Building Industry Association (BIA) Awards

In the Beginning – BIA Awards

For twenty-two years, Promotional Incentives has been selected to provide the Lee BIA’s most prestigious awards, Parade of Homes©, Pinnacle and Summit Awards.  As we prepared for the 2013 BIA Industry Awards, I reflected on where it all began.

In the early days of Promotional Incentives, we had the fragile awards shipped to us, whereby we opened and inspected each one, and then delivered them to the hotel, opened up the boxes again, set them on the tables in the order of presentation.  With a couple of years under our belt, and very few broken or incorrect, we realized it would be much more efficient to ship directly to the hotel.

I love the science to the set-up, and marvel at the number of hands involved in every award as we oversee the process from start to finish. From the manufacturer who makes the marble, crystal or stone creation, to the people preparing the artwork, to those engraving individual personalizations, to the packing department that wraps each one in a protective, often custom-molded gift box, to the shipping company who delivers the boxes to the receiving department at the venue, and the hotel staff who deliver the cartons into the ballroom, where the Promotional Incentives worker bees carefully unwrap each one, and sets them up in proper order.  And to ensure safe delivery to its final resting spot, Jack and I help individually box the winners’ awards.

The day of the event, the process is a series of planned and coordinated steps.

  1. Open the master cartons and remove the individual award boxes.BIA Awards 2013 - opening the boxes
  2. Line up all the boxes so we can see the names and put them in order.BIA Awards 2013 - lining up the boxes - Promotional Incentives
  3. Take the awards out of their protective box and set them up on the skirted table.
    Remember the game Concentration?  It’s like that only more physical as we go up and down the stage stairs dozens of times.BIA Awards 2013 - The Awards by Promotional Incentives
  4. Once we get through the list, which has varied from five for the first Parade of Homes in 1992, to 110 for the Pinnacle and Summit programs in 2013, we realign the awards for maximum symmetry, polish off any fingerprints, and pray that no one bumps the tables on stage.BIA Awards 2013 - all polished and ready to go courtesy of Promotional Incentives
  5. Then, we go home to clean up and change clothes to attend the event as a committee member, sponsor, help hand out the awards, and in recent years, we’ve even been on stage as a award winners ourselves (yeah, it’s tough to keep that one secret). L&J BIA

It’s an honor to be trusted with the knowledge of the winners in our awards programs. Throughout the weeks before the event, every effort is made to ensure the awards portion of the evening goes smoothly. It’s gratifying when each recipient goes home feeling like a winner with a beautiful award to remind them of their accomplishment for years to come.

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Dreams Do Come True at the 2013 Boston Red Sox Children’s Hospital Celebrity Classic

Dreams do come true, as I recently experienced the ultimate combination of business and pleasure when our company sponsored the 2013 Boston Red Sox Children’s Celebrity Classic, a signature event that has raised millions for The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Upping the ante for the 20th anniversary event: a jaw-dropping matching contributions by two generous donors, Tom Golisano (for whom the Children’s Hospital is now named) and a pair of anonymous donors. Though still being tabulated, the two-day event raised $685,000!

To commemorate this special occasion, Lee Memorial Health System Foundation asked Promotional Incentives to provide the coveted ‘swag’ bags. A stylish durable duffle bag was selected as the commemorative for this landmark tournament.

The two-tone bag was imprinted with three logos: Red Sox 20th Anniversary Celebrity Classic, the new Golisano Children’s Hospital, and the image of Promotional Incentives Gumby with the phrase, “P.I. Gumby loves children and the Green Monster!”

Included in the bag full of giveaways and coupons, was a green Sharpie® imprinted with the “Going Green with Promotional Incentives” logo. The permanent marker was an ideal giveaway for celebrity autographs and identifying golf balls. Promotional Incentives Promotional Bag for Red Sox Classic

Several of the LMHS Foundation staff commenting on the high quality of the duffle bag. “It’s definitely the best bag we’ve ever had,” said Katy Martinez, special events coordinator for the Foundation.

Thursday night’s Tee Party was filled with sports celebrities and incredible opportunities for special events and memorabilia. Baseball greats Mike Greenwell, Luis Tiant and Jim Rice along with special guest University of South Carolina football head coach Steve Spurrier signed autographs and shared stories with the attendees. Part of the dream come true was my brother, a lifelong Red Sox fan, had the unique opportunity to share one of his personal memories with Mike Greenwell.

Also present were local celebrities such as Kelly Burns, always generously gives time and enthusiastic flair to facilitate bidding, LMHS leaders Jim Nathan and Sharon McDonald, were on hand to meet and greet. Dustin and Stefanie Ink-Edwards, who inaugurated a Mud Run that raised $100,000 for The Children’s Hospital, gave personal testimony to the hospital that saved their children’s lives.

The staff of The Forest Country Club were outstanding – from bartenders, wait and bus staff, to managers and directors, all helped insure a successful event. It’s no wonder they are the host every year.  During the tournament, duffers were greeted warmly by residents eager to share helpful hints and encouragement. Sponsoring this amazing event was a fitting celebration of our 22nd anniversary.Promotional Incentives at Red Sox Celebrity Classic

LucyStephanie Ink-Edwards’ daughter plays with P.I. Gumby.   The Promotional Incentives foursome – the only one in the field with matching team shirts!  PromoLucy celebrates with event coorRSCC_2013 031dinator Katy Martinez at the Tee Party.

NAWIC 21st Annual Block Kids Program a Big Hit!

A Great Cause for Our Community

On Friday February 10th, NAWIC (The National Association of Women in Construction), SWFL Chapter, hosted their 21st Annual Block Kids Program, at Tice Elementary School for the second and third grade students.
Promotional Incentives | NAWIC Block Kids

Our Block Kids program is designed as an educational tool, to promote the construction industry by allowing the students from grades 1-6 to “build construction projects” with plastic building blocks as their “construction materials”. The program was created in 1990. Since launching the program, more than 300,000 children have participated. The overall winner of this event was Emilio Martinez of Tice Elementary. He is a 3rd grader.

Each child is presented a hardhat, commemorative T-shirt, and blueprint. Along with 100 plastic building blocks, a string, aluminum foil and a rock they create masterpieces. Southwest Florida businesses pledge sponsorships and provide judges for the students’ work. Awards and Trophies are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each grade category.

It was our pleasure at Promotional Incentives, Inc. to provide the Commemorative T-shirts for this event over the past 6 years.

National Testimonials

“It was awesome to see 200 students at one time
so intent on building their unique projects”
Darlynn D., PTA Secretary
Kenneth Murphy Elementary School
Beach Park, IL

“Our community members are still talking
about our successful Block Kids event. It was
especially memorable for my neighbor, who
won the event. He is now sure that he wants to
be a construction engineer”
Glenn Hillegas, Principal
Stanley E. Foster
Construction Tech Academy
San Diego, CA

Gumby seen at 21st NAWIC Block Kids

Gumby Seen at 21st NAWIC Block Kids

Climbing to New Heights

The Chamber of Southwest Florida

The 2010 Class of the Chamber of Southwest Florida’s Leadership Lee County program led the way to kick off the final phase of fundraising for The Heights Foundation in its mission to restart construction on the Harlem Heights Cultural Arts & Community Center.

The group raised $37,000 in donations from the Community UP Rising event held on June 1 at the Heights Center. To add a little fun and color to the ground breaking, Promotional Incentives provided Heights Foundation with bright orange construction hats (orange is one of the predominant colors in the Heights Foundation logo); a low cost, highly visible promotional item worn by dignitaries, board members, sponsors and the general public to share the excitement of this incredible endeavor for the southwest Florida community.

Heights Foundation Board Member Carolyn Gora

HF Advisory Committee Carolyn Gora

Craig Scott and Victor Mayeron

Craig Scott and Victor Mayeron, President of HF Board of Directors

The Center will provide with enhanced access to the arts and improved education, training and enrichment programs for the residents of Harlem Heights and surrounding neighborhoods of Harlem Heights. With nearly $450,000 of the $6.5 million capital campaign goal remaining to be raised, members of Leadership Lee County are still asking the community to support the building the project.

Breaking Ground for Fort Myers Company, LeeSar

Groundbreaking Ceremony using Groundbreaking Promotional Item in Fort Myers, FL

Groundbreakings used to be considered ho-hum news, but in this day of stunted economic growth, breaking ground on a new structure is major news.

One of Fort Myers’ hometown heroic companies, LeeSar, broke ground on their new Regional Service Center facility on Friday, April 22. Priority Marketing coordinated the event planning, execution, and publicity. It was of course no coincidence the event occurred on Earth Day, as they dug into the earth.

To commemorate this important event, LeeSar and Priority Marketing presented a memorable gift to the leaders who are making this vision a reality. Thirty VIPs were presented with their own chrome-plated shovel engraved with the LeeSar logo and event date.

Promotional Incentives Groundbreaking Shovels | Promotional Items

To LeeSar president, Bob Simpson, it was more about his employees than the dirt. Simpson also raved about the professionalism and outstanding service provided by Teri Hansen and her team at Priority Marketing. “You did an outstanding job,” Simpson said several times throughout the day.

Priority Marketing has a twenty-year track record of event management, ranging from private parties to major events with celebrities and thousands in attendance.

“That was one of the BEST events I have ever attended,” stated Fort Myers Police Chief Doug Baker.

More than two hundred and fifty people attended the tented event.

LeeSar is fast becoming one of the leading employers in Lee County, and was recently cited as being one of the most innovative companies in Florida.

NAWIC 20th Annual Block Kids Program a Big Hit!

A Great Cause for Our Community

On Friday February 4th, NAWIC (The National Association of Women in Construction), SWFL Chapter, hosted their 20th Annual Block Kids Program, at Bonita Springs Elementary School for the second and third grade students.

NAWIC Block Kids Program

Our Block Kids program is designed as an educational tool, to promote the construction industry by allowing the students from grades 1-6 to “build construction projects” with plastic building blocks as their “construction materials”.  The program was created in 1990. Since launching the program, more than 300,000 children have participated.

Each child is presented a hardhat, commemorative T-shirt, and blueprint.  Along with 100 plastic building blocks, a string, aluminum foil and a rock they create masterpieces. Southwest Florida businesses pledge sponsorships and provide judges for the students’ work. Awards and Trophies are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each grade category. This year’s 2011 Overall 1st Place winner is third grader, “Germain” who completed a Demolition Crane (along with rebuilding materials). His entry will be submitted in a regional competition against other Florida entries.

It was our pleasure at Promotional Incentives, Inc. to provide the Commemorative T-shirts for this event over the past 5 years.

National Testimonials

“It was awesome to see 200 students at one time
so intent on building their unique projects”
Darlynn D., PTA Secretary
Kenneth Murphy Elementary School
Beach Park, IL

“Our community members are still talking
about our successful Block Kids event. It was
especially memorable for my neighbor, who
won the event. He is now sure that he wants to
be a construction engineer”
Glenn Hillegas, Principal
Stanley E. Foster
Construction Tech Academy
San Diego, CA

NAWIC Block Kids Program

3rd Grade Winners with their Teacher and Principal

Promoting a Worthy Cause

Advancing Worthy Causes

One of our primary missions at Promotional Incentives is to help worthy causes advance their goals, awareness & fundraising efforts.

The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center took on an important initiative to increase the awareness of elder abuse by spearheading a new coalition called Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership (LEAPP). With the help of a federal grant, the Center embarked on an ambitious program to promote prevention of this growing problem in our community.

To identify the program a logo was designed using the acronym LEAPP with an icon that would be eye-catching and memorable.

In addition to educational programs, LEAPP’s steering committee felt that reasonably priced, promotional products were important in targeting their market with this message and keeping the issue out in front of the community.

Low-priced, quality pens with the LEAPP logo were chosen as a handout for events, seminars and presentations. Once someone is exposed to the issue, it is the hope of the new coalition that they will be more aware of, look for signs, and report elder abuse.

At a local public event to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th, small bottles of bubbles were given out as an item to have fun while reducing stress. The LEAPP logo was on the bottle lid as a subtle reminder of the prevention initiative.

Dotty St. Amand of the Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center and Dan Daniels of Adult Protective Services Support from Lee County Sheriff's Department