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MIAMI BEACH, FLA.: The Point-of-Purchase Advertising Institute presented awards for the best displays of the year at the organization's recent industry conference. On the winning side for Nike Air, in the category for perma nent display, were: Lida Biondi, sales rep, Nike; Gerald Molitor, VP-sales and marketing, Trans World Marketing; and James Cavaluzzi, president, Trans World. Trans World produced the display.

NEW YORK: Alair Townsend (r.), publisher of Ad Age's sister publication Crain's New York Business, played the host at a reception the weekly held at the National Arts Club to honor its "40 under 40." That select group in cluded (l. to r .): John Simons, exec VP, Fleet Financial Group; David Kahn, publisher, Saveur; and Andrew Morri son, president, Nia Direct.

CHICAGO: The Chicago Association of Direct Marketing's Direct Marketing Days at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers Cityfront Center drew more than 3,000 attendees, including (l. to r.): Pat Wheelless, president, Wheelless Group, and president of CADM; Meg Goodman, partner, Performance Consulting Group, and a CADM director; and Samuel K. Skinner, president, Commonwealth Edison Co., and conference keynote speaker.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.: The Western States Advertising Agencies Association named Dailey & Associates President Brian Morris (second from right) its leader of the year at a dinner at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Adding their congratu lations are (l. to r.): Mark Bilfield, account director, TBWA Chiat/Day; Diane Krouse, manag ing director, D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, and president of the WS3As; and Bart Young, CEO, Fraser/Young.

NEW YORK: Helping the American Marketing Association judge the most effective advertising campaigns of 1996 as part of the group's Effie awards program were (l. to r.): Tom Weyl, president-chief creative officer, Martin/Williams, Minneapol is; Ken Meeker, VP-suncare marketing, Playtex Products; Robert Scarpelli, vice chairman-chief creative officer, DDB Needham, Chicago; and Steve Shannon, director of general marketing, General Motors Corp.'s Oldsmobile Division.

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF.: International Data Group invited advertising industry executives to its IDG Global Summit technology marketing conference. Joining IDG Chairman Patrick McGovern (l.) are (second l. to r.): Tom Scott, VP-general mana ger, Toshiba America's computer divisionlower case cq.brj; Gary Beach, president-CEO, IDG's Computer world; and Robert Herbold, exec VP-chief operating officer, Microsoft Corp., and a speaker at the conference. Photo credit: Hal Boucher

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