iPROMOTEu, Wayland, Mass., hosted its annual “Thank You” Reception in Las Vegas during the PPAI Expo. The event featured an Elvis Presley impersonator who provided entertainment throughout the evening. Paul Bellantone, president and CEO of Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), extended words of welcome to the crowd of approximately 350 iPROMOTEu affiliates, guests and representatives of some of iPROMOTEu’s leading preferred vendors.
iPROMOTEu also honored and recognized its top 15 preferred vendors for 2016. The award winners were:
- Hit Promotional Products
- TSC Apparel
- BIC Graphic
- Pro Towels
- Bam Bams
- Prime Line
- S&S Activewear
- ETS Express
- Heritage Sportswear
- Magnet Group
Curto Toy received iPROMOTEu’s Supplier Appreciation Award for exceptional support of iPROMOTEu during 2016. Jerry Chierchio of alphabroder was named iPROMOTEu’s Supplier Representative of the Year.
In addition to the “Thank You” Reception, iPROMOTEu hosted its annual Awards Luncheon to recognize and honor affiliates for their impressive accomplishments in 2016. Fifty affiliates were recognized as “Top Affiliates” based on their 2016 order volume, and another 25 affiliates were honored for their sales growth in 2016 compared to 2015.
Several other affiliates were recognized for their large orders in excess of $100,000. The Rising Star Award, given to Tina Seebaran and Carrie Riney; The Affiliate of the Year Award, given to Chuck Feldman and Steve Goldstein; Most Profitable Affiliate Awards; and the annual Tommy Joyce Memorial Award, given to Christiane Hartley, were presented as well. iPROMOTEu also recognized those affiliates in its Million Dollar Club and Multi-Million Dollar Club for their cumulative career sales volume.
“A record number of nearly 300 iPROMOTEu affiliates and salespeople attended The PPAI Expo and participated in many iPROMOTEu-hosted events,” said iPROMOTEu president and CEO Ross Silverstein. “The company’s visibility, energy, enthusiasm and pride were obvious to all. We are such a great organization, and our affiliates are the best in the business.”
iPROMOTEu affiliates also received Gold, Silver and Bronze Pyramid Awards from PPAI for Traffic Building, Educational Program, Not-for-Profit Program, Distributor Self-Promotion and Distributor/Supplier Collaboration.
“iPROMOTEu could not be more proud of its affiliates and their successes,” said Cliff Quicksell, director of affiliate marketing for iPROMOTEu. “This year we were, once again, impressed by five of our affiliates who walked away as winners: Paul and Stephanie Zafarana [received] Gold. Gail Deutchman [received] Silver. Donald Szerlip [received] Silver; Darrell and Greta McChesney [received] Bronze; and Drew Pulliam [received] Bronze. Over the past several years, iPROMOTEu has made a huge commitment to the Pyramid Awards in supporting the efforts of all affiliates who want to enter. This year marks the sixth year that iPROMOTEu and its affiliates have walked away with the creative hardware. Just wait until next year—lots brewing.”
In addition to the awards programs, iPROMOTEu hosted a company-wide event at the dueling piano bar in the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. iPROMOTEu also rented the observation deck on the top of the Eiffel Tower exclusively for its affiliates. According to one iPROMOTEu Affiliate, “The event at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel was so much fun and the view from the Eiffel Tower was spectacular. This was a great way to kick-off the Expo.”
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