ASI Magazines Win Seven Prestigious National Awards

Stitches® and Wearables® named finalists for Magazine of the Year

TREVOSE, PA – August 4, 2015 – The Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) today announced that four of its magazines won a total of seven national awards, including finalist honors as magazine of the year for Stitches and Wearables, in one of the nation’s largest and most competitive business publication competitions.

The ASBPE honors, in digital and print categories covering both editorial and graphic design, were presented at its 37th annual Azbee Awards of Excellence in New York City. ASBPE, which represents 600 journalists for B2B trade publications, was originally known as the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

This year, 1,272 entries were submitted. ASI magazines competed alongside publications like Computerworld and American Lawyer.

“We are so honored to once again receive national recognition from ASBPE for the breadth, depth and design of ASI’s magazines,” said Timothy M. Andrews, president and chief executive officer of ASI. “It’s wonderful for our editorial team to be singled out by their peers for the work they do each and every day online and in print, in the service of our 250,000 readers and our advertisers. We’re determined to continue producing the best original reporting, insightful analysis, sharp design and engaging photography in the industry – and beyond.”

ASI publications deliver award-winning editorial content to suppliers, distributors, decorators and screen printers throughout the $21.5 billion advertising specialty industry. In less than 10 years, ASI magazines have been honored with over 140 journalism awards and remain the only industry publications to ever win a national Jesse H. Neal Award. Melinda Ligos is editor–in-chief of all ASI magazines, and senior vice president of professional development.

ASI’s national award winners are:

Stitches, edited by Nicole Rollender

  • Top 10 finalist, Magazine of the Year
  • Gold, Original Research, State of the Industry 2014, May 2014, Chris Ruvo, staff writer; Theresa Hegel, senior writer; Alex Palmer, contributing writer
  • Bronze, Front Cover Photo, The Fashion Issue, September/October 2014, Mark Pricskett, editorial photographer; Hillary Glen, art director

Wearables, edited by C.J. Mittica

  • Top 10 finalist, Magazine of the Year
  • Gold, How-To Article, “Expansion Overdrive,” January 2014, Chris Ruvo, staff writer; Joe Haley, managing editor; Jessica Williams, designer

Advantages®, edited by Kathy Huston

  • Silver, Opening Page/Spread Typographic, “Get Physical: Fitness Programs = Healthy Sales,” March 2014, Hillary Glen

Counselor®, edited by Andy Cohen

  • Bronze, Opening Page/Spread Typographic, “Swim With the Sharks,” March 2014, Glen Karpowich, senior designer


In addition, ASI magazines were nominated for an additional 10 ASBPE regional awards in the competitive Northeast region, which includes all New York City publications. Winners will be announced August 12.

ASI publishes seven catalogs, five magazines and nine newsletters. ASI’s magazine circulation is audited and growing, and Counselor’s Top 40 and Power 50 lists are now the industry standard.

To learn more about ASI’s publications, contact Melinda Ligos at [email protected]. For info on advertising, contact Ed Koehler, ASI’s VP of magazines and catalogs at [email protected].

About ASI
The Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) is the largest media, marketing and education organization serving the promotional products industry, with a network of over 25,000 distributors and suppliers throughout North America. ASI leads the industry in technology solutions, providing cloud-based e-commerce, enterprise resource planning software (ERP) and customer relationship management software (CRM). ESP Web® is the industry’s leading tool for sourcing hundreds of thousands of products. A family-owned business since 1962, ASI also provides online research, marketing, advertising opportunitiestrade showseducationaward-winning magazines, newsletters, custom websites and catalogs to help members sell, market and promote their brands. Learn more at and on Google+FacebookTwitterLinkedInYouTube and the CEO’s blog.