ASI’s Counselor Magazine Celebrates 2018 Hot List

The bold, brash and beautiful on annual list are heating up the promotional products industry

TREVOSE, PA – June 7, 2018 – Counselor® magazine today announced the movers and shakers on its 2018 Hot List, an annual celebration of the bold, the brash and the beautiful people heating up the promotional products industry.

The 2018 Hot List is an international mix of suppliers and distributors that features lawyers, marketing execs, product designers and second-career standouts as well as ace salespeople, with the majority under 40.

“This year’s Hot Listers represent an exclusive club of 20 top performers who are idealists at heart, but pragmatists in purpose, with the uncommon will to eschew the way things have always been done in the promo world,” said Counselor Editor-in-Chief Dave Vagnoni (@VagnoniASI) “We’re delighted to celebrate the innovative ways they think, create and sell. I’m betting their new ideas pay off by transforming the industry in a very big way.”

Counselor magazine, which provides news, trends and business strategies to top distributor decision-makers, is published by the Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI).

The 2018 Counselor Hot List, in alphabetical order by last names:

  • Chris Arvay, Proforma, asi/300094
  • Katelyn Aumock, IDProductsource, asi/62088
  • Elli Chemel, A.T. Designs, asi/30239
  • Ryan Conant, TravelChair, asi/91916
  • Emily DelMarco, City Paper Co., asi/162267
  • Meghan Falkner, Sunrise Identity, asi/339206
  • Jessica Ibsen, Fully Promoted Mandeville & Metairie, asi/384679
  • Sean Kurtzman, Midnite Snax, asi/71685
  • Mason Linn, Raining Rose, asi/80489
  • Jacques Marais, Creative Marketing Concepts, asi/170631
  • Grant Mayan, The Promo Addict, asi/302225
  • Kevin Mullaney, Brandito, asi/325944
  • Dane Negrey, Brand Aid, asi/145193
  • James Przybyszewski, Hit Promotional Products, asi/61125
  • Emma Reynolds, Outstanding Branding, asi/288519
  • Bjorn Rheborg, Gemline, asi/56070
  • Eric Simsolo, Next Level Apparel, asi/73867
  • Alexandra Webb, McCabe Promotional Products, asi/264901
  • Joshua White, BAMKO, asi/131431
  • Rory Young, Pop! Promos, asi/45657

Click here for an online listing, with individual profiles and photos. For the first time, the list includes a song chosen by some of the Hot Listers as the one they listen to as motivation for the day, a big meeting or presentation. The winners will also be featured in Counselor’s June issue, available in print and online.

Anyone in the $23.6 billion promotional products industry can nominate a peer for the annual Hot List, published since 2008. This year, the criteria limited nominees to up-and-comers who have worked in the industry for five years or less.

To learn more about the Hot List, contact Dave Vagnoni at [email protected]. For info on advertising in any of ASI’s magazines, contact Matt Barnes, ASI’s vice president of publishing and media services, at [email protected].

About ASI
The Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI®) serves a network of 23,500 suppliers, distributors and decorators in the $23.6 billion promotional products industry. ASI’s flagship product, the technology platform ESP®, manages the industry’s entire supply and marketing chain. ASI also produces award-winning digital and print content, live events and educational programs that enable companies in 55 countries to be more efficient, productive and profitable. ASI’s Counselor® magazine provides the most authoritative business content in the industry, and the ASI Certification Program features 500+ live and online education courses for over 40,000 professionals. The company, family owned and operated since 1962, is proud to have been consistently ranked among the “Best Places to Work” in Philadelphia and Bucks County, PA. For more info: