Brendan Menapace

Brendan Menapace

Brendan Menapace is the senior digital editor for Promo Marketing. While writing and editing stories come naturally to him, writing his own bio does not.

'To Catch a Predator' Host Charged With Writing Bad Checks for Promo Items

Why don't you take a seat right there? Chris Hansen, best known as the host of MSNBC's "To Catch a Predator," was arrested for writing bogus checks for $13,000 worth of promotional products. USA Today reported that Hansen was arrested last Monday and charged with issuing fraudulent checks...

Paul Bellantone on PPAI Expo 2019, Tariffs, Shutdown, Industry Evolution and More

At the end of the last few PPAI Expos in Las Vegas, we've made it a point to catch up with Paul Bellantone, PPAI's president and CEO. The conversations cover his feelings about the show, usually as it's being broken down around us (as was the case this year, too), and tap into larger themes regarding the industry and the economy overall...

The Biggest Promotional Products Trends We Noticed at PPAI Expo 2019

Wandering around the show floor and taking it all in is one of our favorite parts of the PPAI Expo. And as much as it might seem like aimless strolling, there’s actually a great deal of learning involved. Here are some of the biggest promotional products trends we saw at the show this year...

Commonsku's Mark Graham on How to Build a Community of Devoted Fans

Obviously, business owners, principals or businesspeople in general want to create a loyal customer base. That’s how their businesses stay afloat. But, how do you go beyond that? How do you create a customer base that can’t get enough of your products or services?...

QCA Announces Restructured Participation Model, Tiered Payment Plans

Quality Certification Alliance, Chicago, announced a newly restructured participation model and tiered fee structure to further engage and include distributors and end-buyers, along with providing more access for suppliers and distributors of varying sizes. The new model will have four categories: End-Buyer Supporters, Distributor Advocates, Certified Distributors and Decorators, and Accredited Suppliers. "What we've done…

HUB Promotional Group Acquires HandStands, Its Seventh Acquisition in Two Years

In a deal finalized on Dec. 21, 2018, HandStands, Salt Lake City, Utah, joined HUB Promotional Group, which is now made up of eight suppliers. Established in 1983, HandStands was one of the first companies to bring mouse pads to the promotional marketplace. Today, HandStands offers a wide variety of products, from phone and tablet accessories…

HALO Branded Solutions Acquires Boost Promotional Branding

HALO Branded Solutions, Sterling, Ill., announced this morning that it has acquired Boost Promotional Branding, Richmond, Va. It's HALO's third acquisition within the last six months, with the company acquiring Sunrise Identity in August and Chamberlain Marketing Group in September. "Jeff [Hall, president of Boost] and Teki Hall have built a successful business by focusing…

How One Distributor Doubled Her Sales in the Financial Market (and How You Can, Too)

The financial market is certainly appealing for promo distributors. The obvious reason is, well, the money, and not just the kind in the bank vaults. There are seemingly countless numbers of banks (with numerous branches all over the country), lending institutions, credit unions, you name it—and if you approach them the right way, it could…

Gildan Announces ALStyle Partnership With Apparel Wholesalers

ALStyle, the merchandise brand purchased by Gildan from Ennis Inc., will now be sold through a select number of wholesale companies within the promotional products space. ALStyle was previously only a retail product sold via licensing agreements, but will now be sold by alphabroder (California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Georgia and Florida), American T-shirt Company (Hawaii), The…

Does eBay Have a Teespring Problem?

eBay seems to have angered some of its sellers, as the e-commerce company partnered with Teespring to beef up T-shirt listings during the holiday period, allegedly at the expense of smaller merchants. Some of those sellers theorized that eBay bent its own rules to allow Teespring to have as much of a presence as it…

Geiger Announces European Acquisition

Geiger, Lewiston, Maine, announced that its U.K. distributor GeigerBTC has acquired London-based distributor EMC Advertising Gifts as part of its continued expansion strategy to support clients in the UK and across Europe. The move follows Geiger's acquisition of CM Promotions, announced last week, and its promotion of three members of its executive team. EMC has…