February 2017

PPAI, NWPMA Take Industry’s Message To Oregon, Washington State Capitols

PPAI is joining the Northwest Promotional Marketing Association (NWPMA) and its members this week to bring Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.) to the Pacific Northwest. Visiting state capitols in Salem, Oregon, on March 1, and Olympia, Washington, on March 2, L.E.A.D. Local participants will meet with the legislators and educate them on their state’s promotional products industry. Read More »

InnerWorkings’ 2016 Financials Show Gross Revenue Up Six Percent

Distributor InnerWorkings, Inc. has released its financial results for the final three months and full year ending December 31, 2016. The Chicago, Illinois-based company reports gross revenue of $270.4 million in fourth quarter 2016—up slightly from fourth quarter 2015’s $270.3 million—and a six-percent increase in 2016 gross revenue—$1.09 billion. Read More »

IRF Study Finds Incentive Industry’s Economic Expectations Mixed

Incentive industry businesses ended 2016 somewhat optimistic about the economy and its impact on the industry. The data comes from the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) and its 2017 Outlook Study, an analysis of how incentive, rewards and recognition programs are being designed and budgeted for 2017. The study also introduced the IRF’s Net Optimism Score, a simplified metric to track the economic outlook for the incentives industry. Read More »

Supplier KitchenHappy Rebrands As Tangico

In order to better accommodate the promotional products market, Pontiac, Michigan, supplier KitchenHappy is now known as Tangico (PPAI 651709). Read More »

Ariel Premium Supply Joins Rainforest Trust As Corporate Sponsor

Supplier Ariel Premium Supply (PPAI 161650) has become a corporate sponsor of the Rainforest Trust, a global conservation organization dedicated to protecting threatened tropical forests and endangered wildlife. Since 1988, the Rainforest Trust has saved more than 16 million acres of critical rainforest habitat. Read More »

In Memoriam: Bob Cornell

Robert G. (Bob) Cornell, founder of industry supplier Cornell Concepts, passed away on February 20. He was 83. Read More »

Six More Industry Professionals Earn MAS, CAS Certifications

In the first two months of 2017, six industry professionals earned their Master Advertising Professional (MAS) or Certified Advertising Professional (CAS) industry certifications. Along with a number of designees who earned their certifications at The PPAI Expo 2017 in January, they join an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to the promotional products industry and to continuing their education. Read More »

SAAGNY Announces New Executive Director

The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) has named Donna-Jean Plante the regional association’s new executive director, effective February 21. Read More »

Crown, Vitronic Awarded ASB’s 2016 Top Vendor Award

Suppliers Crown Products (PPAI 113430) and Vitronic (PPAI 114197) were awarded the 2016 Top Vendor Award from American Solutions for Business (PPAI 101656). Rory Campbell accepted the award on behalf of IMAGEN Brands, parent company of Crown Products and Vitronic, at The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas. Read More »

White House Doubles Its Order Of Customized Cross Pens

Pens from Rhode Island’s A.T. Cross, which does business in the promotional products industry as supplier Cross (PPAI 114156), have been the choice of U.S. presidents since Gerald Ford. Donald Trump is no exception, and the Associated Press has reported that the White House recently placed a second order with its distributor, as the president has taken to giving out the customized, gold-plated pens as gifts. Read More »

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