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Jenell Sankey Joins Image Group

July 19th, 2017

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release – July 19, 2017

JENELL SANKEY JOINS IMAGE GROUP INC.

Laura Hansen, President of Image Group Inc., is pleased to announce that Jenell Sankey has joined their dynamic team as Manager of Sales and Supply.

Previously with Kanata Blanket Company as Director of Customer Service for their South Carolina, California and British Columbia offices, Jenell brings with her a high level of professional, managerial and customer service skills.

‘With 13 years experience managing people and customers in the promotional products industry, Jenell will lead our company in growing our reputation for providing exceptional service and collaborative partnerships,’ says Hansen.

‘Image Group has an outstanding reputation for service, creativity and teamwork which aligns well with my personal work ethics and goals. I look forward to growing with this company and being part of a strong team.’ says Sankey.

About Image Group Inc.

Image Group Inc. has been in business for 25 years, has 21 employees including 12 Account Managers. They were named a Promotional Products Distributor of the Year, Western Region, in January 2016 by the Promotional Products Professionals of Canada. Image Group is a Climate Smart company.

Image Group supports promotional and marketing programs for clients with a wide range of refreshing and sustainable logo-printed products.

For more information, contact Laura Hansen at (604) 873-3333; 800-561-3331.

Janice Hawke and Ross Hansen Join The Image Group Sales Team

December 11th, 2015

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release – December 11, 2015

Janice Hawke and Ross Hansen Join The Image Group Sales Team.

Laura Hansen, President of Image Group Inc., is pleased to announce two new additions to their dynamic sales team: Janice Hawke in Toronto and Ross Hansen in Vancouver.

Janice has a creative background including music theatre, Voice-Over and teaching Interpersonal Skills at Ryerson University.

Ross, previously with REW (Real Estate Weekly), worked as a Sales Associate for online and print media.

About Image Group
Image Group has 22 employees including 14 Account Executives. They were awarded Promotional Products Distributor of the Year, Western Region, in January 2015 by the Promotional Product Professionals of Canada. Image Group was also recognized in October of this year as a Best Place to Work by the Advertising Specialty Institute.

Image Group supports promotional and marketing programs for clients with a wide variety of exciting and sustainable logo-printed products.

For more information, contact Laura Hansen at 604.873.3333; 1.800.561.3331.

Jenn Forgie and Image Group have been recognized with A&W’s Award of Excellence for 2014

June 5th, 2015

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release – June 5, 2015

JENN FORGIE AND IMAGE GROUP HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED WITH A&W’S AWARD
OF EXCELLENCE FOR 2014

The A&W Supplier Award of Excellence winners are determined through evaluations submitted by A&W’s warehouse, accounting and purchasing departments. Responsiveness, innovation, on time deliveries and professionalism all factor into the performance rating.

“Congratulations Jenn on an outstanding result.” says Michele Pierce, Manager, Uniforms and Promotional Services. “I appreciate the excitement and enthusiasm you bring to the items you find for the A&W brand. I know that you take risks on your presentation of items and I appreciate how hard you work on keeping me informed on the progress of projects.”

About Jenn Forgie and Image Group Inc.

In her eleven years as an Account Manager with Image Group, Jenn has excelled as a proactive and creative resource to her clients. She is an advocate for innovative, quality product choices that uniquely support her clients key messaging, objectives, goals and brand presence. She encourages her clients to consider eco-minded product solutions whenever possible.

Established in 1992, Image Group has 21 employees including 13 Account Managers. They were awarded Promotional Product Distributor of the Year in Western Canada for a medium-sized enterprise by the Promotional Products Professionals of Canada. Image Group has also been recognized by ASI’s Counselor Magazine as a Best Place to Work in North America.

About A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.

In 1956, the first A&W drive-in restaurant in Canada opened on Portage Avenue in Winnipeg. Serving a delicious combination of great-tasting burgers, onion rings and frosted mugs of famous A&W Root Beer® – A&W proved to be an instant hit. Since then, A&W has continued to grow, expanding into over 800 locations from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland. They are a Platinum Member of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

For more information, contact Laura Hansen at (604) 873-3333.

Image Group Awarded Distributor Of The Year Western Region

February 26th, 2015

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release – February 26, 2015

IMAGE GROUP AWARDED DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR, WESTERN REGION

Vancouver – Image Group Inc. has been awarded the prestigious Western Canada Distributor of the Year for a medium sized enterprise by the Promotional Products Professionals of Canada. The award was presented at the PPPC National Convention held recently in Toronto.

Promotional products include logo-printed items ranging from coffee mugs to jackets. This adds up to a $3.5 billion industry in Canada and includes more than 7,222 companies.

“We are excited to be recognized as a leading distributor in Western Canada,” says Laura Hansen. “This award reflects the tremendous support of our clients and suppliers who challenge us to excel in our work.”

Image Group has been in business since 1992 and has 22 employees. They support marketing and recognition programs for clients with a wide range of logo-printed products.

For more information, contact Laura Hansen at (604) 873-3333.

All About Pantone

January 20th, 2015

What is Pantone Color?

The Pantone Color Matching System is largely a standardized color reproduction system. By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure colors match without direct contact with one another. Learn More (PDF)

David Linde Joins Image Group Inc.

September 2nd, 2014

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release – September 2, 2014

David Linde Joins Image Group Inc.

Laura Hansen, President of Image Group Inc., is delighted to announce that David Linde has joined the firm as an Account Executive. ‘David’s CAS (Certified Advertising Specialist) designation demonstrates his understanding of our promotional products industry and his commitment to continuous learning.’

Previously with Probizz Advertising Specialties Inc. for 14 years, David’s skills include client relations and account management with a variety of industries.

“Image Group has an excellent reputation for service to their customers and is also well-respected by their suppliers,’ says David. ‘I am excited to be joining the team and growing with this company.”

About Image Group
“Image Group has 21 employees including 13 Account Executives. They were awarded Promotional Products Distributor of the Year, Western Region, in January 2014 by The Promotional Products Professionals of Canada. Image Group was also recognized in July of this year as a Best Place to Work by the Advertising Specialty Institute.

Image Group supports promotional and marketing programs for clients with a wide range of refreshing and sustainable logo-imprinted products.

For more information, contact Laura Hansen at 1.800.561.3331.

Bradley Thompson Joins Image Group Inc.

August 1st, 2014

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release – August 1, 2014

Bradley Thompson Joins Image Group Inc.

Laura Hansen, President of Image Group Inc., one of Canada’s leading promotional products distributors, announced today that Bradley Thompson has joined the firm as an Account Executive in Toronto.

“With more than 20 years of experience in sales, Brad will complement our sales team’s strong reputation for providing exceptional service to clients.”

Previously with Quebecor in Toronto, Brad’s background includes extensive client relations, marketing, sales and account management with a variety of industries.

“Image Group has an outstanding reputation for service and quality which aligns well with my personal work ethics and goals. I look forward to growing with this company and to being a part of a strong team in a competitive industry,” says Brad.

For more information, contact Laura Hansen at 1.800.561.3331.

About Image Group
“Image Group has 20 employees including 12 Account Executives. They were named Promotional Products Distributor of the Year, Western Region, in January 2014 by The Promotional Products Professionals of Canada. Image Group was recognized as a Best Place to Work in July of this year by the Advertising Specialty Institute.

Image Group supports promotional and marketing programs for clients with a wide range of refreshing and sustainable logo-imprinted products.

Image Group Awarded Best Places To Work For 2013

January 13th, 2014

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release – January 13, 2014

IMAGE GROUP AWARDED BEST PLACES TO WORK FOR 2013

Image Group Inc. has been recognized in their industry as one of the Best Places to Work in North America by Counselor Magazine.

The Neal Award-winning magazine is published by the Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI). To devise its list, Counselor surveyed over 4,000 employees of promotional product companies with at least 10 employees. In total, 85 companies in the promotional products industry in North America were recognized this year as a place that employees loved to work.

‘Congratulations on providing a real “home” for your team.’
Fred Oesen
Executive Management Consultant, ASI Canada

About ASI
The Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) is the largest media, marketing and education organization serving the promotional products industry, with a network of over 27,000 distributors and suppliers throughout North America.

About Image Group
Image Group Inc. is British Columbia’s leading promotional products distributor and one of the largest in Canada. With 20 employees in its Vancouver office, Image Group supports marketing and recognition programs for clients with a wide range of logo-imprinted products.

For more information, contact Laura Hansen at (604) 873-3333.

Image Group – CBCF BC CIBC Run for the Cure 2013 Sponsor

August 28th, 2013

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release – August 28, 2013

Image Group – CIBC BC CIBC Run for the Cure 2013 Sponsor

Terry Cochrane and Image Group have teamed up to become a Regional Sponsor of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure 2013. Image Group has supplied branded products that promote awareness and prevention of the disease.

An estimated 23,800 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, so it’s important for Canadians to know the impact of early detection methods and how to access information and care.

As Terry says: “The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has made huge strides in not only research and treatment, but also in keeping the conversation active. We are pleased to do our part to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s vision of creating a future without breast cancer.”

About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading community-driven organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. Our investments in innovative and relevant research and education have led to progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. Since 1986, we have been at the forefront of a nationwide movement supporting and advocating for the breast cancer community. Join us at www.cbcf.org.

About Image Group Inc.
Image Group Inc. is British Columbia’s leading promotional products distributors and one of the largest in Canada. With 21 employees in its Vancouver office, Image Group supports marketing and recognition programs for clients with a wide range of logo-imprinted products.

Visit Image Group Corporate Team and Join the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, October 6th.

For more information, contact Laura Hansen at (604) 873-3333.

Proud Supporter of Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation BC Yukon.

Image Group Receives National Awards

March 12th, 2013

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release – March 12, 2013

IMAGE GROUP RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARDS

Vancouver: Vancouver-based Image Group Inc. picks up national industry awards from the Promotional Products Professionals of Canada.

* ‘Best in Green’, Gold Award. Client: BC Hydro
* ‘Not for Profit’, Bronze Award. Client: Bentall Kennedy
* ‘Professional Consumer’, Honorable Mention. Client: Alberta Pork

Image Group also won a Gold Award for Distributor of the Year, Western Region’, our 14th since 1992!

Over 300 suppliers and 1,000 distributors are members of the national association. The promotional products industry is one of the fastest-growing promotions and communications media with total industry sales in Canada totalling $4 billion.

“These awards reflect the tremendous support of our clients and suppliers who challenge us to excel in our work” said Laura Hansen, President, Image Group Inc.

Image Group Inc. is British Columbia’s leading promotional products distributor and one of the largest in Canada. The company’s sales rank it in the top 3% of the 15,000 promotional product distributors in North America. With 21 employees in its Vancouver office, Image Group supplies a wide range of logo-imprinted products supporting promotional and marketing programs for clients.

For more information, contact Laura Hansen at (604) 873-3333.

Image Group owner Laura Hansen ranks as one of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs

October 28th, 2012

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: October 28th, 2012

IMAGE GROUP OWNER LAURA HANSEN RANKS AS ONE OF CANADA’S TOP FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS

Vancouver, October 28, 2012-PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success lists Laura Hansen, owner of Image Group Inc., in their 14th annual PROFIT W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs.

“The PROFIT W100 is a diverse group of entrepreneurs united by their passion, dynamism and smarts,” says Ian Portsmouth, PROFIT’s Editor-in-Chief.” They set a tremendous example for business leaders of all kinds, and we are proud to recognize them in our 14th annual ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs.”

Ranking Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs on a composite score based on the size, growth rate and profitability of their businesses, the PROFIT W100 profiles the country’s most successful female business owners. Published in the October issue of PROFIT and online at www.PROFITguide.com, the PROFIT W100 is Canada’s largest annual celebration of entrepreneurial achievement by women.

About Image Group
Image Group Inc. is British Columbia’s leading promotional products distributor and one of the largest in Canada. The company’s sales also rank in the top 3% of the 15,000 promotional product distributors in North America. With 20 employees in its Vancouver office, Image Group supports promotional and marketing programs for clients with a wide range of logo-imprinted products.

About PROFIT Magazine
PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success is Canada’s preeminent publication dedicated to the management issues and opportunities facing small and mid-sized businesses. For 29 years, Canadian entrepreneurs and senior managers across a vast array of economic sectors have remained loyal to PROFIT because it’s a timely and reliable source of actionable information that helps them achieve business success and get the recognition they deserve for generating positive economic and social change. Visit PROFIT online at www.PROFITguide.com.

For more information, contact
Laura Hansen
Tel: (604) 873-3333
Fax: (604) 873-4996

34 West 2nd Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Y 1B3
www.imagegroupinc.ca

Image Group Awarded Best Places To Work For 2012

September 12th, 2012

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release – September 12, 2012

IMAGE GROUP AWARDED BEST PLACES TO WORK FOR 2012

Image Group Inc. has been recognized in their industry as one of the Best Places to Work in North America by Counselor Magazine.

The list appears in the September issue of Counselor, the “voice” of the $18.5 billion promotional products industry. The Neal Award-winning magazine is published by the Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI). To devise its list, Counselor surveyed over 4,000 employees of promotional product companies with at least 10 employees.

Image Group ranks # 19 in North America and # 2 in Canada. In total, 85 companies in the promotional products industry in North America were recognized this year as a place that employees loved to work.

‘Well, some things in life are a surprise, but the fact that you ranked # 19 as one of the best places to work in a field of over 27,000 isn’t one of them. Congratulations on providing a real “home” for your team.’

Fred Oesen
Exec Mgmt Consultant
ASI Canada

About ASI
The Advertising Specialty Institute ® (ASI) is the largest media, marketing and education organization serving the promotional products industry, with a network of over 27,000 distributors and suppliers throughout North America.

About Image Group
Image Group Inc. is British Columbia’s leading promotional products distributor and one of the largest in Canada. With 21 employees in its Vancouver office, Image Group supports marketing and recognition programs for clients with a wide range of logo-imprinted products.

For more information, contact Laura Hansen at (604) 873-3333.

Business In Vancouver – Ask the experts: How does client or employee recognition affect business success?

August 1st, 2012

Good leaders harness the power of appreciation to drive business success



Janet Helm | Owner, Janet Helm

In dealing with senior executives across North America, I have found that successful leaders understand the power of appreciation and include it in their business strategy.

Recognition empowers people because it shows them their contributions are appreciated and will be recognized, and that results in employees who feel valued and are motivated and productive. Your company’s culture is how people are treated and how things are done both internally and with clients. Recognition is showing publicly or privately that you value their contributions and appreciate your customers’ loyalty.

Successful recognition:

• is specific: rather than telling someone he or she has done a good job, describe the task and successful outcome. The employee will know how he or she has specifically helped your company or organization achieve a goal.

• is genuine: reflect your company’s values in your choice of a well-selected gift. Save the mass-produced items for promotional giveaways. For example, companies including Coca-Cola have worked with us to design a tartan with their signature colours. Using tartan, with its symbolism of unity, family and membership, for customized gifts reflects many corporations’ sincere appreciation and distinct corporate culture.

• can be simple: sometimes it’s the small things that count. Have a supply of thank-you cards on hand for when you want to send a quick note of appreciation.

Not sure if your recognition is motivating, inspiring, showing your genuine appreciation?Then ask! Create a questionnaire that asks what is important to them.



Laura Hansen | Owner and President, Image Group Inc.

I’m going to change the question to “Why is recognition critical to the success of every business?”

As president, my job is to support and encourage my staff and my clients in every way I can. In our day-to-day scramble to quote on business, execute rush orders and complete projects, we hope that our employees will fall into line and our customers will be there for us again and again. We ask for non-stop loyalty. Sure, we can come through for them with paycheques for employees and on-time delivery for customers, but in this world where text and email win over face-to-face conversations and contact, it’s easy for the people we depend upon to feel underappreciated.

Recognizing the support of your customers and your employees is not just a nice thing to do, it’s crucial to keeping your business successful. Sometimes that’s as simple as a thank-you in a public forum for going above and beyond in writing a proposal, putting in a million extra hours to deliver on time, every time, or serving our critical clients above and beyond.

Image Group has a formal brag session every sales meeting; we have a masseuse come in monthly; we give away Canucks tickets; we have dinner parties, bingo nights. I’ll accept any opportunity to recognize my team for truly outstanding work. They are amazing.

People want recognition– that their work is meaningful, that they are meaningful, that someone noticed.

My business is able to help people formally recognize the efforts of others. Monetary recognition is important, but I love that people can look at an item we provided and be transported to that beautiful time when they did something meaningful and someone noticed and said “thank you.”



Christian Codrington | Senior Manager, Operations, BC Human Resources Association

Many employees want and need more money. However, praise and commendation from supervisors, managers and leaders consistently outpace financial reward as a motivator for employee performance.

It is encouraging to see the improvements that many businesses are making in this area. As an example, the owner of a small chain of restaurants ties reward to his business strategy by first establishing the goals for his business, such as opening a new location within the year or increasing sales by a certain percentage. He then shares those goals with his team and asks how everyone can contribute. He works diligently throughout the year to recognize and acknowledge the behaviours that contribute to those goals in ways that are consistent with the culture of his business. The results? His restaurant has grown from a single location to eight, and he has employees that have remained in his employment since inception, which is remarkable in the food service sector.

A few easy steps to ensure recognition drives results, reduces employee turnover and increases engagement include:

• develop a variety of ways to recognize your team, as one size will not fit all;

• identify which behaviours and results link to your organizational goals and will be recognized;

• be consistent when recognizing staff and be careful not to play favourites;

• recognize achievements in a timely manner; and

• be transparent so that all staff know the reason behind the recognition of an employee or team.

Recognition drives employee engagement, which in turn will contribute to a successful enterprise. It takes some effort, but the returns will be worth it.

Tags: human resources, employee, The Coca-Cola Company, British Columbia Human Resources Management Association, management

Image Group Receives National Award As It Celebrates 20 Years of Business Success

February 20th, 2012

          

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: February 20th, 2012

Vancouver-based Image Group Inc. has two reasons to celebrate this February. The champagne bottles were popping in Toronto as the promotional products company was awarded the prestigious National Distributor of the Year, Western Region, by the Promotional Products Professionals of Canada. Over 300 suppliers and 1,000 distributors are members of the national association.

On arriving back in Vancouver, employees get to cut the birthday cake to celebrate 20 years of success since Image Group was launched on February 27, 1992. Over these past two decades, Image Group has won National Distributor of the Year, Western Region, a total of 13 times.

The promotional products industry is one of the fastest-growing promotions and communications media with total industry sales in Canada totalling $4 billion.

“We are excited to be recognized as the leading distributor in Western Canada which includes Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC.” said Laura Hansen, President and Founder of the company.

“This award reflects the tremendous support of our clients and suppliers who challenge us to excel in our work” said Hansen.

Image Group Inc. is British Columbia’s leading promotional products distributor and one of the largest in Canada. The company’s sales rank it in the top 3% of the 15,000 promotional product
distributors in North America. With 21 employees in its Vancouver office, Image Group supports marketing and recognition programs for clients with a wide range of logo-imprinted products.

For more information, contact Laura Hansen at (604) 873-3333.

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