Kenfair Holds Vegas Show The Kenfair Asian Expo held its second annual show last Tuesday through Thursday, with 586 exhibitors filling 617 booths at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, according to the show’s Web site. This marks about a 45% jump in exhibitors from last year. Exhibitors came from a dozen Pacific Rim countries. Attendance figures weren’t released. Last year, 6,600
buyers attended the show. The Vegas Kenfair show has caused controversy because many in the promotional products industry say it helps connect distributors, or even corporate buyers, with Asian manufacturers. Kenfair hosts an Asia Expo in London in February and Hong Kong International Toys & Gifts Show in October.
Vonk Gone At Cyrk? We don’t have official confirmation on this yet, but have been told unofficially by an industry source that Gary Vonk, former CEO of Counselor Top 40 distributor Cyrk Inc. (asi/173519), has left the company by mutual agreement. His position has been taken over temporarily by Bill McSwain, serving as acting CEO. Several calls were made to Cyrk, but officials decline to confirm or deny the rumor. More information as we get it.
PPAI Announces 2005 HOFer The 2005 inductee into the Promotional Products Association International Hall of Fame has been revealed: Bill Schwartz, CAS, chairman of William W. Schwartz Associates Inc. (asi/321300) will be the 62st industry practitioner so honored. He’s been in the industry over 53 years, and has been involved with PPAI since back in the SAAI/Guild days. A board member from 1962-72, he was also a founding member of the association’s Education Committee, and a member of the Government Relations Committee. The induction ceremony will take place January 11 during PPAI’s 2005 Expo in Las Vegas.
SUPPLIER ALERT If you receive an order using asi/126379, please make certain the person placing the order provides the following bill to and ship to information:
Association Store (asi/126379)
16800 Batchellors Forest Road
Olney, MD 20832-2705
Contact Name: Mr. Bruce O. Velsor, president
This is the ONLY location for Association Store. If an order is placed and deviates from this information in any fashion, please contact Mr. Velsor at the above number. Thank you.
Debbie Does Hurricane Help Last issue, we noted that Debbie Does Freight Inc. had sustained damage from Hurricane Charley, but was functioning with a skeleton crew and expected to be up and running in about a week. In the interim, owner Debbie Gordon requested donations from industry practitioners for materials Charley victims would find useful. In addition to a selection of ASI-logoed wearables and Counselor 50th anniversary flashlights from ASI, the donations are apparently coming in so rapidly, they’re overfilling DDF’s offices. To that end, Debbie’s asked that anyone sending further donations direct them to this address:
Debbie Does Freight, Inc.
c/o Island Express
4771 Waycross Rd.
Ft. Myers, FL 33905
ATTN: Hurricane Relief
People On The Move Image Source Inc.(asi/230121) has moved its offices to Kirkland , WA. Contact it at imagesourceteam.com.
Strata-Media Inc. (asi/337835) has named Dean Patton senior creative director.
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The ASI Show In 2005 Includes The Year’s Best Events And One Amazing Offer At The ASI Show! Orlando, January 3-5, two extraordinary events are planned. ASI members can experience the magic of Cirque du Soleil in an exclusive performance of La Nouba. Registration for The ASI Show! Orlando is open and discounted tickets are now on sale. Attendees can enjoy a free keynote breakfast presentation with Stephen Covey. The legendary professional development leader will speak on his best selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, as well as touch on his yet-to-be-released follow-up, The Eight Habit—From Effectiveness to Greatness.
The ASI Show! Las Vegas, March 30-April 1, plays host to perhaps the industry’s most eagerly anticipated event next year. The ASI Show! presents a night with Elton John. In the coming weeks, ASI members can purchase highly subsidized tickets to The Red Piano, an event celebrating the international singer/songwriter’s top hits in theatrical performance unlike anything of its kind. Tickets start at under $100 and quantities are limited. Visit www.asishow.com for updates and news about tickets going on sale.
ASI member distributors can also get a free hotel room to an ASI Show! of their choice next year. Visit www.asishow.com/2005freehotel for details or call (877)ASI-SHOW with questions.
OF THE WEEK
Columbia Coffee Backpack from Picnic At Ascot (asi/78060) The Columbia Coffee Backpack, style #042, includes a brushed stainless-steel vacuum flask, cups, cream, and sugar containers. Thermal Shield insulated food compartment will hold a light snack. Made from rugged 600-denier canvas construction.
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National Specialty Advertising Showcase (NSA)
Philadelphia, Baltimore, North Virginia, Richmond
Info: (361)949-1857; Fax: (361)949-7460 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Traveling Optimum Promotional Show (TOPS), The Eastern Tour
Promotional Products Association of Canada
8/25-Palais des Congres de Montreal, Montreal
Info: (514)489-5359; Fax: (514)489-7760 email@example.com
Specialty Advertising Counselors of the Delaware Valley (SACDV)
Valley Forge Convention Center, King of Prussia, PA
Info: (610)873-1186; Fax: (610)873-7433 firstname.lastname@example.org
Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF)
Walt Disney World Dolphin, Orlando, FL
Info: Kathy Ginkel (407)933-7879; Fax: (407)932-0089 email@example.com
2005 ASI SHOWS
January 3-5 Orlando
February 2-4 Dallas
March 30-April 1 Vegas
July 12-14 Chicago