American Identity Announces New President Counselor Top 40 distributor American Identity (asi/120601) has named Paul Pickard as its new president and COO. This former national sales manager for Top 40 distributor National Pen Corp. (asi/281040) takes over for Rodger Henry, who left the position in April to be the company’s CEO. Pickard spent three years with National Pen and helped it grow by nearly $30 million during his tenure. “This is an exciting time to join American Identity,” he says. “I’m honored to join a company with such a great heritage. And with the exceptional senior team already in place, I know we’ll continue to strengthen our industry-leading position, including expanding our sales force.”
Ennis Completes Alstyle Merger Top 40 supplier Ennis Inc. (asi/52493) has completed its merger with apparel manufacturer Alstyle Apparel (asi/34817) in a tax-free stock exchange in which Ennis assumed Alstyle’s $108-million debt. The deal enhances Ennis’ promotional products offerings, which was previously limited to business-form related products. For Alstyle, the merger brings an existing customer base of 40,000 small accounts that should help extend their client list. The employees of Alstyle are being retained, and current President Roger Brown will remain for the next 18 months.
Don Harley, Former Counselor “Person Of The Year,” Retires Don Harley, founder of Designer Selections, has retired after nearly 60 years in the promotional products industry. The 1991 Counselor “Person of the Year,” Harley is credited with designing and overseeing the creation of numerous staples of the industry, including the push-button telephone directory while he was the first creative director at Brown & Bigelow (asi/148500); and the first acrylic Christmas ornament while at his first company, C.B. Donald. Today, Harley is best-known as the founder of Designer Selections, a company he started in the 1970s that specializes in acrylic products from ornaments to awards, and has won numerous awards for its imprinting and designs.
New Flashlight Takes Different Size Batteries Energizer Holdings has introduced a new flashlight that can use three different size batteries. A switch automatically adjusts the battery chamber so the light works with two D, C or AA batteries. Energizer rushed the new flashlights to hurricane-savaged areas in the south, in effect speeding up the introduction of the product. Stay tuned to see if these lights make it into the promotional products industry.
People In The News Mary Sells has joined ASI (asi/33020) as a supplier account executive.
She will be based in Flordia. Christina Lumio has been hired to distributor membership sales.
ASI Show has named Keri Damron education coordinator.
Pencoa (asi/77040) has announced Stacy Horton’s promotion to national sales manager.
OF THE WEEK
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Accessories = 128MB comes with a lanyard & USB extension cable
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Holiday Music Gift Set From Private Label (asi/88226) New for 2004 from Sound Promotions (asi/88226) is Holiday Music CDs are the perfect holiday gift. When you package four of them in a classy high-quality box sleeve, you have a gift that is ideally suited for the VIPs on your list.
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• Price break based on total number of CDs
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