Patty Triplett West was a publicity executive at Warner Bros. searching for a meaningful holiday gift for colleagues, when she came up with the idea for Good Karmal. The elegant gourmet caramels come in six flavors—vanilla, sea salt, café caramel, caramel, apple, butter rum and chocolate sea salt. Each handmade confection is individually wrapped with an inspiring quotation, such as “Scatter Joy” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) or “Whatever you are, be a good one” (Abraham Lincoln). The wrapping can also be customized with a corporate logo, event graphic and specific quotes or marketing message. CBS, TriStar, Microsoft, Bloomberg Media and Mercedes-Benz are just a few of the companies that have created branded caramels, while Oprah Winfrey, Keri Russell, Sarah Michelle Gellar and J.J. Abrams are celebrity fans.  

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The Sacramento/Sierra Nevada Chapter of MPI held its annual trade show April 12 at the new Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in downtown Sacramento. The exhibition followed an education luncheon sponsored by the Marin County Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was one of hundreds of events held around the world in observation of Global Meetings Industry Day.