Distributor News

PPAI Announces Board of Directors Class of 2025 Election Slate
August 19, 2020 at 2:03 pm

Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), Irving, Texas, has announced Alan Tabasky, vice president and general manager of Medley, Fla., supplier Bel Promo; and Noah Lapine, president and owner of Stamford, Conn., distributor Lapine Associates Inc. as the slate for PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2025 election. The PPAI board election voting period runs from…

2020 Inc. 5000: What Promotional Products Companies Made the List
August 18, 2020 at 11:39 am

Each year, we dig through the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. to see which promo companies made the list. Here are the ones we found. While there are many traditional promo businesses on this list, not all of the companies we included fit the standard supplier/distributor profile...

Survey Indicates These Major Industries Are Increasing Their Marketing Budgets
August 17, 2020 at 11:35 am

In a Merkle survey of industries such as health care, retail, finance, tech and nonprofit, 52 percent of respondents overall said they’ve increased their marketing spend over the last few months. For promotional distributors, this may be an indicator of the verticals that are able to spend some money again...

HALO Hosts ‘Connect2020’ Virtual National Sales Meeting
August 13, 2020 at 3:14 pm

HALO Branded Solutions, Sterling, Ill., recently concluded “Connect2020,” the company’s virtual national sales meeting. The two-day event included sales training, supplier trend sessions and evening happy hours—including a “virtual progressive dinner” featuring company executives and their families serving, a five course dinner and supplier “dine-arounds” with small groups of staff, and support staff meeting with…

Geiger Hosts First Virtual Galleria Education Conference
August 12, 2020 at 1:19 pm

Geiger, Lewiston, Maine, hosted its annual Geiger Galleria education, networking and sales conference on July 28-29 virtually for the first time. The motto for this year’s event was "Push Harder, Climb Higher, Go Farther." Almost 300 salespeople and associates from around the country and the U.K. attended each day to learn new sales tactics, network…

MSP Design Group Acquires Promotional Considerations
August 4, 2020 at 11:53 am

MSP Design Group, Hampton Roads, Va., announced the acquisition of Promotional Considerations, a Richmond-based promotional products distributor. MSP formally acquired Promotional Considerations in May 2020, a move that CEO Dan Clarkson is confident…

$5 Million Jackpot
August 3, 2020 at 11:30 am

Let me tell you a story about Jack. Jack has been in this business a long time. Good guy. Lots of contacts. Sales typically less than $500,000 per year. Then COVID struck. Jack participated in webinars and learned about opportunities in PPE. Jack reached out to his contacts. He told them how he had the…

How BAMKO Increased Q2 Revenue by 218%
July 30, 2020 at 12:38 pm

Superior Group of Companies, parent of Los Angeles-based distributor BAMKO, announced record operating results for the second quarter 2020, including a 73 percent increase in net sales to $159.4 million. BAMKO was largely responsible for that growth, reporting that its Q2 2020 sales increased by 218 percent year over year to $75.5 million. Much of that was PPE, but not all...

AIA Switches to Virtual Format for 2020 National Sales Meeting
July 28, 2020 at 11:53 am

AIA Corporation, Appleton, Wis., is going virtual this year, as the company recently announced that its annual National Sales Meeting will take place online from the comfort and safety of its distributors’ homes. Aptly titled “2020 Reimagined,” AIA quickly adjusted its plans in light of COVID-19 to ensure its owner community still has access to…

Meyer-Dunlap Affiliates With HALO Branded Solutions
July 20, 2020 at 12:21 pm

HALO Branded Solutions, Sterling, Ill., announced that industry distributor Meyer-Dunlap has affiliated with the company. Meyer-Dunlap, founded in 2010 by Kirk Meyer and Craig Dunlap, is one of the most prominent promotional products distributors in North Texas...