commonsku (PPAI 552077)—Samantha Kates, vice president of sales, and Cindy Locke, business development manager
HALO Branded Solutions (PPAI 106462)—Mike McMillan, regional vice president of sales for the southwest region; Philip Peden, promoted to marketing supervisor; and Tara Francke, promoted to marketing consultant
NewClients Promotional Marketing (PPAI 107225)—Valerie Borkowski, CAS, director of operations
Staples Promotional Products (PPAI 108945)—Jeff Hall, Staples, Inc.’s chief administrative officer and vice chairman
Gold Coast Promotional Products Association (GCPPA)—Mike Schenker, MAS, executive director
BamBams, LLC (PPAI 255565)—Benn Chazan, promoted to vice president of sales
Debco (PPAI 317015)—Heidi Urban, business development manager for the Northeast U.S., and Nikki Sgro, business development representative for the Midwest
The Greenwood Group (PPAI 234558)—The MLR Alliance, Bob Black, Bill Reisack, Tony Tuso, Julia MacDonald-Ward and Drew Ward, will represent its Crystal Images line in the South Central and Mountain territories
Pro Towels (PPAI 112755)—Julie Nordine-Jacob with JNJ Marketing will represent the company in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee; and Beata Miller with Jules Scheck & Associates will represent the company in the Northeast and Upstate New York; Miranda Searls, promoted to sales representative for British Columbia; and April Kennedy, promoted to sales representative for Eastern Canada and national accounts
UniversalPromo, Inc. (PPAI 200412)—Peter Will, owner
Warwick Publishing Company (PPAI 114154)—Larry and Kyle Krause of LDK Marketing, Inc. as its representatives in the Southwest region
In Memoriam: Arthur Bartell
Arthur Bartell, group president of Denver, Colorado, distributor Brand Agents, Inc. (PPAI 268947), passed away January 11. He was 85.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and a graduate of the University of Georgia, Bartell spent six decades in the promotional products industry. His work was widely recognized as well. He won 13 Clio Awards, 24 PPAI Pyramids and a national Addy Award from the Advertising Federation of the United States during his career. And in 2012, he provided the promotional products for the Super Bowl-winning New York Giants.
Bartell served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and prior to beginning his advertising career performed in several Broadway shows. He was passionate about animals and was known to regularly feed squirrels, rabbits and birds.
He is survived by his sons, Danny and Stephen Bartell and their wives, Carla and Irina, respectively; five grandchildren: Nathan, Jordan, Nina, Zaria and Milana; his sister, Ethel Marx, and many friends both within and outside the advertising industry.
Funeral services were held at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.
In Memoriam: Lowell Lumpkin
Lowell Lumpkin, a veteran sales manager with Ennis, Inc., passed away on December 25 in Kettering, Ohio. He was 73.
Lumpkin had been with Ennis as a sales manager in the Midwest region since 2004, when the Midlothian, Texas-based supplier acquired Crabar/GBF. His career in the forms design field spanned almost 50 years.
“Lowell was one of the most knowledgeable forms industry experts I’ve known,” says Terry Pennington, Ennis vice president of sales. “He could tell you the best type of equipment and if it was uncommon, he immediately knew the small list of manufacturers that could produce it. His knowledge, hard work and friendship were unique and he will be missed.”
Outside of the office, Lumpkin’s hobbies included tending his beef cattle on the family farm in New Madison, Ohio, doing tractor pulls and hunting.
Lumpkin is survived by his wife of 35 years, Joan Brady Lumpkin; his daughter, Colette Moorman; and his son, Jon and his wife, Stephanie, who are expecting his first grandson, Hadley, in March. He is also survived by his sisters, Coleen and Sherry; sister-in-law, Donna Lumpkin; brothers-in-law, Art Smith and Frank Matanzo; nephews, Travis Lumpkin and Arthur Dale Smith; nieces, Robin Gunckle, Stacie Turner, Christine Swank and Megan Schrimmer.
Lumpkin requested his remains be donated to the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.