USA – Ralf Oster, CEO of PF Concept, was distinguished with the title International Person of the Year 2017 at this year’s Counselor Awards. Before joining PF Concept, Oster was among others Vice President of Newell Rubbermaid and a member of the Executive Board of the Hamburg-based company Berendsohn AG from 2008 to 2012. He joined PF Concept, the European subsidiary of Polyconcept, in 2012 and over the last years has significantly contributed towards the successful realignment of the global player in Europe: By restructuring the product line-up into four product worlds, by developing the printing and logistics centre in Poland and by introducing a corporate policy that banks on central marketing and transparency. Oster runs the company from the head office in Roelofarendsveen, the Netherlands. The mother company, Polyconcept, which is based in New Kensington, USA, is considered to be the global market leader for promotional products and gift items and operates on five continents in over 100 countries.
The award-winners of the Counselor Awards are selected in eleven categories by the editors of the Counselor magazine, outstanding personalities and companies from the promotional products industry are honoured. The awards are conferred by the American industry service provider, ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute).