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  • May 18, 2023 2:47 PM | John Cudahy (Administrator)

    The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) announced today that it will be extending an invitation for end users to attend Promotions East this October in Atlantic City, NJ.

    Consisting of two days of exclusive programming, end users will get a sneak preview of products on October 3rd and a full day of access to the exhibit hall and show features taking place October 4th.

    SAAGNY President, Michael Reisbaum stated, “We are continuing to create an innovative, redesigned, and totally productive Q4 event for the Promotional Products Industry. SAAGNY again disrupts the traditional trade show space by adding a highly demanded end user component; paring it with the groundbreaking aspects unveiled in 2022. Distributors are hungry for broader opportunities to provide solutions to their clients and SAAGNY is providing another engagement opportunity.”

    SAAGNY believes this is an important and necessary addition to the show because it increases the value for distributors by delivering them a unique opportunity to wow their clients at the largest promotional products event on the East Coast. This effort aligns with the association’s continued dedication to advocate for the business development of the promotions products industry.

    Dan Edge, Chair of the Promotions East Committee added, “Coming off an amazing show in 2022, SAAGNY is committed to making Promotions East better each year. With that, we listened to the feedback from our members and heard, overwhelmingly, that an end user component was necessary. Early October is the ideal time to have end buyers in front of products, talking ideas and strategies. We truly feel this will help elevate the show further and be a win-win for all!”

    Promotions East is being held October 2-4, 2023, at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. It is the largest promotional products show on the East Coast. The 2023 event will host distributors, suppliers – and now end users – under one roof to educate, connect and explore.

    It will encourage the industry to “finish strong” by attending this strategically timed Q4 show. Distributor and end user registration will open at the beginning of June. For more information, visit promotionseast.com or email info@saagny.org.

  • May 05, 2023 8:55 AM | John Cudahy (Administrator)


    (PRESS RELEASE) LODI, NJ — All-County Apparel, a leading SAAGNY custom apparel decorator, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Toni-Ann Hayden as its new Vice President of Sales. With over 28 years of industry experience under her belt, Toni-Ann's profound knowledge and expertise promises she will be an invaluable asset to the team.

    Toni-Ann is a true veteran; throughout her time in the industry, her working relationships with her clients have turned into lasting friendships. Her passion for the industry and her clients and team members is evident in all her projects, and she takes great pride reflecting on the companies she successfully expanded over the years. Toni-Ann's dedication and commitment to her craft is truly inspiring, and it's no surprise to see that she has become such a respected figure in the industry.

    Andrew Monteyne, President of All-County Apparel, says, "At All-County Apparel, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional client communication and support. Bringing Toni-Ann aboard in a leadership capacity is a testament to this unwavering commitment. Her ability to build long-lasting client relationships, develop sales strategies, and drive market expansion is a significant boost to both our short and long-term goals delivering customized apparel."

    Toni-Ann’s well-rounded approach to sales and communication enables her to understand and address the nuances that most contract decorators fail to grasp effectively. As such, her appointment guarantees that All-County Apparel is better positioned than ever before to further deliver on its promises and grow from strength to strength. The leadership she's demonstrated throughout her incredible career is an exciting step forward for the company and we look forward to the insights she'll provide to accelerate growth.

    About All-County Apparel

    All-County Apparel is a leading, full-service custom apparel and t-shirt company specializing in screen printing, embroidery, and direct-to-garment (DTG). Specializing in high-volume production, we offer worldwide fulfillment capabilities and are proudly trusted by promotional products groups, apparel distributors, and branding agencies. Our commitment to quality service has enabled us to grow into one of the largest custom apparel decorators on the East Coast.


  • June 16, 2022 8:06 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    The New 2022 SAAGNY Awards Program is designed to identify and recognize publicly those individuals and companies who have contributed most to the SAAGNY community and promotional products industry. 

    Why Recognize? Recognition is one of the most powerful means of:

    • thanking volunteers for their efforts in regards to SAAGNY
    • motivating individuals to higher levels of achievement
    • giving a sense of belonging to something important
    • establishing those in the SAAGNY community as a valuable entity.

    All New Categories

    SAAGNY Person of the Year 
    • To honor an outgoing board member, volunteer, and/or anyone who has made a significant contribution and encouraged others to do the same in the SAAGNY community. 

    Company Recognition

    • SAAGNY Loyalty Member of the Year Award – to be awarded to a company that has engaged in the SAAGNY community promoting and supporting its events and programs.
    • The SAAGNY Foundation Above and Beyond Award – to be awarded to a company that has engaged in The SAAGNY Foundation community promoting and supporting its mission.
    • SAAGNY Sponsor of the Year Award – to be awarded to a company that is always willing to sponsor or provide gift in kind. The recipient of this award to be awarded free sponsorship opportunity for the following year.
    • SAAGNY Innovator of the Year Award – to be awarded to a company that shows advancements in its products design, use of/introduction of technology, and/or ability to be on the forefront of trends.

    Company or Individual Recognition

    • SAAGNY Influencer of the Year Award – to be awarded to a company or individual whose social media channels tell the story of promotional products and presents a coordinated marketing/public relations message that has actively engaged with SAAGNY.
    • Wow MWBE Award – to be awarded to a company or individual who is recognizing the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion within their own organization.
    • Project of the Year – to be awarded to a company or individual who had the most innovative campaign utilizing promotional products.

    Individual Recognition

    • Duct Tape Award  to be awarded to a Customer Service Professional who’s able to fix anything for his/her customers and is known as the customer whisperer.
    • Rising Star  to be awarded to an individual in the promotional products industry five years or less who have already made significant contributions to the industry, SAAGNY, and/or his or her company.
    • Rockstar ROOKIE of the Year  – to be awarded to an individual in the industry one year or less who is already a natural.
    • SAAGNY Believer  An individual who has completed and/or participated in five or more SAAGNY webinars and/or events.
    • Mission Impossible Award  to be awarded to an individual sales rep who went above and beyond and is considered a rock star.
    • SAAGNY Constant Contributor Award – to be awarded to an individual who has gone above and beyond volunteering for SAAGNY and/or The SAAGNY Foundation.

      Please click below to make your nominations.  Nominations can be made by the  general SAAGNY community.  The recipient(s) of awards to be decided by a panel established by the Awards Committee Chair, to include his or her peers within promotional products industries. All entries to be blinded to panel.

    Award recipients to be announced at a ceremony on the show floor at Promotions East.

    Nominate Promo Peeps Here

  • June 08, 2022 12:47 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Do you miss this webinar which talked amongst other topics - Why you should be  member of your local promotional products trade association?  This webinar also answered the following questions:

    WHAT IS A TRADE ASSOCIATION?

    A trade association is an organization founded and operated by businesses in a specific field, such as NEPPA, PAPPA, TRASA, VAPPA, CPPA, or SAAGNY. Trade associations are sometimes local or regional, focusing on the industry issues affecting a particular region. For instance, all of the above trade associations focus on a particular region.

    WHY JOIN?

    When you work in an industry like promotional products, you need a reliable way to make and maintain contacts, keep yourself up to date on the latest news and developments, and build your business’s reputation in the industry and the local community. Joining NEPPA, PAPPA, TRASA, VAPPA, CPPA, or SAAGNY is an excellent way to accomplish all those goals. Membership in a trade organization opens doors to networking, professional development, volunteerism, industry insight, and visibility for your company. But don't take our word for it - join us to listen to industry leaders in YOUR community discuss how joining a promotional products trade association helped them AND their business.

    Watch the webinar here!

    https://youtu.be/kJIzsMOHGyM

    Featuring Dan Edge as moderator and panelists Jeff Franklin, Andres Blanco, Rachel Wright, Staci Whittington, Mike Shreve, and Joe Favre.

  • June 08, 2022 8:29 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) has grown to be the largest regional Promotional Products association in the country. Our growth would not have been possible without the visionary planning and untiring efforts of a few outstanding leaders.

    The SAAGNY Hall of Fame recognizes the extraordinary achievements of these leaders who have contributed to our 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 in the application below:

    SAAGNY Pioneers

    SAAGNY Pioneers are defined as individuals previously employed by member companies who are no longer active in our region or business and served AMASS or SAAGNY prior to 1989.  Pioneers will be voted on via a separate nomination from the regular Hall of Fame.  Anyone that served SAAGNY from 1989 and prior will be considered a potential Pioneer Club inductee. 

    SAAGNY Contemporaries

    SAAGNY Contemporaries are defined as current or past members who have volunteered with SAAGNY.

    The nominee shall have made significant and lasting contributions to SAAGNY and the Promotional Products industry and have served on a committee or on the Board of Directors of SAAGNY.  To be eligible, the nominee must have served as a committee or board volunteer and:

    • ·       Has not served on the SAAGNY Board of Directors for a minimum of three (3) years before nomination to the Hall of Fame; or
    • ·       Continues to serve on the Board of Directors but has an aggregate of 10 years’ volunteer service to SAAGNY as a committee or board member prior to nomination to the Hall of Fame
    • ·       Members of the Hall of Fame Committee are not eligible for nomination

    The Hall of Fame Committee will review all nominations and determine which category the nominee qualifies for.  Please return the nomination form and required items no later than Friday, July 1, 2022.  If you have any questions, please call the SAAGNY office or email Donna-Jean Plante (donna-jean@saagny.org).

    Thank you for your participation.

    Yours,

    Paul Sprunk

    Click here for more information.

  • June 08, 2022 8:28 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    SAAGNY’s 40 Under Forty is a celebration of young promotional products professionals in the SAAGNY community. The process of selecting SAAGNY’s 40 Under Forty begins with nominations.

    SAAGNY’s 40 Under Forty honor is driven by nomination information that’s as complete and thorough as possible so our judges can see the whole picture of the person being nominated. We encourage the nominee to be involved in the nomination process so that all pertinent information is provided and facts are accurate. Self-nominations are encouraged. 

    Please take a few minutes and help us identify SAAGNY’s 40 Under Forty.

    Deadline to submit July 31, 2022.

    Please click here for more information.


  • June 07, 2022 12:43 PM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Looking for warehouse space – we are looking for a partner! 

    We have 2,500 sq ft available with production for embroidery, screen printing, and dtg in Clifton, NJ

    Prices are fair market prices that are subject to change end of June. 

    For more information please email Marc G. at dmcimports@gmail.com.

  • June 02, 2022 7:20 AM | Donna-Jean Plante

    Have you ever wanted to join a trade association, but didn't know if you should? Dan Edge talks about trade associations and more on #industryinsider with Jeff Franklin, Meg Erber, and Stephen McFadden! Enjoy!

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