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Crown and Vitronic receives the 2016 Spartan Award from Spartan Promotional Group


Mason, OH – April 13, 2017 – Crown and Vitronic receives the 2016 Spartan Award from Spartan Promotional Group.

Crown and Vitronic was recently awarded the 2016 Spartan Award from Spartan Promotional Group. Kari Rehder, Regional Sales Manager, accepted the award on behalf of IMAGEN Brands at the Spartan’s Award Banquet at the Oak Marsh Country Club in Oakdale, MN on Tuesday, March 21.

“Kari Rehder is our go to person at IMAGEN Brands and works hard to make sure we have all of the information we need to succeed with our orders,” says Cori Hohenwald, Director of Marketing and Vendor Relations. “Her knowledge of the promotional product industry and “spartastic” personality makes her someone that everyone at Spartan likes to work with.”

“Both Crown and Vitronic make getting products into our clients’ hands very efficient and cost effective,” adds Hohenwald. “Crown and Vitronic offer great deals on both samples and self-promotion items that we are able to show our clients. The great service and reliability of both companies have propelled IMAGEN Brands to become one of our Top Suppliers.”

Spartan Award

HUB Multi-Line Reps Now Carrying Beacon Products

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Braintree, MA, March, 2017 – Did you know that Hub Pen’s multi-line reps also represent Beacon Promotions.  Many of our talented reps have been working with Beacon for years and are excited that Hub is joining forces with one of their favorite suppliers.

Lisa Bennett

Lisa Bennett

Lisa Bennett of Chicago is one such rep. “Most of our customers were familiar with Beacon but they all remark on what a great team Hub/Beacon will make. Hub has a reputation for the best customer service in the industry and Beacon has a vast assortment of products so it’s the best of both worlds,” she recently said.  “As a multi-line rep I love being able to help with projects I may not have been considered for before.  Beacon has so many product categories that it makes the presentations fun too!”

Sharon Wohlleber of Texas had this positive experience.  “Just presented to several different PROforma owners.  I was just getting going on the Online Release Program, and one of the owners spoke up and endorsed how easy the program was to use.  She actually did my presentation for me!  It was hilarious.  Every time I tried to make a point she beat me to the punch!  She covered everything.   For once I was speechless!”

Gerard Schifano who has been working with Beacon rep Sharon Schiffelhuber in his territory of New Jersey, and southern New York said he is “absolutely ecstatic” our teams are working together.  “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.”

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  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  or call customer service at 800-628-9979.


Pro Towels Family

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – April 7, 2017 – The Pro Towels family is excited to announce that Neet Feet has launched a brand new responsive website. This newly designed website offers the best user-friendly experience to the full Neet Feet product line, as well as newly-enhanced key features added to the site.

The site, available to view at the original, has been built on an entirely new platform with a refreshed visual design and intuitive browsing experience. This new platform will allow us to continue to grow the website as our business grows. More features will continue to be added over time to better serve our customer’s needs. “The goal of our new website is to provide our customers an easier way to get the information they are seeking and to allow them to do so on any device they prefer.” states Senior Director of Marketing, Jennifer Gambrell.

Along with the refreshed design, enhanced key features added include product style guides, size templates, a specials tab and the ability to view and download a Neet Feet only catalog. In addition, customers can now benefit from having quick access to online content that’s easier to navigate and share with others via email or social networks. The fresh look of the Neet Feet website will allow customers a smoother and more efficient experience. We hope everyone likes the upgrade, and if you have any feedback, please let us know!

Pro Towels is the largest towel supplier to the promotional product industry with locations coast to coast for the US and Canada. The company offers in-house screen printing, sublimation 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.


Maple Ridge Farm’s Cheese wins the 2017 U.S. Championship!

Maple Ridge Farms

March 10, 2017 – Mosinee, WI — Sartori® Black Pepper BellaVitano®, which has been a mainstay for Maple Ridge Farms since 2011, won the “Grand Champion” title in the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest, outscoring more than 2,000 entries from 33 states. “We are proud to feature Sartori® Black Pepper BellaVitano® in our cheese packages and winning the title of Grand Champion is a tribute to this great cheesemaker,” said Tom Riordan, President of Maple Ridge Farms.

The cheese was lauded by the judges for its impeccable balance — the creamy, nuttiness of the aged cheese combined with the bright and bold flavors of fresh-cracked black pepper.  Black Pepper BellaVitano® scored a near-perfect 99.018, edging out the other Wisconsin cheesemakers in the First and Second Runner Up slots. The Grand Champion title adds to Black Pepper BellaVitano’s already impressive resume — only last November the Sartori® cheese earned a Gold Medal at the World Cheese Awards.



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 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

IMAGEN Brands is pleased to introduce Mike Rubin as District Sales Manager



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Mason, OH – March 10, 2017 – IMAGEN Brands is pleased to introduce Mike Rubin as District Sales Manager.

IMAGEN Brands would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest colleague, Mike Rubin. We are very excited to have him on board, and look forward to the dynamics that he will bring to the team.

“Filling Mike’s position rounds out the new sales management team for IMAGEN Brands,” explains Dana Zezzo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The goal with Mike is to not only improve our customer experiences, but to improve corporate response time to regional sales representatives. Mike believes in the same philosophy as I do, which is “over communicate.”

Mike Rudin

Mike Rubin – District Sales Manager – Northeast and Midwest


Mike Rubin joins IMAGEN Brands as District Sales Manager covering the Northeast and Midwest Regions. Mike has been in the industry for 18 years working in inside sales, outside sales and inside sales management. “I am thrilled to join the IMAGEN team,” states Mike. “I look forward to collaborating with the sales and marketing groups to keep growing two great brands, Crown and Vitronic, in the market place.”

Dana Zezzo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, sits with Mike during a podcast about his first week.

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DistributorCentral Thanks Key Employees

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DistributorCentral recently won three technology awards from PPAI.  When a company is recognized for awards like this, it is a team effort.  Everyone is involved from executive level planning and direction, to the sales and support teams voicing feedback and requests from customers.  However, there are also the people who take ownership of the project and do the legwork necessary for it to excel.  For us, this year, those people who worked tirelessly was Charlie Cochran and Rachel Dykes.

Charlie Cochran is our Web Developer who worked on creating our mobile-responsive website platform.  Rachel Dykes is our Web Designer who created DistributorCentral’s company website.

Thank you Charlie & Rachel!

Charlie Cochran (left), Jason Nokes (middle), Rachel Dykes (right)

Charlie Cochran (left), Jason Nokes (middle), Rachel Dykes (right)


Leed’s Named 2016 Supplier of the Year by Facilisgroup


PITTSBURGH — February 7, 2017 — Leed’s, a leading promotional products supplier, was named 2016 Supplier of the Year by promotional products distributor Facilisgroup. The award was presented when Facilisgroup partners and suppliers met in Las Vegas during the PPAI show for their 2017 Winter Summit.

“We’re honored that Facilisgroup named us Supplier of the Year,” said Leanne Finney, PCNA Vice President of Marketing. “We work hard to build strong, lasting relationships with our customers.”

“Our summits bring our partners and suppliers together to catch up and share best practices. The sense of community our partners develop from these meetings is remarkable,” said Chuck Fandos, CEO of Facilisgroup.

Leed’s was also named a Top Supplier of 2016 by BrandVia, a marketing agency and promotional products distributor based in San Jose, CA.

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About Leed’s
Leed’s is the premier supplier of high-quality promotional products, with goods ranging from pens and drinkware to bags and mobile tech. With an in-house product development team and dozens of leading retail brands, Leed’s continually introduces products with the look, feel and performance customers want, while our award-winning service and cutting-edge decoration capabilities provide a seamless experience from start to finish. As a founding member of the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Leed’s promotes quality, safety and integrity among suppliers and has been the recipient of many honors, including 2014 Top Supplier of the Year by Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC) and dozens of ASI Distributor Choice Awards. With global operations headquartered in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Leed’s has been synonymous with excellence for more than 20 years.

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

Royal Industries Acquires DLX Industries and The Pamcolite Line

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Brooklyn, NY – Ari Ruden, VP of Royal Industries (ASI/83770, SAGE/56220, PPAI/113838, DC/100280) has announced the acquisition of DLX Industries and The Pamcolite Line (ASI/48000).  Ruden goes on to say that this acquisition is the perfect compliment to Royal’s line of USA and Union made line of vinyl heat-sealed products and expands the scope of products Royal can now offer to distributors.  Mark Stewart CEO of DLX states Royal and DLX have been friendly competitors for many years, and feels Royal will continue offering top quality products and service that has been a standard of DLX.

All files, equipment and dies are now being moved to Royal’s Brooklyn, NY facility and Ruden assures DLX customers the move will be seamless.

Royal asks that distributors direct all DLX and Pamcolite inquiries and orders to Royal Industries, 225 25th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232, phone 718-369-3046, fax 718-369-3067, e-mail or, website

IMAGEN Brands Adds Two New Colleagues

Imagen Brands

Mason, OH – January 31st, 2017 – We are pleased to introduce Kelsey Cunningham and Ryan Meulemans to the IMAGEN Brands team.

IMAGEN Brands would like to extend a warm welcome to our new colleagues, Kelsey Cunningham and Ryan Meulemans. We are excited to have both of them on board and watch them grow in their success.

Kelsey Cunningham

Kelsey Cunningham

 Kelsey Cunningham – Regional Sales Manager – Texas

Kelsey is the new IMAGEN Brands Regional Sales Manager representing both Crown and Vitronic in the Texas territory. Kelsey has 20 years of experience in the promotional products industry. “I am proud to join IMAGEN Brands as we begin to bring together two strong companies bridging the gap of price points, product selection and industry presence,” states Kelsey.

Ryan Meulemans

Ryan Meulemans

Ryan Meulemans – District Sales Manager – West, Southwest, & Southeast

Ryan is the new IMAGEN Brands District Sales Manager in the West, Southwest, and Southeast Regions. “I am very excited to join the IMAGEN Brands team. I feel they are an industry leader that is on the rise,” states Ryan.  Ryan is a 14 year industry veteran having worked in inside sales management, outside territory sales, and most recently national accounts.

Editors: please contact Lindsey Schultz at 513-234-8241 For clarifications and additional information e-mail

Daniel Pendleton Joins PWS


Announcing Daniel Pendleton as new Southeast Regional Sales Manager

January 23, 2017


PWS, Brea, Calif – PWS has announced the hiring of Daniel Pendleton as their new Southeast Regional Sales Manager.

Andrea Pennington, VP of Customer Relations, expressed her excitement over Pendleton joining the sales team. “We are thrilled to have the wealth of industry experience that Daniel brings to PWS and we know he will contribute a lot to
our valued distributors!” Lyndsey Tidwell agreed adding that, “Pendleton will be a strong force on the East Coast, propelling PWS nationwide.”

Pendleton will be based out of Atlanta and lead sales development efforts in AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA and WV. Pendleton is entering his twentieth year in the promotional products industry with extensive sales and marketing
experience on both the distributor and supplier side.

“I am excited about the growth opportunity for PWS in the Southeast as a result of the new state-of-the-art Tennessee production facility,” Pendleton said. “PWS has built an infrastructure, team and set of services to become the leading
bag and packaging source for distributors in the Southeast. My goal is to be highly visible within the territory and to articulate and reinforce the unique PWS value proposition daily,” Pendleton added.

Daniel Pendleton

Daniel Pendleton
Southeast Regional Sales Manager
Phone: (678) 677-3432

For more information on PWS, visit

For more information regarding this announcement, feel free to contact:
Rachel Tuhro
Marketing Director
Tel: 1-800-582-8288 Ext. 211