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Natural Trends partners with Incentives West
April 13, 2009

Provo, Utah-based Natural Trends, a supplier of health and wellness products, announced new sales representation in the western U.S.  Newcastle, Washington-based sales firm Incentives West will represent Natural Trends in California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, Alaska and Hawaii.

SAAC Installs 2009 Board of Directors
February 17, 2009

The Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) honored its board of directors during the February installation dinner held at the Ca Del Sole restaurant in Toluca Lake, California.

SAAC Announces 2009 Board of Directors
November 25, 2008

The Canoga Park, California-based Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) announced its list of new officers and board members whose terms of office will begin on January 1, 2009. The 2009 SAAC officers include: President - Rick Greene, MAS, HALO/Lee Wayne Corporation, Sterling, Ill. Vice President - Les Dorfman, CAS, AITG/Eighth Floor Promotions, Celina, Ohio Secretary/Treasurer - Kim Bakalyar – PromoShop, Los Angeles 2009 Directors: Drake Harrison MAS, Evans Manufacturing, Garden Grove, Calif. Julie Ditchik, Pinnacle Designs, San Fernando, Calif. Thea Schroeder, CAS, Beanstalk Logo Promotions Kaili Yang, Pacific Western Sales, Brea, Calif. Kristi DeLeo, Vantage, Avenel, N.J. Craig Reese, Jack Nadel International,

Père de Temps Adds Retail Appeal
November 11, 2008

Santa Susana, California-based Père de Temps, a luxury watch brand, will be debuting the brand at two of the top retail marketplaces this November. November 13 and 14, Père de Temps will launch its brand at Bloomingdales stores in Boston and San Francisco. In addition, this November, Père de Temps will be making its debut at seven Canadian Zales Jewelry locations, with plans to introduce its products in U.S. Zales stores in early 2009. Père de Temps is a elegant, luxury watch line, with pieces that have fully automatic, self-winding mechanisms and see-through skeletal views of the inner movements patterned after European designs, selling

Safety Dance
September 23, 2008

If one thing became clear this year regarding product responsibility, it’s there will never be a time when suppliers can sit back and sigh in relief that they’ve finally mastered the safety jive everyone’s been talking about. The reason is simple: just when a company feels it’s got its groove down pat, a few new moves get thrown in, the music falls out of time and toes are inevitably squashed. But the beat goes on. Product-safety education is an ever-evolving quagmire of state and federal legislation, new studies uncovering the next potentially dangerous chemical and pending product recalls. This article is a comprehensive overview

30th Annual SAAC Show Scores Big Success
August 25, 2008

The West Hills, California-based Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) celebrated the 30th annual SAAC Show this past August 6 and 7 at the Long Beach Convention center in Long Beach, California. The SAAC Show consisted of education seminars, networking events and two exhibit days. Sara Ferguson of PromoShop commented on the show, “I brought back a unique perspective from this year’s SAAC Show. The creative juices are still flowing. I always look forward to this show because it’s well-planned, manageable, and great to reunite with the industry family.” Exhibitors were also very pleased with this year’s SAAC Show. Ronald Baron of Winthrop-Atkins

Wright Enterprises Promotes Klepec to Vice President of Sales and Marketing
August 5, 2008

Portland, Oregon-based Wright Enterprises Holding Co.—parent company of Wright Business Graphics, Wright Imaging and Wright Business Graphics of California—announced the promotion of Gordon Klepec to vice president of sales and marketing.  In this newly created position Klepec will be directly responsible for managing all sales and marketing initiatives for the Wright family of businesses. “Gordon has the knowledge, desire and requisite leadership skills necessary to be successful in this critical role for the company,” commented Dan Adkison, president and COO. “Customers are looking to align themselves with manufacturers [who] are innovative, flexible and responsive. Gordon has done an excellent job of working with our

HALO/Lee Wayne’s National Sales Meeting Sets Records
July 8, 2008

HALO/Lee Wayne, based in Sterling, Ill., set supplier and account executive attendance records at their recently concluded 2008 National Sales Meeting at The Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, California. Over 180 of the industry-leading firm’s top account executives attended the week long event, representing over $90 million in annual sales volume from participants. The meeting featured a trade show with over 120 of the company’s preferred suppliers, combined with two days of preferred supplier small-group training sessions. Set amidst the pristine beauty of Lake Tahoe, evening events included a dinner “sunset cruise” on Lake Tahoe, as well as a closing ceremony in

Producer of Give-Away Lunchboxes Ordered to Pay $10 Million
June 2, 2008

L.A.-based lunchbox maker sold 100,000 lead-tainted lunchboxes to the state. Oakland, CA -In San Francisco Superior Court yesterday, Judge Richard A. Kramer ordered L.A.-based T A Creations to pay $10,071,500 for the company’s violation of California law when it sold lead-tainted lunchboxes to the state for a Health Department give-away promotion. Click here to read the complete news release. Source: Center for Environmental Health,

$10 Million Lead Paint Fine and Other Industry News
June 2, 2008

Though the topic has been out of the news spotlight, we shouldn’t forget about the lead paint issue that effects the promotional products industry. While no one knows how wide-spread the problem is, it is nice to see companies are beginning to be held responsible for their actions.

Producer of Give-Away Lunchboxes Ordered to Pay $10 Million

L.A.-based lunchbox maker sold 100,000 lead-tainted lunchboxes to the state.
Oakland, CA -In San Francisco Superior Court yesterday, Judge Richard A. Kramer ordered L.A.-based T A Creations to pay $10,071,500 for the company’s violation of California law when it sold lead-tainted lunchboxes to