Irving, TX, October, 2018 HUB Promotional Group’s Hub Pen Company is pleased to announce that customer service representative Colleen Bibby has been named one of 2018 PPB Magazine Service Superheroes. Colleen joined Hub Pen over five years ago, where she quickly became an integral part of the customer service team. Just three years later she was named the SAAGNY Customer Service Rep of the year by her customers in New York.
Colleen is one of 14 dedicated industry professionals selected from the 45 exceptional individuals that were nominated. “I love trying to help other people with their workload and helping move our customers’ orders along,” says Colleen. “Service excellence is very important to me.”
PPB, published by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), has been recognizing Service Superheroes since 2011. “A common theme in many of this year’s nominations was a commitment to do whatever it takes to solve problems, correct mistakes and make the customer—both internal and external—truly happy with the results,” says PPB Editor Tina Berres Filipski.
Colleen is a proud aunt and spends her time off with her 3 month old nephew and her close knit family. “Family is everything to me and I think of my coworkers and customers here at HUB as family too.”
Boston, MA, September, 2018 – HUB Promotional Group sales and marketing
leaders Trina Bicknell, Senior VP Sales and Marketing, Lisa Fosdick, Director of Sales and Sharon Menssen, Director of Marketing took a few days out of their busy schedules to attend the INBOUND2018 Marketing Conference September 4 – 7th, 2018 at the Boston Convention Center. INBOUND is a community of people who are passionate about marketing, selling, and delighting customers. The annual event and year-round media platform inspires and educates hundreds of thousands of people whose core belief is that empathy and humanity are at the core of doing business.
The team attended to gain ideas and opportunities to better grow HUB’s business. Digital marketing classes were held on social media, motivation and creating a frictionless environment for customers to thrive. Keynote opener acclaimed author Deepak Chopra had a unique perspective for how businesses can incorporate creativity, innovation and social well being into the DNA of their organizations. Hollywood producer Shonda Rhimes and Charity: Water founder Scott Harrison also spoke.
“INBOUND was a great experience,” Trina Bicnell said. “It’s important to keep abreast of the ever changing sales and digital marketing environment. INBOUND provides those updates and also a chance to network with fellow sales and marketing leaders.”
For more information search INBOUND2018 on Youtube.
Washington, Missouri (August 29, 2018) - The Magnet Group welcomes Richard Reichard to its sales team. Rich has been in the promotional products industry for 20+ years where he has had success in growing several territories around the country. He will cover PA, DE, D.C., and MD as a Regional Sales Manager. “Rich has a proven track record in our industry and we couldn’t ask for a better guy to be a part of our growing sales team,” said Dave Glaser, VP of Field Sales for The Magnet Group.
Glenwood, MN - American Solutions for Business is pleased to announce the promotions of Miriah Cassidy and Amy Spychalla to the Senior Leadership Team in the roles of Executive Director.
Braintree, MA, August, 2018 – HUB Promotional Group’s Hub Pen Company is pleased to announce the hiring of Junior Buyer Joe Tessier. In this role, Joe will help process purchase orders for both production and non-production supplies. He also will help to coordinate on time delivery of product, aiding in maintaining stock levels for customer orders.
Born and raised in Pembroke, MA, Joe came to work at Hub Pen four years ago working nights in the QC department, while attending Charlton College of Business for Supply Chain Management. He also assisted the Hub IT department with a number of projects managing customer records and integrating data.
“I really enjoy the Project Management side of what I’ve learned in school and also implemented at Hub,” says Tessier. “I enjoy seeing how to get the job done while saving the company, and it’s customers, the most amount of money and I’m excited to put what I’ve learned into practice.”
Vice President Sourcing and Supply Chain, Jing Rong says, “We are happy to have Joe as part of the Hub Pen Family. His previous experience at Hub combined with his education should prove invaluable to our team.”
An avid music fan, Joe enjoys attending concerts and festivals in the Boston and South Shore area.
NEW MANAGEMENT FOR CPPA
(May 14, 2018) - The Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) is pleased to announce that Tiffany Kanak will serve as the association’s new Executive Director.
Tiffany brings multiple years of experience ranging from the membership industry and financial/accounting industry, as well as promotional products experience. As Director of Accounting and membership services at Lakewood Oaks Golf Club for 8 years, Kanak developed a plan addressing the unique needs of the membership, engineered budgets, prepared financial reports, managed membership services and implemented changes to better serve and improve ties within the private membership association. Tiffany also brings firsthand industry experience as she owned her own distributorship from 1997 until 2008 and she currently serves as the Executive Director for Promotional Products Association of the Midwest (PPAMidwest). As CPPA Executive Director, Tiffany will work with the board of directors and membership to develop a comprehensive strategic plan, which includes fundraising, communications, tradeshow enterprises, strategic partnerships, and support PPAI initiatives regularly.
In addition to welcoming Tiffany, the Board of Directors extends gratitude and well-wishes to our former Executive Director, Dana Geiger, who has moved into the Regional Relations Manager role at PPAI.
CPPA Board President Bob Titleman, Jr. commented, “Dana did a wonderful job for CPPA and while we are sad to see her go, we are grateful for her years of service and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. She will be a valuable asset to PPAI and all of the regional affiliates. At the same time, we are thrilled to welcome Tiffany as our new Executive Director. Her experience, leadership, and strong background are assets to the organization which makes her a perfect fit for our group.”
Members can meet Tiffany in person at the EXPO East show on June 11-13. We hope you have a chance to stop by and visit with her at our booth. We are looking forward to what the future holds for CPPA with new management at the helm.
Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) represents and serves more than 200 promotional product manufacturing firms and promotional marketing consultants from our region as well as across the U.S. and Canada. We strive to be a source of information, education and shared learning for our members. We are dedicated to supporting the increased professionalism and expertise of industry professionals, while providing an environment that allows our members to exchange knowledge and ideas, allowing them to grow and prosper.
For more information or to become a member, go to www.cppa.biz or contact Tiffany Kanak, Executive Director, at 410.562.0609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
TREVOSE, PA – December 7, 2017 – alphabroder, the leading distributor of imprintable sportswear and accessories in North America, is pleased to announce the addition of Prime Line to its’ family of brands. The combination of these two great companies establishes a new standard in the industry for convenience, service and solutions – creating the industry’s first true ‘one-stop-shop’.
“As a family business with long time employees, we gave careful consideration to this strategic move and ultimately feel that this is in the best interest of both Customers and employees,” said Jeff Lederer, now President of alphabroder’s hard goods division, which will operate under the Prime Line name. Jeff will report directly to Norm Hullinger, CEO of alphabroder. “The industry is changing and it was important for me to make sure Prime Line is positioned in the best possible way moving into the future. We have chosen a partner in alphabroder that matches our values and commitment to the future. I am so excited to work with Norm and Dan Pantano (President of alphabroder) helping to lead the team to the next level.” Jeff and the long time members of the Prime Line management team will be joining the alphabroder management team while continuing to operate Prime Line with the same dedication to Customers and family values that created one of the industry’s leading companies, which was one of the key drivers for alphabroder in this deal.
As plans were being formed for the integration of these two great companies, Norm and Jeff agreed to place one priority above all else: Continue to deliver the highest level of service to all of our Customers.
Said Hullinger, “The combination of these two great companies and cultures was born out of the input from our Customers. We will honor this by continuing our sharp focus on their businesses. Bringing our organizations together will provide us with the flexibility and agility to focus 100% on our Customers – to deliver best-in-class solutions to help their businesses succeed. This merger provides our Customers with unmatched product choice, reach, delivery and availability. The quality and longevity of the Prime Line team and their corporate culture firmly grounded in family values, brings a high level of predictability to the business which is essential to delivering the ultimate customer experience and these were the key drivers of this deal.”
alphabroder is committed to the ongoing growth of the company and the industry. Prime Line is the fourth significant company to join the alphabroder family in the last five years, having added Bodek and Rhodes in 2015, Ash City Worldwide in 2014 and Imprints Wholesale in 2012.
Contact: Tricia Lyster email@example.com ext. 1399
Founded in 1919, alphabroder is North America’s largest distributor of trade, private label and retail apparel brands and merchandise to the promotional products marketplace. alphabroder offers more than 40 brands including a broad selection of retail and trade brands from Under Armour, Bella + Canvas, Next Level, Threadfast, adidas, Columbia, Marmot, Gildan, Fruit of the Loom, Hanes, and many others as well as sourcing our own Private Brands.
About Prime Line:
Founded in 1980, Prime Line became an industry leader through the introduction of innovative products and services. The company, headquartered in Bridgeport, Conn., now offers more than 1700 products across 15 categories. It features exclusive brands such as MopToppers™, Leeman New York, Rubik’s® and BUILT® as well as numerous product collections. In 2016, it acquired Jetline, which was rebranded as Prime’s value line. Source Abroad by Prime is the company’s custom and overseas sourcing division offering fully custom products as well as fast turn import items. A founding member of QCA, Prime has an industry leading focus on product safety and regulatory compliance.
Contact: Fernanda Larriva
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ETS Express™ Hires New South Central and Mid-Atlantic Sales Managers
Matt Mertins and Laird O'Cain join the ETS Express™ sales team
Contact: Dana Geiger, Executive DirectorPhone: 410-562-0609
MARYLAND (Feb 6, 2017) – The Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) honored regional performers at the annual Peake Awards Ceremony, sponsored by J Charles Crystalworks, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Jan 31.
Each year, CPPA proudly presents the Peake Awards to honor excellence and creativity in our association and industry. Awards were presented in thirteen categories and recognized individuals, companies and promotional campaigns.
“It is important to take pause and recognize the individuals in that serve our region so diligently. The Peake Awards gives us the opportunity to do just that as well as thank them for their commitment to the industry. I hope the 2017 recipients take pride in being the best in the business,” said Bob Titelman, Jr., Skylight Creative Ideas.
In addition to the annual performance awards, this year’s ceremony honored three additional members. Jolie Porter, CPPA’s previous Executive Director was honored with a Distinguished Service Award for fourteen years of service to the association and to the CPPA membership.
Murray Siegel, CAS and Bob Titelman, Sr. were inducted into the CPPA Hall of Fame, a high honor designed to recognize individuals that make an outstanding and lasting contribution to the regional association as well as to the promotional products industry.
A full list of this year’s honorees are as follows:
Supplier of the Year- Towel Specialties
Supplier Representative of the Year- Julie Strob, Hit Promotional Products
Multi-Line Representative of the Year – Pete Rosica Promotions
Supplier Support Person of The Year- Katie Wheeler , Gemline
Distributor of the Year – Target Marketing Group
Distributor Sales Representative of the Year – Doni O’Connor, Target Marketing Group
Distributor Support Person of the Year – Jessica Lever , Webb Mason
CPPA Rising Star – Michael Valentini, Jr. , MVP Promos
The Peake Aware (Volunteer of the Year) – Jeff Franklin, Headwear USA
Excellent in Promotions Campaign Winners:
Self-Promotion Category – Sonic Promos
Non-profit Category – Joyce Ponton, Halo Branded Solutions
Hall of Fame – Murray Siegel, CAS
Hall of Fame – Robert Titelman, Sr
Distinguished Service Award – Jolie Porter
For more information on the CPPA Peake Awards or CPPA, go to www.cppa.biz, or contact Dana Geiger, CPPA Executive Director, at 410.562.0609.
CPPA is a not-for-profit trade association whose membership is comprised of suppliers and distributors of imprinted promotional and advertising products. Membership is primarily located in Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, and Delaware, but also includes members from across the U.S. and Canada. CPPA members benefit from professional education, networking, annual tradeshow and member discounts and savings. CPPA is a regional affiliate of Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), and passes along member benefits from this national not-for-profit organization to its members. For more information or to become a member, go to www.cppa.biz or contact Dana Geiger, Executive Director, at 410-562-0609 or email Dana@cppa.biz.
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The CPPA Hall of Fame originated in 2007 and was designed to recognize individuals that make an outstanding and lasting contribution to the regional association as well as to the promotional products industry. Individuals inducted have made a significant difference in the association, for our membership and ultimately in the community. Siegel and Titleman join previous inductees: Jim Hayes, Steve Yaniga, Hersch Wellman, and Mike Harper Senior.
For more information on the CPPA Peake Awards, go to www.cppa.biz, or contact Dana Geiger, CPPA Executive Director, at 410.562.0609.
About CPPACPPA is a not-for-profit trade association whose membership is comprised of suppliers and distributors of imprinted promotional and advertising products. Membership is primarily located in Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, and Delaware, but also includes members from across the U.S. and Canada. CPPA members benefit from professional education, networking, annual tradeshow and member discounts and savings. CPPA is a regional affiliate of Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), and passes along member benefits from this national not-for-profit organization to its members. For more information or to become a member, go to www.cppa.biz or contact Dana Geiger, Executive Director, at 410-562-0609 or email Dana@cppa.biz.