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February 20, 2018
Registration has opened for Expo East 2018. The show returns June 11-13 to the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and delivers the largest promotional products trade show in the Northeast, along with extensive education and professional development opportunities. “The extraordinary PPAI Expo brought energy and excitement to Las Vegas, and Expo East will do the same in Atlantic City,” says Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI president and CEO. “The Northeast is rich with opportu...
February 20, 2018
The European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which standardizes transparency laws governing how companies collect and store EU citizens’ personal data, goes into effect on May 25, and research from erwin, Inc. shows that only six percent of businesses are prepared for the regulations. The data modeling company’s 2018 State of Data Governance Report found broad awareness of and focus on data governance issues, but also found challenges in terms of understanding, executive ...
February 20, 2018
In its study, “The Rise Of The 21st Century Brand Economy,” the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) published research suggesting that growth in most consumer categories is shifting to brands centered on direct consumer relationships and agile supply chains flexible enough to serve consumer needs as they evolve. It notes that companies like Warby Parker, Glossier and Away represent an “enduring shift in the way the consumer economy operates.” The IAB study says that high-bandwidth internet conn...
February 20, 2018
Under Armour, Inc. has released its financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, reporting revenues up five percent to $1.4 billion in the quarter, and up three percent to $5 billion in full year 2017. The company’s products are offered in the promotional products market through supplier alphabroder (PPAI 156993). "After years of rapid growth and building a globally recognized brand, the dynamic landscape of 2017 was a catalyst for us to begin strategically transforming Under Ar...
February 20, 2018
Bioworld Merchandising Inc., an Irving, Texas-based distributor, has acquired Global Design Concepts (GDC), a distributor of licensed, branded and private-label accessories for children. Bioworld also has offices in Europe, China, India and Canada and is known for licensed pop culture products for entertainment brands. GDC, located in New York City, has a sample room in Shenzhen, China where it produces a reported 40 million fashion accessories and customized promotional products annually. "We w...
February 20, 2018
The Gold Coast Promotional Products Association (GCPPA) has announced a rebranding, featuring a new logo. GCPPA serves industry professionals in South Florida. “This is more than just a new logo for us,” says Steven Lazarus, MAS, association president. “We’ve been making a lot of improvements to GCPPA over the last two years, and this change represents our continued growth and renaissance. It features several aspects from our history, while still looking cleaner and more modern”. Lazarus adds, “...
February 20, 2018
In 2017, 4imprint gave in-kind grants to 828 schools, nonprofit organizations, religious groups and charitable projects through the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, distributor’s one by one program. Each business day throughout the year, 4imprint awarded two $500 promotional product grants to help large and small organizations accomplish their goals. Of the in-kind promotional products grants awarded in 2017, grants were given to 134 organizations in the fourth quarter. Among the fourth quarter recipients we...
February 15, 2018
The U.S. Congress passed federal budget legislation on Friday, and President Trump signed the bill into law. The law provides funding for federal programs for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. The new federal budget raises federal spending caps and makes way for a $165 billion boost in military spending, as well as a $131 billion increase in nondefense spending. “As a trade association, we support federal budgets that create economic opportunities and provide support to small businesses,” says Brittan...
February 15, 2018
Richardson, Texas-based Fossil Group reported a net loss for its fourth quarter of $79.9 million and a net loss of $478.2 million for the 2017 fiscal year ending December 31. This compares to net income of $49.7 million in fourth quarter 2016 and net income of $78.9 million for fiscal year 2016. The company operates in the promotional products industry as supplier Fossil (PPAI 196495). “In fiscal 2017, Fossil Group embarked on a set of strategic initiatives aimed at accelerating the evolution of...
February 15, 2018
Distributor Taylor Communications (PPAI 103553) has completed its asset acquisition of Plug Production Group, a New York supplier of retail and event graphics, museum exhibits and signage, fleet graphics and custom hardware. The combined company has operations in Beaverton, Oregon; Columbus, Ohio; and the New York City area. “The acquisition of Plug Production Group uniquely positions Taylor with greater, more diverse capabilities,” says Mark Keeton, vice president of solution management at Tayl...
February 15, 2018
On Tuesday, Tiffany & Co. issued a voluntary recall of its 11-ounce Wheat Leaf crystal glass mugs. The mugs measure about 3-1/2 inches tall and three inches in diameter and have a handle with a wheat leaf pattern etched into the glass. They also bear a blue Tiffany & Co. sticker on the bottom. The company has received six reports of the mug breaking when hot liquid was poured into it. No injuries have been reported. The items were sold through Tiffany & Co. stores, through the compan...
February 15, 2018
The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) has identified 10 key trends in its IRF 2018 Trends Study that will affect organizations, their products and services, and the workforce. The trends are as follows:1. Non-cash awards are expected to grow as the focus on brand, culture and innovation becomes more critical to business success. 2. The incentive travel industry’s net optimism score for the economy is up almost 20 points from 2017, and average annual per-person spend of $3,915 reflects a four p...
February 15, 2018
The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) has awarded QCA accreditation to supplier Spector & Co. (PPAI 168328). QCA is an independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping companies advance brand safety. Its certification is awarded to companies that meet rigorous qualifications on product quality, product safety, supply chain security, social accountability and environmental stewardship. “We had a department that dealt with everyday compliance and quality process...
February 15, 2018
Supplier High Caliber Line (PPAI 205801) in Irwindale, California, recognized its top rep groups at an annual sales meeting during The PPAI Expo in January. Daniel Sachs and Dawn Kovar of West Coast Branded Solutions were presented with the Rep of the Year Award for their excellence in representing High Caliber Line in California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii. Chris Sinatra of Sinatra Enterprises received the Sales Achievement Award for his sales growth in Illinois and ...
February 15, 2018
Over the coming months, PPAI’s webinar series will examine the supply chain, revisit the best of The PPAI Expo 2018, and more. The Association’s education schedule features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. Upcoming webinars include: Roadmap To The Supply ChainFebruary 21, 1 pm CSTStructural Safety: The Life-And-Death Question Of Your Supply ChainFebruary 28, 1 pm CSTBest Of Expo 2018: Dressing A Brand: Be The Apparel Expert...
February 15, 2018
The Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) honored industry professionals at the regional association’s 11th annual Peake Awards Ceremony, sponsored by J Charles Crystalworks, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on January 31. Each year, CPPA presents the Peake Awards to honor association and industry excellence and creativity in eight categories in addition to any Excellence In Promotions (EIP) Campaigns submitted. The EIP awards are designed to recognize campaigns that feature exc...
February 13, 2018
As first reported Monday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert, BIC Graphic North America (PPAI 114187) has appointed David A. Klatt, Jr. as CEO of the Tampa, Florida-based supplier. Emmanuel Bruno remains president of the company. Klatt brings more than 30 years of consumer product experience to BIC Graphic, most recently as CEO of AAMP Global, a Clearwater, Florida-based manufacturer of consumer-focused vehicle aftermarket and OEM technology. Prior to that, he was president of Newell Brands fo...
February 13, 2018
HanesBrands has announced its fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 results, including full-year net sales growth of seven percent and strong annual operating cash flow of $656 million, and the completion of its acquisition of Australian specialty intimate apparel seller Bras N Things. HanesBrands participates in the promotional products industry as supplier Hanes/Champion (PPAI 191138). “2017 was a successful year during which we focused on diversifying our business to be able to consistently deliv...
February 13, 2018
Premier Group, an alliance of suppliers and distributors, added Atlanta, Georgia-based distributor Accolades, Inc. (PPAI 103067) and Norwood, New Jersey-based supplier AAA Innovations (PPAI 110972) to its membership. Accolades, Inc., owned by Daryll Griffin, MAS, has been in business for 28 years and has worked with companies such as The Coca-Cola Co., The Home Depot and UPS. Griffin has volunteered with the Georgia Association of Promotional Products Professionals (GAPPP) and PPAI and is an act...
February 13, 2018
St. Paul, Minnesota, supplier Crystal D (PPAI 112326) celebrated its 16th annual WOW Day on January 19. WOW Day was designed to recognize the hard work and dedication of Crystal D employees throughout the year. Crystal D honored five new Value Champions and a new Grand Value Champion at the event. These six individuals were nominated throughout the year by their peers for embodying Crystal D's five core values. Final selections were made by the management team. The 2017 Value Champions are: Gran...
February 13, 2018
In its annual recognition program that pays tribute to the diligence, professionalism and collaboration of multi-line reps, PPB magazine recognizes seven individuals as this year’s Best Multi-Line Reps. They are: Alan Rice, Northwest Reps; Chris Sinatra, CAS, Sinatra Enterprises; Dawn Kovar, West Coast Branded Solutions; Deborah Mann, DMannding Results; Patrick Reinecker, Reinecker Marketing Associates; Rick Buckley, Incentive Associates; and Scott Schaefer, SS Enterprises, Inc. The reps selecte...
February 13, 2018
Each year PPAI compiles the industry's official distributor sales volume estimate to measure industry growth, identify financial trends and pinpoint top-selling product categories and types of promotional programs. This year PPAI has again engaged an independent market research agency, Relevant Insights, to conduct this vital research. All PPAI distributor member companies have been sent a print or digital version of the survey. Distributors who received a paper survey can click here to fill it...
February 13, 2018
The Ethisphere Institute has recognized 3M for its ethics and integrity in business conduct and compliance for the fifth straight year.The company, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, operates in the promotional products industry as supplier 3M Promotional Markets (PPAI 113638). Recognizing that corporate integrity, character and transparency have an impact on the public trust of companies, the Ethisphere Institute defines and advances standards of ethical business practices through data-driven insi...
February 08, 2018
Sales in the promotional products industry climbed 5.8 percent in 2017, according to the PPAI/ITR Economics fourth-quarter 2017 Market Outlook Report. Indicators point to continued growth for suppliers and distributors through 2018, but expansion should slow as the year progresses. ITR Economics found the supplier’s member index annual growth rate climbed 3.5 percent in 2017, measured year over year. The economic research and consulting firm expects this growth trend to increase through the fir...
February 08, 2018
Facilisgroup (PPAI 493664), a community of promotional products distributors, welcomes Sportop Marketing of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and TSC, Inc. (PPAI 134317) in Ridgeland, Mississippi, as new distributor partners. Sportop Marketing has been in operation for 36 years, offering clients promotional products, screenprinting and embroidery. TSC has provided customers promotional products, custom manufacturing, warehousing and commercial printing since 1991. Facilisgroup is a management consulting a...
February 08, 2018
Distributor Full Press Apparel (PPAI 576518) in Tallahassee, Florida, has acquired fellow Tallahassee distributor, AIA/The Marketing Store. In acquiring The Marketing Store, Full Press Apparel is expanding its client services and showroom. Founded in 1997, it now has a staff of 50 that operates out of two locations. Two employees of The Marketing Store are joining the company, and it expects to hire five or six more staff by the end of 2018. Full Press Apparel offers custom printing, embroider...
February 08, 2018
iPROMOTEu honored its affiliates and suppliers at various events during The PPAI Expo last month in Las Vegas. The Wayland, Massachusetts, distributor hosted its annual “Thank You” Reception and Awards Luncheon in conjunction with the promotional products industry’s largest and longest-running trade show. PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, delivered the welcoming remarks at the reception, speaking to a crowd of approximately 350 iPROMOTEu affiliates, guests and representatives of some...
February 08, 2018
HanesBrands has joined with the National Park Foundation to announce a new partnership to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate and support America's national parks and community-based programs. As the newest National Park Foundation partner for the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement, HanesBrands' support will benefit America's National Park System. HanesBrands operates in the promotional products industry as supplier Hanes/Champion (PPAI 191138)."This tremendou...
February 08, 2018
Over the coming months, PPAI’s webinar series will examine a diverse range of subjects, among them volunteer leadership, the supply chain and more. The Association’s education schedule features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. Upcoming webinars include: If Only I Had Known: Volunteer Leadership Tips And ToolsFebruary 14, 1 pm CSTRoadmap To The Supply ChainFebruary 21, 1 pm CSTStructural Safety: The Life-And-Death Question...
February 08, 2018
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate are debating legislation that would fund the federal government for the next two fiscal years. While there is resistance to the bill on both sides of the aisle, they are under pressure to vote on the bill, called the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, today, as the federal government reaches its funding deadline this evening and faces another shutdown. While both Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell support the bill, res...
February 06, 2018
Distributor InnerWorkings, Inc. has outlined its CEO succession plan, announcing that Rich Stoddart, currently the global president of Publicis Groupe's Leo Burnett Worldwide, will succeed President and CEO Eric Belcher and join the board of directors on or before April 5. When Stoddart is appointed president and CEO, Belcher will transition to the role of executive chairman of the board of directors. Stoddart has served as global president of Leo Burnett Worldwide since January 2016 and has mo...
February 06, 2018
The Conference Board reports that its Employment Trends Index continued December’s growth momentum into January. The index now stands at 106.93, up from 106.59 in December, and represents a 5.4 percent gain compared to one year ago. “The Employment Trends Index continues its solid path upwards and shows no sign of slowing down,” says Gad Levanon, chief economist, North America, at The Conference Board. “A strong U.S. economy provides additional tailwinds to employment growth, bringing down the ...
February 06, 2018
In its announcement of financial results for its fiscal year 2018 first quarter, which ended December 30, 2017, supplier Delta Apparel (PPAI 188431) reported net sales of $90.3 million—an increase of $14.4 million or 19 percent, from the same period last year. “With double-digit growth across the board and improved operating earnings, we are pleased with our results in what is usually our most challenging seasonal quarter,” commented Robert W. Humphreys, Delta Apparel, Inc.’s Chairman and Chief...
February 06, 2018
Eagle Promotions (PPAI 279851), headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, has joined The Legacy Group as its newest distributor partner. Founded in 1995 by Mario Stadtlander and Sean Ono, Eagle Promotions supports small to Fortune 500 clients globally. Its retail division, Eagle Design Group, providess design, merchandising and importing for clients such as Disney, Coke and the Beatles. The distributor recently expanded its headquarters, adding an additional 40,000 square feet of warehouse and office...
February 06, 2018
HALO Branded Solutions (PPAI 106462) has announced the winners of the Sterling, Illinois, distributor’s semi-annual scholarship competition. The winners are: First Place – Alexis M. Preiss of Windermere, Florida. Alexis is studying at the University of Central Florida and received $1,500. Second Place – Scott Dixon from Franklin, Tennessee. Scott is studying at the University of Tennessee and received $1,000. Third Place – Rachel Hennessey of Windham, New Hampshire. Rachel is a high school ...
February 06, 2018
The Arizona Promotional Products Association (AzPPA) has selected 12 industry professionals to serve as the regional association’s 2018 Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2018. Nancy Gosewisch, owner of supplier Browse25 and 2017 president of AzPPA, says, “We are delighted to have a full complement of 12 board members as we begin 2018. The gifts that each one brings to the table will be beneficial to the Association and all of our members.” Jamie Ondrejko, division sales vice president f...
February 06, 2018
The Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association (PAPPA) held its 45th annual awards and recognition dinner on January 29. At the event, PAPPA President Lora Dunnigan and Vice President John Davis presented awards recognizing the accomplishments of the regional association’s members and the companies they have done business with. The awards presented included: Volunteer of the Year—Mark Markoff. Markoff received the Volunteer of the Year Award thanks to his enthusiasm, dedication and his...
February 01, 2018
Changes are coming later this year to California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, more commonly referred to as Proposition 65. Since it was first passed by California voters in a referendum by a near two-to-one vote, the list of chemicals susceptible to Proposition 65 regulation has grown from 30 to more than 900. Although the changes go into effect at the end of August, many businesses are already adjusting their compliance efforts to meet the new requirements. The Offi...
February 01, 2018
More than 86 percent of small-business owners are optimistic about the future, reports a small-business study conducted by Staples, parent company of distributor Staples Promotional Products (PPAI 108945), in December 2017. Drawn from a survey of 503 U.S. small-business owners—for the purpose of the study defined as those who had up to 25 full-time employees—the study found that four in five respondents identified their business as thriving or surviving in the new year, and that the most common ...
February 01, 2018
Social media is capturing a large share of small-businesses marketing efforts. A study by Ripl, a provider of small-business mobile marketing software, found that U.S. small businesses rank their self-published posts to social media higher in importance than emails, digital and real-world advertising, and their own websites for both attracting new customers and engaging existing customers. "We were frankly surprised by how high social media network publishing and digital advertising ranked in c...
February 01, 2018
PPAI Executive Vice President Robert McLean, CPA, has earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry. He joins PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, on the Association’s staff with the designation. To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of three years’ experience with nonprofit organization ma...
February 01, 2018
Over the next few months, PPAI’s webinar series will examine a diverse range of subjects, among them managing the bid process, volunteer leadership and more. The Association’s education schedule features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners.Upcoming webinars include:Navigating The Bid ProcessFebruary 7, 1 pm CSTIf Only I Had Known: Volunteer Leadership Tips And ToolsFebruary 14, 1 pm CST Structural Safety: The Life-And-Death Qu...
January 30, 2018
The promotional products industry’s premier trade show, The PPAI Expo 2018, wrapped earlier this month with outstanding attendance. Held January 14-18 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, a total of 12,400 distributor attendees from 4,550 companies turned out for the show—the largest attendance since 2008. The PPAI Expo featured more than 125 education and networking events and 1,222 exhibiting supplier companies in 3,112 booths, including 166 first-time exhibit...
January 30, 2018
Staples, Inc., parent company of distributor Staples Promotional Products (PPAI 108945), has appointed J. Alexander (Sandy) Douglas as chief executive officer, effective April 2. He will succeed Shira Goodman as CEO. John Lederer, executive chairman of Staples, Inc. and its separate U.S. and Canadian retail businesses, will lead the company on a day-to-day basis during the transition. Douglas most recently was president of Coca-Cola North America, where he led all aspects of consumer and busines...
January 30, 2018
The global advertising market is forecast to grow 4.7 percent in 2018, its most robust pace since 2011, reports marketing intelligence firm WARC, in its January Global Ad Trends report. The year’s expected growth will be fueled by the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Russia World Cup, and is projected to reach $572 billion in total spending.The expected growth puts it ahead of 2017, which registered a three percent increase at $546 billion. Last year represented a slowdown from 2016’s 3.8 percent...
January 30, 2018
Major Business Systems, a subsidiary of Midlothian, Texas-based supplier Ennis, Inc. will relocate production operations to the Ennis-owned facility in Chatham, Virginia. The company is currently located in a leased facility in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Ennis is also the parent company of supplier Admore, Inc. (PPAI 111144) in Macomb, Michigan.“The expiration of our lease at the Hillsborough, North Carolina, facility allows us to better use the company’s assets by relocating the production o...
January 25, 2018
The U.S. advertising market climbed 3.7 percent in 2017, reports advertising intelligence firm Standard Media Index. The company reports that digital led the growth, up 11.9 percent year over year, while cable and broadcast television dropped 2.4 percent and 3.9 percent, respectively. Standard Media Index has also released data on performance in December and fourth quarter 2017.“Heading into 2018, ad spend in national television is trending positively while digital’s growth continues to slow,” s...
January 25, 2018
The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.6 percent in December to 107. This follows a 0.5 percent increase in November and a 1.3 percent increase in October.“The U.S. LEI continued rising rapidly in December, pointing to a continuation of strong economic growth in the first half of 2018. The passing of the tax plan is likely to provide even more tailwind to the current expansion,” says Ataman Ozyildirim, director of business cycles and growth research at The C...
January 25, 2018
Distributor Fully Promoted (PPAI 240143), based in West Palm Beach, Florida—previously known as EmbroidMe—celebrated its first-ever location’s reopening under the new brand on January 24. Guests learned about the West Palm Beach location’s new services, which have expanded from specializing in custom-branded apparel to include a more robust list of marketing services. An official ribbon cutting ceremony with the Palm Beaches Chamber of Commerce kicked off the celebration.The recent business name...
January 25, 2018
Norm Stern, founder of Mequon, Wisconsin, distributor Norscot Group (PPAI 108304), passed away on January 16. He was 90. Born in Waldalgesheim, Germany, Stern emigrated to the U.S. with his parents in 1934, living first in New York City and then Milwaukee. After graduating from high school, Stern joined the U.S. Army and served in Europe as an interpreter after the end of World War II. Upon returning home, Stern attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying political science and law, an...
January 25, 2018
Over the next few months, PPAI’s webinar series will examine a diverse range of subjects, among them business ethics, managing the bid process and more. The Association’s education schedule features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners.Upcoming webinars include:CAS Required: Business EthicsJanuary 31, 1 pm CSTNavigating The Bid ProcessFebruary 7, 1 pm CSTIf Only I Had Known: Volunteer Leadership Tips And ToolsFebruary 14, 1 pm C...
January 23, 2018
The PPAI Expo 2018, which wrapped up on Thursday at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, delivered another strong show experience to attendees and exhibitors from across the promotional products industry.“The PPAI Expo is so much more than a trade show,” says Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI president and CEO. “It is the industry’s convention where relationships are built and strengthened, and community is nurtured. Distributor and supplier attendees have embraced our drive to take...
January 23, 2018
Effective immediately, Boost Technologies DBA Shumsky (PPAI 108541) and Boost Rewards will operate under a new company name: Boost Engagement®. “We are excited to make this name change official to better align our businesses and create clarity in the marketplace,” says Dawn Conway, CEO of Boost Engagement. “Our companies are already delivering engaging solutions, including promotion, brand building, employee rewards and recognition, and onsite interaction. It only makes sense for our company nam...
January 23, 2018
Supplier Stormtech (PPAI 260245) has announced that beginning with its Spring 2018 collection, the Vancouver, British Columbia-based company has eliminated environmentally-harmful perfluorinated carbons (PFCs) from their water repellent apparel products.PFCs are a group of manufactured compounds that are widely used in water repellent finishes for high performance outerwear to achieve a breathable fabric that is water and oil repellent. Recent studies have shown that PFCs have the potential to c...
January 23, 2018
Over the next few months, PPAI’s webinar series will examine a diverse range of subjects, among them chemical management within the global supply chain, managing the bid process and more. The Association’s education schedule features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners.Upcoming webinars include:Detoxing The Supply ChainJanuary 24, 1 pm CSTCAS Required: Business EthicsJanuary 31, 1 pm CSTNavigating The Bid ProcessFebruary 7, 1 p...
January 17, 2018
The PPAI Expo 2018 concludes today, marking the finale of another strong and successful show. In its 16th year at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Expo delivered an exceptional show experience yet again, with more than 1,200 exhibiting companies at 3,120 booths, an extensive lineup of education sessions and world-class speakers, and exciting events to connect with colleagues.Much came out of Expo this year, including new show floor amenities and networking opportunities, and innovative and in...
January 17, 2018
On Wednesday, Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI, hosted an Association update and keynote luncheon featuring a panel discussion with PPAI Board Chair Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS+, and incoming Chair Dale Denham, MAS+. The audience was treated to insights from these three industry authorities, including their thoughts on key issues facing PPAI members and the promotional products industry. Bellantone opened the session by discussing PPAI’s longstanding relationship with the American Marke...
January 17, 2018
The brand. pavilion at The PPAI Expo is known for brand-name, high-end pieces that add a sense of distinction to incentive and recognition programs as well as individual end-user gifts. This year, many exhibitors upped their game with products that add an even more personal touch to marketing initiatives.At HHP/Helping Hand Partners, Booth 536, unique accessories with a socially conscious mission were on display. Totes, handbags and clutches are made from ethically sourced materials by artisans ...
January 17, 2018
Wednesday night’s PPAI and SAGE Power Of Two Party at House of Blues in Las Vegas, was easily the most rocking night of The PPAI Expo. Held at one of Las Vegas’ most popular venues, the sold-out event drew a full house of show attendees and exhibitors to enjoy live music from world-class cover band Vegas Limit. From Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson to The Knack and ZZ Top, the band kept the dance floor full all evening, and the all-request music format made partygoers feel a part of the show.
January 17, 2018
Promotional Products Education Foundation once again welcomed generous support from attendees at The PPAI Expo this week.The PPEF Glen Holt Scholarship Golf Invitational, held on Monday, welcomed 31 teams of four to enjoy a game in the pleasant 60-degree weather. The event raised net proceeds of more than $50,000. The following contributors generously donated products and sponsored services and holes: SAGE; HALO Branded Solutions; The Legacy Group; CPS/Keystone Line; Laura Holt, MAS; iPROMOTEu; ...
January 17, 2018
Cary J. Shevin, chairman of the board of supplier DARD Products Inc., passed away on January 16. He was 81. DARD Products was founded by Shevin’s father, Jack, in 1947. Later, Shevin and his wife, Harriette, started attending industry trade shows and the business grew. DARD later moved to its current location in Evanston, Illinois, where it has been for 38 years.  Shevin was a longtime and prominent member of the promotional products industry and had an influential role on the industry for decad...
January 16, 2018
Part inspirational speech, part love letter to the promotional products industry, Roy Spence’s presentation on the power of purpose was all heart, and the crowd at Tuesday’s Expo opening general session was all in.Spence illustrated his points on purpose in life and in business with examples of the work he and his team at Austin, Texas-based GSD&M Advertising have produced for clients over the past several years. The first one he showed—a public service announcement featuring past U.S. presi...