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  • February 23, 2017 2:09 PM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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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