Norbert McGettigan Jr.
is a good sport, so he
didn't mind posing for pictures yesterday with a gray sponge elephant hat on his
head.Or a soft little elephant beanie creature poking out of his
shirt pocket, nearly impaled on a red, white and blue elephant pencil. McGettigan
partner, Brian Harlan - a man who said he
wakes up every day dreaming of Republican merchandise to manufacture - were introduced yesterday as the master vendors for the 2000 Republican convention in Philadelphia.
These are the "stuff" guys.
Their newly formed company, Liberty Solutions of Philadelphia, will figure out what kind of Republican doodads, elephant knickknacks and Philadelphia souvenirs will be sold to the 45,000 people expected for the convention July 31 to Aug. 3.
Cohen said McGettigan
and Harlan were chosen on the basis of the financial package they suggested and the quality of their merchandise, and because, even before they made their presentation, they reached out to local subcontractors, including minority-owned firms.
That might explain why Harlan and McGettigan
were smiling yesterday in front of the elephant bookends, a little elephant fan, elephant mustard spreaders, Liberty Bell golf shirts and caps, and even an elephant clock.
Harlan and McGettigan
have five months.
...McGettigan is president of Impact Dimensions, a Philadelphia corporate gift and advertising specialty company with offices in the Wanamaker building.His
company is part of McGettigan Partners
, a 70-year-old Philadelphia meeting- and event-management firm with offices around the United States.
has already warned his
regular suppliers not to expect to get a cut of the convention business.
said that he
and Harlan will choose manufacturers, vendors and suppliers by going through the two-foot-plus stack of letters from those who have already contacted Philadelphia 2000 and the Republican convention organization.
Harlan and McGettigan
said they would look for local, high-quality distributors, manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, apparel providers, silk screeners, embroidery houses, engraving shops, gift vendors, and anyone with an idea of what might sell and how to sell it.