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2015 News Articles

Premier Group Welcomes Five New Distributors in 2014-2015

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June 30, 2014. The Premier Promotional Group is pleased to announce that Progressive Promotions has joined the Group. 

Founded in 1987, Progressive Promotions is a leader in the promotional products industry, offering a full line of promotional products, premium programs, corporate apparel and awards to our clients such as American Express, Avis Budget Group, DuPont, Kraft Foods, Ogilvy, Baxter Healthcare  and United Airlines in the US and servicing over 60 countries globally.  Currently we have sales offices in the East Coast, South East, Mid West and London.

Progressive CEO Julie Levi commented on her new affiliation, “We are thrilled to join the Premier Promotional Group, leveraging our buying power with other leading distributors in the U.S. and working together with top suppliers in our industry in order to best serve our customers.”
 
Premier Promotional Group Chairman, Mark Stewart, commented, “It is a great for our Group to have outstanding companies like Progressive Promotions join us.  We look forward to working with the Julie and her Progressive Promotions team. Welcome aboard!”

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June 30, 2014. The Premier Promotional Group is pleased to announce that Progressive Promotions has joined the Group. 

Founded in 1987, Progressive Promotions is a leader in the promotional products industry, offering a full line of promotional products, premium programs, corporate apparel and awards to our clients such as American Express, Avis Budget Group, DuPont, Kraft Foods, Ogilvy, Baxter Healthcare  and United Airlines in the US and servicing over 60 countries globally.  Currently we have sales offices in the East Coast, South East, Mid West and London.

Progressive CEO Julie Levi commented on her new affiliation, “We are thrilled to join the Premier Promotional Group, leveraging our buying power with other leading distributors in the U.S. and working together with top suppliers in our industry in order to best serve our customers.”
 
Premier Promotional Group Chairman, Mark Stewart, commented, “It is a great for our Group to have outstanding companies like Progressive Promotions join us.  We look forward to working with the Julie and her Progressive Promotions team. Welcome aboard!”

logo boss

October 14, 2014
The Premier Promotional Group is pleased to announce a new Distributor member.  LogoBoss of Dublin, CA has been approved for membership in the Premier Group.  Tim Smith is the principal at LogoBoss. The company is based in Dublin, CA (Bay Area) and has been in the promotional products business for 18 years.  In addition to promotional products, LogoBoss provides screen-printing and other services to its customer base.

Tim Smith commented – ‘I wanted to connect and communicate with a diverse community of distributor professionals who are looking helping each other accelerate and build their careers and business. In many situations we feel stuck or road blocked with an issue or situation and having a collaborative group to connect with is extremely helpful and enlightening.’

The Premier Promotional Group looks forward to working with the LogoBoss team. 

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November 4, 2014
The Premier Promotional Group is pleased to announce a new member has joined the Group effective on October 1, 2014.  The new member is distributor, Innovative Achievements, of San Antonio, TX. The principal at Innovative Achievements is Melissa Chalfant.

In talking about her company, Melissa shared these remarks, “Innovative Achievements is an agency that has grown by creating unique ways to celebrate success.  At the helm, Melissa and her team melds innovative products with award winning design to create fresh new programs for their clients.  Last year, with just weeks to plan, they created, fulfilled and delivered an employee recognition project for USAA, complete with multiple fitness-themed items to over 26,000 employees worldwide. 

“We scour the market for new products and are constantly looking for out of the box ways to reach our client’s target.  Whether we’re celebrating employee success, or marketing a brand, our clients enjoy the fact that we stretch the creative limits.  We work very closely with the manufacturers to insure that our end products are both smart and aesthetically eye catching. We just don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.  Even though many of our clients have been with the company for over 30 years, they want us to take a fresh approach to their brand each and every year.” 

Upon joining Premier Promotional Group Melissa commented.  “We’re excited to join a group of other teams who have their own experiences and ideas to share. Premier provides us an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of this industry.  We want to know what product and decorating trends are coming down the line and we know this group will put us out in front. Our clients rely on us to scour for innovation; we know The Premier Group will help us achieve that.”

creative studio

January 12, 2015

The Premier Group Network is pleased to announce a new distributor has become a member of the Group. The new member is Creative Studio Promotions of Grand Rapids, MI. The two owners are Ann Vidro and Menda Wright.  Ann and Menda have been active in the business for many years and decided to partner a few years ago and launched Creative Studio Promotions. They have grown their business substantially and are committed to the industry, their market and continued growth. Menda commented “Ann and I are super excited about being part of the exclusive Premier Group!

Here’s a photo of our sales team jumping for joy!

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The Premier Promotional Group Presents PGU Orlando

Orlando, FL - January 4, 2015 – Thirty of the Premier Promotional Group’s
(PG’s) Distributor members attended one of the organization’s most popular
educational opportunities of the year: Premier Group University (PGU) South. An
exclusive, PG members-only event, PGU South is a series of 15-minute
presentations during which PG Suppliers discuss case histories, share innovative
ideas, and recommend successful selling strategies.

Premier Group has been able to secure ASI education points for those who attend the
PGU event. Each attendee will receive five education points, which count towards the ASI educational designations, BASI or MASI.

PGU South 2015 was held January 4th at the Orange County Convention Center in
conjunction with ASI Orlando. Thirteen PG preferred Suppliers participated in the event:

• Admints & Zagabor
• Beacon Promotions
• BIC Graphics
• Bodek and Rhodes
• Evans Manufacturing
• Fields Manufacturing
• Garyline
• Gemline
• Hit Promotional Products
• Howard Miller
• Prime Resources
• Towel Specialties
• Vantage Apparel
• Vitronic Promotional Group

We thank the participants at this meeting for their efforts and enthusiasm.

 


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Premier Group Welcomes Four New Suppliers in 2015

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January 1, 2015:  The Premier Group is pleased to announce that Beacon Promotions has become a Supplier member of the Group. Beacon Promotions has a wide variety of product offerings including table covers, badges, housewares, tools, calendars, auto accessories, writing instruments plus 30 branded product lines for gifts and incentives.  They are multiple winners of the Supplier Star Awards and rated at the top of ESP and SAGE service rankings. Beacon Promotions is headquartered in the New Ulm, MN.

Gary Haley, President of Beacon Promotions, commented on the new affiliation “The Premier Group is a uniquely structured group of suppliers and distributors working together for everyone’s mutual growth through a focused approach.  The distributor partners represent the very best the industry has to offer…it’s a privilege for Beacon to be a member of this group.”

Premier Promotional Group Chairman, Mark Stewart, commented, “It is a great for our Group to have outstanding companies like Beacon Promotions join us.  We look forward to welcoming the Beacon Promotions team to the Premier Group Network.

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January 1, 2015: The Premier Group is pleased to announce that Crown Products has become a Supplier member of the Group.   Crown Products supports many product categories including their exclusive items as well as bags, coolers, drinkware, personal care, techno, tools and writing. The company started in 1995 and operates a state of the art facility in Mobile, AL.  They are multiple winners of the Supplier Star Awards, Distributor Choice awards and are rated at the top of ESP and SAGE service rankings. They pride themselves on their ‘Whatever It Takes’ service philosophy.

Jay Paparone, Director Sales of Crown Products, commented on the new affiliation: “Being included in the Premier Group has been a goal of Crown Products for a long time.  Everyone here looks forward to showing off our ‘Whatever It Takes’ service to all of the successful Premier Group members”

Premier Promotional Group Chairman, Mark Stewart, commented, “It is a great for our Group to have 4 outstanding companies join us for 2015. We look forward to welcoming the Crown Products team to the Premier Group Network.

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January 1, 2015: The Premier Group is pleased to announce that Logomark has become a Supplier member of the Group.   

Brian Padian, Senior Vice President Sales, commented upon joining the Premier Group.  “We are excited to be a new member of Premier Group in 2015.  At Logomark we see an enormous opportunity by being accepted into one of the most visible buying groups in the industry.  While we enjoy offering over 4,500 skus to the Promotional Products Industry, our selection of products spanning over 18 product categories will become an essential part of the value proposition to the group. Our products and people make a big difference at Logomark and all of us welcome the opportunity to become an essential part of Premier Group members.”

In addition to the extensive product line and category representation Logomark is a founding member of Quality Certification Alliance (QCA). Logomark annually receives the highest ratings from ASI (5 Star) and SAGE (A+). 

Premier Promotional Group Chairman, Mark Stewart, commented, “It is a great for our Group to have outstanding companies like Logomark join.  We know our members will welcome the Logomark team to the Group. 

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January 1, 2015: The Premier Group is pleased to announce that Sweda has become a Supplier member of the Group. Founded in 1976, Sweda Company, LLC is a preeminent supplier of promotional products that provides innovative marketing solutions for the advertising specialties industry. Sweda is a founding member of Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) and an ASI 5-Star Supplier, offering complete services, competitive pricing and quality customer care to its distributor customers. Their product offering cover 18 categories including bags, drink-ware, gifts, home and office, outdoors, stationary, technology, time and writing instruments. Sweda is headquartered in the City of Industry, CA, with 3 offices in China.

Kellie Claudio, Vice President of Sales, of Sweda commented on the new affiliation “I am so excited to be accepted into the Premier Group Network of elite distributors.  We look forward to giving this team of distributors incredible advantages and the opportunity to Experience Sweda for 2015.”  

Premier Promotional Group Chairman, Mark Stewart, commented, “It is a great for our Group to have outstanding companies like Sweda join us.  We look forward to welcoming the Sweda team to the Premier Group Network.

 


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2014 News Articles

The Premier Promotional Group Elects New Board Members at 2014 Annual Meeting


Pittsburgh, PA – April 28, 2014

The Premier Promotional Group (PG) elected a new Chairman, Vice Chairperson, and three new members to its Board of Directors during the organization’s April 23 - 26 Annual Meeting at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, FL.

New Chairman and Vice Chairperson elected:

  • Mark Stewart (existing board member), DLX Industries, elected new PG Chairman
  • Adrienne Barker (filling out a vacated term as of 1/1/14), Barker Specialty Company, elected Vice Chairperson

Newly elected PG Board members include:

  • Judy Goo, D & J Specialties
  • Glen Hersh, Admints & Zagabor
  • Matt Bertram, Fields Manufacturing

The new board members will each serve a three year term.

Existing PG Board members include:

  • Mark Stewart, DLX Industries
  • Sam Sumrall, National Awards
  • Jeff Marks, Promotional Considerations
  • Paula Shulman, Prime Resources
  • Paul Smith, Calconix (Emeritus)

In addition to board member elections, the 2014 PG Annual Meeting included a lively panel discussion featuring Distributor and Supplier members, informative breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and the 2013 PG Awards Ceremony. Another highlight was the One to One meeting series, held April 25th and 26th. During this event, every PG Supplier member held focused business meetings with every PG Distributor member.

 


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Premier Group Welcomes Six New Distributors in 2014


The Premier Promotional Group is pleased to announce that the Waitz Corporation has joined the group. The Waitz Corporation is based in Allentown, PA and has been supplying promotional products and awards in that area since 1952. The principals in the business are Nicholas Len and Glenn Wampole. Both have been active in the business for 35 years. They are a full service promotional products and awards company who believe – ‘Service – its part of every sale’.

They issued the following statement – “Waitz Corporation has been part of the promotional products industry since 1952 and the most important thing we have learned from all of those years of experience is … there is always more to learn. We look forward to our partnership with the Premier Group as a mutually beneficial relationship and hope to forge many more bonds of friendship with both suppliers and fellow distributors.”

The Premier Promotional Group is an alliance of independent distributors and suppliers who as members are dedicated to improving business relationships and networking to develop better business practices and results. The Group has over 75 members and has been operating for 17 years.

The Premier Promotional Group is pleased to announce a new member to the Group. The new member is distributor, Callard Promotional Marketing. Callard Promotional Marketing is based in New Albany, OH and has been a leading promotional products distributor in Ohio and select other markets for 25 years. The Principal of Callard is Michelle Guetle. Michelle began her promotional products career with Callard in 1992. She became an equity partner in 2000 and became Principal in 2009. Callard Promotional Marketing has grown substantially in the last 5 years. Michelle commented on her membership in the Premier Promotional Group, “I am very excited to be a part of a strong and growing group of professionals and looking forward to the great experience of the Premier Group!”

The Premier Promotional Group is pleased to announce a new member to the Group. Arcon Solutions, Inc. has been approved as a member to the Group. Arcon’s President, Aaron Wheatcraft, opened the company in 2008 after 6 years in the promotional products, packaging and print businesses with another company. Aaron has been successful with his full service company by offering outstanding solutions to his clients across several key business categories. The Arcon team is based in Burnsville, MN. Aaron commented on his membership the Premier Promotional Group, “I’m very excited to be involved with a peer group of accomplished distributors and suppliers. The wealth of knowledge in this group is a great opportunity for my business and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone!”.

The Premier Promotional Group is pleased to announce a new member to the Group. The new member is distributor, Trend Brand Solutions of Tomball, TX, northwest of Houston. Dan Welborne, CEO, and Mike Krauser, SVP, are the key executives at Trend Brand Solutions. Their track record of success has been outstanding - first at Corporate Express in Houston and then again at Workflow One. They started Trend Brand Solutions 3 ½ years ago and have successfully grown this latest venture with an impressive list of clients.

In Dan’s previous roles he received recognition as a member of ASI’s Power 50. Mike is active with HPPA and serves on the Board. Dan commented on Trend’s membership in the Premier Promotional Group, “We would like to thank the Premier Group for the opportunity to join your organization. It is opportunities like this that makes our company more exciting and compelling. We know this was a choice for the membership and are truly appreciative of their invitation to join.”

The Premier Promotional Group is pleased to announce a new member to the Group. The new member is distributor, IC Group of Salt Lake City, UT. IC Group is a division of IC Security Printers. IC Group has offices throughout the Western United States. Darrell Marriott is the Director of Promotional Products Sales for the IC Group. Darrell had previously enjoyed membership in the Premier Promotional Group with his own distributorship, Purple Elephant Promotions. Darrell commented on joining the Premier Promotional Group "we appreciate the opportunity to join one of the pre-eminent partnering groups’ in the industry today. We look forward to learning and growing together and contributing where we can."

Darrell and Glenn Green from IC Group will be joining the Premier Promotional Group at their annual meeting – Still the One! – Tampa FL. Established in 1997 the Premier Promotional Group is an alliance of top suppliers and independent distributors who as members are dedicated to improving business relationships and networking to develop outstanding business practices and results. The Group has over 75 members. Interested Distributors and Suppliers can learn more about the Premier Promotional Group on www.premiergrouponline.net or by contacting Bill House; Executive Director, at bhouse@premiermember.com - 978 518 7620. The Premier Promotional Group is pleased to announce a new member to the Group. The new member is distributor The Sunshine Group from Maitland, FL. The Sunshine Group has been in the promotional products business since 1968. The principal is Damien Wiesenfeld.

Damien commented on joining the Premier Promotional Group: "I have asked around and only heard good things about PPG. I am looking forward to meeting some industry peers and learning from them and their successes. Having a solid group of suppliers supporting PPG was also a good draw." Damien will be joining the Premier Promotional Group at their annual meeting – Still the One! - in Tampa FL, April 24- 26.

Established in 1997 the Premier Promotional Group is an alliance of top suppliers and independent distributors who as members are dedicated to improving business relationships and networking to develop outstanding business practices and results. The Group has over 75 members. Interested Distributors and Suppliers can learn more about the Premier Promotional Group on www.premiergrouponline.net or by contacting Bill House; Executive Director, at bhouse@premiermember.com - 978 518 7620.


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At its recent Annual Meeting ‘Still the One!’


At its recent Annual Meeting ‘Still the One!’ The Premier Promotional Group announced the following updates to its Board of Directors. Mark Stewart, President of DLX Industries, Inc., has been named Chairman of the Group. Mark has been in the industry for 28 years and has operated as President of DLX Industries for 14 years. During his tenure at DLX, Mark has been an active participant in SAAGNY including roles as President and on numerous committees. Mark assumes the role with a focus on the future and dedication to maintaining and improving the value provided to all of its members.

Mark succeeds Dan Weisberg. Dan has led the Group as Chairman for the past 12 years and has been instrumental in the many positive changes for the Group in his leadership role. Dan will become Immediate Past Chair of the board. The Group expressed its gratitude to Dan for his exemplary role in serving the Group and for his commitment to the Group.

Dan operates Branded Solutions, a leading distributor, in Pittsburgh, PA. Adrienne Barker of Barker Specialty Company has been elected as the Vice Chairman of the Board. Adrienne is Corporate Vice President at Barker Specialty. Barker Specialty has been a member of the Group since its inception. Adrienne has been a Board member previously to her current term and is involved with many charity and business boards. Barker Specialty Company has offices in Cheshire, CT, Orlando and Celebration, FL. In addition the Group elected the following new members to its Board of Directors:

• Glen Hersh – Admints & Zagabor, Bellmawr, NJ
• Matt Bertram – Fields Manufacturing, St. Cloud, MN
• Judy Goo – D&J Specialty, Honolulu, HI

Established in 1997 the Premier Promotional Group is an alliance of top suppliers and independent distributors who as members are dedicated to improving relationships and networking to develop outstanding business practices and results. The Premier Group has over 75 members. The Group recently added 6 new Distributor members and 4 new Supplier members. Interested Distributors and Suppliers can learn more about the Premier Promotional Group at www.premiergrouponline.net or by contacting Bill House; Executive Director, at 978 518-7620 or bhouse@premiermember.com.


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2013 News Articles

 

The Premier Promotional Group Elects New Board Members at 2013 Annual Meeting


Premier Promotional Group Adds New Members The Premier Promotional Group is pleased to announce the addition of 4 new supplier members. The new members are SanMar, Cutter & Buck, Norwood/Bic and World Wide Line.

‘This helps us round out our supplier network and gives us full representation in the industry. – Dan Weisberg, Premier Group Chairman.

"We're excited to join the Premier Group and look forward to ongoing collaboration with other member companies," said Tim Mason, Strategic Account Manager at SanMar.

"This is a great opportunity to work with both distributors and suppliers to advance the promotional products industry, while sharing best practices and helping to create successful business relationships."

“Norwood & BIC Graphic is very excited to be considered a Premier Supplier. We look forward to working more closely with the Premier Group’s distributor members and developing a strategic long term partnership” - Rob Babb VP of Sales BIC Graphic.

The Premier Promotional Group has been operating since 1997 as a non-profit member run group of over 80 companies. Both distributor and supplier companies are full voting and participating members. This model leads to outstanding networking and partnership with emphasis on best business practices for all parties. Visit us at www.premiergrouponline.net or call Bill House at 978 518 7620 for information.


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The Premier Promotional Group Elects New Board Members at 2013 Annual Meeting


Pittsburgh, PA, April 30, 2013 – The Premier Promotional Group (PG) elected three new members to its Board of Directors during the organization’s April 24-27 Annual Meeting at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. Newly-elected PG Board members in, Prime Resources

  • • Mark Stewart, DLX Industries

Sumrall replaces outgoing PG Distributor Board Member Adrienne Barker of Barker Specialty Company. Shulman and Stewart replace outgoing PG Supplier Board Members Ross Dohrmann, Gemline and Les Dorfman, Visions/Awardcraft. The new board members will each serve a three-year term. Existing PG Board members include:

  • • Chairman Dan Weisberg, Branded Solutions
  • • Ken Laffer, Motivators Inc.
  • • Mojdeh Stone, Another Dancing Bear Productions
  • • Jeff Marks, Promotional Considerations
  • • Dan Jellinek, Magnet LLC
  • • Sandy Klein, Evans Manufacturing
  • • Paul Smith, Calconix (Emeritus)

 

In addition to board member elections, the 2013 PG Annual Meeting included informative breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and the 2012 PG Awards Ceremony. Another highlight was the popular Eye to Eye Lite meeting series, which was held April 26-27. During this event, every PG Supplier member held focused business meetings with every PG Distributor member and their top sales representatives

 


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The Premier Promotional Group Recognizes Members for Outstanding Achievements


Pittsburgh, PA, April 30, 2013 – The Premier Promotional Group (PG) announced the winners of the 2012 PG Awards during an April 27 ceremony. The awards ceremony served as the finale to the organization’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

Winners of the 2012 PG Awards are:


Largest Single Dollar Order (individual)
Rich Bracken, Inkwell Global Marketing
Tom Stansfield, Holden
Lisa Pildner, Keene Promotions

Largest Single Dollar Order (company)
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2 x 20 Award
Barker Specialty Company
New England Promotional Marketing
Cannon Advertising Specialties

Largest Total Purchases from Member Suppliers

Inkwell Global Marketing
Bright Ideas in Broad Ripple
Bacon & Company

Most Total Sales with Member Distributors – Non-Apparel
Leed’s
American Ad Bag
Ball Pro

Largest Percent Sales Increase
Adcentives West
Action Plus Ideas
Bacon & Company
Largest Percent of Sales Increase
Paramount Apparel International
American Ad Bag
Towel Specialties

Largest Number of Suppliers Purchased From
Matthew Kenney, Inkwell Global Marketing
Kathy Gilchrist, Action Plus Ideas
John Citraro, Cannon Advertising Specialties

Most Orders Placed with Member Suppliers
Heather Reinhard, Barker Specialty Company
Bobby Baughan, Promotional Considerations
Suzanne Metz, Able Recognition Ltd.

Most Total Dollar Volume Purchased from Member Suppliers
Heather Reinhard, Barker Specialty Company
Bobby Baughan, Promotional Considerations
Matt Reynolds, Keene Promotions

Paul Smith Award for Best Overall Performance
Gemline
American Ad Bag
Admints & Zagabor

Premier Group Award for Customer Service
Kelly Stachler, Visions/Awardcraft
Naomi Olea, PerfectLine
Christine Tworzydlo, Admints & Zagabor

Best 2013 Catalog Cover
Cannon Advertising Specialties

Douglass Bruce Award for Highest Percentage of PG Sales to Total Sales
Adcentives West, Inc.
Renaissance Promotions
K Double K Enterprises

Premier Group Leadership Award
Adrienne Barker, Barker Specialty Company
Les Dorfman, Visions/Awardcraft

Premier Group Partnership Award
J. Charles Crystalworks and Another Dancing Bear Productions

Premier Group Volunteer Award
Kathy Merriman, Branded Solutions

Chairman’s Exemplary Service Award
Marc Held, Bodek and Rhodes
Ross Dohrmann, Gemline

 


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The Premier Promotional Group Elects New Board Members at 2013 Annual Meeting


Pittsburgh, PA, April 19, 2013 – Two promotional product companies recently joined The Premier Promotional Group (PG). Logo X was selected as the organization’s newest Distributor member and Hit Promotional Products has been added to the Supplier member base.

A successful distributor company in the U.K. for many years, Logo X recently has established a U.S. presence in San Diego, California. By working closely with its clients, this forward-thinking company works hard to ensure that all of its customers have as smooth a buying experience as possible.

Headquartered in Largo, Florida, Hit Promotional Products has been in the promotional products business for more than 50 years. Ranked among the top 50 suppliers in the nation, the company is committed to offering its customers great service, competitive pricing, and a wide range of product.

Logo X and Hit Promotional Products became PG members just days before the organization is preparing to host its 2013 Annual Meeting April 24-27 in Phoenix, Arizona.

“PG has a lot of great things on the horizon, including unveiling a new organizational strategy at our upcoming Annual Meeting,” said PG Chairman Dan Weisberg. “We are so pleased to have Logo X and Hit Promotional Products on board during such an exciting time for our group.”



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The Premier Promotional Group Presents Educational Event to a Full House of Distributors in Orlando


PG Supplier Members Share Creative Concepts and Proven Selling Strategies At 2013 Premier Group University South

Pittsburgh, PA, January 7, 2013 – Over 40 of the Premier Promotional Group’s (PG’s) Distributor members attended one of the organization’s most popular educational opportunities of the year: Premier Group University (PGU) South. An exclusive, PG members-only event, PGU South is a series of 15-minute presentations in which PG Suppliers discuss case histories, share innovative ideas, and recommend successful selling strategies.

“I always make sure that I participate in PGU South,” said PG Distributor member Adrienne Barker, Barker Specialty Company. “The level of expertise presented at this event is exceptional. It is a perfect forum to get first-hand knowledge from PG Suppliers.”

PGU South 2013 was held January 5 at the Orange County Convention Center in conjunction with ASI Orlando. The following PG preferred Suppliers participated in the event:

  • • Bodek and Rhodes
  • • Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant
  • • DIGISPEC/Visstun/Counterpoint
  • • Evans Manufacturing
  • • Fields Manufacturing
  • • Garyline
  • • HumphreyLine
  • • Points of Light
  • • Prime Resources
  • • Showdown Displays
  • • Towel Specialties

“The success of PGU South 2013 and all of our educational events can be directly attributed to the unique partnering structure of our organization,” said PG Chairman Dan Weisberg. “Because PG members place such a strong emphasis on networking and relationship-building, they have a great understanding of how to help grow each other’s businesses.”


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2012 News Articles

 

Three Well-Known Supplier Companies Join The Premier Promotional Group


New Members and Benefits Position the Organization for Future Growth Pittsburgh, PA, August 8, 2012 – Three promotional product suppliers recently joined the ranks of The Premier Promotional Group (PG). Garyline, HumphreyLine, and Perfect Line became members of the organization on August 6, which brings the total number of PG Supplier members to 44.

“We are extremely pleased that Garyline, HumphreyLine, and Perfect Line are now part of the PG family,” said PG Chairman Dan Weisberg. “These highlyregarded companies will further enhance our group’s already vibrant supplier base.”

Headquartered in Bronx, New York, Garyline has been in operation for over 48 years. The company offers a huge assortment of products, many of which are made in the USA or eco-friendly.

HumphreyLine, located in Milwaukie, Oregon, is family-owned and operated and has been in business for the past 55 years. HumphreyLine's products are all manufactured in the United States.

A division of The Magnet Group, Perfect Line is headquartered in Camarillo, California. The company, which has been in existence for the past 30 years, features a wide array of quality promotional products.

“This is a very exciting time for The Premier Promotional Group,” stated Weisberg. “Not only are we celebrating our landmark 15th anniversary this year, we also have added three outstanding suppliers and developed robust new programs that will keep this group going strong for many more years to come.” Two of PG’s newest benefits, the incentive-based Frequent Buyer Program and the Eye to Eye meeting format, were launched earlier this year. According to Weisberg, the alliance also is slated to introduce its state-of-the-art E-Commerce and CRM Platform in a few months.

“All of PG’s programs are designed with one singular purpose in mind,” said Weisberg. “Whether it is offering incentives, creating networking opportunities, or providing technology solutions, everything we do is aimed at contributing to the future success of our members.”

 


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The Premier Group Elects Three New Board Members at its Annual Meeting


The Premier Promotional Group announced May 9, 2012, that the group elected three new Distributor members to its Board of Directors during the organization's May 2-5 Annual Meeting at the Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Newly-elected PG Board members include:
• Stephen Holden, Holden Custom Products (elected to a three-year term)
• Ken Laffer, Motivators Inc. (elected to a three-year term)
• Mojdeh Stone, Another Dancing Bear Productions (elected to a two-year term)

Holden, Laffer, and Stone replace outgoing PG Board Members Sam Sumrall, National Awards and Doug Ohlson, Adcentives West, Inc. and fill a vacancy left by former PG Distributor member Klaus Grimm, Blue Moon Promotions.

Existing PG Board members include:
• Chairman Dan Weisberg, Branded Solutions
• Adrienne Barker, Barker Specialty Company
• Les Dorfman, Visions Awardcraft
• Steve Hettrich, Gemline
• Dan Jellinek, Magnet LLC
• Sandy Klein, Evans Manufacturing
• Paul Smith, Calconix (Emeritus)

The Premier Group's 2012 Annual Meeting also featured the inaugural Eye to Eye meeting series. Held May 4-5, this two-day event gave every PG Supplier member the opportunity to meet face-to-face with every PG Distributor member and their top sales representatives.

PG's Annual Meeting concluded with the group's traditional Awards Ceremony on May 5. During the event, PG members were recognized for various achievements including outstanding sales performance and high-quality service. January 1, 2011 that another exceptional company has joined the group. Akran Marketing, headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, has been selected as the group's newest Distributor member. Established in 1998, Akran Marketing provides a full range of services, including promotional product stocking, storing fulfillment and distribution; setting up corporate sponsorships; custom-designing corporate themes; and identity, brand, and campaign development.

 


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Moderne Glass is PG's Newest Supplier Member


The Premier Group announced January 23, 2012, that Moderne Glass has been selected as a Supplier member for the organization. Headquartered in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Moderne Glass is one of the largest custom decorators of ceramics and other drinking vessels. In operation since 1968, the company has a state of the art computerized art department skilled at providing creative client solutions.

 


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Edwards Garment Joins the PG Family


During its January 5, 2012, breakfast meeting in Las Vegas, the Premier Group announced that Edwards Garment has become a new Supplier member for the organization. Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Edwards Garment has been a reliable source of uniform apparel for over 140 years. The company offers styles for both men and women in a variety of sizes ranging from SX to 6XL, as well as tall sizes.

 


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Akran Marketing Named PG Distributor


The Premier Group announced January 1, 2011 that another exceptional company has joined the group. Akran Marketing, headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, has been selected as the group's newest Distributor member. Established in 1998, Akran Marketing provides a full range of services, including promotional product stocking, storing fulfillment and distribution; setting up corporate sponsorships; custom-designing corporate themes; and identity, brand, and campaign development.

 


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2011 News Articles

 

ETS Express Is PG's Newest Member

 

The Premier Group announced November 23, 2011 that ETS Express, located in Oxnard, California, has become the organization's newest Supplier member. Established in 1986, ETS Express offers a broad range of drinkware products. The company has been recognized by Corporate Logo as the "Best Drinkware Supplier" three years in a row, received a Supplier Excellence Award from Promotional Marketing in 2008, and was presented with a Supplier Star Award from PPAI in 2009.

 


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Leed's Becomes a Premier Group Supplier

 

The Premier Group announced July 22, 2011 that Leed's was approved as the organization's newest Supplier member. Founded in 1986, Leed's has grown to become the second largest supplier in the promotional products industry. The company is headquartered in New Kensington, Pennsylvania.

 


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Premier Promotional Group Members Receive Awards at Organization's 2011 Annual Meeting


The Premier Group held an Awards Ceremony May 6 during the organization's Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. At the event, PG members were recognized for various achievements in 2010, including outstanding sales performance and high-quality service.

The award results were determined using the following sources:
• Sales numbers reported by PG Supplier members, and
• Sales numbers reported by PG Distributor members.

PG member award winners are as follows:

Distributor Members:
Holden Custom Products (Dallas, TX)
Barker Specialty Company (Cheshire, CT)
DBG Promotions (Winter Park, FL)
Bright Ideas, LLC (Troy, VA)
The Calvert Company (Orange, CA)
ELK Promotions (Worthington, OH)
Lasting Image (Sinking Spring, PA)
Mediaworks Advertising Specialties (Albuquerque, NM)
Motivators Inc. (Westbury, NY)
New England Promotional Marketing (Wilbraham, MA)
W. S. Emerson (Brewer, ME)

Total Awards:
7
6
4
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

 

Supplier Members:
American Ad Bag (Woodstock, IL)
Awardcraft/Vision Awards (Celina, OH)
BCH Unique (Jackman, ME)
Bodek and Rhodes (Philadelphia, PA)
Bullet (Miami, FL)
Calconix, Inc. (Ardmore, PA)
Magnet LLC (Washington, MO)
Norco (Garwood, NJ)
Towel Specialties (Baltimore, MD)

Total Awards:
3
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
3

 


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Freestyle Marketing is the Premier Group's Newest Distributor Member


The Premier Group announced April 5, 2011, that another company has joined the rapidly growing list of members. Freestyle Marketing, headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, has been selected as the group's newest Distributor member. For the past ten years, Freestyle Marketing has created and customized promotional items, always pacing a strong emphasis on the highest standards of quality control.
 

 


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Showdown Displays is Premier Group's Latest Supplier


The Premier Group announced April 1, 2011, that a new company has joined the membership. Showdown Displays, Inc., headquartered in Ramsey, Minnesota, will serve as the group's newest Supplier member. For over a decade, Showdown Displays has been providing a wide assortment of visual communication products including retractable banner, pop-up, and tabletop displays.

 


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The Premier Group Welcomes Alexander Manufacturing As Our Newest Supplier Member


The Premier Group announced March 29, 2011, that Alexander Manufacturing has been named the group's newest Supplier member. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Alexander Manufacturing has been providing quality products and services to the promotional products industry since 1943. The company has a wide range of functional personal tools available including pocket screwdrivers, magnetic pickup tools, cutters, tire gauges, levels, and tape measures.

 


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California Governor Puts the Freeze on Promotional Products


In his February 18 State of the State address, California Governor Jerry Brown announced that he is ordering state agencies to stop purchasing promotional products and other give-away marketing items. According to Brown, the state spent approximately $7.5 million on such items from 2007 to 2010.

"Not a cent of taxpayer money should be spent on flashlights, ashtrays, or other unnecessary items, most of which likely will end up in landfills," Brown stated. "Every taxpayer dollar we save by cutting waste is a dollar that can be used to pay for critical public safety and social services."

In addition to putting the kibosh on promotional products, the governor also has proposed $12.5 billion in spending cuts in an effort to take a bite out of the state's staggering $25 billion deficit

 


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Premier Group Members Take Home Top Honors From PPAI and ASI


January proved to be a winning month for the Premier Group. Several members received awards during PPAI Expo in Las
Vegas and the ASI Show in Orlando.

PPAI Award Winners
The following Premier Group Supplier and Distributor members were recognized for their outstanding performance by PPAI.

Pyramid Awards
• Lasting Image (Silver)
• One 2 One Marketing (Silver)

Supplier Achievement Awards
• DIGISPEC (Gold, Special Process Not Otherwise Categorized)
• Gill Studios (Gold, Best Catalog)
• Prime Resources (Gold, Offset Process; Gold, Screen Printing on Textiles)
• Punch Products/VisionUSA (Gold, Screen Printing)
• Vantage Apparel (Gold, Embroidery)
• Visions Awards (Gold, Most Creative Promotional Product Development - Distributor/Supplier Partnership)

Supplier Star Awards
• Amints & Zagabor (Star, $2.5 - $5M)
• Bullet (Merit, $50M+)
• Chocolate Inn (Merit, $5 - $10M)
• Maple Ridge Farms (Star, $10 - $15M)

ASI's Counselor Distributor Choice Award Winners
The following Premier Group Supplier members took home top honors from ASI this year for their respective categories.
• Bullet (Flashlights)
• DIGISPEC (Mousepads)
• Galaxy Balloons (Inflatables)
• Gill Studios (Decals, Labels and Bumper Stickers/Signs and Displays)
• The Magnet Group (Magnets)
• Maple Ridge Farms (Food & Beverages)
• Peerless Umbrella Co. (Umbrellas)
• Sanford (Markers and Highlighters)
• Vantage Apparel (Decorated Apparel)
Congratulations to all of the winners!

 


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Able Recognition becomes the Premier Group's First Canadian Distributor Member


The Premier Group announced January 7 that Able Recognition Ltd. has joined the group as the first-ever Canadian
distributor. Located in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Able recognition has been serving the needs of companies, non-profit
groups, universities, municipalities, and others since 1975.
 


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2010 News Articles


Donna Edenhart Named Executive Director of the Premier Promotional Group


Pittsburgh, PA (November 10, 2010) - The Premier Promotional Group (Premier Group) announced that Donna Edenhart has taken over the position as the organization's executive director. In addition to overseeing all communications activities, Edenhart will focus on furthering the mission of the Premier Group by improving upon existing member services, developing innovative new programs, and explaining the benefits of the group to prospective members and the consuming public.

"I'm very pleased to have Donna on board," said Premier Group Chairman Dan Weisberg. "Her association background and communications expertise will be tremendous assets as we look to further strengthen the Premier Group's alliance and augment our member base."

Before joining the Premier Group, Edenhart served as a consultant to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA). Prior to that, she was the director of public affairs for CHPA in Washington, D.C., where she spearheaded the association's media relations efforts and participated in the development of consumer education programming. From 1990 to 1998, Edenhart held a number of different positions at the American Automobile Association, last serving as communications assistant.

Edenhart began her new role at the Premier Group November 1. She received her B.A. in English from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and is a native of Pittsburgh.
 


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