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SITE Auction Offers Unique Experiences

Whether you’ve been longing for a relaxing escape at a luxury resort or dreamed about exploring the world, SITE Foundation Auction 2.0 features nearly 75 exclusive travel experiences to destinations around the globe.

IMA Awards Circle of Excellence Winners

Five IMA member companies and their incentive partners were honored with seven Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) Circle of Excellence Awards at the recent IMA Summit.

Selina Chavry Elected to SITE Board

Selina Chavry, global managing director of Pacific World, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Foundation.

Incentive Gift Card Market Growing

Results of a new research study show the majority of U.S. businesses are increasingly using gift cards as a reward tool for multiple groups, (channel, sales, employee and customer), and that investment in gift card rewards is both significant and growing.

Links Unlimited, Keysmart Partner

Links Unlimited, a corporate channel supplier and fulfillment organization for many of the best brands in retail, announced an exclusive partnership with Keysmart, the compact solution to your bulky key ring.

TV Show to Feature Incentive Concepts

Incentive Concepts President/CEO Joe Reinberg, Vice President of Administration Billie Reise and Vice President of Sales Kevin Hagan will soon appear on the award-winning, global TV show, Worldwide Business with kathy ireland. The segment’s topic is how Incentive Concepts helps companies reward their valued employees and customers.

Top Brands Adds Vera Bradley Experience

Top Brands Inc., a national marketing company and supplier of name-brand merchandise and awards for corporate programs since 1961, announced the launch of the Vera Bradley Experience by Top Brands.

GC Incentives Saves Overhead Costs

GC Incentives, a 20-year-old incentive and recognition company with its eyes on the future, is focused on making it even easier for clients to offer high value and appealing rewards that reinforce their brand without the costs associated with markups, shipping and fees.

Top Brands Adds Red Rock Outdoor Gear

Top Brands Inc., a national marketing company and supplier of name-brand merchandise and awards for corporate programs since 1961, announced they will be the exclusive supplier for Red Rock Outdoor Gear in the corporate gifts, incentives and promotional products market.

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.



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