OREANDA-NEWS.  Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI; "Company"), a market leader in providing indoor and outdoor lighting and energy management solutions, proudly announces that it was selected as the IMARK Group's ("IMARK") 2015 "Supplier of the Year", receiving the award at IMARK's Annual Meeting. The prestigious Supplier of the Year award recognizes Acuity Brands' industry-leading support in sales, service, marketing and product excellence over the past 12 months.

As a member owned, member governed marketing group of wholesale electrical distributors, IMARK represents more than 2,000 distributor locations. The award winner was selected by IMARK's member companies. Criteria in rating preferred suppliers were items such as: annual sales growth and overall performance, marketing support for IMARK programs, new product promotion and communication activities, IMARK member training and sales engagement, and creative efforts to serve new IMARK members.

Bob Smith, President & CEO of IMARK, said, "Our membership was very pleased to once again announce Acuity Brands as the Supplier of the Year in our largest supplier category. Acuity continues to demonstrate outstanding support for our membership through all of the IMARK engagement opportunities as witnessed by receiving this designation five times out of the past six years from amongst a highly competitive supplier network. We are proud of our association with Acuity Brands and the award is greatly deserved."

"Acuity Brands is thrilled to be awarded IMARK's highest recognition," said Sero Cardamone, Acuity Brands Lighting Senior Vice President, Sales. "As our relationship with IMARK and its membership grows, we continue to ensure that we deliver product leadership, leading sales and marketing engagement, training, and superior alignment to market demands. Receiving the IMARK Group Supplier of the Year distinction reinforces to us that we continue to meet our customers' expectations and we are most appreciative of the partnership we share."