PRO TOWELS ANNOUNCES FOTO VISION LAUNCH

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PRO TOWELS ANNOUNCES FOTO VISION LAUNCH

Foto Vision: Live Life In Color

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – March 24, 2017 – The Pro Towels family is thrilled to announce the launch of FOTO Vison. FOTO Vision creates sharp, vivid images where creativity has no limits. Pro Towels will offer no setup charges and minimums as low as ONE for most FOTO Vision products. As the President of Pro Towels Kevin Nord exclaims, “Dye sub is far from new in our industry, but the ability to produce it with as few as a one-piece minimum, on textiles, is groundbreaking. This will allow our clients to do on demand with zero inventory on their shelves.” The FOTO Vision products will also have a quick turnaround. Get ready to live life in color!

FOTO Vision is available in over 25 products, including the Pro Towels Jersey Towel Collection; beach, golf and fitness towels; Kanata blankets; and Superior garments. With FOTO Vision, designs can be created with unlimited colors – full-color, edge-to-edge printing ensures maximum impact. The colors are absorbed by the fabric for a soft-to-the-hand feel, and the design will stay bright and vibrant wash after wash for a long-lasting impression. Certain 3D options are also available.

Pro Towels is the largest towel supplier to the promotional product industry with locations coast to coast for the US and Canada. The company offers in-house screen printing, sublimation printing and embroidery services to support a broad product line of beach, golf, and sport towels. Additionally, Pro Towels carries bathrobes and other beach accessories to complement its towel line. The Pro Towels family of companies also includes Kanata Blanket Company, a leader in premium blankets, décor and lifestyle products, and Superior, a leader in contract decorating for the promotional products industry for over 30 years. Most recently, the Pro Towels family acquired Neet Feet, a supplier of quality custom logo flip flops and other premium footwear.

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Maple Ridge Farm’s Cheese wins the 2017 U.S. Championship!

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March 10, 2017 – Mosinee, WI — Sartori® Black Pepper BellaVitano®, which has been a mainstay for Maple Ridge Farms since 2011, won the “Grand Champion” title in the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest, outscoring more than 2,000 entries from 33 states. “We are proud to feature Sartori® Black Pepper BellaVitano® in our cheese packages and winning the title of Grand Champion is a tribute to this great cheesemaker,” said Tom Riordan, President of Maple Ridge Farms.

The cheese was lauded by the judges for its impeccable balance — the creamy, nuttiness of the aged cheese combined with the bright and bold flavors of fresh-cracked black pepper.  Black Pepper BellaVitano® scored a near-perfect 99.018, edging out the other Wisconsin cheesemakers in the First and Second Runner Up slots. The Grand Champion title adds to Black Pepper BellaVitano’s already impressive resume — only last November the Sartori® cheese earned a Gold Medal at the World Cheese Awards.

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Located in Mosinee, WI, Maple Ridge Farms, Inc., (ASI 68680, PPAI 114165, UPIC: MAPLE, SAGE 57654), founded in 1979, is the leading supplier of gourmet food gifts to the promotional products industry. Recognized for its outstanding quality, the line includes a complete variety of naturally aged cheeses, premium chocolates, fresh-roasted nuts, made-from-scratch baked goods, and smoked meats presented in innovative packaging.  For more information on the company visit their website www.MapleRidge.com

IMAGEN Brands is pleased to introduce Mike Rubin as District Sales Manager

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Mason, OH – March 10, 2017 – IMAGEN Brands is pleased to introduce Mike Rubin as District Sales Manager.

IMAGEN Brands would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest colleague, Mike Rubin. We are very excited to have him on board, and look forward to the dynamics that he will bring to the team.

“Filling Mike’s position rounds out the new sales management team for IMAGEN Brands,” explains Dana Zezzo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The goal with Mike is to not only improve our customer experiences, but to improve corporate response time to regional sales representatives. Mike believes in the same philosophy as I do, which is “over communicate.”

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Mike Rubin – District Sales Manager – Northeast and Midwest

 

Mike Rubin joins IMAGEN Brands as District Sales Manager covering the Northeast and Midwest Regions. Mike has been in the industry for 18 years working in inside sales, outside sales and inside sales management. “I am thrilled to join the IMAGEN team,” states Mike. “I look forward to collaborating with the sales and marketing groups to keep growing two great brands, Crown and Vitronic, in the market place.”
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Dana Zezzo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, sits with Mike during a podcast about his first week.

Link to podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-698671652/welcome-mike-rubin

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Lara Gryder awarded 2016 Supplier Rep of the Year from HPPA

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Mason, OH – March 3, 2017 – Lara Gryder awarded 2016 Supplier Rep of the Year from HPPA.

IMAGEN Brands is proud to congratulate Lara Gryder, Strategic Accounts Manager, for receiving the award of 2016 Supplier Rep of the Year from Houston Promotional Products Association. Lara has been active in the HPPA for several years now, while this year she is serving as President.

“Lara is a fantastic President of HPPA. She is acknowledged by distributors, suppliers, and other HPPA members as the person who has done the best job of any rep in the South Texas area,” explains David DeGreeff, Executive Director with HPPA. “Lara did not win because of her volunteer work, but rather the excellence she has provided to those she has served as the IMAGEN Brands Texas representative. HPPA members are proud that her excellence has been rewarded with a new job with greater responsibilities. I personally think you are very blessed to have Lara representing IMAGEN Brands.”

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Lara Gryder

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PromoCorner Acquires brandivate – Bill Petrie to Serve as President of PromoCorner

PromoCorner Acquires brandivate – Bill Petrie to Serve as President of PromoCorner

LAKEVILLE, MA (March 6, 2017) – PromoCorner announces the acquisition of brandivate, a business services, branding, and marketing agency based in Franklin, TN. As part of this transition, the founder and CEO of brandivate, Bill Petrie, will now serve as President of PromoCorner effective immediately.

Joel Moore, CEO of PromoCorner stated, “With brandivate, Bill Petrie has built an exceptional brand in the promotional products industry. We look forward to adding Bill’s leadership, vision, and expertise as we increase our offerings to both suppliers and distributors.”

Bill Petrie, added, “PromoCorner has a tremendous history of being a key resource for promotional products professionals and I look forward to adding to that legacy as a member of the PromoCorner team.”

About PromoCorner
Since 1999, PromoCorner, with headquarters in Lakeville, MA, has been the leading marketing, research, and business services organization in the promotional products industry. The company is also the premier destination for cutting edge content relating to sales, marketing, and branding for promotional products professionals.

PRO TOWELS WELCOMES JENNIFER GAMBRELL AS SENIOR DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

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PRO TOWELS WELCOMES JENNIFER GAMBRELL AS SENIOR DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – March 1, 2017 – Pro Towels, the industry’s largest towel supplier, announced today that Jennifer Gambrell has joined the company as Senior Director of Marketing. Jennifer will head the marketing department for Pro Towels, Kanata Blanket Company, Superior and Neet Feet.

Prior to joining the team, Jennifer was the Creative Manager at J&P Acquisitions, Inc. While there, Jennifer helped improve their catalog development process, was responsible for building multiple brands under JPPA, has extensive e commerce and social media experience and created several industry award winning marketing campaigns. She started there as a graphic design intern during her undergrad degree and worked her way to a fulltime graphic designer then web designer and finally Creative Manager. While working full-time, Jennifer also obtained her Master’s in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University in 2015.

Jennifer exclaims, “I’m very excited to be joining the Pro Towels Family of Brands and getting the chance to work with a strong, growing team. I really look forward to taking our marketing campaigns to new heights.”

Kevin Nord, President of Pro Towels, continued “We truly feel the combination of Jennifer’s extensive marketing background, combined with a fresh look at the industry, will allow us to continue to expand the PT family, and ultimately serve our distributor partners better!”

Pro Towels is the largest towel supplier to the promotional product industry with locations on both the east and west coast. The company offers in-house screen printing and embroidery services to support a broad product line of beach, golf, and sport towels. Additionally, Pro Towels carries bathrobes and other beach accessories to complement its towel line. The Pro Towels family of companies also includes Kanata Blanket Company, a leader in premium blankets, décor and lifestyle products, and Superior, a leader in contract decorating for the promotional products industry for over 30 years. Most recently, the Pro Towels family acquired Neet Feet, a supplier of quality custom logo flip flops and other premium footwear.

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Crown and Vitronic receives the 2016 American Business for Solutions Top Vendor Award

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Mason, OH – February 27, 2017 – Crown and Vitronic receives the 2016 American Business for Solutions Top Vendor Award.

Crown and Vitronic is honored to have received the 2016 Top Vendor Award from American Solutions for Business. Rory Campbell accepted the award on behalf of IMAGEN Brands at the PPAI Show in Las Vegas.

Every year, American Solutions for Business carefully selects their most valuable supplier partners to award them for their exceptional products, services and growth. Winners are chosen based on overall volume, growth and customer service provided to the sales associates – and by extension, thousands of customers.

“On behalf of our vendor relations team, we all agree that Dana, Rory, Venus and the rest of the IMAGEN team have created so much trust and established valuable relationships within our company,” says Taylor Smith, Promotional Product Specialist with American Solutions for Business. “Time and time again, they have gone the extra mile for us, which has helped both companies grow stronger together.”

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IMAGEN Brands hosts first Marketing Summit for Marketing and Product Development team

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Mason, OH – February 21, 2017 – IMAGEN Brands hosts first Marketing Summit for Marketing and Product Development team

IMAGEN Brands hosted a Marketing Summit for the Marketing and Product Development teams for both Crown and Vitronic. The Marketing Summit was held on Tuesday, February 14th through Thursday, February 16th in Downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. This is the first Marketing Summit for IMAGEN Brands.

“The essence of the IMAGEN Brands Marketing Summit was to share our clear vision of the Sales, Marketing and Product Development goals as it relates to the team,” stated Jenny Straub, Senior Director of Marketing and Product Development. “We held team building, breakout sessions and brainstorming activities that created a true synergy between our Marketing, Product Development, Graphic Design and Social Media teams.”

Following the Summit, IMAGEN Brands hosted an awards dinner, recognizing the talents and efforts in the Marketing and Product Development team. The dinner was held on Wednesday, February 15th at Easy Bistro in Downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The winners included the following:

  • Andrew VanLeeuwen, Graphic Designer, wins “WHATEVER IT TAKES” Award
  • Matt Johnson, Product Development Manager – Hard Goods, wins “INSPIRED BY YOU” Award

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DistributorCentral Thanks Key Employees

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DistributorCentral recently won three technology awards from PPAI.  When a company is recognized for awards like this, it is a team effort.  Everyone is involved from executive level planning and direction, to the sales and support teams voicing feedback and requests from customers.  However, there are also the people who take ownership of the project and do the legwork necessary for it to excel.  For us, this year, those people who worked tirelessly was Charlie Cochran and Rachel Dykes.

Charlie Cochran is our Web Developer who worked on creating our mobile-responsive website platform.  Rachel Dykes is our Web Designer who created DistributorCentral’s company website.

Thank you Charlie & Rachel!

Charlie Cochran (left), Jason Nokes (middle), Rachel Dykes (right)

Charlie Cochran (left), Jason Nokes (middle), Rachel Dykes (right)

 

Leed’s Named 2016 Supplier of the Year by Facilisgroup

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PITTSBURGH — February 7, 2017 — Leed’s, a leading promotional products supplier, was named 2016 Supplier of the Year by promotional products distributor Facilisgroup. The award was presented when Facilisgroup partners and suppliers met in Las Vegas during the PPAI show for their 2017 Winter Summit.

“We’re honored that Facilisgroup named us Supplier of the Year,” said Leanne Finney, PCNA Vice President of Marketing. “We work hard to build strong, lasting relationships with our customers.”

“Our summits bring our partners and suppliers together to catch up and share best practices. The sense of community our partners develop from these meetings is remarkable,” said Chuck Fandos, CEO of Facilisgroup.

Leed’s was also named a Top Supplier of 2016 by BrandVia, a marketing agency and promotional products distributor based in San Jose, CA.

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About Leed’s
Leed’s is the premier supplier of high-quality promotional products, with goods ranging from pens and drinkware to bags and mobile tech. With an in-house product development team and dozens of leading retail brands, Leed’s continually introduces products with the look, feel and performance customers want, while our award-winning service and cutting-edge decoration capabilities provide a seamless experience from start to finish. As a founding member of the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Leed’s promotes quality, safety and integrity among suppliers and has been the recipient of many honors, including 2014 Top Supplier of the Year by Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC) and dozens of ASI Distributor Choice Awards. With global operations headquartered in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Leed’s has been synonymous with excellence for more than 20 years.

CONTACT:
Brian O’Gara
PCNA Marketing Specialist
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400 Hunt Valley Road
New Kensington, PA  15068
PH:  888-476-5962, ext. 2382
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