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  • October 31, 2018 7:43 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Find your next position on the SAAGNY Job Board.  Just login and check out all the offerings from SAAGNY Member Companies today!

  • October 31, 2018 3:06 PM | Donna-Jean Plante


    October 31, 2018…Woodcliff Lake, NJ – The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) announced today that Eileen Lynch has been selected for induction into the SAAGNY Hall of Fame, the highest honor the association can bestow upon any individual. 

    Eileen, Northeast Regional Sales Manager at BIC Graphic, has been a long-time member of and volunteer for SAAGNY, including serving on the Board of Directors from 1992-2005 including such roles as Treasurer, Vice President, and President.  During her volunteer career, Eileen also chaired the Promotions East Committee and served on numerous committees and subcommittees. Eileen was also a SAAGNY Foundation Trustee for three years.  Eileen also served PPAI in their Ambassador Program, as a RAC delegate, and a member of their Women’s Leadership Committee.  In 2017 Eileen was named one of PPB’s Best Boss of the Year. 

    “One of Eileen’s greatest traits which makes her a candidate for this recognition is that she is a strong and confident leader, while being able to embrace differences of opinions and being able to manage different individuals. She truly knows how to bring people together. This was demonstrated in her role as Trade Show Co-Chair for Promotions East and a reason why Eileen was named one of the Best Bosses of the Year in 2017 from PPB Magazine.” stated Past President Bill Lazarus and his son Steven Lazarus, current GCPPA President.

    “Eileen has spent over a decade volunteering with the association. Her dedication to SAAGNY as well as the SAAGNY Foundation, has played an integral part in ensuring the association’s future success. I am delighted to honor Eileen’s service with the SAAGNY Hall of Fame honor.” commented SAAGNY President John R. B. Cudahy, CAS.

    Eileen will formally be enshrined in the Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Glen Island Harbour Club, 299 Weyman Ave, New Rochelle, NY.

  • October 12, 2018 8:32 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    The October SAAGNY Life has arrived.  Click here to get the latest from SAAGNY.     


  • October 12, 2018 8:01 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Thank you to all who braved the rain and attended  the SAAGNY Wine Social.


    It was a fun time mixing and mingling with new friends and old!  Tasting wine and enjoying some great food!

  • October 04, 2018 5:49 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) elected four industry veterans to serve on the Board of Directors during its Annual Meeting last week.  In accordance with the association bylaws, the Board of Directors then elected three Directors to serve as officers in 2019.  All terms begin on January 1, 2019.

    Christian Brandt, The Magnet Group; Trish Glazer, Glazer Promos; and Michael Reisbaum, Blue Generation were elected to the board and Irwin Kotcher, Merri Moments, was elected to a second term.  These Directors bring many years of industry experience to the Board of Directors and a fresh perspective as SAAGNY enters a new chapter in its existence.

    SAAGNY President John R. B. Cudahy, CAS, remarked:  “As my presidency comes to an end, I am confident in the future success of the association due to the strong volunteers elected in the 2019 election.”

    The 2019 Executive Committee will include Paul Sprunk of MLR-Paul Sprunk Associates as President; Rachel Levin, CAS of distributor Leader Promos as Vice President; and Michael Reisbaum, of supplier Blue Generation as Secretary/Treasurer.  John R.B. Cudahy, CAS of supplier Prime Resources will remain on the board and executive committee as Immediate Past President. 

    Continuing her service on the board of directors is Cindy Rosen (D-Zagwear).

  • October 04, 2018 3:16 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Today members from SAAGNY and PAPPA (Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association) attended the Vantage Factory Tour!


    Brian Deissroth and Allison Marconi, along with the rest of the staff at Vantage, did a deep dive with those in attendance going through apparel decoration, merchandising, and ways to grow your business utilizing videos (that you can share) from the Vantage website. 

    Vantage's core values - innovative, informative, trusted, dedicated, and compelling - were all on display today!

  • October 03, 2018 2:58 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    As an exclusive benefit to SAAGNY members, we are pleased to announce a new resource for employers and job seekers alike.  

    Have an opening in your company?  Post it here!  

    The SAAGNY Job Board helps companies of all sizes hire talented job seekers.
    It is an effective opportunity to share news of your opening with the entire SAAGNY membership.

    Why post your job on the SAAGNY Job Board?

    This is your local trade association – YOUR local solution to the Promotional Product Industry. 

    And there is one big reason that we hope everyone can appreciate -  it is another SAAGNY Member Benefit.   

    Are you a job seeker? Please check this job board often for new job announcements.  The SAAGNY Job Board is in the members only section of the website. Just sign in (look for the icon in the right hand corner of your screen) at

    Are you an employer? Please consider posting your job announcement on the SAAGNY Job Board.  Inquiries please email

  • September 28, 2018 9:32 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    It is that time of year to vote for the winners of the SAAGNY awards.  Are you a SAAGNY member, then you were emailed the link to choose the winner.  Winners will be announced at the Holiday Party, Wednesday, December 12, Glen Island Harbour Club.   

  • September 28, 2018 9:31 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    If you were not at Wednesday's SAAGNY Fall Showcase you should have been!  

    SAAGNY held its Annual Fall Showcase this past Wednesday at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe, Teaneck, NJ.   This year's show included more than 100 supplier and multi-line representative companies and a record number of distributor attendees.  The day began with an Education Program featuring Damon Subasa, The Proinnovative Line,  discussing "Cannabis and the Promotional Product Industry".



    The "Night Before the Show" included a Meet N' Greet networking reception at the Pancetta Bar where suppliers and distributors were able to mix and mingle in a relaxed atmosphere.  


    Thank you to everyone who made these events a huge success!

  • September 25, 2018 9:11 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    SAAGNY Humanitarian of the Year Award

    The SAAGNY Humanitarian of the Year Award is presented to the principal, employee, affiliate, and/or independent contractor of a SAAGNY member company that exemplifies the following traits:

    •  Enhances the image or operations of a charitable entity through their actions and deeds
    • Tirelessly volunteers his/her time to charitable endeavors within or outside the industry
    • Is an example of integrity and professionalism for their company and the industry
    • Generously donates time, money and/or other resources to charitable endeavors within or outside the industry

    Meet the Finalists: 

    Larry Cohen

    Gail Deutchman - Gail has served on SAAGNY Board of Directors for 15 years, The SAAGNY Foundation Board for 5 years, and numerous SAAGNY committees. Gail solicited product donations from industry suppliers used for Happiness is Camping and Foundation events; sold tickets at events to raise money for the Foundation increasing the amount collected year over year; set up the Fall Show for 10 years; set up the Foundation Chinese Auction. Gail is always willing to assist SAAGNY and the Foundation with projects to this day. Gail volunteers in her community- President of the Hebrew school PTA; at her Synagogue spearheading collections of clothing and other items for tragedy victims and hard-hit communities; fundraising at her Synagogue including the Fashion Show and Silent Auction; cares for the elderly including shopping for them and companionship. Gail is always willing to help her fellow Distributors with issues with vendors and “where do I get this product.” They are her competitors but always takes the time to assist in solving a problem for them and brainstorming solutions for their issues.

    Ian Miller 

    • Ian is on the Essex County Mental Health Board.  He has been spearheading a drive to get one main routing number for anyone with mental health issues So, one would call a main number, then through a series of prompts be routed to a person who specializes in the issues that one is seeking help.  That will include things like Suicide hot line,  PTST, cops to cops, Alzheimer’s help line and the full spectrum of mental health issues. You will only need one phone number to find help. The last prompt will get you to a crises center. 
    •  Ian is on the board of Tender Loving Totes.  TLT give out tote bags full with products to help homeless people.  With the participation of vendors like Superbag, we supply some of the products and bags for this very worthy charity. The bags are filled with things like shampoo, soap  socks,  gloves and hats as well as water and a book.
    • Ian is involved in peer counseling for people who are dealing with family members who are suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s supplying resources, and a person to speak with who has been there.
    • Ian is working with the Essex County jails to determine what if any part Literacy is affecting the inmate population, If a determination is made that there is a cause/effect relationship ( study is currently underway) then programs will be put in place to help address the problem.

    Shari Verrone - I’m
    very honored to be nominated for this year’s SAAGNY Humanitarian of the Year Award.  Helping those within my community and industry has always been a rewarding experience for me.

    Personally, I volunteer working with senior citizens by being a companion and playing cards with them.  I also volunteer and visit an elderly woman when her family is not available so she is not lonely. I am in the final stage of becoming a ‘buddy’ who I will meet with once a month from a local homeless shelter to be a role model and confidant. I had the fortunate opportunity to volunteer at a camp once specializing in helping kids with cancer as well.

    I encourage my staff to volunteer within the community or at an organization that has meaning to them by offering them a paid day to spend volunteering once a month in the summer months.  I’m also initiating an internal self-development program called Stackable Sensations University.  Each employee, in order to graduate, will be required to take a language course (Rosetta Stone), LinkedIn courses, Health and Wellness program and read a book and give an oral presentation of their choice to name a few of their classes. 

    I do my best to give wherever I can. Monetarily or donations to Disability Matters, Cardinal McCloskey Community Services, JDRF-Diabetes, Make a Wish Foundation as well as local schools and sports teams.  Last year during the hurricane that devastated Houston I took a supplier on a shopping trip for new clothes that had lost everything.  Many of our larger clients are also ramping up diversity and inclusion clubs and I connect clients that can learn from each other to help everyone achieve their goals.

    Within the industry I am an active mentor in Promo Kitchen plus mentor two other distributors (Florida and Canada) helping them with creativity and strategizing.  I have been a speaker at the WPEO (Women Presidents’ Educational Organization) meeting in NYC to help businesses get to the next level.  We have outlined a section of our new website coming out shortly dedicated to “helping connect” people with resources or contacts they are looking to meet that can help grow their business.  Recently I was in Florida seeing a client and after my meeting I met up with my Florida mentees, who are newer to the industry, looking for some guidance on their processes and projects.   It was a very productive afternoon for all of us and something I wish I would have been able to have when I started in the industry.

    Thank you for this nomination.  Every year I’m grateful for being a SAAGNY member and relationships that have come out of it.



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