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PPAI Launches First Social Media Networking Certificate Program

There are just twenty slots left in the first certificate-based webinar series on social media networking to be launched by PPIA. The five-part webinar series begins at 10 am CDT next Tuesday, May 11. “PPAI Social Media Launchpad!” covers the … Read More »

Distributor Sales Drop Not As Big As Other Media

Distributor sales of promotional products tumbled for the second consecutive year, according to PPAI’s 2009 Annual Estimate of Distributor Sales, but not as much as other media. Distributors reported 2009 sales of $15,638,571,468, a 13.61 percent decline over 2008 sales. … Read More »

H. Ted Olson, MAS, PPAI President Emeritus, Funeral Held Today

SnugZ Donates Bracelets, Moves Headquarters

Salt Lake City, Utah, supplier SnugZ USA (UPIC: SNUGZUSA) celebrated the third annual Pay It Forward Day on April 29. The day is in recognition of the Pay It Forward movement, inspired by the book by Catherine Ryan Hyde. SnugZ … Read More »

BDA To Acquire Evigna; Named NCAA Vendor

Woodinville, Washington, distributor Bensussen Deutsch & Associates, Inc. (BDA) (UPIC: BENS0002) has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Madison Heights, Michigan, distributor Evigna (UPIC: TheBee59). The deal is expected to close in May; financial terms are undisclosed.Evigna has numerous Fortune … Read More »

Norwood Names New Sales Management Team

Clearwater, Florida, supplier Norwood (UPIC: NORWOOD) and Tampa, Florida, supplier BIC Graphic USA (UPIC: BIC) named their new sales management team at their first joint sales and trade marketing meeting held in Tampa last week. Dave Saracino has been named … Read More »

Record Rain Closes Companies in Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee, distributor Imagination Branding (UPIC: IMAG0019) shut down its headquarters building because of lack of power after record rainfall hit the city over the weekend, according to Michael Mason, chief executive officer of the company. Mason, who works out … Read More »

In Memoriam: H. Ted Olson, MAS, PPAI President Emeritus

H. Ted Olson, MAS, president emeritus of PPAI and legendary industry leader, passed away Wednesday, April 28, after a short illness. He was 81 years old. Olson was president of PPAI, then called Specialty Advertising Association International, from 1979 until … Read More »

Breaking News: Distributor Sales Drop As Expected In ’09 Amid Rough Economy

Distributor sales of promotional products tumbled for the second consecutive year, according to PPAI’s just-released 2009 Annual Estimate of Distributor Sales. Distributors have reported 2009 sales at $15,638,571,468, a 13.61-percent decline over 2008 sales. The study was conducted exclusively for … Read More »

R.S. Owens Webinar On Corporate Award Reaches Distributors

A free webinar on the return on investment of corporate awards developed by Chicago, Illinois, supplier R.S. Owens & Co., Inc. UPIC: RSOWENS) has been attended by more than 300 distributors since it began in January, the company reports. The … Read More »

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