Mary Ann Farmer, MAS, Honored As 2012 PPAI Woman Of Achievement
Mary Ann Farmer, MAS, was named the 2012 recipient of the PPAI Woman of Achievement award last night during the opening ceremony at PPAI’s Women’s Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read more Woman Of Achievement
PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference Opens In Indianapolis
The PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference opened yesterday at the Omni Severin Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, and will run through Wednesday. Read more Women’s Leadership Conference
New Grant Launched For Women’s Leadership Conference
PPAI’s Women’s Leadership Conference has become one of the most popular and well-attended events in the industry. To ensure that more women get the opportunity to attend the conference, the three past award recipients have announced their support of a new grant aimed at covering travel costs for at least one lucky recipient per year. Read more Grant
Creative Marketing Concepts’ Zachary Tyler Visits PPAI Headquarters
Recently, PPAI headquarters hosted a visit from Zachary Tyler, president of San Francisco, California’s Creative Marketing Concepts (UPIC: CREA0051). Read more Tyler
Paul Bellantone, CAE, Marks First Year As PPAI President And CEO
Last week, PPAI celebrated an anniversary: Paul Bellantone’s first full year as the Association’s president and CEO. Read more Anniversary
The PPAI Image Awards Submissions Window Extended To August 3
The PPAI Image Awards recognize those Association-member companies who put in the extra effort to establish identity and promote their products and services with creativity and effectiveness. Read more Image Awards
Further Your Professional Education, Sign Up For A PPAI Webinar
PPAI’s webinar series educates and informs industry professionals on the latest trends and best practices, helping their businesses grow and furthering their professional development. Read more Webinars
FDA Issues Regulations Banning BPA Use In Baby Bottles
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued amended regulations that prohibit the use of the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and caps. Read more BPA
A Brand Company, BrandAlliance Partner To Build North American Coverage
Charlotte, North Carolina-based A Brand Company, parent company of Activate! Promotions + Marketing (UPIC: Activate), has entered into collaboration with Canada’s BrandAlliance. Read more A Brand Company
Agreement Integrates SAGE Data With iPROMOTEu’s Order Management System
SAGE and iPROMOTEu have announced an agreement in which SAGE data will be integrated into iPROMOTEu’s Xebra order management system. Read more Integration
Lapine Joins QCA’s Distributor Advocacy Council
Lapine, Inc. (UPIC: LAPI0001), a Stamford, Connecticut-based distributor, has joined the Quality Certification Alliance’s (QCA) Distributor Advocacy Council. Read more Lapine
In Memoriam: Marla Pak
Marla Pak, regional sales manager with BIC Graphic USA, passed away at her home in Everett, Washington, on July 16, after a battle with cancer. She was 41. Read more Pak
PPAI Booth-In-A-Box Order Deadline Approaching
Through the Booth-In-A-Box program, PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC) are providing government relations materials for regional association events and tradeshows. Read more Booth-In-A-Box
Register Today And Secure One Of The Final Seats At The 2012 PPAI Product Safety Summit
Register now for the second annual PPAI Product Safety Summit, held in New Orleans August 14-15, in conjunction with the PPAI North American Leadership Conference. The summit is the only product safety conference that focuses exclusively on the unique challenges of the promotional products industry. It will equip participants to make product safety adoption and compliance a competitive advantage rather than a burden. Registration and other details are available here. But hurry, seats at this must-attend event are filling up fast.
Join The Industry Leaders That Have Signed The PPAI Code Of Conduct
The PPAI Code of Product Responsibility Conduct gives industry professionals a tangible presentation that can show clients what they are doing to meet end buyers’ expectations for product safety and social and environmental assurances. Read more Code of Conduct
Advocate For The Industry During The Congressional August Recess
The U.S. Congress goes into recess on August 6; this is an excellent opportunity to meet with members of Congress and educate them about the power of promotional products. Read more Recess
Spector & Co. (UPIC: SPEC0038) has hired Eric Thibault as regional sales manager for the Caribbean, Florida and Puerto Rico. He brings 12 years of experience in the promotional products industry to the Champlain, New York-based supplier.
Candy Cummings has joined Dard Products, Inc., Tag-Master Line, (UPIC: TagMastr) as regional sales manager at the Evanston, Illinois, supplier. She will be responsible for Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.
Gulfport, Florida-based Blue Water Promotions (UPIC: joshua33) has added three new salespeople to its staff: Laura Cope, Julie Pressnell and Michael Sandor.
Orlando Pla has joined the Caribbean Advertising Specialties Association (CASA) as executive director. He brings experience in management positions at a number of multinational companies, as well as a consultant in the tourism and hospitality industry to the role.
The SAAGNY Foundation Elects New Board Of Trustees
The SAAGNY Foundation, established with help from the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY), has announced its newly elected 2012-2013 Board of Trustees. Read more SAAGNY Foundation
Crystal D Names Second Quarter 2012 WOW Champs
Crystal D (UPIC: CRYSTALD) has announced its second quarter 2012 WOW Champs. Read more Crystal D
Imprint Plus’ Mighty Badge Wins NAOPA’s People’s Choice Award
The North American Office Products Awards (NAOPA), presented on July 12 in Washington, D.C., awarded its first-ever People’s Choice Award to Richmond, British Columbia-based Imprint Plus’ (UPIC: imp8687) “Mighty Badge.” Read more Imprint Plus
Charles River Apparel Recognized In Kars4Kids Charity Moment
Supplier Charles River Apparel (UPIC: CRA) was named the Kars4Kids Charity Moment winner for the week of June 25. Read more Charles River Apparel
4imprint Donates $58,000 In Promotional Products In Second Quarter 2012
Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based 4imprint (UPIC: 4imprint) donated $58,000 in promotional items to more than 100 nonprofit organizations and charities in the U.S. and Canada in second quarter 2012. Read more 4imprint
High summer temperatures have everyone looking for ways to beat the heat. Make those hot summer days more pleasant with these cool products from the SAGE Database. Read more SAGE
Although the U.S. economy continued its fits-and-starts recovery in 2011, promotional products sales during the period outpaced almost all other non-electronic media. PPAI’s annual survey of distributor sales, which comprises the official distributor sales estimate for the promotional products industry, shows the industry moved $17,721,945,690 worth of promotional goods last year—a seven-percent gain over 2010. Read more Charged
Always On Call
Spending countless hours on the phone with clients and traveling several days every month might wear down an ordinary sales professional. But Fran Ford, senior vice president of J Charles Crystalworks (UPIC: JCHARLES), is nothing if not extraordinary. Read more Ford
Michelle was having an anxiety attack. It was only her second day at Golfster Promo [names have been changed to protect the uninformed], a leading supplier of golf-related promotional products. Like many suppliers and distributors in our industry since the implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, Golfster’s clients were increasingly asking for test reports for its products, and like most companies, Golfster didn’t have many test reports on file. Read more Lab
PPB is featuring t-shirts in October, so send case studies and photos of your tanks, long- and short-sleeved tees, cap sleeve or scoop-necked tops to Tama Underwood by July 27. Submissions should include a brief description and high-resolution image. (Shots on white backgrounds without models are preferred.) Have a sweet t-shirt decoration technique or fun take on the classic tee? Send those, too.
Outside The Box
PPB is looking for companies that are growing through innovative methods, such as distributors who are offering non-traditional client services, for an upcoming story in PPB. Contact Editor Tina Berres Filipski by July 27.
Do you work for or know of an industry company that’s doing an exceptional good job in attracting and keeping young workers? What about companies that have strong succession plans for transitioning the next generation into the business? PPB is looking for companies to speak with for an upcoming feature article. Contact Editor Tina Berres Filipski by July 27.
It’s An Honor
Hard work, success and longevity—all are great reasons to honor someone, and October PPB looks at the role promotional products play in awards and recognition. Submit high-resolution images and product descriptions of your awards and recognition offerings to Jen Alexander McCall by July 31 for inclusion in an upcoming article.
||What Would You Do?
A Supplier Asks: Do distributors use marketing tools from suppliers? For example, we have PDFs of flyers on our website that have space for distributors to include their own contact information. They can customize the flyers and use them as either e-flyers or as hard copies to distribute. Is this a good offering, or are distributors looking for more? Is there something that would be more helpful?
What’s Your Answer? E-mail answers along with your name, title and company name to Question@ppai.org by July 27 for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue of PPB magazine.