Industry Exec To Star In Reality Series On February 9 on ABC, Kari Caden, CEO of Caden Concepts LLC (asi/155443), will star in Boss Swap, a special edition of the reality show Wife Swap, with the swap occurring in the workplace instead of the household. Caden, who's basically laid back and has an all-female distributorship, will switch places with Stuart Silver, who heads up Specialty Motors in Los Angeles, a car dealership specializing in used luxury cars and that employs women only as receptionists. Silver has never worked with women and doesn't employ them as salespeople because he doesn't consider them up to it. He makes employees punch a time clock and doesn't
allow those who are late to work their shift and takes away their bonuses. He also monitors his staff's every move with 30 security cameras. Caden, on the other hand, says she runs her company like a sorority, treating employees as family and friends in a nurturing, fun workplace. The staff comes in as they wish, as late as 10:30 am, and can leave early on Fridays at 4 pm. There are also no men on the staff. Some highlights: In the first week, Silver implements security cameras, time clocks and strict rules about getting to work on time; Caden puts flowers in the auto dealership's bathroom, re-does Silver's office, gets rid of gambling employees and plans to hire a motivational speaker. Should be interesting...
Awards, Awards, Awards A number of industry firms and individuals won recognition recently:
Cintas Corp. (asi/162167), which has a distributor subsidiary, won a pair of awards: The company was named one of the Best Employers in British Columbia by BC Business Magazine - Cintas ranked 5th on the 25-company list. It was the second year the company made the list. Meanwhile, across the continent, Cintas picked up a Service Partnership Award for accommodating individuals with disabilities at its Richmond, VA, operation. The Richmond location has �mainstreamed� 10 individuals by providing career-training.
Counselor Top 40 supplier Noteworthy Co. (asi/74360) got the 2004 Silver Award for Superb Craftsmanship for flexographic printing on a Heineken beer bag. The award was given by the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen, which is based in Minneapolis.
Jeffrey Black, owner of Black Sheep Promotions (asi/140833), was recently given the Chamber Ambassador Award from the Chamber of Commerce of Clarendon, SC. Black was cited for developing a leadership program in Clarendon.
Jeff Stepp of Multiline Marketing Group was honored by Lumatec Industries Inc. (asi/68177) as its Multi-Line Rep of the Year. Stepp represents the Lumatec line in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri and Mississippi; each of those states saw new sales records for the supplier.
CorpLogoWare (asi/168827) notes that Chris Sylvester, an account exec, was the winner of the firm's Porsche giveaway.
Imperial Marketing Inc. (asi/230430) presented its 2004 Top Supplier Awards to Leed's, EA Dion, Bruce Fix Inc., Preferred Embroidery and Custom Quest. Nominations were based on the dollar value of products and services provided throughout the year.
Class Action Suits Being Readied Against Huffy Corp. Several law firms are readying a class action suit against Huffy Corp. The suits allege that Huffy violated federal securities law by issuing misleading statements between April 16, 2002, and August 13, 2004. Huffy Sports (asi/62020) was sold by Huffy Corp. before its parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October, but it was affiliated with the firm during some of the time period that the suits cover. The action was filed in the federal court in Ohio. Officials from Huffy could not be reached for comment.
People On The Move: Bagpeddler (asi/129990) has named Dale Kirby marketing director.
Tranter Graphics (asi/91880) has been purchased by the children of its founders: Tammy Tranter (president), Patrick Tranter (VP/manufacturing) and Jennelle Tranter-Dohan (VP/sales & marketing).
Crown Products (asi/47700) has named John Ratliff VP of sales/marketing.
Cap America (asi/43792) has named Bruce Watson president/COO, Bob Rauh VP of overseas sales/sourcing and Patti Martin VP of finance.
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OF THE WEEK
Motion Promotion� Portfolios
A New Proprietary Line from New Products
A Smashing Debut in Las Vegas!
Many of the more than 2000 PPAI / Las Vegas distributors who visited the New Products booth raved about our new Motion Promotion� Portfolio. They called it �one of the best new items at the show.� The patented portfolio features a reversible robotic calculator that can be used when the portfolio is open or closed.
With the slide of a button, a robotic mechanism opens and elevates the calculator into an easel position for easy viewing. Even if the portfolio is closed, the user is able to write on the pad through a window in the front cover. It's ideal for working on the go or for meetings in the boardroom.
The portfolio makes a great executive gift and is ideal for financial institutions, accounting and law firms and meeting planners. In a few months, New Products will add other portfolio styles including a junior size, a legal size, a zippered version, a three ring binder and leather.
For more information or to view a Quick Time video of this exciting new product,
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ASI PRODUCT/SERVICE SPOTLIGHT
The ASI Dallas Show Opens Tomorrow; Largest Southwest Show In Years The industry's largest Southwest show begins tomorrow with The ASI Dallas Show's Free Education Conference. Thursday and Friday, the exhibits open with 700 suppliers and an anticipated contingent of more than 3,000 distributors.
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2005 ASI SHOWS
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