Distributor Indicted On Promo Products Fraud A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve is accused of fraudulently supplying the Army Recruiting Command with foreign-made promotional products. In a news release on May 25, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance stated that a federal grand jury had indicted Lt. Colonel Frederick Lamar Burnett on three counts of fraud on promotional products contracts worth a total of $6.2 million. Read Article
Industry Delegation Lobbies Congress As part of PPAI’s Legislative Education and Action Day (LEAD), a group of more than 80 industry advocates went to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with members of Congress and federal agencies. The goal of the meetings? To increase awareness for the industry as a whole and to engage members of Congress on issues that impact companies in the promotional products market. Read Article
Delta Apparel Releases Q2 Financials
Supplier firm Delta Apparel (asi/49172) announced that net sales decreased roughly 0.4% in its fiscal second quarter of 2016, which ended April 2. Sales were impacted to some degree by the bankruptcy of a large retail customer, according to the supplier.
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The Joe Show: Awesomely Cool Products
In this episode of The Joe Show, Product Editor Joe Haley features fun products with staying power, including a humidor shaped like a shot shell, mousepad with real X-ray image, Titleist gift tin and cooling towel for those hot summer days.
Twitter Announces Changes To Tweet Parameters
Twitter is finally allowing its users to spread their wings and expand their communication past the social media service's renowned restrictions.
A series of changes will be made during the summer months that enable users to post longer messages with more interactive content. Adding photos, GIFs, and videos will no longer count against the 140-character limit. Tagging users by their handles at the beginning of replies won't count against the limit either.
Users will also now be able to quote and retweet their own previous tweets. In addition, when tweeting from one person to another, users will no longer have to place a period before the person's username. Now tweets to another person will be seen by the sender's followers rather than just both users' followers.
Obituary: David S. Engel, SAAGNY
The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) announces that long-time member Dave Engel passed away on May 25. He was 71.
Born in North Carolina in 1944, he was a former board member of SAAGNY and a former volunteer for both SAAGNY and PPAI. "Dave was a loyal and vocal proponent of SAAGNY, the SAAGNY Foundation and the industry," says Jonathan Riegel, executive director of SAAGNY and the SAAGNY Foundation, "and he was a true friend to so many of his colleagues. We offer our prayers and condolences to Dave's wife and family during this difficult time."
Engel is survived by his wife Sharon (Trosch) Engel; son Jonathan (Jessica) and daughter Joanna (Dana Finer); brother Rafael Engel; and granddaughter Miriam Engel. Funeral services will be held at Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George St., New Haven, CT 06511 on Friday, May 27, at 10 a.m., preceded by visiting hour at 9 a.m., with interment to follow at the Beth Sholom Cemetery, 25 Alling St., Hamden, CT. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492.
Obituary: Jim Harmon, PAPPA
The Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association (PAPPA) announced that former executive director Jim Harmon passed away unexpectedly on May 23. He was 73.
A lifetime member of PAPPA, Harmon was a constant presence on the organization's various committees and at PAPPA events. Most recently, he was a table games dealer at Delaware Park Racetrack in Wilmington, DE. "Jim's kindness and genuine thoughtfulness made him an extraordinary colleague and friend to everyone he met," said PAPPA, in an official statement. "We extend the deepest heartfelt condolences to his family during this most difficult time."
Harmon is survived by his wife Joyce; daughter Beth Ford (John) and son Scott Harmon (Elizabeth); grandchildren Avery Harmon, Bryan Ford and Lauren Ford; great-grandchildren Conor and Emilia; brother Jack Harmon (Mary) and sister Janet Cannon.
A viewing will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at Downingtown United Methodist Church at 751 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335, with funeral services immediately following.
In The News
Admore (asi/32050), a division of Ennis Inc. (asi/52493), was recognized at The Gallery of Superb Printing Banquet, hosted by the Detroit Club of Printing House Craftsmen, with five golds, the Best of Show and the Best of Large Offset Press awards for achievements in printing, die-cutting and other special effects.
Hub Pen Company (asi/61966) has announced three new products for the spring: the Spartano Pen (372), the Crescendo Hybrid Ink Pen (405) and the Mantaray Stylus Pen (406).
Prime Line (asi/79530) has released its new Smart Solutions for Hot Markets catalog, which includes product ideas for seven popular spring and summer markets. The 24-page catalog displays U.S. and Canadian pricing and is available in both print and digital formats.
R.S. Owens (asi/75530) created the Grand Prix of Indianapolis trophy for winner Simon Pagenaud.
TravelChair Co. (asi/91916) announces that Daniel Roso, vice president of sales and marketing, will attend the PPAI's Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.) for the second year in a row.
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