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Full-Service Success

Full-Service Success

From folding t-shirts to forging relationships with clients in myriad fields, Leland Felsenthal has seen the promotional products business from nearly every angle. Read More »

Close Up: Mike Szymczak

Close Up: Mike Szymczak

Smart business people know that to be successful, you’ve got to keep your nose to the grindstone. But Mike Szymczak also kept his ear to the rails, listening for opportunities to capitalize on consumer trends—and what he heard was growing interest in portable speaker technology. Read More »

PPAI Celebrates Halloween With A Costume Contest And Chili Cook Off

PPAI staff celebrated Halloween and cooler weather’s arrival with a costume contest and chili cook-off on October 31. Ten staff members brought their chili A-games to the cook-off, with Senior Marketing Manager Gage Charleton winning the big prize with his “Chili Chili Bang Bang” effort, while prizes in the costume contest recognized the most original, the best DIY and “People’s Choice”. Read More »

Bellantone, Jenkins Visit Industry Companies On East Coast Road Trip

In October, PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, and PPAI Board Chair Mark Jenkins, MAS+, embarked on a road trip up the East Coast, visiting with industry companies along the way. On the drive, Bellantone and Jenkins met with companies in Connecticut, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C., to connect and learn more about what the Association can do for them and the industry. Read More »

MiPPA’s End Buyer Show Draws Strong Crowds, Education

The Michigan Promotional Products Association (MiPPA) brought the promotional products industry to Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions in downtown Detroit, on October 15 for Promotions That Roar!, the regional association’s first end-user show. The day included a keynote presentation by PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, in Ford Field’s Hall of Legends, an exhibit hall with featuring 80 industry suppliers, and an awards ceremony and reception honoring MiPPA Past Presidents Scott Petrowski and Tim Stedman with the regional association’s Outstanding Service Award. Read More »

Charles River Apparel Invites Customers To Boston’s Charles River Regatta

Charles River Apparel hosted a number of its key distributor customers October 18-19 for the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts. Charles River is a sponsor of nonprofit rowing organization Community Rowing, Inc., providing apparel for several of the teams competing and Community Rowing staff. Read More »

Trade Show Executive Magazine Awards Top Ranking To The PPAI Expo

The PPAI Expo has been recognized as the 55th-ranked U.S. trade show on Trade Show Executive magazine’s 2014 Gold 100 List. The rankings, published in the magazine’s October issue, are based on a three-part, same-show comparison including show size, growth and attendance as well as innovation, social media practices, green initiatives, global participation and economic impact. The PPAI Expo has been ranked as one of the leading trade shows of the Gold 100 since the list’s inception in 2007. Read More »

Newton Manufacturing Hosts Sales Meeting, Trade Show In South Carolina

Newton Manufacturing Company (UPIC: NEWTON) brought its sales representatives and supplier representatives together at the Newton, Iowa-based distributor’s National Sales Meeting & Trade Show at Charleston, South Carolina’s Wild Dunes Resort in September. The event, “Wild About Charleston,” featured an awards dinner recognizing the successes of its sales representatives, a number of presentations and peer-to-peer discussions, and opportunities to meet with more than 45 promotional product suppliers in attendance. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Tangle, Inc.

My background is in the fine arts, but in 1981 I decided to create a commercial product called Tangle in order to bring more creativity to people globally through manipulating a mass-produced object. My concept was that anyone—young or old, male or female—in any culture could experience the joy of the creative process in its most simplistic form. Tangle Creations’ business model is based on our Tangle product, which in turn is based on an original sculpture that I created in 1975. Read More »

Close Up-Richard Stromberg, CAS

Close Up-Richard Stromberg, CAS

Some say it’s bad luck to open an umbrella indoors, but Richard Stromberg, CAS, has seen nothing but good luck in the umbrella business since he first exhibited at Chicago’s Conrad Hilton Hotel in the 1960s. Read More »

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