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June 20, 2022

Goldstar Appoints RJ Hagel As Director of Global Marketing

Goldstar announced that Robert "RJ" Hagel has been appointed as director of global marketing. Passionate about evolving the Goldstar brand globally, Hagel has been a driving force in Goldstar marketing for more than eight years. Formerly Goldstar's senior marketing manager for Europe and North America, Hagel is now responsible for all global marketing activities and teams.


"I am very excited to continue on this amazing journey with Goldstar, and to continue growing and supporting our business in this new 'post-pandemic' world," Hagel said. "Not only am I surrounded by an incredibly passionate and visionary team, we've got the support of an equally great company that was just recognized as one of PPB's '2022 Greatest Companies to Work For.' As we continue to evolve, I see a very bright future for Goldstar and the opportunities that lie ahead to become a more significant supplier brand across all of North America and Europe."

"Across Goldstar, we are working hard to strengthen our position as one global supplier organization offering an unbeatable service to our distributor partners," said Howard Cubberly, global general manager for Goldstar. "RJ has been an innovative and creative force within Goldstar for many years and has been instrumental in evolving our brand and advertising campaigns to optimize promotion of our core value proposition of simplicity—all-inclusive pricing with emphasis on full-color decoration in writing instruments, drinkware and bags. I am excited to work with RJ and our marketing teams to elevate the experience, service and product range we offer to specialty advertising distributors across Europe and North America."

June 20, 2022

Maple Ridge Farms Donates $7,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Wausau

Maple Ridge Farms presented a check for $7,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Wausau. The donation was the result of the company’s “Give Back” program for 2021. In that program, Maple Ridge Farms donates a percentage of the profits from a specially selected line of gifts.

Presenting the check were Jodie Schillinger, Executive Vice President, and Shana Gardner, one of the main architects of the program.

Kim Tallitsch, Operations Director of Habitat for Humanity of Wausau, explained how thrilled they were to receive the contribution: “With continued support from incredible partners like Maple Ridge Farms, Habitat for Humanity of Wausau is currently aiding our 70th family in making their dreams of home ownership a reality. Our important work continues because of their generosity and together we are building homes, communities, and hope!”

Schillinger stated, “Affordable housing and employment are very intertwined. Affordable housing can significantly impact employment opportunities, and in turn has the potential to create sustainability for a family and one’s career path. We are thrilled to partner with Habitat for Humanity.”

For a complete list of charities supported by Maple Ridge Farms, visit the Community Outreach section of their website: https://mapleridge.com/about-us/community-outreach.

For more information on the impact of Habitat for Humanity of Wausau, visit habitatwausau.org.

June 17, 2022

PowerStick.com’s One-For-One Program Results In 10,000 Trees Planted Across North America

In the 12 months since supplier PowerStick began partnering with the nonprofit One Tree Planted to plant one tree for every order received, it has been responsible for planting 10,000 trees across North America. The trees have been planted in Canada (New Brunswick, Ontario and British Columbia), in the U.S. (California, Idaho, Oregon and across Appalachia) and in Mexico.

One Tree Planted is an organization dedicated to global reforestation and, working with its more than 266 planting partners, helps to restore forests after fires and floods, create jobs, build communities, and protect habitat for wildlife. Since its founding in 2014, the nonprofit has planted more than 40,000,000 trees in 47 countries.

“It’s rewarding to know that PowerStick has a part in a program that makes such a huge impact on our planet, and I’m grateful to our distributor clients who have made our donations possible,” says CEO Nigel Harris. “In the year that we’ve offered to plant a tree for every order received, we’ve heard from distributors how valuable this program is to them and their clients. We are often asked for a flyer or to provide more information so distributors can share it with their clients. We’ve even been asked about tucking a custom card explaining the program into each box of kitted tech products in a recent order.”