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2015 GEA Awards

2015 GEA 1Houston-What an amazing night!  First off, BEB-Business Extension Bureau is the proud recipient of two Graphic Excellence Awards.  We won an Award of Merit for our 2015 Interactive Calendars, and an Award of Excellence for our Enroll Gulf Coast Postcard for The City of Houston.  The Enroll Gulf Coast Postcard won “Best Of” in the Direct Mail category too!

Tonight’s sell out crowd consisted of over 300 participants representing over 40 companies in the Houston area.  The best of the best came out to celebrate the power and influence that print has in the marketing community today.

2015-04-22 Angel with Award

Angel Wiener

Our very own, Angel Wiener, was responsible for the marketing of the gala that included recording the event through pictures!  She was/is also instrumental in getting the new Houston Print Media-Young Professionals group off the ground.

HPM-YP_logoEdmond Rassi with Crown Embossing made the formal announcement to kick off the new group.  Houston Print Media-YP will connect young professionals in the print and electronic communication industry and provide industry related opportunities in a fun and engaging atmosphere.

Joy Zehrbach, Diane Bandemer, Anne Swanson

L-R: Joy Z, Diane Bandemer, and Anne Swanson

Our great partner, Anne Swanson, of Swanson Graphics and our own Diane Bandemer served as check in hostesses.

To round out the evening, our Joy Z co-hosted the event!  Patty Eldridge (PIGC), Gaylyn Devine (TLS Graphics) and Jeff Birmingham (Alliance Graphics & Printing) rounded out the hosts.  Of course, Bill Schieffer (PIGC), did a great job with the audio/visual.


BEB wins an Award of Excellence for our City of Houston’s Enroll Gulf Coast Postcard


BEB WINS 2 Graphic Excellence Awards

2015-GEA WINNERS FOR BEBWe are (so) excited to learn that The Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast has honored Business Extension Bureau with 2 Graphic Excellence Awards.

We are pleased to announce that our interactive Calendars received an Award of Merit, and our postcard for the City Houston, Enroll Gulf Coast won an Award of Excellence!  The Award of Excellence allows us to be entered into the running for a “Best of” Category trophy.  We won’t know the winners of the “Best Of” honors until the night of the big reception,  on April 22nd at the Doubletree Greenway Plaza.
We hope to see you there, as it will be an extra special night for all of us.  Our Angel Wiener is on the committee that will debut the new Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast Young Professional Group, and our Joy Zehrbach is co-hosting the awards ceremony.

Go to the  PIGC website for more details, or click here to register.


2015 Awards Season

BEB Awards SeasonThis time of year is always hectic for us.  We are involved with several industry organizations and January is the start of the awards competition season for many.

The competitions are a great way to support our local and national associations and gives us a chance to see the latest trends within the industry.


Today we submitted two pieces into the Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast (PIGC) Graphic 2014 HERMES Platinum StatueExcellence Awards.  One entry is a direct mail piece we created for a local nonprofit to solicit enrollment in the ACA; the other is our BEB Interactive Calendar!  Winners will be announced in March, so keep your fingers crossed for us!

We’ve also entered our interactive calendar into the 2015 AVA Digital Awards for our use of QR Codes.  Winners will be announced on February 2nd and you can see our online submission by clicking here.

We’re also working on our essay questions for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Awards of Excellence competition.  Entries are due by February 10th, and the entire company has submitted answers so we can submit an entry where everyone has contributed to the process!

Rounding out this year’s attempts will be the 2015 Hermes Awards and the coveted Houston AMA Crystal Awards.  It’s a busy time in the Marketing Department at BEB!


The Current State of the Economy

From the August edition of our bi-monthly newsletter, The Bureau






Ron Royall, President

At the start of the third quarter, I’m still uncertain about our current economic climate.  Recently I saw a monthly economic index from the NFIB that showed a drop in June indicating confidence among job creators isn’t there.  On the other hand, I just read an article about an analysis conducted by Bloomberg BNA that said the US economic recovery is expected to accelerate beginning in the 2nd half of 2013.

The one thing I am certain about is our commitment to you, our clients, vendors and partners.  As we continue to weather this economic storm, we have seen a tremendous amount of activity and change and are honored to work for, and with, so many great companies and people.

Our extended issue of our newsletter covers a very exciting 2nd quarter for us.  As one of the articles says; BEB has been “On A Roll” winning six awards from local, regional and national organizations, and for a wide variety of items such as our interactive holiday cards, twitter campaigns and our newsletter, The Bureau!

We’ve also launched our new website, bebtexas.com, and cordially invite you to take a tour.  It’s a living site that is in a constant state of renewal.  In addition to the traditional details of our service offerings, we share our rich and unique 64-year history while offering the latest postal and marketing news through our blog.  There are links to our Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook pages, and we’ve added a career page too!  Most important, we are connected to our clients through this interactive site and appreciate all of the feedback, suggestions and kudos received so far!

Other articles enclosed a summation of stats from a multi-channel marketing campaign, highlights from a meeting with the US Postmaster General Pat Donahoe, and outline of postal promotions for the remaining year and more photos showing our personal side on “The Back Wall”.

The balance of the year holds more excitement and education too.  We’ll be at several industry trade shows, we have several client trips slated on the calendar and lots of industry events (including the big PICG Oktoberfest) and soon we’ll be working on our 2014 Calendar.

No matter how bumpy the economic climate is for our businesses, BEB will continue to search for new ways to better serve your needs.  Thank you for your continued support and thank you for your business.


Ron Royall


On A ROLL, From The Bureau

2013-03 WE WONWe have been on a roll and are so excited to have been honored six times in the past month!

April brought us an Award of Excellence from the Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast for our bi-monthly newsletter, The Bureau, and two Awards of Merit for our 2012 interactive company holiday cards.  

Our President, Ron Royall, received the President’s Award from the Southwest Chapter of the Association of Marketing Service Providers for his planning, execution and hosting of the annual industry conference held in Houston this year.2013 HERMES GOLD AWARD GRAPHIC FOR PS

In May, our Twitter campaign (@BEB_BOB) wasbob crystal awards honored (twice), with a Gold Hermes from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, (AMCP) and a Crystal Awards Certificate of Excellence from AMA Houston.

AMCP also awarded us with an Honorable Mention for The Bureau.

June brought us the distinguished honor of winning First Place for the National Association of Marketing Service Providers, Ed Sisk Excellence in Education Award for our PRC (Postal Regulation Certification) class; an internal postal training class for sales, client services and operations staff.

We were named in the Houston Business Journal’s 2013 Top Houston Printers for the first time, and were published 3 times in national publications!

It’s our customers and partners who give us the fuel to continue to improve and dive into the new media that is giving direct mail a resurgence.  We are honored to be the recipient of these distinguished awards and thank your for your patronage!


BEB Brings home Graphic Excellence Awards

GEA BANNER2013-GEA BOB HOLDING TWOWe are please and proud to bring home three Graphic Excellence Awards this year!  Last night, the Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast hosted their annual gala to honor the best of the best in the Houston and surrounding areas printing world.  Printers and marketers gathered at the Hilton Greenway to celebrate this year’s winners.

Business Extension Bureau picked up three awards!

We received two Awards of Merit for our digital and interactive 2012 Holiday Cards.


We also picked up our third GEA for our newsletter, The Bureau!

The Bureau

It was a packed house at the event last night, with over 200 participants in attendance; and a great time was had by all!

Our Angel Wiener (Client Services) and Joy Z (VP of Marketing), attended the 2013 PIGC GEA Gala

Our Angel Wiener (Client Services) and Joy Z (VP of Marketing), attended the 2013 PIGC GEA Gala