HALO Branded Solutions Acquires BjM Promotions
HALO Branded Solutions (UPIC: HBS) has announced the acquisition of BjM Promotions (UPIC: BJMP0001), an Islandia, New York-based promotional products distributor. Read more HALO
The Healthcare Ruling And Its Effects On Promotional Products Businesses
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling on healthcare reform. The future of healthcare reform turned on the notion of a penalty not being a tax for the purpose of a statute, but a tax for the purpose of constitutionality. Read more Healthcare
Newton Manufacturing Company Announces Leadership Change
Distributor Newton Manufacturing (UPIC: NEWTON) has announced their board of directors has accepted the resignation of the company’s president, Lee Cochran. Read more Newton
Beacon Promotions Acquires The Imagery Group
New Ulm, Minnesota-based supplier Beacon Promotions, Inc. (UPIC: BEACONP) has acquired the Imagery Group (UPIC: IGROUP), a Nashville, Tennessee, company. Read more Beacon Promotions
Lapine To Represent Bulova In The Southeastern U.S.
Stamford, Connecticut-based distributor Lapine Associates, Inc. (UPIC: LAPI0001) has been named an authorized representative group in the Southeastern U.S. for watch and clock manufacturer Bulova (UPIC: BULO0001). Read more Lapine Associates
The Perfect Promotion President Jody Ferrer Joins AMA-CT Board
The Perfect Promotion (UPIC: Perfect2) President and Founder Jody Ferrer has been named to the board of directors of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA-CT). Read more The Perfect Promotion
The Promotional Specialists Join QCA’s Distributor Advocacy Council
The Promotional Specialists (UPIC: TPS) has joined the Quality Certification Alliance’s (QCA) Distributor Advocacy Council. Read more The Promotional Specialists
PPAI Joins The SAGE Seminar Series In Florida
Last week, PPAI Public Affairs Manager Eme Alberico traveled to Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, as part of the SAGE Seminar Series. Read more Seminar Series
Have Your Say In The PPAI Quarterly Sales Barometer For Q2
Participate today in PPAI’s Quarterly Sales Barometer for the second quarter of 2012 and be entered to win a Kindle Fire. Read more Sales Barometer
Sign Up Today For PPAI’s July Webinars
This summer, PPAI is offering valuable webinars 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.)
Advocate For The Industry During The Congressional August Recess
Both houses of the U.S. Congress go on recess on August 6. Aside from the industry’s trip to D.C. in the spring as part of PPAI L.E.A.D., this is the single best opportunity for the industry to meet with members of Congress and educate them about the power of promotional products and the strength of the industry across the nation. Read more Recess
House Committee Revises Bill To Address Industry Concerns
The Oversight and Government Reform Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has passed HR 4631, the “Government Spending Accountability Act of 2012.” The bill contains revisions addressing concerns that the amendment’s original wording would have severely limited federal employees’ attendance at PPAI meetings and conferences. Read more GSA Act
Register Now For The Second Annual PPAI Product Safety Summit
Registration continues 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. 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.
K & R Precision Corp. (UPIC: K-AND-R) has promoted Keith Addis to vice president of sales, North America. Addis has 24 years of experience in the promotional products industry, including time on both the supplier and distributor sides of the business.
||Dan Chicorel has joined Pleasanton, California-based distributor MadeToOrder as a sales and marketing executive. He brings 25 years of business experience to the position, including serving as vice president of marketing for Weight Watchers of Wisconsin, and as owner of Weight Watchers of Hawaii.
Gulfport, Florida-based Blue Water Promotions (UPIC: joshua33) has added three new salespeople to its team. Laura Cope, Julie Pressnell and Michael Sandor have joined the distributor to serve its clients in Florida and elsewhere in the U.S.
New Bedford, Massachusetts-based supplier Ahead (UPIC: Ahead355) has promoted Scott Stone to national sales manager for golf. Stone previously served as a regional sales manager for the company.
Heritage Sportswear, Inc. (UPIC: HERI0002), a Hebron, Ohio-based supplier, has added four new members to its sales team. David Durbin will be responsible for Alabama and Tennessee, Kristin Egan will develop the company’s preferred partner program, Michael Galati will serve Cincinnati and Kentucky, and Steve Mordecai will focus on the company’s customer base.
||CleggPromo (UPIC: CLEGG) has brought Tara Keckeisen on to work as assistant product manager at the Gardena, California, supplier. Keckeisen has more than 10 years of experience working on the supplier side of the promotional products industry.
ROI-Line (UPIC: roiline), a supplier headquartered in Inglewood, California, has added two members to its team: Shennen Marschner is the company’s new head of East Coast sales, and Ian Kalna is head of West Coast sales.
PPAF To Honor Florida’s Sen. Jack Latvala and Rep. Jim Frische
The Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF) has announced that it will present Sen. Jack Latvala and Rep. Jim Frische with its State Legislator of the Year honors at a ceremony during the PPAF Expo on August 23 in Orlando, Florida. Read more PPAF
The Sourcing Team Earns The Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code’s Gold Award
The Sourcing Team (UPIC: SOUR0004), a London, U.K.-based distributor, has earned the Gold award level for the Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code. Read more Sourcing Team
Prime Line Launches Campaign Supporting Breast Cancer Research
Prime Resources Group (UPIC: PRIME) has announced that it will donated five percent of its sales of pink items between July 1 and October 31 to breast cancer research, education and support. Read more Prime Line
SAGE Online users don’t have to enter their username and password each time they log in to the site, as it gives users the option to log in automatically. Read more SAGE
Talking ’Bout Your Generation
Employers and managers in today’s workplaces face many challenges—not the least of which are generational differences among workers. And, as members of the older generations have delayed retirement, as many as four generations now can be found working side by side. Read more Generation
The Farmers’ Almanac has named Grand Forks, North Dakota, the hands-down coldest city in the U.S. To overwinter there means you will experience average temperatures of nine degrees Fahrenheit and snowfall on 47 percent of the days between December and March. Just thinking about it is enough to bring on a shiver. So naturally, when seeking information for choosing quality cold-season wearables, PPB looked to an industry insider in—you guessed it—Grand Forks. Read more Apparel
Michael Bistocchi has been a lot of things—nightclub manager, airport baggage handler, airline executive, distributor and supplier. He has even dabbled in managing musicians and reading movie scripts when he has time. Read more Bistocchi
We love our canine companions, feline friends and other creatures who bring us comfort. October PPB focuses on the pet industry and we’re looking for great products and case studies for successful pet-related promotions. Send product descriptions, high-resolution images and case study details to Jen Alexander McCall by July 20.
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 20 for inclusion in an upcoming article.
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.
||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.