LIMA — Mary Kunka drives about 194 miles from Mentor to attend Celebrate Home meetings led by Barb Fishpaw in Lima. She said she does it because she wants to learn from “the best.”An executive with the direct-sales company that specializes in home and garden decorations, Kunka is just one of the many around the nation who chose to learn under the top Celebrate Home executive.“Barb is the No. 1 manager in the company,” said John Kiple, executive vice president of field relations. “An amazing leader.”She is so good at what she does that the company awarded her a black 2012 Mercedes on Monday. Family, friends and co-workers gathered at the Knights of Columbus to offer praise for Fishpaw as she was presented with the car, and a black and yellow bee theme paid tribute to Barb's “bee all that you can be” motto.Since becoming involved with the company in the late 1990s, Fishpaw said she has just been having fun. Now working solely as three-star senior national executives, Barb and John Fishpaw said they have received various trips and recognition awards through the years but never expected to receive a Mercedes, which is theirs to keep.“Through all of that, I don't think earning a brand new 2012 Mercedes was really something we thought about,” Barb Fishpaw said.Celebrate Home has two car reward programs, one with a Dodge Caliber and the other a Mercedes, the harder car to earn. Kiple said Barb Fishpaw earned the reward through building an organization and recruiting people for her team. Working with and motivating a team, along with its sales, is also taken into account.The Fishpaws largely attributed their success to family support and an excellent sales team. Barb Fishpaw said their team consisting of hostesses, designers and executives across the United States had sales of more than $21 million last year.“I'm just so proud of our team. They have just pulled together and its with their sales and their sponsoring efforts, that contributed to our sales,” she said.Kunka said Barb Fishpaw's dedication to her team is part of what makes her a great leader. In the 10 years she's known her, Kunka said Fishpaw has always had an upbeat attitude and treated people fairly no matter their sales numbers.“She is an amazing woman,” Kunka said. “I am so grateful that I met her.”You can comment on this story at www.LimaOhio.com.