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Kyle A. Richardson is the editorial director of Promo Marketing. He joined the company in 2006 brings more than a decade of publishing, marketing and media experience to the magazine. If you see him, buy him a drink.

Elise Hacking Carr is editor-in-chief/content director for Print+Promo magazine.

As companies plan ahead for 2014, the Print+Promo staff simply wants to survive the year-end rush. Guess what would brighten our day? Presents. Lots of them. (After all, ʼtis the season for giving.) See below for ideas. And if that doesn’t work, just send cash. We thank you in advance.

Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and Recognition Professionals International (RPI), the nonprofit association focused on the employee recognition industry, announced a strategic alliance co-locating the RPI Annual Conference with PPAI brand. at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Jan. 13 to 17, 2014 and again in 2015.

As we gear up for the 2012 SGIA Expo, SGIA has announced a new addition to this year's educational program. The Honorable Nancy Nord, Commissioner of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, will sit down for a conversation with SGIA's Marci Kinter about navigating the recent changes to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which went into effect on January 1, 2012.

Upon its implementation, the Act now requires that all children's products be tested and verified so that both lead and phthalate limits are met.

Creel Printing in Las Vegas has extended its G7 designation, achieving Master Printer certification across prepress, sheetfed, and heatset web operations. It is among an elite group of G7-certified printers in the southwest, and is the only company in Nevada holding all three merits. Creel Printing has held the prestigious G7 distinction since 2009.

Last January, the Atlantic City Council shut the lights on the city that's "always turned on," returning to the classic "World's Famous Playground" slogan. 

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