Congress has passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act. What does this mean for you and your small business?
Through our legislative contacts and lobbyists, PPAI has access to up-to-the-minute information, insight and analysis that you won’t see published anywhere else. The information in this month’s special Washington Report will help you understand how what happens in D.C. – and now under the American Taxpayer Relief Act – can affect your business and employees. It is timely information that will help you become more aware and better prepared to advocate for your business, profession and industry.
Indianapolis-based supplier St. Regis Crystal announced today that it will acquire Chicago awards manufacturer R.S. Owens, effective December 17, 2012.
"This asset-based acquisition presents tremendous opportunities," said Richard Firkser, president and CEO of St. Regis Crystal. "R.S. Owens has spent 75 successful years developing its creative, innovative and technical skills. St Regis complements these skills with superior customer service, huge production capacity, and the structural and financial backbone to really grow."
"We are excited to soon be part of the St. Regis Group," said Scott Siegel, MAS, president of R.S. Owens and past chairman of PPAI. "The opportunity to combine St. Regis' strengths with R.S.Owens' creative design capabilities, U.S.-based manufacturing and reputation for exceptional quality will provide unprecedented growth opportunity."
Industry Members Adversely Affected By Hurricane Sandy Encouraged To Contact BRF For Assistance And To Post Business Outage Notices
IRVING, Texas (Oct. 28, 2012) – Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; www.ppai.org), the world‘s largest and oldest international not-for-profit promotional products association in conjunction with the Regional Association Council (RAC), is offering disaster relief to assist promotional products industry members and non-members seriously affected by the impact of Hurricane Sandy in the form of the Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation Business Recovery Fund.
PPAI urges affected industry members to contact PPAI at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-I-AM-PPAI (426-7724) for assistance with specific needs to re-start their business, to update their contact information, with questions or to report a business outage.The Business Recovery Fund has information and resources on its website about how to prepare for a disaster.
The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products, has awarded QCA Accreditationto Baltimore, Maryland-based Towel Specialties.
“As a supplier catering to many Fortune 500 companies protecting their brands, we are continuously being asked to provide both proof of product safety as well as social and environmental compliance,” said Eric Weinstein, Towel Specialties president. “When we learned of QCA, we realized that the process of achieving QCA Accreditation would help us address the rapidly increasing demands of our customers.”
To achieve QCA Accreditation, Towel Specialties began by endorsing a self-certification and completing a rigorous self-assessment, and then the company submitted its headquarters and supply base to multiple third-party audits. Then the QCA board used a scorecard representing the performance of the company and its supply chain on the third-party audits as the foundation for granting accreditation. Read more...
Hub Pen Company has hired Kelley Fouche as National Accounts Sales Executive. In this position she is responsible for building sales and fostering relationships with some of Hub’s largest national accounts.
A 12-year industry veteran, Fouche has spent her entire promotional industry career with another top 40 supplier, and was also a sales executive in the video advertising industry. She has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Auburn University and taught art to elementary schoolchildren in North Carolina prior to entering sales.
“I am very excited to be joining the Hub Pen Family!” said Fouche. “Hub has been one of the fastest growing and most popular suppliers in our industry and I look forward to growing with them in their current and future success.”
“Kelley’s industry relationships and experience will be a great asset to Hub,” said Hub Pen Company President Joe Fleming. “We are confident that she will make a significant contribution to our growth, and her customer-driven approach to sales and business is a great fit for our team.”
Kelley can be reached at email@example.com.
Points of Light has appointed industry veteran Brett Schaffer, CAS to the position of Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.
Schaffer has 12 years of extensive industry experience, and most recently served as the Director of Operations for Soundline. Additionally, he has served with several industry-related organizations including SAAGNY, of which he is a past president.
“The addition of Brett to our growing team fortifies the company’s commitment to performance excellence,” says Scott A. Nussinow, MAS, executive vice-president. “When considering his background and his character, our choice was very easy, and we’re delighted that he chose to work with us.” He adds, “Ben Goldstein (owner) and I are working to create a world-class, customer centered organization, and Brett fits perfectly into that vision.”
For the third time in five years, Towel Specialties is the Gold Winner of PromoMarketing’s Supplier Excellence Award for the best "Towels and Textile" Supplier. The award is voted on by readers of PromoMarketing Magazine and users of promomarketing.com.
“We’re very excited to receive this award,” said Shawn Kanak, VP of Sales with Towel Specialties. “Any award means a lot to us – especially when it’s voted on by customers.”
As announced at last week’s PROMOTIONS EAST show, PPAI has entered into a strategic alliance with the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) to produce Expo East, a promotional products tradeshow designed to serve the eastern U.S. Under this strategic alliance, PPAI will bring its vision, growth management and production expertise to the eastern marketplace and PROMOTIONS EAST will cease operation. Expo East will enable PPAI to reach thousands of members and industry professionals who were not attending PROMOTIONS EAST, The PPAI Expo or other major tradeshows.
Visstun, Digispec, and CounterPoint have hired industry veteran, Mark Shea, as National Accounts Manager.
Shea brings over 25 years of sales and marketing experience to Visstun, Digispec, and CounterPoint. “With the recent departure of Brian Burka, due to the expiration of his work visa, Mark has some big shoes to fill!” says Paula Piano, Director of Sales and Marketing. “During his time in the industry, Mark has been both a supplier and distributor and has worked and consulted for a number of industry companies,” adds Piano. Shea has also served as a board member for Gold Coast Promotional Products Association.
In his new role, Shea will be handling all national account activities for Visstun, Digispec and CounterPoint. You can contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.