Tsunami Relief Continues To support the tsunami victim aid efforts, Punch Products USA (asi/80060) recently held an employee fundraiser where workers could dress down for a week if they made a donation to the Red Cross relief fund. Punch matched all contributions 100%, and the firm ended up raising a total of $1,156.
Andrews, Cohn And Slagle To Speak At APS Conference Advertising Products Suppliers (APS) will hold its annual member conference in Arlington, TX from April 15-16. Founder Gene Cesario, MAS, says the meeting is designed to provide a forum to discuss issues affecting the industry. Non-member industry suppliers are invited to participate as well. �APS is committed to reinforcing the traditional business model that has benefited both suppliers and distributors since the industry began,� Cesario says. �But that doesn't mean we can be blind to the changes affecting us all. We must be proactive in adapting to business in this global economy, and the best way to do that is to share our experience and ideas in a structured format.�
On hand to share their respective opinions on industry trends and issues will be ASI president Tim Andrews; Matthew Cohn, president of the ASI Show; PPAI president Steve Slagle; Gene Geiger, president of Counselor Top 40 distributor Geiger (asi/202900); and Debbie Gordon, owner of Debbie Does Freight. In addition to these and other guest speakers, there will be supplier roundtable discussions on a variety of issues impacting the industry. For more information about the APS meeting, contact Gene Cesario at (817) 453-9955 or Lib001@aol.com.
Are You A Chapter 11 Veteran? We're looking for stories about suppliers and distributors who made the trip to bankruptcy court and lived to tell about it. It's all for our April Counselor feature, �Life Beyond Chapter 11.� If you have insights you'd like to share or questions you'd like answered, please contact senior editor Connie O'Kane at email@example.com or call 800-546-1350 (ext. 3325).
Industry Awards � Inside And Out Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF) has named the winners of its 2004 scholarship program. They are: BJ Puls, A Banners, Signs and Specialties Inc. (asi/131888), Stan Dohan, Allen Co. (asi/34330) and David Dudash, Proforma/DSD Creative Solutions (asi/300094)
Dunbrooke (asi/50930) has presented its 2004 service awards. The �leaders� included 15-year vets Amy Bradford and Denise Short, 20-year staffer Patty Soendker and 25-year employees Jerry Mitts and Berta Amderson.
Cintas Corp. (asi/162167) was named the best uniform supplier in the food industry for the third year running in Food Processing magazine's 2005 Readers' Choice awards.
Bodek and Rhodes (asi/40788) received an outstanding achievement award for production of its 2004 �Big Book� catalog in the Premier Print Awards.
2005 State of the Industry Study:
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People On The Move Bag Makers Inc. (asi/37940) has named Linda McMahan Southeast regional sales manager.
Multiline Marketing Group (multi-line rep firm) has added David Hunzelman in the Midwest.
Identification Plates Inc. (asi/62150) has named Blake Bozeman sales manager
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