TREVOSE, PA – December 7, 2017 – alphabroder, the leading distributor of imprintable sportswear and accessories in North America, is pleased to announce the addition of Prime Line to its’ family of brands. The combination of these two great companies establishes a new standard in the industry for convenience, service and solutions – creating the industry’s first true ‘one-stop-shop’.
“As a family business with long time employees, we gave careful consideration to this strategic move and ultimately feel that this is in the best interest of both Customers and employees,” said Jeff Lederer, now President of alphabroder’s hard goods division, which will operate under the Prime Line name. Jeff will report directly to Norm Hullinger, CEO of alphabroder. “The industry is changing and it was important for me to make sure Prime Line is positioned in the best possible way moving into the future. We have chosen a partner in alphabroder that matches our values and commitment to the future. I am so excited to work with Norm and Dan Pantano (President of alphabroder) helping to lead the team to the next level.” Jeff and the long time members of the Prime Line management team will be joining the alphabroder management team while continuing to operate Prime Line with the same dedication to Customers and family values that created one of the industry’s leading companies, which was one of the key drivers for alphabroder in this deal.
As plans were being formed for the integration of these two great companies, Norm and Jeff agreed to place one priority above all else: Continue to deliver the highest level of service to all of our Customers.
Said Hullinger, “The combination of these two great companies and cultures was born out of the input from our Customers. We will honor this by continuing our sharp focus on their businesses. Bringing our organizations together will provide us with the flexibility and agility to focus 100% on our Customers – to deliver best-in-class solutions to help their businesses succeed. This merger provides our Customers with unmatched product choice, reach, delivery and availability. The quality and longevity of the Prime Line team and their corporate culture firmly grounded in family values, brings a high level of predictability to the business which is essential to delivering the ultimate customer experience and these were the key drivers of this deal.”
alphabroder is committed to the ongoing growth of the company and the industry. Prime Line is the fourth significant company to join the alphabroder family in the last five years, having added Bodek and Rhodes in 2015, Ash City Worldwide in 2014 and Imprints Wholesale in 2012.
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Founded in 1919, alphabroder is North America’s largest distributor of trade, private label and retail apparel brands and merchandise to the promotional products marketplace. alphabroder offers more than 40 brands including a broad selection of retail and trade brands from Under Armour, Bella + Canvas, Next Level, Threadfast, adidas, Columbia, Marmot, Gildan, Fruit of the Loom, Hanes, and many others as well as sourcing our own Private Brands.
About Prime Line:
Founded in 1980, Prime Line became an industry leader through the introduction of innovative products and services. The company, headquartered in Bridgeport, Conn., now offers more than 1700 products across 15 categories. It features exclusive brands such as MopToppers™, Leeman New York, Rubik’s® and BUILT® as well as numerous product collections. In 2016, it acquired Jetline, which was rebranded as Prime’s value line. Source Abroad by Prime is the company’s custom and overseas sourcing division offering fully custom products as well as fast turn import items. A founding member of QCA, Prime has an industry leading focus on product safety and regulatory compliance.
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ETS Express™ Hires New South Central and Mid-Atlantic Sales Managers
Matt Mertins and Laird O'Cain join the ETS Express™ sales team
Contact: Dana Geiger, Executive DirectorPhone: 410-562-0609
MARYLAND (Feb 6, 2017) – The Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) honored regional performers at the annual Peake Awards Ceremony, sponsored by J Charles Crystalworks, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Jan 31.
Each year, CPPA proudly presents the Peake Awards to honor excellence and creativity in our association and industry. Awards were presented in thirteen categories and recognized individuals, companies and promotional campaigns.
“It is important to take pause and recognize the individuals in that serve our region so diligently. The Peake Awards gives us the opportunity to do just that as well as thank them for their commitment to the industry. I hope the 2017 recipients take pride in being the best in the business,” said Bob Titelman, Jr., Skylight Creative Ideas.
In addition to the annual performance awards, this year’s ceremony honored three additional members. Jolie Porter, CPPA’s previous Executive Director was honored with a Distinguished Service Award for fourteen years of service to the association and to the CPPA membership.
Murray Siegel, CAS and Bob Titelman, Sr. were inducted into the CPPA Hall of Fame, a high honor designed to recognize individuals that make an outstanding and lasting contribution to the regional association as well as to the promotional products industry.
A full list of this year’s honorees are as follows:
Supplier of the Year- Towel Specialties
Supplier Representative of the Year- Julie Strob, Hit Promotional Products
Multi-Line Representative of the Year – Pete Rosica Promotions
Supplier Support Person of The Year- Katie Wheeler , Gemline
Distributor of the Year – Target Marketing Group
Distributor Sales Representative of the Year – Doni O’Connor, Target Marketing Group
Distributor Support Person of the Year – Jessica Lever , Webb Mason
CPPA Rising Star – Michael Valentini, Jr. , MVP Promos
The Peake Aware (Volunteer of the Year) – Jeff Franklin, Headwear USA
Excellent in Promotions Campaign Winners:
Self-Promotion Category – Sonic Promos
Non-profit Category – Joyce Ponton, Halo Branded Solutions
Hall of Fame – Murray Siegel, CAS
Hall of Fame – Robert Titelman, Sr
Distinguished Service Award – Jolie Porter
For more information on the CPPA Peake Awards or CPPA, go to www.cppa.biz, or contact Dana Geiger, CPPA Executive Director, at 410.562.0609.
CPPA is a not-for-profit trade association whose membership is comprised of suppliers and distributors of imprinted promotional and advertising products. Membership is primarily located in Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, and Delaware, but also includes members from across the U.S. and Canada. CPPA members benefit from professional education, networking, annual tradeshow and member discounts and savings. CPPA is a regional affiliate of Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), and passes along member benefits from this national not-for-profit organization to its members. For more information or to become a member, go to www.cppa.biz or contact Dana Geiger, Executive Director, at 410-562-0609 or email Dana@cppa.biz.
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The CPPA Hall of Fame originated in 2007 and was designed to recognize individuals that make an outstanding and lasting contribution to the regional association as well as to the promotional products industry. Individuals inducted have made a significant difference in the association, for our membership and ultimately in the community. Siegel and Titleman join previous inductees: Jim Hayes, Steve Yaniga, Hersch Wellman, and Mike Harper Senior.
For more information on the CPPA Peake Awards, go to www.cppa.biz, or contact Dana Geiger, CPPA Executive Director, at 410.562.0609.
About CPPACPPA is a not-for-profit trade association whose membership is comprised of suppliers and distributors of imprinted promotional and advertising products. Membership is primarily located in Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, and Delaware, but also includes members from across the U.S. and Canada. CPPA members benefit from professional education, networking, annual tradeshow and member discounts and savings. CPPA is a regional affiliate of Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), and passes along member benefits from this national not-for-profit organization to its members. For more information or to become a member, go to www.cppa.biz or contact Dana Geiger, Executive Director, at 410-562-0609 or email Dana@cppa.biz.
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Gaithersburg, MD – October 4, 2016
SONIC PROMOS ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITION JAY SHAPLIN, J4 PROMOTIONAL MARKETING
Sonic Promos welcomes Jay Shaplin and J4 Promotional Marketing to the Sonic Promos family. In his new role, Jay will act as Sonic’s Senior Brand Manager & Vendor Relations Manager.
"I am very happy to have made the move over to Sonic Promos,” says Jay. “I met [owners] Seth and Julianne about six years ago and have had a friendship ever since. I think our work ethics and styles complement each other very well, and the Facilis Group benefits will only help me grow and allow me to focus on the creative and lucrative parts of the business I truly enjoy most."
Sonic Promos, a Facilis Group Partner since 2011, offers a cutting edge technological platform for order management and CRM, unsurpassed buying power and a corporate culture that will provide enhanced services to J4 clients. Additionally, the Sonic Promos in-house design team provides advanced quick-turn creative vision, which will enable J4 clients to better utilize the newest decoration techniques and materials.
With nearly two decades of promotional marketing experience, active participation on the Board of CPPA, clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region, as well as national accounts, Jay brings a wealth of hands-on expertise and industry engagement to Sonic’s team. According to Sonic Promos President, Seth Weiner, “We could not be more thrilled to have Jay join Sonic. His personality and industry experience are a perfect match for our technology and team culture. This fortuitous move will benefit everyone involved.”
About Sonic Promos:Sonic Promos, based in Gaithersburg, specializes in promotional marketing and merchandise, branding solutions, global sourcing, and consultative marketing. To learn more about Sonic Promos, please contact Julianne Weiner at 301-869-7800 or email@example.com.
(April 18, 2016) - The Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) is pleased to announce Dana Geiger will serve as the association’s new Executive Director.
Dana brings with her over twelve years of experience in the non-profit arena, including the last six as an executive director in the Promotional Products industry. Dana has served as the VAPPA Executive Director since 2010 and also as the PPAF Executive Director from 2012-2015. Her association management experience is enhanced by her expertise in marketing and her proven ability to help organizations focus on strategic growth.
In addition to welcoming Dana, the Board of Directors extends gratitude and well-wishes to long-time Executive Director Jolie Porter. Porter served the association for fourteen years with dedication and will continue as an honorary lifetime member of the Association.
CPPA Board President Marty Buddenbohn commented, “While we are sad to see Jolie go, we are grateful for her years of service and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. At the same time, we are thrilled to welcome Dana as our new Executive Director. Her strong background in association management and years of experience in the industry -- specifically in this region -- makes her a perfect fit for our group.”
Members can meet Dana in person at our upcoming NoVA Showcase. We are looking forward to what the future holds for CPPA with new management at the helm.
Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) represents and serves more than 200 promotional product manufacturing firms and promotional marketing consultants from our region as well as across the U.S. and Canada. We strive to be a source of information, education and shared learning for our members. We are dedicated to supporting the increased professionalism and expertise of industry professionals, while providing an environment that allows our members to exchange knowledge and ideas, allowing them to grow and prosper.
For more information or to become a member, go to www.cppa.biz or contact Dana Geiger, Executive Director, at 410.562.0609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Springfield, VA (April 7, 2016) The Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) is pleased to announce that the first end-buyer tradeshow in their region will be hosted on May 12, 2016 in Springfield, VA.
This event will be held at The Waterford and will feature a one-hour, end-buyer friendly education session facilitated by Cliff Quicksell, MAS+ that will arm buyers with ideas before they enter the exhibit floor that will feature dozens of the industry’s top suppliers.
This inaugural event is open to all industry distributors however only CPPA members are permitted to invite clients to attend as their guest.
“End-buyer events are becoming very popular in the industry and our members have been asking for one for some time,” says Marty Buddenbohn, CPPA President. “We are committed to building an event that will educate buyers about the effectiveness of promotional advertising which will in turn increase sales for the members that embrace this new initiative.”
More details about this event are available by clicking here on the CPPA website www.cppa.biz.
Hub Pen Company is excited to announce the addition of brothers Tim Rosica of Rosica Marketing and Pete Rosica of Rosica Promotions to its expanding list of multi-line representatives. They will represent the company in the mid-Atlantic states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and
the District of Columbia.
Tim has been a multiline rep in the promotional products industry for 21 plus years and started Rosica Marketing over 10 years ago. He was named one of PPB’s Best Multi-Line Reps of 2016 as well as CPPA’s (Chesapeake Promotional Products Association) Multi-line Rep of the Year for both 2015 and 2016.
Pete started Rosica Promotions 13 years ago after a long career in financial management. He has an MBA from Philadelphia University and uses his financial management strengths to help distributors make purchasing decisions.
IMAGEN Brands, parent company of Crown Products and Vitronic, welcomes Dana Zezzo as Vice President of Sales
Throughout the course of his 20-year career in the promotional products industry, Dana has worked for including Pro Towels, Jetline, and now IMAGEN Brands.
Dana has been a featured speaker at many industry events, including PPAI Expo and ASI. Dana is also one of the founding “chefs” of PromoKitchen (a 501c3 non-profit).
“I’m excited about being a part of the leadership team “, Dana commented. “I think the direction they’re headed bringing Vitronic and Crown together under IMAGEN Brands, is very exciting.”
In January, IMAGEN Brands brought together the sales teams of Crown and Vitronic creating a combined sales force of 45 professionals representing both product ranges to their customers.
Supplier Prime Line (Prime Resource Corp., has announced a deal in principle to acquire fellow supplier Jetline from Gemini Manufacturing. The transaction, the terms of which have not been released, is scheduled to formally close later this month.
Jetline founder and CEO Eric Levin will serve as Prime’s executive vice president and Jetline President Michael Honig will join Prime as a vice president.
“We are very excited to welcome Jetline to the Prime family and immediately start to give our distributor customers even more products and services to choose from,” says Prime Line CEO Jeff Lederer.
“Both Prime and Jetline have a rich tradition of customer-driven innovation and delivering world class service and support,” adds Levin. “Jetline’s success in the value-priced end of the market, combined with Prime’s reputation for excellence, will certainly enhance the value proposition for our loyal customers. We’re proud to be part of the team.”
Prime will continue to operate the Jetline facility in Gaffney, South Carolina and maintain its company headquarters in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Orders and inquiries for each product line should continue to be channeled to their respective locations.