MLR Alliance Event Draws Distributors, Buyers To AT&T Stadium
MLR Alliance, a cooperative effort of three North Texas-based multi-line rep groups—Tuso Marketing, Pinto Marketing and Reisack Sales and Marketing—pulled out all the stops for its annual invitation-only tabletop show by holding the May 11 event at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The event drew more than 200 distributors and their clients to a window-filled, field-level space where they could view the playing field and see, touch and learn about promotional products from 20 exhibiting suppliers.
Crystal D Employees Turn Out For Blood Drive
At a blood drive on May 9, employees of supplier Crystal D donated 16 units of blood. Each unit will help save three lives in the community. Chuck Dahlgren, president of the St. Paul, Minnesota, company, says, “Every year we look forward to participating in this event. Our staff recognizes the importance of this cause and enjoys getting involved to help the community.”
SAGE Seminar Series Returns With A PPAI Education Component
The SAGE Seminar Series is back in 2016 and is bringing a free day of SAGE product training to distributors in nine cities across the U.S. Along with training on SAGE Online, order management, SAGE’s website development tools and other products, the program includes a 30-minute PPAI overview to help attendees learn how to maximize their membership in the industry’s trade association. Tina Berres Filipski, director of publications/editor, traveled to Baltimore for the May 3 program, arriving a day early to meet with industry companies in the area.
Vernon Company Recognizes Industry Standouts At Sales Meeting
The Vernon Company (UPIC: Vernon) hosted its annual national sales meeting, Vernon University, April 19-20, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown in Des Moines, Iowa. This was the first time in almost 50 years that the Newton, Iowa-based distributor held a national event in Iowa. Vernon University included a trade show featuring the company’s preferred vendors and a luncheon honoring Vernon’s Million Dollar Club members. It concluded with a formal awards banquet recognizing the company’s top producers, rising stars and supplier partners. At the awards banquet, the distributor also recognized SanMar as its 2015 Supplier of the Year, and Rick Buckley, who represents Tri-Mountain, as Supplier Account Manager of the Year.
Cutline: Rick Buckley, The Vernon Company’s Supplier Account Manager of the Year, with Vicki Palm, director of marketing for The Vernon Company.