PPAI’s annual Pyramid Awards, sponsored by Pacesetter Awards Co., honor creative excellence in the promotional products industry and the outstanding promotions, creative campaigns and exceptional craftsmanship of Association members.PPB Newslink is sharing the stories of several 2022 Pyramid Award winners to highlight their accomplishments and to learn more about what it means to secure a PPAI Pyramid win. This issue spotlights the 2022 Gold Pyramid Award won in the Supplier Decorating: Supplier/Distributor Collaboration category by supplier Visions (PPAI 110751, S8) and distributor Bravo! (PPAI 178472, D3). Submissions for the 2023 Pyramid Awards are open April 4 though May 14.

“We have submitted multiple times over the years and are extremely proud to be the recipient of a few Gold Pyramid awards,” says Wendy Simons, vice president of sales at Visions. “We are so proud of our work and the designs and collaboration that goes into each and every one, that we feel they are worth of recognition.”

Celina, Ohio-based Visions teamed up with Bravo!, a WBENC-Certified 100% woman-owned Seattle-based distributor, to design a series of intricate hand-made awards to recognize the vendors of their client, Torchy’s Tacos.Torchy’s Tacos, headquartered in Austin, is a rapidly expanding, 75-location casual dining restaurant currently in 11 states.

The project grew from a perpetual plaque into a four-piece custom award project for various levels of success within the company. The awards were given to Torchy Taco’s top vendors across the U.S. Visions and Bravo! worked together to revamp the restraunt chain’s previous awards consisting of wood and acrylic to a substantial redesign replicating its devil logo in molded optic crystal, black crystal and layers of red and yellow crystal.

When determining which program to submit into the Pyramid Award competition, Simons likens it to choosing your favorite child. She says, “It is tough to make the selections per category, as we think that almost all are possible ‘contenders.’We take a hard look at each of them and subjectively determine which we feel have the most award-winning attributes for the specific categories.”

For those considering submitting to the competition, she says, “Go for it, especially if you have all the materials needed to back up the submission.We are so proud our Pyramid Awards. We showcase them in our sales presentations as it provides credibility and showcases our capabilities.”

The 2023 Pyramid Award competition will open for entries April 4 through May 14. For more information and to enter the competition, go to www.ppai.org/pyramid. If you need assistance or have additional questions email awards@ppai.org.