A Dying Tactic? California
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
has signed into law a new fax
bill that prohibits all “unsolicited
from or received by any person
or company located in California
without “prior express
invitation or permission.” This
new bill reverses the federal
law, which allows faxing as
long as there was an “established
business relationship.” The
law, which takes effect January
1, suggests that unless the
faxes are specifically sent
in relation to a business transaction – an
invoice, shipping information,
order confirmation – you
will need written permission
to market any services to current
and potential customers
California. Even sales offers printed
at the bottom of invoices might
be subject to the bill’s
$500 fine. Chuck Machion, ASI legal
counsel, believes the law may be
challenged on the basis that the
federal law takes precedence but
we will not know the answer to
that question until the challenge
Enters Partnership With
Specialty Advertising Association
of Greater New York (SAAGNY)
announced last week that
it has reached an agreement
in principle to have the
Promotional Products Association
International (PPAI) manage
Promotions East, SAAGNY’s
annual trade show, held in
Atlantic City in June. The
contract, which is still
being finalized, calls for
PPAI to oversee the show’s
exhibit sales, show-floor
vendor management, publications,
marketing and education. “The
SAAGNY board looked at a
variety of options regarding
the management of
Promotions East,” says
Walter Schatz, SAAGNY’s
executive director. “For
years, we have hoped that
PPAI would have a greater
presence in the Northeast.”
Slagle, PPAI’s president
and CEO, says that this show
management deal comes with a
commitment by PPAI to host its
mid-year business meetings, an
educational event, and its Taste
of the Regionals Party in conjunction
with Promotions East starting
in 2006. While some of these
events have previously been held
at the Motivation Show, Slagle
says the move won’t affect
PPAI’s commitment to that
trade show, traditionally held
in September in Chicago. “We
support the Motivation Show and
still believe there’s a
purpose for PPAI being a sponsor
of the show to reach end-buyers
and distributors with educational
programs demonstrating the effectiveness
of promotional products.”
Hurricane Wilma Update
La Belle Time Inc/Hurricane
is operating on a partial
generator power until electrical
power can be restored to
its location. They thank
you in advance for your patience
and hope to be up and running
as soon as possible.
WW Group (asi/94252)
sustained no hurricane damage
and will be open tomorrow for
business as usual.
Bought By Salespeople
Resulting from a
decision by owners
Richard and LouAnn
Klimek to explore
new business possibilities,
Skyline Trade Show
has been acquired
by three of the firm’s
top salespeople – Terrie
Benore, Wendy Ressing-Seitz
and Kristie Jones-Damalas – in
a total buyout. Terms
were not disclosed.
The firm will retain
its name and ASI
number, as well as
all 29 employees,
and will remain at
its present facility
in Cleveland, with
branch offices in
Maumee, OH, and Detroit. “This
was, basically, a
have no great changes
obvious goal is to increase
business. Wendy, Kristie
and myself, who are all
long-term Skyline employees,
will continue to sell
as well as manage the
The News The San
Francisco Examiner recently
profiled Linda Kitlitz
Bill Breed, president of Megabyte
Express Inc. (asi/267073),
was the subject of a recent article
in the Austin (TX) Business
Journal.Vista Marketing Inc. (asi/352515)
was discussed, along with the medium,
in the Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent.
Fills Sweet Order For TV If
a fan of the TV show Gilmore
may want to be extra
sure you catch tonight’s
is the Loneliest Number.” The
plot involves Rory
her 21st birthday without
Lorelei, but the show
will also feature
a promotional product.
On October 5, Creative
Expressions of Tampa
Bay Inc. (asi/170540)
a call from Warner
Brothers TV Studios,
saying it needed 100
edible chocolate boxes
filled with chocolates,
and it needed them
in two days for use
on the show. “We
called Chocolate Inn
placed the order,
and had them shipped
the next day,” explains
Najla Furgason, Creative
Expressions president. “We
followed up with Warner
the next day, and
they were absolutely
ecstatic about them.
They said they not
only looked good on
camera but tasted
great after the shoot.”
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Awards and Promotions Inc.
has named Peter Kerner sales
Bag Makers Inc.
has added Jeremy
Bayness as assistant
to the president.
Daly as national
Top 40 distributor
The Vernon Company
they will be
holding their “Winter
meeting at the ASI
2006 and their
meeting at the ASI
Vegas in 2007.
Both of these
are the only
that The Vernon
be holding at
2006 and 2007.
of sales, commented, “We
chose the ASI
of the total
offer to our
sales team. The
great mix of
the quality education,
events and the
the ideal combination
for our meetings.
and Las Vegas
are top destinations
and the timing
of the ASI
held major meetings
at ASI Shows since
2002 and appreciate
service and attention
to detail that
the ASI Show staff
provides to our
guests. The overall
could want for
our sales team.”
Matthew Cohn, ASI
Show president, “The
is one of the
in the industry
and we are thrilled
to welcome them
back for their
major sales meetings
in 2006 and 2007.” For
about the ASI
Shows, go to www.asishow.com or
call (800) 546-3300.
other new and creative products,
visit the Product Central section on ASICentral.com.
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