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Counselor Awards 2013

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Counselor Awards 2013Here ye, here ye! The winners of this year’s most prestigious awards — the Counselor Awards — will be announced tonight from the Art Institute of Chicago between the hours of 6:30-10:30 p.m. CST. Want to know who receives the awards as they happen? Follow our Live Tweet on Twitter at @asicentral and use the hashtag #ASIAwards. We’ll post all winners after the ceremony on www.asicentral.com at 11 p.m. EST.

Award categories include:

  • Person of the Year
  • International Person of the Year
  • Distributor and Supplier Entrepreneurs of the Year
  • Marvin Spike Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Distributor and Supplier Woman of Distinction
  • Bess Cohn Humanitarian Award
  • Distributor and Supplier Family Business of the Year
  • Distributor and Supplier Top 40

So who do you think will win this year’s Counselor Person of the Year? Stay tuned … and good luck to all!

Fastest-Growing Distributors and Suppliers from the Past 6 Years

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Fastest-Growing CompaniesIf your company has been experiencing incredible growth over the past few years, then ASI wants to hear from you! Why? Well, you could be recognized by Counselor magazine in its annual Top 10 Fastest Growing companies in the industry award.

To be eligible for this category, your company must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Promotional product sales were $200,000 or more in 2010.
  • 2011 sales must be more than 2010 and 2012 sales must be more than 2011.
  • 2012 sales were $1 million or more.

Both suppliers and distributors are eligible. So … does your company have what it takes? Then click here to nominate it now! And in the meantime, here are the fastest-growing distributors and suppliers of the past 6 years:







Counselor 2012 Hot List

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2012 Hot ListJust a few short weeks ago, Counselor magazine released its sizzlin’ annual Hot List of the 38 people who are shaking up the market with new and innovative approaches. But instead of releasing just one, long list, Counselor broke the list into 5 categories.

Get the complete list of all 38 Hot List’ers here. And for separate category lists — including newly released, expanded writeups — click below:

  • The Head Honchos (Fun Fact: Lion Circle’s Rich Carollo’s fave TV show is Arrested Development)
  • The Right Clickers (Fun Fact: Green Banana Promotions’ Charity Gibson has “a thing for hot, fast cars”)
  • The Sales Superstars (Fun Fact: WorkFlowOne’s Roger Burnett thinks Robert Downey Jr. would play him in a movie)
  • The Marketing Mavericks (Fun Fact: The favorite thing about the industry for Hit Promotional Products’ Jennifer Grigorian? The people)
  • The Next Wave (Fun Fact: Bruce Springsteen’s Hungry Heart best describes Jeff Hinds of Rainkist)

Counselor 2012 Hot List – Are You Hot Enough?

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Counselor Hot ListCounselor magazine wants to know, how hot are you? Hot enough to make Counselor’s 2012 Hot List? If so, we want to hear from you!

But instead of soliciting an email or comment proclaiming why you think you belong on this year’s list, we took it a step further – we want you to send us a video response! Do something creative and fun, or something basic and simple … whatever you do, just do it on camera!

To enter, simply watch this YouTube video for more information, then click on the comments field (on the YouTube page) and add your own video response. It’s that easy.

So what are you waiting for, hot stuff? Get filming! (Check out previous Counselor Hot List winners.)

Vote Now! Best-Designed Promotional Products

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PensDistributors, a special notice from Counselor magazine:

The results are in: Counselor magazine has selected the finalists for its annual Product Design Awards. Here’s where you come in. Please click here to vote for the products that YOU think are the best designed, considering both aesthetic appeal and functionality. You can select up to three products in each of the 14 featured categories. It only takes a few minutes, and your input is very important to us!

The winners will appear in the May 2012 issue of Counselor. Thanks very much for your help.

So what are you waiting for? Exercise your rights and get votin’!

Fastest-Growing Ad Specialty Companies

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From Counselor PromoGram:

Is Your Company One Of The Fastest Growers?

Counselor is on the hunt for the fastest-growing companies in the ad specialty market. Did your company increase its revenues double-digits in 2011? We want to hear from you. Enter Counselor’s Fastest-Growing Companies (both suppliers and distributors can enter) awards by clicking here and filling out the online form. 

The top 10 Fastest-Growing Suppliers and Distributors will be honored in the May issue of Counselor. Click here to enter now.

So what are you waiting for? Enter the awards now! To see the fastest-growing companies in the ad specialty industry from the past five years, click here. Below are the #1 fastest-growing suppliers and distributors in the industry for the past five years, along with their % of growth.


  • Distributor: Mediacation asi/267029 (400% growth)
  • Supplier: U.S. Flash & technologies asi/93131 (1,002% growth)


  • Distributor: The Kanga Group asi/238906 (559% growth)
  • Supplier: Visstun asi/93975 (922% growth)


  • Distributor: Touchstone asi/345631 (273% growth)
  • Supplier: eGrips Technology asi/54596 (1,700% growth)


  • Distributor: Level 2 Sportswear Inc. asi/252696 (275% growth)
  • Supplier: Impressline asi/62479 (500% growth)


  • Distributor: Gimmees.com, asi/207070 (902% growth)
  • Supplier: Source Abroad Inc., asi/88242 (1,220% growth)

Vote for Your Favorite Supplier – Distributor Choice Awards

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Distributor Choice Awards 2012Distributors, do you work with or know a supplier that is simply out of this world? Then you need to vote for them for the 2012 Distributor Choice Awards! More information from Counselor PromoGram:

Every year Counselor magazine honors the best industry suppliers with our Distributor Choice Awards. Of course, we can’t name the winners without distributors, because these awards are chosen solely by industry votes. Please click here to vote in the 2012 Counselor Distributor Choice Awards.

These highly valued awards will be given out to winning suppliers at the ASI Show in Orlando on Monday, January 16, 2012. We also invite you to attend the event and network with the top suppliers in the industry – as voted on solely by distributors.

Your vote counts and we thank you in advance for your participation. Voting ends Friday, November 18.

So what are you waiting for? Vote now!

Awards Galore!

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Counselor AwardsLive from the San Diego Air & Space Museum in southern California, it’s the 2011 Counselor Awards!

Yes, folks, in just a few short hours many of my colleagues at ASI will be joining hundreds of promotional product professionals at an event unveiling some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, like the vaunted Counselor Person of the Year. And as much as I’d loooooove to be basking in warm and sunny SoCa and rubbing elbows with the best of the best, my job at ASI Mission Control will be to collect the enormous wealth of Award data that’s about to be announced and present it all to you!

In just a couple hours, the following awards will be presented:

All these awards will be live and on ASICentral early Thursday morning, May 19.

And if you’re too impatient to wait, we’ll be live-Tweeting all the awards tonight as they happen, starting at 8 p.m. PST (11 p.m. EST). So follow our Tweets tonight at @asicentral and track the hashtag #asiawards.


Vote Now For The Best-Designed Products

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Counselor Product Design Awards 2011Each year, Counselor magazine chooses finalists in a multitude of promotional product categories and asks distributor members to vote on the best designs. From desk accessories and apparel to writing instruments and housewares, this year’s finalists offer everything from innovation and function to pure fun!

And now it’s your turn to pick the winners.

Simply go to www.asicentral.com/productdesign (you must be a distributor member) and check out images and descriptions from all 14 categories (see below). Once you see the product design you like best, vote for it and move on to the next category. It’s that simple!

  • Apparel & Caps
  • Awards & Recognition
  • Bags
  • Calendars
  • Computer Accessories
  • Desk Accessories
  • Drinkware
  • Electronics
  • Housewares
  • Meeting Products
  • Packaging
  • Sporting Goods
  • Watches & Jewelry
  • Writing Instruments

Thanks for voting!

First BASI MASI Certificate Recipients Announced

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BASI MASIThe first 29 grads of the Advertising Specialty Institute Certification Program were announced on Monday during a pinning ceremony from The ASI Show Orlando.

In addition to ASI President and Chief Executive Officer Timothy M. Andrews, ASI Chairman Norman Cohn, Vice-Chairman Matthew Cohn and Corporate Vice President Stephanie Cohn Schaeffer, the following received their certificates:

Master of Advertising Specialty Information

  • Rodney French, of Quality Resource Group, Inc. (asi/303015)
  • Rodney Friese, of Magna-Tel Inc. (asi/68480)
  • Leanne Heuring, of Magna-Tel Inc. (asi/68480)
  • Kathy Lawrence, of Numo (asi/74710)
  • Christine Marion, of EmbroidMe (asi/384000)
  • Becky McMillan, of Magna-Tel Inc. (asi/68480)
  • Todd Pottebaum, of Quality Resource Group Inc. (asi/303015)
  • Cliff Quicksell, of Cliff Quicksell & Associates (asi/825111)
  • Mindy Statler, of Magna-Tel Inc. (asi/68480)
  • Mary Turner, of Magna-Tel Inc. (asi/68480)

And the following ASI employees: Ron Ball, Chris Lovell and Mary Sells.

Bachelor of Advertising Specialty Information

  • Chris Babiash, of M.A. Apparel Inc. (asi/257814)
  • Mike Beckman, of Proforma-BPM (asi/300094)
  • Paula Braeuner, of Magna-Tel Inc. (asi/68480)
  • Jessica Johnson, of Production Creek Specialty Advertising (asi/299743)
  • Mark MacDougall, of Valley Graphics Ltd. (ais/350569)
  • Dennis Pottebaum, of Quality Resource Group Inc. (asi/303015)
  • Beth Robinson-Mungle, of Magna-Tel Inc. (asi/68480)
  • Michelle Sherman-Cheng, of On3Tek, Inc. (asi/287739)

And the following ASI employees: Nick DiNicola, Heather DiPrato, Jim Padilla and Pamela Vicik-Smith.

For more about this, read the latest ASI press release. To see some images of the pinning ceremony, click here. And congrats to all the graduates!

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