HUB PEN HIRES ARRUDA

Twenty-five year industry veteran Andy Arruda, MAS, is the company’s new national sales executive.

Andy Arruda

BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS (September 30, 2010) – Hub Pen Company has hired Andy Arruda, MAS, as national sales executive. In this position, he is responsible for hiring and managing a growing multi-line sales rep force, coordinating a growing telemarketing effort and working closely with many key accounts across the country.

A 25-year industry veteran, Arruda began his career with BIC Graphic USA, The Colibri Group and Burnes of Boston before founding Distinctive Brands dba PictureFrames.Net in 1996. In 2009, he sold the company to RS Owens, where he most recently served as vice president of sales.

“My first 10 years in the industry was primarily selling and marketing writing instruments, and I enjoyed it tremendously,” said Arruda. “When the opportunity to join Hub Pen emerged, I was drawn not only to the company’s tremendous product quality but also to its continued growth in this difficult economy—and I wanted to be a part of it.”

An active volunteer, Arruda has been chairman of the PPAI Market & Information Research Committee, served as a member of the PPAI Membership Services Committee and Awards Committee, and is a former board member and charter member of the Premier Group. Additionally, he is a past chairman of the East Bay Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as a Bristol-Warren Education Foundation board member.

“Andy’s strong contacts in the industry combined with years of experience from both a business and volunteer perspective give him a wealth of knowledge that will greatly benefit Hub Pen as we continue to grow and build the company,” said Joe Fleming, Hub Pen general manager. “And with his customer-driven approach to sales and business, he is a great fit for our team.”

Arruda is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BS in business administration and marketing. He is also the recipient of the Linda Robinson Award Winner for Leadership and Ethics from Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY).

He can be reached at 401-301-4317 or aarruda@hubpen.com.

About Hub Pen Company:

Founded in 1954 by Frank Fleming, Hub Pen Company takes its name from the famous Oliver Wendell Holmes quote that describes Boston as the “hub of the universe.” Today, Hub Pen continues operations under the management of the Fleming family, printing more than 100 million pens annually.

Built upon the core values of providing quality writing instruments, superb imprints, excellent customer service and on-time delivery, Hub Pen has been honored by many of its distributor partners. Most recently, the company received the 2010 AIA Supplier Excellence and Velocity Awards, the 2008 and 2009 Kaeser & Blair Top 5 Supplier Award, and the 2008 Newton Manufacturing Company Top Suppliers Award.

In addition to being a 2010 PPAI Supplier Star Award Nominee, Hub Pen has been the winner of the 2009 and 2010 Supplier Excellence Silver Award for Writing Instruments from Promo Marketing Magazine. The company has been honored by Identity Marketing magazine as the No. 2 writing instruments supplier for 2010, and Corporate Logo named Hub Pen as the No. 1 writing instruments supplier for 2008.

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For more information, visit www.hubpen.com,

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Media Contact:
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Company Contact:
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