July 2015

BrandAlliance and A Brand Company Announce Merger

Toronto, Ontario-based BrandAlliance and Charlotte, North Carolina’s A Brand Company, parent of distributor Activate! Promotions + Marketing (UPIC: Activate) today announced a definitive merger agreement. The merger, the terms of which have not been released, represents combined annual sales of $90 million. Read More »

Pat Dugan, MAS, Named Chair Of The PPEF Board Of Trustees

The Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF) has appointed Pat Dugan, MAS, vice president of sales and marketing at supplier BUDGETCARD, Inc. (UPIC: BUDGET) as chair of its Board of Trustees. Dugan fills a seat vacated by Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+, who stepped down after leaving the industry. Read More »

PPAI Wraps Up Inspirational, Relevant Women’s Leadership Conference

The PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference concluded Wednesday evening with a closing networking dinner at Pat O’s on the River in New Orleans. Even though a downpour all but washed out a lively scavenger hunt designed to lead attendees from the Westin Hotel to the restaurant, it didn’t dampen attendees’ enthusiasm about this year’s event.
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IMA Recognizes PromoPros’ Sean Roark With Inaugural Karen Renk Fellowship Award

The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) held its 2015 Executive Summit this week in Nashville, Tennessee. Running July 26-28, the three-day event brought together leaders from across the premium and incentive industry. Read More »

Pioneer Balloon’s Heidi Knotts Recognized By Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Mid-America Chapter has named Heidi Knotts, marketing manager at supplier Pioneer Balloon (UPIC: Pioneer), the Wichita Woman of the Year. Read More »

Pro Towels Acquires Kanata Blanket Company

Supplier Pro Towels (UPIC: PROTOWEL) has acquired Richmond, British Columbia-based supplier Kanata Blanket Company (UPIC: BLANKET). The acquisition is effective August 2015. Both the Pro Towels and Kanata brands will be maintained as well as their respective industry identifiers. Read More »

PPAI’s Women’s Leadership Conference Gets Underway In The Crescent City

PPAI’s Women’s Leadership Conference Gets Underway In The Crescent City

The much-anticipated annual PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference opened on Monday in New Orleans, Louisiana, with more than 130 industry women eager to hone their leadership skills, enhance their business proficiency and grow both personally and professionally. This year’s event features two full days of educational programming highlighted with a variety of opportunities to network with and learn from industry peers. Read More »

Sherri Lennarson, MAS, Honored With PPAI Woman Of Achievement Award

Long-time industry leader Sherri C. Lennarson, MAS, was presented with the 2015 PPAI Woman of Achievement award on Monday evening during the opening dinner at the PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Read More »

PPB Names The 12 Best Bosses Of 2015

PPB recently asked its readers to help spotlight the best bosses in the industry. From the many nominations, 12 individuals were chosen as this year’s PPB Best Bosses for their ability to create a great work environment, manage by empowerment, mentor and challenge their direct reports and make work a joy. This is the sixth consecutive year in which the magazine has recognized some of the industry’s best people managers. Read More »

Consumer Confidence Dips In July

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index declined in July, a reversal from June’s upswing. The Index stands at 90.9, down from 99.8 in June. The Consumer Confidence Index is based on the Conference Board’s monthly Consumer Confidence Survey, conducted by Nielsen. Read More »

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