New Bill Threatens Independent Contractor Status Nationwide
Newly proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would effectively ban independent contractor classifications under federal labor law. H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, amends the National Labor Relations Act to establish a new definition of employees that expressly eliminates independent contractors in the U.S. The new legislation makes a broad presumption that all workers in the U.S. are employees unless each requirement of a newly established "ABC" test can be met.
FROM OUR 2020 PRESIDENT
CAAMP Members, I would like to say thank you as your 2020 President. This is an honor that is not going to be taken lightly. We have so many exciting new changes coming for 2020 and a Board that is ready to get to work making this year fantastic for all. Please reach out to me or anyone on the board as needed. Lets make 2020 CAAMP shows, CAAMPFires, and industry events the best yet!
CAAMP Announces the Election of Four New Members to its Board of Directors (2020-2022).
Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP) is pleased to announce the newly elected Board members (2020-2022).
They are Lisa Parker, MAS with American Ad Bag (Supplier Member), Bryan Shannon with Goldbond (Supplier Member), Stephanie Ward with Print Plus (Distributor Member) & Stephen McFadden with President | Perfect Promotions & more, Inc. (Distributor Member).
CAAMP’s President, Keisha Crain, stated, “Each of you will be a great asset to the board. I want to personally thank each of you for running and for agreeing to volunteer your time as a board member. As you all know, CAAMP is an awesome organization and with your help…it will continue to move in a positive direction.”
NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Lisa Parker, MAS as a former Account Executive in the Oil Industry, she got her start in the Promotional Products as a Program Manager and Vendor Relations Coordinator for an award-winning distributor, Goldner Associates. She has held the title of National Sales Manager for several years during her Industry tenure, now she currently severs as the Southeast Sales Manager for American Ad Bag.
Lisa has served on the PPAI Supplier committee, and currently serves on the PPAI Certification committee. She has also served at her local regional association PPAMS in many capacities, as President twice, Vice President, Secretary and Trade Show Chair. Inducted into the PPAMS Hall of Fame 2016. She currently serves as a Director on the SPPA board. She had attended PPAI Business Academy, LDW, NACL, Safety Summit, RAC and LEAD. Served as a panelist at WLC in which she has attended for 14 years and was also on the WLC planning committee. Lisa has been involved in local charities Habit for Humanity, and Jr. Achievement of Middle Tennessee.
Bryan Shannon is a Strategic Account Manager at Gold Bond, Inc. He works with customers throughout Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. Prior to working in the promotional products industry, Bryan worked for over 15 years in the insurance industry for a Fortune 250 company in both sales and national account management roles. Skilled in Sales, Management, Healthcare, Business Process Improvement, and Recruiting, Bryan takes pride in helping his customers solve complex problems with thoughtful strategic solutions. In his free time, Bryan enjoys talking about himself in the third person and studying electric guitar history. He spends his weekends leading tours at a vintage guitar museum located in Tennessee. Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in English Language and Literature, from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Stephanie Ward is native North Carolinian, small town girl, former teacher. In 1986, she moved to Greensboro, accepting a position in sales & marketing with an educational publisher. While with that company, she learned about the power of good marketing, of printed materials and promotional products. After a short time spent in sales with a regional printer, she was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, and founded Print Plus in 1999. The company was started with the belief that their clients should be treated in the way in which we would want to be treated…that they would treat their suppliers fairly…and they would be respectful of our competitors. Some 20+ years later, they are still going strong with some great memories and a fabulous team of people on board.
Stephen McFadden currently serves as President of a family-owned promotional products company with its origin in 2002. He helped grow the company annual sales from $650,000 to over $3,000,000. He currently manages personal annual sales of over $1,500,000. He manages sales initiatives for 4 sales representatives and overall staff-related operations for 19 total employees. As an executive, and part-owner, He assists in the ‘big picture’ growth decisions, participate in the hiring process and manage the overall company initiatives. In addition, He has taken on the responsibility to establish and manage our company brand.
To learn more about CAAMP Board or the nomination and election process, please contact Eliana@caampers.org
TWO NEW PLUG-INS FOR QUICKBOOKS TO BETTER SERVE AD SPECIALTY DISTRIBUTORS
Charlotte, August 20, 2019 – Harriet Gatter, owner of Accounting Support, LLC, announces the launching of OrderMaster Online a software development project to improve the accounting and order-management systems for Ad Specialty Distributors.
“The Ad Specialty business is an ideal small business for creative, people-oriented people”, says Harriet, “and our challenge is the complexity of the accounting and order management. My goal is to simplify and streamline these back-office functions.”
For 23 years, Harriet operated just such a business. She knows from experience the many details that are part of processing an order from beginning to end.
She launched her Accounting Support, LLC practice in 2013 with the mission to guide Ad Specialty Distributors through these back-office details. She is a former Accounting Professor, a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and recommends QuickBooks as the long-term and most affordable solution to the industry.
She explained further, “There are a variety of solutions offered to the industry, but in the long-run, I believe QuickBooks has the best chance to survive and thrive. And now, with these Plug-Ins, QuickBooks becomes specifically oriented to the Ad Specialty Distributor Business.”
These initial Plug-Ins are the result of Harriet’s acquiring the rights to a long-time industry service provider, OrderMaster, which was one of these other back-office solutions that did not keep pace with the changing technology around it.
Harriet acquired the rights, intending to rewrite the software in a more current language. This proved to be too expensive, and thus the idea was born to create these Plug-Ins which may be an even stronger solution. In addition to bringing the best of OrderMaster to QuickBooks it also brings the long-term security of QuickBooks to the Ad Specialty Distributors.
But, not just yet. The project is poised and ready to be developed, but first 50 Ad Specialty Distributors are needed.
The website is www.OrderMasterOnline.com, housing a Demonstration Video that describes the first two Plug-Ins:  A Commission calculator and dashboard and  An Order tracking dashboard
The Plug-ins will begin to be built as soon as 50 distributors sign-up and make an initial deposit of $200. The first 50 supporters will be the first to receive the software when available, be part of the beta-testing team, and receive a discounted price.
“Doing business today requires a reliance on our hardware and software. When either one goes down, our businesses stall. By adding these 2 Plug-ins, and more to come, to QuickBooks, I think QuickBooks can and will be the most affordable and long-term solution to the Ad Specialty Distributor business.”
Learn more about the Plug-Ins and the Pre-Sale Offer at www.OrderMasterOnline.com.
Accounting Support, LLC7804 Fairview Rd. Box 230
Contact: Harriet Gatter, 610-715-2852 (cell)
PPAI's SPARK Is More Than An Investment
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SPARK is designed to equip your young professionals with the tools needed to adapt to change, embrace strategic foresight and prepare for the future. Register your team for SPARK. It's worth the investment. You can view the full itinerary here.
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Beacon Promotions Announces New Sales Account Development Associate
New Ulm, MN, June 2019 – Beacon Promotions, Inc. has added a Sales Account Development Associate.
Sarah Braidic Fette started with Beacon in May. Sarah comes from the radio industry where she was both on-air and in radio sales. She was half of the Brad and Sarah Morning Show on Hot 96.7 and Z99 in Southern Minnesota. She is originally from the Twin Cities, but she has called the Mankato area her home since 2003. She will be an inside sales rep for the states of: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Sarah has a sister in law (with the same name) and a sister in the promotions industry. She says she is excited about switching industries and has found that sales and customers are basically the same no matter the industry - it comes down to effective communication and building relationships.
Sarah is married to her husband, Jeff, and she has an 18 year old stepson who is a medic in the Army National Guard. They live in a small township outside Mankato, called Rapidan, where Sarah enjoys vegetable gardening, vegetarian cooking, canning and hanging out with the neighborhood cat, which they have named Dr. Waffles. She is also a freelance makeup artist for IT Cosmetics.
JoAnn Sprenger, National Associate Account Executive, states “Sarah has great energy and creatively thinks "outside the box", making her an invaluable addition to the Beacon team."
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