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  • October 10, 2021 10:48 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) and its members have gathered three times for indoor shows in the past month.  The last two being held Tuesday, October 5 at the Melville Marriott and Thursday, October 7, at the Crowne Plaza Suffern-Mahwah.  Both of these shows included a client component.  The smiles and energy of all was extremely contagious.  A buffet lunch was served both days for all.   It was a joy to see suppliers, distributors and their clients eating, laughing, and learning.

    On October 7 in Suffern, the day began with an interactive panel discussion featuring Dan Edge, Peerless; Brett Hersh, Hit Promotional Products; Joe Hoffmann, iPROMOTEu; Mike Merkin, Hit Promotional Products; Andy Shape, Stran Promotional Solutions; and SAAGNY President Rachel Levin.  This engaging discussion between the panel and the 45+ attendees covered such topics as supply chain issues, customer wants and needs, how to speak to your customers, and industry forecasts.

    Knowing that some of our loyal distributor members might not be able to be in attendance, SAAGNY arranged to have each supplier videotape their Promo Sales Pitch.  Those videos once edited, will be placed on the SAAGNY website for our distributor members to catch up with their favorite suppliers.  SAAGNY President, Rachel Levin noted, “Three incredible shows, six incredible panelists, over 300 distributor and client attendees, and hundreds of new products.  What a way to start off Q4!  I’m incredibly proud of our Board and our Executive Director for remaining focused on providing such great value to our members!”

    Congratulations to our Supplier Raffle Winners – Richard S. and Frank U.; our Distributor Raffle Winners – Catherine M. and Marissa P.; and our Client Winners – Guest of JP and Guest of David F.

    We look forward to seeing you in 2022 – mark your calendar!

    Winter Show – Tuesday, January 25, 2022, Suffern, NY

    Summer Show – Tuesday, May 17, 2022, New York, NY

    Promotions East – Monday, October 17 – Wednesday, October 19, Harrah’s Atlantic City, NJ

    Thank you all who came out to join us!

  • October 08, 2021 2:55 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    The October SAAGNY Life 
    Has Arrived


      Click here to get the latest from SAAGNY.        

  • September 27, 2021 1:35 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    The SAAGNY Foundation Hall of Fame recognizes the extraordinary achievements of the leaders who have contributed to it's 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 below:

    • Individuals employed or associated with our industry that are examples of volunteering, contributing and supporting the SAAGNY Foundation mission statement.
    • The nominee shall have made significant and lasting contributions to the SAAGNY Foundation and has demonstrated leadership, volunteerism, community service, and good character. 
    • Anyone that has served SAAGNY Foundation as a board member or volunteer will be considered.
    • Nominations can include past board members, SAAGNY members and non-industry volunteers.  Present Board members are not eligible. 

    In order to nominate a candidate please email with the name and contact information of nominee along with the nominee's responses to the following:  

    • What SAAGNY Foundation achievement are you most proud of?
    • What is your most lasting contribution to the SAAGNY Foundation?

    Current SAAGNY Foundation Hall of Fame Members Can be Found by clicking here.

    The Hall of Fame Committee will review all nominations and determine the recipient along with the Foundation Board.  Please return the information requested no later than Friday, October 23, 2021. 

    If you have any questions, please call the SAAGNY office (914-848-7369) or email Donna-Jean Plante (

  • September 16, 2021 8:35 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) and its members were euphoric on Tuesday, September 14, as they gathered at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe, for their first indoor trade show in nineteen months.  The positive energy was palpable.  Exhibitors had smiles on their faces, as if they were children on Christmas morning, as they arrived to set up their booths. 

    The day began with an interactive educational session featuring PPAI President and CEO Dale Denham and SAAGNY President Rachel Levin engaging the 60+ attendees in conversations regarding their businesses, supply chain issues, customer wants and needs, and how PPAI and SAAGNY can help them now and in the future. 

    This was followed by the trade show in the Grand Ballroom.  Knowing that there would be some of our loyal distributor members who would not be able to be in attendance, SAAGNY arranged to have each supplier in attendance to be videotape their Promo Sales Pitch.  Those videos once edited, will be placed on the SAAGNY website for our distributor members to catch up with their favorite suppliers.   SAAGNY President, Rachel Levin noted, “Watching vendors and distributors reengaging, in-person, was incredible! From our conversation with Dale Denham, to the tradeshow floor, we, as a board, were extremely proud of the turnout and are looking forward to our next two end-user shows in October.”

    Congratulations to our Supplier Raffle Winner - Allison M. and our Distributor Raffle Winner - Bill A.

    Thank you all who came out to join us!

  • September 11, 2021 1:23 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Thank you for all who attended the SAAGNY Subway Series Game held at Citi Field Friday evening!  Whether you are a Met or Yankee fan - it was a great time had by all!


  • August 18, 2021 9:37 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) is excited to announce the 40 Under 40 for 2021.  Forty individuals under 40 years old from the promotional products industry were carefully selected from nominations received. The chosen individuals represent the best and brightest.

    SAAGNY President, Rachel Levin, commented “Recognizing young professionals who have made noticeable contributions to their companies, the SAAGNY community, and the overall Promotional Product Industry is a great pleasure and honor. These individuals are a guiding light to our future."

    Anthony Abatzis, ETS Express

    Chris Barlow, NC Custom

    Amy Benedict,

    Chris Bloomer, JSA

    Jon Borowka, Hit Promotional Products

    Adam Brown, NC Custom

    Mike Cardin, Stran Promotional Solutions

    Dino Ciccarelli, Tekweld

    John R. B. Cudahy, MAS, MASI, Raining Rose

    Brian Deissroth, Augusta Sportswear

    Thomas Deissroth, APPI

    Ethan Dowie, Indigo Promotions

    Sean Dwyer, Charles River Apparel

    Chelsea Fishman, Barker Specialty

    Will Flores, Tekweld

    David Goldfarb, Aakron

    Scott Gordon, Creative Specialty Promotions, Inc. 

    Donald Grant, Allen Company

    Jeff Hinds, ETS Express

    Tim Howe, Spectrum Designs

    Sean Kurtzman, The Positive Line

    Jenna Larned, Freedom Line Marketing

    Zach LeBlanc, Peerless

    Elyssa Maryasis, alphabroder

    Marisa Mattessich, Glazer Promos

    Kevin McLaughlin, alphabroder

    Anthony McNally, Vanguard

    Mike Newman, Starline

    Chim Olisemeka, alphabroder

    Brendan Pigott, Ariel Premium

    James Przybyszewski, Hit Promotional Products

    Robert Russell, Strike Promo

    Amy Serrano, Barker Specialty

    Dylan Sullivan, Insane Apparel

    Rich Susi, Taylor Communications

    Cristina Tarantino, Stran Promotional Solutions

    Brittany Tiringer, Tekweld

    Nick Valentini, Mike Valentini Promotions

    Alexis Wahl, Allen Company

    Keith Zasowski, Insane Apparel

    “I am honored to welcome our first class of 40 Under 40 honorees,” stated Donna-Jean Plante, CAE, Executive Director, SAAGNY.  She continued, “I welcome the opportunity to work with and learn from these young leaders who will be the future of the Promotional Products Industry.” 

    The 40 Under 40 Winners will be among the honorees at the Holiday Party and Annual Awards Celebration being held on December 8, 2021 at Glen Island Harbour Club, New Rochelle, NY.

    Click here to learn more about each of the Honorees.
  • August 13, 2021 10:33 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

                                      FIRST ANNUAL VIRTUAL WALK/RUN

    OCTOBER 1-10, 2021



    This Virtual Walk/Run provides the SAAGNY community the opportunity to bask in the finish line without the stress of the start line because it's all on your time and terms. YOU are in charge of how you experience the event and when and how you run or walk it.

    The best part is…by you participating, you are helping the SAAGNY Foundation in its mission to award educational scholarships and bring smiles to our camp kids.

      Want to walk with others? – stay tuned for information on an in-person version on Wednesday, October 6! The day between the SAAGNY Fall Shows on October 5 and 7.




    Need More Information:    914-848-7369

  • August 08, 2021 6:10 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

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


  • July 23, 2021 4:21 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Click here for the Rising Star Application.

    Click here for the Diamond Awards Application.

    Click here for the Linda Robinson Leadership Award and Past Presidents' Continuing Education Award.

    Click here to nominate Your Favorite Supplier for an award.

    Click here to nominate Your Favorite Distributor for an award.

  • July 14, 2021 11:00 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Call for SAAGNY Nominations - Class of 2023

    The nomination process is a vital step in ensuring the future success of our organization. Your participation in this process will help to ensure that SAAGNY's leadership will maintain its strong representation of our members.  SAAGNY members will elect four representatives at the Annual Meeting which will be held in-person at the SAAGNY Fall Show, Tuesday, September 14, 10:00 a.m. at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors, beginning January 1, 2022 and concluding December 31, 2023.  You can step up yourself or suggest another potential leader with whom you are acquainted and who you believe will make a contribution. The form below enables you to suggest a candidate.  A resume must be submitted for each nomination.

    SAAGNY Board of Directors Nomination Form

    I hereby nominate the following individual(s) for service on the SAAGNY Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 term of office:


    Name:       _________________________

    Company: _________________________

    Phone:      _________________________

    Email:       _________________________

    Distributor ____ Supplier ____Multi-line/Supplier Rep ____ Business Services  ____

    Submitted By:

    Name:        _________________________________

    Company:  _________________________________

    Phone:       _________________________________ 

    Email:         _________________________________  

    Please complete and return, along with a resume of the nominated individual, no later than Wednesday, August 4, 2021, by email

    Yours truly,

    Paul Sprunk, SAAGNY Past President

50 Tice Blvd Suite 340
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677

Phone: (914) 848-7369
Fax: (914) 365-2541

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