BAG MAKERS Hires Carol Vickers as Regional Business Development Manager
Former Northwest Region Sales Rep Amanda Madai Moves In-House as General Manager
Nov 6, 2017
Vickers, an industry veteran, has more than 40 years of sales experience, along with established relationships with promotional product distributors throughout the Northwest region. Most recently, she was a Territory Sales Manager for Lanco, Inc. Prior to that, Vickers served as a Key Account Manager for Sanford B2B (now Newell Rubbermaid).
Madai is moving into an internal leadership position as General Manager. She will be involved in the day-to-day business operations of the company, as well as product sourcing and relationships with external suppliers and factory partners. Madai also will continue to service some key national accounts.
"We are thrilled to add Carol to our dynamic sales team and know our customers will appreciate the depth of industry knowledge and sales expertise she offers," said BAG MAKERS Chief Executive Officer Maribeth Sandford. "Amanda has served our Northwest territory well and is now ready to apply her business and customer relation skills to our daily internal operations." less...
BAG MAKERS Holds National Sales Meeting and Educational Program
Jul 24, 2017
The meeting and interactive education session brought the company’s sales team together to share best practices, successes and industry knowledge, and to build on the team’s award-winning customer service skills.
"Our sales team is known in the industry for focusing on solutions for our customers," said Maribeth Sandford, BAG MAKERS’ CEO. "We value opportunities like this to bring all of these talented professionals together in one place for a few days to share ideas, collaborate on ways we can continue to wow our distributors, and incorporate fun and creativity into the overall experience."
The company’s 2017 mid-year sales meeting centered around 12 custom-tailored educational sessions and events prepared and facilitated by Mary Ellen Sokalski, a 36-year industry veteran and winner of the PPAI Lifetime Achievement Award in Education. The sessions covered a range of topics, including presentation skills, product case histories and networking. less...
BAG MAKERS Named Counselor 2017 Top 40 Supplier
Jul 13, 2017
Each year, Counselor magazine recognizes the top 40 suppliers in the promotional products industry based upon annual reported revenue. BAG MAKERS was ranked no. 32 on the list for 2017.
"We are thrilled to once again be named a Counselor Top 40 supplier," said Maribeth Sandford, Chief Executive Officer of BAG MAKERS. "This industry designation is a testament to our employees who are dedicated to providing our customers with top-quality products, imprints and service, as well as the ongoing support we are honored to receive from our distributor partners." less...
BAG MAKERS Honored with Prestigious Industry Awards
Jan. 23, 2017
The company received the following honors at the PPAI Awards Presentation and Reception held Jan. 9, 2017, in conjunction with The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas:
- PPAI 2017 Supplier Star Award of Merit for excellent communication, service, and quality products/decoration.
- PPAI 2017 Silver Supplier Achievement Award (Special Effects/Multi-Media Decoration on Textiles for BAG MAKERS’ SPARKLE Hot-Press Decoration Process)
- PPAI 2017 Bronze Technology Award (Video Content from a Supplier for BAG MAKERS’ Screen Printing Imprint Process Video)
In addition, BAG MAKERS received ASI’s Counselor Distributor Choice Award (Shopping Bags) for the 15th consecutive year. The award was announced at the Counselor Distributor Choice Awards Ceremony in Orlando on Jan. 19, 2017.
"Every day, we work hard to provide the very best products, imprinting and service to our customers," said Maribeth Sandford, BAG MAKERS’ Chief Executive Officer. "These awards are meaningful to us because they recognize our employee’s dedication and commitment. We’re very honored by each of these awards." less...
BAG MAKERS Introduces New Products, Colors and Imprint Capabilities for 2017
Jan. 3, 2017
BAG MAKERS' product line now includes:
- New Matte-Laminated Totes. The Dunes™ (16W x 6 x 12H) and the Urban™ (13W x 5 x 13H) are made from a natural-color 105 combined GSM laminated material that provides a subtle canvas-like appearance. The totes are an ideal solution for customers desiring the look of cotton, but offering a smaller carbon footprint, a managed source for product safety and compliance, and an affordable price. Both totes feature a large non-woven polypropylene front pocket and optional plastic bottom insert. The Dunes has 28” handles; the Urban has 18” handles.
- New Gloss-Laminated Tote Size. The Debonaire™ (13W x 5 x 13H) is the newest addition to the company’s gloss-laminated tote line. The 105 combined GSM tote features a black tone-on-tone reptile design, a large non-woven polypropylene front pocket, 18” handles and optional plastic bottom insert.
In response to customer interest, BAG MAKERS added new color options for the following products:
- Teal: Therm-O-Tote™, Therm-O-Super Snack™, Therm-O-Snack™, Ike™, Abe™, Ben™, Franklin™, George™, T-PAC™, Josie™, Frosted Brite Die-Cuts, Frosted Brite Shoppers, Fold Over Die Cut Handle Bags (five sizes from 7W x 10.5H up to 15W x 19H x 3)
- Pink: Therm-O-Tote and Therm-O-Super Snack
- Grape: Therm-O-Super Snack, Therm-O-Snack and Fold Over Die Cut Handle Bags (five sizes from 7W x 10.5H up to 15W x 19H x 3)
The company also added new imprinting capabilities for 2017:
- Sparkle Decoration. New matte, gloss and holographic colors are available.
- Hot Stamp. A new Matte Teal foil color is now available for Hot Stamp imprints. In addition, Hot Stamp imprinting is available on the Jumbo and Chuckwagon Specialty Bags.
- More Imprint Options for Bows and Ribbons. BAG MAKERS now offers Sparkle Decoration imprinting on certain ribbon and bow sizes. The company also now offers off-edge foil imprinting on its Badge Satin and Bridal Satin ribbon.
BAG MAKERS Hires Jane Ryan as Regional Business Development Manager
Nov. 14, 2016
Jane is a 40-year veteran of the promotional products industry, whose career has included customer service, inside sales and outside sales. Most recently, she served as the Southeast Regional Sales Manager for Connecticut-based Prime Resources. Prior to that, Jane served as the Southeast Regional Sales Manager for South Carolina-based Jetline.
"Jane is an accomplished sales professional, and we look forward to adding her skills and insights to our talented team," said Maribeth Sandford, Chief Executive Officer of BAG MAKERS.
Jane is actively involved with regional industry association CAAMP and has served on the organization’s Membership Committee for the past five years. She was named the CAAMP Rep of the Year in 2015 and 2014. She also was named the Supplier Global Resources (SGR) Supplier Sales Rep of the Year in 2015. Jane earned Jetline’s Most Sales Calls Booked honor in 2015, as well as the Jetline Sales Rep of the Year in 2014. less...
BAG MAKERS Hires Nancy Bercovitz as Regional Business Development Manager
Oct. 17, 2016
Bercovitz brings three decades of experience in the promotional products industry, successfully introducing supplier products and services to promotional products salespeople, as well as growing relationships with distributor accounts and developing new business opportunities. Most recently, she was the New England/New York Senior Sales Manager for Jules Scheck Associates. Bercovitz has also held positions with Multiline Marketing Group, Cornell Concepts and Superb Case.
"We are thrilled to add Nancy’s considerable expertise to our talented sales team," said Maribeth Sandford, Chief Executive Officer of BAG MAKERS. "Nancy is highly regarded in the industry and will be a valuable asset in helping tell our story and share our products with customers."
Nancy’s industry accomplishments include being named the Visions/Awardcraft Multiline Rep of the Year in 2013, the NEPPA Multiline Rep of the Year in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014, and the Pioneer Balloon Rep of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Bercovitz is active in industry organizations and has served as NEPPA’s Board Treasurer, Vice President, President and Immediate Past President. less...
D’Anna Zimmer Appointed RAC Delegate to the PPAI Board
Sept 29, 2016
Zimmer is actively involved in the promotional products industry, including the Promotional Products Association Southwest (PPAS) organization. She has served on the PPAS Executive Team and as a PPAS RAC Delegate. Zimmer also has represented the promotional products industry to Congress in Washington, D.C., on Legislative Education and Action Day (LEAD). She has served on PPAI committees to select Volunteer of the Year and Donna Hall Memorial Scholarship award winners. She has also been a member of the Nominating Committee for the RAC Board of Officers.
"We are so proud of D’Anna for her significant contributions to both our company and our industry," said Maribeth Sandford, Chief Executive Officer of BAG MAKERS. "D’Anna is a strong champion for the promotional products industry, and she will represent the industry’s needs well in this PPAI Board position."
Zimmer has worked for BAG MAKERS for nearly four years and serves the company’s customers in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.
"I’m honored to be a RAC Delegate and to speak up on behalf of our regional associations and their members," Zimmer said. "I’m looking forward to continuing to learn more about this $20 billion industry and to help educate industry members and those who use our goods and services. I’m proud to be a part of the PPAI Board, which plays an important role in moving our industry in a positive direction." less...
BAG MAKERS Named Counselor 2016 TOP 40 Supplier
July 14, 2016
Counselor’s Top 40 Supplier rankings identify the largest companies in the industry based upon annual reported revenue.
“We’re thrilled to again be named a Counselor Top 40 supplier, as it demonstrates continued support and commitment from our customers for our quality products, imprints and customer service,” said Maribeth Sandford, Chief Executive Officer of BAG MAKERS. “This industry designation is an important accomplishment, and dovetails with our company milestone of exceeding $50 million in sales for the first time ever. We look forward to continuing to introduce innovative new products and imprint processes to continue our growth in the years ahead.” less...