Marc Simon

On Dec. 18, 2013, Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), Irving, Texas, the world’s largest and oldest international not-for-profit promotional products association, announced that Norma Jean Knollenberg, CIP, CPIM, president of Oshkosh, Wis., supplier Top Brands Inc., has joined the PPAI board of directors, effective immediately.

While the Internet and supply-chain transparency are for the most part pretty great (being able to download any movie ever, knowing which overseas factories are responsible for packing gunpowder and live, sting-crazed hornets into children's lunchpails), there have been some downsides.

The best part about writing the introduction for the state of the industry of the promotional products sector this year? Not having to expend any more ink writing about the recession.

Every year, Print Professional’s sister publication, Promo Marketing (PM), unveils the best and brightest distributors the promotional products industry has to offer. In reviewing last year’s information, one message became abundantly clear: promotional products’ distributors are serious about their business.

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