PPAI Pyramid Award Celebrates 60 Years Of Excellence

First introduced in 1958, the PPAI Pyramid Award marked its diamond anniversary on Tuesday night at The PPAI Expo 2018 proving its long and distinguished reputation in recognizing the best promotions and products in the promotional products industry. With the milestone came an opportunity to expand and advance the Pyramid Award as well.

For more than a year, the PPAI Awards Committee has been working to reorganize and rebrand under the Pyramid banner four PPAI awards previously known as Technology, Image, Suppliers Achievement and Supplier Stars. The Pyramid also continues to include categories of distributor promotions. No change was made in how the awards were selected: Supplier Stars are determined by distributor ballots; all other categories are judged by an independent panel of industry and industry-related professionals.

At Tuesday evening’s Expo After Dark event featuring a block party and Walk of Fame awards presentation, the newly-branded PPAI Pyramid Awards were unveiled.

Categories ran the gamut from client programs and marketing entries to technology applications including blogs and social media, and all facets of supplier decorating. More than 100 awards were presented in five categories by members of the PPAI Awards Committee who emceed the event bringing cheering winners on stage throughout the evening.

In alphabetical order, the winning companies are:

Aakron, Supplier Star Award of Merit Silver, $20,000,001-$35,000,000
A.T. Designs, Silver, Most Creative Product Entry, Metal Spinning Tops
A+ Wine Designs, Gold, Etching/Engraving/Laser, Stellar Winery etched bottle
A+ Wine Designs, Gold, Customized Retail-Branded Product/Packaging, The Porter Etched Beer Project
All In One, Silver, Supplier Self-Promotion
All In One, Supplier Star Silver Award of Merit, $2,500,001-$5,000,000
AMC Sales Promotions Co., Inc., Silver, Not-For-Profit Programs, St. Jude Open Bass Classic
AMC Sales Promotions Co., Inc., Political/Legislative Programs, Cox Enterprises, Inc. Political Action
Committee (CoxPAC)
AP Specialties, Supplier Star Silver Award of Merit, $500,001-$1,000,000
Ariel Premium Supply, Inc., Gold, Mascot/Character or Persona Product, Katzkin’s Boris Kowloff
Ariel Premium Supply, Inc., Supplier Star Gold, $35,000,001-$50,000,000
Arrow Promotional, Silver, Distributor Self-Promotion, Arrow Promotional 2016 Holiday Gift
Axis Promotions, Gold, Business-to-Business Programs, Axis 2017 Silver Anniversary Mailer
Axis Promotions, Gold, Internal Communication Programs, Gordon Brothers ReBrand
Axis Promotions, Gold, Business-To-Business Programs, Diebold Nixdorf’s Connected Commerce
AzPPA, Silver, Communications Programs, Regional Association Sponsorship Program
BAG MAKERS, Inc., Silver, Special Effects/Multi-Media Decoration on Textiles, Sparkle Decoration BNSF
Train Imprint
BAG MAKERS, Inc., Gold, Sublimation, Design Centre/Bellin Half-Marathon Polyester Backpack
BAG MAKERS, Inc., Supplier Star Silver Award of Merit, $50,000,001-$100,000,000
Bamko Promotional Items, Silver, Not-For-Profit Programs, Jamba Juice Folds of Honor Tumbler
Bamko Promotional Items, Silver, Recycling/Green Programs, Edible Arrangements Container
Bentcil, Supplier Star Gold, $2,500,001-$5,000,000
BIC Graphic USA, Silver, Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News, BIC Graphic Bulletin
BIC Graphic USA, Silver, Client Sales & Marketing Aids, 2017 Vertical Markets Guide
BIC Graphic USA, Silver, ISPM (151+), 2017 BIC Graphic Catalog Collection
Brand Fuel, Silver, Business-to-Business Programs, Shine The Light on Security!
BrandVia Alliance Inc., Silver, Distributor Self-Promotion, Reveal 2017
Bright Stores, Inc., Silver, Web Content/Functionality, Bright Stores Website
Buffalo Bay, Gold, Multi-Color Print on Textiles, NC Museum of Art - Parasol Scarf
CE Competitive Edge LLC, Gold, Supplier/Distributor Collaboration, A Head Above The Rest
City Apparel, Silver, Distributor Branding, City Apparel Rebrand
Concepts & Associates, Silver, Sales Incentive Programs, Coca-Cola Sales Incentive
Conserv Pty Ltd T/AS Arid Zone, Silver, Consumer Programs, GRV Turbo
Conserv Pty Ltd T/AS Arid Zone, Silver, Tradeshow/Exhibit Traffic Programs, Bostik Australia Tradeshow
Merchandise Program
CPS/Keystone, Supplier Star Silver Award of Merit, $10,000,001-$20,000,000
Crown, Supplier Star Gold, $20,000,001-$35,000,000
DistributorCentral, Silver, Business Services Self-Promotion, High Performance Campaign
DistributorCentral, Silver, Video Content, Pre-Show Video
Dri Duck Traders, Silver, Social Media
EMT, Silver, Embroidery, PinPointe Patches
ETS Express, Supplier Star Silver Award of Merit, $50,000,001-$100,000,000
Facilis Group, Silver, E-commerce website, Signature Collection Website
Geiger, Silver, Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News, Geiger PM Blog
Geiger, Gold, Distributor Self-Promotion, Ardagh Group Self Promotion
Geiger, Silver, E-commerce Website, Branding By Geiger Pop Up Store
Geiger, Silver, Electronic Distributor Catalog, Geiger Timeless & Trendy Technology Digital Catalog
Geiger, Silver, Goodwill Programs, Hennessy Funds Unique Holiday Gift
Geiger, Silver, Social Media, Social Media: @geigergetsit
Geiger, Gold, Special Interest Websites, Geiger Product Safety Special Interest Website
Geiger, Silver, Video Content, Geiger Galleria Video
Geiger, Silver, Video Content, Geiger PopUp Store Video
Gemline, Silver, ISPM (51 to 75), Gemline Catalog
Gemline, Silver, Mobile Sites, Mobile Apps/Mobile Websites
Gemline, Gold, Web Content/Functionality, Gemline Website
Gill Studios, Inc., Silver, Combination of Processes, Chicago Cubs Window / Wall Clings
Gill Studios, Inc., Silver, Dome, Spicer’s Boat City
Gill Studios, Inc., Silver, Large Format Printing, Labatt Blue
Global Promo LLC, Silver, Sublimation, Road Warrior Full Color Luggage Cover
Gold Bond, Supplier Star Silver Award of Merit, $35,000,001-$50,000,000
Hadrus Vinyl Graphics, Supplier Star Gold, $1,000,001-$2,500,000
HALO Branded Solutions, Silver, Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News, HALO Promotional Marketing, Branding &
Strategy Blog
HALO Branded Solutions, Silver, Distributor Catalog (1 to 25),
HALO Branded Solutions, Gold, Distributor Self Promotions, HALO Monkey Wrench
HALO Branded Solutions, Silver, Branded Programs, JM&A Family Reunion Trip
HALO Branded Solutions, Silver, Social Media, HALO Facebook
HandStands, Supplier Star Gold, $5,000,001-$10,000,000
Hinda Incentives, Gold, Supplier Self Promotion, Get Your Piece of the $90 Billion Pie!
Hub Pen, Supplier Star Gold, $50,000,001-$100,000,000
Image Source, Silver, Employee Programs, Microsoft Employee Morale Event for Families
In Your Face Apparel, Gold, Combination of Processes, Multi-Deco Heat Transfer
In Your Face Apparel, Silver, Special Effects/Multi-Media Decoration on Textiles, Custom Shell Jacket
Indiana Metal Craft, Gold, Castings, Kuwait Arabian Horse Show Stand Up Medallion Awards
Indiana Metal Craft, Gold, Castings, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 150 Years medallion
Indiana Metal Craft, Gold, Oklahoma State University Spears Business School Gallery Print Pewter Ornament
Indiana Metal Craft, Gold, Metal Striking, American Overseas Memorial Day Association coin and lapel
pin set
Indiana Metal Craft, Silver, Metal Striking, NOAA Commission Corps 100 Years coin
Indiana Metal Craft, Gold, Multi-Color Print on Hard Surfaces, Zappo’s Cupid Chase Award Medal
Inkcups, Gold, Multi-Color Print on Hard Surfaces, Cylindrical Printing Machine-The Helix
Inkcups, Gold, Special Processes, Cylindrical Printing Machine-The Helix
International Merchandise Concepts, Silver, Customized Retail Packaging/Branding, Magisso Cake Server
Journalbooks/Timeplanner Calendar, Gold, Supplier Self Promotion
K & R Precision Corp., Silver, ISPM (151+), K&R New York 2017
Katz Americas, Silver, Supplier Self Promotion, KATZ Americas 2016 Holiday Direct Mailer
Koolgator, Supplier Star Gold, $50,000-$250,000
KTI Networks/KTI Promo, Silver, Customized Non-Catalog Product Under $25, Patron Tequila Power
Bank
Leed’s, Supplier Star Silver Award of Merit, $100,000,001+
Maple Ridge Farms, Supplier Star Gold, $10,000,001-$20,000,000
Metropak Inc., Gold, Most Creative Product Entry, Ragbags
Midnite Snax, Supplier Star Silver Award of Merit, $250,001-$500,000
MiPPA, Gold, Tradeshow/Exhibit Traffic Programs, MiPPA Ideas In Bloom
MiPPA, Gold, Tradeshow/Exhibit Traffic Programs, Promotions That Roar End-user Tradeshow
Next Level Apparel, Supplier Star Gold, $250,001-$500,000
OPPA, Silver, Tradeshow/Exhibit Traffic Programs, OPPA's Sales Safari at Kalahari
Optigraphics, Gold, Customized Non-Catalog Product Under $25, Lyft Starter Kit Direct Mail Piece
Optigraphics, Silver, Special Processes, Delta Optichrome Jet Plane Trading Cards
Optigraphics, Silver, Customized Non-Catalog Product Under $25, Hy Bottle Optichrome Pole Topper
Outdoor Cap Company, Inc., Gold, Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News, Outdoor Cap Hats Work Blog
Pelucida Glass LLC, Gold, Mascot/Character or Persona Product, Sticking Your Neck Out
Pelucida Glass LLC, Silver, Supplier/Distributor Collaboration, A Head Above The Rest
Perfect Imprints, Silver, Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News, Perfect Imprints Blog
Pica Marketing Group, Gold, Tradeshow/Exhibit Traffic Programs, IBS Show
Pica Marketing Group, Gold, Tradeshow/Exhibit Traffic Programs, Viega LLC-AHR trade show
Pinnacle Promotions, Silver, Distributor Catalog, Pinnacle Promotions Lifestyle Catalog 2017
Pinnacle Promotions, Silver, Distributor Self-Promotions, Atlanta Idea Guide 2016
Pinnacle Promotions, Gold, e-Commerce Web Site
Pinnacle Promotions, Gold, Video Content, About Us Video
Pinnacle Promotions, Gold, Web Content/Functionality, Website
Pioneer Balloon, Silver, Special Processes, 18" Round Flexographically Printed Microfoil ® Balloons
Prestige Glass International, Gold, Customized Non-Catalog Product $25 & Up, Music Award
Prestige Glass International, Silver, Customized Non-Catalog Product $25 & Up, Montana
Prestige Glass International, Silver, Etching/Engraving/Laser, Kingston
Prime Line, Gold, Video Content, Sports by Prime Video
Prime Line, Silver Video Content, PromoSpinners Video
Prime Line, Gold, Customized Non-Catalog Product $25 & Up, Custom Guitar For Tito's Handmade Vodka
Pro Towels, Gold, Mobile Apps/Mobile Websites, Neet Feet Mobile Website
Pro Towels, Gold, Mobile Apps/Mobile Websites, Superior Mobile Website
Progressive Promotions, Silver, Tradeshow/Exhibit Traffic Programs, Sterling Talent Solution
Tradeshow/Exhibit Traffic Program
Promobilia, Silver, Customized Non-Catalog Product Under $25, Peace Tower Canadian Parliament Snow
Globe
PromoCorner, Silver, Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News, PromoCorner Unscripted Podcast
Quality Logo Products, Inc., Silver, Web Content/Functionality, Quality Logo Products Website
R.S. Owens & Company, a Division of St Regis Crystal, Silver, Castings, Elite Sales Achievement Award
R.S. Owens & Company, a Division of St Regis Crystal, Gold, Customized Non-Catalog Product $25 & Up,
General Motors Supplier of the Year Award
R.S. Owens & Company, a Division of St Regis Crystal, Silver, Customized Non-Catalog Product $25 & Up,
Full Sail University Hall of Fame Award
R.S. Owens & Company, a Division of St Regis Crystal, Mascot/Character or Persona Product, Rapid
Lioness Award
R.S. Owens & Company, a Division of St Regis Crystal, Silver, Most Creative Product Entry, Aurora
Raining Rose, Inc., Silver, Social Media, Raining Rose Facebook Campaign
Red Tomato Promotions, Silver, Consumer Programs, Country Racing Victoria Kids Summer Racing
Campaign 2016-17
RiteLine LLC, Silver, ISPM (76 to 150), Catalog
RiteLine LLC, Silver, Supplier Self-Promotion, Riteline InDash Introduction
SAAC, Silver, Web Content/Functionality, Website
SAGE, Gold, Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News, SAGE Blog
SanMar, Supplier Star Gold, $100,000,001+
Showdown Displays, Supplier Star Silver Award of Merit, $5,000,001l-$10,000,000
Shumsky, Gold, Distributor Sales Promotion, Shumsky Knock Your Socks Off Campaign
SnugZ USA, Gold, Social Media, SWAG-WOW Social Campaign
SnugZ USA, Silver, Supplier Branding, SoulKix by SnugZ USA
SnugZ USA, Gold, Video Content, Snugz Traverse Craftsman Video
Spector & Co., Gold, Distributor Sales & Marketing Aids, Spector Toscano Collection Kit
Spector & Co., Silver, Distributor Sales & Marketing Aids, Spector Neoskin journal branding kit
Stackable Sensations, Silver, Diversity/Social Responsibility Programs, Microsoft’s Untapped Talent
Stahls’ Transfer Express, Supplier Star Gold, New PPAI Supplier Member
Starline USA, Inc., Gold, Most Creative Product Entry, 12-ounce Urban Peak® 3-in-1 Insulator
Starline USA, Inc., Multi-Color Print on Hard Surfaces, Braille Branding: Enabling Promotional Products
for the Blind Community
Starline USA, Inc., Silver, Special Interest Websites, PromoStandards.org
Starline USA, Inc., Silver, Web Content/Functionality, Starline Website
StoneyCreek, Silver, Distributor/Supplier Collaboration, Awards That Reward From Iowa
Stormtech, Silver, e-Commerce Website, Stormtech Website
Stormtech, Gold, Web Content/Functionality, Stormtech Website
Stromberg Brand, Gold, Most Creative Product Entry, The Vented Auto-Open Pinwheel Umbrella
Team Iowa, Silver, Distributor/Supplier Collaboration, Awards That Reward From Iowa
Terry Town, Gold, Sublimation, How the ‘then’ has led to ‘now’
The POP Shop - a Geiger Company, Gold, Electronic Distributor Catalog, TRENDS LookBook
The Sourcing Solution, Gold, Distributor Sales & Marketing Aids, The Stadium Box
Toddy Gear, Gold, Multi-Color Print on Hard Surfaces, Toddy Cables
Top Brands, Silver, Supplier Branding, Top Brand Rebranding
Top Brands, Silver, Video Content, Top Brand Huffy Video
Towel Specialties, Silver, ISPM (151+), Towel Specialties Catalog
Towel Specialties, Silver, Sublimation, Shark Week
Trimark, Gold, Client Sales & Marketing Aids, HXD booklet
Trimark, Silver, Special Processes, HXD
Vantage Apparel, Gold, Embroidery II, Atlantic City Seafood Festival
WebJaguar-Promo Commerce, Silver, e-Commerce Website, iPromo Website
WOWLine, Supplier Star Gold, $500,001-$1,000,000

Comments (2)
Tina Filipski
January 19, 2018
According to PPAI's historical references, the original distributor awards competition was called "Outstanding Use of Advertising Specialties In Business Promotions Awards Competition" and was established by Advertising Specialty National Association (which later became PPAI) in 1958.The name was later changed to the Golden Pyramid Awards Competition, and then to simply PPAI Pyramid Award.
James D. Halpern, CAS
January 17, 2018
Since the SAA was formed in April 1964 ( I was there) and the guild did not have any awards that I can remember the 1958 year is not possible.
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