Eric Ekstrand Joins HALO as VP of Sales for Mid-Atlantic Region

STERLING, IL (March 6, 2012) – HALO Branded Solutions (ASI 35600; PPAI 106462) announces the addition of Eric Ekstrand to the Company’s field sales leadership team. Ekstrand joins HALO as Vice President of Sales for the Mid-Atlantic Region and will be based near Cleveland, Ohio. He will be responsible for leading growth and development initiatives for HALO in this region.

According to Ekstrand, “I’m looking forward to serving the HALO sales team in a very important region for the Company. I also plan to introduce many of the industry sales professionals and distributor owners I’ve met the past twenty years to HALO's professional culture and significant business development tools."

Ekstrand will report to Dale Limes, Senior Vice-President of Sales for HALO. Limes noted, “Eric is one of the most qualified people in the industry for this opportunity. He has two-decades of selling experience and he has won nine Pyramid Awards. Eric’s reputation for high integrity is a perfect match with HALO’s core values.”

HALO CEO, Marc Simon, added, “I had the great pleasure and honor of serving on the Executive Committee of PPAI under Eric’s leadership as our most recent Chairman of the Board. Eric’s passion, determination and tireless effort set the standard for PPAI volunteers. His addition is a reflection of our commitment to grow our business by developing our most valuable asset—the HALO sales community—by surrounding ourselves with high character, high energy people.”

About HALO Branded Solutions
HALO Branded Solutions, with operational headquarters in Sterling, Illinois, is a leading promotional products distributor in the $16 billion per year promotional products industry. The Company has a growing nationwide sales force and expects to continue its profitable growth by offering innovative client solutions, priced competitively, and supported by world-class operations and customer service.