ASI Advantages Roadshow Attracts 709 Distributors in Eastern Canada


Moves to Syracuse, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit Next

TREVOSE, PA – May 8, 2009  The Advantages Roadshow, managed by The ASI Show, announced today that preliminary numbers show 709 distributors and 80 supplier companies participated in the tour’s Eastern Canada week, part of the 18-week 2009 schedule.

The largest and best-attended traveling show in the advertising specialty industry consistently delivers more attendees than other traveling shows.  Over 11,000 distributors, suppliers and decorators attended the ASI Advantages Roadshows in 2008.  To date, 7,604 distributors have attended the first 11 weeks of Advantages Roadshows. 

Distributors in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton and London, Canada spent time with leading suppliers introducing the latest advertising specialties.

The impressive exhibitor list included:

  • BIC Graphic USA, asi/40480 
  • Bullet Line, asi/42424 
  • Canada Sportswear Corp., asi/43682 
  • Custom HBC Corp., asi/47934   
  • Fersten Worldwide, asi/53974
  • Hit Promotional Products, asi/61125 
  • Leeds, asi/66887 
  • Prime Resources, asi/79530 
  • SanMar Canada, asi/84864 
  • SnugZ USA, asi/88060 

A total of 75 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, which 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 Syracuse, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit May 11-15 (Great Lakes I).  The Advantages Roadshow co-locates with the Stitches Roadshow in Detroit, allowing attendees and exhibitors to experience two shows in one, providing decorators with opportunities to meet equipment, software, supply and service providers face-to-face, see new wearables vendors, enjoy valuable education and network with other decorators.

The entire exhibitor list, which includes these respected industry suppliers: 

  • American Ad Bag, asi/35290 
  • Ash City, asi/37127 
  • Bodek &Rhodes, asi/40788 
  • Custom HBC Corp., asi/47934   
  • Fields Manufacturing, asi/54100 
  • Hotline Products, asi/61960 
  • SanMar, asi/84863 
  • Stouse, asi/89910 
  • Target Industries, asi/90640 
  • Virginia T’s Inc., asi/93917 

“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 are thrilled to be part of the Advantages Roadshow in Canada,” said exhibitor Joe Urbano, Urbano International, Inc., asi/93118.  “This week has been so productive.  We have met with a great deal of quality distributors who are eager to do business.  We will definitely see sales from our time at the Roadshow.”
“What I love most about the Advantages Roadshow is seeing all the new product ideas in one convenient location,” said distributor David Lewenberg of Genumark Promotional Merchandise Inc., asi/204588, in Toronto.  “It’s a quality show that also allows me to network with other ad specialty professionals.”

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