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  • 06/20/2022 11:42 AM | Eliana Franklin (Administrator)

    Maple Ridge Farms Donates $7,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Wausau

    June 20, 2022 – Mosinee, WI – Maple Ridge Farms presented a check for $7,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Wausau.  The donation was the result of the company’s “Give Back” program for 2021.  In that program, Maple Ridge Farms donates a percentage of the profits from a specially selected line of gifts. 

    Presenting the check were Jodie Schillinger, Executive Vice President, and Shana Gardner, one of the main architects of the program.

    Kim Tallitsch, Operations Director of Habitat for Humanity of Wausau, explained how thrilled they were to receive the contribution: “With continued support from incredible partners like Maple Ridge Farms, Habitat for Humanity of Wausau is currently aiding our 70th family in making their dreams of home ownership a reality. Our important work continues because of their generosity and together we are building homes, communities, and hope!”

    Schillinger stated, “Affordable housing and employment are very intertwined.  Affordable housing can significantly impact employment opportunities, and in turn has the potential to create sustainability for a family and one’s career path.  We are thrilled to partner with Habitat for Humanity.”

    For a complete list of charities supported by Maple Ridge Farms, visit the Community Outreach section of their website: https://mapleridge.com/about-us/community-outreach

    For more information on the impact of Habitat for Humanity of Wausau, visit habitatwausau.org.

    Located in Mosinee, WI, Maple Ridge Farms, Inc., (PPAI 114165, UPIC: MAPLE, SAGE 57654, ASI686800) was founded in 1979 and is the leading supplier of gourmet gifts to the promotional products industry. Recognized for outstanding freshness, the line includes a complete variety of candies, handmade chocolates, fresh-roasted nuts, baked goods, smoked meats and naturally aged cheeses presented in innovative gift boxes, gift baskets, gourmet towers, desk accessories, classic wooden vehicles and wooden collector’s boxes. For more information on the company visit www.MapleRidgeFarms.com


  • 06/15/2022 4:00 PM | Eliana Franklin (Administrator)

    PPEF Awards $299,000 In Scholarships, Passes $3 Million Mark

    IRVING, Texas, (June 15, 2022) – Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF; www.ppef.us), a nonprofit founded to recognize and encourage scholastic excellence and academic performance among promotional products industry employees and their college-aged children, today announced 162 recipients of $299,000 in college scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year, bringing the total amount awarded since PPEF’s founding to more than $3 million.

    “With this year’s recipients receiving the most money we’ve ever awarded, $299,000, that takes us over the $3 million mark for total scholarship awards since the inception of PPEF,” said Matt Bertram, chair of the PPEF Board of Trustees. “Continuing to help the next generation is possible due to the generous support of companies and individuals within the industry. Thank you to all of the donors who believe in the power of education and generously support PPEF’s mission.”

    This year, PPEF is awarding 130 new and 32 renewal scholarships to selected recipients who have displayed remarkable academic achievement, extracurricular participation and community service. Each will receive between $1,000 and $9,000 to support their college education.

    Funded by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and generous donations from companies and individuals within the promotional products industry, the scholarship program enables youth and professionals to continue their education at the collegiate level. The Association and industry patrons have a long-standing commitment of service to the promotional products industry, and this fund supports those who demonstrate the same commitment.

    The list of 2022 scholarship recipients is at www.ppef.us/winners-showcase/.

    PPEF Scholarships

    To learn more about applying for the 2023 scholarships, applicants are invited to visit www.ppef.us and click on the Scholarships tab. The application deadline for next year is March 15, 2023. Please direct questions to Sara Besly at SaraB@ppai.org. Donations can be made online at www.ppef.us or mailed to PPEF, 3125 Skyway Circle North, Irving, Texas 75038.

    About PPEF

    PPEF is an industry-based non-profit organization that raises money to help students achieve their higher education goals.  PPEF was founded to recognize and encourage scholastic ability and academic performance among promotional products industry employees and their children. Since its inception in 1989, PPEF has awarded over $3.02 million in financial assistance to 1,618 recipients.

  • 06/10/2022 10:33 AM | Eliana Franklin (Administrator)

    SAGE ® REACHES 1 MILLION SUPPLIER VERIFIED PRODUCTS


    Addison, Texas (June 14, 2022) SAGE,the leading provider of information, marketing,and business management solutions to the promotional products industry,announcesthe accumulation ofone million verified products in the SAGE Total Accessproduct database.

    SAGE has the only Verified by Supplier database in the industry. As a SAGE Advantage Member, suppliers are encouraged to verify product information and pricing throughthe SAGE Supplier Center in real-time.Products can also be verified through SAGE’s Bulk Product Update and real-time APIs. When a distributorsees the Verifiedby Supplier icon, they know they cantrust that the product’sdata and pricing are up-to-date and accurate. Over 80percent of activeproducts in the SAGE database are verified,and many distributors choose to only search for verified products.Additionally, verified products have an increased chance of showing up first in search results.

    With the supply chain issues and market fluctuations we’ve been seeing that are not likely to be resolved in the immediate future, the ability for suppliers to verify their product data and for distributors to be able to rely on that data’s accuracy for their customers is paramount for our industry,” said David Natinsky, President of SAGE.“We are thrilled to have reached a million verified products in our database,and we will continue to work with our suppliers to ensure that as many products in our database as possible remain verified.”

    Distributors can limit searches to onlyverified products in SAGE Online,SAGE Web, or SAGE Mobileby going into the product search tab and selecting the VERIFIED checkbox inthe “Other FilterOptions” at the bottom of the search screen. Within search results, verified products display a red checkmark in the right top cornerofthe tile view. To see if a product is verified, locate the red verified logo next to the product’s pricing table. To view the most recent date ofverification, hover over the verified logo.

    To learn more about SAGETotal Access,visit www.sageworld.com.

    About SAGE

    SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing,and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE’s flagship SAGE Online™, SAGE Mobile™, and SAGE Web™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website,and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-usercatalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshowmanagement services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry’s non-profit association. Formore information, please visit www.sageworld.comor call 800.925.7243.


  • 03/07/2022 10:48 AM | Eliana Franklin (Administrator)

    PCNA Pledges Financial Support for Ukrainian Refugees

    Leading Supplier Commits Portion of March 2022 Sales Revenue to Relief Efforts

    Pittsburgh, PA – March 7, 2022 – Polyconcept North America (PCNA) is proud to announce financial support for refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. PCNA will donate up to one percent of March sales revenue to humanitarian relief efforts benefiting Ukrainian refugees in Poland, where the company’s European counterpart, PF Concept, has operations.

    “We recognize the plight of the Ukrainian people and are eager to lend our support. Amongst the more than one million people already displaced, as well as all those who remain in Ukraine, are the friends and families of our teammates in Eastern Europe. This is our way of showing solidarity,” says Neil Ringel, Chief Executive Officer of Polyconcept, parent company to both PCNA and PF Concept. “Similar to our partnership with 1% For The Planet, which directs one percent of eco-product sales to environmental nonprofits, this allows us to use our business to help those in need.”

    PF Concept operates throughout Europe, including Poland, where the company’s Poznan production facility is located. In addition to financial support for relief efforts, PF Concept continues to donate products including blankets, clothing and power banks for those in need.

    PCNA welcomes participation in this effort by all North American distributors and their customers simply through the course of normal business. Direct financial contributions can be sent to Red Cross Poland. “The humanitarian crisis is unimaginable,” Ringel says. “The Ukrainian people need and deserve our support right now.”

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    About PCNA PCNA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Polyconcept, the world’s leading promotional products supplier. With headquarters near Pittsburgh, Pa., PCNA operates Trimark, Leed’s, Bullet, JournalBooks and ETS Express, offering customers the industry’s biggest and most diverse collection of products. To learn more, go to www.pcna.com.

    CONTACT

    Alicia Kauffman

    Marketing Specialist

    akauffman@pcna.com

  • 12/02/2021 5:30 PM | Eliana Franklin (Administrator)

    Eight-Legged Media Announces New Promo Industry Holiday!

    National Catalog Day is Coming January 4th!

    Park Ridge, IL— December 1, 2021 Through social media and email,  Eight-Legged Media has announced the first ever National Catalog Day set for January 4th, 2022, enabling Promo Manufacturers and Suppliers the opportunity to digitize, host, and release their catalogs through the DASH platform for free.

    “DASH is the easiest and fastest way to digitize your .pdf files and turn them instantaneously into searchable flip-through catalogs that are hosted for free.” Dustin Harris, Principal Eight-Legged Media.

    A Friendly Reminder

    There are already 100’s of promotional catalogs hosted on DASH; both general and seasonal. Eight-Legged Media has been digitizing and hosting catalogs for free since its inception in 2007.

    With three clicks you can go from static PDF to an interactive, page turning, searchable digital catalog. When asked for a comment, Bryan Hernandez, Director of Marketing at Logomark Inc. said We will be uploading all of this year’s catalogs, and future ones moving forward.”

    National Catalog Day / Free Catalogs

    National Catalog Day was driven by customer feedback and is part of Eight-Legged Media’s commitment to deliver the latest products, solutions, and innovations all in one, easy to use platform. Free catalog uploads and hosting for  National Catalog Day.media/national-catalog-day/.

    2007, Eight-Legged Media is the Promotional Product’s leader in email and digital marketing. help Manufacturers, Suppliers, and Distributors simplify and automate their marketing efforts.

    Eight-Legged Media, DASH, and National Catalog Day Eight-Legged Media

    Dustin Harris

    877.485.6332

    dustin@8lmedia.com

    National Catalog Day:

    https://dash.eightlegged.media/national-catalog-day/


  • 10/26/2021 11:40 AM | Eliana Franklin (Administrator)

    CAAMP Announces the Election of  Four New Members to its Board of Directors (2022-2024).

    Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP) is pleased to announce the newly elected Board members (2022-2024).

    They are Shannon Butkus I Goldner Associates I National Account Manager I Distributor Member, Erin Burgess I Identify Yourself I Brand Manager I Distributor Member, Jennifer Walker I Koozie Group I Regional Account Manager I Supplier Member, Mark Thieleke I Showdown Displays | Territory Sales Manager Mid Atlantic I Supplier Member.

    CAAMP’s President, Lisa Parker, MAS, MASI stated, “I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the candidates that  participated in the election process for the 2022 CAAMP board of directors.

    The CAAMP Board of Directors demonstrates leadership characteristics and inspires teams to excel to their potential. These members are meaningful, inspirational and communicate specific leadership characteristics that are important to CAAMPs success. We are extremely excited to welcome these new elected leaders to the CAAMP board of Directors."


  • 10/13/2021 4:57 PM | Eliana Franklin (Administrator)

    ZOOMcatalog Adds Jessica Gibbons-Rauch as Marketing Manager. 

    Boulder, CO, October 11, 2021 – Jessica Gibbons-Rauch has been hired as  the Marketing Manager for ZOOMcatalog; the industry’s leader in digital marketing technologies. Gibbons-Rauch will lead the strategic marketing direction for the brand and work with Bryony Zasman and Donna Lomazini to align product messaging with application. Gibbons-Rauch comes with robust experience in the promotional products market on both the distributor side and the service provider side of the industry.

    “We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring JGR onto our team. Her experience in the promotional products industry as a distributor and with digital marketing is the perfect balance for ZOOMcatalog.” – Bryony Zasman, Co-Founder.

    Gibbons-Rauch, based in Chicago, has spent 16 years in the promotional products industry in positions with Top 40 distributors as an account manager, director of key accounts, and director of program development, merchandising, marketing, and vendor relations. She has served on the board and been the RAC delegate for PPAChicago, a PromoKitchen Chef, and was a 2014 PPB Rising Star. She has her MBA with a focus on strategic marketing from Northern Illinois University and has been a part of their Digital Marketing Board of Directors and an adjunct professor for the Digital Marketing Program. Recently, Gibbons-Rauch has been an independent consultant, working with distributors to build their operations, marketing, and merchandising programs. This year she has been a presenter at the PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference, SAGE Show, Shirt Lab, and Promotional Products Association Canada Conference. She has also been a guest on podcasts such as Tacos with Jay and Jeff, Promo Insider, Delivering Marketing Joy, PromoEQP Got Your Back, CommonSKU Skucast, and Order My Gear.

    “I have always admired the team at ZOOMcatalog and their amazing ability to solve industry problems with a modern, cutting edge digital solution. I am so excited to be a part of their future and be able to help communicate their robust product offering," Gibbons-Rauch said.

    About ZOOMcatalog

    ZOOMcatalog is a leading technology provider to the promotional products industry, helping suppliers and distributors create, search, customize, and share powerful digital marketing materials.

  • 10/04/2021 3:02 PM | Eliana Franklin (Administrator)

    PCNA Partners With JanSport®

    Supplier adds eco-friendly styles from popular bag brand to retail brand portfolio

    Pittsburgh, PA – October 4, 2021 – PCNA is once again expanding their family of brands with the addition of their newest retail partner, JanSport®. The backpack brand joins an already impressive family of brands in not only the bags category but also among the eco-friendly styles carried by the supplier since the majority of JanSport packs available at PCNA will be made in part with recycled materials.

    When asked about the new partnership, Liz Haesler, Chief Merchandising Officer for PCNA says, “JanSport is a brand whose legacy precedes them. They represent a feeling of nostalgia for so many people and we are thrilled to add them to our impressive portfolio of retail brand partners.” Haesler continues, “As a leader in the bags category, we take great pride in making sure we provide our distributor partners with the best selection of quality, on-trend pieces. Not only does JanSport offer a great selection of packs made in part with recycled fabrics, but their packs are designed to last and come with a limited lifetime warranty, minimizing the brand’s waste and environmental impact – so with every sale, we are one step closer to protecting our environment.”

    PCNA is launching the brand with a JanSport backpack style and more bags will be added by the end of the year and into 2022. By housing JanSport inventory at their warehouse, PCNA can accommodate large orders through both inventory and their best-in-class decorating capacity. Better yet, by inventorying products on-site, PCNA will be able to accommodate quick-turn orders through their SureShip® service so customer orders can ship out next-day if needed.

    JanSport is available through PCNA in the U.S. and can be found at PCNA.com.

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    About PCNA

    PCNA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Polyconcept, the world’s leading promotional products supplier. With headquarters near Pittsburgh, Pa., PCNA operates Trimark, Leed’s, Bullet, JournalBooks and ETS Express, offering customers the industry’s biggest and most diverse collection of products. To learn more, go to www.pcna.com.

    About JanSport®
    JanSport, a division of VF Outdoor, LLC., was founded in 1967 in Seattle, WA, by three pioneers in the outdoor industry. Though the brand began by manufacturing and marketing world-class outdoor backpacks, today the product offering includes backpacks, bags and accessories sold on www.jansport.com, department stores, and specialty and boutique retail locations throughout the world. All JanSport packs are backed by a lifetime warranty to guarantee they stand by customers through their life's adventures.

  • 10/01/2021 7:00 PM | Eliana Franklin (Administrator)

     

    Dale Denham, MAS+, constantly reminds himself that, in matters of both business and life, it’s all about perspective. No two people will ever see a situation in the exact same way, he says, and therefore, it’s all a matter of how you choose to, or are able to, receive it.

    In his 30 years of experience, Denham has learned the importance of not resting on his laurels but to stretch, grow and evolve as needed—even if it’s uncomfortable. Entering into this high-profile leadership role after key positions with major industry companies, most recently as senior vice president and chief information officer of Lewiston, Maine, distributor Geiger, Denham sees his new journey with PPAI as a way to continue to drive “meaningful change.”

    “Good leaders are constantly looking at the environment around us and where it is going to lead, and while you don’t have a clear roadmap, the more you are listening to experts, both in and out of the industry, the more prepared you are for the need to change, either when that time comes or before it,” he says. “So, the way I’m preparing right now is a lot of reading, listening and observing, and trying to understand where the market will go and what people need from us. This is the job of a leader. The problems and the challenges have changed, but the role of the president and CEO is to be constantly looking to where we need to go and to prepare the team to execute on that.”

    Denham wasn’t looking for a change when he was approached about the top leadership spot at PPAI. He was content in his position at Geiger, where he’d been for more than a decade. But in considering the role with PPAI, he realized that the rich experiences and skillset he had honed while working with one of the industry’s largest distributors had also prepared him for the role.

    “I’ve been in multiple businesses in the industry, and at each one I’ve been able to drive meaningful change,” he says, adding that Geiger, which focuses on giving back to its community and reinvesting in the business, shares cultural similarities to PPAI. “It’s been an established company since 1878; so much like PPAI, it has been around for a long time and is well-respected, also much like PPAI is. One of the benefits of working at Geiger is that I have been in the role and seen the day-to-day of what the majority of our members go through. Even as large as Geiger is, the company is made up of 400-plus salespeople and all the individuals and systems that support them.”

    Geiger is considered a large distributor, but Denham says that it deals with the same challenges as most other PPAI member companies, including vendor relations, sales and technology challenges. “Since I was responsible for vendor relations, my work at Geiger gave me real insight on what to look for when working with suppliers. It also gave me a whole new respect for the importance and value of each person’s role in the supply chain,” he says.

    Denham’s area of expertise is leveraging technology to solve business problems and he enjoys exploring the potential that innovative solutions can bring to the promo space. After graduating from University of South Florida, Denham became a partner and director of a consulting group, and later was general manager of a large semiconductor and electronic component distributor. He entered the promotional products industry in 1995 as president of Impact, a small Florida-based firm that provided numerous resources to the industry, before joining Advertising Specialty Institute in 2000, where he was senior vice president.

    Over the years, Denham has been an active volunteer for his regional association, many industry groups and PPAI. He was chair of PPAI’s Technology Committee from 2013-2015, served four years on the PPAI Board of Directors, and was board chair in 2018-2019—all experiences that, although he was unaware at the time, helped prepare him even more for his new, internal role with PPAI.

    “It’s a huge head start for me,” he says of his volunteerism with PPAI, “even though being on the board you don’t know as much about the day-to-day operations. I’ve had the opportunity to have relationships with most of the staff and look forward to developing those relationships further in the years ahead. Becoming a board member and seeing things from a board perspective, and then going back to becoming a PPAI member only, really helps too, to know how differently you view things when you’re on the inside of an organization versus on the outside. Having both perspectives is immensely useful.”

    But it wasn’t only industry-related scenarios that guided Denham on how to serve as an effective and thoughtful leader. As a lover of world travel, a few years ago, he visited the Ryan-ji Temple Rock Garden in Kyoto, Japan. The majestic garden belonging to the Zen temple features 15 boulders, which visitors observe as they take in their surroundings. However, no matter where a visitor stands in the garden, it’s only possible to see 14 of the 15 boulders at once, and tradition says that it’s only possible to see all 15 after reaching enlightenment. “Whoever made this garden, part of their thinking, they say, is for you to realize that no person is perfect because we all have limited perspective,” he says.

    From this, Denham gathers that no matter how much experience you may have, or where you are standing (both physically and mentally), there is always something left to learn, someone left to understand and another way to grow.

    “I would say that being on the board helped me see more ‘rocks,’ and being on the inside has helped me see even more. And by being able to see the rocks from different perspectives, I’ll be able to adjust and say, ‘from this perspective it looks this way and we can do this,’ and vice versa. Our suppliers and distributors face this same choice, because what looks good to one of our members may not look as good from the other perspective.”

    Outside of the industry, Denham keeps busy (and keeps his perspective) as the father of four—two sons, ages 18 and 17, and twin daughters, age 12. Married to his high school sweetheart, their clan also includes a five-year-old Goldendoodle.

    As someone who has commuted and traveled for his job more than 50 percent of the time since the mid-’90s, Denham relies on a tightknit network of family and friends to lend a hand if needed. “I had already figured out that work-life balance, giving my family what they need and getting enough family time, and being able to invest in them and them in me when I’m around.” But the coronavirus pandemic, and the slowdown it required, he says, allowed him and his family time to spend together that was truly cherished. “We have a great sort of tradition where, if we’re home, our dinners are a lot of fun, and out of all the things we’re going to miss, it’s having as many dinners as we had during the past year and a half.”

    Moving forward, Denham says his focus over the next six months will be on “listening and engaging with the PPAI team, the active volunteers and greater membership.” He says, “While I like moving quickly to add value, I’m not going to move too quickly overall because, again, I need perspective. So, internally it’s important to figure out what’s really going on and where I can contribute, while also understanding the team we have and need, and what our members need in the long-term. What we needed five years ago or even two years ago isn’t what we need today,” he says. “Beyond that, I think I’ll know more around day 90 or 100 about what we’ll be doing in the next year and beyond.”  

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    Danielle Renda is associate editor of PPB.

    FILED UNDER PROFILE | DALE DENHAM | PPAI'S NEW LEADERSHIP | PPAI WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO | GEIGER | OCTOBER 2021 | RYAN-JI TEMPLE ROCK GARDEN | PERSPECTIVE AND LEADERSHIP

  • 08/16/2021 4:15 PM | Eliana Franklin (Administrator)

    PCNA Expands ‘Home’ Collection With New Categories

    Supplier Capitalizes On Global Trends By Adding Candles, Plants And More

    Pittsburgh, PA – August 16, 2021 – PCNA has expanded its line of housewares with the addition of new categories, including candles, plants and more. This move strengthens the supplier’s position as an industry leader in identifying and adopting global trends.

    “We couldn’t be more excited to expand our collection of housewares,” says Liz Haesler, Chief Merchandising Officer for PCNA. “The home improvement movement isn’t new, but its popularity has grown wildly over the last 18 months, and we see a lot of potential for this to be a hit within the promotional products industry as well. People are spending more time at home, and lots of companies are letting employees continue to work remotely, so gifts that spruce up the home are in high demand,” Haesler continues. “Our product development experts pay close attention to trends, making sure we’re providing the most sought-after items. When you look at all our products for the home, you’ll see a curated assortment based on the research we’ve done. It’s not just about what’s new here – it’s about expanding on a category with which we’re already seeing great success. It’s always our goal at PCNA to offer the industry’s best product selection.”

    New brands like EKOBO, Good & Well Supply Co. and Sprigbox are already gaining popularity on PCNA.com, and the supplier will continue to add to its housewares collection with future product launches. “We’re never satisfied. We’re always looking for room to grow, and this is just the next step forward for PCNA,” added Haesler.

    In addition to candles, grow kits and eco-friendly kitchenware, PCNA offers wine and cheese sets, insulated drinkware, blankets and more. To see the entire assortment, go to PCNA.com.

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    About PCNA

    PCNA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Polyconcept, the world ’s leading promotional products supplier. With headquarters near Pittsburgh, Pa., PCNA operates Trimark, Leed ’s, Bullet, JournalBooks and ETS Express, offering customers the industry ’s biggest and most diverse collection of products. To learn more, go to www.pcna.com.


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