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Promotions East to Host Record Number of Exhibitors in June
February 27, 2007

Promotions East 2007 is expected to host a record number of exhibitors this June, with more than 620 companies having contracted to exhibit at the show to date. The event will be held June 4-6 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in New Jersey. “We fully expect Promotions East 2007 to be bigger and better than ever,” said Mike Schenker, national accounts manager and sales administrator for Hilton Apparel Group and president of SAAGNY, the show’s producer. “This show is the premier networking venue for distributors and suppliers in this region, as well as an excellent source for educational opportunities.” This marks the

CANDIDATES PASS INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONS
February 26, 2007

A total of 44 industry professionals passed the Master Advertising Specialist and Certified Advertising Specialist (MAS/CAS) certification examinations administered by Irving, Texas-based Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) at January’s PPAI Expo in Las Vegas. “Earning a professional certification is an avenue being traveled by more and more people in the industry,” noted Steve Slagle, PPAI’s president and CEO. “Making the commitment to pursue a MAS or CAS certification is a benchmark of the effort individuals are willing to make to ensure their future business success and the overall professionalism of the industry.” The MAS certification requires the equivalent of 170 hours from a structured curriculum, five

DUNBROOKE WINS MULTIPLE AWARDS
February 26, 2007

Dunbrooke, Independence, Mo., was recently presented with three prestigious industry awards for service during 2006. The company ranked No. 1 in Best Outerwear Supplier and No. 2 in Best Corporatewear Supplier in Corporate Logo magazine’s “Best of Business” poll. In addition, PPAI honored Dunbrooke as an Award of Merit winner in the S10 ($20,000,001 to $50,000,000 in annual sales) category. Geiger also announced its top suppliers at January’s PPAI Expo in Las Vegas. The company presented Dunbrooke with an Award of Excellence and a Gold Star Supplier Award for providing excellent service throughout the year. “We were delighted when we found out we were

SIERRA PACIFIC GIVES AWAY THREE LAPTOPS AT THREE SHOWS
February 26, 2007

Sierra Pacific, Houston, sponsored three giveaways at January trade shows to promote its FeatherLite Oxford shirt. Attendees of the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, ASI’s Orlando show, and the Long Beach Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS) were given complementary samples of a long-sleeve FeatherLite Oxford shirt and a chance to win a Dell notebook computer. During each show, a number of people wearing the French Blue FeatherLite Oxford shirts were randomly chosen from the aisles and presented with a $100 bill. At the PPAI Expo, the laptop winner was Patricia Knisley of First Impressions Promotional Products, Batesville, Ind. George Heinrich of Anna Imprinted Specialty,

Leed’s Awards $20,000 Luxury Dream Vacation To Distributor
February 20, 2007

To unveil and build excitement around its new brand statement, “Make it Yours”, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Leed’s gave its customers the chance to win a custom luxury vacation with its “Make it Yours Dream Vacation Sweepstakes” at January’s PPAI Expo in Las Vegas. The company has awarded a vacation worth approximately $20,000 to Tammy Wilmsmeyer from Elite Promotions, Springfield, Mo. Leed’s informed Wilmsmeyer of her prize by dropping by the company’s offices in Springfield. The travel credit worth $18,500 can be used to create a custom vacation or on any destination offered through Abercrombie & Kent, from safaris on the Serengeti to the hillsides of

Dunbrooke Wins Multiple Awards
February 13, 2007

Dunbrooke, Independence, Mo., was recently presented with three prestigious industry awards for service during 2006. The company ranked No. 1 in Best Outerwear Supplier and No. 2 in Best Corporatewear Supplier in Corporate Logo magazine’s “Best of Business” poll. In addition, PPAI honored Dunbrooke as an Award of Merit winner in the S10 ($20,000,001 to $50,000,000 in annual sales) category. Geiger announced its top suppliers at January’s PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, and Dunbrooke was presented an Award of Excellence and a Gold Star Supplier Award for providing excellent service throughout the year. “We were delighted when we found out

T-shirts that Sizzle
February 1, 2007

CONVENTION AND COUTURE collide often in the fashion industry, and where the clichéd can be seen, chic can be found fleeing the scene. It is rare for something to simultaneously be hip and popular; that common articles can also be cool defies the laws of fashion physics. So it is all the more surprising when one of the most blasé, traditional tops becomes the standard for an industry. Yet across the board, T-shirts are having their spot on the catwalk. As the shirts themselves change and their place in society becomes more prominent, a different kind of T-shirt manufacturer has taken center stage. One that

HALO/Lee Wayne Issues Supplier Awards
January 25, 2007

HALO/Lee Wayne, Serling, Ill., presented its 2006 Supplier of the Year and Supplier Representative of the Year Awards to Pittsburgh-based Leed’s and Largo, Florida-based Hit Promotions, respectively, at the company’s Preferred Supplier Mixer, held during the PPAI Expo in January. Leed’s received the 2006 Supplier of the Year Award as a result of votes from account executives and home office staff. Terry McGuire, HALO/Lee Wayne’s senior vice president of marketing, said, “Leed’s innovation and service continue to help us grow our sales. They set the standard for supplier-distributor relationships with the many special things they do for us.” Of his company’s designation, David Nicholson,

PMNow! Takes on the Magic (Kingdom)
January 16, 2007

Couldn’t get enough of those live video clips from the PPAI Expo? PMNow! has more in store for you. Once again, we will be sending daily video updates from ASI Orlando, beginning Thurs., Jan 18 and concluding Sat., Jan 20, 2007. You can expect informative interviews with suppliers and their stand-out products, sweeping panoramic views of the scenic Orlando area, editor picks from the show floor and likely a bit of magic. After all, anything is possible in the Magic Kingdom. For more information, call (215) 238-5212 or e-mail lliss@napco.com.

KTP Design Receives PPAI Supplier Achievement Award
January 16, 2007

KTP Design, New York, recently received a gold Suppliers Achievement Award from PPAI for a silk scarf it produced for an international wine festival. The award honors excellence in screen printing on textiles. This is the fourth consecutive Suppliers Achievement Award for KTP Design, and it’s fifth award in six years. Product entries were judged on the sharpness of the imprint, the difficulty involved, clarity and overall visual impact. “We are certainly honored to receive such a prestigious award,” said Pat Walsh, president. “It is a testament to our high standards and consistent quality to have received this award five times in the last