(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.)

March 8, 2023

Proforma Color Press Acquires Commander Printed Products

Proforma Color Press (PPAI 304857, D3) has acquired Commander Printed Products (PPAI 134250, D3), bringing expanded supplier services, local onsite decoration services, greater storage and fulfillment services and a robust e-commerce platform for online company stores.

  • Proforma Color Press is part of the Proforma network of over 500 locations and over $600 million in yearly sales.
  • Commander Printed Products has been in business over 47 years as a long-standing supplier to the local market.
  • “The acquisition of Commander Printed Products is very exciting,” says David Schmaeling, president of Proforma Color Press. “The acquisition offers us a customer base that primarily buys printing the opportunity to offer logo wear, promotional items, local decoration services, storage and fulfillment programs all assisted by Proforma’s e-commerce platform, Prostores.”

OrderMyGear Announces Mykayla Goodwin As Vice President Of Strategy

Goodwin will play a pivotal role in identifying growth opportunities for OrderMyGear (PPAI 704581) and guiding company strategy through market research and strategic planning.

  • Since joining OMG in 2019, Goodwin has positioned herself as a trusted strategy and product marketing leader within the company. She is currently leading the integration of OMG and BrightStores following the recent acquisition, bringing together two market leading technology platforms in the sporting goods and promotional products space.
  • “Mykayla has played an enormous role since she started with us in Product Marketing,” said Leonid Rozkin, CEO of OMG. “Her understanding of the industry, our clients, and our solutions is second to none. She was instrumental in helping us identify BrightStores as the ideal acquisition to create the clear leader in online stores. Today she turns her attention to ensuring the success of the integration and will work closely with clients to help us identify ways to continue fueling their growth and make technology easier along the way.”

PromoStandards Announces Its Official 2023 Board of Directors

The PromoStandards (PPAI 816699) 2023 Board of Directors includes:

  • Eric Alessi, Chair – President and CEO at Essent Corporation
  • Catherine Graham, Vice-Chair – Co-Founder, and CEO at commonsku
  • Philip Gergen, Treasurer – Senior Vice President of Technology at Koozie Group
  • Jon Norris, Immediate Past Chair – Chief Operating Officer at Starline
  • Eric Shonebarger, Standards Committee Chair – President at Hit Promotional Products
  • Steven Stanley – Senior Vice President of Technology at ePromos Promotional Products
  • Amy Rabideau – VP of Product at Facilisgroup
  • Shawn White – Vice President of Information Technology at Geiger
  • Irwin Goldstein – Vice President of Enterprise and Solutions Architecture at HALO Branded Solutions
  • Edward Streiff – Senior Manager of Application Development at Polyconcept North American (PCNA)
  • Mike Knapick – Chief Information Officer at SanMar
  • Dan Kroymann – Director of Information Technology at Staples Promotional Products

Next Level Apparel Partners With Oritain

Next Level Apparel (PPAI 272027, S3) announced an exclusive partnership with Oritain, a world leader in using cutting-edge forensic science to verify the origin of products and raw materials.

  • NLA has long been an industry leader in responsible sourcing. This innovative partnership further advances the company’s sector leadership by allowing NLA to conduct scientific verification of its cotton products for the benefit of consumers and the broader printwear industry.
  • By confirming fiber origin, NLA will help address the global cotton industry’s traceability challenges, including minimizing the risk of supply chain partners blending the product with lower quality fibers.

Terry Town Hires National Account Manager For Midwest Region

Terry Town (PPAI 230911, S10) has hired Taryn Sanders as its strategic national account manager.

  • Sanders is a graduate of Youngstown State University and has acquired exceptional account management skills while working for an Ohio-based sales and marketing firm. She will represent the company in the Midwest region.

March 7, 2023

ACS Affiliate Services Announces Five New Affiliate Partners

The new affiliate partners are TBG Swag, P3 Perilli Promotional Products, Private I Print Promotions, RAM Specialty Products, and Branding Solutions.

  • ACS Affiliate Services is a subsidiary of AIM Smarter (PPAI 230461, D12).

Orbus’ Kara Barker Named PPAF Board President For 2023

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group (PPAI 428128, S7) announced that Kara Barker, Florida territory manager, has been named Promotional Products Association of Florida president of the Board of Directors for 2023.

  • Kara has been serving on the PPAF Board of Directors as treasurer since January 2020 and vice president from 2022-2023.
  • PPAF is a regional association of PPAI serving those in the Southeast and Florida.

Galaxy Balloons Promotes Parker Wolfe To National Sales Manager

Galaxy Balloons (PPAI 113835, S7) has promoted Parker Wolfe to national sales manager and named him to the executive management team.

  • “Parker has been a key player in the company’s success story and his promotion is well-deserved and recognition of his efforts,” says Galaxy President Les Dorfman.