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U.S. Mergers And Acquisitions To Exceed $2 Trillion In 2015

Corporate mergers and acquisitions across all tracked industries in the U.S. are on pace this year to break the record of $2 trillion. Financial software company Dealogic reports that targeted M&A volume in the U.S. stood at $2.03 trillion as of November 13, up 55 percent from $1.31 trillion during the same period of 2014. Looking abroad, the U.S. accounts for 48 percent of global M&A activity, the country’s largest share since 1999. Read More »

4imprint Survey Finds 75 Percent Of Organizations Are Planning Holiday Parties

A nationwide survey of human resource professionals by Oshkosh, Wisconsin distributor 4imprint (UPIC: 4imprint) found that three out of four organizations plan to host a holiday party this season. Of the 25 percent who do not plan to host a party, 28 percent will give business gifts to employees and 21 percent will give a monetary bonus for reaching a business goal. Read More »

Phil Martin, MAS, Named PPB’s November Volunteer Of The Month

Phil Martin, MAS, Named PPB’s November Volunteer Of The Month

PPAI recognizes Phil Martin, MAS, national sales manager at Warwick Publishing Company in St. Charles, Illinois, as November’s PPB Volunteer of the Month. The recipients of this recognition are individuals who have dedicated their time to the progress and fulfilling the charge of a committee, advisory group, work group or task force on which they serve. Read More »

PPAI, PromoKitchen To Host Workshop With Expo General Session Speaker Seth Godin

The PPAI Expo 2016 attendees will have an additional opportunity for learn from General Session speaker Seth Godin. Following his presentation Tuesday morning, Godin is joining an intimate workshop presented by PPAI and PromoKitchen to discuss the marketing problems industry professionals are facing today. Read More »

SAGE Mobile 5.0 Offers More Show Planning Features

Addison, Texas-based SAGE (UPIC: SAGE), a PPAI business partner, has released the latest version of SAGE Mobile, the official mobile show planning tool for The PPAI Expo 2016. The app is available for iOS and Android devices and allows industry distributors to search for products, look up customer information, view presentations and more. Read More »

CPSC Compliance Materials Now Available In Chinese

PPAI has developed a new web resource that provides Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) compliance materials in Chinese with Spanish and Vietnamese versions coming soon. This material is available to all PPAI members and their trading partners. Read More »

In Memoriam: Dianne Watson, MAS

In Memoriam: Dianne Watson, MAS

Dedicated. Devoted. Hard Working. Committed. Caring. Enthusiastic. Friend. Relentless. Amazing. Knowledgeable. Cheerful. Fun. Amazing.

These are all words that have been used by friends and colleagues to describe Dianne Watson, MAS, who passed away on Sunday. Her fun-loving attitude and volunteer spirit were contagious. She and her late husband, Brad, were multi-line reps who ran Brad Watson & Associates together for over three decades. They were a dynamic team who built a successful business and forged many lasting friendships. Read More »

United Print Group Recognized By The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council

Distributor United Print Group (UPIC: Unite387) was recognized by The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council on November 13 at its annual Partnership Awards Gala. Long Island City, New York-based United Print Group was named a recipient of a “Supplier of the Year Award” by the group, identifies and certifies minority business enterprises, and facilitates procurement opportunities between corporate America and council-certified minority suppliers. Read More »

Atlanta Business League Inducts Accolades, Inc. Into Its Hall Of Fame

Accolades, Inc. (UPIC: ACCINC) was inducted into the Atlanta Business League Hall of Fame last week at the group’s 82nd Annual Dinner Meeting. The Norcross, Georgia distributor is the first promotional products company to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which recognizes African-American-owned businesses that have conducted continuous business for more than 25 years. Read More »

PPB Newslink November 19: IMA Announces Next Step In Association Management Transition

The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) announces that Karen Wesloh, CAE, CMP, of the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Harrington Company will be its new executive director effective January 1, 2016. IMA’s current executive director, Donna Chrobak, will be pursuing another opportunity within the incentive industry. Read More »

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