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March 2017 - Distributor/Supplier Collaboration
Type of client: Healthcare Target audience: Approximately 50 department managers within the hospital and medical facilities in the Harbor City, California, facility Program’s primary objective: To create a sought-after reward for exceptional performance achievement by managers and their departments. The focus and measurement for earning the “Wave of Excellence” award is aligned with achievement of the goals embodied in the facility’s strategic plan initiatives and objectives. Total cost (including promotional products, media, printing, packaging, etc.): Approximately $32,000
Strategy and execution: The award, the client emphasized, should stand out as a unique and coveted prize that’s reflective of its name and which is designed to be won repeatedly. They hoped the program would have a life of five or more years. We created a conceptual sketch for a custom award which was then submitted to our development partner Visions/Awardcraft. They went through seven design revisions before we felt ready to show the client. The final design of the “Wave of Excellence” award—made of wood, glass and acrylic—embodies the client’s “Sun, Sand and Surf” theme using a dominant wave-shaped backdrop with individual awards in the shape of surfboards. The base holds surfboards won for up to five individual achievements. The client enthusiastically embraced the design, noting that it addressed all of their goals in a dramatic and desirable presentation. The client ordered 100 bases and 300 surfboards, and looked to initiate the program once the overseas-produced custom product arrived.
Results: The client set up a committee to define the achievements necessary to win. They aligned the award’s goals with their strategic plan. Following the initial award presentations, departments are now more focused on meeting and exceeding strategic goals. Type
Celina, OH – February 9, 2016
Wendy Simons has been promoted to Vice President – Sales of Visions/Awardcraft (ASI 93986) the parent company of VisionsXtra (ASI 93980) Simons joined Visions/Awardcraft last October as Executive Accounts Manager after a successful 17 year career with IMC. While her main focus is VisionsXtra she will continue to work seamlessly with Mike McMillan, Vice President – Sales whose main focus is with the Visions/Awardcraft corporate recognition and gift lines
Simons experience with IMC made her the perfect candidate to lead the sales team of VisionsXtra. Visions/Awardcraft’s new line expands the company’s offering from primarily recognition into the vast promotional products arena. Her extensive and invaluable experience has allowed the new line to achieve a highly successful launch last month. Simons is responsible for the company’s specialty – global sourcing – as well as stock product and their unique fulfillment services.
VisionsXtra shares the Celina, Ohio corporate headquarter with Visions/Awardcraft giving it a strategic location for fulfillment and shipping. Simons is a long time California resident she will remain headquartered while maintaining a busy travel schedule.
Celina, OH – May 06, 2015
I am ecstatic to announce the arrival of Mike McMillan to the Visions Team and to the position of Vice President of Sales. Mike brings over 27 years of promotional products knowledge to his new position along with his expert ability to collaborate with distributors at every level.
Mike has worked for top tier suppliers BiC and HUB Pen and has held multiple National Account and VP level positions.
Mike is an amazing find and will be an asset to Visions’ continued success well into the future.
Celina, OH – January 27, 2015
Visions/Awardcraft's Perpetual Wave perfectly marries elegance and functionality. This fine awards captures the magnificence of quality crystal and artistic styling with the benefit of add-on capabilities. Custom messages etched into the crystal take center stage giving forth the perfect spotlight for the monthly stars name on one of the 12 individual removable plates. The impressive award - standing 19 in. tall - comes ina luxurious gift box.
A bold streak of green highlights the Zeilony's graceful design skillfully crafted in beautiful optic crystal by Visions/Awardcraft. Set atop a black crystal base, this award captures the spirit of those who stand out among others making it perfectly suited to recognize the worth recipient. Visions/Awardcraft once again proves that an award can truly be a piece of art. The Zeilony comes in a sumptuous black velvet gift box making the ultimate impression.
For more than 40 years, Visions/Awardcraft has been a leading manufacturer in high-design, high-quality awards crafted in crystal, marble, stainless steel, art glass, wood, resin and other materials. With the company's own design, manufacturing and distribution teams, Visions/Awardcraft can make these awards available at affordable prices and quick delivery times - all with customer service that has won awards of its own.
Celina, OH – November 05, 2013
Visions Awards has just received one of the most prestigious ratings in the promotional products industry - the Sage A+ Rated Supplier designation. Visions Awards, a Celina, Ohio based award and recognition supplier, earned this distinction for providing excellent product and service. The A+ rating signifies it not only was excellent but above and beyond excellent. What makes the Sage A+ rating so very cherished is the fact customers vote deciding which of the hundreds of suppliers deserve this award.
Vision Awards was founded in 1991 to provide quality awards with an artistic flair. The company, with its primary line of marble awards “rocked” the industry which at that time was offering primarily awards with traditional styles and materials. Over the years Visions has expanded its line to include a vast array of styles and materials. Acquisitions and mergers such as AwardCraft and AITG have contributed to this growth; however, it has been the constant quest to produce quality products with a distinctive design that has lead the charge. Customer service – from order taking to shipping – has also been a high priority leading Visions to receive several awards and recognition for excellence in addition to the recent Sage A+ rating
Sage is an online product research and order management company used by thousands on a daily basis. Since its beginning, it the premiere source for those researching products and the supplier of those products. The Sage A+ Rated Supplier rating was developed by Sage so customers and potential customers can easily identify suppliers who had earned the trust and respect of others. It is a highly sought after and desired level for all suppliers in the industry.
Celina, OH - June 04, 2013
Visions/AwardCraft is pleased to announce that Jim Walsh has joined the team as Director of Sourcing and International Operations effective 6/5/2013.
Jim's primary responsibilities will be the continuous development and expansion of our supply chain and ensuring our International Operations are running at peak performance at all times.
Jim comes to us with a wealth of knowledge from his prior experience including the opening of 35 different facilities, budgetary responsibilities for over $305 Million in sales, and the consolidation of central services into one distribution facility to name only a few.
Best of Expo - March 01, 2013
After three days of exhibits and a week's worth of spectacular education and idea-generating discussions, attendees at The PPAI Expo in January left virtually no promotional products, incentive or branded item unexamined. Nearly 3,300 exhibitors shared their goods and good ideas with approximately 11,000 distributor attendees at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center, from the main floor to the New Product Pavilion, and from brand, to Green Products and items made in the USA, there was no shortage of innovation or uniqueness among the offerings at the Expo.
Irving, Texas – Febuary 02, 2013
Visions/Awardcraft recently won the Gold Level in the 2013 Suppliers Achievement Award Competition sponsored by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). Sixty-one Gold and Silver winners were recognized during the annual awards presentation at The PPAI Expo 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Winners of PPAI Suppliers Achievement Award are honored for their superiority in craftsmanship, graphic arts, creativity, innovation and service. These winners were selected by a panel of industry professionals along with representatives from the printing industries and independent, outside marketing and advertising professionals.
Visions/Awardcraft is a thought-leading organization that embodies the initiative, vision and innovation defining the promotional products industry," said Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO at PPAI. "We are pleased the Suppliers Achievement Awards competition is encouraging excellence and delivering exposure for these deserving award winners. It is through these achievements that promotional products continue to play an essential role in successful merketing and branding strategies".
Visions/Awardcraft was presented a Gold Level for the 2013 PPAI Suppliers Achievement Award in the category of Best Custom Design. For more information about the PPAI awards program visit www.ppai.org/awards or contact the PPAI Awards and Recognition department firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celina, OH – September 11, 2012
Celina, OH – Visions Awards, Awardcraft and AITG has announced the hiring of Todd Turquand of Top Shelf Marketing as their Sales Representative for the Southern California region.
“Todd has established himself as an elite Multi-Line representative amongst the Southern California distributors”, stated West Region Sales Mgr. Michael Del Bucchia. “He is a ‘lock’ to take us to the next level in this region”.
“What I find most exciting is our manufacturing strength from our own domestic and global factories”, states Turquand. “It puts the distributor in a powerful position to succeed with their clients in that they can be unique and offer full customization, while giving the industry-lowest pricing on both stock and custom goods.”
Tuquand has taken the representative reigns for Visions (asi93986), Awardcraft (asi37650) and AITG (asi35530) beginning September 1, 2012.
Celina, OH – August 28, 2012
Visions/Awardcraft’s (UPIC: Visions.) Celina, OH headquarters recently received a visit from Ohio Congressman Robert “Bob” Latta during his tour of top companies in his district. Latta, now in his 3rd term in the United States House of Representatives and currently serving on the Energy and Commerce Committee, was interested in finding out how some companies are able to survive in a tough economy. Visions/AwardCraft was a natural selection for his visit due to its efficient systems I place.
Dave Willis, President of Visions/AwardCraft, guided Congressman Latta through the manufacturing and administrative operations. Willis said Latta was “amazed” at the number of awards being manufactured and decorated at this location. Latta expressed to Willis his desire to take some of the efficiency concepts he discovered on his tour and perhaps implement them in government. Additionally, Congressman Latta was interested in ascertaining the impact of current and pending laws that hamper small business.
Visions/Awardcraft (UPIC: Visions) congratulates Richard Schmidt of Bridge Marketing upon receiving the coveted Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Products Multi Line Rep of the Year award. Schmidt represents Visions/Awardcraft in the Midwest regions. It was his hard work and dedication on their behalf and his other suppliers as well as to his distributor clients that won him this honor.
The UMAPP award was presented to Schmidt at their 2012 Room Show on August 21 in Bloomington, MN. The award is given annually to an outstanding promotional products supplier representative whose sales achievements and overall contributions to the professionalism of the industry. The recipient must be nominated before the UMAPP gives them consideration and final selection.