August 2016

The PPAI 2016 Board Of Directors Election Is Now Open

Voting has begun for the 2017 PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2021. PPAI members can cast their vote for two of the four candidates which were selected by the PPAI Elected Directors Nominating Committee. The candidates are: distributors Mitch Rhodus, CAS, of HALO Branded Solutions (UPIC: HBS), and Danny Rosin, co-owner of Brand Fuel, Inc. (UPIC: bfuel001); and suppliers Andrew Spellman, vice president of corporate channels at Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc. (UPIC: swisarmy), and Sharon Willochell, president of Trimark (UPIC: TRIMARK). Read More »

The SAGE Show Accepts Donations In Support Of Louisiana Flood Victims

In support of those affected by the recent floods in Louisiana, SAGE will designate a dedicated donation area at The SAGE Show taking place this week in Irving, Texas. Read More »

Perfect Promotions Joins Facilisgroup

Perfect Promotions (UPIC: Perfe784), located outside Kansas City in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, has joined Facilisgroup (UPIC: Facilis), a community of promotional products distributors. Read More »

Record Spending In U.S. Advertising Market Forecast For 2016

The U.S. advertising market is expected to reach a record high of $178 billion this year, a year-over-year increase of 5.8 percent. Advertising consulting and research firm Warc’s growth forecast for the U.S. market is the highest it has registered since 2010 and roughly double the expansion of the U.S. economy. Read More »

Larry Whitney Named August’s PPB Volunteer Of The Month

This month, PPAI recognizes Larry Whitney, director, global compliance for the Polyconcept family of suppliers—Leed’s, Bullet, Journalbooks/Timeplanner Calendars and Trimark Sportswear Group, headquartered in New Kensington, Pennsylvania—as August’s PPB Volunteer of the Month. Read More »

Former CPSC Small Business Ombudsman Neal Cohen To Speak At The 2016 PPAI Product Responsibility Summit

The 2016 PPAI Product Responsibility Summit is bringing back Neal Cohen, a product safety attorney and former small business ombudsman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, to speak at the Summit’s closing session. Cohen, who has spoken at Summit and The PPAI Expo, will wrap up the program by providing guidance on how to stay on the right side of compliance even if you don’t have a team of compliance professionals. Read More »

PPAI Leadership, SAGE Join The PPAF Expo’s Education Programming

The Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF) held its 2016 PPAF Expo last week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The event drew distributors from all over the region for the extensive trade show and education opportunities. Read More »

Geiger Named One Of Maine’s 2016 Best Places To Work

Distributor Geiger (UPIC: geiger), based in Lewiston, Maine, has been named as one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Maine by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Maine State Council and Best Companies Group. Read More »

The SAGE Show Brings Top-Flight Industry Education To The Southwest

The fourth annual SAGE Show returns to the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas, next week. Running August 31-September 1, the show is bringing in more than 200 exhibitors from around the country. Distributor attendees from across the region will have access to an extensive show floor, the plus the same high-quality education that industry practitioners find at The PPAI Expo and Expo East. Read More »

Motivators, Inc. Affiliates With iPROMOTEu

Westbury, New York-based distributor Motivators, Inc. (UPIC: MOTIV8RS) has affiliated with distributor iPROMOTEu (UPIC: IPRO9320) to scale its online business, streamline its operations and position itself for future growth. Read More »

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