CORPORATE SPECIALTIES RECEIVES AIA VELOCITY AWARD

Owner Valerie Hayman Sklar led the company to nearly 58% growth in 2012.

WEST BLOOMFIELD, MICHIGAN (October 11, 2013) – Growing sales in any economy is never easy, but increasing revenue by more than 50 percent in a recovering economy is even more remarkable. With a nearly 58% sales growth during the 2012 calendar year, Corporate Specialties has been awarded the AIA Velocity Award, Category 2, at the recent AIA National Sales Summit.

Jill Wieser, AIA field sales specialist, presents Valerie Hayman Sklar, owner, Corporate Specialties, with the 2013 AIA Velocity Award at the AIA National Sales Summit.
Jill Wieser, AIA field sales specialist, presents Valerie Hayman Sklar, owner, Corporate Specialties, with the 2013 AIA Velocity Award at the AIA National Sales Summit.

The Velocity Award recognizes AIA’s Fastest Growing Owners, represented by their percentage of business growth compared to the previous year within their sales volume category, with a minimum starting sales level of $250,000 required to qualify. Category 2 recognizes Velocity winners with sales in the range of $750,000 up to $1 million. Valerie Hayman Sklar is one of more than 300 AIA owners who, in in 2012, collectively reached more than $136 million in sales for AIA Corporation.

While Hayman Sklar admits good luck played a part, much of the sales increase came from both direct mail and email marketing campaigns. But she attributes the majority of her success to making a philosophical change to the way she approaches her business.

“I switched from working in the business to working on the business,” she said. “I began really looking at the big picture and spent more time streamlining processes to improve customer service. Each person buys differently, so I incorporated as many touch points as possible—from regular updates on specials to sending birthday gifts. Consistently being in contact along with a personal touch has made all the difference.”

About Corporate Specialties:

Founded by Valerie Hayman Sklar in 1997, Corporate Specialties has been developing comprehensive marketing programs that incorporate promotional products that not only delight target audiences but also get results—from customer loyalty programs and tradeshow campaigns to employee incentives and business gifts.

As a promotional marketing brain trust, Corporate Specialties has become the go-to resource for business owners, corporate marketers, meeting and event planners, and HR pros who need distinctive, memorable merchandise programs—not promotional clutter.

An affiliate with AIA, the 10th largest promotional products distributorship, Corporate Specialties has received the 2013 AIA Velocity Award that recognizes fastest growing companies as well as the 2010 and 2011 AIA Advee Award – Best Self Promotion that honors creative use of promotional products.

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For more information, visit http://corporatespecialties.com and read the blog at http://corporatespecialties.com/blog.

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Media Contact:
Lisa Horn, CAS
214-674-8400
lisa@lisakhorn.com

Company Contact:
Valerie Hayman Sklar
248-538-4700
vhs@corporatespecialties.com

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