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  • April 24, 2019 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mason, OH – April 24, 2019 – IMAGEN Brands Welcomes Lisa Brooks as Vice President of Marketing

    IMAGEN Brands is proud to announce and welcome Lisa Brooks as Vice President of Marketing. Lisa comes to IMAGEN Brands from outside the Promotional Products industry, holding leadership roles in Consumer Packaged and Durable Goods organizations representing home fragrance, stationary, art and crafts, baby gear and adult beverage categories. “I am excited to lead imaginative thought and drive disruption for IMAGEN Brands, strengthening trade relationships while delivering profitable growth,” says Brooks. “I am eager to immerse and understand the Promotional Products business, forge solid partnerships and collaborate to elevate awareness and success for the industry as a whole.”

    Lisa will oversee the Marketing and Category Management teams for both Crown and Vitronic brands based out of the IMAGEN Brands headquarters in Mason, OH.

    Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge in Marketing and Product Development along with new ideas to our IMAGEN Brands Marketing teams,” says Paul Lage, President of IMAGEN Brands. “We are confident that her leadership will bring a new level of success for our company.”


  • April 15, 2019 1:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ORBUS NAMED ONE OF FIVE BEST PLACES TO WORK IN THE MEETINGS INDUSTRY FOR 2019

    Woodridge, IL – April 15, 2019: Orbus Exhibit & Display Group®, one of North America’s leading wholesale suppliers and manufacturers of display, exhibit, graphic and event solutions is excited to share that it has been named one of “The 5 Best Places to Work in the Meetings Industry for 2019” by Meetings & Conventions Magazine (M&C). The M&C Best Places to Work list, now in its eighth year, selects companies in the meetings and events industry based on their online ratings from well-known and respected sources, inclusion in local publications and suggestions from meeting industry representatives. Orbus was honored with its’ inclusion based on the impressive company culture, competitive benefits and devotion to giving back via the social committee fundraising efforts. A complete list of Orbus’ historical and current Awards & Accolades can be found here.

    About Orbus

    Orbus Exhibit & Display Group is a market-leading, privately owned group of companies that specialize in the manufacture and trade only supply of portable modular and custom modular exhibit and display products, graphics and solutions. Companies and brands within the group include The Exhibitors’ Handbook®, The Promo Handbook™, Nimlok®, and SignPro Systems®.

    Orbus is a proud member of the ISA, SGIA, ASI, PPAI, UPIC, and SAGE; the company boasts G7 Master IDEAlliance certification and is registered to ISO 9001:2015 for the highest manufacturing quality standards and ISO 14001:2015 for its environmental management system and “green” efforts.

    Orbus’ supply and manufacturing facilities reside in Woodridge, IL and Las Vegas, NV. For more information, visit www.orbus.com.


  • April 05, 2019 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HUB Pen Company Hires Customer Service Rep Gashia Hollingsworth

    Braintree, Massachusetts, April 2019 HUB Promotional Group’s HUB Pen Company is pleased to announce the addition of Gashia Hollingsworth to their award winning customer service team.  She will be working with customers in California and Nevada as well as supporting others in her team.

    Gashia came to HUB in November 2018 with over 12 years of experience of customer account management.  “You have to be on point when handling people’s accounts,” Gashia says. “It’s a matter of knowing what needs to happen and communicating with the right people.”  She truly loves people and enjoys working with her team to get her customers’ orders out. 

    Hub Pen Customer Service Manager Chris Ford is happy to have her on board. “Gashia truly is a people person and has a passion for service excellence.  We are very excited to have her as part of the HUB Pen family.”

    About HUB Pen: Boston has been described as the “Hub of the Universe” and in the HUB Pen story the same holds true. From Frank and Rita Fleming’s humble beginnings in Boston in 1954 to the 100 million pen annual operations of today, HUB Pen has grown to serve an ever -increasing national and international market. Our customers have rated us “A+” on the SAGE rating system and 5 out of 5 stars on ESP, and we have been voted ASI’s Distributor Choice for pens 4 years running. For more information on HUB Pen, visit our website at www.hubpen.com or call customer service at 800-388-2323.

    About HUB Promotional Group: HUB Promotional Group, The Better Impressions People, is home to Hub Pen Company, Beacon Promotions, BEST Promotions USA, Cooler Graphics, Debco, BCG Creations, Origaudio and HandStands.  We provide the BEST in promotional products all with award winning quality and customer service.

    Please visit hubpromotionalgroup.com for more information.

    Media Contact: Pam Baker, Marketing Copywriter, 781-535-5511, pambaker@hubpen.com


  • April 03, 2019 9:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    American Solutions for Business Donates to Local Humane Society

    GLENWOOD, MN – April 2, 2019 – American Solutions for Business recently donated three desktop computers and six monitors to help create another work station for an additional office and provide backup equipment for future growth or technical issues.   

    "This helps us out tremendously," explained Lauren Wensmann, LAHS Shelter Manager. "We can put that financial aspect into other uses for the shelter and the animals."

    The shelter employs 10 people and has several shelter volunteers who donate their time ranging from once a week to daily. Lauren explained that volunteers are always welcome and that the shelter hosts an orientation every second Monday of each month at 5:30 to review the history of the shelter, their mission and how volunteers can help.

    “We’re proud to be so connected to our community,” said Justin Zavadil, President of ASB. “Small gestures can go a long way, and the humane society does incredible work to help animals in need.”  

    "Everyone from the Lakes Area Humane Society would like to give ASB a huge thank you for thinking of us and being so generous. It is greatly appreciated and helps us be able to keep helping the community around us," said Lauren. 

    To learn more about the Lakes Area Humane Society and how you can help donate or volunteer, visit www.lakesareahumanesociety.org

    About American Solutions for Business
    American was founded in 1981 in Glenwood, Minnesota, and has evolved into a leading distributor, providing our customers with print, promotional products, marketing collateral, fulfillment and more. Despite our growth in technology, resources and sales, we maintain our grassroots attitude by operating as the only large employee-owned distributorship in the industry. This results in a team of personally-invested employees that care for our customers’ branding, spend and creative reach to help achieve their goals.

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  • April 02, 2019 12:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ariel Premium Announces the Opening of its West Coast Facility

    St. Louis, MO – April 2, 2019 – Ariel Premium is proud to announce the opening of its new West Coast production and service facility. Designed to better serve distributors in the western half of the United States, the new facility offers a faster and more cost-effective FOB San Diego shipping point.

    Best of all, the facility maintains millions of pieces of inventory on some of our most popular items, offers our top imprinting processes and includes a complete Customer Care team.

    “This is a great opportunity for Ariel to better serve our distributors out west with faster service and delivery, all with the same quality and service they know us for,” says Yuhling Lu, president of Ariel. “Distributors on the east coast can also take advantage of this facility when they have to deliver to the west,” she adds.

    About Ariel

    Ariel Premium Supply is a leading Top 40 Supplier to the promotional products industry. Established in 1993, Ariel offers a collection of technology, home, health, drinkware, auto and travel products to the corporate marketplace, serving both the U.S. and Canada. Ariel is a Minority Business Enterprise and is an active participant of the PromoStandards Alliance. Additional information may be found at www.ArielPremium.com.

    Ariel Premium Supply

    8825 Page Road St. Louis, Missouri 63114


  • March 14, 2019 11:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Camarillo, CA (March 14, 2019)The Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) is pleased to announce Jennifer Bingham will serve as SAAC’s Executive Director.

    Bingham is an industry professional with a strong background in marketing and program development. During her tenure at SAGE, Bingham worked closely with industry professionals and regional associations to develop and optimize programs and events including large scale tradeshows.

    Bingham will work with the SAAC Board and volunteers to bring meaningful programs and events to SAAC members while focusing forward strategically on association growth and relevance.

    Under the stewardship of the SAAC Board of Directors, Bingham will work to support the mission of the association while being supported by additional PPAI staff and resources, as outlined in the recently announced management agreement between PPAI and SAAC.

    “I’m thrilled to serve as SAAC’s Executive Director and look forward to exploring innovative ways to engage and support industry professionals in the region,” says Bingham.  “I’m looking forward to working with the Board to discover new ways the association can evolve in support of our ever-changing market while preserving the sense of family and tradition that makes SAAC unique.”

    Bingham was introduced to members at the SAAC Installation Dinner on March 7 in Pasadena and is looking forward to meeting the rest of the membership in the coming months.

    SAAC Board President Rhett Todd said, “We are delighted to have Jennifer serving as our Executive Director. She brings a fresh perspective and a great deal of industry knowledge and contacts that I am certain will serve SAAC and its members well. Please join me in welcoming Jennifer to the SAAC family.”

    About SAAC

    The Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) is composed largely of promotional products professionals located in the Southern California region. For over 30 years, SAAC has supported the promotional products industry through programs and services designed to enhance the professional lives of our members. The membership includes suppliers, distributors, multi-line representatives and business service companies. The Specialty Advertising Association of California is a 501 (c)(6) non-profit organization.

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    Contact Jennifer Bingham  | e. Jenniferb@saac.net | p.972.258.3080

  • February 21, 2019 7:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Camarillo, CA (February 21, 2019) – Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) has selected Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; ppai.org), the world’s largest not-for-profit trade association serving more than 15,700 corporate members of the $23.3 billion promotional products industry, to provide the Association with management services.

    SAAC Board President Rhett Todd said, “We are incredibly excited to partner with PPAI as our chosen association management company (AMC). The level of support PPAI will provide is much more robust than that of a standard AMC. They are on the forefront of legislative and regulatory matters, and we believe working together in California will not only be beneficial for SAAC members but will ultimately help pioneer initiatives that will positively affect the industry at large.”

    SAAC will continue to work under the stewardship of its Board of Directors and will maintain autonomy and a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit status as a professional trade association. A dedicated PPAI representative will serve as SAAC’s executive director and will be supported by additional staff resources.

    “PPAI is committed to investing resources and time to serve the promotional product industry at every level, specifically the regional community,” said Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI president and CEO. “We continue to explore ways to support the unique culture of each regional association and their members. The opportunity to serve SAAC as an association manager and a partner, in many ways, is no doubt unprecedented in our industry. I believe it is an exciting time to bring more opportunities to both SAAC and PPAI members in the region.”

    SAAC and PPAI operate under separate missions designed to serve the promotional products industry at the international and regional levels, respectively. This shared vision and natural alignment strengthens the presence of SAAC in the region, while creating more opportunities for SAAC and PPAI members.

    “This is a tremendous win for both SAAC and PPAI,” said Bill Petrie, RAC board president. “PPAI has been both communicative to and transparent with the Regional Association Council (RAC) Board during the evolution of this agreement and we are thrilled about the possibilities it holds. PPAI has long been supportive of the regional community and the fact that they’ve been chosen to serve as the AMC for SAAC only serves to underscore that commitment.”

    PPAI will begin work with SAAC and its Board immediately to bring the news of this partnership to SAAC members. SAAC members are invited to join both the SAAC Board and PPAI leadership at the board installation dinner on March 7, 2019 at the Café Santorini in Old Town Pasadena. Please see the SAAC website for details.

    About SAAC

    The Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) is composed largely of promotional products professionals located in the Southern California region. For over 30 years, SAAC has supported the promotional products industry through programs and services designed to enhance the professional lives of our members. The membership includes suppliers, distributors, multi-line representatives and business service companies. The Specialty Advertising Association of California is a 501 (c)(6) non-profit organization.

    About PPAI
    Founded in 1903, the Promotional Products Association International (PPAIppai.org) is the world’s largest and oldest not-for-profit association serving more than 15,700 corporate members of the $23.3 billion promotional products industry, which is comprised of more than 40,500 businesses and a workforce of more than 500,000 professionals. PPAI represents the industry in Washington, D.C. and advocates on its behalf. PPAI operates The PPAI Expo, the industry’s largest trade show; provides the leading promotional products safety and compliance program; offers a prestigious professional development and certification program; and publishes industry trade journals and periodicals. The multibillion-dollar industry includes wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company’s name, logo or message. For more information, visit PPAI.org and follow us on Twitter @PPAI_HQFacebookInstagramYouTube and Pinterest.

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  • February 04, 2019 12:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BISTOCCHI NAMED PRESIDENT OF THE FOUNDATION FOR SAAC


    Michael Bistocchi, a 25-year veteran of the promotional products industry and Western Regional Sales Manager for Inkcups Corporation, has been elected President of the foundation for SAAC; Bistocchi succeeds Beverly Walter of Brown and Bigelow.  The foundation is the fund-raising arm of the Specialty Advertising Association of California.

    Previously Bistocchi worked for Clegg Promo on the supplier side and for Promoshop on the distributor side of the industry.  On being named President, Bistocchi states:

    "It is an honor and privilege to serve the industry in this capacity.  
    Our fund raising efforts provide scholarships for children and that 
    effort is of paramount importance to our organization.  We accomplish 
    this through donations and other fund raising events, such as the Jim 
    Buescher Memorial Golf Tournament (held annually in October in southern 
    California)."

    SAAC Foundation board members for 2019 include the following:  Beverly 
    Walter of Brown and Bigelow, Katy Alvarez of Promoshop, Steve Parker of 
    Starline, Craig Reese of Jack Nadel, Inc., and Jacque Martin of Brown 
    and Bigelow.

    Michael Bistocchi can be reached at 
    michael@inkcups.com.

  • February 04, 2019 11:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SAAC Members Elect Five New Board Members for 2019

    Camarillo, CA - Members of the Specialty Advertising Association of California, the state’s largest membership organization of promotional product professionals, elected five new Board members to the 2019 SAAC Board of Directors. These include:

    ·         Shane Ball,  Mothership (Business Services Member)

    ·         Jeff Stevens, WesCo Marketing (Multi-Line Supplier Rep)

    ·         Jim Ristuccia, A+ Wine Designs (Supplier Member)

    ·         Tonia Allen Gould, TagSource (Distributor Member)

    ·         Daniel Henderson, Proforma Graphic PrintSource (Distributor Member)

    In addition to voting new members to the Board. The SAAC membership approved the slate of officers for 2019 to include:

    ·         President: Rhett Todd, Printgear (Supplier Member)

    ·         Vice - President: Tara Villanueva, Geiger (Distributor Member)

    ·         Treasurer / Secretary: Stephen Ropfogel, Halo (Distributor Member)

    “We are so excited about this group of professionals joining the SAAC Board. Each of them brings a unique perspective vital to our membership. I am looking forward to working with each of them to be sure SAAC continues to be the leading regional association for the future of the promotional products industry,” says 2019 SAAC President, Rhett Todd.

    Please be on the lookout for details about the 2019 SAAC Board Installation Dinner. Members will be invited to meet the new Board members and officers as we kick off a great year ahead.  

    The Specialty Advertising Association of California is a 501 (c)(6) non-profit organization composed largely of promotional products professionals located in the Southern California region.

    Contact: 805.484.7393/ info@saac.net

    2019 Elected Members


SAAC & The Foundation for SAAC
PO Box 2394
Camarillo, CA 93011

p: 805.484.7393   e: info@saac.net


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