling than Top of the World’s giving is that this philanthropy is not limited to just planned, annual events. A local teen recently found himself in the hospital with spinal injuries after car accident, prompting his mom to post on Facebook, requesting friends and family to send ball caps to lift his spirits. Top of the World got wind of this and donated more than fifty hats to the local teen.
This award will be presented at the ICLA Awards Luncheon at the ICLA Convention on Monday, June 12 at 12:15 p.m. To register for the ICLA Convention, please visit our website. An up-to-date agenda of the Convention programming and events can be found here.
About ICLA: ICLA provides educational and networking opportunities, enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics, and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of collegiate licensing. For more information on ICLA, please visit www.iclanet.com. ICLA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 52nd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.