(Editor’s Note: PromoWire by PPAI Media is a running digest of updates from organizations around the promotional products industry. PPAI Media will consider newsworthy entries submitted by any member organization.)

April 12

Stakes Manufacturing Welcomes Chuck Ertzberger As SVP Production

Stakes Manufacturing (PPAI 776961) has appointed Chuck Ertzberger as senior vice president of production.

  • With more than 25 years of executive-level experience, including leadership roles at Custom Ink and PCNA, Ertzberger brings expertise and a proven track record of driving operational excellence and growth in manufacturing environments.
  • At Custom Ink, he spearheaded the expansion of multi-site production operations across the U.S. At PCNA, he grew Leeds’ operational footprint fivefold, and was in charge of turning around the Bulletline and Trimark acquisitions.

“Chuck’s exceptional leadership acumen and proven ability to drive operational excellence and foster growth make him the perfect fit to lead our production efforts as we continue to innovate and expand our footprint in the print on-demand fulfillment industry,” says Stakes CEO Vince Bartozzi.

April 11

Crystal D Account Manager Named UMAPP Super Star Award Winner

Tawauna Garner, account manager at Crystal D (PPAI 112326, Gold) has received a 2024 Super Star Award from Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals. The presentation was made by UMAPP President Chris Babiash at a luncheon during this month’s UMAPP Road Show.

  • Garner was nominated by Crystal D Controller Cathy Klein, who says Garner’s customers and fellow employees adore her. Klein also noted the excitement Garner brings to her job every day.
  • UMAPP’s Super Star Awards recognize industry professionals who go above and beyond expectations. Nominations are reviewed by UMAPP committee members who select just three winners annually.

“I am very honored to be recognized for my serving heart and can-do attitude,” Garner says. “It means so much to me to be nominated, and especially from Cathy, as she is such an amazing person and great role model.”

S&S Activewear And Cap America Debut Fresh Spring Caps and Colors

S&S Activewear (PPAI 256121, Platinum) unveils Cap America’s (PPAI 111597, Gold) new lineup for spring that includes fashion-forward and performance options.

  • Among the highlights is the Athletic Rope cap boasting a trendy braided rope, quick-dry moisture-wicking system and UV guard treatment to prevent fading in the sun.
  • Two new active wear styles include the i7007 soft fit and i7023 structured caps constructed from 100-percent polyester performance grid fabric.
  • \The ever-popular i1002 relaxed dad hat is now available in more than 35 colorways and the 12-inch knit cap with cuff comes in three new hues: cider, ivory and true Kelly green.