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Hub Pen Hires Lisa Fosdick as Director of Sales

Braintree, MA, May, 2017 – Hub Pen Company and Beacon Promotions are proud to announce the addition of industry veteran Lisa Fosdick as Director of Sales.  The self-described Sales and Branding Leader joins the company after a long career in the promotional products industry:  She helped to grow a multi-million dollar distributorship, earning the honor of being named Counselor Magazine’s Salesperson of the year. She later served as director of Training and Development for one of the industry’s largest distributorships.  With her passion for branding and creativity, she was able to establish her own multi-million dollar distributorship.  Lisa also worked as Director of Marketing for the British Beer Company a 14 location pub group in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

“Given my background as a former distributor, I bring that viewpoint to the Hub Pen Sales Team,” says Fosdick.  “Also when I was with British Beer Company, I got to be on the end user side of the desk, purchasing promotional items and apparel, so I can see the business from several perspectives.”

The Massachusetts native has always enjoyed working with the Hub Pen sales team.  “I remember Joe Fleming (now Hub Pen’s President) making sales visits to my company,” Lisa remembers.  “I was thrilled to have the opportunity to join Hub Pen, especially with the exciting new opportunities the company offers.”

Lisa lives in Plymouth with her husband of 17 years Charlie, and daughters 15 year old Sadie and 18 year old Sophie, who is heading to the University of Massachusetts Honors College this year.  Lisa and her family love skiing and enjoying the beaches of Plymouth.

“I am excited to have Lisa join the Hub Pen team,” says Hub’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing Trina Bicknell.  “She has great experience in the promotional product industry and her knowledge and positive outlook make her a great fit to manage the sales team!”

Lisa Fosdick

Lisa Fosdick

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.

AWS names Scott Nussinow as Executive Vice President

Artwork Services USA

Columbia, MD – Promotional industry veteran and PPAI Fellow Scott A. Nussinow, MAS has been named Executive Vice President of service provider ArtworkServicesUSA / AWS.

Said Varshal Thakor, AWS President. “Scott’s knowledge of process, background in technology, and ability to connect and engage with peers make him a perfect fit for AWS.”

Nussinow added, “AWS is the preeminent industry back-office and technology services provider. I’m excited by their forward-thinking direction and am looking forward to sharing a compelling story.

Nussinow held senior positions with Falcon, Points of Light, iservecorp/OrderTrax and Gweepromo. He’s volunteered and participated on multiple committees and boards including PPAI, PPEF, SAAGNY Foundation and more.

Since 1999, Artwork Services USA provides scalable back-office order management and artwork services along with its multi-platform web service, eWiz. The AWS team of 800+ employees offers 24/5 and 24/7 real-time response with redundant locations and servers in the U.K. and the U.S.

Nussinow may be reached at scott@artworkservicesusa.com and at 207.619.1015.

PRO TOWELS WELCOMES WEST COAST BRANDED SOLUTIONS TO THE TEAM

Pro Towels Family

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (May 16, 2017) – The Pro Towels family is pleased to announce the immediate appointment of West Coast Branded Solutions in California to represent the Pro Towels Family in the Western region, including CA, OR, WA, AK and HI.

Principal Daniel Sachs and Dawn Kovar have over 25 years of combined industry experience and have served in a number of National and Regional positions, for several of our industries leading suppliers. They were also recognized in PPB as one of the top 10 MLR groups in the nation.

Brian Porter, Vice President of Sales, says, “Daniel and Dawn are well-known and respected, something we heard time and again from many of the region’s leading Distributors. Our team is working to create a world-class sales organization, and both Daniel and Dawn fit perfectly into that vision. They’re passionate about their work and about their professional relationships.”

Daniel Sachs can be reached at daniel@westcoastbrandedsolutions.com and Dawn Kovar can be reached at dawn@westcoastbrandedsolutions.com.

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 other premium footwear.

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Maple Ridge Farms Brings Ice Cream to the Promotional Products Industry

Maple Ridge Farms

May 16, 2017/Mosinee, Wisconsin — Maple Ridge Farms, Inc. announced today that it is now offering both Ben & Jerry’s and Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream.  This is an incredible program in which clients give their employees or customers a pad printed Aluminum Ice Cream Scoop.  Packed in the gift box with the scoop is a certificate entitling them to 4 pints of Ice Cream including delivery right to their door.  “Recipients simply enter their choice of Ice Cream and shipping address on the redemption website and FedEx delivers it right to their door,” said Thomas Riordan, the company’s founder and president.  For more information contact Maple Ridge Farms, Inc.

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Founded in 1979, Maple Ridge Farms, Inc. (ASI 68680, PPAI 114165, UPIC: MAPLE, SAGE 57654) 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

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream from Maple Ridge Farms

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream from Maple Ridge Farms

Haagen Dazs Ice Cream from Maple Ridge Farms

Haagen Dazs Ice Cream from Maple Ridge Farms

 

Hub Pen Hires Associate Account Executive Sue Jonah

Hub Pens

Braintree, MA, May, 2017 – Hub Pen Company and Beacon Promotions are proud to announce the addition of Associate Account Executive Sue Jonah to their inside sales team.  The Massachusetts native had over 20 years of sales experience when she joined a New England greeting card supplier in a customer support role.  She stayed with the company for 15 years until they closed last year.

In her role with Hub Pen Sue assists General Manager Bob McGaughey with the key accounts he handles, calling on large orders, providing quotes and creating presentations.  “Our customers here put so much thought and planning into their pen orders, where greeting cards and invitations orders were often rushed,” she remembers.   “It’s a pleasure to pick up the phone and work with them.  I like the personal touch and I’m already building relationships. ”

Sue lives in Middleboro with her husband of 25 years Don, her 21 year old daughter Kaylene and her black lab Montana.  She enjoys walking the Cape Cod Canal on weekends with Don, Kaylene and Montana.

“We are very excited to welcome Sue Jonah to our team at Hub, said McGaughey.  “Not only will she bring a tighter focus on customer relationship quality to our sales team, her wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made her a key addition to the Hub Pen family. I’m confident that Sue will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality solutions for our distributors.”

Sue Jonah

Sue Jonah

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.

Sunjoy New Warehouse and Decoration Facility is Now Open

Sunjoy is pleased to announce that it is now operating out of a third public warehouse and decoration facility in the Chicagoland area. This new warehouse will allow us to better service our US customers by providing shorter shipping times as well as increasing inventory and product availability. The 4000 square foot facility, operates from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (CST) Monday to Friday. This third warehouse greatly enhances our ability to provide our customers with the products they want, when they want them. It also shows our commitment to improving our customer service!

In order to celebrate the new warehouse opening, Sunjoy is offering a custom spec Slim Power Bank  (pwb119_chi) sample to our current and prospect customers to see and feel the latest full-color printing method.  Please send Promo Code  SPEC 119,  provide hi-res/vector artwork, ship to address, and a shipper account to samples@sunjoy.us. Hurry, this promotion ends Monday! 

A+ Wine Designs Named Among PPB Magazine’s Greatest Companies To Work For in 2017

A+ Wine Designs

PPB Greatest Companies To Work For 2017

Leader in creating amazing custom wine gifts.

San Diego, CA  (May 9, 2017) – A+ Wine Designs, today announced that it has been named one of the promotional products industry’s 2017 Greatest Companies To Work For by Promotional Products Business (PPB) magazine. PPB is the industry’s flagship publication published by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; ppai.org), the not-for-profit association for more than 14,300 corporate member companies and more than 510,000 industry professionals who lead the $21 billion industry.

PPB’s annual search to find the best industry employers turned up more than 100 companies nominated by their highly satisfied employees. A+ Wine Designs, the premier wine gift company in the industry, was one of 60 selected for its ability to emulate best practices that keep workers happy, satisfied and engaged. The PPB recognitions were based on employee responses to an online survey exploring several key areas, including engagement, effectiveness, leadership, ethics, pay, benefits, training and work/life balance.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the ‘Greatest’ companies to work for by both PPB and our employees,” said Jim Ristuccia, A+ Wine Designs’ chief operating officer. “We take employee satisfaction to heart and are dedicated to making sure that our employees benefit from a culture that promotes creativity and supports personal growth. In fact, we encourage all A+ Wine Designs employees to take an active role in creating a fun and engaging work environment.  Our people love coming to work and it shows.”

Of those industry companies with winning scores, 19 were suppliers, 39 were distributors and two were business services companies. The size of the winning companies, categorized by numbers of employees, was diverse ranging from five to more than 600 and company history was varied too. The oldest company was founded in 1878; the newest is just four years old. Learn more about these outstanding workplaces and see what their employees say about working there in the June issue of PPB available later this month.

Staff at A+ Wine Designs

Staff at A+ Wine Designs

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 a PPAI 2017 Supplier Star Award and PPAI 2017 Supplier Achievement Award.  The company has also been rated the top wine company on ESP and SAGE for over 20 consecutive years by offering award-winning customer service, quality, and design. 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.

IMAGEN Brands releases 2017 Summer Products

IMAGEN Brands

 

Mason, OH – May 9, 2017 – IMAGEN Brands releases 2017 Summer Products.

IMAGEN Brands is excited to announce the release of the 2017 summer products from Crown and Vitronic. Crown is introducing the NEW 16oz. Insert Tumbler with full color inserts graphics. Be the “Life of the Party” and create your own unique full color insert on a clear, silver, or white paper. Also, introducing the NEW “Fun in the Sun” Ombré Collection from Vitronic, a current hot trend featured in a sport pack, umbrella, cooler, and t-shirt for our plush animals.

“We are thrilled to announce the release of our 2017 summer products,” explains Jenny Straub, Senior Director of Marketing and Product Development. “IMAGEN Brands has introduced a collection of products made up from multiple cross categories, including drinkware from Crown. These retail-inspired brand products are unique to the industry, and will be the hot products for both brands this summer.”

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

J. Charles Announces appointment of Lisa Jacubovics as Northeast Key Account Manager

J Charles logo

Erlanger, Kentucky, May 1, 2017 – Barry Dyas, President of Kentucky based supplier J. Charles (ASI 62985/UPIC: JCHARLES), today was pleased to announce that industry veteran Lisa Jacubovics will assume the role as the company’s Northeast Key Account Manager, effective May 10, 2017. Jacubovics brings over 20-years of Promotional Products industry experience to this position. Victor Macchia, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, states, “We’re very excited to have Lisa join our team. Lisa’s diverse background, with experience on both the distributor and supplier side of the business, will be a win-win for our distributor partners.” Jacubovics stated, “I am excited to be a part of the J. Charles family, and to represent the company that clearly focuses on quality, innovation & design, and superior customer service.” Jacubovics will represent sales and marketing efforts for J. Charles in the states of New York, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.

About J. Charles
Headquartered in Erlanger, Kentucky, J. Charles has been recognized as one of the Top 10 leading suppliers of award and recognition in the industry, specializing in creating a selling experience that is “Beautifully Simple”. For more information visit www.jcharles.com

Hub Pen Hires Business Development Associate Darlenis Alonzo

Hub Pens

Braintree, MA, May, 2017 – Hub Pen Company and Beacon Promotions are proud to announce the addition of Darlenis Alonzo to their business development team.  Boston native Darlenis honed her business developing skills recruiting for global sales and marketing outsourcing company MarketStar.

“MarketStar was a great opportunity for me.  I interviewed potential employees both over the phone and in person.  The company was very family oriented and we had the same values,” the mother of two Darlenis said. “I’m happy that Hub Pen is also family oriented, and the values are there as well.  The people here at Hub are very fair with employees and customers”

Since she has joined Hub Pen earlier this year, Darlenis has learned a lot from her fellow team members, as well as the customers she has worked with, “Everyone has been so friendly and helpful.  The customers have been amazing.  We all learn from each other.”

When not at Hub, Darlenis spends her time with her children.  They love to read together and spend their summers camping on Cape Cod.  She also enjoys traveling to warmer climates, Miami and Puerto Rico being her favorite destinations.

Hub Pen National Sales Manager Andy Arruda says, “We are excited to have Darlenis join us at Hub.  She is a hard worker and is also fluent in Spanish.  These skills in addition to her being a people person makes her a welcome addition to the Sales Team.”

Darlenis Alonzo

Darlenis Alonzo

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.