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12 Winners of Membership Contest Share Ideas to Improve Business

Filed under: Education, Media Coverage, Using Ad Specialties

Today we announced the 12 winners of the ‘Why I Love My ASI Membership’ contest, and the stories they shared with us about their business success are ideas that can help you grow your business.

The winners are:
Canyon Outback Leathergoods (asi/43766), New Ulm, MN; Coosa Creek Embroidery Inc. (asi/168315), Blairsville, GA; Elision Technology Inc. (asi/51905), Regina, SK, Canada; Flags Made (asi/54515), Humble, TX; Gener Advertising (asi/203684), Toa Baja, Puerto Rico; Gideon Publications (asi/205405), Bethlehem, PA; Nittany Corp. (asi/726700), Tampa, FL; Paradigm Custom Embroidery (asi/700087), Rogers, MN; Proforma CM Design (asi/300094), Greenville, SC; Prominent Promotions (asi/300856), Brooklyn, NY; TG Promotions (asi/304978), Nashville, TN; and Winning Edge Inc. (asi/97472), Maple Plain, MN.

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Guest Blog: Matthew Cohn and Tim Andrews Promoted

Filed under: Guest Blog, News About ASI

From Norman Cohn, Chairman of ASI:


Today I’m excited to share some news with you.

Matthew Cohn is being named vice chairman of the ASI Family of Companies (including responsibility for ASI, The ASI Show and ASI Computer Systems Inc.) and Tim Andrews is being named president of The ASI Show and vice chairman of ASI Computer Systems. Matthew helped us launch the first Show in 1998 and he has been responsible for the strategic direction and vision for the tradeshow business since. His contributions, enthusiasm and innovative ideas have improved the quality of tradeshows for distributors and suppliers throughout the advertising specialty industry. I am very proud of his achievements and dedication to The ASI Show and to the industry. Matthew’s passion, business skills and ability to develop the big picture makes him a natural fit as a strategist to help take the ASI Family of Companies to the next level. Tim and Matthew have worked closely together to solidify and create the highest value membership, best attended tradeshows and valuable tools to help ASI members succeed.

It is only fitting that Tim adds the roles of president of The ASI Show and vice chairman of ASI Computer Systems, Inc. to his position as president and chief executive officer of ASI, particularly as he leads the efforts to provide opportunities for our members to be more successful everyday. Feel free to leave a comment on the blog now, and below is the media release.

Matthew Cohn (left) and Timothy M. Andrews

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Industry Trends from Dusseldorf

Filed under: Education, Media Coverage

I just got back from the PSI Show in Dusseldorf – the largest advertising specialty show in Europe – and I wanted to share some industry trends and new products with you.

Some of these trends we’re already seeing in North America right now and your clients may be asking for some of the new products if they aren’t already.

Suppliers and distributors emphasized eco-friendly products, including Everything Environmental, a company that provides new High Twist pens made from recycled CD cases. Polyconcept showed items powered by water instead of electricity and wooden toys are gaining popularity in the wake of alleged higher lead levels in some products from China.

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Video with 7 New Products From Orlando for Your Customers

Filed under: Education, Media Coverage

New products from ASI Orlando are attracting the attention of buyers and I wanted to share several of them with you to help your marketing take off in the New Year.

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Products featured in the video are:

  • A high-design pen from Senator, asi/86390
  • SportMates folios from Dart Business Accessories, asi/48520
  • Smart Clip with eraser board from Tagmaster, asi/48500
  • Solar-powered pedometer from Ariel Premium Supply, asi/36730
  • Magnetic Write Light message board from Magna-Tel, asi/68480
  • Junior Crank Flashlight from Gold Bond, asi/57653
  • Owl Tote Bag, made with 100% recycled material, from Leed’s, asi/66887

Email me anytime about other interesting new products you’ve found this year, about the Orlando show, or anything else on your mind – my email is tim.andrews@asicentral.com

Distributor Choice Awards and Business Examples From Supplier of the Year

Filed under: News About ASI

We just announced the winners of the 2008 Counselor Distributor Choice Awards at ASI Orlando.

These popular awards recognize the most-valued ASI suppliers in 42 product categories, determined by ASI supplier performance ratings and real votes cast by ASI distributor peers.  Over 230 finalists were recognized and 33 suppliers named winners at the ceremony at the Hard Rock Live Universal Studios.

There were 40% more finalists this year versus last – an increase that indicates a solid turnout of distributor voters, the addition of new product categories and a healthy industry.

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