HALO Branded Solutions (UPIC: HBS)—Amy Roller, sales support supervisor, and Tommy Lewis, vice president, enterprise and program sales
Charles River Apparel (UPIC: CRA)—Will Cropper, vice president of sales operations and business development
Discount Labels (UPIC: DISC0002)—Rob Koller, director of marketing
IDProductsource (UPIC: idpaspin)—Nolan Cowsert, promoted to senior customer service representative
Pinnacle Designs (UPIC: Pinnacle)—Monique Nigorizawa, director of sales and marketing
Quinn Flags (UPIC: Quinn)—Walt Greene, new product development specialist.
RiteLine (UPIC: RiteLine)—Kim Lehere, vice president of marketing; Lori Arrigunaga, director of marketing; Carol McCullough, customer service supervisor; and Tonya Moore, customer service specialist
Sonoma Promotional Solutions (UPIC: SONOMA)—Jacob Powell, business development manager
Spector & Co. (UPIC: SPEC0038)—Paul Tomiuk, account manager for Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, New Mexico and Tennessee
Vantage Apparel (UPIC: vantage)—Ben Roberson, regional sales representative for the Carolinas, Tennessee, and West and sSouthern Virginia territories
In Memoriam: David Engel, MAS
On May 25, David Engel, MAS, a longtime industry volunteer and past president of supplier Greystone International Products, passed away in New Haven, Connecticut. He was 71.
Engel was an active volunteer in the industry and for PPAI. At the Association, he served on the Government Relations Advisory Council, the Leadership Advisory Committee, the Suppliers Committee and the International Committee, which he chaired. Engel also took part in a number of PPAI Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.) events in Washington, D.C.
Engel is survived by his wife, Sharon; son, Jonathan, and daughter-in-law, Jessica; daughter, Joanna Engel, and fiancé, Dana Finer; brother, Rafael Engel, and granddaughter, Miriam Engel.
Services were held May 27 at the Robert E. Shure Funeral Home in New Haven, followed by interment at Beth Sholom Cemetery in Hamden. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, Connecticut 06492.
In Memoriam: Bill Gassett
Bill Gassett, a customer service representative for Hub Pen (UPIC: HUBPEN) passed away in May. Gassett joined the Braintree, Massachusetts, supplier in April 2010.
In a statement, the company says, “[Gassett] made an immediate impact with his casual professionalism and ability to put the customer’s need above all else. Bill knew the meaning of teamwork and practiced the concept daily as those who worked with him will vouch for. Our prayers are with Bill’s wife, Janet, and his children, Andrew and Alison, at this difficult time. Bill will be remembered for his easy smile, warm personality and willingness to help anyone.”
In Memoriam: Jim Harmon
Jim Harmon, a past board member and executive director of the Philadelphia Promotional Products Association, passed away on May 23.
Harmon is survived by his wife, Joyce, and family. A viewing and funeral was held May 27 at Downingtown United Methodist Church in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.