President Bush Keynote Inspires ASI Dallas Audience
Former U.S. President George W. Bush recounted the harrowing moments of 9/11, reminisced about growing up with a famous father, and cracked plenty of jokes during the keynote this morning at ASI Dallas. Read Article
In "A Personal Conversation with President George W. Bush,” the 43rd President sat down for an hour-long Q&A with ASI President and CEO Tim Andrews that touched on many of the key moments of his presidency and his life.
The President recalled the anger he felt initially on 9/11 when he was informed that the second World Trade Center tower had been hit. But as a leader, he said, he didn't want to panic or lose control of his emotions. Sitting in that Florida classroom, watching a young child read and processing the news, "There was a moment of clarity that I had to protect her, her family, and the country in which she lived," he said. He talked about the immediate aftermath of the attacks, from the false alarm that night of the White House being attacked (a U.S. airplane pilot had forgotten to turn on his transponder) to his decision to authorize the legal torture of the number-three man in Al Qaeda, but only after vetoing certain methods like waterboarding.
President Bush also touched on many other topics, from the war in Iraq to the financial crisis. He recalled growing up in a family that wasn't very political at first but very involved in sports and competition as well as serving others. He cited his reluctance to enter politics and run for President because he knew firsthand how difficult it was on his family during his father's presidency. "It's hard watching someone you love being characterized in ways that aren't true," he said about his father, George Bush. But he also learned in that time that "you can do your duty as a husband and a father. You don't have to sacrifice what's important in life."
In this morning’s talk, President Bush also offered business advice for the enthusiastic Dallas audience, ranging from the importance of surrounding yourself with knowledgeable people to the essential quality of honesty in personal diplomacy. "It matters in life that you keep your word," said the President. "The leaders who kept their word to me, I admire a lot." He urged that the private sector must be reinvigorated by the current government to encourage job growth within small businesses.
At ease with his audience, President Bush was quick with a joke and generated consistent laughter. "I never wanted to be President," he recalled about growing up. "If I wanted to be President, I would have behaved a hell of a lot better in college." He talked about his current pursuits, including taking up oil painting and trying to stay away from the limelight. "I had all the fame I need," President Bush said. "I don't want fame now. I don't want power."
Attendees Brave The Wild Bull At Dallas Gala
After a busy day on the show floor, attendees two-stepped their way to Gilley’s in Dallas for the ASI gala. Read Article
Besides the Texas-sized spread of food, live music and dancing, the big highlight of the evening was the chance to take part in a new Dallas gala tradition – riding the mechanical bull.
Counselor’s cameras were on the scene to capture every twist, turn and fall, as show-goers took their turn in the spotlight. How did everything go down? Did attendees carry the night or did the bull win out again? Click here to watch the can’t-miss video.
The Joe Show: Day Two From ASI Dallas
In this episode of The Joe Show, Managing Editor Joe Haley shows off a variety of products he found on the show floor of ASI Dallas today. Read Article
Looking for an item perfect for kids on the go? How about a unique product that’s sure to garner desktop attention? Watch The Joe Show from ASI Dallas for new product and promotional ideas.
Click here to watch this new-products episode of The Joe Show.
Podcast: Add Pizzazz To Your Promos
On this week's Tuesday Morning Show, the hosts gave callers advice on how they can pump up the creativity of their promotions. Looking for tips for ways to surprise clients with self-promos? Want strategies for standing out from the marketing crowd? How about ways to appeal to new demographics?
Click here to listen to the complete call-in segment. If you missed any part of the radio show, a recording is now available at www.asicentral.com/radio. And, remember to join us on Tuesday, February 11, for our next broadcast. Log on at 10:30 a.m. ET to listen to the show and hear your voice on the air.
Obituary: Werner Levy, Compass Industries
Billed as the biggest pre-Super Bowl party in the U.S., Wing Bowl 22 included 30 competitive eaters trying to down as many hot wings as they could in a short amount of time. Of course, multiple sponsors and more than 15,000 screaming – and early morning – fans were also on the scene. Hosted by Philadelphia sports talk radio station WIP, Wing Bowl is equal parts frat party, Mardi Gras and gastronomic display of gluttony.
Tickets were $5 with the proceeds going to charity. The winner, Molly Schuyler, a 5'7", 125-pound woman from Omaha, NE, ate 363 wings over three rounds – two 14-minute rounds followed by a two-minute dash to the finish. For her efforts, Schuyler won $22,000, as well as a crown adorned with mini rubber chickens.
The event was also rich with promotional products. Top eaters garner serious sponsorships, and each comes with products in tow. Entire sections of the Wells Fargo center saw each seat draped with a logoed item, and T-shirts were being offered by the radio station itself, a handful of local gentlemen's clubs, a hand cleaning product and several liquor companies. Also throughout the venue, there were drawstring bags, totes, foam fingers, lip balm, beads, socks and the ubiquitous beer cooler. Signage was plentiful too, with lots of tear drop banners, table skirts and pop-up displays.
For a complete gallery of pictures from Wing Bowl 22, as well as some shots of the promo items being handed out, click here.
Call For Entries: Fastest-Growing Companies
Has your company been experiencing incredible growth over the past few years? We’d like to hear from you. Click here to nominate your company for Counselor’s annual recognition of the Fastest-Growing Companies in the industry.
Both suppliers and distributors are eligible to enter. Questions about the Fastest-Growing Companies program? E-mail Karen Akers at email@example.com.
Nominate Now For Product Design Awards Counselor magazine is looking for innovative products for its annual Product Design Awards competition. Suppliers are invited to nominate their favorite eye-catching products in the following categories:
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To enter, please submit the following: a sample of the product (We recommend that the product be exclusive to the supplier that is submitting it, although this is not a requirement); a brief description of the product, including any special features; and the category that the product should be considered for.
There is a limit of one submission per category, per company. Please note that only products from North American suppliers will be considered and that submissions will not be returned unless specifically requested. Items that were entered in previous Counselor Product Design Awards competitions will not be considered. Please send all entries to: Karen Akers, Counselor Magazine, 4800 Street Road, Trevose, PA 19053.
Questions? E-mail Karen Akers at firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions will be judged on the following areas: design appeal, functionality and the ability to attractively feature a logo (when appropriate).
In The News
Charles River Apparel (asi/44620), in conjunction with its ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ advertising campaign, announced the release of the new company branding video. Produced by Jump Cut Entertainment, the video was shot in Boston. To view the video in its entirety, visit http://www.charlesriverapparel.com/or http://vimeo.com/83881143.
Hub Pen (asi/61966) announced that Scott Schaefer was the recipient of its 2013 Multi-Line Rep of the Year Award. Schaefer was the overall top performer from among 15 U.S. multi-line representatives for the company. He was recognized for both the largest sales dollar increase and the largest sales percentage increase in the United States for 2013.
SanMar (asi/84863) announced that it is introducing 76 new products ideal for spring and summer in its 2014 Spring Arrivals catalog. The new styles include apparel, bags, and caps for uniform programs. For more information, go to www.sanmar.com.
Showdown Displays (asi/87188) announced its 2013 sales award recipients: the independent sales representative of the year award was given to the Watson Group, which includes Bo Turner and Tina Jameson-Brown, and the factory sales representative of the year was awarded to Kirsten Olson, the key account representative for the Mid-Atlantic region.
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