Short Takes 15

Braintree, Massachusetts-based suppliers Hub Pen Company (PPAI 110772) and Beacon Promotions (PPAI 113702) have promoted Victoria Freeman to IT support analyst. In this role, Freeman will provide initial support to system users with hardware, software, email and the company’s business applications.  She will also be responsible for updating the company’s website with new products, press releases and distributor sales tools, such as flyers and images. Freeman joined Hub Pen in 2012 as a customer service representative.

Bensussen Deutsch & Associates (PPAI 109381) has added three new members to the Woodinville, Washington-based distributor’s team. Matt Chavlovich has joined the company as senior director, league activation, and will be responsible for leading business development and building relationships within the BDA network of sports clients domestically and abroad. Senior Director, New Business Development Dan Robinette has come onboard to develop long-term organizational strategic goals, build key customer relationships, identify business opportunities, negotiate and close business deals and maintain extensive knowledge of current market conditions. Kristin Spence is the distributor’s new senior director, global procurement, and will apply her global strategy expertise to the company’s procurement team and focus on growth and scalability through customer acquisition and innovation.

Richardson, Texas-based supplier Fossil has appointed Jeffrey Boyer, currently a member of the company’s board of directors, to the positions of executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, effective October 16. Boyer is replacing Dennis Seco, who is relocating back to California for personal reasons. Boyer was appointed to the supplier’s board of directors in December 2007 and currently serves as chairman of its finance committee. He has also served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Pier 1 Imports since June 2015.

Supplier GMGPEN (PPAI 313899), headquartered in Lakewood, New Jersey, has brought Josh Gross on as a customer outreach representative. Gross has spent the past five years in the health care field, in a role where his responsibilities included customer service, sales and marketing.

Hixson, Tennessee-based supplier Gold Bond (PPAI 113974) has added Leslie Trewhitt as outside sales rep for Florida; Tracy Lantz has been promoted to outside sales rep, serving Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi; and Eric Washburn has been promoted to inside sales rep, serving Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri and Mississippi.

Spots are filling up quickly at the seventh annual PPAI Product Responsibility Summit, September 18-20 in Newport Beach, California. Each year, Summit attendees take home a sourcing and compliance manual that serves as a guide for industry companies to get their compliance programs up and running quickly and efficiently. This year's binder has been comprehensively reimagined, with a shift in focus from corporate responsibility to risk management. Its best practices, worksheet samples, templates and checklists are focused on mitigating risk. The binder also includes dozens of flow charts that illustrate the pillars of a robust compliance program, and all of the documentation has been updated to reflect current developments affecting the industry.

An in-depth education conference, the Summit explores the current landscape in supply chain security, social responsibility and much more. It highlights the growing importance of social compliance audits and ethical sourcing and manufacturing practices. Facilitated by industry leaders, the Summit will address the ways many industry professionals have turned a cost burden into a strategic advantage. Click here to register. PPAI is also offering discounted room rates at the Duke Hotel, site of the Summit.

Supplier SIMBA (PPAI 110881) has brought Julie Ditchik on as the Oxnard, California, company's marketing director. Ditchik has more than 17 years of marketing and sales management experience in the promotional products and trade show industries, and most recently served as director of sales and marketing at Pinnacle Designs.

Dayton, Ohio, distributor Shumsky (PPAI 108541) has joined several major companies in renewing its commitment to the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking (gBCAT). Formed in 2010 by a number of prominent executives, including Shumsky president Dawn Conway, gBCAT has provided a forum for business to understand how all forms of modern slavery affect their operations and supply chains, and to design effective and pragmatic solutions to combat traffickers.

Under its new scope of work, gBCAT will capitalize on the major organizational strengths, resources and reach of global businesses to accelerate progress on human trafficking. Members will share learnings through webinars and in-person meetings; develop a research lab to incubate ideas, publish reports and identify areas for action, and publicize findings through an enhanced public platform.

American Solutions for Business (PPAI 101656) has promoted Taylor Borst to a promotional communications and public relations role at the Glenwood, Minnesota-based distributor. In her new position, Borst will oversee all internal and external communications while working with ASB’s vendor relations and marketing teams.

Rob Watson has been promoted to managing director of Outstanding Branding North America (PPAI 678649), headquartered in New York City. Watson joined the UK-based distributor as global chief marketing officer in January and helped introduce its U.S. business. In his new role, Watson will continue to lead the distributor’s marketing efforts in the U.S., UK and Hong Kong, but his major role will be to further advance its position in the U.S. marketplace.

Supplier Crystal D (PPAI 112326) has recently added eight new employees to the St. Paul, Minnesota, company’s workforce. Baron Duncan has come onboard in the warehouse department as a material handler; Dah Dah, Michael Goetz and James Thao have joined the production department; Amy Felton has been hired on as executive assistant to the company’s president, Chuck Dahlgren; Nathan Karnick has joined the art department as a production artist; Alexis Kurttila was hired as a marketing coordinator in the marketing department; and Timothy Leutbounshou joined the customer service department as an order manager, managing the Midwest and Northwest territories.

A fire destroyed the production facility at supplier Cooler Graphics (PPAI 226076) in Channelview, Texas, near Houston, on Sunday night. The company reports its inventory was not damaged and a notice on its website says production will continue using sub-contract partners. On-site operations are expected to take 30 to 60 days to restore and, during that time, the supplier asks its customers for support by keeping their business with the company.

A news report published by the local ABC news affiliate says no one was in the facility when the fire broke out overnight and the cause of the fire is unknown. Cooler Graphics, which produces bottle insulators, can wraps, counter mats, mouse pads and other products, has been a PPAI member since 2001.

Hub Pen Company (PPAI 119772) has hired Parich Basnet as sales system support analyst at the Braintree, Massachusetts, supplier. Basnet will be working with the IT and sales departments to expand upon the current NetSuite operating system functions as they relate to sales and finance. He joins the company with several years of consulting experience with NetSuite both in his native Nepal and in North Carolina, where he lived when he first moved to the U.S. three years ago.

Supplier Gold Bond, Inc. (PPAI 113974) in Hixson, Tennessee, has hired Tracey Pruett as director of golf. Pruett has played professionally, designed courses and managed golf properties, and will help develop sponsorship packages, recommend on-trend giveaways and more for the company.

Natalie Clark has joined industry technology provider DistributorCentral (PPAI 220404) as a software support specialist in the Gardner, Kansas-company's product support department. Clark's background includes experience at both distributor and supplier companies.

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