Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Get your convention gear soon!

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The DNCC has just announced their official merchandise vendor for the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Denver, CO - April 8, 2008 - Kroenke Sports and its affiliate APC have been selected to create the official line of merchandise for the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee.

APC, whose primary focus is brand marketing and merchandise development at wholesale, will create a unique line of merchandise that includes everything from jewelry to lifestyle apparel. The first wave of merchandise, including the typical convention product mix of buttons, lapel pins, caps, tee shirts, novelties, toys and gifts, will be available for wholesale and direct retail online in early May.

The Host Committee is the official local planning organization for the Democratic National Convention to be held in Denver Aug. 25-28. Its line of merchandise will have copyright protections.

"We are honored to have this opportunity to participate in such an historic event for Denver and Colorado," said APC Partner Robert DeMasse. "We are on board and ready to help the Host Committee take the 2008 Convention and all of its programs to an all-new level."

DeMasse added, "We hope to make this line of merchandise a major opportunity for as many local women- and minority-owned businesses as possible."

APC said the line of merchandise also will reflect U.S. made and union made products.

The official line of merchandise will be available at www.DenverDNCgear.com beginning in May. Potential vendors and retailers also will be able to interact with APC by going to the web site or contacting their main office number at 303-405-6110

In addition to the web site, official merchandise will be available throughout the Denver region, including along the 16th Street Mall during convention week as well as traditional retail outlets from independent specialty shops, airport concessions, and big box and chain retailers. - DNCC Press Release
If you're not familiar with the Kroenke name because you don't follow sports or don't live in Colorado here's a little background. Stan Kroenke is the owner of the St Louis Rams, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Crush, Colorado Mammoth, Colorado Rapids and the Pepsi Center... home of the convention. Coincidence? I don't think so!