National Gift Packaging
Association of America
The American Gift Packaging Hall of Fame
A Message from the Chairman
Today, you're receiving a Very Special Invitation to join the BEST
of the BEST in our Industry. I remember my first Int. Fancy Food
and Confection Show at the old New York Coliseum in 1965. As I walked
around the show which was only one floor, I said to my self, this
is where I want to be 30 years from now. This is going to be the
top of the Hill. That was 38 years ago. I can remember it as if
it was yesterday. I joined in 1972. Since then I exhibited at over
50 NASFT Shows plus another 150 with other Associations. I'm one
of the seniors on the tour. I'm writing to you today because you
have made an impact on other experts in the industry and we want
you to join with us in a New Group that is headed for the Future.
We all recognize that the Future is E- Commerce. And that we as
leaders must pay great attention to that fact, E-Commerce, E-Digital
and E-Profit is the Future.
We as an industry need more E-Technology, and we need it now.Our
vision for this group is simple, let's us all enjoy the fruits of
our hard work in the special places that offer life's greatest pleasures.
So we extend a cordial invitation to join an elite group of Gift
Basket, Gift Packaging and Gift Creation experts for the Common
to increased commerce and profit for all members.
So let's open our minds to the future of the Electronic age and
let's all share in its Great Profits and Possibilities.
I look forward to hearing from you,
P.S. Membership will close once we receive 150 applications.
of the National Gift Packaging Association of America
have been Helping all Americans Celebrate their lives everyday
of the Year
Our new Association's goal is to host a two day Pre-National
Trade Show Conference before each NASFT Trade Show and the Philadelphia
National Candy and Gift Show in a relaxed no rush environment close to
the Show. We want to bring to you the Newest Trade Secrets of E-Commerce,
E-Digital and E-profit technology so you can put it to work for you everyday
to help meet the competitions crunch. You know so well that costs are
always rising. These conferences are not, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic
any more. It's now the three Big E's. E-Commerce, E-Digital and E-Profit.
The Internet is in its infancy, and this is the beginning of a futuristic
technology that will advance Humankind in ways that we can only begin
to imagine. And YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT, because it will be filled with
Great Profits. Your Computer will be able to print MONEY from the Internet
and E-Commerce sales just like a MONEY printing press
The Future of all Business
from now on will be done through E-Commerce
We are already contacting Leading Corporations in the E-Commerce
Sector who will present these programs. NGPAA is not part of The International
Fancy Food and Confection Show or the Philadelphia National Candy and
Gift Show. But many of the Charter Members attend these shows each year.
Only the top Industry Members who are Retailers and Manufacturers who
are part of the industry for at least 15 years are invited to join on
a select basis.
Manufacturers will be invited to join in the Future.
Listed below are many of the Leading Technology Corporations who we will
call on to present Profit producing Seminars at the Conferences held across
the country. We will invite their IT departments to provide us with leading
edge Technology. We want to know what they are working on for the near
future. Our group will be very unique and will be able to tap into this
Hewlett- Packard Microsoft Canon Compaq Ebay Oracle Xerox
Iomega Kinko's Cingular
America Online Overture Comcast Yahoo Logitech Real Player Webex American
Each day of the year our Businesses face New Challenges,
New Problems, and New Frontiers. If we are to stay
ahead of the competition we must follow the leaders in the Tech Industry
and get as close to the Future as we can.
The Brain Trust and the
Vendor Resources that will be available to you as a Member will
We all know that four minds are better than two and twenty
minds are better than ten.
But how about 150 Very Smart People in the same business in the same Conference
Room to together with you sharing 150 other Great Ideas, Concepts and
Methodology about their stores operation and how it can effect your stores
operations and challenges.
talk about the power of 150 Retailers.
Think about the Buying Power of 150 Retail Merchants approaching their
favorite Manufacturer or Vendor to bargain for better pricing. You could
buy like a Distributor and save thousands of dollars a year because of
the membership size.
Imagine walking into a Conference Room with 150 Gift Basket
Catalogs displayed from across the country from it's members.
Imagine walking into a Conference Room and seeing 150 Gift Baskets and
Gift Creations on display that you could take pictures of with your New
Digital Camera and E-Mail them back to your Store for your employees to
see that very same day.
Imagine recording all the conferences programs on your own recording device
so you could share them with your staff.
Imagine the value of calling a member who you met at a conference who
could help you solve a difficult problem.
Talk about Synergy, you will be able to feel it when you walk in to the
conference rooms. Don't wait to join, it could be too late.
There is E-Profit
in this Synergy
Can you see the unbelievable Synergy in this Conference
Room where everyone attending does the same thing you do.
They sell Gift Baskets, Gift Creations and Giftware's to the Market Place
just like you.
We will invite Industry Experts and Vendors alike to present programs
dedicated just to our group.
We can ask for Special Product Promotions that will come to us first before
it launches in other Stores.
We will have the buying power of a 150 Store Chain but we will still be
independent merchants with our own identity.
an Invitation to join a Very Select Few
The Future is the Internet and if you do not want to be
left behind act now because in the first three years we will only take
150 members. We have mailed out 300 invitations to the Cream of the Gift
Basket Industry, to the top 300 Gift Basket Retailers in America. You
are one of these Very Select Retailers. The First 150 Companies to respond
will make up the core membership. Once 150 Retailers respond membership
will close for three years. If you started your business after 1988 you
are not eligible to join. Enclosed you will find an Application for membership,
don't miss this opportunity to become a Charter Member of NGPAA today.
The annual dues will be $179.00 a year. This will help fund an Association
Director. As a member you will receive a Newsletter that will be filled
with very profitable and time savings concepts each year plus you will
mingle with the Top one- half of one percent of the Retail Industries
minds at upscale Hotels and Resorts in North America and Europe. The National
Gift Packaging Association is a Non-Profit Association.
Company and Corporate Award Recognition Programs
We will provide Leadership and Body of Industry Work Awards
to members who will be selected by a National Grand Jury of Industry Experts
and Peers. These Awards will take place at the Conferences held across
the country before the National Trade Shows in San Francisco, Chicago,
New York and Philadelphia.
|National Leadership Award
||The Body of Work in the Industry Award
|The Nat. Commerce Award
||The American Spirit Award
|Life Time Achievement Awards
||The Best Brochure Award
Gold Medal Award"
The "Gifty Gold Medal Award" will be presented
to worthy Men or Women who have served in the Industry for many years
in 9 different Industries we serve, The Specialty Food, The Gift Basket,
The Giftware, The Floral, The Wine and Spirit, The Cheese, Supermarket,
Hotel Hospitality and the Bakery Industries.
Twenty "Gifty Gold
Medal" Awards will be presented at each Award Ceremony.
When you receive this Award you will be filled with a Personal
Joy of Success, Pride and Happiness. The many years of hard work, long
hours and Good Deeds done will be recalled. This Award is a Life Time
Achievement Award. You have been chosen by your Industries peers who have
proclaimed you worthy of a "Gifty Gold Medal Award". Your family
will also share in this Award. You will have won the right to display
this Award Symbol in all your printed materials, Brochures, Advertising
and Public Relations articles and announcements in the local newspaper.
This Award will bring to you New Customers and New Business and New Profits.
Because you have been Awarded the "Gifty Gold Medal" you will
also be placed in the; "American Gift Packaging Hall of Fame"
records. This is another Award Value that goes hand in hand with the"
A Professional Photographer will be on hand for
all Award Events.
Planned for 2004
||The New 750 Million Dollars Kimmel Center for the Performing
Arts on Friday
Jan. 9th 2004 The Gifty Gold Medal Awards Ceremony will take place
on the 7th Floor
In the Arched Glass Ceiling Garden Rotunda with a 360 degree view
of the Phila. Sky Line.
Awards Dinner will be held at the Penthouse Level of the Hyatt Hotel
in the Founder's Room.
Location: San Francisco
Fees to attend each Seminar: $59.00 per person
If you attend all four seminars, your cost is $185. You save $51.00
Call today, Limited seating.
Reservations are required
This will be Mr. Catanese's 84th Seminar Nationally
|The Marriott Hotel, Jan. 16th Friday Evening The"
Gifty Gold Medal Award" Ceremony, will
Take place at The Bankers Club Room atop the Bank of America Building,
57th Floor. Dinner Served in the World Class Carnelian Room Restaurant.
|Jan. 16th 10 AM
||Worlds Best Contact Management Software Seminar...
Educate yourself on How to Fall in Love with your Customers'
Credit Cards or How to send 500 E-mail Newsletters in 60 seconds
and Save $3000 in printing.
Industry Expert will present the program.
|Jan. 16th 2:30 PM
||Tap into the Hugh National league Sports Team
Gift Market for Great Sales and Profit / Master Sports Team
Licensed Manufacturers List included in the Presentation. Tom
|Jan 17th 10:00 AM
Video E-mail, it's not text-mail anymore, its not voice mail
anymore, It's the Hoootttestt Digital way to turn up on your
Customer's Computer Screen with a Direct Sales Message that
is not spam. Live presentation; Video-E-Mail your Store at
Home. Company Computer and Video Expert to Present
|Jan 17th 2:30
||How to create a Four Page Color Catalog for under
$500.00. See 50 differrent Competitors Gift Food Creations on
Display. See 100 Gift Food Competitors Catalogs on display.
Meet 50 Very Smart people like yourself who sell the same products
you do. Tom Catanese, presenter.
||Sheraton Hotel, April 30, The "Gifty Gold Medal
Award" Ceremony, will take place
At the " The Signature Room" at the Top of the John Hancock
Building at the 93rd Floor, Dinner Award Ceremony over looking Chicago
|Location: New York
||Sheraton Hotel, June 24th Thursday Night, The"
Gifty Gold Medal Award" Ceremony,
will be presented at the World Famous Carnegie Hall, Dinner at the
Rainbow Room at the top of Rockefeller Center on Friday Night June
||Borgata Hotel and Casino , The "Gifty Gold Medal
Award" Ceremony will take place
at the New 750 Million Dollar Kimmel Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia.
Sept. 10th Friday
The Dinner to be held at the Founder's Room at the top of the Hyatt
2005 Conference Sites 2006 Conference Sites
||2005 Conference Site
||2006 Conference Sites
|Silverado Country Club golf & Tennis Club
Jan 2005 before the IFFCS at Moscone Hall
|Mandaylay Bay Hotel
|Grand Geneva Resort and Country Club
May 2005 before the Chicago IFFCS at McCormick Place
Location: West Va
|The Green Briar Hotel
|Grand View Marriot Golf Club
June 2005 before the New York IFFCS at the Javits
Location: Carlsbad Ca
|Rancho La Costa
|Creating a Professional
and Profitable Website on a Budget.
||Give us One Great Idea & We will give you 149 Others.
|How to make Great $$ Profits $$ from
Licensed Gift Product Sales.
|A Tisket a Tasket do you really need a Basket.
|Customer Custom Gift packaging and other
Money losing Ideas.
||Max your Bottom Line with the Digital Advantage.
|Take the mystery out of Digital Cameras
||How to increase your staffs' Moral, NOW.
|What is Broadband? Why will it change
our lives in the future? Why do I need all these wires under my Desk?
Do I need more?
||Apple's Blackberries, Strawberries, Why do a PDA.
|Do you have a Dreams Come True set of
Files in your Office? This feels too GOOD. Are you sure this is a
||How to produce a Color Catalog and save $$$$$$$$
|How video E-Mail can help you sell more
products every day.
||Goal Setting!!! Its your Life ask for what you want.
||What's your favorite Hobby? Let's talk fun and drink
||No Postage, No Envelope, No employee time, Blast E-mail
|There are over 75,000 mailing Gift Basket and Gift Creation companies
in the United States today in nine industries. It's a $3.5 Billion
Dollar Market. Our New Association is targeting only the very Cream
of the Industry. Imagine how 150 other very smart people like you
can help your business succeed in the coming years and enjoy the GOOD
Life while doing it with in the Industry. Fill out the application
now and fax it to us TODAY, tomorrow might be too late, YOU COULD
Tom Catanese, Chairman,
The Chairman's Credentials
If the name Thomas Catanese is new to you then we feel we should present
you with his Primary Profile. Tom has presented over 80 Gift Basket Business,
Design and Packaging Seminars and Symposiums in the US, London and Paris.
He has been Awarded a Gold Medal for his Body of Work in the International
Specialty Food, Wine and Confection industries at Carnegie Hall in 1998.
He has designed over 800 Original Gift Baskets and Gift Creations for
nine different industries. He has designed three Rolls Royce Convertible
Gifts filled with Giant Champagne Bottles and Fancy Foods. He has also
designed ten Golf Carts Gifts for Charity and Profit. In 1992 Beverage
Media Magazine placed his picture on their front page because of his Wine
and Spirit Designs he has created. The French Confection Industry invited
him to present his Gift Packaging Symposium to the International Confection
Exposition in Paris in 1990. He also has designed Gifts for many Nationally
known brand name corporations.
Grand Jury and the "Gifty Gold Medal Awards"
The Award and Recognition Committee also known as the National Grand Jury
will be made up of members from Nine different industries. The Specialty
Foods, the Gift Basket Industry, the Wine and Spirits, the Fruit and Produce
the Floral Industry, the Cheese Industry, the Supermarket Industry, the
Perfume and Cosmetic Industry and the Hotel Hospitality Industries. At
present the names of the members of this committee will be confidential..
We can say that each member has been in business for over 30 years and
is a respected Member of the Industries that they serve.
and join us for the Time of Your Life through
E- Technology E-Profit and E-Celebration
Application for Membership in the National Gift Packaging Association
of America. Date
This information is confidential and will not be shared with any member
of the Group. If you are uncomfortable answering
any of the questions below do not answer them.
Company Name __________________________________Owner, Principals Name
President _____________________________ Vice Pres. _________________________
Address ______________________________________ City ________________________________
State ___ Zip ________
Phone ____________________ Fax _________________ E-Mail
Cell Phone ______________________ Years in the Business
_______ Locations ________ Number of Employee's _____
Type of Business __________________________ How many Gifts do you produce
in a year? _________________________
Community Service _______________________________________________________________________________________
3 Industry References,
Talents / Skills _________________________________________________________________________________________
What E-Commerce Programs would you like to see______________________________________________________
Year 2004 Dues $179.00 person. Only one person per store
need be a member. Members may bring up to 8 guests with them to any Conferences.
Please mail your Check Today. We are not set up for Credit Card Acceptance
at this date. Please do not fax your Application, they are not totally
readable. Simply enclose it with you check.
Mail to; National Gift Packaging Association of America, Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 633, Blue Bell, PA 19433.
We will use the post mark dates as we close in to the final number of
Company History _________________________________________________________________________________________
(note use other side or a separate sheet to add more information if necessary)
(note use other side or a separate sheet to add more information if necessary)
(note use other side or a separate sheet to add more information if necessary)
and Computer Profile
To better serve you with the New Electronic and Digital
Information highway we need this very important
Information below to structure our E-Commerce programs for the up coming
Conferences. This information is confidential and will not be shared in
any way with other members. Only NGPAA staff Member will have access to
this form. Please include any special requests for programs that you believe
would benefit all the membership.
Name __________________________________ Store Name ___________________________________
Phone ________________________ Fax ____________________
1. How many computers do you use in your business? ____________________________________
2. What is the name of your Business Computer? Mac ____
PC ____ Unix ___ Example, Compaq _____
Dell ____ , Gateway, ____ IBM ____, Other _________________________________________________
3. What is your operating software system, OS ____, Win
3.1, ___ Win 3.11,_____ Win 95_____
Windows 2000 ______ Win XP _____ Other ____________________________________________
4. Do you have the Standard Desktop with Tower? ____________
Do you have a Laptop? _____________
Do you have a Color Printer? Yes ___ No ___ What Brand ? ____________________________________
5. How old is your Computer? Estimate _______________________________________
6. Is your Computer Slow, Medium, or Fast? ________________________________________________
7. What is your Storage area size? ________________________________________________________
8. Do you believe you are in need of a Faster Computer?
9.Do you presently have Internet Access? ________ What Lines
do you have? Dial Up __ DSL __
Broadband ____ ADSL ______
10. Who is your Internet Provider? AOL. ___,Comcast ____,
Verizon _____ Other _________________
11. What software do you presently have on your Computer?
12. What type of Data Base Software or System do you have?
How do you back up your documents? Floppy Disk ______ Tape _____ Zip Drive
_____ CD ______
We don't presently backup our data.__________
13. What software program do you use to communicate to your customer's?
Outlook____ Eudora _____
Outlook Express _______ Other _________________________________________________________
14. Do you have a Internet Website? Yes ____ No ____ What is the address
Who maintains the Site? _______________________ Who edits you site? ______________________
Does any one on Staff edit the Content? __________________________________________________
15. What Software do you use for the Internet Site? Dreamweaver
____Frontpage _____Golive _____
other names ______________________________________________________________________
16. How do you place your Graphic and Pictures on the site?
17. Do you have a Digital Camera? Yes ___ No ___ Do you
know it's functions? ____________________
18. Do you have a scanner and does your staff use it? _________________________________________
19. Do you use E-Mail to place orders, communicate with
customers? Yes ___ No ____
20. Software Competencies, Evaluate your Computer Skills.
On a scale of 1 to 10 ___________________
21. Evaluate your Company employee and their Computer Skills.
1 to 10 __________________________
22. Can you use your operating System to open Files, Folders,
Do backup etc.? Yes ___ No ____
Can your Employee do all of the above? Yes ____ No ____
23. Do you or your staff member use, Word, Power Point,
Excel? Yes ___ No ___
24. Do you have any Anti-Virus Software on your computer
25. Can your Database interact with your Accounting System?
Yes ___ No ____
26. Do you presently receive any Audio and Video through
your Computer? Yes ____ No ____
27. Have you used Video Professor now or in the past? Yes
___ No ___, Did it help you Start? Yes _No __
28. Can you send out an E-Mail Blast? Yes ___ No ____
29. How many customers can you E-Mail at the touch of one
30. What is the primary use of your computer? Accounting
____________ Billing _____________
Inventory Management ___________ Spread Sheet Review ___________
Cash Flow Projections
_________________ Sales and Marketing __________________ E- Commerce ________________
Customer Contact _________________ Vendor Orders _________________
31. Can you or you staff member scan a photo and send a
Jpeg photo by E-Mail to anyone
in the world? ________________________________________________________
32. Do you have a cell-Phone? Yes __ No ___ Do you have a Picture Phone?
Yes ____ No _____
Thank you for spending the time to fill out this report, it will help
us plan our future Conferences for the coming years.
Please mail Application to: NGPAA, P.O. Box 633, Blue Bell, PA 19422
The Gifty Gold Medal Award is a Registered trade mark of NGPAA