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  • June 08, 2022 8:29 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) has grown to be the largest regional Promotional Products association in the country. Our growth would not have been possible without the visionary planning and untiring efforts of a few outstanding leaders.

    The SAAGNY Hall of Fame recognizes the extraordinary achievements of these leaders who have contributed to our success. This is your opportunity to help choose the next recipient of this prestigious honor. When making your selection, please keep in mind the criteria outlined in the application below:

    SAAGNY Pioneers

    SAAGNY Pioneers are defined as individuals previously employed by member companies who are no longer active in our region or business and served AMASS or SAAGNY prior to 1989.  Pioneers will be voted on via a separate nomination from the regular Hall of Fame.  Anyone that served SAAGNY from 1989 and prior will be considered a potential Pioneer Club inductee. 

    SAAGNY Contemporaries

    SAAGNY Contemporaries are defined as current or past members who have volunteered with SAAGNY.

    The nominee shall have made significant and lasting contributions to SAAGNY and the Promotional Products industry and have served on a committee or on the Board of Directors of SAAGNY.  To be eligible, the nominee must have served as a committee or board volunteer and:

    • ·       Has not served on the SAAGNY Board of Directors for a minimum of three (3) years before nomination to the Hall of Fame; or
    • ·       Continues to serve on the Board of Directors but has an aggregate of 10 years’ volunteer service to SAAGNY as a committee or board member prior to nomination to the Hall of Fame
    • ·       Members of the Hall of Fame Committee are not eligible for nomination

    The Hall of Fame Committee will review all nominations and determine which category the nominee qualifies for.  Please return the nomination form and required items no later than Friday, July 1, 2022.  If you have any questions, please call the SAAGNY office or email Donna-Jean Plante (donna-jean@saagny.org).

    Thank you for your participation.

    Yours,

    Paul Sprunk

    Click here for more information.

  • June 08, 2022 8:28 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    SAAGNY’s 40 Under Forty is a celebration of young promotional products professionals in the SAAGNY community. The process of selecting SAAGNY’s 40 Under Forty begins with nominations.

    SAAGNY’s 40 Under Forty honor is driven by nomination information that’s as complete and thorough as possible so our judges can see the whole picture of the person being nominated. We encourage the nominee to be involved in the nomination process so that all pertinent information is provided and facts are accurate. Self-nominations are encouraged. 

    Please take a few minutes and help us identify SAAGNY’s 40 Under Forty.

    Deadline to submit July 31, 2022.

    Please click here for more information.


  • June 07, 2022 12:43 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Looking for warehouse space – we are looking for a partner! 

    We have 2,500 sq ft available with production for embroidery, screen printing, and dtg in Clifton, NJ

    Prices are fair market prices that are subject to change end of June. 

    For more information please email Marc G. at dmcimports@gmail.com.

  • June 02, 2022 7:20 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Have you ever wanted to join a trade association, but didn't know if you should? Dan Edge talks about trade associations and more on #industryinsider with Jeff Franklin, Meg Erber, and Stephen McFadden! Enjoy!

  • May 31, 2022 3:09 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    DistributorCentral Chosen as the Premium Partner for SAAGNY’s Promotions East Event

    Promotions East is back! DistributorCentral is excited to be the Premium Partner of the show.

     DistributorCentral recently partnered with The Specialty Advertising Association of New York (SAAGNY) to become the Premium Partner of the Promotions East show at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City this October, 17th-19th. DistributorCentral is honored and excited to be a part of this event! This will be the largest promotional products event on the Eastern seaboard, offering three interactive days of education, networking, and fun!

     

    “We were thrilled to have been given the opportunity to partner with Promotions East this year. We hope we can teach distributors how to take all the amazing product ideas they will see at the show and leverage DistributorCentral’s free technology tools to showcase those products to their customers for months beyond the show.” said Tiffany Tarr, Vice President of Sales for DistributorCentral.

     

    DistributorCentral will be hosting an education session on Monday morning of the show and doing in-booth demos and workshops Tuesday and Wednesday. These will dive into how to use DistributorCentral’s free technology and integrations to create a streamlined, seamless workflow to run any promo business from beginning to end, saving time & money. Staff will also be available to sign up new members, set up free websites, and answer any questions about DistributorCentral. Visit the Promotions East website for the complete list of education topics, show schedule, and to register

    SAAGNY President Rachel Levin said, “The excitement is ramping up for Promotions East! Our Promotions East tradeshow committee, led by Michael Reisbaum has been working actively to assure a unique, fun, and NEW show experience. On top of all of this excitement, we have officially partnered with DistributorCentral, one of the Promotional Products Industry-leading sources for product data, ordering, and integrations. Promotions East will be an industry event like no other!

    Suppliers interested in exhibiting can get more information here!.
    Distributors can attend for free by using promo code DC2022 during registration – Register Here!

    About SAAGNY:  The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY), the largest regional promotional products trade association, represents distributors, suppliers, and decorators of imprinted promotional products in New York and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut. The association is primarily engaged in promoting business relationships between and among industry practitioners, providing continuing education to industry practitioners, and advocating for the promotional products industry. Visit www.saagny.org for more information about SAAGNY.

    About Promotions East: SAAGNY is proud to present Promotions East this October 17-19, 2022, for the first time in nine years. Promotions East will bring the most suppliers and distributors together on the East Coast under one roof at a venue that will allow them to meet, stay and play in one place. This premier event will feature a 3-day schedule full of meaningful networking events, distributor and supplier education from thought leaders in the industry, and an experiential exhibit hall full of new products and big ideas. Visit www.promotionseast.com for more information about Promotions East.

    About DistributorCentral: DistributorCentral is a suite of technology tools built specifically for the promotional products industry, providing a seamless, integrated workflow to run any promo business. This includes product research and presentation tools, customer & order management/business tools, and a fully responsive, mobile-friendly, eCommerce-enabled website platform. DistributorCentral is free for every distributor and sponsored by the top suppliers in the industry. Visit www.distributorcentral.com for more information on DistributorCentral.

  • May 24, 2022 7:41 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) hosted their eighth annual Summer Showcase for promotional products distributors and their clients this past Tuesday. 

    Traffic on the show floor was brisk from the time the show opened at 10:30 am until it closed at 3:00 pm with over 400 attendees in total at the show.  SAAGNY and the Summer Show returned to New York City for the first time since 2019 and the energy and excitement was palpable.

             

    SAAGNY President Rachel Levin remarked, “The sentiment is still holding that now more than ever it is great seeing people in-person, engaging, smiling, and networking all in one place. The energy was contagious with all of the laughter, smiles, and fun while educating the buyers themselves on quality promotional products. Seeing the individuals in attendance that came from across the country was awe-inspiring, to say the least.”


    The Show included a “Best In Show” display, featuring favorite items from exhibiting suppliers, a gourmet lunch for all in attendance, an ice cream cart for a sweet afternoon treat, and gift bags for the end-users, filled with promotional products from exhibiting suppliers.

              

    Thank you to all who assisted The SAAGNY Foundation in their sock collection for Housing Works Chelsea.  Five large boxes of new socks were donated to Housing Works, a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS whose mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.


    The SAAGNY Foundation Chair Sara Levinson, MAS, noted, “The SAAGNY Foundation is grateful to have had the privilege to work with Housing Works to re-purpose promotional merchandise that was produced and not used.  We are so thankful to everyone in our community that was at the SAAGNY Summer Show and purchased/donated socks to contribute to this effort.” 

    Remarked SAAGNY Executive Director Donna-Jean Plante, CAE, “It was gratifying to see the hard work of the volunteers, board, and staff come together to make the Summer Show another successful SAAGNY show.  I look forward to seeing even more distributors and more of their clients at next year’s event.”

  • May 23, 2022 6:19 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    In the weekly podcast, industry professionals Jeff Franklin of Headwear USA, Stephen McFadden of Perfect Promotions & More, and Meg Erber of S&S Activewear, discuss, dissect, and debate one topic that impacts the promotional products industry from every angle.

    This week they talk with Rachel Levin Mc Eneaney about Promotions East!

    https://fb.watch/d4R5DCvEIq/ 

    Listen in to Rachel's very FIRST podcast!  The Industry Insider crew, will also be live on the Promotions East show floor.

    More fun Promo Fomo Tours will be featured as we get closer to the show! Keep your eyes and ears open as you don’t want to miss any teasers and news regarding the NEW Promotions East Show, AKA, the “Beast of the East”!

    Register today to stay in the know! www.promotionseast.com 

  • May 09, 2022 9:57 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    ARTHUR RICHTER MEMORIAL SERVICE

    Temple Beth-El

    70 Orchard Ave.

    Providence, RI. 

    We regret to inform you of the passing of our member, Arthur Hilton Richter, cherished husband of Peter Neivert, devoted father of Larry (Connie), and Michael Richter, adored grandfather of Maxwell, Tyler and Jake Richter, brother of Barbara Richter-Bolan and brother in-law of Henry Bolan on May 1, 2022/30 Nisan 5782.  Services will be held at Temple Beth El on Friday, May 13 at noon.  Please, no mourning attire. Dress as if you were attending a party at Arthur and Peter's home.  For the safety of all guests, please wear face masks.  Burial will be private. May his memory be a blessing.

    Link to live stream of the service:
    Arthur Hilton Richter of Barrington, Rhode Island passed away suddenly on Sunday May 1st, 2022. Arthur was born on April 11, 1939 to Mollie Stanzler Richter and Leonard Richter. He graduated from Hope High School and completed his Bachelors in Business from Boston University. After completing his degree he worked in the import/export business, traveling extensively throughout Asia.

    As a devoted father and grandfather, his family was critically important to him. His son Larry and daughter in law, Connie, reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida while his son Michael resides in San Diego, California. He adored his grandsons Maxwell, Tyler, and Jake Richter and has been with his beloved husband, Peter Neivert, since 2005. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Richter-Bolan and brother in-law Henry Bolan.

    Arthur had no acquaintances, only friends. He was insatiably curious about other people and was always a devoted friend, cheerleader, and confidante, to literally hundreds of people.

    Arthur retired early to pursue his passions and spend time with his family. Throughout his life he was enthusiastically engaged in his work with the Human Rights Campaign to further LGBTQ activism on a local and national level. He has also served as a passionate leader in lifelong learning; leading classes covering all aspects of theater, film, architecture, and the arts. Arthur is known to host extravagant gatherings onboard his pontoon boat in Narragansett Bay.

    Arthur’s love for travel, the arts, and the state of Rhode Island, combined with his personability, drive, love for others, and overall joy for life, epitomize the fabulous way he hoped to live.

    If you would like, you may donate to Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island or The Wilbury Theatre Group in Arthur’s memory.


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