Pilot Trying To Capture Waterhouse Cup CBS Newsradio reports that Pilot Corp. of America (asi/78110), based in Monroe, CT, is aggressively attempting to acquire the TD Waterhouse Cup tennis tournament, a men's professional tournament which was recently put on the block by the
Association of Tennis Professionals. Pilot already sponsor the Pilot Pen Tournament, a women's event held each year. The idea, Pilot said, was to have both men's and women's tennis in New Haven, CT. If it happens, the brand exposure for Pilot will just about double. We'll keep you posted.
Observations From China The Hong Kong Gift & Premium Fair
and Canton Fair begin this week and Supplier Global Resources' Editor Michele Bell shares her thoughts:
So never having been to Asia before, not speaking the language, not eating seafood, I've never felt so helpless or hapless. Taking the two-hour train ride from Hong Kong to the Canton (now called Guangzhou) Gift Fair was pleasant enough, right up until the weird government documents we were all presented with and asked to fill out. One wanted to know if we had a fever, cough, difficulty breathing or pulmonarytuberculosis (too bad "raging hangover" wasn't an option... "check!"). It also wanted to know if we were brining any "animal carcasses or human tissue," among other sordid things, with us and I began to wonder what my fellow travelers are up to.
After walking the massive and confusing Canton Show, where there were such a varied group of vendors and a floor plan with no cohesiveness, I miss things as basic and convenient at our U.S. industry shows as an information desk, an exhibitor directory, a toilet that's not a hole in the ground, air conditioning and a common language. It's hot (with about 80% humidity) and humongous — in this case, two things I'm not enjoying. Thank God for the kindness of industry people like Geiger's (asi/202900) Jo-an Lantz, Counselor's International Person of the Year in 2004, who was good enough to help us set up our schedule and BAS Pens' (asi/37685) Dan Krassenstein, who speaks fluent Mandarin and was able to give me some basic tips. Our industry really does look out for one another...
More in Thursday's PromoGram from the Hong Kong Gift & Premium Fair and attendee and exhibitor numbers from the Canton Show.
Distributor Alert Memory Experts International (asi/70597) is warning distributors that in the past two weeks it has received many small rush orders — usually in a quantity of 20 � from several different suppliers for its 512 MB ClipDrives all without a logo and the same ship to address. Upon further investigation the address turned out to be a senior citizens' building and the business name did not exist. They were contact again this week with the same order but a new ship to address. �We ended up warning all distributors who ordered these units with us to verify their end-user information,� says Nancy Valade, account executive. �They all canceled their orders.� The shipping address was Florin & Company Co., 208 N. Main Street Apt. 606, Janesville WI 53545. Valade asks distributors to please be cautious of any orders matching this description.
Nominations Call For 2005 Counselor Awards Know an individual in the industry who has really shaken things up this year? How about a client who is a super-savvy user of promotional products or an entrepreneur who's achieved off-the-charts growth in 2005? Now is the time to give them the recognition they deserve by nominating them for the 2005 Counselor Awards. The editors of Counselor invite you to send in nominations for the following:
Counselor Person of the Year
International Person of the Year
Client of the Year
Entrepreneur of the Year
Woman of Distinction
Correction Handstands' (asi/59525) toll-free number was listed incorrectly in the April issue of the Quarterly Register. Their correction number is (800)228-8987.
People On the Move First Impressions Inc. of Houston (asi/194460) has hired Stephen Livesay as an account executive.
The TRG Group's (asi/90507) corporate markets division has named Todd Morton the first recipient of its President's Award, presented to the employee with the best sales results. The firm also named Angela Sadler recipient of its Horizons Award, for the employee making the most overall contributions to the corporate markets division.
OF THE WEEK
AMC is proud to introduce the newest addition to their quality line, The BG97 Sports Bag:
This item is made from the highest-quality fabrics in the industry and, like ALL of the AMC products, its manufacturer stands behind its name.
BG97 Sports Bag is also woven out of the same high-quality 600-denier polyester fabric the BG96 is made of. It comes with a small pocket that is great for storing your keys, phone and even your wallet. The best thing about this bag is the side pouch that is GREAT for storing a pair of basketball/soccer shoes.
APOLLO is excited to offer you the price of $5.99 per piece blank and it gets better, $6.99 per piece with a FREE digitized tape with a minimum order is 144 pieces. Ask about our contract embroidery pricing.
Feel free to contact APOLLO at 1-800-982-2146 or EMBROIDERY USA 1-888-947-9988 or visit
WWW.APOLLOEMB.COM to see the full AMC line…….
other new and creative products,
visit the Product Central section on ASICentral.com.
ASI PRODUCT/SERVICE SPOTLIGHT
ASI Show Philadelphia Closes In On Projected Attendance For Preview Event The ASI Show Philadelphia, May 24-25 (exhibits May 25) has officially registered more than 1,000 distributors representing over $1 billion in industry sales. More than 400 distributors registered last week, and more distributors are registering every day. Not included in the current totals are a number of top distributor companies that are having meetings at the show: Brown & Bigelow, Business Partners, HALO/Lee Wayne, iPROMOTEu and Proforma.
Supplier participation is also very strong � with new exhibitors signing up every day and more than 30 new exhibitors in the last week. The growing list of suppliers represent a �who's who� of the industry: Ash City, Fields, Dard, Hit Promotional Products, AT Cross, Norwood, Leeds, Lanco, Bulletline, Logomark, SanMar, Alpha, Broder, Bodek and Rhodes, Goldbond, American Apparel, World Wide, Moderne Glass, The Corvest Companies (Toppers, Advalite, It's All Greek), Jayline, Jetline, Webb, Noteworthy, and many others. The ASI Show Philadelphia is over 80% sold out with less than 80 booths left.
Please visit www.asishow.com to register or exhibit. For more information on this year's ASI Show Philadelphia preview, call (877)ASI-SHOW.
The ASI Show Philadelphia resumes its three-day format next year May 23-25, 2006 (exhibits open 24-25).
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Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Products (UMAPP)
RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN
Info: (651) 734-9767; Fax: (651) 734-9110 firstname.lastname@example.org
Traveling Optimum Promotional Show
Promotional Products Association of Canada Inc. (PPACanada)
4/Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, Vancouver, BC; 6/Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB; 9/Delta Regina Hotel, Regina, SK; 11/Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Info: (514) 489-5359; Fax: (514) 489-7760 email@example.com
Educational Seminar for Profit (ESP)
Georgia Association of Promotional Products Professionals (GAPPP)
Atlanta Hilton Northeast, Norcross, GA
Info: (678) 376-0766; Fax: (678) 377-0947 firstname.lastname@example.org
Promotional Marketing Association of Northern California (PMANC)
Portola Plaza Hotel, Monterey, CA
Info: (888) 762-6200; Fax: (916) 451-9150 email@example.com