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1,167 Industry Professionals Now Awarded with Education Certifications

Eight new grads certified; 29,000 enrolled in ASI's free Online Learning Center

TREVOSE, PA - February 4, 2014 - The Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) today announced eight more industry professionals have been certified through the ASI Education Certification Program, bringing the total to 1,167, with more than 29,000 enrolled in ASI's free Online Learning Center.

Participation in the ASI Education Certification Program costs nothing for ASI members and is user-friendly, with all courses automatically tracked electronically via ASI’s proprietary digital campus. ASI’s extensive educational programs support the needs of everyone from newcomers to proven industry veterans.

The ASI Certification Program offers two certification levels: BASI™ (Bachelor of Advertising Specialty Information) and MASI™ (Master of Advertising Specialty Information).

BASI graduates are:

  • Mindi Anderson, Ja-Cor International Inc. (asi/232878)
  • Michael Florea, Suncoast Marketing Inc. (asi/339154)
  • Stephanie Jackson, Signature Services & Promotional Products (asi/326772)
  • Nicole McNamee, P.O.P. Solutions Group (asi/359180)
  • Dawn Nakash, Daybreak Marketing Services, LLC (asi/177011)
  • Betsy Polacheck, Custom Logos (asi/173183)
  • Maureen Wartian, Gotta Have Products (asi/700515)

MASI graduates are:

  • Todd Rhodes, Four Star Marketing Inc. (asi/197085)

"By obtaining their MASI or BASI through ASI, our latest certified industry professionals send a clear signal to everyone they do business with that they are serious about this industry," said Timothy M. Andrews, president and chief executive officer of ASI. "In a fast-paced world like ours, you need to continually improve yourself, or get passed by the competition. With ASI education, everyone in the industry can improve themselves and better their business."

ASI annually invests $1.3 million to educate its members. During the 2013 ASI Show® season, 6,131 industry professionals attended live education classes, making ASI the largest educator in the industry. Click here for a complete overview of ASI Education.

With a full spectrum of education, information and research programs, ASI has everything it takes to help ad specialty professionals learn the business and remain competitive. ASI offers an unmatched portfolio of educational opportunities, incomparable publications and insightful research reports.

For more information on ASI Education, contact Melinda Ligos, ASI’s editor-in-chief and senior vice president of professional development, at (215) 953-3434 or

About ASI
The Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) is the largest media, marketing and education organization serving the promotional products industry, with a network of over 25,000 distributors and suppliers throughout North America. ASI leads the industry in technology solutions, providing cloud-based e-commerce, enterprise resource planning software (ERP) and customer relationship management software (CRM). ESP Web® is the industry’s leading tool for sourcing hundreds of thousands of products. A family-owned business since 1962, ASI also provides online research, marketing, advertising opportunities, trade shows, education, award-winning magazines, newsletters, custom websites and catalogs to help members sell, market and promote their brands. Visit ASI at and on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and the CEO’s blog.

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