Nicolas Paillot, CEO of BIC Advertising & Promotional Products was named Counselor’s 2010 International Person of the Year. 

The Counselor Awards are presented annually to the select few individuals whose contribution in the preceding 12 months has been far-reaching and of significance to the industry as a whole. This year, the award ceremony was held during the ASI Show in New York on May 5.

Paillot’s career with BIC Corporation began in 1993 and he has held several sales and marketing positions across the globe in both the consumer and promotional products segments.  In 2009, Paillot lead the acquisition of Norwood Promotional Products and the formation BIC Advertising & Promotional Products, a leading global supplier of custom imprinted products.  In North America, BIC APP operates under the Norwood Promotional Products and BIC Graphic brand names.

BIC Corporation’s acquisition of Norwood was a clear indication of its confidence in the promotional products industry and its future growth.  “We are fully committed to the promotional products business and believe there is tremendous opportunity both in North America and across the globe,” said Nicolas Paillot. 

In addition to honoring Paillot, Norwood & BIC Graphic North America was also recognized as the top supplier in the ASI Annual Top 40 Supplier list based on combined North American sales.  The award was accepted by Quenten Wentworth, recently appointed Vice-President & General Manager North America.

“I would like to thank the industry for their support and recognition,” said Nicolas Paillot.  “Norwood and BIC Graphic are a great match, each having unique strengths in the marketplace.  By taking the best practices of each, we will be able to maximize these strengths for our customers’ benefit and provide them with the industry-leading products and services they expect and deserve.”

~Margit Fawbush

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