(Editor’s Note: PromoWire by PPAI Media is a running digest of news releases and updates submitted from organizations around the industry. PPAI Media edits these only slightly, including for length, and will consider newsworthy entries from any member organization.)

May 10, 2022

Rhombus Canvas LLC, a supplier company specializing in canvas products with a vertically integrated factory, welcomes industry veteran Tom Carpenter MAS as Director of Sales, based in their Irving Texas offices.

"We are excited to have Tom on our team in helping our customers with the finest of what Rhombus Canvas offers in quality products. His 30 plus years of industry experience are a great compliment is his ability to show our customers what we can deliver for them in the finest quality of Totes, Packs and Duffie Bags, along with many other accessories and custom product capabilities," said Nissin Shah, President.

When asked about his new role Tom sited, "Rhombus Canvas is a great company that is able to deliver the best in Canvas products from local and overseas warehouses and has a fantastic capability in also providing custom products to fit your customer's needs regardless of the quantity they need or how custom they want their bags, packs and accessories to be."

"I look forward to the opportunity of showing our customers, how selling Rhombus Canvas will build their business with proven products and exceptional ROI," said Carpenter.



May 9, 2022

Max Feldman joins EdwardsX as new Vice President

VANCOUVER - EdwardsX is excited to announce the hiring of Max Feldman for the position of Vice President. Max is an Operations and Supply Chain leader with an emphasis on sustainability.

Max brings with him almost twenty years of retail fashion leadership experience where he has built resilient operations at brands such as Lululemon, Arc’teryx, Kit and Ace, SUGOI, and Mindful Collective Co. Committed to building a more responsible and progressive apparel industry, Max also contributes his time to the non-profit Fashion Takes Action, Kwantlen University and serves on the board of the British Columbia Apparel & Gear Association.

Upon his hiring Max said: “From the very first conversation I was impressed by the creativity, positivity, ambition and pride of this organization. Throughout my career I’ve sought out the best companies in the world to work for and this one is no exception. Norm, Jose and the entire team have warmly welcomed me into the Edwards family and given me the space to take our business to the next level.”

“We are thrilled to add Max to our team” says Norman Bishop, president of EdwardsX. “As our business continues to grow and the market moves to more customization and greater sustainability, Max’s unique skill set, experience, and in-depth knowledge of the manufacturing process, coupled with his passion for design and sustainable fabrication make him an invaluable resource for our company and our clients.”

EdwardsX is the premier source of exclusive custom apparel for the world’s best brands. Formerly known as Bishop Custom Clothing before joining Edwards Garment Co in 2019, EdwardsX continues to builds on its already stellar reputation for top quality products, outstanding service, and industry-leading apparel design creativity and expertise.

Quinn grows In-House Art Team
The supplier adds new creative talent to the fold

Hanover PA, May 9, 2022 – Promotional products supplier, Quinn, announced they have added two talented artists to meet domestic custom orders without having to outsource art needs. The two designers also stated which desired “super” skills they desired to use and how they would utilize them.

Angie Kaltreider- Joins Quinn with a background in Art and Operations, and a degree from Lycoming University. When asked if she could possess any superpower- Angie said, “it would be the ability to read minds, so she could know exactly what the customer needs, and super speed to get it finished quickly.

Sandra Belk- Comes to Quinn with extensive Art and Marketing experience, and a degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Her superhero skillset would include “Super Intuition” to see through the different communication styles of customers and colleagues to ensure everyone gets the exact thing they want.

May 6, 2022

Isaacson Receives GLFHC’s Highest Honor
CEO of Gemline Issues Donation Challenge

In the early days of COVID-19, Gemline in Lawrence shifted its operations and began producing masks and medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE). Led by Chairman and CEO Jonathan Isaacson, the company ended up delivering more than 70 million units of PPE both locally and across the country to many organizations with frontline workers when those lifesaving items were difficult to get.

One of the recipients of that PPE was Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC), which presented Isaacson with its highest honor last night, the Making a Difference Award, during its annual gala at Andover Country Club

“It is our sincere pleasure to recognize Jonathan Isaacson with this year’s Making a Difference Award, said GLFHC’s President and CEO, Guy Fish, MD. “Jonathan was an early and leading voice in the Merrimack Valley to follow the science during COVID-19.”

More than 400 people turned out to watch Isaacson receive the award, including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who gave the keynote address. The 17th annual gala raised nearly $400,000 – and will receive an additional boost from Gemline through a challenge issued by Isaacson.

During his acceptance speech, Isaacson promised the health center his company would match up to $250,000 in any donations made through July 4. All proceeds from the event are going toward expanding GLFHC’s behavioral health services – services which he said are desperately needed. Anyone interested in contributing to the Isaacson/Gem Challenge should contact Rich Napolitano, Chief Strategy Officer at the health center at (978) 722-2870.

“It’s clear the enormous toll that COVID has taken on the mental health of our community,” Isaacson said. “Investing in the mental health of the community is critical to a vibrant and equitable society.”

In Massachusetts roughly 30-percent of people have issues with behavioral health, Fish said. Access to quality health care – including mental health services – is one of the many roles community health centers like GLFHC are tasked with.

“There are many great and important social issues that we are called upon to fix,” Fish said. “We rise to the challenge of fixing social problems. We’ve got a lot of work to do when it comes to expanding behavioral health.”

Both Baker and Isaacson thanked the health center for their work performing COVID testing and vaccinations over the past two years. GLFHC performed nearly 90,000 COVID tests as part of the Commonwealth’s Stop the Spread Testing initiative, and to date has administered more than 140,000 COVID vaccines and boosters. Gemline hosted four vaccine clinics for its employees, administered by GLFHC.

Gemline is a privately held, multiple award-winning supplier of high-quality business gifts to the promotional and branded merchandise markets. The company has its primary operation in Lawrence, making it one of the largest employers in the region.

Isaacson currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Lawrence Partnership, a public/private economic development agency, where he chaired the COVID task force. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Department of Industrial and Operational Engineering at the University of Michigan School of Engineering, the Global Council at Junior Achievement, the County Leadership Council at the Essex County Community Foundation, and the Board of Overseers at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital. In addition, Isaacson has served on the Board of the Young Presidents Organization of New England as Day Chair, Membership Chair, Education Chair, and Chapter Chair, as well as the Board of Trustees of Lawrence General Hospital, where he also chaired several committees. He has served on the Parent Leadership Council at Harvey Mudd College, the Advisory Board of pet product distributor PetEdge, the Strategic Planning Committee of the Promotional Products Association, and the PPAI Product Responsibility Action Group. In 2008, he was named The Counselor Magazine’s International Person of the Year, and in 2021 was named The Counselor Magazine’s Person of the Year.


American Solutions for Business Completes Full Integration with OrderMyGear

Glenwood, MN – May 5, 2022 – American Solutions for Business has completed its full integration with eCommerce partner, OrderMyGear (OMG). This integration positions ASB to offer customers a quick and simple solution for credit card and gift card online stores.

“ASB’s success has always been based on valuing strong relationships,” says Miriah Cassidy, ASB’s VP of Sales Support. “This philosophy has played a major role in this project, as without the strong partnership between OMG and ASB, a successful integration would not be possible. We are more than thrilled to be able to provide this much-needed option to our sales force and look forward to a successful future with OMG!”

Not only does this offer an easy-to-use experience for the user, but order processing is also streamlined by automating order creation within ASB’s back end ERP system. This results in efficient, precise fulfillment for all parties involved.

“OrderMyGear is ecstatic about the partnership with ASB,” says Sarah Goshgarian Unruh, OMG’s VP of Business Development. “The work behind the scenes between the two teams was the key to our successful integration and the beginning of a dynamic partnership. We look forward to helping fuel the growth of ASB’s online store business and are delighted to be a part of the ASB family!