PORT ORANGE, Fla. — Thompson Pump and Manufacturing Company Inc. is pleased to recognize James Copeland as their 2013 Branch Manager of the Year, according to a press release.

James Copeland is the branch manager of Thompson’s Summerville, S.C. branch location where he not only oversees branch operations and manages branch personnel, but also is heavily involved in providing pump rentals, sales and support to 26 counties throughout the state of South Carolina, the release reported.

Through his leadership, he has streamlined the branch’s operations, enhanced customer service in the region and exceeded growth targets, noted the release.

Additionally, continued the release, Copeland’s branch received the Thompson Pump President’s Award for Excellence in Health & Safety for outstanding achievements in those categories as evidenced by zero OSHA recordable incidents for three consecutive years 2011-2013.

According to the release, Copeland joined the company in 2003 as a shop mechanic and was quickly promoted to service manager after just 11 months, was promoted again to branch manager of the Fort Myers, Fla. branch in 2005 and in 2010 assumed the role of branch manager in Summerville.