||PPAI, Regional Association Leaders Come Together For LDW
Last week, PPAI and regional association volunteer leaders and staff traveled to Grapevine, Texas, for the 13th annual RAC Leadership Development Workshop (LDW). Read more LDW
PPAI Leadership Conference A Day Of Education For Volunteer Leaders
The PPAI Leadership Conference brought together the Association’s board of directors, standing committee chairs and action group leaders, and PPAI staff liaisons for a full day of training and discussion. Read more Leadership Conference
||Marsha Flanagan Joins PPAI As Director of Content Strategy And Development
Marsha Flanagan has joined PPAI as director of content strategy and development. In this role, Flanagan is responsible for steering strategy, and the development and delivery of all current and future PPAI professional development and editorial offerings. Read more Flanagan
Accelerate Your Professional Development With PPAI Webinars
PPAI is offering a variety of webinars this summer to support industry members’ professional development, expand their skills and broaden their business knowledge. Read more Webinars
PPB Is Looking For The Industry’s Best Bosses
Would you say you work for the industry’s best boss? Does he or she coach you, challenge you and help you achieve your top performance? If so, nominate him or her for PPB’s annual Best Bosses recognition coming up in the October issue. PPB is looking to identify the industry’s top people managers who make coming to work a highly positive experience. If you consider your boss one of the best, click here to send in your nomination by the July 13 deadline. See the list of PPB’s 2010 and 2011 Best Bosses. (Note: All nominees must be affiliated with PPAI member companies. Previous winners are not eligible.)
||2012 RAC Volunteer Of The Year Awards Presented At LDW Opening Night Ceremony
On June 20, the Regional Association Council (RAC) presented the 2012 RAC Volunteer of the Year Awards to two accomplished industry professionals: Jon Pierce and Dana Zezzo, CAS. Read more RAC
||PPAI President Speaks At iPROMOTEu Meeting On Power Of Promotional Products
On Monday, PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, delivered the luncheon keynote presentation at PPAI member iPROMOTEu’s (UPIC: IPRO9320) Affiliate Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. Read more iPROMOTEu
Ennis, Inc. Reports Print Sales Up, Apparel Sales Down
Ennis, Inc., (UPIC: ennis), one of the largest private-label printed business product suppliers in the U.S., reports consolidated net sales of $142.5 million for the first quarter ended May 31, 2012 compared to $143.3 million for the quarter ended May 31, 2011. Read more Ennis
MAG Promotions & More Has New Name, Owner
MAG Promotions (UPIC: MAGPROMO) is now MAG Promotions & More, following the company’s acquisition by sales manager Virginia Santos from retiring owner Ulises Planas. Read more MAG Promotions & More
Study Finds Owners Spend $35.5 Billion Annually During Business Sale Transition
BuyBizSell.com, an online marketplace for business buyers and sellers, has published a study showing that each year companies spend more than $35.5 billion on suppliers and vendors during the sale of businesses and the transition. Read more Sales
Visstun Recognizes 5th Anniversary
Las Vegas, Nevada-based supplier Visstun (UPIC: VISSTUN) is celebrating its fifth year in business this June. The company introduced its first products at the 2006 PROMOTIONS EAST show. Read more Visstun
Prime Line Launches Success Stories Contest
Supplier Prime Resources Corp. (UPIC: PRIME) has launched a contest for distributors, inviting them to submit their success stories involving Prime Line products for a chance at winning a 50-inch flat screen television and other prizes. Read more Prime Line
Register Today For The PPAI Product Safety Summit
Registration is open for the second annual PPAI Product Safety Summit, held in New Orleans on August 14, 2012, in conjunction with the PPAI North American Leadership Conference. Read more Product Safety
Darter Specialties Receives Connecticut State Small-Business Grant
Darter Specialties, Inc. (UPIC: DarterTs), a distributor based in Cheshire, Connecticut, is to receive a grant in the state’s Small Business Express Program. Read more Grant
Jetline Adopts PPAI Code Of Conduct
Gaffney, South Carolina-based Jetline (UPIC: jetline) has adopted the PPAI Code of Conduct, emphasizing the commitment both the supplier and the industry have to safety, quality and product integrity. Read more Jetline
Save The Date For L.E.A.D. 2013
PPAI’s Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.) takes the promotional products industry’s message to Capitol Hill. The annual event brings industry professionals to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and their staff, and to educate them on promotional products and their role in American business. PPAI L.E.A.D. will be held on April 10-11, 2013, with the application for participation opening in September 2012. Click here to learn more about this important event and how you can make your voice heard.
Stacie Stewart has joined Gardena, California-based supplier CleggPromo (UPIC: CLEGG) as production coordinator. She brings her experience in manufacturing, importing, exporting and quality control to the role.
Summer may have just started, but that means it’s time to start thinking about the new school year. Check out these popular school-related items from the SAGE Database to begin the new school year right. Read more SAGE
It’s said that good luck happens when hard work and opportunity meet. This much is true for Francine Pepitone, MAS. Her career in the promotional products industry began when a colleague recognized her immense aptitude for sales and relationship building and recommended she work as a distributor. Read more Pepitone
What Board Restructuring Means For You
At the risk of repeating old news—but with confidence that it will still be relevant—I am taking this opportunity to share information about PPAI’s governance that I believe is important to all PPAI members, the industry and staff. Read more Restructuring
How To Find And Evaluate A Testing Lab
For years, promotional products have demonstrated their effectiveness and value. However, today’s business environment increasingly looks beyond the product itself to evaluate its safety and social and environmental footprint. Read more Testing
Gifts for the corporate set can be buttoned-up or cutting edge, as long as they help their recipients do good business. Business and executive items are in the spotlight for September PPB. Send your product descriptions and high-resolution images to Jen Alexander McCall by June 29.
Chasing The Insurance Industry
There are few things in life that you can’t cover with insurance. PPB wants to know how you captured your insurance clients and what promotional products ensure a successful campaign. Contact Jen Alexander McCall by June 29 for inclusion in an upcoming article.
Accessories make the outfit—and the promotion. PPB’s September issue spotlights scarves, ties, gloves, socks, eyewear, headwear, jewelry, pins, temporary tattoos and any other items that encourage end users to adorn themselves with a brand. Send product descriptions and high-resolution images to Tama Underwood by June 29 for a chance to be featured.
||What Would You Do?
What’s the best practice for taking sample orders at tradeshows? I’ve seen everything from writing them on business cards, notepads or sample order forms to entering them directly into a computer. However, since distributors are often in a hurry to get from one booth to another, it is hard to get signed copies of requests and invoices are frequently contested. Likewise, distributors don’t get copies of the request.
What’s Your Answer? E-mail answers along with your name, title and company name to Question@ppai.org by June 29 for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue of PPB magazine.
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