Bo Carroll Passes Away
Almand “Bo” Carroll, 94, who was Counselor Person of the Year in 1970, died Saturday in his home in Englewood, FL, after complications from a stroke three months earlier, according to a family friend. The Counselor’s 1970 profile said Carroll had a deceptively simple manner about him, but was a hard-working, savvy businessman who nabbed the prestigious Coca-Cola account. Carroll served on the board of Specialty Advertising Association International, now Promotional Products Association International. He was later inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame. Carroll’s wife, Marcia, died in 1970. He is survived by three nieces. Laura Tynes, whose late husband, Warren, served on the SAAI board with Carroll, told PromoGram that Carroll loved the industry. “He loved the people,” Tynes says. “He always had a story to tell."
Broder Bros. Has Strong Third Quarter Counselor Top 40 supplier Broder Bros. Co. (asi/42090), bulging from the big-time acquisitions of Alpha Shirt Co. (asi/34408) and NES Clothing Co. (asi/72808), reports $231 million in third-quarter sales for the total company – more than double that of the same period last year. Broder took even greater strides in the profit sector. Net income from operations was just under $10 million; last year the firm posted a third-quarter loss of $1.2 million. Net income was $1.7 million, compared to a $1 million loss last year. Part of the reason: Broder has closed four distribution centers since buying Alpha and will close one more, the company says.
Shechtman Named Business Leader Of The Year By Women’s Business Group Sheila Shechtman, owner of Giftcorp Inc. (asi/205920), has been named Business Leader of the Year by the Connecticut chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Shechtman was cited for providing good benefits to her employees and for renovating an urban warehouse that now provides jobs in an area that has lost jobs in recent years. Shechtman launched her business in her basement in 1991 before moving into a 25,000-square-foot building in Hartford.
Corporate Image Works Debuts A New Lebron James Bobblehead Corporate Image Works LLC (asi/168968), the Steetsboro, OH-based distributor that made a name for itself by getting the order for Lebron James bobblehead dolls, is back in the news as it readies another wobbling version of the young Cleveland Cavaliers superstar. The new doll, which shows the 6-foot-8-inch forward in an action pose, was being offered on eBay for up to $150 before it was scheduled to be released to the public. The company will also be coming out with bobbleheads of Cavalier players Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Jeff McInnis, and Drew Gooden. The effort resulted in an extensive write-up in the Cleveland Plan Dealer.
McCaskill Loses Back in the August Counselor (p.18), we ran a small piece on how Claire McCaskill, state auditor for Missouri and the Democratic candidate for governor, called the $1.2 the state had spent on gifts for trade shows, training events and fairs – in other words, promotional products – “a waste of taxpayers’ money.” On November 2, McCaskill lost the governorship race to Republican Matt Blunt. While there were, of course, a number of reasons why Blunt won, we couldn’t help wondering what the outcome might have been had McCaskill had more faith in promotional products...
Stereo Sweats Coming Soon To A Supplier Near You? By the time you read this, it’s likely Hoodios – machine-washable fleece jackets with built-in FM radios – will be available at GapKids stores nationwide. If they take off (at $68 a pop, it’s likely they will) big-time, it probably won’t be too much longer before you begin getting requests for them from your clients for promo use. This may be the time to start dropping a few suggestions to keep clients on the cutting edge.
People On The Move
Cliff Quicksell, MAS, has launched CQ Training and Consulting, offering distributors and suppliers “affordable, cognitive training at all levels.” Topics include business-development plans, direct-marketing campaigns, achieving sales growth and building name recognition. Training is offered in several formats, including one-on-one sessions. Quicksell can be reached at email@example.com.
ASI (asi/33020) recently named Donna Gruberg director of marketing and Larry Basinait director of market research.
Fresh Beginnings Inc (asi/55439) has named Lauren Fox sales/marketing manager.
OF THE WEEK
MP3 Players From Sourcery LLC (asi/88209) MP3 players have given a beat to the digital revolution. A music player truly designed for people on the go – an MP3 player makes it possible to listen to a CD collection without needing to actually haul the CDs. Saving music in digital format, Sourcery(asi/88209) MP3 players offer a compact, cutting-edge music alternative with high-quality sound and easy-to-use features. Put a logo on the product that has everyone talking!
MP3 PLAYER SPORT:
• Comes with ear-pod style headphones
• Athletic-style rubber accents in red, blue or black
• Gold or silver face plate
• Optional WMA format compatibility
ALL-IN-ONE MP3 PLAYER:
• Comes with ear-pod style headphones with remote control
• LCD screen to display song details
• External port for additional memory
• Digital voice recorder
• Optional FM tuner
• Plays WMA format
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Fleece Jacket And Pullover From Pacific Fleece (asi/75647) The Quarter Zip Micro Fleece Pullover, style #1, is made from 13-oz., anti-pill polyester. Details include side-entry pockets; gathered elastic cuffs; elastic bottom draw cord with cord locks; and available in elastic wrist, open bottom or elastic draw cord lock. Sizes S-3X in an assortment of colors including black, navy and ash with 72 piece minimum. Made in the USA.
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ASI PRODUCT/SERVICE SPOTLIGHT
World’s #1 Leadership Expert Speaking At The ASI SHOW Orlando Last week’s highly anticipated release of Stephen Covey’s newest professional development work The 8 th Habit, a follow-up to his widely successful best seller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, was met with incredible demand for the world’s number one leadership expert’s time.
Dr. Stephen Covey was a top story in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune and appeared on a number of national network broadcasts including Good Morning America and CBS This Morning to speak about his newest achievement.
In just under two months, Stephen Covey will be speaking in person at The ASI Show Orlando, January 3-5, 2005. In a special keynote presentation on the final day of the show, the influential author will bring new insights to help guests discover new, creative ways to improve their business and enhance their lives, taking you beyond effectiveness and putting you onto the pathway leading to greatness.
To attend The ASI Show Orlando, you can register and reserve your hotel room online at www.asishow.com. Call (877)ASI-SHOW with any questions about the industry’s first national show of the year, The ASI Show Orlando, January 3-5, 2005.
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