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Sonic Promos’ Jay Shaplin Inducted into Hall of Fame

Gaithersburg, MD— February 9, 2023The Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) inducted Sonic Promos’ Senior Branding and Vendor Relations Manager Jay Shaplin into the CPPA Hall of Fame. The CPPA Hall of Fame was founded in 2007. When presenting the award, Jeff Franklin said, “The Hall of Fame recognizes those who exemplify what it means to be an ambassador for the industry and for their professional peers and for the community.”

Jay Shaplin graduated from Millersville University in 1990 with a degree in Art but he entered the industry long before that. At 7 he was helping his mother in her T-Shirt Shop with the irons-ons for shirts. At 16 he worked as a screen maker and cleaner for a local screenprinter. After graduation, he continued to work in the industry from printer to promotional products distributor. Since then he’s worked in a variety of roles, including gained his Master Advertising Specialist certification and owned his own promotional products business for a decade until joining Sonic Promos in 2016.

Shaplin’s client base is diverse and multinational. His attention to detail and creative solutions have made him a trusted vendor to all who work with him. He also regularly volunteers and attends events that the CPPA, Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), and Promo Products Industry Association (PPAI) organize for industry professionals.

The president of Sonic Promos, Seth Weiner, says “Sonic has been privileged to witness the efforts of an extraordinary career in promo that we continue to see and we hope will continue to keep going. In addition to being one of the most educated and insightful members of this industry Jay operates the right way. His consistent effort resonates with our team and our clients, along with his contributions within our company…Jay is a great teammate and a tremendous representative of Sonic outside of the office.”

The Chesapeake Promotional Products Association is the DC-Baltimore metro area’s regional membership organization for promotional products professionals. It is a regional affiliate of the PPAI. The Hall of Fame is not awarded every year and the nominating process is thorough. Those who win are highly regarded in their field and celebrated by their industry peers.

Sonic Promos was founded in 1997 and is an award-winning branded product agency based in Gaithersburg, Maryland.


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