The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) announced the winners of the association’s annual awards during its Holiday Party, held on December 12 at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, New York.

“It's the time of year to celebrate our membership and their success,” says SAAGNY President John R. B. Cudahy, CAS. "The annual SAAGNY Holiday Party was a night full of good food, good conversation— mediocre dancing—and the celebration of greatness! Congratulations to all of the 2018 nominees and winners."

SAAGNY presented Supplier of the Year, Distributor of the Year, John J. Pagano Multiline Representative of the Year, Customer Service Representative of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year and more on Wednesday evening. The Rising Star Award and the Diamond Award Winners were also announced. In addition, Eileen Lynch, northeast regional sales manager at BIC Graphic, was formally inducted into the SAAGNY Hall of Fame.

The winners of the company awards were:
Supplier of the Year (less than $40 million in sales): Tekweld
Supplier of the Year (more than $40 million in sales): Hit Promotional Products
Distributor of the Year (less than $1 million in sales): Jellybean Promotions
Distributor of the Year (more than $1 million in sales ): Geiger
Supplier Technology Award: SanMar
Distributor Technology Award: Stackable Sensations
Decorator of the Year: Insane Apparel

The winners of the individual awards were:
John J. Pagano Multiline Rep. of the Year: Josh Brooks, Brooks & Brooks
Customer Service Rep of the Year: Alisa Gallegos, ETS Express
Supplier Representative of the Year: Jeff Hinds, ETS Express
Humanitarian of the Year: Shari Verrone, Stackable Sensations
Rising Star Award: Robert Russell, Strike Promo

The winners of the Diamond Awards were:
Diamond Award – Goodwill/Non-Profit/Fundraising: Lynn Millinger, Sonoma Promo
Diamond Award – Business to Business Programs: I. Miller International
Diamond Award – Consumer Promotions: Industrial Contacts
Diamond Award – Supplier Self Promotion: Hub Pen
Diamond Award – Distributor Self Promotion: Stackable Sensations

The SAAGNY Board of Directors established the awards to recognize those companies and individuals that best represent the ideals of the promotional advertising industry. The winners of these awards were all nominated and voted on by the association’s members in balloting conducted in September and October.

The selection committee reviewed the nominees for the SAAGNY Rising Star Award and selected a winner from the pool of nominees. SAAGNY Diamond Award Winners were also reviewed by a panel of judges.