In Memoriam: Ralph Loder
Ralph Loder, the PPPC past chair, Hall of Fame inductee (1990) and alumnus, passed away on Dec. 6 in Edmonton, AB, at the age of 90.
As a salesman and manager, Loder successfully grew The Loder Group of Companies into, at one time, Canada's largest ad specialty firm. He also served on the PPPC Board of Directors and served as PPPC Chair from 1978 to 1979.
Loder was inducted into the PPAI Hall of Fame in 1989 and the PPPC Hall of Fame in 1990, and won awards and recognition from his peers. He will be missed. For more information, visit http://www.fostermcgarvey.com/obituary_intro.php?id=708.
Talbot Acquires What's Up Clothing
Ash City Names New CEO
Counselor Top 40 Supplier Ash City (asi/37143) has named Doug Hayes its new president and CEO, effective January 1, 2013. Founder and former CEO Garry Hurvitz will continue with the company in leading product development and supply chain initiatives. Most recently, Hayes was president of the Americas division of Crocs Inc., where he was responsible for all operations for North and South America. Prior to his position at Crocs Inc., Hayes spent 25 years in the sports industry, including positions at Forzani Group Ltd., Callaway Golf Canada and adidas-Salomon Canada Ltd.
"As a Canadian and having worked in the USA for the past four years, I have long admired Ash City and the great business that Garry has built on both sides of the border," Hayes says. "I am excited and honored to be given the challenge of taking this organization to the next level. In the next few months, there will be exciting developments at Ash City, and it is my intention to not only grow and nurture an already tremendous business, but also to bring innovative perspectives and business approaches to Ash City in 2013 and beyond."
Ash City ranks ninth on Counselor's Top 40 Supplier list, after reporting North American revenues of $136.5 million in 2011.
Ban on Plastic Bags Withdrawn in Toronto
In a closed-door session, city councilors in Toronto voted to scrap a single-use plastic bag ban that was scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2013. The ban, which was initially passed in a 24-20 vote in June of 2012, was quashed by a 38-7 margin through a confidential motion in late November. Before voting to nix the ban, city councilors were advised by Toronto's solicitor, who likely provided specific information about the legal ramifications of the law.
"I'm optimistic we'll finally clean up this mess, create clarity and move forward," said Councilor Denzil Minnan-Wong, who introduced a motion to effectively eliminate the ban.
The ban, proposed by Councilor David Shiner, created an instant firestorm in Toronto's political circles. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was among the most outspoken critics of the ban, calling it "ludicrous" and warning it would spark legal action from interest groups. Ford's predictions were proven true early in November when the Ontario Convenience Stores Association filed a lawsuit against the city of Toronto in an effort to block the ban. The ban was also staunchly opposed by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, which appealed to city leaders to strike down the bylaw.
"We're very happy," said plastics industry spokesperson Joe Hruska. "Council made the right decision on behalf of all Torontonians. We just believe that the plastic bag has never been a problem for the environment. So this is a good day for Toronto and for consumer choice."
Environmental groups, though, quickly voiced their disappointment in the council's reversal. "Torontonians were ready for a bag ban," said Emily Alfred, a campaigner at the Toronto Environmental Alliance. "It's really unfortunate to see that instead of good policy-making that considers what Toronto and the environment needs, this got mired in politics."
Despite the fact that the law is now off the books, city leaders have agreed to revisit the issue in the summer following a special report that the city's deputy manager will present to Toronto's public works committee.
ASAPpm & Mission Stream Announce Merger
ASAPpm (asi/101779) has acquired Mission Stream, a company that specializes in variable data printing. With this new merger, ASAPpm can now offer direct mail capabilities with strong graphics expertise. ASAPpm welcomes Chris Rogers, the founder of Mission Stream, as well as Natalie Bruce and Kelsey Wentworth, who have experience in graphic and variable print applications. For more information, contact ASAPpm President John Cavanagh at email@example.com.
Canada Sportswear Acquires Embossing Solutions
Canada Sportswear Corp. (asi/43682) has acquired Embossing Solutions Inc., which will continue to be managed and operated by Steve Nagymarosi. "We have been working with Steve at Embossing Solutions for over five years," says co-CEO Howie Goldfinger, "and the synergies of our two organizations will be able to deliver a full-package creative solution that helps organizations build brand equity through our loyal distributor's network. The acquisition is a long-term strategic partnership delivering innovations for tomorrow."
"I am very pleased to join forces with Canada Sportswear as a long-term client," says Nagymarosi. "We are the best at what we do. I look forward to working with a great team to allow me to expand my services through the extensive distribution network of Canada Sportswear. Business will be as usual and there will be no interruption or changes. We will combine the best of both organizations."
Vantage Apparel to Distribute Greg Norman Corporate Collection in Canada
Counselor Top 40 supplier Vantage Apparel (asi/93390) will distribute Greg Norman Collection items to the corporate promotional market in Canada. The Collection includes golf-inspired sportswear for men and women, and Vantage will stock the complete product line, including nearly 30 styles and more than a dozen performance polos.
"We are excited to bring such a well-known and highly-valued brand to the Canadian market," says President Ira Neaman. "Greg Norman Collection is one of the premier names in fashion and performance. We believe this move will make it easier for our distributor partners in Canada to not only source Vantage's quality product, but also offer a global brand of such high stature."
Contact Jeff DePalma, sales manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-221-0020 x3122 for more information.
PPPC Names Of-the-Year Finalists, Spirit of Humanity Winners
The Promotional Product Professionals of Canada recently announced its 2012 "Of-the-Year" Award winners. Over 500 PPPC members voted on member companies in a variety of categories:
Visit http://www.promocan.com/Files/2012_OF_THE_YEAR_Finalists_List_public.pdf to download the full list of winners.
In addition, Merrick Faulkenstein, CEO of ESP Promotions (asi/63855), and Mark Freed of Genumark received the 2012 PPPC Humanitarian Award for their recent donations of time and money to charitable organizations.
Ash City Hires Chris Sorichetti
Ash City (asi/37143) has hired Chris Sorichetti as manager of creative content & catalogue development. Sorichetti will be responsible for the development of all print, digital and video content and collateral. He has over 10 years' experience in the marketing communication field, including with brands such as Molson Coors Canada and Bell Canada. Sorichetti can be reached at email@example.com, or at 905-787-2650 x5590.
Promotional Elements Welcomes Scott McMaster
Promotional Elements (asi/300786) has hired Scott McMaster as a member of the company's sales team. McMaster has industry experience with both suppliers and distributors, and he will be responsible for servicing clients and focusing on new business development in Toronto and the surrounding area. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 647-296-5500.
Talbot Names Lisa Triggs to Sales Team
Talbot Marketing (asi/341500) has hired Lisa Triggs to the company's sales team in the Greater Toronto Area. Triggs has experience in the industry and sales and marketing, and previously held a position in reward and recognition at a major cosmetics company. Contact Lisa Triggs at email@example.com.
Fashion Biz Hires Chad Maybury
Fashion Biz Wholesale (asi/53731) has announced that Chad Maybury has joined the Biz Collection sales team as sales executive for the Greater Toronto Area. Maybury has 13 years' experience in the industry as well as knowledge of wearables and a history of award-winning service to Toronto distributors. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 416-258-6633.
Spector & Co Welcomes New Hires
Spector & Co. (asi/88631) has announced that Ana Curado has been promoted to the inside sales team. Formerly a senior account manager at the company, Curado will continue to develop innovative programs and build strong relationships with clients in her new role. She can be reached at email@example.com. Additionally, Adam Raposo has been hired as account manager to take over Curado's previous responsibilities. Raposo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spector & Co. has also announced that account manager Jack Contrel is now responsible for account management duties in TN, AL, GA, MS, WV, VA, NC, SC and MD. He can be reached at email@example.com. Senior account manager Randi Dresher is now responsible for the Midwest territory and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, Spector & Co. has hired Suzan Pauley as regional sales manager for OK, LA and TX. She has 10 years of experience in the promotional products industry and can be reached at email@example.com.
BCH Unique Names New Multi-Line Rep
BCH Unique (asi/37700) has appointed Brickyard Sales and Marketing of Speedway, IN, as its new multi-line agency for the Midwest. Brickyard will represent BCH Unique in MN, IA, WI, OH, MO, IL, KY and MI.
"We are delighted to add Brickyard's highly qualified representation to our sales initiatives in the Midwest," says sales manager Annie Breton. "[Multi-line rep] Tony [Sabo] brings the kind of knowledge and expertise that will inevitably have a positive impact on our commitment to increase sales levels and fuel growth."
Pedigree Appoints Sales Representative
Pedigree (asi/71107) has appointed Annick Laroche as sales representative, effective Jan. 1. Laroche has represented Pedigree in North Shore Quebec for the past three years and is now launching Pro-Dev, her new multi-line agency. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855-776-3381.
The AAkron Line Hires International Sales Manager
The AAkron Line (asi/30270) has hired Trish McKeon as international sales manager. McKeon has over three years of sales and customer experience in the industry, and she will be responsible for establishing a consulting relationship and growing the company's business with international clients, with a primary focus on developing business in Canada. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
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