Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF; www.ppef.us), is pleased to announce that the 2015 PPEF scholarship program is now taking applications for the 2015-2016 school year with $150,000 in scholarships available, the most ever awarded in a single year. Since its inception in 1989, PPEF has awarded approximately $1,267,000 in financial assistance.
Funded by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and donations from the promotional products industry, the scholarship program enables youth and professionals to continue their education on a collegiate level. The Association and industry patrons have a long-standing commitment of service to the promotional products industry and this fund supports those who demonstrate the same commitment.
The 2015-2016 scholarship application period is now open and the submission deadline is Monday, March 16, 2015.
SAGE Supplier Advantage Members should log into the SAGE Supplier Center to get started using FastTrack to update their catalog. More information on FastTrack and SAGE Advantage Membership can be found at www.sageworld.com/supplier/advantage.php#3.
Polyconcept North America (PCNA) has acquired Milwaukie, Oregon-based supplier HumphreyLine (UPIC: HUMPHREY). PCNA will now offer HumphreyLine's full line of U.S.-made promotional plastic products and personal care amenities. In addition, the acquisition will allow PCNA to offer new decorating capabilities including full-color labeling and offset printing, as well as variable data capabilities.
Customers will now be able to work directly with their PCNA sales representatives on new Made in the USA project opportunities. However, through the end of the year, HumphreyLine will maintain its existing website, processing and service systems. In January 2015, this will change as HumphreyLine products will be offered exclusively through PCNA's Bullet business unit. Orders will continue to be manufactured, produced and fulfilled out of HumphreyLine's existing Kentucky facility.
The Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) certification requires 75 hours from a structured industry approved curriculum, three years of experience in the promotional products industry and a passing score on the CAS certification exam. The rigorous curriculum required includes an overview of the promotional products industry, promotional programs, best practices/supplier-distributor relations, advertising and marketing overview, product safety basics and business ethics. Upon completion of the core curriculum, individuals then have the opportunity to structure their own course schedules to deliver the greatest relevance and value for their careers.
alphabroder, the Trevose, Pennsylvania-based apparel supplier and highest-ranked company on Promo Marketing's 2013 Top Suppliers list, announced today the acquisition of Ash City Worldwide, one of North America's leading promotional apparel manufacturers and suppliers.
Since 2006, alphabroder, then known as Broder Bros., has been the No. 1 company on Promo Marketing's annual Top Suppliers list, posting $817 million in sales in 2012. Ash City was the No. 10 company that year with sales of $148 million.With the addition of Ash City, alphabroder expects to have annual revenues exceeding $1 billion. alphabroder plans to combine the companies' range of capabilities, including Ash City's strong presence in Canada, to better serve its customers.
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College Glasses announces the hiring of Megan Erber as Vice President of Sales. Megan, who captured “CPPA Supplier Sales Rep of the Year” in 2012 and a spot on the 2011 ASI Hotlist is migrating from Jetline Promo after 4 years of service.
Erin Reilly, CEO of College Glasses, said “Megan is joining our team at a key moment as we transition our brand from College Glasses to Pop! Promos.” When asked about the decision to hire a VP of Sales, Reilly said, “Megan will be responsible for leading our sales team and overseeing strategic hiring as we expand our team rapidly over the next twelve months. We couldn’t be more pleased with our choice.”
When asked about the move, Pop! Promos President, Sterling Wilson, said “We are very excited to bring an industry veteran like Meg onto the team in such a key role. We hope that her experience will help us better serve our customers as we diversify into a full line of products.” Megan had the following to say, “I’m excited to lead the charge on an already successful brand with leadership and strategic direction as we continue our growth into new markets.”
For more information on Megan and College Glasses, visit www.collegeglasses.com or call 267-858-4495.
The final results are in for PPAI’s Board of Directors
election. The Association welcomes new board members Bruce Perryman, MAS+, CEO
of supplier Embroidery Unlimited, Inc., and Mary Jo Tomasini, CAS, CEO of
distributor CE Competitive Edge, LLC. In addition, David Nicholson, president
of supplier Polyconcept North America, parent company to Leed’s, Bullet and
Journalbooks/Timeplanner Calendars, has been appointed to the PPAI board to
fill the inaugural at-large director seat with full voting rights.
The new board members will begin their terms immediately
following The PPAI Expo 2014. Perryman and Tomasini will serve four-year terms,
while Nicholson’s term is for two years. The at-large director seat is part of
the Board of Directors restructure and bylaws changes announced to members in
April 2012. Nicholson was selected from a field of distributors, suppliers,
multiline reps, business services, international suppliers and international
distributors, and he was nominated by a committee consisting of the PPAI board
chair, chair-elect and immediate past chair.
On Tuesday, Vitronic Promotional Group, the promotional product supplier located in Mason, Ohio, announced that it acquired leather goods supplier Andrew Philips/Millennium Leather LLC of Teaneck, N.J. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"We are thrilled with the acquisition of Andrew Philipsundefinedan industry leader in fine leather goods," said Lori Kates, general manger of Vitronic Promotional Group and president of the EBSCO Promotional Group. "They are known for their fine workmanship, their attention to style and design, and their application of superior quality materials. This is a natural extension of Vitronic's leading position in the interpretation of fashion trends and styles in the promotional market."
Five daily drawings for $100 American Express gift cards were held, drawing from the pool of Distributor association members who submitted proof of their Expo East registration during the contest. Then, all Distributors who entered the daily drawing were placed in the grand prize drawing for a 32GB iPad. Distributors may pick up their prizes at the Regional Partner Booth at Expo East.
Congratulations to the winners:
Daily winners of $100 American Express gift cards:
Cheryl Allen SunBay Advertising (VAPPA)
Kathi Duprey Designs Unlimited (NEPPA)
Debra May Millennium Marketing Solutions (CPPA)
Susan Shelton SBS Promos (CPPA)
Sharon Layne Freedom Designs (TRASA)
Grand Prize winner of 32GB iPad:
Ellen Bernstein Accent on Promotions (VAPPA and SAAGNY)