Management

Delta Apparel Announces Two-Year Contract Extension for Chairman & CEO Robert W. Humphreys
May 13, 2020 at 11:36 am

Delta Apparel, Greenville, S.C., announced a two-year extension of the employment contract with its chairman and CEO, Robert W. Humphreys. His employment will now expire with the filing of the Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2022. Humphreys joined the company in 1998 as CEO and became chairman of the board of directors…

The Vernon Company Names PCNA 2019 Supplier of the Year
May 11, 2020 at 12:02 pm

The Vernon Company, Newton, Iowa,  recently recognized Polyconcept North America (PCNA) with the 2019 Supplier of the Year Award during the company’s annual national sales meeting. The Supplier of the Year Award is given annually to the industry supplier that provides the best overall service to The Vernon Company and its customers. The award is…

Keep All Data in Your System, Even When You Switch
May 7, 2020 at 2:28 pm

Ask the Accountant… Question: Help! I have been using an industry software that I pay for each month to write orders. I am now switching to another system. How do I get my order history out of the old system? Answer: Does this software have the capability to export into QuickBooks? If so, your order…

PPAI Appoints PCNA's David Nicholson to Board
May 7, 2020 at 9:15 am

Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), Irving, Texas, has announced that David Nicholson, president of Polyconcept North America (PCNA), New Kensington, Pa., has joined the PPAI Board of Directors. Nicholson fills the seat vacated by former board member Bill Mahre, CAS. Nicholson’s term begins immediately and runs through the PPAI Expo…

BIC Graphic Senior VP of Business Development Dave Saracino Retires
May 6, 2020 at 1:34 pm

After 36 years with BIC Graphic North America, Dave Saracino has decided to retire, effective immediately. Saracino made an incredible impact on both BIC Graphic and the promo industry over the course of his career. After starting with BIC Graphic in 1985 as a retail sales representative in Toronto, Saracino was promoted through several different sales roles...

After COVID-19, What Role Will Promotional Products Have in Marketing?
May 6, 2020 at 11:55 am

We know business will be different, but how? Will client budgets be right-sized and constricted? What will events look like? To what extent will the virtual world remain? What about hiring practices when business begins to operate again? Will businesses be eager to invest and spend money? Here are a few predictions and ruminations as we all dig out and back in...

Pivot to Profit
May 4, 2020 at 12:51 pm

We are all learning some new vocabulary during these times. Phrases like “shelter in place,” “social distancing” and “herd immunity.” Another word I strongly recommend people learn is pivot. "Pivot" simply means to “turn.” Many people reading this need to learn to pivot or turn. To pivot to new types of companies wide open for…

AIA Corporation Appoints Nancy K. Schmidt as New CEO
May 1, 2020 at 8:54 am

AIA Corporation, Appleton, Wis., announced today that it’s board of directors has selected Nancy Schmidt as the company’s new CEO. Schmidt, a two-year veteran of AIA who most recently served as chief financial officer, is the first female CEO in AIA history...

Proforma Affiliate Owner Acquires $2M Distributor
April 28, 2020 at 1:45 pm

Mike Durkee, owner of Proforma Durkee in Charlotte, N.C., announced the acquisition of a $2 million promotional products distributor that is focused exclusively on the medical market. Durkee is a member of Proforma’s 5 Million Dollar Club with 2019 sales of more than $6 million...

In Absence of Live Sports, E-Sports (and E-Sports Merchandise) Is Thriving
April 28, 2020 at 11:41 am

Live sports remain on an indefinite hiatus, and there’s no real definitive light at the end of the tunnel quite yet. One competition has thrived under the COVID-19 lockdown, though: e-sports. Since this is basically the extent of team sports right now, experts believe that the demand for e-sports merchandise, like apparel, is growing...