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Tuesday
May262015

Hinda Welcomes Gregg O'Neill to the Team!

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Gregg O’Neill as Business Development Director (BDD). In his most recent role as Vice President, Business Development at Brandmovers/Rewardian, Gregg was responsible for the growth of a major client’s consumer/employee platform business. Prior to that, he was in a similar role at Americas Points International, where he led business development efforts and expansion of Points loyalty currency management in the company’s major verticals, as well as opened expansion efforts into the financial sector.  

Gregg also spent 25 years at Maritz, where he held roles including Senior Account Manager, Field Sales Director and Business Development Director (Financial Sector). Some of his accomplishments during this tenure include leading the team effort that led to securing the largest loyalty contract in Maritz history, maintaining all business revenue in 2008 and 2009 during the financial market crisis and leading the project team that launched a major new airline credit card loyalty program which grew to 20,000,000 members over two years. Additionally, Gregg was the recipient of the Maritz Masters Award 18 times and won Account Executive of the Year twice.  

"Gregg is a true industry expert and professional,” says Mike Donnelly, President of Hinda Incentives. “His experience supports our Value Chain approach and his ability to create best-in-industry solutions for his clients makes him a trusted and valued partner."  

Gregg earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. He currently resides in Metuchen, NJ. Gregg has been married to Ellen for 36 years and they have four children – Drew, Mark, Cara and Ryan. When not busy with work, Gregg is an avid sports fan and enjoys basketball, baseball and golf. He also loves theater, good restaurants, cooking, wine and travel – he’s been to over 20 countries around the world! 

I have been involved with rewards for the past 30 years of my career, in both the consumer and employee space,” says Gregg. “The power of incentives is incredibly tangible and beneficial in driving real business results when delivered by the right partner. I am most impressed with Hinda's reputation and its forward vision as it continues to bring change and innovation to the market and its customers.”

Welcome to the Hinda team, Gregg!

Monday
May112015

Merchandise Monday: New in Bluetooth®

Technology advances so quickly, sometimes it’s hard to keep up! Here at Hinda, we’re always adding great new electronic items to our assortment. This week, we thought we’d feature a few new Bluetooth® items – some of them rather unique. With Father’s Day and graduation and wedding seasons all rapidly approaching, these items would certainly make great gifts for anyone on your list – or why not treat yourself to something new for no reason at all!

Bell’O Speaker Mantel Shelf with Bluetooth® for 42/50/60-inch TV

The large sound cavity, selectable inputs and Bluetooth® wireless technology featured in the Speaker Mantel Shelf provides the perfect dynamic for a rewarding listening experience and the beautiful espresso color compliments any interior design scheme.

Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth® Speaker III Cover

Designed specifically to protect the curved edges of the aluminum body of the SoundLink® Bluetooth® Speaker III from scratches or abrasions, these covers are rugged yet stylish. A durable side zipper makes dressing up your speaker easy and a variety of colors shows off your style.

Bulova® Bluetooth® Astor Clock

This mid-century modern mantel clock features a wooden case, ebony oak veneer and silver accents. The incorporated Bluetooth® wireless speaker system lets you stream any type of programming from a smart phone or tablet. Works with Android™ or IOS® software.

Bulova® Bluetooth® Mantel Clock

The graceful curves, polished finish and natural wood grain of this mantel clock add elegance to any home’s décor. The Bluetooth® wireless speaker system lets you stream any type of programming from a smart phone or tablet and hear it from the clock. Quartz movement.

iDevices iGrill Mini Bluetooth® Smart Meat Thermometer

Using this Bluetooth® Smart grilling thermometer, you'll know when your food is ready from your mobile device. Choose from dozens of preset temperature alarms or create your own in the iDevices Connected app based on what you're grilling or smoking and head back inside while your meat cooks.

JBL® Portable Bluetooth® Speaker

The Portable Bluetooth® Speaker feature 7.5W per channel, dual 1.8" transducers with twin passive bass radiators and bass port, digital signal processing, social media mode so up to three people can share music, rechargeable lithium ion battery with up to 12 hours of playback and much more.

LG Electronics 5.1-Channel 1000W 3D Bluetooth® Smart Home Theater System

This Bluetooth® Smart Home Theater System features four tallboy speakers, 3D Blu-ray™ playback and private sound mode. The system is compatible with a variety of audio, video and disc formats. The package includes a remote control, batteries, FM antenna and speaker cable.

LG Electronics Tone+™ Wireless Bluetooth® Stereo Headset

Enjoy a high quality audio experience in stereo sound with the convenience of Bluetooth® technology. Up to 15 hours of talk time and 10 hours of listening time keep you connected socially and musically while at home, at the office or on the go. Wear around the neck for all-day comfort. 

Monday
Apr272015

Merchandise Monday: Happy Mother’s Day!

Moms deserve something special on Mother’s Day (and, let’s face it, every day) and we’ve got everything you need to show your mom just how much you love and appreciate her. From gardening and getting glam to having fun in the kitchen and more, Hinda has the perfect gift to shower every mom with on May 10!

Bright Endeavors Bath Tea Flight & Votive Duo Spa Sampler

 

Wash away your worries with two pods each of Lavender Milk, Lemon Tea and Vanilla Honey-scented bath teas and two glass votive soy candles in Vanilla Honey and Aloe Lily. Bright Endeavors is one of the Helping Hand Partners, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Socially responsible, fair trade.

Brookstone® Perfect Bake™ App-Controlled Smart Baking

Why do some cookies taste better? Because the baker used a good recipe and followed it exactly. That means baking by weight. With Perfect Bake™, you can nix the measuring cups! The virtual bowl fills up on screen as you add ingredients.

Capresso H2O Steel PLUS Water Kettle

Perfect for the mom who loves tea time, this kettle is constructed of stunning stainless steel and features four specific settings to steep different types of teas at the perfect temperature. Also great for brewing French press coffee, making oatmeal and more!

Conair® True Glow® Battery-Operated Cleansing and Beauty Kit

Great for home or travel, this cleansing and beauty system features a 360-degree rotating brush with two speeds – high and low – and three interchangeable attachments for cleansing, gentle exfoliation and moisturizing suitable for face and body.

Diane Katzman Designs Garden Hat

Stylish and functional, this oversize hat will keep the sun out of mom’s face while she’s getting down and dirty in the garden! This natural woven garden hat features a charming cluster of pink and peach flowers and is a delightful way to look great while working the soil!

Diane Katzman Designs Infinity Scarf – Rose

Show mom how much you love her – to infinity and beyond – with this light and airy scarf. Perfect for spring and summer wear, the floral lace pattern adds a feminine touch. It’s pretty in pink and made of 100-percent cotton.  Great for dress-up or casual!

Diane Katzman Designs Scarf - Pink and Purple

Light and lovely with an ethereal water color pattern, this silky polyester scarf is perfect for spring and summer wear! Sultry purples, pinks and lavenders add a dash of color to any outfit. It’s great for casual or dress-up and will compliment any wardrobe!

Faire Collection Tagua Bib Necklace

Organically shaped tagua chips are linked together and finished with a leather tie to make a big statement that’s surprisingly lightweight. Handmade in Ecuador. Faire Collection is one of the Helping Hand Partners, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Socially responsible, fair trade.

Garmin® vívoactive™

From the company that has been developing robust, dedicated wearable technology to improve training metrics for athletes for more than a decade comes vívoactive™, the ultra-thin, lightweight smartwatch that you can wear every day to help you keep a healthy balance between work and life.

Pandora® Mom Charm

Pandora®'s two-tone MOM charm features sterling silver and 14k gold with three fancy pink cubic zirconias and the letters M-O-M wrapped around the charm. The MOM Charm is the perfect gift for mom or grandma on Mother's Day.

Monday
Apr202015

Merchandise Monday: Go Green!

In celebration of all the green that is popping up after the long winter, we thought we’d introduce some “green” products we have in our award assortment. This selection is just a sample of the many eco-friendly, recycled and socially responsible items we have available. When you purchase and use these products, you’re helping to create a more sustainable planet and giving back to those in need. 

GoalZero® Switch™ 8 Kit - Solar Recharging Kit with Nomad 3.5 Solar Panel

Power anything anywhere with the Switch™ 8 Kit – great for use with most USB-powered devices. Switch 8 offers approximately three recharges to your MP3 player, one recharge to your smartphone, 50-percent boost to your e-reader and 25-percent boost to your tablet.

Helping Hand Artisans Silvery Tradition Cuff

Reminiscent of a beautiful English garden resplendent with vines and spectacular blooms, this engraved brass cuff in antique silver-tone finish is sure to delight. Proceeds provide jobs and economic stability where few employment opportunities exist, offering local artisans the freedom to live independently.

Helping Hand Artisans Recycled Cement Tote

Not only socially conscious, but environmentally friendly to boot! Made from recycled Thai cement bags, the Recycled Cement Tote is the ideal companion for a person on the go! The purchase of this Tote supports the fight against human trafficking.

Smart Solar Ashbourne Solar Birdbath

Create a relaxing atmosphere in your garden patio or balcony. It's made of low maintenance resin and recycles water from a hidden reservoir and operates in direct sunlight. No wiring or operating costs - simply install and enjoy!

Smart Solar Tangier Solar Ceramic Lantern - 2 Pack

        Perfect for any outdoor area, these lanterns illuminate automatically at dusk and turn off at dawn. Dual modes feature white or color changing light. No wiring and no assembly required. Includes a convenient hanging loop so that the jar can be hung from your favorite tree, pergola or porch.

Smart Solar Umbrella Series Solar Fountain

Add a touch of whimsy to your garden or patio. This solar fountain operates in sunlight and features water trickling off of an umbrella. One-gallon water capacity, no wires to install and low maintenance with zero operating costs.

Smateria Recycled Motorcycle Seat/Netting Messenger Bag – Small

This stylish and eco-friendly messenger bag made from recycled motorcycle seats and accented with mosquito netting and is both durable and functional. Purchases support artisan families in Cambodia, including daycare and preschool for their children.

Wai Lana™ Eco-Friendly Bamboo Towel Set

This bath, hand and wash towel set is made from 100 percent bamboo, an ecologically sustainable crop. Sumptuously plush, soft and silky, these towels are more absorbent than standard cotton towels and are naturally hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and odor-resistant.

Monday
Apr062015

Hinda Incentives Announces Closing of Its Acquisition of Universal Rewards Exchange

Hinda Incentives has announced that it has closed its acquisition of the Universal Rewards Exchange (URE) from Engagement Technology (ET) LLC, a division of Engagement Enterprises. The URE will become a division of Hinda and its current management team, including Vice President of Sales Jim Kilmetis and Andrea Lightman, will lead the new Hinda division, and will report to Mike Donnelly, President of Hinda Incentives.

“Hinda is excited about the early reaction to the news of this acquisition, says Donnelly. “While Hinda’s customer’s enjoy a full-service solution to their rewards and recognition programs that enables them to focus primarily on selling or on their other core businesses, the URE provides a unique, transparent marketplace for the incentive, recognition and other types of do-it-yourself solution providers who seek to have their own relationships with vendors, or who wish to utilize their own catalogs or front-end program management technologies. We are excited to be in the role of helping bring this invaluable industry marketplace to the next level to address the do-it-yourself solution providers who might not have considered Hinda in the past. We look forward to working with all of the wholesale suppliers in the URE marketplace to produce more volume for all and to improve industry efficiencies.”

Hinda will immediately add to its Value Chain Network strategy the technology and marketing services of the URE’s parent company, Engagement Enterprises. These include the Solata Engagement Express and Portal program management technologies and the Engagement Agency licensee program, both of which are designed specifically for marketing, HR, recognition and other solution providers seeking to help clients achieve specific goals by integrating all of the traditional levers of engagement. The program management technology is specifically built to support the engagement framework created by EE’s Enterprise Engagement Alliance Curriculum Development Program and to help solution providers and their clients profit from engagement.

The acquisition and marketing agreement demonstrates the commitment of both companies to helping incentive, recognition, loyalty and other engagement solution providers maximize their business opportunities by having access to the most complete suite of technologies and methodologies to help their clients of all sizes achieve the most measurable results.

Jim Kilmetis, a co-founder of the Universal Rewards Exchange, will join Hinda as Vice President of Sales. “My goal has always been to help the solution providers and vendors in this marketplace expand their businesses and enhance their customer relationships by providing the tools and support they need,” says Kilmetis. “The sale of the URE to Hinda helps not only the solution providers by providing them with even a broader range of services and support, but also the leading rewards suppliers who participate in the URE by expanding the potential marketplace for the benefit of all.”

The Universal Rewards Exchange, launched by Engagement Technology in 2010, is a virtual marketplace of rewards consisting of over 70 vendors and growing. It offers solution providers a choice between receiving real-time reward feeds or utilizing customized catalogs and a highly automated redemption system powered by a virtual logistics platform that serves up millions of merchandise, gift card, travel and digital rewards on a real-time basis. The URE is ideally suited for solution providers seeking a do-it-yourself, highly transparent pricing model and direct connections with suppliers.

The URE will now be able to offer its customers Hinda’s complete suite of full-service, customer service, award customization, pricing advantages and personalization services as needed for maximum program engagement. In turn, Hinda’s solution provider network will benefit from a new catalog platform for those who wish to manage award administration on their own, as well as a suite of front-end program management technologies to better measure the ROI of traditional incentive, recognition and loyalty programs.