The New England Promotional Products Association held its Fall Client Show at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut, September 22-23.
An opening reception at the Mohegan Sun’s Cabaret Theatre included an annual meeting, the election for NEPPA’s 2015 board of directors, and the presentation of the 2014 Beach Awards. NEPPA also celebrated its 40th anniversary and brought together 14 of the regional association’s past presidents for the event. 2014 Board President Nicholas D’Eramo says, “I’ve had the opportunity to work with a great team over the years and feel strongly that Kim Coen as [in-coming] president and the new board will continue to do wonderful things moving forward.”
D’Eramo and Awards Committee Chairs Jim Curtis and Joshua Brooks presented the 2014 Beacon Awards to NEPPA supplier and distributor members during the awards ceremony. The 2014 recipients included:
Supplier of the Year – Non-Apparel: Polyconcept North America
Supplier of the Year – Apparel: SanMar
New England Supplier of the Year: Gemline
Technology Award: Polyconcept North America
Supplier Representative of the Year: Kim Coen of Polyconcept North America
Multiline Representative of the Year: Nancy Bercovitz of Jules Scheck Associates
Distributor of the Year: SwervePoint, LLC
Awards co-chairs Curtis and Brooks also presented the 2014 Humanitarian Awards to two NEPPA members who donate their time and energy to local charitable organizations. Donations of $500 from NEPPA Cares were made on behalf of Christine Carpenter-Gleason of NEPM to Lisa’s Light of Hope, and on behalf of All Star Incentive Marketing to the United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton. Carpenter-Gleason has been involved with fundraising efforts for Lisa’s Light of Hope – Bringing Eating Disorders out of the Darkness, a charitable fund created in affiliation with Baystate Health Behavioral Health to raise awareness, support treatment and provide education on eating disorders. All Star Incentive Marketing participates in several company-sponsored and team member contributions, including food drives, care packages for soldiers, hat and coat drives, and hosted dinners for Ronald McDonald House. The company also offers a matching gift program for charitable donations up to $500 per employee per year.
Education sessions ran both days of the Fall Client Show. September 22 included two sessions, “PPAI Product Safety Awareness Program,” presented by PPAI Product Responsibility Manager Tim Brown, MAS; and business growth trainer and coach David Blaise presented “Seven Habits of Million Dollar Salespeople,” while the morning of September 23 featured an education session for clients and distributors, “The Power of Promotional Products: How to Create Tangible Results with Effective Promotions” presented by Blaise.