DistributorCentral Announces New eCommerce Platform: PEAK

DistributorCentral is launching PEAK, the most user-friendly eCommerce solution in the promotional product industry.

Gardner, Kansas — DistributorCentral is launching a new eCommerce platform, named PEAK which will revolutionize the buying experience for the promotional products industry, giving distributors a world-class eCommerce solution for a fraction of the cost.  PEAK includes a limited catalog of top products from the industry’s top suppliers, simple retail-inspired checkout, advanced search filtering, production-ready online design tool, SEO-optimized products, and instant virtual samples across the entire catalog.  The new platform is offered exclusively to DistributorCentral’s PRO distributors.

PEAK is a significant milestone as part of a long-term strategy to modernize the promotional product industry and showcases DistributorCentral as the leader in the industry for eCommerce.

“Instead of making excuses about why our industry is so complicated and why it isn’t easier to order promotional products online, we decided to embrace the challenge. We took best practices from all the top online retailers to create an eCommerce platform that end-users have come to expect and will want to use.” –Jason Nokes, President

Customers interested in PEAK can see it work on DistributorCentral’s demo website:  peak.distributor-catalog.com.  PEAK is currently in limited preview with select distributors and will be generally available later in 2018.

About DistributorCentral
DistributorCentral is an award-winning technology service provider for the promotional products industry, offering a range of cost-effective online resources, including: the industry’s fastest product search, eCommerce websites, order management, email blasts, and artwork services.  DistributorCentral offers a free-to-use product database for distributors.  Learn more about DistributorCentral at: www.distributorcentral.com.


Maple Ridge Farms Wins Distributor Choice Award for the 17th Time!

Maple Ridge Farms

Mosinee, WI – For the 17th year, Maple Ridge has won the Distributors Choice “First Place Award” in the Food and Candy Category, adding to the long list of industry awards it’s received since the company’s founding in 1979.

As implied by its name, the Distributors Choice Award is the result of a competition in which distributors vote for their favorite suppliers. Maple Ridge Farms provides the rare combination of excellence in customer service, extremely high product quality and on-time delivery.

In receiving this award, company founder Tom Riordan remarked, “It is gratifying to know that the efforts of all our employees are being recognized in such a major way. Our bottom line has always been that distributors can be extremely confident that when they send an order to Maple Ridge Farms they will receive the freshest, most delicious food products, along with innovative packaging. Our thanks go out to our loyal customers.”

Located in Mosinee, WI, Maple Ridge Farms, Inc., (ASI 68680, PPAI 114165, UPIC: MAPLE, SAGE 57654, founded in 1979, is the leading supplier of food gifts to the promotional products industry. Recognized for outstanding quality, the line includes a complete variety of candies, handmade chocolates, fresh-roasted nuts, made-from-scratch baked goods, and smoked meats and cheeses of exceptional quality, presented in innovative gift boxes, gift baskets, gourmet towers, desk accessories, antique wooden vehicles and wooden collector’s boxes. For more information on the company visit our website www.MapleRidge.com

Gemline® to Launch Gourmet Expressions™ by Gemline, a Gourmet Food and Gifting Division

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Gemline Announces Expansion into the Specialty Foods Category Effective March 2018

Lawrence, MA  –Gemline, a leading supplier of promotional bags, business accessories, drinkware, gifts and writing instruments, today announced its expansion into the specialty foods category under the brand name, Gourmet Expressions. Gemline will offer a broad range of quality gourmet gifts bundled with a curated assortment of their most popular totes, coolers and drinkware as well as a premier collection of gourmet food gift towers and baskets. This new food gifting division will offer customers one-stop shopping convenience with everything they need for year-round gifting and branded marketing solutions.

Gourmet Expressions, will make its debut at the PPAI Show from January 16th -18th with an introductory collection launching March of 2018. Gemline is currently in the process of building out a HACCP Certified fulfillment center within their plant in Lawrence, MA.

Sheila Shechtman will oversee Gourmet Expressions as Vice President of Specialty Foods at Gemline.  Shechtman, a 36-year veteran of the food gifting industry, has developed gifts for large retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales as well as online offerings for 1800flowers.com and ftd.com. Shechtman most recently held the title of CEO at Gifted Expressions, a supplier to the promotional products industry.

“By utilizing Gemline’s first-in-class products, quality and service as a platform, Gourmet Expressions by Gemline will take the company one step closer to making it the ‘go to’ for all marketing, promotional and gifting needs,” said Sheila Shechtman, Vice President of Specialty Foods at Gemline.

About Gemline
Gemline is the industry’s premiere supplier of bags, business accessories, drinkware, gifts and writing instruments and is ranked as the 17th largest industry supplier by the Advertising Specialty Institute. Gemline and Gemline service names are registered trademarks of The Gem Group, Inc.  For more information about Gemline, visit the company’s website at www.gemline.com or 1-800-800-3200. Find Gemline on Facebook and Twitter.

Terry Town Strengthens Sales Force

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San Diego, CA – Terry Town (asi90913, ppai230911, sage66966), award winning supplier of towels, blankets, robes and accessories, has announced the hiring of Livier Gomez, bringing added strength to their national sales team.

Gomez who will hold the title of Strategic National Account Manager, is a graduate of the University of San Diego and has acquired exceptional account management skills while working for a Southern California non-profit organization.

“Livier came to us already knowing what it takes to be successful in this industry”, states Aaron Bradley, National Sales Manager. “She understands that it is built on long lasting relationships and that customer service is key.  We are very excited to have her on board”.

Livier Gomez

Livier Gomez

Terry Town offers the highest quality of Towels, Blankets, Robes and spa/home gift items in the promotional product industry. Their unique embellishment capabilities such as award-winning edge to edge sublimation, screen printing and exceptional embroidery can be found at www.terrytown.com.

IMAGEN Brands expands with transition of the West Coast territory


IMAGEN Brands has expanded the West Coast territory coverage with the realignment of Joseph Gavern, Regional Sales Manager, now overseeing California, Oregon, and Washington. Gavern has been with the company since June 2015, previously overseeing the four corners. He currently resides in Southern California. “I am very excited for the opportunity to introduce fresh new ideas to our IMAGEN Brands West Coast clients,” states Gavern. “I am looking forward to developing and fostering successful new partnerships with my new clients!”

We are very excited to have Joe Gavern transition his territory to cover the entire West Coast,” says Ryan Meulemans, District Sales Manager. “With Joe’s experience with the company for the past two and a half years, we have the up most confidence of a successful and ease of transition, and we’re looking forward to him building strong partnerships with the new customer base in CA, OR, and WA.

Joe Gavern

Joe Gavern – Regional Sales Manager – CA/OR/WA

Pro Towels Welcomes Chris Hart as National Accounts Director

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PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – January 5, 2018 – The Pro Towels Family of Brands, including Pro Towels, Kanata Blanket Co., Neet Feet and Superior, is excited to announce the recent hire of Chris Hart as National Accounts Director.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Hart grew up in the industry with his father being a 30+ year promotional product veteran with a top 40 supplier. Chris obtained a Business Management degree from Kennesaw State University and began his career on the distributor side with Jack Nadel International out of Atlanta. This experience provides him with a unique perspective that has been invaluable in helping his customers.

He was previously the Southeast Regional Sales Manager from ETS Express, and is greatly looking forward to expanding his reach in helping our customers around the country.

Keith Lofton, Vice President of Sales, commented, “Pro Towels identified Chris a long time ago as a strong salesperson in our industry that became a good fit for our company and our model. He is someone who continually moves the needle for his clients every day. When our National Accounts Director position became available, he was my first call! We are so happy to have him join our team and he’s going to be a huge asset for us in what we do moving forward as a company.”

Chris Hart

Chris Hart

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, sublimation 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, Neet Feet, a supplier of quality custom logo flip flops and premium footwear, and Superior, a leader in contract decorating for the promotional products industry for over 35 years.


Certif-A-Gift Ownership Change – Legacy of Exceptional Service Continues


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, January 8, 2018 – Agents, our Promotional Product Partners, and their customers can expect continuing exceptional service as the Tobutt family assumed sole ownership of The Certif-A-Gift Company (CAG) and continues the tradition begun by company founder Randy Tobutt in 1954.

“The CAG team is 100% committed to deliver best-in-class solutions for incentive and recognition programs,” said President Linda Tobutt, who assumed that position in 2017 after over 30 years as a CAG board member.  She brings a wealth of experience in corporate finance, treasury management, and strategic planning. “We will maintain the industry’s highest ratings recognized by ASI and SAGE, and certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by meeting all WBENC standards.”

Chief Executive Officer, Andy Tobutt, with over four decades of company experience, leads the company’s sales, product, and business development teams.  “Our priority is customer success achieved through long-standing relationships and innovative solutions. We continually enhance our service offerings to exceed our customer’s expectations.”

Third generation Ryan and Alex Tobutt, both with Masters in Business Administration, have joined the organization.  Ryan with a background in pharmaceutical sales has taken on the role of Sales Manager. Alex with his Certif-A-Gift experience in accounting, project management, and warehouse oversight will expand his role as Operations Manager.

The new “Gift of Choice” redemption website www.gifthdq.com/gocplus is an example of CAG’s ongoing commitment to innovative product development, providing customers with multiple brand and message options, personalized recognition, intuitive selection process, automated reminders, and robust
reporting. “The new features and options create a custom redemption site that can mirror a customer’s corporate brand,” adds Andy.

About The Certif-A-Gift Company
For more than half a century, The Certif-A-Gift Company has devoted itself to making gift giving and receiving a pleasurable experience for all. Its personable team of representatives assists employers in
developing programs that inspire productivity, engagement, and healthy competition in the workplace. Through Certif-A-Gift, companies can successfully motivate their employees, recognize performance, and create positive work environments by utilizing Incentive Point Programs and the Memorable Gift of Choice Program offering Brand Name Rewards – Recipients Choose for Themselves. To learn more, visit http://www.Certif-A-Gift.com.


Artistic Toy Sold to Employee

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Katrina Marshall continues legacy of success

ALLENTOWN, PA, January 5, 2018 – Artistic Toy Manufacturing, Inc. was purchased on Friday, December 29, 2017.   Katrina Marshall, former Sales Manager for the previous 11 years, acquired the assets and formed a new company under the name “Artistic Toys & Promotions LLC”.

During her time at Artistic Toy, Katrina has handled multiple aspects of the day-to-day operations of the company; having done everything from dress teddy bears to negotiate key contracts. Her vast knowledge of the company and industry has made this an easy decision for Katrina.  “I am confident in the future success of the company and will continue to focus on quality products and superior customer service”.

“I am humbled and honored to see Katrina take Artistic Toy into the future.  She has a talented team behind her and a client base that loves her and our products,” said Jim Socci, CAS, President of Artistic Toy Manufacturing, Inc.

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 Artistic Toys & Promotions, LLC

Artistic Toys designs, decorates, and manufacturers stuffed toys used for corporate advertising.  Unlike other toy companies, they only sell through a network of independent distributors and promotional consultants. They sew and stitch stuffed toy prototypes in the U.S. that go on to be mass produced in overseas factories.  They also warehouse and decorate thousands of different styles of stuffed animals that are delivered in a matter of days. For more information visit www.artistictoy.com and find them on Twitter @artistictoy,FacebookYouTube and Instagram.



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San Diego, CA – Terry Town (asi90913, ppai230911, sage66966), award winning supplier of towels, blankets, robes and accessories, has announced the promotion of Aaron Bradley to National Sales Manager.

Aaron Bradley

Aaron Bradley

Bradley, who also holds the title of Director of Compliance at Terry Town, has proven to be a major catalyst and positive influence in Terry Town’s rapid rise in sales and popularity in their product categories.

“Aaron is a powerhouse, and offers distributors the complete package…knowledge, skills and integrity”, stated Michael Del Bucchia, Vice President of Sales. “He has contributed immensely in the areas of Sales and Social/Product Compliance, it was only natural that we increase his influence within our organization”.

Terry Town offers the highest quality of Towels, Blankets, Robes and spa/home gift items in the promotional product industry. Their unique embellishment capabilities such as award-winning edge to edge sublimation, screen printing and exceptional embroidery can be found at www.terrytown.com


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Pioneer Balloon expands its print capabilities for Microfoil® balloons in 2018 to include a larger imprint area and lower minimums on multi-color imprinting. This allows few as 50 balloons to be printed using a 4-color process with the potential to expand the number of small businesses and organizations that are able to use Pioneer’s printing capabilities.

La La Land BalloonPPAI (Promotional Products Association International) recently chose Pioneer Balloon Company as a finalist in the “Special Processes” category of the 2018 Pyramid Award Competition for its 18″ printed Microfoil balloon featuring artwork from the Academy Awardwinning musical, La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The Pyramid Award is part of the PPAI Expo that will take place January 14-18, 2018, at the Mandalay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, USA. PPAI Expo is North America’s largest international promotional products tradeshow.

Founded in 1917, Pioneer Balloon Company is the leading manufacturer of promotional products, branded as the Pioneer Line. It includes Qualatex® and AdRite™ latex balloons, Microfoil® balloons, AdMax® balls, Ad Inflatable™ displays, Promotional Flags, Banners, Table Covers & Runners, Event Tents, Pop Up Walls, and Economy Backdrops. For more information on Pioneer Line products, call 800-685-4441, email: info@pioneerline.com, or visit pioneerline.com.