Summit TeamThe Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) recently held their 9th annual Peake Awards ceremony at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Throughout the evening, the top promotional consultants and suppliers in the Chesapeake region were recognized by highlighting distributor-specific and supplier-specific accomplishments along with overall awards for campaign excellence and commitment to the association.

Hysen1Of the awards presented that evening by Presenting Sponsor, J. Charles Crystalworks, Summit Group (DC Division) proudly walked away with two.  Senior Account Manager, Susan Hysen, won the “Excellence in Promotions” award for the “GiveBackBox“, a project she worked on with Goodwill. The organization wanted to promote their latest project, so they decided to distribute a kit to on-air news personalities and producers to announce the launch.

slide_left2The kit was a custom shipping box which housed a heat activated tumbler.  The Goodwill logo was imprinted on the outside of the tumbler and when activated, the GiveBackBox message appeared. The tumbler contained client literature inside and was packed in a silver organza bag, completing the packaging. Over 200 packages were mailed and delivered the week of cyber Monday.  Click HERE to learn how GiveBackBox works.

MHarperAccount Executive Michael J. Harper received the final award of the evening and the association’s highest honor, The Peake Award.  The Peake Award is presented to the Supplier or Distributor Member that best demonstrates a commitment to and provides contributions for CPPA that enhances the quality of service to its members.

Jolie Porter, CPPA Executive Director, presented the award to Mike. “I am thrilled to present The Peake Award this evening to someone who, as chair of the Peake Awards Committee, has been a wonderful partner and leader. I have truly enjoyed working with him the past six years.”

The 9th Annual CPPA Ceremony proved to be another successful night for Summit Group! We are so proud of Susan and Mike’s accomplishments in 2015 and look forward to an even more successful year.

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Janelle Touma


Janelle began her marketing career with Summit Group in 2006. While here, she has enjoyed learning how this industry can enhance a company's brand through a multitude of creative applications. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with local charities and traveling to as many countries as time will allow!

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