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December 09, 2021 10:10 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) announced the winners of the association’s annual awards during its Holiday Party, held this past evening at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, NY.  Supplier, Distributor, John J. Pagano Multiline Representative, Customer Service Representative, Humanitarian of the Year, and more were among the awards presented.  The Diamond Award Winners were also announced and the 2021 40 Under 40 Recipients recognized. 

The SAAGNY Board of Directors established these awards to recognize those companies and individuals that best represent the ideals of the promotional advertising industry.  The winners of these awards were all nominated and voted on by the association’s members in balloting conducted in September and October.  A selection committee determined the winners of the SAAGNY Diamond Awards and the 40 Under 40 Recipients.  The winners were:

Company Awards

Supplier of the Year (less than $40 million In Sales)                      Starline                      

Supplier of the Year (more than $40 million In Sales)                  Tekweld

Distributor of the Year (smaller)                                                       JP Scar

Distributor of the Year (larger)                                                         Stackable Sensations

Supplier Technology Award                                                               PCNA

Distributor Technology Award                                                          HALO

Decorator of the Year                                                                         Insane Apparel

Individual Awards

John J. Pagano Multiline Rep. of the Year                                       Josh Brooks, Brooks & Brooks

Customer Service Rep of the Year                                                      Will Flores, Tekweld

Supplier Representative of the Year                                                  John R. B. Cudahy, MAS

Humanitarian of the Year                                                                      Gail Deutchman, Distinctive Promotions

Diamond Awards

Diamond Award – Goodwill/Non-Profit/Fundraising                        Beth Silverman, The Vernon Company

Diamond Award – Internal Self Promotion/Employee Incentive Program   Stackable Sensations

Some of our deserving award recipients.

40 Under 40 Recipients
Anthony Abatzis
Chris Barlow
Amy Bennedict
Chris Bloomer
Jon Borowka
Adam Brown
Mike Cardin
Dino Ciccarelli
John R. B. Cudahy, MAS
Brian Deissroth
Thomas Deissroth
Ethan Dowie
Sean Dwyer
Chelsea Fishman
Will Flores
David Goldfarb
Scott Gordon
Donald Grant
Jeff Hinds
Tim Howe
Sean Kurtzman
Jenna Larned
Zach LeBlanc
Elyssa Maryasis
Marissa Mattessich
Kevin McLaughlin
Anthony McNally
Mike Newman
Chim Olisemeka
Brendan Pigott
James Przybyszewski
Robert Russell
Amy Serrano
Dylan Sullivan
Rich Susi
Cristina Tarantino
Brittany Tiringer
Nick     Valentini
Alexis Wahl
Keith Zasowski

Some of our fantastic 40 Under 40 Recipients

Thank you Orrefors Kosta Boda for donating the SAAGNY awards.

Rachel Levin, CAS, SAAGNY President, remarked, “So many faces both old and new, gathered together to honor and celebrate success! Seeing everyone out of the office and onto the dance floor was a great reminder of how important the SAAGNY community is.  It was a night to remember!!!!” 

In addition, The SAAGNY Foundation honored Harvey Mackler, MAS+, by installing him into The SAAGNY Foundation Hall of Fame. Harvey who was unable to be in person to accept his award noted in his prepared remarks, “It is an honor to be inducted into The SAAGNY Foundation Hall of Fame, and it is also an acknowledgement of the many industry colleagues who worked tirelessly alongside me.  It was easy to follow the leadership paths blazed by the previous Chairs, Bill Lazarus and Joel Schaffer.  There were countless volunteers and committed hours. We need to continue to “do good.” 

Lynn Millinger and Chris Bloomer, Co-Chairs, The SAAGNY Foundation, noted “Harvey was instrumental in actively fundraising and integral to growth of the Foundation.  The Foundation also wants to express our appreciation to Foundation Past President Melissa Casey for the gracious donation of the award created by Pacesetter Awards.”



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