Counselor Breaking News

Counselor Breaking News

The Counselor Breaking News Podcast is your source for the story behind the story. We’ll bring you interviews with industry leaders, news of key acquisitions, important personnel changes, major recalls, exclusive research, and more. When industry news breaks, this is your home for everything you need to know.

Hosted By: Dave Vagnoni

Produced By: Vincent Driscoll

Paul Lage Becomes President of IMAGEN Brands

5/22/2018

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Paul Lage Becomes President of IMAGEN Brands

An experienced well-known promo executive, Paul Lage recently took over as President of Top 40 supplier Imagen Brands. In this exclusive podcast, the 2007 Counselor Person of the Year and 2017 Marvin Spike Lifetime Achievement Award winner discusses the latest big move in his distinguished career – and what he has planned for IMAGEN.  

Corporate Imaging Concepts Makes Big Acquisition

5/17/2018

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Corporate Imaging Concepts Makes Big Acquisition

This week, Chicago-area Corporate Imaging Concepts (CIC; asi/168962) acquired Atlanta-area eCompanyStore (asi/185782). The deal creates a new powerhouse distributor in the promo industry – a company projected to generate $85 million in sales in 2018. In this exclusive podcast, CIC CEO Bob Herzog discusses the acquisition and what the future holds.

Q1 2018 Industry Sales Report

4/26/2018

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Q1 2018 Industry Sales Report

New ASI data shows first-quarter distributor sales in 2018 were up by 3.4%, led by gains among mid-size firms. In this podcast, Counselor’s Dave Vagnoni and ASI Research Director Nate Kucsma talk about these results, what’s behind them and what’s ahead for the rest of the year. For even more coverage of the ASI survey data, click here

Sharon Eyal Interview on Recent Court Victory

4/3/2018

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Sharon Eyal Interview on Recent Court Victory

Michele Bell, head of ASI’s Editorial department, interviews Sharon Eyal, CEO of Counselor Top 40 supplier ETS Express, on the company’s recent win in a trademark infringement case against S’well, and its implications for the industry.

 

Reaction to Potential U.S.-China Trade War

3/28/2018

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Reaction to Potential U.S.-China Trade War

In an exclusive interview with Counselor’s John Corrigan, Bamko (asi/131431) Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Joshua White and Vice President of Operations Max Levavi discuss the tariff proposals between the United States and China and how they’ll impact the promotional products industry.​

Geiger Acquires BTC Group

3/19/2018

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Geiger Acquires BTC Group

Top 40 distributor Geiger (asi/202900) has acquired BTC Group, a U.K.-based distributor. In this exclusive podcast with Counselor’s Christopher Ruvo, Geiger CEO Gene Geiger and Chief Operating Officer Jo-an Lantz share insights into what the major international deal means.

Insights from Proforma's Newest Exec: Chris Piper

3/1/2018

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Insights from Proforma's Newest Exec: Chris Piper

The new vice president of business development at Proforma (asi/300094) – Chris Piper – discussed his plans for growing the company and the industry as a whole in an interview with Counselor’s John Corrigan.

Insights From BIC Graphic’s New CEO David Klatt Jr.

2/22/2018

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Insights From BIC Graphic’s New CEO David Klatt Jr.

Growth opportunities, new products, the importance of company culture and the power of promotional products to drive results – BIC Graphic’s (asi/40480) new CEO David Klatt Jr. discussed all that and more in a lively podcast discussion with Counselor’s Christopher Ruvo.

2017 Industry Sales Report

1/18/2018

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2017 Industry Sales Report

New ASI data shows 2017 distributor sales increased by 3.2%, reaching a record total of $23.6 billion. In this podcast, Counselor’s Dave Vagnoni and ASI Research Director Nate Kucsma talk about these numbers, the trends behind them and what appears to be in store for industry sales in 2018.

Interview with Matt Gresge

1/17/2018

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Interview with Matt Gresge

Following AIA Corporation’s (asi/109480) acquisition of OfficeZilla, Counselor’s Dave Vagnoni interviewed CEO Matt Gresge to get more details on the deal.