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EMT's 'PROMO AF' Campaign Raises $1,400 for the National Kidney Foundation

EMT, Indianapolis, has announced that its PROMO AF campaign has raised $1,400 in proceeds for the National Kidney Foundation. Funds were raised through the sale of swag boxes containing PROMO AF hats, patches and Phone Loops, along with a matching donation from EMT. “We are overjoyed that we were able to harness the power of…

Hotcards' Greg Schwartz on Working With an NFL Team, What Pro Sports Clients Want, Landing These Accounts

Greg Schwartz, vice president of sales for Hot Cards, a promo and print distributor based in Cleveland, joined the show to tell us what it's like working with the Cleveland Browns, how he landed the account, what kinds of products high-profile professional sports teams are looking for and how other distributors can get into the market. Plus, Taco Bell has a new hotel, and "Stranger Things" is reviving New Coke...

Polyconcept Names Liz Haesler as New Global Chief Merchandising Officer

Polyconcept North America (PCNA), Pittsburgh, announced it has hired Liz Haesler as global chief merchandising officer (CMO). In the role, Haesler will oversee product and category strategy for Polyconcept’s hard goods division, including the Leed’s, Bullet and Journalbooks brands. As CMO, Haesler will lead PCNA’s overall strategy and implementation for product development, category management, pricing,…

PromoCorner Hires Kelsey Cunningham as Creative Director

PromoCorner, Lakeville, Mass., announced the hiring of Kelsey Cunningham as creative director, where she will be responsible for designing, developing and delivering engaging client solutions to drive results. Cunningham brings more than 15 years of experience in the promotional products industry to PromoCorner, having achieved great success at ETS…

The Magnet Group Promotes Two Employees

The Magnet Group, Washington, Mo., announced two additions to the company: Andre Harris as social media director and Kim Schroeder as art director. Harris has been an integral part of The Magnet Group design department for more than 15 years. His most recent position was art director of catalogs.…

Grossman Marketing Group Acquires Suncoast Print Solutions

Premier Marketing Group (PMG), a division of Somerville, Massachusetts-based Grossman Marketing Group, has acquired Suncoast Print Solutions, Sarasota, Fla., marking Grossman’s fifth acquisition in the past six years. PMG founder Mike Whitman said Suncoast Print Solutions, a full-service print and promotional products company with a national client base that includes the Baltimore Orioles and Hyatt…

Facilisgroup Adds Three Partners in Canada

Facilisgroup, St. Louis, announced it has expanded its presence in Canada, adding three more Canadian promotional product distributors as partners. All three new partners are located in Ontario—C.I. Promotions in Concord, Promotional Elements in Kitchener, and Promotional Source in Oakville. Facilis now includes 19 distributors in Canada and more than 120 in the U.S., making…

Geiger Announces Further European Acquisition

U.K. distributor GeigerBTC, a subsidiary of Geiger, announced it is acquiring York-based distributor Response Marketing as part of its continued expansion strategy to support clients in the U.K. and across Europe. Response Marketing has been in business since 1999 and has gained a reputation as one…

The Vernon Company Hosts Successful Annual Sales Meeting

The Vernon Company, Newton, Iowa, hosted its annual sales meeting April 15-17 at Paradise Point Resort in San Diego. The three-day event brought together nearly 100 Vernon account executives from coast to coast, as well as 70 supplier partners. "Vernon's National Sales Meeting can be described using one word: fantastic!" said Dave Regan, vice president…

Storm Creek Expands Customer Experience Department

Storm Creek, Hastings, Minn., announced today it has expanded its customer service department, hiring three key positions to help achieve the company's mission to provide over-the-top service for the industry. Noah Thompson serves as accountant specialist at Storm Creek, where he provides targeted customer experience support to territory account executives, interacts with customers to foster…

Proforma's Technology Team Leads the Way in Hackathon Competition

Proforma’s team of developers took place in a Hackathon competition for the benefit of the homeless and underserved communities of Tampa Bay. “I welcome and celebrate our team’s involvement in any endeavor that benefits the community, expands technology and innovation around the world, and builds our corporate technology culture of innovation, education and leadership,” said…

Visstun Introduces Everything Green Program

Visstun, Las Vegas, announced its Everything Green program. This program replaces Visstun's current paperboard with paperboard that contains 30 percent or more of Sustana's EnviroLife, FSC certified, post-consumer recycled fiber at no additional cost to customers. All paper cup, container and lid products are upgraded, including paper hot, cold, and microwave cups and containers, as…

Showdown Displays Parent Company Acquires Promic B.V. Display Systems

Sign-Zone LLC, the parent company of Showdown Displays and Jansen Display Group, announced that it has acquired Promic B.V. Display Systems, a designer and distributor of custom promotional displays. Headquartered in Nederweert, Netherlands, Promic provides mobile presentation systems and supporting hardware for products such as retractable banners, beach flags, floor displays and banner stands. The…

Orbus Recognized as a 2019 Green Giving Partner by Matthew 25: Ministries

Orbus Exhibit and Display Group, Woodbridge, Ill., announced that it has been recognized as a 2019 Green Giving PArtner by one of its recycling partners, Matthew 25: Ministries. The Green Giving Partner Seal is awarded to corporate partners that display a commitment toward minimizing corporate waste and supporting humanitarian aid to the needy and disaster…

My Corporate Expressions Joins Proforma Network

Brian Fitch, owner of My Corporate Expressions, has affiliated with Proforma, the $500 million leading network of promotional products and printing distributors, to access its technology platforms and expansive product offerings, services and support. “My decision to join Proforma was driven by their technology and business support,” said Fitch. “I researched all of the other…