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Plannerstore Appoints Nussinow Director of Sales
February 17, 2009

Promotional products industry veteran Todd P. Nussinow, MAS has been appointed Director of Sales for Lewiston, Maine-based Plannerstore, a promotional products supplier/manufacturer, specializing in planners, journals, dated products and the Farmers Almanac. Born and raised in Lewiston, Maine, Nussinow graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a bachelor’s in business administration.

Teague To Retire From BIC Graphic USA
February 10, 2009

After more than 30 years with BIC, Jack Teague, general manager of Clearwater, Florida-based BIC Graphic USA, announced his retirement effective March 1, 2009.  Teague will continue to work on special projects related to the graphic business, representing the company at trade shows, industry events and local community organizations through September 2010. 

Prime Line Announces Price Matching Program
February 10, 2009

Prime Line, based in Bridgeport, Conn., announced the launch of a new price matching program. The company will match any competitor's advertised price on the same item. The program applies to items of substantially equal value.

Leed's Garners High Industry Honors
February 10, 2009

New Kensington, Pennsylvania-based Leed’s, a member of Polyconcept North America, accepted awards in January from the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), based in Austin, Texas, the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), based in Trevose, Pa.; and Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), based in Saint-Laurent, Québec. In addition, Leed's received awards from leading distributors Jack Nadel International of Los Angeles, the multilocation PeerNet Group and San Jose, California-based Brandvia. Several sales and service representatives from Leed's also received honors from distributors and associations.

New President and CEO at Fey Line
January 27, 2009

Edgerton, Minnesota-based Fey Industries announced it selected 30-year consumer packaged goods and direct sales veteran Michael B. Ziebell as president and CEO.

UPS Veteran Thompson Joins Gold Bond Team
January 27, 2009

Chase Thompson has left a 20-year career with the Atlanta-based United Parcel Service (UPS), to join Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Gold Bond Inc. in the sales division. The announcement was made by Mark Godsey, the company's president.

The State of Real Estate
June 1, 2008

ACCORDING TO THE U.S. Department of Commerce, for the month of March 2008, the median sale price of a U.S. home was down 13.3 percent from March 2007. For the same month, sales of new homes dropped to the lowest level since October 1991. Regionally, the Northeast was hardest hit with sales down almost 20 percent when compared to the same month the previous year. The news is not rosy, and while experts differ in their opinion on how bad the housing crisis will get, there is no denying the housing industry slowdown is having and will continue to have a ripple effect on

Senator Inks Gauger and Corrente to New Positions
April 15, 2008

Senator Promotional Group USA, based in Greensboro, N.C., announced the appointment of two senior additions to its marketing and sales service teams. After a two-year absence, Carol Gauger returns to Senator’s subsidiary Dart in the role of vice president, marketing and will report to Dale Baur, vice president, sales and marketing for both the Senator and Dart brands. Gauger is a 15-year veteran of the promotional products industry and last served as senior manager, member relations for Promotional Products Advertising International in Irving, Texas. Prior to that, Gauger served at Dart Business Accessories as marketing director. “Carol brings a wealth of industry experience and

Quickpoint Turns 80, But Still Quick
March 11, 2008

Fenton, Missouri-based Quickpoint announced it is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2008. The company was founded in St. Louis in 1928 as the Quickpoint Pencil Company, and was one of the first manufacturers of mechanical pencils in the United States. Quickpoint has been owned by the Goessling family since its inception and with president John Goessling, MAS currently at the helm is in its fourth generation of family leadership. While Quickpoint developed many patented products that have become core items in the promotional products industry, the company has also evolved into a multi-category product line supplier, featuring more than 350 items, including exclusive lines

Senator Launches “Wow” Site
March 11, 2008

After nearly a year in design and development, Greensboro, North Carolina-based Senator USA relaunched its Web site(www.senatorpen.com) comprised of new, interactive features to aid distributors. “We took time to research what is most important to site users,” said Jill Randolph, product marketing manager for Senator, “because we want to provide valuable and useful tools to our distributors, which they will feel safe sharing with their customers as well.” Any visitor can browse the online catalog to view client-safe details on Senator’s full line of offerings, but only distributors can log in to place an order. While the Web site makes product selection