Vinton Trophy & Awards started as a small hobby for Larry and Bonnie Roster. A relative of Bonnie's had a trophy shop in California and got her interested in the industry. It remained a part-time job for her in addition to her full-time position.
Barb & Lee Smith
The original engraver was completely manual.
In April of 1987, Lee & Barb Smith took over the business. Initially, they had no computerized engraving equipment so every letter had to be engraved manually on a sort of tracing mechanism. Also, many of the trophies were made with metal columns that had to be bent and shaped by hand from a sheet of flat metal. Needless to say, it was a very labor-intensive line of work!
It wasn't long before Lee & Barb took on an order for well over 100 trophies for the Benton County Fair, which prompted them to invest in their first computerized engraver. More engravers, new techniques, and expanded products.... Lee & Barb offered quality service to Vinton and its surrounding areas for 27 years. If you see a trophy or plaque (or really anything engraved) around Benton County, chances are it came from the Smith home!
In 2014, Ashley Hesson became the proud owner of Vinton Trophy & Awards when Lee & Barb decided it was time to retire. Ashley and her late husband, Nathan, grew up in Vinton; Ashley now resides here with her two children, Lily Ann and Noah. Ashley loves the challenge of maintaining the high standard of service to all who call upon Vinton Trophy & Awards!
1920 microphones, gumshoes and candy machines... just another day on the workbench!
Lily Ann, Nathan, Ashley, & Noah Hesson
What our customers have to say
"I’d like to highly recommend Ashley and her engraving for your next plaque requests. She was extremely responsive and followed through on every request. I’d most definitely work again with Vinton Trophy in the future!"
--Robert Calvert Paris, Illinois
"Prompt service, great attention to detail, order was just as I had envisioned. Thank you!"