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Pro Towels Family


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.

Jennifer Gambrell

Jennifer Gambrell


A+ Wine Designs Honored for Excellence in Customer Service and Quality

A+ Wine Designs
SAN DIEGO, CA (January 23, 2017) – A+ Wine Designs was recently honored as double awardee at the 2017 Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) annual awards celebration.  A+ Wine Designs took home the coveted Supplier Star Award for outstanding customer service, as well as an Achievement Award (Silver) for design in the Etching/ Engraving/ Laser category.

The PPAI Awards Presentation & Reception was held on January 9, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, in conjunction with The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas. A+ Wine Designs, based in San Diego, was one of less than a handful of companies to garner multiple awards, and one of eleven suppliers to receive the Supplier Star award.

The PPAI Supplier Star competition brings annual recognition to supplier members for excelling in communication, service and quality as voted on by over 14,000 PPAI member distributors. The PPAI Supplier Star is one of the most sought after and prestigious awards for supplier members and is the mark of a true professional partner that delivers excellence in product, decoration and overall customer service to their distributor customers.

“Supplier Star winners offer truly outstanding promotional products solutions combined with the highest level of customer service excellence,” said Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO at PPAI. “We congratulate A+ Wine Designs as one of the industry’s top-performing companies of the year.”

Additionally, the company also received a supplier Achievement Award (Silver) for its excellent etching quality. A+ Wine Designs was the only company recognized with an award in the “Etching, Engraving and Laser” category.

“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.”  

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 2017 Supplier Star Award, as well as being included on the Counselor Magazine’s Best Places to Work list for 2016.  Also, we have been rated the top wine company on ESP and SAGE for over 20 years in a row by offer 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: or call us at 800.201.9463

About PPAI
Founded in 1903, the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) is the world’s largest and oldest not-for-profit association serving more than 14,000 corporate members of the $20.8 billion promotional products industry which is comprised of more than 33,700 businesses and a workforce of more than 500,000 professionals. PPAI represents the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocates on its behalf. PPAI operates The PPAI Expo, the industry’s largest trade show; provides the leading promotional products safety and compliance program, a prestigious professional development and certification program; and publishes industry trade journals and periodicals. The multi-billion-dollar industry includes wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company’s name, logo or message. For more information about the PPAI awards program visit or contact the PPAI Awards and Recognition department at

J. Charles Announces New Company Brand


Erlanger, Kentucky, September 12, 2016- J.Charles, (ASI/62985, SAGE/55826, UPIC/ JCHARLES) has unveiled their new logo and business promise, Beautifully Simple. In a statement issued by Barry Dyas, President of supplier J. Charles, “Our new logo and two-word tagline expresses all you need to know about J.Charles.  Born of a less is more approach, our well-designed products confirm the beauty that resides in simplicity. This same philosophy also lives on through our acclaimed customer service. We pride ourselves on taking the complexity out of doing business so that ordering is a pleasure, never a hassle.”

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 crystal awards, gifts, and service that are “Beautifully Simple”.  For more information, visit



PCNA Launches Customizable Online Gift Store for Holiday and Year-End Selling

PITTSBURGH — August 29, 2016 — Polyconcept North America (PCNA), a leading promotional products supplier, has launched a new sales tool called to help distributor account executives drive holiday and year-end gift sales. With the tool, account executives can customize their own online gift store, featuring over 400 new and best-selling products and apparel pieces from Leed’s, Bullet, Trimark and JournalBooks.  To create a store, distributors can visit and follow a link to a dedicated landing page.

Unbranded and customizable, allows account executives provide their customers with a one-stop shop for their gifting needs.  Account executives can set up a store quickly with options to upload their company logo, select a color theme, use their headshot and post their contact information.  They can then create their own URL to promote their site to customers.

This online store is designed to replicate the experience customers have shopping in retail.  Features include:

  • Curated collections with gifts that haven been selected and categorized for easy shopping.
  • A function that lets users create a wish list and send the qualified leads directly to the account executive.
  • Original content on topics such as product trends and gifting tips.

“We designed the online gift store with our customers in mind,” said Leanne Finney, PCNA Vice President of Marketing. “Our goal was to create a unique resource that really helps distributor account executives streamline their holiday and year-end business and increase sales.  What’s more, we will be expanding the offering in 2017, so that distributors’ stores are continually refreshed with the newest products and freshest content, giving them tools that will last far beyond the current holiday season.”

For more information, there is a dedicated landing page with a link to set up a store, answers to frequently asked questions, a how-to video, and a link to PCNA’s 2016 Holiday Look Book, a retail-style guide with products grouped by gift giving occasions, as well as tips and trends. The landing page also has customizable resources that distributors can use to promote their online store.

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About Polyconcept North America

Polyconcept North America (PCNA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Polyconcept, the world’s leading promotional products supplier. With headquarters in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, PCNA operates Leed’s, Bullet, Trimark and JournalBooks. As the corporate home for this diverse group of suppliers, PCNA serves as a single source for the widest selection of hard goods, apparel, cutting-edge decoration and reliable service. For more information, go to


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


Inc. Magazine released their 35th annual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, and ranked Pop! Promos number 135 with growth of over 2,600% in the past 3 years.

The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy–America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Dell, LinkedIn and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

When asked about her company’s honor, Erin Reilly, CEO of Pop! Promos said, “Since starting the business only a few years ago, it is a company’s dream of making it onto the Inc. 5000 list. Without the determination and hard work from our entire team on a daily basis, we couldn’t have accomplished this achievement.”

Company Overview

Pop! Promos was started by best friends, Sterling Wilson and Erin Reilly, while they were in college on opposite sides of the country. In order to continue the business upon graduation, they needed to open an office and hire a few employees. They both agreed Philadelphia was the best place for them to find the young talent to turn this small business into the multimillion-dollar company it is today.

Since moving to Philadelphia, Sterling and Erin have hired many young professionals, expanded Pop! Promos line to 16 products, and opened two more offices, in China and India.

Goldstar Hires new Western Regional Sales Mgr – Natalie Azmitia

Goldstar is pleased to announce the addition of Natalie Azmitia as their new Western Regional Sales Manager. Natalie brings more than 5 years of industry experience and comes with a design and sales background. Prior to joining Goldstar, Natalie was with a respectable supplier and Southern California distributor working alongside their SVP of Marketing and Vendor Relations. She resides in the Southern California area and Natalie can be reached at or 818-359-5444

Quinn Flags’ Annual July 4th Picnic

Hanover, PA- Quinn Flags staff celebrated Independence Day on Friday, July 1st with our Annual Company BBQ.   The red, white, and blue themed party was catered by local favorite Boneyard Barbeque and featured a variety of fun outdoor games. Although our tagline is, “Not Just Flags!”, the event included plenty of flags, food and fun celebrating the contributions of all Quinn Flags staff and the Birthday of the USA!

PWS announces New Production Lead Times


Shorter lead times on our most popular decoration methods.

PWS is thrilled to announce the expansion of its Print Department which has enabled PWS to shorten production lead times. “Competitive production times are important to the success of our distributor partners. We understand this and remain firmly committed to their success. Expanding our Print Department was vital to our ability to make a permanent change in our production lead time policy,” says VP of Sales, Andrea Pennington.

As of June 20, 2016 the following production lead time changes will be in effect:

Silkscreen and Flexo Ink Decoration:
New Orders: 4 business days after final artwork approval.
Repeat Orders: 3 business days after final artwork approval.
(Previously 5 day production on both new and repeat orders)

Foil Hot Stamp Decoration:
New and Repeat Orders: 5 business days after final artwork approval.
(Previously 7 day production on both new and repeat orders)

For more information:
Araceli Salinas
Director of Marketing
Tel: 714-572-6730 ext. 211



Imagen Brands (Crown and Vitronic) Announce Seiter as Client Engagement Sale Coordinator

June 6, 2016-Imagen Brands (Crown and Vitronic) are pleased to announce GeoffGeoff Seiter - Imagen Brands Seiter as the new Imagen Brands Client Engagement Sale Coordinator.

His responsibilities include monitoring and engaging in all Social Media platforms for both Crown and Vitronic brands.  Geoff will provide selling ideas, case histories, offer product suggestions and support our brand message.    “Geoff really understands the direction Imagen Brands is going with our engagement strategy through social media platforms.  He is knowledgeable of the industry and our product line so it is a perfect fit!” says Dana Zezzo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

DC in DC at PPAI’s L.E.A.D.

Each year, industry professionals travel to Washington D.C. to educate their representatives about the effectiveness of promotional products and the strength of the industry in the United States. Vice President of Sales for DistributorCentral, Tiffany Tarr, CAS participated in her third PPAI Legislative Education and Action Day.

“LEAD is on opportunity for DistributorCentral to invest in our industry’s future. There are so many things happening in our nation’s capital that impact today as well as in the future as new legislative initiatives are passed. I want to make sure the people representing us know and understand our business,” said Tarr.

Along with fellow industry colleagues from Kansas, Tiffany met with Congress members: Kevin Yoder, Tim Huelskamp, Mike Pompeo and Lynn Jenkins. They also met with Kansas Senators Pat Roberts & Jerry Moran.

The issues discussed were:
The Department of Labor Overtime Rule changes
Protecting Independent Contractors by preserving Section 530 & the Safe Harbor Rule of the Revenue Act of 1978
Preserving the Deductibility of Advertising Expenditures
Product Responsibility – Toxic Substances Control Act

“As an industry it’s important that our legislators understand what we do, and why our industry is important. The opportunity to discuss this with them one-on-one allows our lawmakers to be better prepared to understand the impact on our industry as new legislative initiatives hit their desk. and they are able to see why we feel so strongly about lobbying on behalf of our industry and ensuring its protection in the future,” said Tarr.

PPAI has provided a full legislative positions summary that can be viewed here:
PPAI Legislative Agenda