ASI® Advantages Roadshow Attracts 502 Distributors in Midwest


Moves to Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, San Jose and Concord February 9-13

TREVOSE, PA – January 30, 2009  The Advantages Roadshow, managed by The ASI Show, announced today that preliminary numbers show 502 distributors and 54 supplier companies participated in the Midwest this week, part of the 18-week 2009 tour.
The largest and best-attended traveling show in the advertising specialty industry consistently delivers more attendees in a single day than other traveling shows attract in an entire week.  Over 11,000 distributors, suppliers and decorators attended the ASI Advantages Roadshows in 2008.  

Braving 14 inches of snow in northern Ohio and storm activity throughout the week, distributors in Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati spent time with leading suppliers introducing new advertising specialties for the start of the year.  The impressive exhibitor list included: 

  • Bodek & Rhodes, asi/40788
  • Augusta Sportswear, asi/37461 
  • Marathon Mfg./Prestige Lines, asi/68707
  • SanMar, asi/84863
  • Stouse, asi/89910
  • Whispering Pines Sportswear, asi/97027 

A total of 117 attendees also enjoyed free education designed to help them sell in any economic environment.  Sessions included “Getting Started in the Advertising Specialty Industry,” for new distributors who want to sell promotional products; the “Exhibitor Presents” session, featuring hot products; and the “Build Your Distributorship through Better Marketing” session, that provides expert marketing tips.   

All distributors are invited to attend the Advantages Roadshow for free, and can either register on-site with a business card or can pre-register on each city’s to receive exclusive exhibitor specials and show updates in advance.  Suppliers interested in exhibiting may contact Nick DiNicola, at [email protected], or their ASI Show rep, at 1-877-ASI-SHOW.

The Advantages Roadshow now moves on to visit Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, San Jose and Concord from February 9-13 (Pacific series). To see the entire exhibitor list, which includes these respected industry suppliers:  

  • AZX Sport, asi/30250
  • Augusta Sportswear, asi/37461
  • Aunt Beth’s Cookie Keepers, asi/37461 
  • Custom HBC Corp., asi/47934  
  • Enduraline, asi/52480 
  • Fields Manufacturing Inc., asi/54100
  • Hit Promotional Products , asi/61125 
  • Lanco Corp., asi/66224
  • Molenaar LLC, asi/71980   
  • Numo, asi/74710 
  • SanMar, asi/84863
  • Stouse Inc., asi/89910
  • Whispering Pines Sportswear, asi/97027
  • World Wide Lines Inc., asi/98290 

“The Advantages Roadshow targets 130,000 industry distributor salespeople from more than 22,000 ASI distributor companies,” said Timothy M. Andrews, president of The ASI Show. “Suppliers can easily meet hundreds of distributors each week and that’s more than they could meet through personal phone calls in the same amount of time.”  

Reactions from attendees have been positive.

“We met so many new distributors while reconnecting with old friends who were all excited about our products,” said supplier Dave Byrne of Graphco.  “The Advantages Roadshow always delivers, and provides a huge boost in challenging times.”

“We got to stay close to home while really benefiting from meetings with top suppliers who gave us innovative ideas to grow our business when we need it most,” said Elaine Reid of Marketing Galore.   “The show is a no-hassle way to accomplish an awful lot in short amount of time.” 

In addition, the Advantages Roadshow is co-locating with the Stitches Roadshows in six locations, giving attendees and exhibitors two shows in one, and giving decorators the opportunity to meet equipment, software, supply and service providers face-to-face, see new wearables vendors, enjoy valuable education and network with other decorators.

For more information about the Advantages Roadshow and for the full 2009 schedule across 70 cities, click here.

About the ASI Advantages Roadshow
The ASI Advantages Roadshow is the official traveling tradeshow of ASI, visiting over 70 top cities throughout North America every year.  The ASI Advantages Roadshow is the largest and best-attended traveling show in the advertising specialty industry, connecting more top industry suppliers with more quality distributors and salespeople than any other traveling show.  In 2009, the Advantages Roadshow is also co-locating with the Stitches Roadshow in six locations.  Visit