(Editor’s Note: PromoWire by PPAI Media is a running digest of news releases and updates submitted from organizations around the promotional products industry. PPAI Media edits these only slightly, including for length, and will consider newsworthy entries from any member organization.)

December 7, 2022

ASB’s Virtual Award Ceremony Honors Sales Associates, Home Office, Suppliers

American Solutions for Business (PPAI 101656, D12) held their third annual virtual award ceremony, recognizing all winners in one evening of celebration.

  • This year, 26 award categories were featured across the board, honoring hundreds of recipients. ASB introduced three new awards: The ACES Ambassador Award for Sales Associates (Leigh Strong), and the Strategic Partner (Mel Bettua, HPG) and Top Importer (BamBams) awards for suppliers.
  • Some additional categories were Top Vendors, The Horizon Award for Vendors, American Eagle and GPO Excellence Award.
  • The Top Vendors: SanMar, Ennis, alphabroder / Prime Line, Essendant, ICS Corporation, Hit Promotional Products, KDM Products, S & S Activewear LLC, Dubow Textile Inc., Navitor, PCNA, Automotive Service Products, Abbott Label Inc., Lippmann Printing, Sterling Business Forms, Wise, Diversified Labeling Solutions, Wardkraft, Spectra Print Corporation, American Print and Digital, Gemline, Highland Computer Forms Inc., Sweda, Central States Business Forms, 4over Inc., Cap America, Royal Business Forms, ID Images Inc., Love Envelopes, Showdown Displays, Koozie Group

Liqui-Mark, Zebra Pen Reach Promo Distribution Agreement

Liqui-Mark will be the exclusive supplier of Zebra brand products and officially start selling the Zebra line of products starting January 1, 2023. This exclusive distribution agreement is only for promotional products.

  • Liqui-Mark will be taking over all re-orders from the distributor network previously supplied by Gemline.
  • At the initial launch, Liqui-Mark will be carrying select Zebra items, including its most popular stainless steel ballpoint pens, gel pens and mechanical pencils, along with its Z-Grip, Mildliner and Sarasa series of gel pens, including the X20 and Sarasa Grand.
  • Zebra has decades of experience manufacturing high-quality writing instruments. Its design of stainless-steel products is recognized for high quality, value and performance.

December 6, 2022

Proforma Franchisee Wins Women in Business Award

Proforma (PPAI 196835, D13) celebrates Suzette Albrecht, franchisee of Proforma Albrecht & Co who was named a Bronze award winner in the Best Female Entrepreneur category at the 19th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

  • Suzette and her husband joined the Proforma Network in In August 2000. Under Albrecht’s leadership, the company has grown to over $43 million in annual sales and provided customers with creative, full-service marketing solutions.
  • Out of a network of more than 500 distributor owners, Albrecht & Co. has been Proforma’s top annual producer since 2006. Albrecht & Co. is a member of Proforma’s Multi-Million Dollar Club and has been enshrined in Proforma’s Hall of Fame.
  • The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an international competition that honors women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run and has been hailed as the world’s premier business award.