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A bit of good news …

A bit of good news …

  I had the most amazing calls with two clients today!  One called from Florida, who works for a cruise company.  Another called from France (and will not be able to return home to Virginia for another month).  They called to check on me, my family, and the...

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Pause vs. Proactive

Pause vs. Proactive

  I have to admit, this is the most surreal St. Patrick's Day I've ever had.  I feel like the world around us has slowed down, and in some of my clients cases, literally stopped moving completely for 30 days. So in this time, we can choose to PAUSE.  We can also...

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Should we be concerned?

Should we be concerned?

It never ceases to amaze me how global issues impact our promotional marketplace.  From rolling blackouts, strikes at a port of entry, tsunamis, tariffs, and now - health outbreaks like the coronavirus.  As we all know, people in Wuhan are not going to work (or in...

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New Year = Promo Show Circuit!

New Year = Promo Show Circuit!

We just returned from the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) show in Orlando, scouting out the latest and greatest new items and trends.  What did our team think was hot for 2020? Reusable straws will definitely stay popular this year ... Personalization,...

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Product of the Year

Product of the Year

Drumroll please … the product that gained the most steam in 2019 was reusable straws.  Both stainless steel and silicone were increasingly popular, with cool features like telescoping functionality or fun containers to tote your straw.   From coast to coast these...

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A week in the life …

Special thanks to Counselor Magazine for featuring our team in the their week in the life article!  So happy to have such a varied client base and strong team that supports our efforts.

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A little help from my friends…

A little help from my friends…

  We all get by with a little help from our friends, and in my case - it's my factory reps.  We literally grow up in this industry together, and build relationships over YEARS.  Obviously they learn about my clients and go to bat for me day in and day out.  I'm...

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Power Days at the ASI Power Summit

Power Days at the ASI Power Summit

It was an amazing few days at the Loew's Coronado Resort in San Diego last week where I had the opportunity to network with senior leaders from our supplier factories. Topics regarding tariffs, order error rates, scaling up (in the age of acquisitions) and how cyber...

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Best of the best …

Wow!  It's been an intense few days at the ANA Masters of Marketing conference.  I've never been to a conference where in a single day I cried for … not one, not two - but three presentations.  Apparently Pampers commercials to the tune of Silent Night and Ally's...

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