1,371 Industry Professionals Now Awarded with  Education Certifications 

Eighteen new grads certified; 30,000 enrolled in ASI’s free Online Learning Center

TREVOSE, PA – March 18, 2015 – The Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) today announced 18 more industry professionals were recently certified through the ASI Education Certification Program, bringing the total to 1,371, with more than 30,000 enrolled in ASI’s free Online Learning Center.

Participation in the ASI Education Certification Program costs nothing for ASI members and is user-friendly, with all courses automatically tracked electronically via ASI’s proprietary digital campus. ASI’s extensive educational programs support the needs of everyone from newcomers to proven industry veterans.

The ASI Certification Program offers two certification levels: BASI™ (Bachelor of Advertising Specialty Information) and MASI™ (Master of Advertising Specialty Information).

The latest BASI graduates are:
  • Sara Akoubian, Suncoast Marketing (asi/339154)
  • Martha Bishop, The Yankee Candle Company Inc. (asi/98756)
  • Mark Boore, Ettingers Office Supply Co. (asi/548339)
  • David Grimm, Proforma Albrecht & Co. (asi/116308)
  • Blake Hardin, Proforma Springboard (asi/491836)
  • Mike Johnson, The Screen Stop (asi/529200)
  • Loren Marcinkowski, Semper Fi Printing & Promotions (asi/323312)
  • Kevin Massimino, College Hill Custom Threads (asi/164578)
  • Christy Pschere, WebbMason (asi/356166)
  • Marisa Rodrigues, Westminster Printing & Promotions (asi/359158)
  • Teri Vigeant, Market Street Promotions (asi/261725)
  • Sarah Walczyk, Valley Apparel and Promotions LLC (asi/350599)
  • Karley White, College Hill Custom Threads (asi/164578)
  • Michael Wyatt, Icon Branding Solutions (asi/229604)
  • Debbie Yearwood, Perry Office Plus (asi/522444)

“Every newly certified professional in our industry should be proud of themselves for investing in the success of their company and their future,” said ASI CEO Timothy M. Andrews.
The latest MASI graduates are:
  • Laurie DePino, DeSIGNED by DePINO (asi/179754)
  • Jim Long, Proforma Dynmark Enterprises (asi/491736)
  • Bernard Thorn, Brand Marketing Trends & Pictorials (asi/145068)

“Every newly certified professional in our industry should be proud of themselves for investing in the success of their company and their future,” said Timothy M. Andrews, president and chief executive officer of ASI.

ASI annually invests $1.3 million to educate its members. During the 2014 ASI Show® season, a total of 5,406 attended classes, making ASI the largest educator in the industry. To date, 2,048 people have attended education sessions at the 2015 ASI shows. Click here for a complete overview of ASI Education.

With a full spectrum of education, information and research programs, ASI has everything it takes to help ad specialty professionals learn the business and remain competitive. ASI offers an unmatched portfolio of educational opportunities, incomparable publications and insightful research reports.

For more information on ASI Education, contact Melinda Ligos, ASI’s editor-in-chief and senior VP of professional development, at (215) 953-3434 or

About ASI
The Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) is the largest media, marketing and education organization serving the promotional products industry, with a network of over 25,000 distributors and suppliers throughout North America. ASI leads the industry in technology solutions, providing cloud-based e-commerce, enterprise resource planning software (ERP) and customer relationship management software (CRM). ESP Web® is the industry’s leading tool for sourcing hundreds of thousands of products. A family-owned business since 1962, ASI also provides online research, marketing, advertising opportunities, trade shows, education, award-winning magazines, newsletters, custom websites and catalogs to help members sell, market and promote their brands. Visit ASI at and on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and the CEO’s blog.