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A Nod To Nostalgia

A Nod To Nostalgia

One peek at Chicago, Illinois-based supplier Busy Beaver Buttons’s (PPAI 230145) website and you instantly know this supplier has an extra edge. The friendly, charming retro design is refreshingly fun and inviting. One pull-down menu shows the company’s cartoon character … Read More »

Flying High

Flying High

In 1917, Pioneer Rubber Company opened its doors in Willard, Ohio, about 70 miles west of Akron, and began manufacturing various rubber products including latex gloves and balloons. The company grew by investing in engineering teams to advance its technologies and procedures to maximize quality and production efficiency. In 1970, Sherwood Medical Products, interested in Pioneer’s production of surgical and medical exam gloves, purchased Pioneer Rubber. But the balloon portion of the business was not in the new company’s wheelhouse and in 1979, Betty and Ted Vlamis acquired that part of the company and its 85 employees. The couple still owns Pioneer Balloon Company (PPAI 113823) and this year they are celebrating its centennial anniversary Read More »

Creating Hands-On Hits

Creating Hands-On Hits

Rama Beerfas, MAS, chief solutions specialist at San Diego, California-based Lev Promotions (PPAI 218331), is a big fan of experiential learning. After all, that’s how she mastered sales and marketing and discovered the promotional products industry—on the job. Read more to learn her tips for executing successful experiential marketing programs at trade shows. Read More »

When Good Gear Goes Global

When Good Gear Goes Global

The best business ideas involve filling an unmet need or solving the problem of potential customers, even if it’s a problem they don’t know they have. When supplier STORMTECH’s (PPAI 260245) President and CEO Blake Annable decided to go into business for himself in 1977, he saw that mom-and-pop independent retailers in small towns across western Canada were being overlooked by the major athletic equipment brands. So he set up a small warehouse in the basement of a dry-cleaning shop in North Vancouver and started a private label company called Promark that imported athletic equipment and sold to those small retailers in small towns. Read More »

Next Step

Next Step

It was 1985. Rick Beard, founder of Hat Trick Openers (UPIC: hatt), had just graduated from high school in rural Portland, Michigan, and like many of the men in the town, he had gone to work in a local steel factory. “I was working the midnight shift,” Beard says. “There was bellowing, black smoke and rodents running around. One day I looked around at all these guys who had been there for years and thought, I gotta get out of here.” Read More »

Winning Moves

Winning Moves

A 35-year creative career. A thriving company. A beautiful wife and business partner, three grown kids and three grandchildren. These are the pieces of the wonderful life Doug Dobbe, president of Appleton, Wisconsin-based distributor Strategies, Ltd. (UPIC: STRAGS), credits to the promotional products industry. Read More »

Music Man

Music Man

The next time you’re watching your favorite TV show on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, the Weather Channel or ESPN, listen carefully to the music accompanying the dramatic moments in the show, or the music behind the dialogue as a show goes to commercial. Somebody has to create that music. And that somebody just might be Jason Nokes, the guy you may know as president of Gardner, Kansas-based business services company DistributorCentral (UPIC: DC). Read More »

Yes, She Can

Yes, She Can

This year’s Woman of Achievement Award winner, Mary Dobsch, president of supplier The Chest (UPIC: thechest) has spent her inspiring career—all 35 years—as an integral member of the promotional products industry, committed to sharing her knowledge and experience freely to help others succeed. Read More »

A Promotional Life

A Promotional Life

You might think that after such a lengthy career as an industry supplier, consultant and Association volunteer, Harry Rosenberg, president of Specialty Advertising Consultants, Inc. (UPIC: SPEC0026), might want to take it easy. Maybe relax a little. Even retire. But at age 89, Rosenberg isn’t ready to give up on his passion for promotion: he still has a foot in the industry as a part-time consultant and he has an office at distributor Advertising Premium Sales, Inc. where he “sells an order now and then.” Then there are the writing projects he’s working on as well. Read More »

Ahead Of The Game

Ahead Of The Game

Sometimes chance meetings change the course of history. Just think, if H.B. Reese hadn’t gotten peanut butter on his chocolate in 1928, there might not have ever been a Reese’s peanut butter cup. And if not for a chance meeting in 1992, Garden Grove, California-based supplier Evans Manufacturing (UPIC: EVANS), a PPAI member for more than 20 years, might not even be in the promotional products business. Read More »

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