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.
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
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.”
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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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.
Founded in 1903, the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; ppai.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_HQ, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.
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
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
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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.
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