Hub Pen Hires Danica Ford as Business Development Associate

Braintree, MA, June, 2017 – Hub Pen Company and Beacon Promotions are proud to announce Danica Ford has joined Hub’s sales team as Business Development Associate.  Danica comes to Hub with over seven years of sales experience as a Merchandising Lead for a popular clothing retailer, where she was also responsible for managing inventory.  She also worked as Assistant Manager at an entertainment and party venue, working closely with customers through all phases of events.

“I’m sure my experiences with sales and customer service will help drive me to reach out to new and potential Hub Pen distributors,” says Danica.  The South Shore native is already familiar with Hub as her mother is Customer Service Manager Chris Ford.  “I love the fact that Hub is still family managed.  There’s a family like feeling among the employees.  They really are all about the customers.”

Danica has a passion for music, playing guitar and piano and can read and write music.  “I love going to Guitar Center and playing all the different guitars,” she says.  She and her boyfriend also enjoy exploring New England, hiking and taking day trips on the weekends.

“Danica has extensive customer service savvy from her experience in the retail environment.  She is fantastic at delivering a high level of customer satisfaction,” says Hub’s Director of Sales Lisa Fosdick.  “We are lucky to have her on the team combining retail know how with the promotional product expertise at Hub.”

Danica Ford - Business Development Associate

Danica Ford – Business Development Associate

 

About HUB:
Boston has been described as the “Hub of the Universe” and in the Hub Pen story the same holds true. From Frank and Rita Fleming’s humble beginnings in Boston in 1954 to the 100 million pen annual operations of today, Hub Pen has grown to serve an ever -increasing national and international market.  Our customers have rated us “A” on the SAGE rating system and 5 out of 5 stars on ESP.  For more information on Hub Pen, visit our website at hubpen.com or call customer service at 800-388-2323.

About Beacon:
A multiple Star Supplier Winner with a great reputation for service.  Our customers have rated us “A+” on the SAGE rating system and 5 out of 5 stars on ESP.   Beacon offers a wide selection of products, such as:  calendars and planners, table covers, flashlights, highlighters, housewares and name badges.  You will also find premium leather products in our Canyon Outback Leather line and Name Brand products for executive gifts and incentives.   For more information on Beacon, visit our website at beaconpromotions.com or call customer service at 800-628-9979.

The Chest announces the addition of Nick Valentini to the Sales Team

Mary Dobsch, owner of The Chest, LLC., is pleased to announce that Nick Valentini, with MVP Promos,  has joined The Chest  as of June 1, 2017.

Nick has strong ties with the promotional products industry, joining his brother Mike and father Michael Valentini, Sr., representing well over 30 years in the Promotional Products Industry.

“By adding Nick to the group, this will allow us to provide additional support and presence in our very broad region, covering from New York north to Maine and south to Virginia,” commented Mike Valentini, Sr.

“Nick has great enthusiasm and is eager to work with distributors and is already an outstanding asset to our sales team.  We’re thrilled to have Nick representing The Chest!”  added Mary Dobsch.

The Chest has a 35+ year history in the Promotional Products industry, manufacturing custom packaging and boxes in both corrugated and chipboard material.   The Chest is your source for unique, custom projects with fulfillment services available to meet a variety of customer needs.   Contact the factory today to discuss custom and stock options available to you and your customer.  Visit www.chestinc.com to learn more about the full product line available from The Chest.

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Mason, OH – June 9, 2017 – IMAGEN Brands is pleased to introduce Gabe McGraw as Regional Sales Manager – GA/TN

IMAGEN Brands

IMAGEN Brands would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest colleague, Gabe McGraw.

We are very excited with the addition of Gabe to the sales team,” says Dana Zezzo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With his experience and knowledge in the industry, he will be very helpful and refreshing to the customer base in the Georgia and Tennessee territory.”

 

Gabe McGraw – Regional Sales Manager – GA/TN

Gabe McGraw – Regional Sales Manager – GA/TN

Gabe McGraw joins IMAGEN Brands as Regional Sales Manager – GA/TN with over 10 years of experience in the promotional products industry. We asked him what he believes is the most important aspect of the business and he answered without hesitation – building relationships with customers. “What I always strive to be is a great steward, and I will continue to do so for current and future IMAGEN Brands customers,” explains McGraw. “To be an idea generator and a great partner is key. I am looking forward to establishing these relationships, and bring success to the customer and the company.”

www.imagenbrands.com
www.crownprod.com
www.vitronicpromotional.com

The Chest announces the addition of Brad Schroepfer to the Sales Team

Mary Dobsch, owner The Chest, is pleased to announce Brad Schroepfer, TMB Marketing, Inc., has joined The Chest as of June 1, 2017.

As a veteran in the Promotional Products Industry, Brad brings 29 years of experience to The Chest and welcomes the chance to work with Distributors and solve their customer’s sales opportunities.  “Once I get the chance to present the wide range of creative options available with a line like The Chest, that’s when the real magic happens!   It is extremely rewarding to see an idea that I suggested eventually become the solution.”

“Brad will provide the necessary presence with distributors that we want in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas in addition to Oklahoma,“ noted Mary Dobsch.     “Brad is an outstanding asset to our team and we are pleased that he is able to represent The Chest once again!  With Brad’s prior working knowledge and experience of our product line and creative capabilities, we’re eager to work more closely the distributors throughout his area!”

The Chest has a 35+ year history in the Promotional Products industry, manufacturing custom packaging and boxes in both corrugated and chipboard material.   The Chest is your source for unique, custom projects with fulfillment services available to meet a variety of customer needs.   Contact the factory today to discuss custom and stock options available to you and your customer.  Visit www.chestinc.com to learn more about the full product line available from The Chest.

 

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Promopet® (WOVIN Brands) acquires Handy Industries

WOVIN Brands, a Wisconsin-based supplier, including WOV-IN® (ASI 92980, PPAI 113213, SAGE 54020), Promopet® (ASI 79698, PPAI 468134, SAGE 69183) and Footprints USA (ASI 550030, PPAI 280344, SAGE 67681) has announced that they have acquired Handy Industries (ASI 78206, PPAI 163908, SAGE 60388). WOVIN Brands will relocate production to their facility in Jackson, WI and will begin processing all orders on Friday, June 16th. Handy’s automotive line will not be carried forward. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

“Promopet is committed to being the #1 source for promotional pet products in the industry and we are very excited to add more quality pet items under our roof,” said Jessie Johnson, president of WOVIN Brands. “We look forward to the opportunity to impress Handy’s current customers with our unparalleled customer service and commitment to partnering with our customers.”
Matthew Hung, co-founder and Vice President of Handy Industries said, “Our relationship with Promopet over the years has been meaningful and valuable. Our core philosophies and the way we handle customer service has always been aligned. I can’t think of a better company that could service our existing customers better.”

Johnson continued by saying, “I’m very excited about our company’s growth trajectory. Both this acquisition of Handy Industries and our acquisition of Footprints USA last year were excellent fits for our strategic growth plan. We’re committed to being a valuable and respected, long-term supplier in our industry.”

WOVIN Brands has been providing their customers with excellent customer service and quality products for over 40 years. They are a third-generation family business that truly cares about taking care of their customers and their WOV-IN® line of products is still 100% Made in the USA. WOV-IN® and Promopet® both maintain an ASI 5-star and SAGE A+ rating, they have consistently been named as one of Counselor’s Best Places to Work and were awarded the Supplier Family Business of the Year in 2013. This is WOVIN Brand’s second acquisition in eight months. They acquired Footprints USA in October of 2016.

IMAGEN Brands is pleased to introduce Rich Curtiss as Regional Sales Manager – IN/MI

IMAGEN Brands

Mason, OH – June 9, 2017 – IMAGEN Brands is pleased to introduce Rich Curtiss as Regional Sales Manager – IN/MI.

IMAGEN Brands would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest colleague, Rich Curtiss. We are very thrilled to have him on board, and look forward to seeing the positive contributions he will bring to the sales team.

Rich’s sales experience in the MI/IN market will be a huge asset for IMAGEN Brands, and we are excited to help Rich reconnect with customers from his past,” says Dana Zezzo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Rich Curtis

Rich Curtiss – Regional Sales Manager – MI/IN

Rich Curtiss joins IMAGEN Brands as Regional Sales Manager – MI/IN. With over 9 years of experience in the promotional products industry, Curtiss explains how he will strengthen his customer’s partnership with the company. “My goals are simple – to continue to build strong relationships with our customers, understand their goals and challenges, and serve as their “go-to” resource that will help them grow their business,” explains Curtiss. “I believe IMAGEN Brands truly understands the value of service, and will empower me to help our customers meet their expectations. Everyone wins when service excellence is the highest priority.”

 www.imagenbrands.com
www.crownprod.com
www.vitronicpromotional.com

Hub Brings Beacon’s Brad Castleman on as Business Development Associate

Hub PensBeacon

Braintree, MA, June, 2017 – Hub Pen Company and Beacon Promotions are proud to announce that Beacon’s Brad Castleman has joined Hub’s sales team as Business Development Associate.  Castleman has been with Beacon for over three years with the inside sales and customer service team.  In his new role he will be responsible for developing new business for both Hub Pen and Beacon Promotions.

The New Orleans native moved to Minnesota with his wife 15 years ago, to settle down and start a family.  “When our son was born I was on the road selling and we realized I needed to be close to home,” Brad remembers.  “I came on board with Beacon and loved it.  It’s a fun place to work and a fun business.  I really enjoy connecting with our customers and helping them grow sales.”

“When the chance came along to add the Hub product line for sales opportunities and work with the Hub sales team, I was very excited,” says Brad.  “I am looking forward to making sure all our customers are familiar with both Hub and Beacon for their promotional projects going forward.”

“Brad has been an excellent member of Beacon’s Customer Care team,” says Carrie Forstner, Beacon’s Customer Care Manager.  “He engages with customers to help them find solutions and is excited to incorporate his sales experience as he moves into his new role. He will continue to assist our valued customers with knowledge of the full scope of Beacon and Hub products and services.”

Brad Castleman

Brad Castleman

About HUB:
Boston has been described as the “Hub of the Universe” and in the Hub Pen story the same holds true. From Frank and Rita Fleming’s humble beginnings in Boston in 1954 to the 100 million pen annual operations of today, Hub Pen has grown to serve an ever -increasing national and international market.  Our customers have rated us “A” on the SAGE rating system and 5 out of 5 stars on ESP.  For more information on Hub Pen, visit our website at hubpen.com or call customer service at 800-388-2323.

About Beacon:
A multiple Star Supplier Winner with a great reputation for service.  Our customers have rated us “A+” on the SAGE rating system and 5 out of 5 stars on ESP.   Beacon offers a wide selection of products, such as:  calendars and planners, table covers, flashlights, highlighters, housewares and name badges.  You will also find premium leather products in our Canyon Outback Leather line and Name Brand products for executive gifts and incentives.   For more information on Beacon, visit our website at beaconpromotions.com or call customer service at 800-628-9979.

SUPERIOR MOVES AND IMPROVES WITH A NEW WESTERN USA LOCATION

Pro Towels FamilyPITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (June 5, 2017) – The Pro Towels family is excited to announce that they are moving their western USA location to a brand-new facility in Las Vegas, NV.

Due to the remarkable growth of their company and the need to expand their production, they are now moving to a more modern and larger facility that will give them room to grow. With the move, they will be adding new equipment, additional capacity and increased warehouse space.

The move started on June 1st with the full production up and running in Las Vegas by June 30th. During this time, they will still be open and in production as normal, while continuing to provide the same high-quality products and service to their customers. Also, a large amount of the Pro Towels family of employees are moving with them, which is one of the reason they earned a place in the Top 60 Best Companies To Work For.

The move will now allow them to ship faster than ever before. They are still a quick 1-2 days transit to all of California and with their 2 production facilities, 3 days or less anywhere else in the US! The new location will also allow them to be closer to their wholesale partners.

For more information about Pro Towels, please visit www.protowels.com

About Pro Towels
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 premium footwear.

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HUB Multi-Line Rep Spotlight: Gerard Schifano

Hub PensBeacon

Braintree, MA, June, 2017 – Promotional products industry veteran Gerard Schifano joined Hub Pen Company’s team of multi-line representatives in 2015 representing the company in New Jersey, New York City (Five Boroughs) and Long Island.  Schifano had been in the industry for over 23 years, working as Sales Manager for Superior Bag, Moleskin, Winstar International and New Products International.

Chuck Lennon of Team Logic IT has worked with Gerard on several projects over the years.  “I teach sales people on the nuances of how to sell more effectively and I always use Gerard as an example of the sort of sales person I want them to emulate:  a highly effective sales person who does not try to sell,” Lennon says. “Gerard closes a lot of sales but he does so by building a relationship and making people feel good about buying.”

Since Hub Pen acquired Beacon Promotions earlier this year, Gerard has been working with Beacon rep Sharon Schiffelhuber in his territory of New Jersey, and southern New York. “I’m absolutely ecstatic our teams are working together and I applaud the fact that two giants in our industry can come together to join forces,” he said.  “It’s refreshing to uncover customers that have been so loyal to Beacon Promotions over the years and vice versa for Hub customers to Beacon.”

“Gerard shows true passion for his customers and has totally embraced the HUB/Beacon partnership,” says Lisa Pelzel, Beacon Promotions’ Business Development Manager. “He continually searches for creative solutions and does whatever is needed to satisfy the client, making him a delight to work with!”

Gerard Schifano

Gerard Schifano

About HUB:
Boston has been described as the “Hub of the Universe” and in the Hub Pen story the same holds true. From Frank and Rita Fleming’s humble beginnings in Boston in 1954 to the 100 million pen annual operations of today, Hub Pen has grown to serve an ever -increasing national and international market.  Our customers have rated us “A” on the SAGE rating system and 5 out of 5 stars on ESP.  For more information on Hub Pen, visit our website at hubpen.com or call customer service at 800-388-2323.

About Beacon:
Beacon is a multiple Star Supplier Winner with a great reputation for service.  Our customers have rated us “A+” on  SAGE and 5 out of 5 stars on ESP.   Beacon offers a wide selection of products, such as:  Calendars, table covers, housewares, tools, techie, auto, highlighters and Name badges.  You will also find premium leather products in our Canyon Outback Leather line and Name Brand products for executive gifts and incentives.   For more information on Beacon, visit our website at beaconpromotions.com or call customer service at 800-628-9979.

IMAGEN Brands is pleased to introduce Mark Daubenspeck as Strategic Sales Manager – E-commerce

Image Brands

Mason, OH – May 26, 2017 – IMAGEN Brands is pleased to introduce Mark Daubenspeck as Strategic Sales Manager – E-commerce.

IMAGEN Brands would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest colleague, Mark Daubenspeck. With the sales team continuing to grow, Daubenspeck joins the strategic team focusing on e-commerce accounts.

“IMAGEN Brands is excited to add Mark to the team,” says Dana Zezzo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “It is critical that top suppliers in today’s marketplace be able to add sales professionals that are specific to this unique sector of business. Our goals are to give Mark all the training and resources he needs to be successful with today and tomorrow’s e-commerce style customer.”

Mark Daubenspeck – Strategic Sales Manager – E-commerce

Mark Daubenspeck – Strategic Sales Manager – E-commerce

 

Mark Daubenspeck joins IMAGEN Brands as Strategic Sales Manager – E-commerce. Daubenspeck has previous experience in the industry with 4 years as a West Coast Account Executive. “I am most looking forward to connecting with my accounts. It is important to learn what we can do for them, and help them achieve their goals as well as ours,” explains Daubenspeck. “My goal is to build upon relationships with our e-commerce customers and deliver the highest level of service and support.”

 www.imagenbrands.com
www.crownprod.com
www.vitronicpromotional.com