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Chronicle of Cavanaugh’s emergence as a leader in the promotional products industry:

2010 – And Again…
For the second consecutive year Cavanaugh was named as One of the Top Places to Work by ASI's Counselor Magazine, ranking in the top 50 companies among 20,000 other distributors in the industry. The Cavanaugh Marketing Network saw its Crons Brand division set sales records on the way to becoming the fastest growing new team athletic apparel brand in the country and receiving national attention from CNBC and The New York Times. Company President Pat Cavanaugh finished his second year of being a contributing columnist to the industry’s most widely read monthly publication—Advantages Magazine. Cavanaugh continued its significant work with large clients in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, hospitality, energy and financial industries.

2009 – One Great Place to Work!
The highlight of the year is when The Cavanaugh Marketing Network is named by ASI as one of the Top 50 places to work in the promotional products industry. The trade group ranks Cavanaugh 34th among 2,500 companies in the industry, based on anonymous surveys completed by the company's own employees. Cavanaugh was also profiled by the Pittsburgh Business Times in a story about how well the company established and monitored its preferred supplier network. Making the firm a great workplace has been one of President Pat Cavanaugh's major objectives in building the company. The Crons Brand™ grows another 100% and expands its reach into almost 400 organizations in 25 states. Crons is nationally recognized by CNBC when one of the basketball teams it outfits-Robert Morris University-makes the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Crons also starts to assemble a national team of Crons Head Coaches, independent reps who sell Crons part-time on their own time. A new Crons product line is also debuted in December-Game Time-which is pointed towards the football apparel market. Cavanaugh continues to make inroads into the pharmaceutical market, despite new regulations that basically outlaw traditional promotional products. It also lands a couple of high profile Pittsburgh Fortune 500 accounts for its company store business.

2008 – Lift Off For Crons
Pat Cavanaugh had founded the Crons concept back in 1996. An acronym for Come Ready Or Never Start, The Crons Brand™ is a motivational brand that uses team athletic apparel to inspire young athletes to reach their potential. Pat had put the brand on hold after its founding while he concentrated on building Cavanaugh Marketing into a powerhouse, Inc. 500 promotional products agency ranked in the Top 1% of its industry. But with the hiring of a Brand Manager the previous year, this division of Cavanaugh starts to grow exponentially with sales that increased 250% from the previous year.

2007 – Practically Perfect
Cavanaugh continues to build its core promotional products business while landing additional Fortune 500 corporate identity programs. Customer service performance reaches new levels of excellence as illustrated by the performance of the company’s Distribution Center which broke a Team record with 582 consecutive perfectly fulfilled program orders and an order accuracy rate of 99.8%. The company also successfully implements merchandising programs for regional and national restaurant chains that prove popular and profitable, thus adding to marketing capabilities of the firm.

2005-06 – New Opportunities
Cavanaugh focuses on new partnerships to create new business opportunities. A retail promotion with American Eagle Outfitters, one of the top specialty retailers in the nation, produces a blockbuster back-to-school promotion. Cavanaugh also forged effective partnerships with the Ginn Company, the Southeast's largest luxury real estate developer and Nova Nordisk, one of the top diabetes pharmaceutical companies, on its way to another year of sales and gross profit records.

2004 – One Decade Down
Cavanaugh finishes its first decade of taking the promotional products industry by storm by hitting the 8,000% growth mark, while recording double-digit annual growth for the 11th consecutive year. A European Distribution Center is opened in Germany to expand its global distribution capabilities. The company also launches its own proprietary brand of gourmet desserts, snacks and treats called Deservings.

2003 – Look Out Batman!
Expansion, expansion, expansion…. Throughout 2003, Cavanaugh continued its impressive trend of business expansion with its ninth consecutive year of double-digit sales growth. The company also set its second consecutive annual record for gross profit.

Ever-expanding, Cavanaugh opened new offices in Boston and Toledo, while heightening its presence in the New York metropolitan market by increasing its NY sales force.

Besides continued success in its core promotional products industry, Cavanaugh scored impressive sales gains in two of its newer areas of concentration - business consulting (b-to-b marketing and sales force incentives) and its C.R.O.N.S. sportswear division.

President Pat Cavanaugh gained national business exposure for the company being featured in Potentials Magazine, a leading trade publications in the Incentive Industry.

2002 – Can’t Stop Us Now
Cavanaugh wins consecutive honors…. Cavanaugh earns the ASI Spirit Award for being one of the Top 10 fastest growing agencies in the country; while Pat Cavanaugh is again named the top company principal in the industry. With such success, district offices are opened in Cleveland and the New York/New Jersey area.

2001 – Breaking Out
Inc. 500...again! President Pat Cavanaugh is named the top company principal in the industry and the company earns Inc. 500 honors for the third consecutive year. As a leader in the industry, growth equals expansion and accomplishment. In continuing to Set A New Standard, Cavanaugh sets a seventh consecutive sales record, is named a Spirit Award Winner by the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) for being one of the Top 10 fastest growing agencies in the country and client base spirals to 48 states and 71 countries.

2000 - A New Era
“The Nonstop CEO Salesman….” As a new millennium dawns, Cavanaugh Promotions becomes simply Cavanaugh, adopting the tag line Setting A New Standard. Cavanaugh is again named to the Inc. 500 list; named as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and inducted into the Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame; named “One of the Top 10 Distributors to Watch in the Next Decade” by Counselor Magazine; Profiled in an eight page story in Inc. Magazine titled “The Non-Stop CEO Salesman,” highlighting the company’s rapid growth in six short years. Cavanaugh moves to the current corporate headquarters, opens an office in Buffalo, NY and leases a 35,000 sq. foot warehouse to house company store programs and fulfillment projects. Cavanaugh becomes the largest privately held promotional products company in Pennsylvania.

1999 – All Grown Up
Named to the Inc. 500 List…. Cavanaugh Promotions lands on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in America (for the first time…), attaining the lofty goal Pat Cavanaugh set when founding the company only five years previously. Cavanaugh becomes the largest promotional products company in Pittsburgh, PA and ascends to the top one percent of firms in the entire industry. Sales hike to $6.2 million.

1998 - Still Growing, Growing, Growing….
$4.6 million in sales…. While burgeoning in the promotional products industry, Cavanaugh Promotions expands to 16 employees. With each employee’s dedication to the company, sales soar to $4.6 million by the end of 1998, paving the way for the next years success.

1997 - Growing, Growing, Growing….
First Fortune 1000 account…. With rising sales and rapid client growth, Cavanaugh moves to a new, larger office and opens an official warehouse. Additional sales support personnel are hired, the company organizes into separate business units, and the first Fortune 1000 account is landed.

1996 - A Year of Firsts
First million, first office, first incentive program.… Cavanaugh Promotions moves into its first office, the first sales support rep is hired and Pat creates the first incentive program – ORK. A character based mealtime incentive program marketed to school food service directors to promote the purchase of school meals, ORK won both the Department of Agriculture and School of Business Awards. ORK’s invention allowed Cavanaugh to exceed $1 million in sales that year!

1995 - The Creation
First employee and salesperson…. Pat Cavanaugh founds Cavanaugh Promotions, the beginning of Cavanaugh today. Using his cramped college apartment as his office and ‘warehouse,’ he hires his first employee and salesperson.

1994 - The Inspiration
While on a basketball scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh, Pat Cavanaugh sets out to earn extra money as an independent promotional product account rep. Continuing his educational and athletic journey, he earns his MBA while playing professional basketball and working full-time – not an easy task.

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