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February 21st
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March 8th
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March 7th: Education Seminar

PPAI's Keith Vincent & Joel Zoch presenting;

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6:15pm - 7:15pm



March 7th: Pre-Show Party
Double Tree, Arlington Heights
7:15pm - 10pm

Club Colors is pleased to announce the addition of John Morris in the role as Sales Manager to its growing team. John brings a vivacious, driven, and creative mindset to Club Colors; his addition continues to build upon the culture and success that the company has been working towards.
John has extensive experience in sales and sales management, with over 15 years of overseeing sales and marketing professionals with a focus on each individual's professional development to achieve their goals. Additionally, his client-centered mindset will continue to lead the sales team's focus in the direction of being a complete partner for each of Club Colors' clients.
Club Colors continues add talent to our passionate team that designs and implements impactful marketing solutions which support each client's vision and brand identity.   
PPAChicago Scholarship
PPAChicago is proud to offer a $1,000 college scholarship through the Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF). The PPAChicago Scholarship is only available to PPAChicago member companies' owners, employees and their children. In addition to the PPAChicago Scholarship, applicants will be considered for scholarships from PPEF, which will be awarding $200,000 in college scholarships in 2018. Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are available now.
Apply by March 15th at


IRVING, TX , January 30, 2018: Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) celebrated the 60th Anniversary of its Pyramid Award Competition awarding 44 Gold, 88 Silver, 12 Supplier Star and 10 Supplier Award of Merit winners at the PPAI Walk of Fame award ceremonies held January 16, 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in conjunction with The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, January 14-18.
Since 1958, the PPAI Pyramid Awards have recognized and honored promotional products businesses and helped shine the spotlight on the collaborative business model unique to the industry. Dawn Ruler, Regional Sales Vice President with Geiger, was presented a Gold Pyramid Award in the category of Self Promotion for the 2018 Pyramid Award Competition.
"I am thrilled to congratulate Dawn Ruler, winner of PPAI's prestigious Pyramid Award," said Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO at PPAI. "Dawn's dedication to solution-based selling combined with creative inspiration and the ability deliver promotional strategies that resonate with customers and deliver results."
These winners were selected by a panel of industry professionals and independent, outside marketing and advertising professionals. For more information about the PPAI Pyramid Awards program visit or contact the PPAI Awards and Recognition department at .
About Geiger
Headquartered in Lewiston, Maine, Geiger is the largest privately owned and managed promotional products distributor in the nation. Geiger operates 16 divisional offices across the US and is affiliated with over 550 independent sales representatives. Geiger is the sole publisher of the world-famous Farmers' Almanac™. Geiger is a safety and socially conscientious company, providing proactive, comprehensive compliance solutions to their clients.

Ariel Announces Appointment of Brendan Pigott as Regional Sales Manager

Overland, MO - January 22, 2018 - Ariel Premium Supply is pleased to announce the appointment of Brendan Pigott as Regional Sales Manager for the Metro Region. Brendan will be responsible for working directly with our top distributors in New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Brendan comes to Ariel with previous Top 40 supplier experience and is part of his family's second generation to work in the promotional industry.
"We're very happy to have Brendan join the Ariel family and be part of our fast-paced growing company," says Rich Harbert, Ariel director of sales. "His experience on the supplier side will be instrumental in helping our customers in the metro area profitably grow their businesses," he adds.
About Ariel
Ariel Premium Supply is a leading Top 40 Supplier to the promotional products industry. Established in 1993, Ariel offers a collection of technology, home, health, drinkware, auto and travel products to the corporate marketplace, serving both the U.S. and Canada. Ariel is a Minority Business Enterprise and is an active participant of the PromoStandards Alliance. Additional information may be found at .
Orbus Achieves SGIA's Certification for Color Management

Woodridge, IL - February 6, 2018:
Orbus Exhibit & Display Group®, one of North America's leading trade suppliers of display, exhibit and event solutions is proud to announce that it has achieved SGIA's Certification for Color Management. Through earning this certification, Orbus' graphics department can ensure superior color consistency and repeatability with orders placed.
With the SGIA Certification for Color Management Orbus can apply the best methods of avoiding color inconsistencies as printing conditions change from day to day and week to week. To help prevent color shifts, the Orbus graphics team implemented the daily practice of printing and scanning color
management charts along with the weekly practice of profile re-linearization on every printer. Through the process of scanning color management charts as well as profile re-linearization, the team detect color shifts and adjust the printer profiles accordingly.
" Applying what I learned at the SGIA course to my work has really made my tasks easier to understand and complete" said Mike Shortness, Orbus' RIP Station Coordinator. "Having the proper color management training allows me to provide customers peace of mind when it comes to getting precise and accurate colors".
In 2017, Orbus responded to the increasing demand of printing capacity by adding new state-of-the-art printers to company locations in both Woodridge, IL and Las Vegas, NV. The addition of these printers allows Orbus to nearly double company print output, and through earning the SGIA Certification for Color Management, customer satisfaction remains a guarantee.
About Orbus
Orbus Exhibit & Display Group is a market-leading, privately owned group of companies that specialize in the manufacture and trade only supply of portable modular and custom modular exhibit and display products, graphics and solutions. Companies and brands within the group include Orbus365®, SignPro Systems®, Origin® and Nimlok® .
Orbus is a proud member of the ISA, SGIA, ASI, PPAI, UPIC, SAGE and EDPA; the company boasts G7 Master IDEAlliance certification and is registered to ISO 9001:2008 for the highest manufacturing quality standards and ISO 14001:2004 for its environmental management system and "green" efforts.
Orbus' supply and manufacturing facilities reside in Woodridge, IL and Las Vegas, NV. For more information, visit