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  • June 23, 2017 11:08 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    SAAGNY's breakfast networking program, is bringing suppliers and distributors together in local Panera Bread locations throughout the tri-state region.  There is no charge to attend any of these events.  At each PROMOTIONAL BUZZ, member suppliers and/or multi line reps will present their product line(s) to you in a casual, relaxed atmosphere while you enjoy a cup of coffee and a light breakfast (courtesy of the presenters).  Join us Tuesday, June 27, at Panera in West Babylon, NY and Thursday, June 29, Panera in Ramsey, NJ.

  • June 19, 2017 11:12 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    The Board of Trustees of The SAAGNY Foundation is proud to announce that Katherine W. Kaye (daughter of Woody Kaye, Corporate Values) and Amy J. Nadel (daughter of Wendy Ferber, Pride Products Distributors) have been selected as recipients of the 2017 The SAAGNY Foundation Scholarships.  Each scholarship is worth $1,000 per year for up to four years. 

    A panel of independent judges, reviewed the applications and judged each applicant based on his/her grade point average, extracurricular activities, awards and accomplishments, outside jobs and projects, letters of recommendation and a 1,000-word essay. 

    Since implementing The SAAGNY Foundation Scholarship program in 1999, The SAAGNY Foundation has awarded 46 scholarships worth in excess of $160,000 to the children of employees of SAAGNY member companies.


  • June 15, 2017 7:37 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    SAAGNY members enjoyed many SAAGNY sponsored events at Expo East this past week.  On Monday, June 12, The SAAGNY Foundation sponsored its annual Lenore Goldberg Memorial Golf Outing at Linwood Country Club, Linwood, NJ.  Although it was a scorcher of a day, the cool breeze off the water was refreshing for the more than 50 golfers who played           . 

    The day included a buffet lunch, raffles, and prize winners for the longest drive and closest to the pin. 

    On Tuesday, June 13, over 180 people were in attendance at the Regional Meet N' Greet at Tun Tavern across from the Convention Center.  The food and drinks were plentiful as well as the conversation between old friends catching up and new ones getting acquainted.  It was nice to spend some time with our District 1 Regional partners as well.                         

    The SAAGNY Member Breakfast held on Wednesday, July 14, featured Bill Petrie, Promo Corner as our educational speaker.  Bill's presentation of "Finding  Your Voice" in the promotional products industry was on-point for the 65 plus attendees.  The breakfast included an omelette station, full buffet of waffles, bacon, oatmeal, and more.  Pre-registered attendees even received a $15 gas card.

    Many SAAGNY members stopped by the Regional Member Lounge for a snack including - hot pretzels, ice cream treats,  and coffee.  Other members stopped by the booth for their daily concession voucher.

  • June 10, 2017 11:05 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) hosted their fifth annual Summer Showcase for promotional products distributors and their clients on Wednesday, June 7.  The event attracted a record number of exhibitors, distributors, and end-user clients. 

    Traffic on the show floor was brisk from the time the show opened at 10:30 am until it closed at 3:00 pm.  End-user attendance has nearly doubled in just four years.  Distributor attendance increased slightly as well, with over 550 attendees at the show in total.  The show floor was slightly reconfigured this year to accommodate additional exhibitors and sold out with a total of 70 supplier and multiline representative companies occupying 120+ tables, up from 99 tables in 2015 and 115 tables last year.

    “Another record year for the SAAGNY Summer Show”, said SAAGNY President John R. B. Cudahy, CAS of Prime Line. “We are thrilled that this show continues to exceed our expectations. The continued support we receive from our supplier and distributor members makes this an amazing event.” 

    Over 195 distributor sales people representing over 65 companies had clients in attendance at the show, which 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 more than ten exhibiting suppliers.

    Remarked SAAGNY Executive Director Donna-Jean Plante: “It was gratifying to see the hard work of the volunteers, board, and staff come together to make this show another successful SAAGNY show.  As my first show with SAAGNY, it was a wonderful opportunity for me to meet so many members of the Promotional Products industry.  I look forward to seeing even more distributors and more of their clients at next year’s event.”

  • June 09, 2017 4:08 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Congratulations to our SAAGNY raffle winners at     the SAAGNY Summer Showcase!

    $500 American Express Gift Card for an Exhibiting Supplier - Susan Oakes, AAkron Rule Corp.

    $500 American Express Gift Card for an Attending Distributor - Amanda Krakowiak, Heritage Inc.

    $500 American Express Gift Card for an Attending Client - guest of Axis Promotions

    $250 American Express Gift Card for an Attending Client - guest of SBS/Standard Buying Service, LTD. 

    Subway Series Yankees vs. Mets Tickets - Tim Howe, Spectrum Designs Foundation

  • June 01, 2017 9:00 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

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  • March 10, 2017 2:07 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    SAAGNY took a page from the Food Network to host its own Chopped event at the Le Gourmet Factory Cooking School, Englewood, NJ, on Thursday, March 9.  Inner chefs were unleashed and creativity was released as knives chopped and everyone was put to work. 

    More than twenty attendees were divided into groups to go head to head in appetizer and main dish competitive rounds.  For the appetizer round the “secret ingredient” was lime flavored Tortilla Chips. The first team led by Donna Lo Pinto prepared fresh salsa with shrimp with a crust of chips on a bed of lettuce. The second team led by Tom Rondi prepared sautéed onion, mushrooms and brussel sprouts with finely chopped chips as the sautee on the shrimp.  Each one was beyond delicious but the Judge declared Tom Rondi’s team the winner of the appetizer round.  All the attendees enjoyed feasting on the appetizers.

    The main dish round’s mystery basket item was fig newtons.  Tina Moss’s team prepared a dish with fig newton coated chicken and zucchini chips served over a butternut squash puree.  Trish Glazer’s team prepared a chicken stuffed with cheese and fig newtons with roasted brussel sprouts over a butternut squash puree.  These restaurant quality dishes were something you would expect at a high-end restaurant.  Trish’s team pulled it out in the end and was the Main Dish winner.  Again all the attendees indulged on the main dishes prepared by both teams.

    Dinner was followed by a deconstructed Tiramisu prepared by Chef Gus at Le Gourmet Factory.  A truly fun night was had by all.

  • February 23, 2017 2:09 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    SAAGNY members had a great night at the Westchester Knicks game.  The SAAGNY seats were steps from the court for this game against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.  Besides the opportunity to spend quality time with your family, there were also opportunities to chat your fellow SAAGNY members including Past President Mike Leone as well as current President John R. B. Cudahy.  SAAGNY members and their families enjoyed Family Night at the Westchester County Center.  A great buffet dinner was included.   Attendees even were able to see Marshall Plumlee play on one of his stints back in the Development League from the New York Knicks. 

  • February 21, 2017 11:22 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) is pleased to introduce Donna-Jean Plante who will serve as the association’s new executive director, effective February 21, 2017.  With more than 15 years in association management, including roles in operations, membership, events, educational programs and general administration, she brings a broad range of experience to her new role.

    For the past five  years, Plante has served as manager of events and continuing legal education programs for the Federal Bar Council, which included budgeting, marketing, program evaluation and staff supervision. Prior to that, she was chapter director for the Masters’ Association of Metal Finishers (MAMF) with responsibilities that included legislative advocacy, public relations, member communications and financial management. She also bring to the job significant experience in membership development and planning events ranging from 50-500 people.  Plante received her Bachelor of Science in finance from Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut.

    SAAGNY President John R.B. Cudahy, CAS, says, “SAAGNY is so fortunate to have Donna-Jean as our new executive director. Her experience, knowledge and personality will be a tremendous asset to SAAGNY and its members as we move forward. SAAGNY always has been an innovative and relevant association to those in the promotional products industry, and we are confident that Donna-Jean will help us maintain those standards.”

    “I am excited to be a part of SAAGNY and to build on its firm foundation of focusing on the stakeholders of which it serves and the desire of its members to share their knowledge and experience,” says Plante, adding  that she is looking forward to working with staff, members and the Board of Directors to make the organization even more vital to its stakeholders.

    Contact Donna-Jean Plante  at 914-848-7369, ext. 304 or by email

  • February 01, 2017 11:21 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    As 2016 ended, SAAGNY was relishing in a banner year. Membership had risen, we completed a record number of networking / social events, and our three trade shows were more popular than ever. The effort of the Board of Directors has once again positioned SAAGNY as a regional association leader in the promotional products industry.

    2017 began bittersweet as long-time volunteer, honorary SAAGNY life member and Executive Director Jonathan Riegel, MAS, stepped down from his position to pursue other career opportunities. Jonathan’s dedication to SAAGNY throughout the last two decades has played an integral part in the future success of the association. The SAAGNY Board of Directors and the entire membership thank him for his dedication and commitment to SAAGNY and the SAAGNY family and wish him the best on the next chapter of his life.

    The search for a new Executive Director had begun.  We received an overwhelming response from candidates, from both within and outside of the promotional products industry, which made this a very daunting decision. After reviewing countless resumes, conducting dozens of interviews and carefully considering all of the candidates, the search committee had found the best candidate to propel the association into the future. In February, SAAGNY welcomed Donna-Jean Plante as the new Executive Director. She came to SAAGNY with 20 years of association experience across many different industries. The Board of Directors is thrilled to have such an experienced candidate take the helm.

    As we continue throughout 2017, SAAGNY will continue to provide the best professional opportunities. The annual Winter Show had increased attendance and the Summer Show is on pace to do the same. We have 40+ events on the calendar for 2017 offering a multitude of networking opportunities. We are excited for the new dates of PPAI Expo East and are optimistic these changes will lead to the success of the event and our constituents.

    A special thank you goes out to the membership for the continued support. Without our members, we don’t exist. SAAGNY and the Board of Directors are here for you and your success. Thank you to the SAAGNY Foundation for continuing the benevolent efforts on behalf of the association. Thank you to Rocio Lainez-Monreal for the countless hours you have dedicated to SAAGNY and our members and the extraordinary work you do every day. And my personal thanks to the Board of Directors for the efforts you put forth. You are the glue that keeps the association together and moving forward.

    Here’s to a very successful 2017 for you and yours.


    John R. B. Cudahy, CAS

    SAAGNY President

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