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PCA Hires Ian Brudenell As National Sales Manager

October 26, 2023: Pen Company of America (PCA) has added industry veteran Ian Brudenell to its team as national sales manager.

Brudenell will represent PCA, All American Writing Instruments (AAWI) and Garland brands and will be responsible for bringing new awareness to the brands, supporting key accounts and continuing the company’s growth.

He brings over 15 years of industry experience including eight years at HPG as national sales executive and inside sales executive. He was also previously account manager at Staples Print and Promo, managed his own small distributorship and served as a director on the Northwest Promotional Marketing Association’s (NWPMA) board for six years.

“I could not be happier about my new role as national sales manager at PCA. From the moment I met the team, I knew it was going to be a perfect fit,” Brudenell says. “I am excited to be a part of the future growth of the company. In a time where so many suppliers are going overseas, I am humbled to be a part of a true, all-American company with a rich history and reputation.”

VP of Sales Colleen Shea adds, “We are thrilled to have Ian join our team. His experience in the promotional industry and specifically his expertise in the writing instrument category is the ideal combination for us. There are many exciting, innovative opportunities on the horizon now that Ian is on board.”

Vantage Apparel Expands Retail Brands with the Addition of Berne Apparel Workwear

[AVENEL, NJ] SEPT 19, 2023 – Vantage Apparel, a leading manufacturer and decorator of custom apparel, is proud to announce its partnership with Berne Apparel, a renowned name in the industry since 1915. Berne's reputation for providing rugged and reliable workwear aligns perfectly with Vantage Apparel's commitment to quality and durability. Read More


Woodridge, IL – September 05, 2023: Orbus Visual Communications®, North America’s largest producer and manufacturer of visual communications solutions for tradeshows and events, retail environments, and workplace interiors, is proud to announce that Ultima Displays Canada, is now officially rebranded as Orbus Visual Communications Canada, effective today.  Read More

SAGE ® and PPPC Announce Partnership Renewal

Addison, Texas – Winnipeg, MB (September 7, 2023) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, and Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC), the not-for-profit association for the Canadian promotional products industry, announces the renewal of the SAGE and PPPC partnership. The SAGE and PPPC partnership provide a comprehensive solution for distributors and suppliers of promotional products in the Canadian marketplace for one low membership price. Read More


Addison, Texas (August 29, 2023) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, is thrilled to announce the launch of its upgraded SAGE Company Store Standard. This latest release introduces a multitude of features designed to elevate user experience and site functionality to new heights. With these updates, SAGE continues to revolutionize the way distributors manage their online presence. Read More

PORTLAND, Ore., August 29, 2023: Premier Press, an award-winning creative production company, today announced that it has combined forces with KG Specialties, a branded merchandise company, to expand Premier’s in-house capabilities and enable the company to quickly deliver on growing client demands. KG Specialties President and Owner Kyle Gibson will join Premier as director of promotional merchandise, and all KG Specialties employees will transition to Premier’s facilities.   Read More

Driving Growth And Innovation: EME’s New Leadership Will Elevate Their Client’s Meeting Experience 

The company has brought in experienced staffing to propel the company forward in both its reach and technical capacity. 

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (August 25, 2023) – Exclusive Meeting Events (EME), the originator of the invitation-only, one-on-one formatted meetings that bring top distributors and suppliers from across the nation together, has brought in experienced staffing to propel the company forward in both its reach and technical capacity. EME President Eric Taras has taken a minority role in the business and will continue in an advisory capacity, while longtime EME Vice President Lauren Fox will retire November 1.  Read More

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