Jon Pierce And Dana Zezzo, CAS, Named 2012 PPAI RAC Volunteers Of The Year
The PPAI RAC Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes the accomplishments of regional association members who have shown exceptional levels of volunteerism and leadership and have made significant, measurable contributions to their associations. For 2012, PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC) have named two enthusiastic advocates who have taken their involvement and commitment to the next level—Jon Pierce and Dana Zezzo, CAS. Read more RVOTY
||PPEF And Alan Christopher, MAS, Launch ’Stache For Cash
You won’t believe what Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF) Chair Alan Christopher, MAS, is willing to do to help raise money to send kids to college. Read more PPEF
QCA Introduces Distributor Advocacy Council Charter
The Quality Certification Alliance has introduced its Distributor Advocacy Council (DAC) charter. The DAC allows distributors to formally pledge their support for the organization. Read more QCA
Boundless Network And JAMS Partner On Technology Platform
In Boundless Network’s (UPIC: Bound784) partnership with JAMS, JAMS will leverage the patented Boundless Network technology platform to expand its offering to its customer base. Read more Boundless Network
DistributorCentral Introduces DC Platinum Supplier Initiative
DistributorCentral (UPIC: DC), a Gardner, Kansas-based company that provides e-commerce tools for industry suppliers and distributors, has announced its new DC Platinum Supplier program. Read more DistributorCentral
Newton Releases “Booth! There It Is” White Paper
Newton Manufacturing Company (UPIC: NEWTON) has released a white paper, “Booth! There It Is,” on effective event marketing. Read more Newton
In Memoriam: Ideas Unlimited Founder Samuel B. Rosenblum
Samuel B. Rosenblum, founder of Memphis, Tennessee, distributor Ideas Unlimited (UPIC: IDEA0013), passed away on March 5. He was 83. Read more Rosenblum
PPAI’s Bellantone And Lardner-Stone Visit Member Companies In New Jersey And Pennsylvania
PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, and PPAI Director of Public Affairs Anne Lardner-Stone met with a number of promotional products businesses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Read more Bellantone
PPAI’s Blake Bozeman’s Travels Create New Connections With Members
PPAI’s business development manager Blake Bozeman travels extensively for the Association, meeting with PPAI Business Partners to grow and develop these valuable member benefits, and joining the SAGE Seminar Series to meet with and learn from industry members around the country. Read more Bozeman
Further Your Professional Education, Sign Up For A PPAI Webinar
This summer, PPAI is offering a variety of webinars to support industry members’ professional development, expand their skills and broaden their business knowledge. Read more Webinars
Nominate Someone Today For One Of Three Prestigious PPAI Awards
This is the final week to nominate an exceptional member of the promotional products industry for one of three important awards categories in the PPAI Awards and Recognition Program—the PPAI Hall of Fame, the PPAI Distinguished Service Award and the PPAI H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award. Read more Nominations
International Ink Manufacturer Marabu Recognizes Importance Of Testing Inks For CPSIA Compliance
PPAI is working with industry partners to identify major ink manufacturers and encourage them to begin annual testing regimens. Marabu, an international ink manufacturer, has recently completed a great deal of testing on a number of its products used by PPAI members. Read more Testing
PPAI’s Lardner-Stone Joins The NWPMA Spring Showcase
On May 15-16, the Northwest Promotional Marketing Association (NWPMA) held its 2012 Spring Showcase in Portland, Oregon, and PPAI Director of Public Affairs Anne Lardner-Stone participating in the event’s Product Safety Panel Discussion. Read more NWPMA
PPAI’s Webinar Series Looks At Product Safety Reporting Requirements
Tomorrow, PPAI’s webinar series looks at the best practices in product safety reporting requirements and document storage for promotional products companies. Read more Webinar
||National Gift Card Corporation (UPIC: ngcgroup) has added two new directors to the Elgin, Illinois-based supplier’s executive team. Samantha Goldstein (left) has been promoted to director of marketing; previously, she served as a marketing coordinator at the company. Its new director of strategic partnerships is Ashley Zielinski, who previously held a strategic partnerships manager position at National Gift Card.
Vu Chan has joined Club Colors (UPIC: CLUBCO), a Schaumburg, Illinois-based distributor, as collegiate sales manager. Chan will be responsible for managing and training the company’s collegiate account managers.
LDW Presentation Line-Up Features New Sessions, Speakers
PPAI’s Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) focuses on developing future regional leaders and enhancing relationships between the regional nonprofit associations in the promotional products industry. This annual event provides regional association is coming to Grapevine, Texas, June 20-22. Read more LDW
Gill Studios Wins Six Awards From PIA MidAmerica
Industry supplier Gill Studios (UPIC: gill) received three Best of Category Awards and three Awards of Excellence from the Printing and Imaging Association of MidAmerica (PIA MidAmerica), a regional affiliate of the PIA. Read more Gill Studios
PolyConcept North America Recognized In The Hermes Creative Awards
The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals awarded Polyconcept North America’s (PCNA) marketing team a number of its Hermes Creative Awards—three Platinum Awards, the competition’s highest honor, two Gold Awards and three Honorable Mentions for its work on Leed’s (UPIC: LEEDS) and Bullet (UPIC: BULLET) marketing. Read more PCNA
Raining Rose Makes Corridor Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Company List For Third Year
Corridor Business Journal has named Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based supplier Raining Rose, Inc. (UPIC: Raini224) one of the Fastest Growing Companies in the Corridor for the third consecutive year. Read more Raining Rose
Thinc Actionwear’s Open House Raises Food, Money For The Oregon Food Bank
Portland, Oregon, supplier Thinc Actionwear’s (UPIC: THINC) open house, held to showcase its 2012 collection, raised more than $1,500 for the Oregon Food Bank. Read more Thinc Actionwear
In the United States, pet lovers are expected to spend almost $53 billion in 2012 on their animal companions. And the pet industry will continue to show strong growth. Here are the top 15 products for pets from the SAGE Database. Read more SAGE
License To Promote
San Diego, California-based supplier Skinit Promotions (UPIC: SKINIT), which produces protective vinyl decals for personal electronics, has been tapped to promote some major cinematic franchises in recent years. The latest in its string of licensing coups positions the company as the exclusive technology licensee for The Hunger Games, a screen adaptation of a novel about a postapocalyptic society. Skinit has worked on similar deals with the Twilight series and Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. Read more License
Something To Chew On
When I was a kid, the best part about going to the grocery story with my mom was getting to put a penny or nickel into the gumball machine and watching it dispense a bright, shiny ball of bubblegum. I’d pop it into my mouth and savor the familiar sugary crunch as I bit into it. Read more Chew
A Distributor Asks: A much larger competitor contacted our list of sales reps to recruit them to sell for their distributorship. We currently list our reps on our website and assume this is where they found our reps’ information. We, of course, removed that list. I would like to know your thoughts on this practice. Are there any standards for ethical recruiting in our industry? How, as a distributorship, should we respond? Read more Question
Delightful, delectable, delicious and daring—food gifts are the focus in August PPB. To submit your new, unique food offerings for consideration, send product descriptions and high-resolution images to Jen Alexander McCall by May 31.
Capturing Retail And Franchise Customers
Opportunities abound for creative campaigns in the retail and franchise fields. PPB wants to know your guidelines for successfully partnering with retailers and franchises, along with case studies of successful promotions. Please contact Jen Alexander McCall by May 31 to for inclusion in an upcoming article.
Suiting up in a custom uniform helps build a brand’s reputation, lends authority to staffers and protects employees on the job. The August issue of PPB will feature the best and most innovative uniforms, so send your product descriptions and high-resolution images to Tama Underwood by May 31 for a chance to be featured.
||What Would You Do?
Last year we introduced a new fashion product to the industry. A distributor said its client, a well-known celebrity, was interested in adding our product to the client’s retail line, so we sent random samples and designed numerous virtual images for the distributor. After following up, we didn’t hear from the distributor again and never received an order. Recently, we saw the product for sale on the celebrity’s website, using a slightly modified version of the layout we created. When we called the distributor to ask what happened and why we didn’t get the order, we were told: “Oh, the client really beat us up on the price, so we went direct to a Chinese factory.” What would you do?
What’s Your Answer? E-mail answers along with your name, title and company name to Question@ppai.org by May 31 for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue of PPB magazine.