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

August 23, 2022

North Texas Promo Companies, PPAI Endure Heavy Rain And Isolated Flooding

Light rain continued to scatter across the Dallas-Fort Worth area Tuesday morning, further adding to the torrential downpour that much of the area received beginning late Sunday night and throughout the day on Monday. Following months of drought conditions, some areas reported 12 inches or more in less than 24 hours.

The day's rainfall has been described as a "one in 1,000 years event." A disaster was declared due to flash flooding that killed at least one person, and state and local officials were continuing to assess the damage to the region on Tuesday. More rain is expected later this week.

PPAI, headquartered in Irving, Texas, withstood the storms without any major damage to its headquarters building. Although commute times were disrupted, no staff members had reported any major difficulties from the storms as of Tuesday morning. A number of industry companies are based in the area, and are encouraged to report disruptions to business and staff concerns by emailing News@PPAI.org.

August 19, 2022

Tekweld Hires New Vice President Of Business Development

To maintain its position as a top supplier in the promotional products industry, Tekweld has hired Gregg Szpicek as Vice President of Business Development to help further scale and strategize on its growth trajectory.

Hauppauge, New York.  Tekweld, a leading supplier in the promotional products industry, is proud to announce the triumphant return of Gregg Szpicek in the role of Vice President of Business Development.  Szpicek had previously joined Tekweld over a decade ago and served as Vice President of Sales until 2016, at which point he branched out as a formidable force in the industry leading sales and business development for a number of premier companies. 

Over the past 6 years, Szpicek has implemented effective growth initiatives and marketing and business plans for multiple organizations in a variety of roles—his intuition, strategic thinking, and fundamental understanding of the promotional space has allowed him to effectively scale and exceed sales goals and objectives.  

“We are thrilled to have Gregg back in the fold at Tekweld,” said Scott Slade, Chief Executive Officer.  “In this new role, Gregg will collaborate with leadership to strategically identify new channels, business opportunities, and revenue streams to further solidify Tekweld’s position as a trusted industry leader.”

Szpicek is a native New Yorker, with a vision for creative solutions and an innate ability to build strong relationships with colleagues, customers and associates.  He is well known and respected within the promotional products industry, and will oversee the development of Tekweld’s new channels and strategic initiatives.