Counselor Names Hullinger Person of Year; Unveils Top 40
At a black-tie ceremony in Chicago on July 16, Counselor® magazine named Norman Hullinger, CEO of alphabroder (asi/34063), as its Person of the Year for 2014. Honored for leading the largest company in the industry through an unprecedented period of change, Counselor tabbed Hullinger for the industry’s highest honor because of the tasks and challenges ahead of him, as well.
"Norm Hullinger led his team through an exciting, and dizzying, transition that is still in play and sending ripples throughout the entire promotional products industry," said Tim Andrews, president and CEO of ASI®, during the Counselor Awards ceremony. "It takes great imagination and innovation to deftly manage a sea change while maintaining customer satisfaction levels and keeping the rapidly changing needs of end-buyers at the forefront. As the company embraces even further international expansion, I am sure its position as the North American industry leader in the promotional apparel arena will grow even more secure."
Also honored at the Counselor Awards banquet, held at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, were: Suzanne Worwood from 4imprint (asi/197045) for International Person of the Year; Admints & Zagabor’s (asi/31516) Brett Hersh and Steve Weissman for Supplier Entrepreneur of the Year; HDS Marketing’s (asi/216807) Howard Schwartz, Martin Bohinski and Ryan Niggel for Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year; Brown & Bigelow’s (asi/148500) Cindy Jorgenson for Distributor Woman of Distinction; and Staton Corporate & Casual’s (asi/89380) Billie Staton for Supplier Woman of Distinction.
In addition, Family Business of the Year awards were handed out to Grossman Marketing Group (asi/215205) and Lion Circle Corp. (asi/67620), while Raman Agarwal from Ottawa-based Akran Marketing (asi/115329) took home the Bess Cohn Humanitarian Award, and Gary Hellinger from Garyline (asi/55990) was honored with the Marvin Spike Lifetime Achievement Award.
The occasion was also marked by the initial unveiling of Counselor's 2014 Top 40. On the supplier side, alphabroder holds the top spot, with nearly $700 million in North American ad specialty sales in 2013. Click here to view the supplier Top 40 list. And for distributors, Staples Promotional Products (asi/120601) remains the largest company in the industry, with Proforma (asi/300094) and 4imprint rounding out the top three spots on the list. Click here to see the complete 2014 Top 40 distributor rankings.
Go to www.asicentral.com for pictures and videos from the Counselor Awards ceremony, and to check out more information on all of the award winners. For more information on Akran Marketing, located in Ottawa, ON, click here.
Counselor Announces 2014 Best Places to Work
The 2014 Counselor Best Places to Work list was officially unveiled July 17 at a reception that kicked off the 2014 Counselor Best Places to Work Conference. Held at the Hotel Chicago Downtown – Autograph Collection, the conference began with a cocktail reception to unveil the 90 companies that comprise this year’s Counselor Best Places to Work.
"These are the companies that are totally dedicated to their corporate cultures and to the well-being and productivity of their employees," said Tim Andrews, president and CEO of ASI. "They’re the leaders in the industry when it comes to workplace success, and we’re happy to honor them tonight."
The top five companies on this year’s list are: Birmingham, AL-based distributor Concepts & Associates (asi/166235) at number one, followed by The Book Company (asi/41010), Bullpen Marketing (asi/150076), Proforma Albrecht & Co. (asi/116308) and Custom Logos (asi/173183).
Click here to view the complete 1-90 rankings of the 2014 Counselor Best Places to Work, including the following Canadian companies: Talbot Marketing (asi/341500), Image Group Inc. (asi/230059), Akran Marketing (asi/115329), McCabe Promotional Advertising (asi/264901), Genumark Promotional Merchandise (asi/204588), White Paper Office Solutions (asi/359726), Cotton Candy (asi/169186), BrandAlliance (asi/268940) and TPS Promotions & Incentives (asi/341409).
ASI Power Summit Canada Recap
Held last month at the Queen’s Landing Resort in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, the 2014 ASI Power Summit Canada brought together industry leaders from throughout North America. In addition to participating in sessions on topics like customer service, apparel trends and social media marketing, attendees networked, golfed and explored the Niagara region through a variety of Summit activities.
Click on the images below to watch interviews from the event. Click here to see a Facebook gallery of photos.