1,420 Industry Professionals Now Awarded with Education Certifications

Twenty-two new grads certified; 40,000 enrolled in ASI’s free Online Learning Center

TREVOSE, PA – September 30, 2015 – The Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) today announced 22 more industry professionals were recently certified through the ASI Education Certification Program, bringing the total to 1,420, with more than 40,000 enrolled in ASI’s free Online Learning Center.

The ASI Education Certification Program is free for ASI members and user-friendly, with all 500 courses automatically tracked electronically via ASI’s digital campus. The extensive educational program supports the needs of everyone, from newcomers to proven industry veterans, with sales, marketing, social media, business-building and technology courses offered online and in-person at ASI shows and events, presented by experts in their field.

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:

  • David Akers, LMS Solutions Inc. (asi/246959)
  • Doug Arthur, Better Deal Printing, LLC (asi/138693)
  • Jamie Barthel, Suncoast Marketing (asi/339154)
  • Jessica Carr, Idea Source Inc. (asi/229505)
  • Karrisa Cruz, College Hill Custom Threads (asi/164578)
  • Gena Davis Mueller, Junior Davis and Associates (asi/176197)
  • Amanda Doerr, Pinpoint Promotions (asi/163341)
  • Kari Fleck Gutstein, American Solutions for Business (asi/456018)
  • Joseph Frias, Creative Imprints Plus (asi/528792)
  • Randy Gallant, ABCO Advertising Specialties (asi/102209)
  • Rick Goetzinger, Proforma Smart Marketing (asi/491751)
  • Joe Guagliani, The Marketing Equipment Company (asi/466857)
  • Brett Maciag, Second Step Advertising (asi/522735)
  • Janice Persad, Liliana Christi Ltd. (asi/590061)
  • Rosalind Robe Boukis, Advertising Magic, Inc. (asi/111425)
  • Roy Ryniker, Positive Promotions (asi/297370)
  • Carey Seekell, Culver Company (asi/172223)
  • Karen Sharp, Proforma Impact Promotions (asi/490136)
  • Jason Standard, Jason Standard & Company LLC (asi/333603)

The latest MASI graduates are:

  • Blake Hardin, Proforma Springboard (asi/491836)
  • Jeff Jackowiak, CME Group (asi/161701)
  • Christine Norton, Way To Be Designs (asi/355980)

“An ASI certification is the very best way to prove to potential clients that you are an educated, serious-minded marketing professional selling products that deliver the highest possible advertising ROI,” said Timothy M. Andrews, president and chief executive officer of ASI. “In short, a BASI or MASI is a mark of excellence.”

ASI annually invests $1.3 million to educate its members. During the 2015 ASI Show® season, a total of 5,295 attended classes, making ASI the largest educator in the industry. 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, award-winning 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 opportunitiestrade showseducationaward-winning magazines, newsletters, custom websites and catalogs to help members sell, market and promote their brands. Learn more at and on Google+FacebookTwitterLinkedInYouTube and the CEO’s blog.