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 email@example.com.
DARD Products is proud to announce that Jason Emery has joined the DARD Products -Tagmaster Team as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Emery was welcomed to DARD Products by President Cary Shevin.
“As we continue to evolve our business, we are very excited to have someone whose experience and capability is directly relevant to our needs,” Shevin said. “Emery will be a valuable addition to our company.”
Emery brings an impressive track record of innovative sales management. His previous accomplishments include National Sales Manager at DARD products from 1999 – 2004, and Vice President of Sales of another industry top 40 supplier from 2004 – 2012.
Minnesota-based supplier Custom HBC has been sold to an investment group with other promotional products industry holdings. The company reports that the sale process is expected to close within the next few days.
A statement from the company said that while all operations at Custom HBC are on hold during the transaction, the company should return to normal operations by the end of April. However, it encourages distributors with Custom HBC orders shipping in April to seek another industry supplier.
Furthermore, Custom HBC has parted ways with its subsidiary, Custom Chocolate (UPIC: CstmChoc). Custom Chocolate has set up a separate operation at a new facility with new contact information. Custom Chocolate can be reached at 800-546-0772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vantage Apparel has promoted Jeff DePalma to Regional Sales Manager for East Coast and Canadian Regions. DePalma joined Vantage in 2009 and most recently held the position of Sales Operation Manager. DePalma was instrumental in the start-up of the company’s Inside Sales Division and entry into the Canadian promotional market. He can be reached at email@example.com or 732-850-8457.
Principals Mike Valentini, CAS, Jean Carboni and John Ragozzine have more than 50 years of collective industry experience as multiline reps. Valentini is immediate past-president of Specialty Advertising Counselors of the Delaware Valley (SACDV) and is currently president of the Northeast Reps Associates (NERA). Mike Valentini was named Multi-Line Representative of the Year at the 2011 CPPA Peake Awards. MVP Promos can be reached at 717 898-9300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artwork Services USA and Soundline, LLC announce their joint venture, the AWSome App. Created for the iPhone and Android smart phones, it is now available for free downloading for all regional association members. Both internal and external people can download the free App. There is no limit, so long as they work in our industry.
The AWSome App is free and created exclusively for promotional products distributors and support people. The App is a phone directory, a contact manager, a link and portal to over 2,000 major suppliers and growing.
To download, simply go to your App store and search for awsome directory (watch the spelling) or go to the awsome site on a desk top http://awsomeapp.com/register.jsp ] and register there, then download to your phone and use it immediately.