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PPAI Adds Julie Richie As Associate Editor

PPAI Adds Julie Richie As Associate Editor

Julie Richie has joined PPAI as associate editor on the Association’s publications team. She brings a strong background in business writing and editing to the role, and she has produced monthly publications for Ace Cash Express, Frito Lay, Citgo and American Airlines, among others. Her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Boys’ Life and Dallas Family magazine. Read More »

PPAI Adds Julie Richie As Associate Editor

Julie Richie has joined PPAI as associate editor on the Association’s publications team. She brings a strong background in business writing and editing to the role, and she has produced monthly publications for Ace Cash Express, Frito Lay, Citgo and American Airlines, among others. Her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Boys’ Life and Dallas Family magazine. Read More »

Strategy For Success

Strategy For Success

Bryan James, co-owner of distributor Corporate Specialty Insignia (PPAI 671332) with his wife, Kelly, started his career in 1989 with high-end retail jeweler Bailey, Banks & Biddle, where he was a general manager. A large part of his business focused … Read More »

A Nod To Nostalgia

A Nod To Nostalgia

One peek at Chicago, Illinois-based supplier Busy Beaver Buttons’s (PPAI 230145) website and you instantly know this supplier has an extra edge. The friendly, charming retro design is refreshingly fun and inviting. One pull-down menu shows the company’s cartoon character … Read More »

All About Internships

All About Internships

A DISTRIBUTOR ASKS: I’m thinking about adding a college intern this summer but I’m unsure of how to structure the setup. For those distributors or suppliers who have had interns, do you pay your interns or do you work with … Read More »

Match Point

Match Point

You can thank 1920s-era tennis champion René Lacoste for sparking the movement toward comfortable athletic apparel. During his 1926 win at the United States National Championship, he wore a short-sleeve starched white button-down shirt instead of a long-sleeve shirt–“a daring evolutionary step toward an archetype of sportswear,” according to contributing writer Troy Patterson in his 2015 New York Times article “Unstarched Shirt.” Lacoste had reportedly been inspired by a posh friend who played polo in a similar shirt. Read More »

Flying High

Flying High

In 1917, Pioneer Rubber Company opened its doors in Willard, Ohio, about 70 miles west of Akron, and began manufacturing various rubber products including latex gloves and balloons. The company grew by investing in engineering teams to advance its technologies and procedures to maximize quality and production efficiency. In 1970, Sherwood Medical Products, interested in Pioneer’s production of surgical and medical exam gloves, purchased Pioneer Rubber. But the balloon portion of the business was not in the new company’s wheelhouse and in 1979, Betty and Ted Vlamis acquired that part of the company and its 85 employees. The couple still owns Pioneer Balloon Company (PPAI 113823) and this year they are celebrating its centennial anniversary Read More »

Oops, I Specialized Too Much. What Now?

Oops, I Specialized Too Much. What Now?

A Distributor Asks: You hear the term “niche marketing” praised a lot these days. But what if you’ve gone down that path and specialized in a niche, and now the niche you’ve specialized in is in a down cycle? How do you get out of the tailspin? Read More »

Driven To Lead

Driven To Lead

Mary Ellen Harden, president of Versailles, Kentucky-based Wall Street Greetings, LLC, (PPAI 469710) has always known she wanted to work in the greeting card industry. During her senior year at the University of Kentucky she learned about Wall Street Greetings and scheduled a meeting to visit the local card company. Read More »

Pack Mentality

Pack Mentality

While older generations tend to see nature as a place to get away from it all and conquer athletic challenges with the best (and most expensive) technical gear, Millennials just want to have relaxed fun with their friends in the outdoors, and share their experiences on social media, according to outdoor industry experts. Read More »

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