(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.)

June 15, 2022

PromoStandards Adds New Advisory Board Members, Welcomes Catherine Graham and Steven Stanley

PromoStandards, a nonprofit that set standards for how data is communicated throughout the promotional products industry, is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its advisory board. Catherine Graham is the Co-Founder and CEO of commonsku, and Steven Stanley is the Senior Vice President of Technology at ePromos Promotional Products. They bring to PromoStandards a combined 30 years of experience in the promotional products industry.

Prior to working at commonsku, a cloud-based business management platform powering the promotional products industry, Catherine was the President of Rightsleeve, a promotional products agency that works with leading companies to create branded merchandise collections. She holds an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and a BAH in Political Science and Psychology from Queen’s University.

Before working his way up in the company from Web Developer at ePromos, a promotional products distributor in the enterprise solutions and eCommerce space, Stanley was the Senior Software Developer at the now-closed Promopeddler, which featured the largest online promotional products catalog. He holds A BSBA in Computer Science from Oregon State University.

Gold Bond Inc. Announces The Launch Of Their New XP Factory

Gold Bond Inc., a top promotional product supplier located in Hixson, TN, announced today that it has launched yet another new service called the XP Factory. This includes a set of nine different experiences that they will facilitate from start to finish at your next big event.

The XP FACTORY is a series of new services that dovetails into the organization's latest brand refresh where they've provided new commitments to the industry.

“We committed ourselves to reimagining our service offerings and providing truly unique experiences was a must have that we needed to figure out how to offer.” says Gold Bond lnc.'s Chief Revenue Officer Britney Godsey.

The new XP FACTORY allows you to choose different experience options and price levels depending on the amount of participants you have or the nature of your event. It provides consumers with versatility to substitute tangible goods for memories created with swag as the bonus take away. The service is driven towards events like high achievers awards, corporate sales meetings, donor appreciation ceremonies, destination events for executives and more.

Visit https://goldbondinc.com/SERVICES/Services/XP-Factory to explore the newest services available.

June 14, 2022

Maple Ridge Farms Donates $11,000 to Ukraine Relief Efforts

Maple Ridge Farms donated a percentage of its sales through April 30th to CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund, totaling $11,000.

CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund aims at reaching 4 million with immediate emergency assistance, prioritizing innocent families, women and girls, and the elderly, who are likely to suffer the most from this crisis.

Maple Ridge Farms also supported the PromoCares’ #Ukraine4Good initiative with an employee donation match of $1,000. Additionally, Maple Ridge Farms employees donated a suitcase of underwear under the company’s “Ukraine, we’ve got your pack!” initiative to provide refugees with essential clothing items.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine,” said Jodie Schillinger, Executive Vice President of Maple Ridge Farms. “During times like this, we must fully engage our empathy and consistently deliver opportunities to those without. Change happens one act at a time, and CARE’s crisis response allows us to reach those who are most vulnerable.”

Tom Riordan, President of Maple Ridge Farms, added, “The whole team at Maple Ridge Farms empathizes with the victims of this violence and wants to contribute, if even in a small way, to their relief.”

For more details and to arrange donations at a corporate or personal level, click here.