Tuesday’s Awards Program Marked The Pinnacle Of Achievement For Industry Companies

PPAI presented 163 Pyramid Awards on Tuesday night to celebrate creative excellence in client programs, marketing, supplier decorating and technology. The ceremonies also spotlighted the top echelon of supplier service with 17 companies earning the coveted PPAI Supplier Star or an Award of Merit.

The upbeat, fast-paced and interactive presentation kept the crowd on its feet as representatives from each finalist company took to the stage to await the announcement of the winner. Awards were presented beginning with those companies winning their first Pyramid, through the finale of the company winning 10 Pyramids this year—St Regis Group which, among its multiple companies, took home gold or silver in categories ranging from new product development, multi-color print on hard surfaces, etching/engraving/laser and best customized product, among others.

“It’s our sixth consecutive year winning best customized product and I don’t think any other company has done that,” says Prestige Glass General Manager Steve Antunes, who accepted the award with St Regis President Jeff Firkser and others from the company. “It’s a testament to the creative skill that the team brings from all the facilities—and the freedom we’ve got to design and create amazing pieces for our customers. We are very fortunate to have our team. This award is something that’s shared among four facilities across two countries.”

Another big winner from Tuesday night included Optigraphics, a perennial performer who won in the supplier decorating categories for combination of processes, two wins in customized non-catalog product, mascot character or persona product, multi-color print on hard surfaces, special application and two wins in special processes.

A+ Wine Designs was also a big winner snagging four awards in four categories for its custom-etched wine bottles, custom soda bottles, etched ice bucket and etched moonshine jars. “I’m stunned that we got four awards—it’s unbelievable,” says CEO Jim Ristuccia. “We’re just a small company—it’s very humbling.”

Among the distributor winners was The Dunstan Group, which won silver in the technology category of blogs/podcasts/digital news. After accepting the award with Brian Young, director of business development, President Scott Dunstan talked about the key to creating a winning podcast. “One of the things we pride ourselves on is the things people are talking about in the parking lot but don’t always make it to the light of day. We are proud to have those discussions—sometimes popular, sometimes unpopular—but we bring things to the forefront which I think is important.”

PPAI 2019 Pyramid Winners

Business-To-Business Programs
20/20 Brand Solutions
Silver Award

Business-To-Business Programs
Alwayz, Inc.
Silver Award

Client Branding Programs
American Solutions for Business
Gold Winner

Consumer Programs
BAMKO
Silver Winner

Consumer Programs
New Paradigm Promotional Marketing
Gold Winner

Distributor/Supplier Collaboration Programs
Competitive Edge
Gold Winner

Distributor/Supplier Collaboration Programs
St Regis Group
Gold Winner

Diversity, Social Responsibility or Multicultural
I Miller International
Silver Winner

Educational Programs
Geiger
Silver Winner

Educational Programs
Team Iowa, an iPROMOTEu affiliate
Gold Winner

Employee Incentive & Recognition Programs
BAMKO
Silver Winner

Employee Incentive & Recognition Programs
Inproma
Silver Winner

Internal Communication Programs
All The Right Tools, Inc., an iPROMOTEu affiliate
Silver Winner

Internal Communication Programs
Summit Group, LLC
Silver Winner

Not For Profit Programs
Amplified Image Marketing
Gold Winner

Not For Profit Programs
Axis Promotions
Gold Winner

Not For Profit Programs
HALO Branded Solutions
Silver Winner

Not For Profit Programs
Proforma Big Dog Branding
Silver Winner

Sales Incentive Programs
HALO Branded Solutions
Silver Winner

Sales Incentive Programs
HALO Branded Solutions
Silver Winner

Tradeshow/Exhibit Traffic Programs
Pica Marketing Group, an iPROMOTEu affiliate
Silver Winner

Tradeshow/Exhibit Traffic Programs
PMANC
Silver Winner

Castings
St Regis Group
Silver Winner

Combination of Processes
BAG MAKERS, Inc.
Silver Winner

Combination of Processes
Gill Studios, Inc.
Gold Winner

Combination of Processes
Optigraphics
Silver Winner

Combination of Processes
St Regis Group
Gold Winner

Customized Non-Catalog Product
KTA Networks / KTI Promo
Silver Winner

Customized Non-Catalog Product ($1 to $25)
Optigraphics
Gold Winner

Customized Non-Catalog Product ($1 to $25)
Optigraphics
Gold Winner

Customized Non-Catalog Product ($101 and Up)
A.T. Designs
Silver Winner

Customized Non-Catalog Product ($101 and Up)
St Regis Group
Gold Winner

Customized Non-Catalog Product ($101 and Up)
St Regis Group
Gold Winner

Customized Non-Catalog Product ($101 and Up)
Visions/Awardcraft
Gold Winner

Customized Non-Catalog Product ($26 to $100)
A+ Wine Designs
Gold Winner

Customized Non-Catalog Product ($26 to $100)
A+ Wine Designs
Gold Winner

Customized Non-Catalog Product ($26 to $100)
Gemline
Silver Winner

Customized Retail-Branded Product/Packaging
A+ Wine Designs
Silver Winner

Dome
A.T. Designs
Gold Winner

Embroidery I
Vantage Apparel
Silver Winner

Embroidery II
Vantage Apparel
Gold Winner

Etching/Engraving/Laser
A+ Wine Designs
Gold Winner

Etching/Engraving/Laser
St Regis Group
Gold Winner

Large Format Printing
Gill Studios, Inc.
Silver Winner

Mascot/Character or Persona Product
Optigraphics
Silver Winner

Multi-Color Print on Hard Surfaces
Inkcups
Silver Winner

Multi-Color Print on Hard Surfaces
JournalBooks/Timeplanner Calendars
Silver Winner

Multi-Color Print on Hard Surfaces
Optigraphics
Gold Winner

Multi-Color Print on Hard Surfaces
St Regis Group
Gold Winner

Multi-Color Print on Textiles
Buffalo Bay
Gold Winner

Multi-Color Print on Textiles
Buffalo Bay
Gold Winner

Multi-Color Print on Textiles
Buffalo Bay
Silver Winner

Multi-Color Print on Textiles
My Green Bag! Tout Un Sac!
Gold Winner

Multi-Color Print on Textiles
Terry Town
Gold Winner

Multi-Process Decoration on Textiles
In Your Face Apparel
Silver Winner

Multi-Process Decoration on Textiles
My Green Bag! Tout Un Sac!
Gold Winner

New Product Development ($1 to $25)
A.T. Designs
Gold Winner

New Product Development ($1 to $25)
BAG MAKERS, Inc.
Gold Winner

New Product Development ($1 to $25)
BAG MAKERS, Inc.
Gold Winner

New Product Development ($1 to $25)
BIC Graphic USA
Gold Winner

New Product Development ($1 to $25)
Galaxy Balloons
Gold Winner

New Product Development ($1 to $25)
Outdoor Cap Co., Inc.
Gold Winner

New Product Development ($1 to $25)
Suntex Industries
Silver Winner

New Product Development ($101 and Up)
Gemline
Gold Winner

New Product Development ($101 and Up)
St Regis Group
Gold Winner

New Product Development ($101 and Up)
Stormtech USA, Inc.
Gold Winner

New Product Development ($26 to $100)
Powerstick.com
Gold Winner

New Product Development ($26 to $100)
Spector & Co.
Gold Winner

New Product Development ($26 to $100)
Spector & Co.
Silver Winner

New Product Development ($26 to $100)
Spector & Co.
Silver Winner

New Product Development ($26 to $100)
Terry Town
Gold Winner

New Product Development ($26 to $100)
Terry Town
Silver Winner

PVC Patch or Product
My Green Bag! Tout Un Sac!
Silver Winner

Special Application
Optigraphics
Gold Winner

Special Processes
Gill Studios, Inc.
Silver Winner

Special Processes
Optigraphics
Gold Winner

Special Processes
Optigraphics
Silver Winner

Sublimation
My Green Bag! Tout Un Sac!
Silver Winner

Sublimation
Pro Towels
Silver Winner

Branding – Business Services
DistributorCentral, LLC
Silver Winner

Branding – Distributor
Eleven Marketing
Silver Winner

Branding – Supplier
Terry Town
Silver Winner

Distributor Catalog (26+)
Geiger
Silver Winner

Distributor Sales & Marketing Aids
Beacon Promotions, Inc.
Silver Winner

Distributor Sales & Marketing Aids
Global Promo, LLC
Gold Winner

Distributor Sales & Marketing Aids
Pop! Promos
Silver Winner

Distributor Sales & Marketing Aids
Raining Rose, Inc.
Gold Winner

Distributor Sales & Marketing Aids
Spector & Co.
Gold Winner

Electronic Distributor Catalog
Geiger
Silver Winner

Electronic Distributor Catalog
The POP Shop – a Geiger Company
Silver Winner

End Buyer Sales & Marketing Aids
BIC Graphic USA
Silver Winner

End Buyer Sales & Marketing Aids
Gemline
Gold Winner

End Buyer Sales & Marketing Aids
Stormtech USA, Inc.
Gold Winner

Self Promotion – Business Services
commonsku
Gold Winner

Self Promotion – Distributor
Axis Promotions
Gold Winner

Self Promotion – Distributor
Red Tomato Promotions
Silver Winner

Self Promotion – Distributor
The Creative J, a Geiger affiliate
Silver Winner

Self Promotion – Regional Association
PMANC
Silver Winner

Self Promotion – Supplier
Pop! Gill Studios, Inc.
Silver Winner

Self Promotion – Supplier
Showdown Displays
Silver Winner

SPM (1 to 25)
TravelChair Company
Silver Winner

SPM (151+)
BIC Graphic USA
Silver Winner

SPM (151+)
Spector & Co.
Gold Winner

SPM (151+)
St Regis Group
Gold Winner

SPM (151+)
Stormtech USA Inc.
Silver Winner

SPM (26 to 70)
Gemline
Gold Winner

SPM (26 to 75)
SnugZ USA
Gold Winner

SPM (26 to 75)
Spector & Co.
Silver Winner

SPM (76-150)
BAG MAKERS, Inc.
Gold Winner

SPM (76-150)
Pro Towels
Silver Winner

SPM (76-150)
Terry Town
Gold Winner

SPM (76-150)
Towel Specialties
Silver Winner

New PPAI Supplier Member
BoxUp
Merit Winner

New PPAI Supplier Member
Ugly Christmas Sweater Inc.
Star Winner

$50,000-$250,000
Los Altos Trophy
Star Winner

$250,001-$500,000
Midnite Snax
Star Winner

$1,000,001-$2,500,000
Chocolate Chocolate
Star Winner

$1,000,001-$2,500,000
Graphco Line
Merit Winner

$2,500,001-$5,000,000
Oralabs Promotional Products
Star Winner

$2,500,001-$500,000
Toddy Gear
Merit Winner

$5,000,001-$10,000,000
Raining Rose, Inc.
Star Winner

$10,000,001-$20,000,000
CPS/Keystone Line (Custom Plastic Specialties)
Star Winner

$10,000,001-$20,000,000
Maple Ridge Farms, Inc.
Merit Winner

$20,000,001-$35,000,000
AAkron Line
Merit Winner

$20,000,001-$35,000,000
Crown Products, Inc.
Star Winner

$35,000,001-$50,000,000
Gold Bond, Inc.
Star Winner

$35,000,001-$50,000,000
SnugZ USA
Merit Winner

$50,000,001-$100,000,000
BAG MAKERS, Inc.
Merit Winner

$50,000,001-$100,000,000
Hub Pen Company
Star Winner

$100,000,000+
Leed’s
Merit Winner

$100,000,001+
SanMar
Star Winner

Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News – Business Services
commonsku
Silver Winner

Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News – Business Services
commonsku
Gold Winner

Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News – Business Services
PromoCorner
Gold Winner

Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News – Distributor
Delta Marketing Group
Silver Winner

Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News – Distributor
HALO Branded Solutions
Gold Winner

Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News – Distributor
Perfect Imprints
Gold Winner

Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News – Distributor
Red Tomato Promotions
Gold Winner

Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News – Distributor
The Dunstan Group LLC
Silver Winner

Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News – Supplier
Maple Ridge Farms, Inc.
Gold Winner

Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News – Supplier
Raining Rose, Inc.
Silver Winner

Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News – Supplier
Stahls’ Transfer Express
Silver Winner

e-Commerce Website
HALO Branded Solutions
Silver Winner

e-Commerce Website
Pinnacle Promotions Inc.
Gold Winner

Mobile Apps/Mobile Websites
Cap America, Inc.
Silver Winner

Mobile Apps/Mobile Websites
Gemline
Gold Winner

Social Media
Gold Bond, Inc.
Gold Winner

Social Media
SnugZ USA
Silver Winner

Special Interest Websites
Geiger
Silver Winner

Video Content – Business Services
DistributorCentral, LLC
Silver Winner

Video Content – Distributor
Pinnacle Promotions, Inc.
Silver Winner

Video Content – Supplier
Gemline
Silver Winner

Video Content – Supplier
Pro Towels
Silver Winner

Video Content – Supplier
SnugZ USA
Gold Winner

Web Content/Functionality – Business Services
BrightStores, Inc.
Silver Winner

Web Content/Functionality – Business Services
DistributorCentral, LLC
Silver Winner

Web Content/Functionality – Distributor
ePromos Promotional Products/Motivators
Silver Winner

Web Content/Functionality – Distributor
HALO Branded Solutions
Silver Winner

Web Content/Functionality – Distributor
Pinnacle Promotions, Inc.
Gold Winner

Web Content/Functionality – Regional
NEPPA
Silver Winner

Web Content/Functionality – Supplier
Gemline
Silver Winner

Web Content/Functionality – Supplier
St Regis Group
Silver Winner

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