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TheBest

Custom Meeting

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of 2015


Welcome to the Taraci Collection’s Best Custom Meeting Gifts of 2015. As a Meeting or Event Professional, I know you are constantly striving to create an unforgettable experience for you meeting attendees. When your attendees walk in the door, the word you want to hear is WOW! In the pages of The Taraci Collection, I’m going to share with you how to achieve that WOW EFFECT, by adding the excitement of custom products to your meetings as well as making the meeting a completely interactive experience.

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As CEO of Taraci Motivation for more than 30 years, my firm has been involved in incentives and pillow gifts of every kind-from French designer handbags in Paris to offering the first laser disc players for a meeting in Hong Kong. I thought I had seen and done it all…until last spring. Indeed! In May, we were at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, where we created a gift pavilion for our client, a Fortune 25 Financial company.

The Problem… Every attendee was to receive a completely individualized gift, which they needed to be WOWED by.

Our Solution… Each of the 2500 attendees received a customized pair of ADIDAS sneakers. With the designers at ADIDAS, we created an online portal where participants could enter and design their own sneaker from a variety of styles. We brought Design Concierges to the meeting, who worked with each invitee and guided them through the design process. Each guest left with a gift they could not have received anywhere else. The event created more excitement than anything I’ve ever done in the last 30 years. Best of the Best Custom Products! Building on that success, I am proud to share with you Taraci’s selection of The Best Custom Meeting Gifts of 2014. We have carefully chosen each vendor for their quality products as well as their reputation for extraordinary customer service. Scroll through these pages to discover a completely unique meeting gift experience for your company! Please give me a call with any questions you may have. We’re here to help.

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16 Austen Heller

Audio excellence for all needs.

Sophisticated European comfort in a unique shoe event.

4 Adidas

18 Shoes of Prey

How to create a custom sneaker event for your guests.

Pamper your female executives with customized shoes.

20 Laudi Vidni

6 Trek Encourage healthy living with a custom-fitted bike program.

22 Kate Spade

8 Blank Label

Handbags that offer stylish edge for your corporate events.

Let Blank Label’s expert fitters design a custom dress shirt for your attendees.

24 Taraci Watch Shop

10 Tommy Bahama We’ll build a Tommy Bahama Tropical Experience with a selection of smashing apparel and accessories.

A classic swimwear gift for a warm weather offsite event.

Custom jeans are the perfect meeting gifts.

Give the gift of choice with elegant timepieces from Skagen, Fossil, Diesel, Movado, & others.

26 Jo Malone

12 Vilebrequin 14 Jean Shop

A deeply personalized luxury handbag experience.

A personal fragrance experience for your guests.

28 Taraci Sunglasses Reward attendees with the #1 and #2 sunglass brands.

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Audio Excellence for All Needs Taraci Motivation presents an immediately appealing gift experience that matches your employees with a cutting-edge audio product fitting perfectly into their lifestyle. Digital technology continues to make it easier and easier to bring music everywhere you go. But unless you’re reproducing it on equipment that is up to the challenge, listening will be something less than the pleasure that it ought to be. Enter the innovative Bose custom shop, available for as few as 100 guests, and one of our most popular experiences. We will staff your gift event with knowledgeable Bose representatives, trained to help your attendees through their choice from a selection of audio products. We ship in more product than needed, and ship the overstock back to ensure a stress-free and memorable experience. Bose has long had a well-earned reputation as a leader in home and personal audio devices, and the products we can bring will be their most coveted and giftable ones, from sport-centric earbuds to innovative noise-cancelling headphones, to the wildly popular new line of Soundlink Bluetooth speakers. After being greeted upon arrival in the gifting area by the faithful, room-filling sounds of speakers provided by Bose, guests will get to test products using their own choice of music, choose colors, and will leave with the product of their choice.

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How Taraci Motivation Created a Historic Custom Sneaker Event for a Fortune 25 Corporation

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In an event that became one of the most successful meeting gift events in the company’s history, Taraci Motivation held a three-day custom sneaker event for 2,500 employees of a Fortune 25 corporation. “This exceptional live event was the most exciting and memorable recognition gift meeting our Fortune 25 client has ever held,” said Tom Taraci, the CEO of Taraci Motivation, the 31-year-old incentive marketing company. The Fortune 25 company’s executives approached Mr. Taraci to helm the planning and execution of an interactive event, which would take place in July 2013 in Colorado Springs. Among the requirements, said Mr. Taraci, was that the prestigious event was to appeal to both sexes, fit within the clients’ given budget, and be executed seamlessly for an unusually large group of 2,500 guests.

“The first step was connecting my design team with Adidas to create a welcome page...”

Selecting the Right Partner “After considering several alternatives, Taraci Motivation chose to partner with Adidas to develop a unique, custom footwear event,” said Mr. Taraci. “Each guest was to receive their own unique, custom-designed pair of Adidas shoes. We were able to incorporate Adidas’ web-based customization option into our program, and to provide on-site assistance for the guests to design their own shoes.”

Preparation and Execution “The first step was connecting my design team with Adidas to create a welcome page as a gateway to their gift,” Mr. Taraci explained. A welcome page was customized with a selection of men’s and women’s shoes for the recognition gift event. Adidas created colorful gift cards with redemption codes that were distributed to the event’s guests. At the event, Adidas also provided signage for the website, and samples of selected shoes to enhance the guests’ overall interactive experience, and make it exciting and fun. To accommodate the flow of guests, the Taraci Motivation team worked diligently on Excel spreadsheets of event analytics that included estimates on the average number of times a guest might design their own shoe, an important piece of information to keep the event running smoothly.

The Event

The Design Team Factoring in the number of days and hours his team would need in order to work expertly with each guest, Taraci Motivation built a team of Design Concierges. “The team’s function was to help each guest navigate Adidas’ customization process, redeem their gift, and help personalize the overall experience,” said Mr. Taraci. Eight highly knowledgeable Concierges were constantly on site to assist attendees.

Perfect Location A large ballroom was secured at the site hotel to act as Adidas Design Headquarters for the “Design Your Own Shoe” portion of the recognition meeting, complete with eight laptop stations for the Design Concierges to work on. The Adidas display, featuring the wide array of styles and colors available for guests, was located centrally for guests’ convenience.

A representative was always stationed at the display and a staff member stood at the entrance to check guests in seamlessly, and offer them their individual gift cards. Guests arrived in three waves of approximately 825 people each. “In addition to the eight design stations, there were two extra laptops available for guests who wanted to shop on their own or needed more time to consider their design,” said Mr. Taraci. He and the Taraci Motivation team considered this event among their best work. “The amount of excitement and interest created by this event was beyond anything we had anticipated,” he said.

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Gift a Trendy Customized Trek Bike And Invest in Your Employees’ Well Being What better way to encourage healthy living among your employees than with a topof- the-line, tailored bicycle from one of the world’s most prestigious companies?

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Display team spirit with decal text of your company or employee’s name. From boldly simple to outrageously cool, you’ll be guaranteed to gift your employees with a bike brought to life by the best artists in the business.

Trek’s Project One customized program has a specialized Trek retailer who can walk you through every design step for each handmade bike. And if your employees use them to commute, there’s a bonus tax break.

WHEELSET

Select the model, styling, fit and components, and they’ll build your dream bike. Trek offers literally thousands of design schemes, like the uber cool Starry Night color combo, the Trek white/catalyst orange configuration, or a classic like the popular matte black or liquid red.

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Paradigm RL

Paradigm RRXXXL

Aeolus 9 D3 Clincher

Aeolus 9 D3 Tubular

Aura 5 TLR

Race TLR

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Computer Color

Bar Tape Colo Saddle Color

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ACCESSORIES

SIGNATURE SERIES

Spoke Color

Arenberg

Bontrager

Custom Flames

MTN Qhubeka Team Edition

Radio Shack-LEOPARDTrek Team

SRM PowerControl 7

Garmin Edge 810

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Blank Label is the Ideal Custom Dress Shirt for Executives Blank Label men’s dress shirts are in hot demand for corporations looking to give their executives a sophisticated and stylish edge. Touting itself as the “anti-brand” of the fashion business, Blank Label creates shirts with 80-120 thread count in gorgeous patterns, including solids, stripes and grids in a multitude of colors that surpass offerings of many mainstream men’s dress shirt stores.

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With nine different collar options and a choice of button or French cuffs, an executive can customize shirts based on the prevailing office culture. Each shirt can be personalized with monograms on a cuff edge, chest pocket or collar point available in a variety of colors like navy blue, lavender and grey. The company’s mission–“make custom the new standard for men around the world”– has proven true, with unbelievable care put into the entire craft experience that goes into creating the shirts.

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When planning a meeting gift event, it pays to make the gift fit the locale. For that reason, we present our favorite costeffective option for warm-weather meetings, the Tommy Bahama Paradise Pop-Up Shop. Depending on your budget, we can set up your gifting area with a staggering number of choices from the leading brand in vacationwear, Tommy Bahama. Each guest or couple will have a chance to select not one but two pieces from the shop, which will include aloha shirts, bold sun dresses, and accessories like hats, sunglasses, watches, and luggage. We have partnered with Tommy Bahama to bring this gifting experience to any location you choose, but if geography permits, we will have the option to hold the event in one of Tommy Bahama’s restaurant locations, with tropicalthemed drinks and food served while attendees make their choices. This is one of the most exciting and thematic experiences available, and Taraci Motivation is proud to offer it to your company.

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Vilebrequin’s Swim Trunks are the Ideal Gift for Warm Weather Offsite Events

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With Vilebrequin’s ready-towear line, step up the style and fun factor! –at an offsite business meeting. Specializing in classically-styled swimwear since 1971, Vilebrequin’s festive swim trunks for men feature tropical patterns, safari scenes, and prints of their signature image, colorful turtle. Accents include braided tying cords with sterling silver or engraved faux tortoise shell aglets and a water resistant wallet pocket. Vilebrequin also offers adorable father-andson matching trunks. Accessorize with soft, cotton caps in classic colors, or elegant, longsleeved shirts made with fine Italian linen and short-sleeved, collared shirts, all paired perfectly with the trunks. The newly launched women’s line, “neat, elegant, with an unforced air of SaintTropez in the 70s,” offers sexy and smart bikinis that sit smoothly under linen trousers. The terry cloth dress with silver-tipped cord, the line’s signature women’s item, offers an elegant and casual look. Like the father-son line, Vilebrequin offers an array of matching clothing for mothers and daughters, too.

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Called “The Cristal of the Denim World” by GQ magazine. Zagat proclaims, “Jean Shop is to jeans what Tom Ford is to a men’s suit”. Jean Shop New York, located in Manhattan’s super trendy Meatpacking District, is a specialized clothier offering your company custom-finished jeans with a look worn by the stars. Nicole Kidman, Hillary Swank, Jay-Z, Ellen, Jeremy Piven, Kobe Bryant, Will Ferrell, Bryan Adams and Jonah Hill have rocked the line, seen in Rolling Stone, Elle, Men’s Health, and ESPN. The jeans are handcrafted with exclusive Japanese selvedge fabric. All jeans are sewn in California and “Made in the USA” (they even have a cheeky “Born On” date per pair). Some highlights are the women’s ‘Stretch Skinny,’ a 98 percent cotton, f lawless fit perfect for casual Fridays at the office, or a night on the town. The ‘Rocker’ fit for men is a smooth pant that offers an impressive modern twist to black denim and is perfect for work or play.

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Elegant, Casual Comfort for your Feet Nothing can make a long automobile commute feel even longer like foot discomfort. A good, comfortable pair of driving moccasins can make your feet feel brand new, and set the tone for an amazing work day. Chicago-based Austen Heller is a leader in this shoe style, sourcing its creations from family run European shoemakers to create effortlessly stylish and durable loafers that bridge the gap between business casual and a night out on the town, with an elegance suitable for men or women. The calfskin softness on the inside pairs with the special shape and texture of the heel to make it feel like your foot is resting not on a gas pedal, but on a cloud.

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Taraci Motivation is proud to have partnered with Chicago-based manufacturer Austen Heller to create a choice experience worthy of your road warriors. We will tailor a selection of popular colors and styles for your budget and bring a pop-up shoe store to your meeting, allowing each employee to experience the spectacular comfort, try different sizes, and, best of all, leave the meeting site with their own pair of Austen Hellers.

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Dress Female Executives to the Nines with Customized Shoes of Prey Every one of your female executives will be pining for these hand-tailored shoes, created by women, for women, in a stunning array of colors that pair gorgeously with a chic suit or a group business outing. With the 3D designer, you can select from 12 shapes, including irresistible stilettos, mid heels, or wedges, or more casual sandals and ballet flats, and pick colors, styling, and materials for almost every part of the shoe. Play with over 170 fabrics in sassy shades and textures, like red, mauve, midnight blue, or teal, paired with sophisticated Italian silk that has a pearlescent luster and smooth touch – their “crown jewel” fabric. Choose from a plethora of other textures including soft and patent leather, and suede, or be more daring with snakeskin, sparkle, or a lace overlay. Your female executives with have extra confidence in every step.

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A Deeply Personalized Handbag Experience

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For the women in your company, we have an event that is perfect for a retreat or even for an afterwork incentive outing. Bostonbased Laudi Vidni provides an exciting must-have event that lets your giftees design their very own custom purses, clutches, and totes. With your budget in mind, we will create a range of exciting possibilities for your guests from an array of fashionable shapes. After champagne is served, and a brief presentation given about the available options, your guests will get to examine and touch fabric and leather samples and consult with design concierges. Best of all, each guest will get a turn on the Laudi Vidni Designer, selecting the materials, colors, and hardware for every part of the bag. The resulting creation is delivered to each guest’s home a few short weeks later after being custom-built.

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Kate Spade Handbags Offer a Stylish Edge to Corporate Events These chic Kate Spade bags are a perfect purchase for the organization looking for a smart and sassy gift for any type of employee event. The bags are available in a variety of vibrant colors like maraschino, coral and blue yonder, and look just as sleek in standard black, shadow grey, or ostrich egg, one of the line’s most popular and classic hues.

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Make a decision based on which handbag models best suit each of your employees’ personalities. The patent leather satchels, shoulder bags with comfortable handles for an alternate carrying option, and trendy nylon laptop and iPad bags are all a fabulous fit for both office and after work. Or go with a more festive option with the fun, glittery holiday clutches in blush that include14-carat gold plated hardware and sequins. And with the solid credibility behind the designer’s name, these voguish options are an easy and obvious choice.

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Give the Gift of Choice to your Guests with the Taraci Watch Shop! You’d like to give a stylish timepiece to your guests but can’t decide on which style will suit everyone? We can stock your meeting with an exciting array of brands for men and women, with selections chosen for proven popularity, and for your cost considerations. Your guests will arrive at the gifting area to be greeted by attractive displays of some of the most fashionable watches on the market, and trained staff ready to match them up with flattering styles. We will bring multiple brands to your meeting site, with enough stock to make sure everyone receives the style of their choosing. In case a style becomes depleted, we can drop ship it directly to your guest. Overstock is shipped back when we break the event down, ensuring an easy, stress-free experience for you.

Choose from these amazing brands.... Fossil–Enduring styles exemplifying American vintage inspiration. Michael Kors–Classic timepiece silhouettes infused with a touch of modern glam. Diesel–Large, loud, bold, and fun. These watches could never be mistaken for anything else. Skagen–Refined, subtle functionality, inspired by the landscape of Denmark. …and others!

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Jo Malone Creates a Personal Fragrance Experience For Your Guests

With a large selection of wellappreciated gifts for your executives, Jo Malone London offers standout scents for home or personal office space. The company offers a complimentary corporate gift service with personalized attention from a stylist who can help your guests choose products from the cologne, bath, body and home lines that are suited to their personalities. Gifts are festively wrapped in a cream gift box and black ribbon, with a personalized card.

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The experience includes a pampering hand and arm massage to go along with the scent experience. The selections can be curated for women’s, men’s, unisex products, or a combination. Some of our favorites include: The Grapefruit Luxury Candle, with a refreshing scent of fruits from Spanish coastal groves, along with rosemary, peppermint and pimento. The Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Surround Diffusers, add a scent of peppery basil and thyme with a lime twist and represent Jo Malone’s signature fragrance. The Wild Bluebell Body & Hand Wash, suffused with lily of the valley and eglantine, and a hint of persimmon.

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Reward Your Best With the World’s #1& #2 Sunglass Brands, Ray-Ban and Oakley

If your retreat has an outdoor component, or is in a sunny locale, your guests will be grateful for some eye protection. We’d like to help by setting up a shop featuring the world’s number 1 and 2 sunglasses brands, Ray-Ban and Oakley.

As always, we bring more stock than needed, so that all guests are guaranteed to select the model they want most. Perhaps best of all, if you are unabvle to choose between these two coveted brands, we can easily arrange a menu that contains the six most popular styles of each, for a selection that is sure to please everyone.

With Ray-Ban, you can take advantage of a dozen different timeless, iconic styles, selected for classic unisex appeal. Oakley gives you access to 12 of its most popular and sporty models, in an assortment designed for the rigors of an active lifestyle.

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The Taraci Collection 2015