Incentives Industry News

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Brian Dunne Earns IMA Award

The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) honored Brian Dunne, CPIM, managing director, Giftcard Consulting, with the Karen Renk Fellowship Award.

Pete Mitchell Recognized by IMA

Long-time Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) and Incentive Manufacturers Representatives Alliance (IMRA) member Pete Mitchell received the 2017 IMA President’s Award at the annual IMA Summit in Orlando, Florida.

National Gift Card Implements Sequencer

National Gift Card Corp. (NGC), a leading B2B digital and physical gift card solution and fulfillment provider with more than 2,000 U.S., Canadian and European corporate clients, has purchased two new gift card fulfillment machines from Kern International Inc., the American subsidiary of the Swiss-based manufacturer of the fastest card attaching and mail insertion equipment in the world.

Le Specs Chooses Links Unlimited

Links Unlimited, a corporate channel supplier for many of the best brands in retail, announced an exclusive distribution partnership with Le Specs to the corporate market.

IMA Inducts Inaugural Hall of Fame Class

MINNEAPOLIS – July 28, 2017 – The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) inducted four long-time industry leaders into the new IMA Hall of Fame at its annual Summit in Orlando, Florida.

Rymax, Raden Partner

Rymax Marketing Services, Inc., the largest National Manufacturer’s Representative in the incentive industry, announced its exclusive partnership with Raden.

IRF Reports on Meeting, Incentive Risk

The Incentive Research Foundation released the white paper Mitigating Risk in Modern Meetings and Incentives, an analysis of critical findings reported in the 2016 Event Disruption Study. The white paper explores disruption mitigation strategies for meetings and incentives and provides insights on how partners prepare for and handle disruptions.

Rymax Adds Eight Brand Partners

Rymax Marketing Services, Inc., the largest National Manufacturer’s Representative, continues to grow their expansive portfolio of more than 350 premium brands by teaming up with eight new partners.

Celebrity Unveils New Venue

Celebrity Cruises revealed the next exciting feature on its newest ship, Celebrity Edge, which debuts next year. Eden is a unique venue where state of the art design is fused into every element, including cuisine served by “Edenists.”

Top Brands, Incipio Group Partner

Top Brands Inc., a national marketing company and supplier of name-brand merchandise and awards for corporate programs since 1961, announced they will be partnering with Incipio Group to bring their lineup of brands including Braven Audio, Incase, Incipio and Griffin Technology into the corporate incentive and promotional products market.

Applaudit Manages Social Recognition

Applaudit, a social employee recognition platform, is completely mobile-friendly and responsive, which makes recognizing a coworker or employee easier and more effective than ever before.

GC Incentives Partners With Red Cross

In an effort to help increase blood donations, GC Incentives partnered with the American Red Cross to offer three $1,000 SuperCertificate shopping sprees to encourage blood donations this past spring.

National Gift Card Adds Google Play

National Gift Card Corp. (NGC), a leading B2B digital and physical gift card solution provider with more than 2,000 U.S., Canadian and European corporate clients, recently launched a partnership to distribute Google Play gift codes in the B2B market, both in real time and in bulk.

IRF Invitational Sees Record Attendance

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) hosted its 24th Annual Education Invitational, June 14-18, 2017, at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, in Maui, Hawaii. This year's "Go the Distance" theme was evident in not only the record number of attendees who journeyed to a tropical paradise and took part in the IRF's recond number of adventurous Hawaiian activities, but also in Hawaii's support of underwriting amazing evening event and the IRF's robust education program.

Rymax, Cloud B Join Partnership

Rymax Marketing Services Inc., the largest National Manufacturer’s Representative in the incentive industry, announced its exclusive partnership with Cloud b. Cloud b is the world’s leading manufacturer of products and accessories designed to help both parents and children sleep peacefully and comfortably.

PPAI Announces 2018 Board

Promotional Products Association International, the not-for-profit association for more than 510,000 industry professionals and more than 14,300 corporate members of the $21 billion promotional products industry, announced the 2018 PPAI Board of Directors officers: Dale Denham, MAS+, chair; Brittany David, CAS, chair-elect, Danny Rosin, CAS, vice chair, financial services; and Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS, immediate past chair. The new board officers will begin their one-year terms immediately following The PPAI Expo 2018 (January 14-18, 2018).

BrandSource Announces Sale

BrandSource Incentives, a manufacturer’s representative agency for premium brands, has announced an agreement to be acquired by Sharp Incentives of Phoenix, Ariz.

Zane's Acquires 20/20 Special Markets

Zane’s Inc. announced the acquisition of 20/20 Special Markets Inc. The process of transitioning the operations including distribution, customer service, and sales begins July 1, 2017.

McCloud Gives Back as Part of Incentives

McCloud Services, a leading pest management company headquartered in South Elgin, Ill., announced the charitable organizations that will receive a donation as part of its 2016 Employee Incentive Program. In its fifth year, the program has contributed nearly $21,000 to nonprofit organizations as part of the company's philanthropy work.

R,S, Owens Supplies Awards

The Elegance at Hershey is a premier automotive event, featuring the world’s finest collector vintage and antique cars, modeled after the European Concours d’Elegance. On June 9, vintage car owners gathered on the manicured lawns of The Hotel Hershey for special guest judges critiques of the participants’ cars.

Rymax Adds Four Brand Partners

Rymax Marketing Services, Inc., the largest National Manufacturer’s Representative in the Incentive Industry, continues to expand its impressive portfolio of more than 350 premium brands.

R.S. Owens Completes Saturn Awards

R.S. Owens announced the completion of the 43rd Annual Saturn Awards to be given to the best and brightest stars of Hollywood. The Hollywood event is planned for June 28, 2017.

Award Marketing, Hoffman & Edgette Merge

Greg Canose, President of Award Marketing Services Inc. announced that effective July 1, 2017, they will merge with Hoffman & Edgette to form Hoffman & Edgette Award Marketing Services.

Rymax Congratules M Life Rewards

Rymax Marketing Services Inc., the casino industry’s largest supplier of player loyalty solutions, congratulates MGM Resorts International’s M life Rewards’ on its second consecutive win of the highly esteemed Freddie Award for Best Hotel Promotion at the 2017 Freddie Awards.

Company Veteran to Run NiB

National Incentive Brands (NiB) special markets distribution and fulfillment – a division of All Star Incentive Marketing, announced the promotion of Sandra Gregoire to the position of Sales Manager.

IRF Reports on Behavioral Economics

The Incentive Research Foundation released Using Behavioral Economics Insights in Incentives, Rewards, and Recognition: The Neuroscience, an innovative application of scientific findings to employee motivation and rewards. Offering practical C-suite takeaways, the IRF’s report describes the unifying behavioral economic principles connecting the powerful role of emotions with employee performance.

Virtuous Vices, Paidas Management Team

Virtuous Vices, LLC , a New York based company, doing business as Robb Vices, has retained Paidas Management in a business development role, naming Jim Paidas as Director of Corporate and Special Markets, to enhance their footprint in the corporate premium space.

NGC Unveils iTunes Gift Card Service

National Gift Card Corp. (NGC), a leading B2B digital and physical gift card solution provider with more than 2,000 U.S., Canadian and European corporate clients, just unveiled its web application programming interface (API) connection to iTunes servicing the B2B incentive and rewards market.

Rymax Partners With Yale Locks

Rymax Marketing Services Inc., the largest National Manufacturer’s Representative in the incentive industry, announced its exclusive partnership with Yale Locks & Hardware, among the best known and most respected names in the lock industry.

SITE Launches Learning Portal

While there are a number of industry certifications focused on the planning of meetings and events, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) is the only global organization dedicated to providing training and certification specific to incentive travel and motivational events – the “I” in MICE.

Ginsu Partners With PremStar

Ginsu announced a new partnership with PremStar Incentives Inc. in the premium and incentive channel. PremStar Incentives Inc. is a full-service supplier of leading brand name products for premiums, incentives, rewards and loyalty programs, as well as corporate gifts and casino events.

Eagle Invests in Engagement Agency

Eagle Recognition has taken an investment position in the Engagement Agency LLC to further expand Eagle’s offerings and to bring formal engagement services to clients and prospects.



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