May 2022



PMANC Market Fall Showcase 2022 is heading to the beautiful wine country! - Livermore, CA on Wednesday, September 21. Our Client Friendly Showcase gives you the opportunity to access the industry's top suppliers and latest promotional products near you. 

Distributors will have the opportunity to invite their clients to walk the show floor while educating them clients about new products, exchanging ideas for the gifting season and building a stronger relationship.


Wednesday, 09/21

Wente Vineyards

5050 Arroyo Rd, Livermore, CA 94550


10:00 -2:00 PM    Exhibits Open


Free Parking on Site 


Food will be provided for 

active PMANC members 

during the show.



PIE PIECE Webinar - TODAY May 17 at 10 AM 

Wild Wednesday Webinar - May 25, 2022 at 9:30 AM PT

PMANC Friday LIVE  - Facebook 

2022 Fall Showcase - September 21, 2022  I  Livermore, CA


Get up-close and personal with people who are industry icons and have contributed to the growth of PMANC! 

Your Host PMANC Social Media Chair, Livier Gomez (Terry Town) will ask guests about their life, career and future projects. 


Together At Last: Promotional Products Work Expo

Slated for May 18, the inaugural Promotional Products Work Expo will connect buyers, their distributors and suppliers. Highlighting why promotional products are effective marketing tools and bringing all aspects of the marketplace together, the buyer-facing events represent a gamechanger for the industry and a massive opportunity for distributors and suppliers.

HALO Announces Key Leadership Changes

Sterling, IL - Promo Distributor company HALO recently announced executive management alignment changes and additions to focus on key areas for the company.

The Moves: Paul Bellantone has been named senior vice president of customer experience; Dawn Olds, MAS, was named senior vice president of industry relations and DEI; and Cathie Hernandez has come onboard as senior vice president of drop ship operations.

What They’re Saying“Paul and Dawn are excellent examples of how industry veterans help HALO continue to be a destination of choice for account executives and customers,” says Marc Simon, HALO CEO. “Cathie is the latest executive we have attracted from outside the industry to provide depth and experience to support future growth—enhancing the selling experience for our valued sales team and providing innovative solutions for HALO clients.”

Full Disclosure: Bellantone joined HALO in 2021 after two decades with PPAI, including serving for 10 years as the Association’s president and CEO. Olds is currently the chair of the PPAI Board of Directors.


  • Bellantone joined HALO one year ago as senior vice president of sales for the Western U.S., a newly created role at the company. In his new position as senior vice president of customer experience, he will report directly to Simon and be responsible for developing strategies to address the growing needs of HALO’s global client base. Bellantone says the new role will focus on driving end-to-end customer experience. “My passion will be to see that buyers and account executives continue to benefit from unparalleled HALO opportunities and experiences,” he says.
  • Olds, a 33-year HALO veteran, previously served as the distributor’s senior vice president of operations. In her new role at HALO, Olds will be accountable for translating her knowledge and relationships into strategies to improve its prominence externally and deliver value for its account executives, and lead the business initiatives to advance HALO’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. She will report to Jim Stutz, HALO executive vice president of sales and business development. Olds says, "I’m thrilled to strike out on a new trail with this newly-created position at HALO. After several years of leading our operations team, my focus is going to be on strengthening our industry relationships, fostering HALO’s DEI strategy, coordinating our corporate sponsorships and working with our team to assure HALO events continue to be a stellar experience for our sales associates."
  • Hernandez will report to HALO Chief Operating Officer Kevin Pollack. She comes to the company from Equifax, a multi-billion-dollar leader in the workforce solution, data, and technology market. Hernandez will be responsible for continuing the HALO’s forward focus on all aspects of order management, including order processing, customer service and billing.

Distributors Name The Supplier All-Stars

Every year, PPAI distributor members get to let their voices be heard on the best suppliers in the industry based on quality of communication, customer service, products, decorating and packaging.

The past year presented perhaps the toughest environment in which to compete given the supply chain challenges that delayed raw materials and finished goods from reaching supplier factories, coupled with severe labor shortages that stretched workforces thin and tested their ability to meet delivery commitments. Even still, these 24 companies persevered to not only get the job done and impress their clients, but their consistent excellence won them top honors as this year’s PPAI Supplier Stars.

These winning companies received the most votes in PPAI’s annual competition where distributors cast their votes for one supplier in each of 12 categories. The annual competition is open to all PPAI supplier members in good standing who update their sales volume every two years as required and maintain a SAGE supplier rating of A or higher.

The Supplier Star is one of four PPAI Pyramid awards, the industry’s pinnacle of achievement since 1958.

Read on to see who made the list 

PPB Unveils The Greatest Companies To Work For In The Promotional Products Industry

We now know the Greatest Companies To Work For in the promotional products industry.

Vote tabulation has concluded for the 2022 competition, held annually by PPB magazine since 2011. This year, 47 companies made the cut, including distributors, suppliers and business services firms of all stripes and sizes, from micro businesses with less than 10 employees to national and multinational operations with workforces numbering over 1,000.

The competition is open to all PPAI member companies in the U.S. and Canada with at least five full-time employees. Nominations began in March and employees voted on their companies in April. Companies named to the list each averaged agreement from their employees on a set of 15 questions such as “I am paid fairly for the work I do,” “This company helps me learn and grow” and “I would highly recommend working at this company to others.”

“Although the survey questions of employees and the standards for qualification were the same, fewer companies met the bar this year—from 52 in 2021 down to 47 this year,” says Josh Ellis, publisher and editor-in-chief of PPB. “The entire world is grappling with the effects of worker disillusionment and disengagement coming out of the pandemic, and our industry is not immune. 

“Still, we see dozens of companies in promotional products that are keeping their employees happy, inspired, challenged and thriving.”

Companies included in the competition had to be nominated by an employee. Survey topics included benefits, resources, culture, leadership and company direction. Companies were also required to meet a percentage of completed surveys. The survey results were then tabulated to reveal this year’s top companies.

Click here to see the 47 Greatest Companies To Work For


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