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Chocolate Chocolate, Chris Dollar Marketing Group as New Multi-Line Representative

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Blaine, WA – February 20, 2018 – Chocolate Chocolate is excited to announce the recent hire of Chris Dollar and team at Chris Dollar Marketing Group LLC (CDMG) as their new Multiline Agency in New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. CDMG will help them in continuing to
provide their customers with quality custom molded chocolate throughout these territories. Chris and his team are taking over for Colm Harding of Harding Associates, whom after 13 years of dedicated service as Chocolate Chocolate’s trusted leader in the South, is retiring.

Upon hearing of Colm’s intentions to retire Chocolate Chocolate were directed by territory distributors to Chris and his team at CDMG. ”Their vast reach in the area, as well as veteran experience, is exactly what we wanted to elevate opportunities across the country. Colm revered the decision stating there is
no better group to take over as he wanted to see his established work and legacy carried forth. We would like to publically thank Colm Harding for his continued commitment right to the end and for setting the bar high, showing what a Multiline Agency is all about.” said Lynne Sterritt, Sales Manager at
Chocolate Chocolate.

Chocolate Chocolate pioneered engraved custom chocolate 30 years ago with the introduction of precision short-run molds made entirely “in house.” Their technology was patented in the U.S., and other major countries, and to this day remains “exclusive”, only available by them. Nobody else offers the level of fine detail they achieve – right down to the smallest feature of your artwork. Using only the best pure Belgian chocolate, in both milk and dark chocolate directly sourced and imported, their products are OU Kosher certified and manufactured here in the USA.

”Continuing excellent coverage in the South with CDMG and our delicious quality chocolate, we look forward to a strong 2018 at Chocolate Chocolate.” – Dawn Pilon, Account Executive at Chocolate Chocolate.

To learn more about Chocolate Chocolate please visit their website www.chocolate2.com or contact them at sales@chocolate2.com to get started on custom marketing promotion today. With top-tier packaging and design capability, gourmet year-round marketing products are their specialty.

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Hub Pen Receives Gold Pyramid Supplier Star Award

HUB Promotional Group

Las Vegas, January, 2018Hub Pen Company was recognized and awarded the Gold Pyramid Supplier Star Award at the 2018 PPAI Expo awards ceremony. Winners are selected by industry distributors who vote for top suppliers in 9 revenue categories. Winners are recognized for outstanding service in areas such as responsiveness, on-time shipping, product quality and sales aids.

Winning this award is a great achievement because it is a reflection of a supplier’s performance as seen by its customers over a full year.  The PPAI Supplier Star is the most prestigious award for supplier members.  Three suppliers are nominated for this award each year and Hub Pen has been among those nominated every year for the last 10 years.  This is the second consequetive year that the company has won the award in their category.

“We are very honored to receive this award”, states Joe Fleming, CEO.  “We have a great team at Hub Pen and everyone understands the needs of our distributor customers.  We thankful to our PPAI Distributors for their continued support and for awarding us the gold two years running.”

Hub Pen’s reputation for outstanding service as shown by its SAGE overall rating “A+” and ESP rating of 5 out of 5 Star.  For more information please visit http://www.hubpen.com/.

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About Hub Pen: 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 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.

About BEST: BEST was founded in 2007 with a passion for answering the phone with a live person, and saying YES! At its core are relationships built on trust and authenticity, strong work ethic, and having the heart of a champion. Being the second largest designer and supplier of “Coolies” in the United States, BEST prides itself in Championship Level Service and market leading product quality. Our customers have rated us “A+” on SAGE and 5 out of 5 stars on ESP. For more information on BEST, visit our website at bestusa.com or call customer service at 972-552-3636.

Vantage Apparel Takes Home 2018 PPAI Gold Pyramid Award for Embroidery

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Vantage Apparel’s 22nd year accepting first place for supplier decorating

AVENEL, N.J. (February 15, 2018): Vantage Apparel, award-winning decorator and industry top source for custom logo apparel, accepted its 22ndPPAI Gold Pyramid Award for Supplier Decorating in the category of Embroidery, in conjunction with the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Supplier Decorating category recognizes PPAI Members for their outstanding craftsmanship, creativity and service to distributors.

The winning design which featured a full-back seascape logo was created to promote The Atlantic City Seafood Festival. Expert embroidery techniques were used to achieve exquisite detail, thus giving the design, a true-to-life 3D effect that illustrated the beauty of the sea and personified the enticing mood of the festival. With an 8 hour running time, over 200,000 stitches, 58 steps, and 40 different thread colors, The Atlantic City Seafood logo SEA-riously outshined the competition.

Vantage Apparel Emboirdery

About Vantage Apparel
Since 1977, Vantage Apparel has been the top-ranked brand of identity apparel chosen to promote the names and logos of the country’s leading corporations, resorts, golf courses, colleges and casinos. We manufacture and stock nearly 200 styles of fashion apparel designed specifically for our markets. With more than 500,000 different embroidered logos under our belt, 1200 embroidery heads and the industry’s most experienced digitizers and operators, Vantage is the premier supplier to fulfill your order quickly and successfully. Our mission is to deliver a comprehensive apparel solution to our customers by providing the Complete Source for their decorated apparel needs.

For more information, please visit our website vantageapparel.com

Maple Ridge Farms Adds a 19th PPAI Supplier Star Award to its Collection

Maple Ridge Farms

February 14, 2018 – Mosinee, WI – Maple Ridge has won the 2018 PPAI “Supplier Star Golden Pyramid Award”.  Jamie Johnson and Dawn Mittlesteadt accepted the award at the recent PPAI Expo in Las Vegas.  Maple Ridge Farms has won more Star Awards than any other food gift company in the history of the industry.  In addition, they won the inaugural ASI Counselor Distributors Choice “First Place” award in 2001 and have followed up by winning it an additional 16 times.

The “Supplier Star Golden Pyramid Award” is the result of a competition in which distributors vote for their favorite, most dependable suppliers.  Maple Ridge Farms provides that rare combination of excellence in customer service with extremely high quality gourmet products.

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 — distributors can be extremely confident that when they send an order to our team their customers are guaranteed to receive the freshest, most delicious food gifts.  Our thanks go out to our loyal customers and dedicated employees who made winning this award possible.”

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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 gifts to the promotional products industry. Recognized for outstanding freshness, the line includes a complete variety of candies, handmade chocolates, fresh-roasted nuts, baked goods, smoked meats and naturally aged cheeses 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 www.mapleridgefarms.com.

High Caliber Line Rewards Top Rep Groups

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High Caliber Line (HCL), Irwindale, CA supplier of multi-category promotional product solutions, recognized their top Rep Groups at their annual Sales Meeting in during PPAI Expo in January.

Daniel Sachs and Dawn Kovar of West Coast Branded Solutions were awarded with the Rep of the Year Award for their excellence in representing HCL in the territory of California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii.

Chris Sinatra of Sinatra Enterprises was awarded the Sales Achievement Award for his amazing year of sales growth in his territory of Illinois and Wisconsin.

Daniel and Dawn cover a large geographic, but you’d never know it in how frequently and intensely they communicate”, stated Les Dorfman, Executive Vice President, CAS, BASI. “They are creative, relentless and KNOW their markets; truly deserving of our Rep of the Year award”.

Daniel Sachs and Dawn Kovar of West Coast Branded Solutions

Daniel Sachs and Dawn Kovar of West Coast Branded Solutions

Chris is the ultimate grinder, and a true partner to his distributors”, commented Dorfman. “Every opportunity is worked to its’ maximum, his huge sales increase success in 2017 was cultivated and earned”.

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Chris Sinatra of Sinatra Enterprises was awarded the Sales Achievement Award

HCL, (asi43442, ppai205801, sage64740), established in 1999 and headquartered in Irwindale, CA, is a rapidly growing, powerhouse supplier with several thousand SKU’s ranging over 25+ product categories. With mastery in over 10 primary methods of product imprinting, HCL can literally fulfill any product, custom packaging and sourcing solution for any distributor multiple times per day. In addition to their 100,000 sq. ft. headquarters, HCL has recently added a new 30,000 sq.ft. imprint production center to support their rapid growth. The newest extension of their product collections is the introduction of 6 new ‘Brands of Sophistication’, allowing HCL to feature the best of their development into products of advanced quality and elegant design.

 

HUB Promotional Group Big Winners at ASI Orlando

HUB Promotional Group

Orlando, FL, January 2018 – HUB Promotional Group debuted to the promotional marketing community at the ASI Show in Orlando last month. Braintree based Hub Pen had acquired Beacon in late 2016 and BEST and Cooler Graphics in late 2017 forming HUB Promotional Group, “The Better Impressions People” providing the best in promotional products with award winning quality and customer service.

The ASI Show in Orlando, which celebrated its 20th anniversary, was a huge success for ASI and its distributor attendees. HUB Promotional Group booths were well attended and the group’s members were humbled to receive three awards at the event.

The Counselor Distributor Choice Awards held on January 3rd at ASI Orlando, proved a successful night for Hub Pen, as they received the Distributor Choice Award for pens, for the third straight year. Also, Hub Pen’s customer service representative Ludy Sousa was named ASI’s Customer Service Rep of the Year at the ceremony.

HUB Promotional Group newcomer BEST Promotions was a winner of the ASI Orlando Product Showcase Most Unique award for the Beer Blizzard. Available exclusively to the promotional marketing industry through BEST, it was first introduced on TV’s Shark Tank. The freezable disc can be imprinted with a logo and slips into any beverage insulator, such as BEST’s Coolie.  Beer Blizzard video

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About Hub Pen: 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 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.

About BEST: BEST was founded in 2007 with a passion for answering the phone with a live person, and saying YES! At its core are relationships built on trust and authenticity, strong work ethic, and having the heart of a champion. Being the second largest designer and supplier of “Coolies” in the United States, BEST prides itself in Championship Level Service and market leading product quality. Our customers have rated us “A+” on SAGE and 5 out of 5 stars on ESP. For more information on BEST, visit our website at bestusa.com or call customer service at 972-552-3636.

Pro Towels Promotes Kathy Benson to Key Account Manager

Pro Towels Family

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – February 12, 2018 – The Pro Towels Family of Brands, including Pro Towels, Kanata Blanket Co., Neet Feet and Superior, is pleased to announce the promotion of Kathy Benson into the new role as Key Account Manager.

Kathy has spent the last 6 months establishing the office manager and customer liaison positions for the Pro Towels family out of their new Las Vegas facility. Her new role will be as Key Account Manager, where she will be working with various programs such as Mission Linen, Fast Platform, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. She will also continue to oversee the office and Customer Service in the Nevada facility.

Keith Lofton, Vice President of Sales, adds, “In the brief period Kathy has been on our team, she’s already putting a stamp on things at Pro Towels. She’s been instrumental in our transition on our west coast facility and helping us getting things up and running. She works fast, gets things done and brings an experience to the table that will help take the Pro Towels Family to the next level. Her personality and drive are perfect for this role and will help her to accomplish the goals of the key accounts she’ll be handling and working closely with. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for her and for us in this role.”

Kathy has many years of experience in the hospitality industry (both west coast and east coast), which includes the position as Executive Director for the Anderson Convention and Visitors Bureau. She was also owner/operator of a promotional products company that specialized in screen printing and embroidery.

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Kathy Benson

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.

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Leprechaun Promotions Has Promoted Sean Kindrick to President

Sean Kindrick

Supplier Leprechaun Promotions, LLC has promoted Sean Kindrick to President. Sean has spent 10 years with the company and served in numerous roles, most recently as Director of Business Development.

Regarding his promotions, Sean stated “I am excited about the opportunity to lead Leprechaun Promotions into it’s third decade. Having established a great reputation for service and reliability, we look forward to continuing to grow our line and add to our customer base”.

In a related move, Cliff Leach, most recently General Manager at Leprechaun, has been promoted to Vice-President. In this role he will focus on materials management and special projects.

A+ Wine Designs Honored for Excellence In Product Innovation and Decoration

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San Diego, CA, (February 8, 2018) –  A+ Wine Designs was recently honored as double awardee at the 2017 Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) annual awards celebration. The PPAI Awards Presentation & Reception was held on January 16, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, in conjunction with The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas. A+ Wine Designs took home two coveted Pyramid Awards.

The first award was a Gold Pyramid Award in Customized Retail- Branded Product/ Packaging. This category recognizes PPAI members for their creative decoration of a retail product not traditionally designed to be decorated. Our winning design was used as a closing gift for an apartment complex.  The name of the beer decorated coincided with the name of the residential complex, thus creating the perfect opportunity for this category.

The second award was a Gold Pyramid Award for Etching/ Engraving/ Laser.  Winning gold in this category is a true honor as we are being formally recognized for what we do best. Our winning etched wine bottle design mimicked the traditional consumer paper label seen on store shelves.  Our skilled artisans used a unique sand carving and hand painting technique to achieve this look.

“I am thrilled to congratulate A+ Wine Designs, winner of PPAI’s prestigious Pyramid Award,” said Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO at PPAI. “A+ Wine Designs dedication to solution-based selling combined with creative inspiration and the ability deliver promotional strategies that resonate with customers and deliver results.”

“Receiving this recognition, for a company of our modest size, is such a huge achievement,” says Jim Ristuccia, chief operating officer, A+ Wine Designs. “It’s a real testament to the dedication of our employees and the attention to detail that they put into every order on a daily basis. We are very pleased and proud to have this recognition.”

 The PPAI Pyramid Award was first introduced in 1958 where PPAI recognizes promotional product businesses and helps shine the spotlight on the collaborative business model unique to our industry. In 2018, the Pyramid Awards celebrates its 60th anniversary. These winners were selected by a panel of industry professionals and independent, outside marketing and advertising professionals.

A+ Wine Designs receives Pyramid Awards

Michael McCarron, Lynda Lam, Kirsten Elliott

About A+ Wine Designs
A+ Wine Designs, founded in 1992 and located in San Diego, specializes in creating amazing wine gifts. The company creates custom deep-etched and custom-labeled wine, liquor, and olive oil bottles. We are proud to have just been awarded two 2018 PPAI Pyramid Awards and well as being included on the Counselor Magazine’s Best Places to Work list for 2017.  We have been ESP’s and SAGE’s top-rated wine company for over 20 years in a row. We offer award-winning customer service, quality, and design; in addition, we offer top name brand options, individual personalization, fulfillment services, nationwide delivery, and free virtual samples. Please visit our website: www.apluswinedesigns.com or call us at 800.201.9463

Crystal D Celebrates Employees at 16th Annual WOW Day

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Crystal D, the Leading Supplier of Corporate Awards and Gifts, Celebrates Employees at 16th Annual WOW Day

February 5, 2018 – St. Paul, Minn. – www.crystal-d.com – Crystal D celebrated its 16th annual WOW Day on January 19, 2018. The company named 18 new award winners at the event.

WOW Day was designed to recognize the hard work and dedication of Crystal D employees throughout 2017. The company honored five new Value Champions and a new Grand Value Champion at the event. These six individuals were nominated throughout the year by their peers for embodying Crystal D’s five core values. Final selections were made by the management team.

The 2017 Value Champions are:

  • Grand Value Champion
    • David Schaeppi, production department
  • Integrity Value Champion
    • Joe Christensen, art department
  • Quality Value Champion
    • Derek Edwards, production department
  • Respect Value Champion
    • Eric Wiberg, customer service department
  • Commitment Value Champion
    • Jake Calleja, customer service department
  • Passion Value Champion
    • Mike “Zito” Vitali, production department

Twelve other awards were distributed during WOW Day, including the Leadership Award, given to Rich “Fiish” Irvine, production manager. “Richie has become a true leader in this organization,” said company president Chuck Dahlgren at the event. “The organization looks to you for guidance, and we appreciate everything you do for us.”

Other winners from WOW Day include:

  • Rookies of the Year
    • Lexi Kurttila, marketing department
    • Tawauna Garner, customer service department
  • Rising Star
    • Jim Burke, business development
    • Ehgay Poe, production department
  • Expect Excellence
    • Jen Contreras, marketing department
  • Kick Ass Attitude
    • Becca Delaney, business development
  • Step Up
    • Brenda Peralta, customer service department
    • Linda Chang, production department
  • Above and Beyond
    • Tom Warkel, solutions department
    • Lee Yang, IT department
  • Volunteer of the Year
    • Darlene Sheetz, accounting department
  • Leadership Award
    • Rich “Fiish” Irvine, production department

About Crystal D
After 25 years, we know the drill. You want more! More stunning and affordable crystal awards and gifts, more creative ideas, more WOW, more crystal awesomeness. Crystal D (www.crystal-d.com) delivers all of that with less fuss to over 150,000 deserving individuals every year. With 1300+ awards and gifts, 100+ new awards and gifts for 2018, and an industry-best 6-8 day production time, you can rest easy. With Crystal D, you’re in great hands. For more information, call 800-544-1131 or email sales@crystal-d.com.