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Serving Clients With More Than A Smile

Serving Clients With More Than A Smile

Diane Sakowicz, MAS, brings more to her work in the promotional products industry than just a friendly countenance. The founder of Naperville, Illinois-based distributor Service with a Smile, Inc., also displays a sales savvy that’s so refined, she could sell t-shirts to nudists—and, in fact, she has. Read More »

Selling America

Selling America

HumphreyLine’s Mel Ellis takes to the road to tout his domestic-made products. Read More »

Full Speed Ahead

Full Speed Ahead

Scott Pearson has been fortunate to grow in the promotional products industry under the umbrella of one successful company. As current vice president of merchandise and design for City of Industry, California-based supplier Sweda Company, LLC (UPIC: SWEDA), he’s seen firsthand the supplier’s growth from $20 million in sales in 1997 to $80 million today. Read More »

Creating International Ties

Creating International Ties

As leader of the European Promotional Products Association, Hans Poulis strives to elevate professionalism across the European Union. Read More »

Putting The Personal Touch On Consulting

Putting The Personal Touch On Consulting

Ben Baker, founder of CMYK Solutions, spends ample one-on-one time with clients. Read More »

Promoting And Parenting

Promoting And Parenting

Mitch Mounger is one of those promotional products professionals who caught the entrepreneurial bug early, selling t-shirts and cups throughout the Greek system in college. After a brief stint in commercial real estate, he launched an apparel business with his sister, selling garment-dyed t-shirts to mid-sized department stores that later asked him to screen print those shirts. Read More »

It Keeps Him Running

It Keeps Him Running

Tony Karlicek knows the ins and outs of his company, Frederick, Maryland-based supplier Headwear USA (UPIC: gotcaps). In 2004 he started out in the warehouse, moving up in just six months to lead the domestic embroidery department. By June 2005 he was considered one of the Top 30 Under 30 by a major industry publication. After “some long, hard yards on the road,” Karlicek says, he became CEO in 2006. Read More »

One Goal, Many Roles

One Goal, Many Roles

Since 1980, it has taken filling a couple different roles in the promotional products industry for Teri Ray, MAS, to find her perfect fit. Turns out all she really needed was to build her own business. Read More »

Always On Call

Always On Call

Spending countless hours on the phone with clients and traveling several days every month might wear down an ordinary sales professional. But Fran Ford, senior vice president of J Charles Crystalworks (UPIC: JCHARLES), is nothing if not extraordinary. Read More »

Leading The Charge

Leading The Charge

In March, 60 promotional products professionals headed to Washington, D.C., for PPAI’s third-annual Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.). They scheduled more than 200 meetings with key members of Congress and their staffs to educate them on the industry’s needs, challenges and interests. Janie Gaunce, owner of Lenexa, Kansas-based distributor Grapevine Designs LLC (UPIC: Grape238), and a member of the PPAI Board of Directors, was there on the front lines at Capitol Hill. Here, she provides a close-up of the day’s happenings. Read More »

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