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iClick and NWPMA Partner on PPW!W Event
PPB Newslink  April 08, 2014
The Northwest Promotional Marketing Association (NWPMA) and Seattle, Washington-based supplier iClick (UPIC: IClic342) have partnered to host an event Wednesday, April 23, in support of Promotional Products Work! Week (PPW!W).  Read Full Story

HPPA Donation Drive to Collect Goods for Those in Need
PPB Newslink  April 08, 2014
The Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA) is holding a donation drive to support a number of good causes as part of Promotional Products Work! Week. Donations from HPPA members will go to benefit the Richmond State School for special needs students and to Career Gear and Dress For Success … Read Full Story

PPAI Staff Connect with Regional Association Membership
PPB Newslink  April 01, 2014
PPAI’s regional relations staff have visited with several regional associations across the country in the past month. These visits were opportunities to participate in their events, meet with association leadership and explore ways for PPAI and the regional associations to collaborate going forward.  Read Full Story

PPAI Technology Awards Is Accepting Submissions
PPB Newslink  April 01, 2014
In an industry that prides itself on developing creative marketing programs, technology continues to play a strong role in its success. It takes a company with keen vision and unconventional thinking to create innovative and awe-inducing technological solutions. These companies deserve recognition; this is where the PPAI Technology Awards come in.  Read Full Story

Support L.E.A.D. and the Industry through the Virtual Fly-in
PPB Newslink  April 01, 2014
PPAI is preparing for the fifth annual Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.), April 9–10, when Association leadership and industry professionals will visit Washington, DC, to meet with senators, congressional representatives and their legislative staffs on Capitol Hill to discuss pending legislation and issues relevant to the promotional products industry.  Read Full Story

Promotional Products Work! Week:  Customer Appreciation
PPB Newslink  April 01, 2014
Promotional Products Work! Week (PPW!W) is built around five different foci, or themes, all intended to get the message out that promotional products and skilled industry professionals play important roles in all aspects of advertising and marketing. The fifth and final day of PPW!W focuses on customer appreciation.  Read Full Story

Promotional Products Work! Week:  Connect with Legislators
PPB Newslink  March 25, 2014
Promotional Products Work! Week (PPW!W) is an industry-wide collaboration of regional associations, distributors, suppliers, multi-line representatives, corporations and small businesses working together to promote the use of promotional products, share facts on the medium’s effectiveness and provide greater access to the market. An annual event, PPW!W 2014 runs April 21–25.  Read Full Story

Expo East to Co-Locate with Imprinted Sportswear Show, Move to March in 2015
PPB Newslink  March 18, 2014
In 2015, Expo East, which PPAI produces in partnership with Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY), will be co-located with the Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS) at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The show will also move from May to March 12–15, 2015.  Read Full Story

commonsku and NWPMA Announce Strategic Partnership
PPB Newslink  March 18, 2014
commonsku and Northwest Promotional Marketing Association (NWPMA) have announced a strategic partnership that will offer commonsku’s software as a member benefit to NWPMA members.  Read Full Story

SAAC Foundation Scholarship Application Deadline Is April 15
PPB Newslink  March 04, 2014
The Specialty Advertising Association of California’s (SAAC) Foundation for SAAC Scholarship is now accepting applications.  Read Full Story

RAC Leadership Visits PPAI Headquarters
PPB Newslink   March 04, 2014
Last week, PPAI hosted a visit from Ted Fuehr, MAS, current Regional Association Council (RAC) president, and Rebecca Mclaughlin, CAS, RAC vice president. The two RAC leaders visited the Association’s headquarters for an orientation session as they begin their terms in office and to meet with PPAI directors and staff.  Read Full Story

TRASA Pushes Spring Expo to March 31
PPB Newslink  February 28, 2014
The Three Rivers Advertising Specialty Association (TRASA) announced today that its TRASA Spring Expo, scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, at The Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North in Mars, Pennsylvania, has been postponed due to weather.  Read Full Story

CPPA Recognizes Peake Award Recipients
PPB Newslink  February 25, 2014
The Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) has announced the winners of the 2014 Peake Awards. The CPPA Peake Awards spotlight the top promotional consultants and promotional products suppliers in the Chesapeake region … Read Full Story

SAAGNY Postpones February 13 Show
PPB Newslink  February 12, 2014
The Executive Committee of the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) Board of Directors has made the unprecedented decision to postpone its SAAGNY Winter Showcase, scheduled for Thursday, February 13. The show has been rescheduled and will be held on Friday, February 21.  Read Full Story

PPAChicago Announces New Executive Director, Offices
PPB Newslink February 4, 2014
The Promotional Professionals Association of Chicago (PPAChicago) has hired Dan Eugea as its new Executive Director. Eugea comes to PPAChicago from the nonprofit world and also has a banking background. He and his family live in the Naperville area and he is very excited to be joining PPAChicago and is looking forward to being an integral part of the association.  Read Full Story

Weather Causes SPPA to Postpone This Week’s Show
SPPA  January 29, 2014
Sunbelt Promotional Products Association (SPPA) Board members heeded safety officials’ calls to postpone its tradeshow scheduled for January 28 and 29 at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center in Birmingham, Alabama. The region was hit with an epic winter storm on Tuesday causing heavy snow and closing schools and businesses.  Read Full Story

Nominees Announced for Best of PPAMS Awards
PPAMS  January 7, 2013
The Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS) has announced the nominees for their annual Best of PPAMS Awards.  Nominations were submitted by members of the association.  The top nominees in each division will now be voted on by each PPAMS member.  Read Full Story

Partnership Opens commonsku’s Technology Platform to SAAC Members
PPB Newslink   December 10, 2013
commonsku (UPIC: Common) and the Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) have announced a strategic partnership that offers commonsku’s technology platform as a member benefit to the regional association’s members.  Read Full Story

SAAGNY Names New Board Officers, Award Winners at Annual Meeting
PPB Newslink December 10, 2013
At its annual meeting in November, Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) announced the winners of the association’s annual awards and elected three industry members to serve on its Board of Directors. It also named its Board officers for 2014. All terms begin on January 1, 2014.  Read Full Story

RMRPPA to Host Party at The PPAI Expo 2014
PPB Newslink  December 3, 2013
The Rocky Mountain Region Promotional Products Association (RMRPPA) is hosting a party in Las Vegas, Nevada, in conjunction with The PPAI Expo 2014. Scheduled for Wednesday, January 15, after the show … Read Full Story

PMANC Establishes Campbell M. Brown Scholarship Fund
PPB Newslink  November 20, 2013
The Board of Directors of the Promotional Marketing Association of Northern California (PMANC) has established the Campbell M. Brown Scholarship Fund.  Read Full Story

NEPPA Holds Fall Expo and Awards Presentation
PPB Newslink  November 20, 2013
The New England Promotional Products Association (NEPPA) held its annual meeting and awards presentation and Fall Expo on October 9 in Massachusetts.  Read Full Story

RAC Names 2014 Board of Directors
PPB Newslink  November 20, 2013
The Regional Association Council (RAC) has selected its 2014 Executive Officers and new Board members. RAC’s 2014 leadership lineup includes:  Read Full Story

PPAMS, SPPA and GAPPP Collaborate on Show Schedules in 2014
PPB Newslink  November 5, 2013
Three regional associations—the Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS), the Sunbelt Promotional Products Association (SPPA) and Georgia Association of Promotional Products Professionals (GAPPP)—have co-scheduled their shows to provide suppliers with a convenient way to see customers in the South.  Read Full Story

PPAI Hosts RAC Board Strategic Planning Meeting
PPB Newslink  October 29, 2013
Last week, PPAI hosted the Regional Association Council (RAC) Board’s strategic planning session at the Association’s headquarters in Irving, Texas.  Read Full Story

PPAChicago Hosts Suppliers, Distributors and End Buyers at Its Fall Forum
PPB Newslink  October 29, 2013
On October 17, PPAChicago held its Fall Forum at Rosemont, Illinois, where regional association members, non-members and their clients met with exhibitors and networked.  Read Full Story

In Memoriam:  Houston Hale
PPB Newslink  October 15, 2013
Seldon Houston Hale, regional vice president of sales for the Midwest region for HALO Branded Solutions (UPIC: HBS), passed away October 10 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 65.  Read Full Story

PPAI, RAC Host 14th Annual Leadership Development Workshop
PPB Newslink  October 2, 2013
Last week, regional association and PPAI volunteer leaders and staff gathered in Grapevine, Texas, for the 14th annual Leadership Development Workshop (LDW), hosted by PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC).  Read Full Story

PPAF EXPO 2013 in Orlando Brought New Ideas, Industry Insight and Education
PPAF Executive Director Dana Geiger  September 4, 2013
The Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF) hosted the PPAF EXPO 2013 in Orlando, Florida, August 21–22. The event, sponsored by PPAI, connected the PPAF membership through two days of events.  Read Full Story

2013 PPAI RAC Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients Named
PPB Newslink  August 27, 2013
PPAI has named Kevin Flynn, MAS, director of sales for TBK Promotions, Inc. (UPIC: tbkpromo), based in Chicago, Illinois and Larry D. Krause, MAS, president of LDK Marketing Services, Inc. (UPIC: LDKMKT), headquartered in Dallas, Texas, as the 2013 PPAI RAC Volunteer of the Year award recipients.  Read Full Story

NWPMA Spring Showcase a Tremendous Success!
NWPMA ED Thea Bruce, CAS and RAC Delegate Geoff Clark  June 18, 2013
True to their mission of “creating productive networking opportunities to enhance our members’ professionalism and success,” the NWPMA May 13–14 showcase was one of the best yet.  Read Full Story

How UMAPP Used Their Certification Challenge $s to Provide More Education to Their Members
UMAPP  June 12, 2013
Nearly 60 UMAPP supplier and distributor members attended UMAPP’s “Education Extravaganza” on May 15 from 9 am – 2 pm at the Mall of America Boundary Waters Meeting Room.  The event was sponsored by 3M, who also provided morning refreshments and lunch for attendees.  Read Full Story

Close Up—Donna Vorce, CAS
PPB Newslink  June 4, 2013
It all began with a way to track forgotten towels. Donna Vorce, CAS, started a custom appliqué business after she realized her children could easily find the towels they had left at the neighborhood swimming pool when those towels had names and designs on them.  Read Full Story

commonsku and MiPPA Partner for Member Benefit
PPB Newslink  June 04, 2013
commonsku and the Michigan Promotional Products Association (MiPPA) have agreed to a strategic partnership that will offer commonsku’s technology platform as a member benefit to MiPPA members.  Read Full Story

Expo East Celebrates a Strong Inaugural Show
PPB Newslink  May 28, 2013
One week ago, the first Expo East opened its doors at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, drawing distributors from across the region and as far away as Canada and Washington state to see and touch the thousands of products on display.  Read Full Story

Expo East Premiers a PPAI Expo Experience on the East Coast
PPB Newslink  May 21, 2013
This morning, the inaugural Expo East opened at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The show, first announced in June 2012, is the result of a strategic alliance between PPAI and the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY).  Read Full Story

PPAChicago 11th Annual Charity Golf Outing Registration Open
PPB Newslink  May 21, 2013
Registration is now open for the Promotional Products Association of Chicago’s (PPAChicago) 11th Annual Charity Golf Outing.  This year’s event will take place on Monday, July 15, at George Dunne National Golf Course in Oak Forest, Illinois.  Read Full Story

commonsku and SAAGNY Announce Partnership
PPB Newslink  May 7, 2013
commonsku and the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) have announced a strategic partnership that will offer commonsku’s technology platform as a member benefit to SAAGNY members.  Read Full Story

PPAI RAC Volunteer Award Nominations Open through June 14
PPB Newslink  May 7, 2013
Volunteers are the unsung heroes whose behind-the scenes efforts keep the industry moving forward. The PPAI RAC Volunteer Award recognizes regional association members who have demonstrated an outstanding level of volunteer leadership and made other significant and measurable contributions to a regional association.  Read Full Story

HPPA Celebrates 55 Years, Hosts Cool Stuff End-Buyer Show
PPB Newslink  April 30, 2013
The Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA) is celebrating its 55th birthday this year. On March 21, it kicked off the celebration at a Houston-area park.  Read Full Story

Expo East 2013—The Revamped Promotions East
PPAI Distributor and Supplier Updates  April 17, 2013
Produced by PPAI and SAAGNY, Expo East is replacing Promotions East in 2013, bringing you a completely revamped experience.  Scheduled for May 19–21, 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at the Atlantic City Convention Center, Expo East will spotlight the segment of the promotional products industry that’s rooted in the eastern United States.  Read Full Story

MiPPA, OPPA, TSPPA Announce “The FIRST Show”
MiPPA Spectrum  April 15, 2013
Three regional associations—MiPPA, OPPA and TSPPA—have joined together to produce the first regional shows of 2014.  Immediately following the PPAI EXPO, a traveling tabletop show will bring the latest, hottest and newest products on a five-city tour providing suppliers with a great opportunity to be the first to market in these local markets.  Read Full Story

MiPPA Stages Successful Cirque du MiPPA Spring Event
MiPPA Executive Director Paul Kiewiet, MAS  March 29, 2013
Michigan Promotional Professionals Association (MiPPA) hosted two days of incredible learning, networking and business with the cirque-themed Spring booth show at Laurel Manor in Livonia, MI.  Read Full Story

MiPPA Visits King Par—A “Smitten With the Mitten” Michigan Supplier Tour
MiPPA Executive Director Paul Kiewiet, MAS  March 28, 2013
The Michigan Promotional Professionals Association (MiPPA) initiative to provide tours of Michigan-based supplier member companies got off to a fast start on Tuesday, March 26, as 21 distributors visited King Par in Flushing, MI.  Read Full Story

Get to Know PPAI Regional Relations Manager Cassondra Franze
PPB Newslink  March 26, 2013
At the end of 2012, Cassondra Franze joined PPAI as manager of regional relations. Immediately off and running in her new role, Franze has been working closely with the 27 regional associations and the RAC Board. Recently, she took some time out of her busy schedule to tell PPB Newslink a bit about her background and interests.  Read Full Story

TRASA Recognizes Industry Professionals at Annual Awards Program
TRASA Executive Director Patti Ward  March 15, 2013
On March 12, on the eve of their annual Spring tradeshow, TRASA recognized nine promotional product professionals at their annual awards program the People’s Choice Awards Expo at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North, Mars, PA.   Emcees for the event Jason Corsetti (Moderne Glass) and Tom Clouser, MAS, MASI (Premier Promotional Solutions), presented the awards before a crowd of 120 member distributors and suppliers.  Read Full Story

VAPPA Hosts Successful EXPOs in Newport News and Roanoke
VAPPA Executive Director Dana Geiger  March 12, 2013
Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) hosted their 2013 Spring EXPO in Newport News on February 26 and in Roanoke on February 28.  Read Full Story

PAPPA Names Bruce Korn, CAS, Humanitarian of the Year and Awards Six Other Liberty Awards
March 7, 2013
The Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association (PAPPA) named Bruce Korn, CAS, its Humanitarian of the Year as well as announced the six other winners of its 2013 Liberty Awards during the PAPPA Town Hall Meeting and Awards Night on Monday, March 4, at Season’s 52 in King of Prussia.  Read Full Story

Make a Clean Sweep—Your Unwanted Samples Can Help Needy Schoolchildren
RAC Board  February 7, 2013
Some children have difficulty learning simply because they don’t have adequate school supplies. That’s where your extra samples, misprints and outdated promotional products can really help.  Read Full Story

Two New Features of PPAMS MidSouth PromoShow
PPB Newslink  February 5, 2013
The PPAMS MidSouth PromoShow is scheduled for February 12–13 at the Nashville Convention Center.  To kick off the show, PPAMS will present its Best of PPAMS Awards on February 12 during the Annual Membership Meeting.  A new feature of the show Promo Genius Café will debut during the show.  Read Full Story

HPPA Rolls Out Member Rewards Program
PPB Newslink  February 5, 2013
Christine Leard, president of the Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA), announced the rollout of the organization’s new Member Rewards Program on January 28 at the Southern Showcase.  Read Full Story

Close Up with Lisa Bibb, MAS
PPB Newslink  February 5, 2013
With all the irons that Lisa Bibb, MAS, has in the fire, she could make a living toasting marshmallows. Instead, Bibb serves as Executive Director for three—yes, THREE—industry regional associations.  Read Full Story

RAC Prez and VP Visit PPAI for Orientation
PPB Newslink  February 5, 2013
This week, PPAI hosted a RAC Board Orientation for Regional Association Council (RAC) leadership. RAC President Roger Burnett, CAS and Vice President Ted Fuehr, MAS, spent two days at PPAI’s Irving, Texas, headquarters to meet with Association staff and discuss issues relevant to RAC, the regional associations and their members.  Read Full Story

Training Webinar for MAS/CAS Exam Proctors
PPAI Professional Development  February 1, 2013
PPAI Professional Development will be conducting the required 45-minute training webinar for those interested in becoming PPAI Registered Exam Proctors on Monday, February 11, at 10:30 am, CST.  Read Full Story

RAC Certification Challenge Winners Announced at The 2013 PPAI Expo
PPB Newslink  January 29, 2013
In 2012, the RAC Certification Challenge pitted regional associations against each other to encourage member certification and to present professional education programming. The regional associations vied to have the most new TAS, CAS, MAS and MAS+ members, or offer the most certification opportunities by the Challenge’s close on October 31.  Read Full Story

PPAS Cancels Plans for 2013 August Show
PPB Newslink  January 29, 2013
The Promotional Products Association Southwest (PPAS) will not host a 2013 regional show in August. On January 9, 2013, the association had announced its plans to host a show in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on August 12 and later that day, Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) announced its plans to hold a show in Irving, Texas, on the same day.  Read Full Story

MAPPA Rebrands in 2013 as VAPPA
MAPPA Executive Director Dana Geiger  January 21, 2013
The Mid-Atlantic Promotional Products Association (MAPPA) has big plans for 2013 starting with a rebranding initiative that will be launched officially February 25, 2013 in conjunction with the region’s Annual Meeting and Pinnacle Awards that are celebrated on the eve of the Spring EXPO.  Read Full Story

Three Regionals Win Regional Creative Achievement Pyramid Awards
PPAI Awards and Recognition  January 25, 2013
NEPPA, OPPA and TRASA win PPAI Pyramid Awards for Regional Creative Achievement which recognizes programs and campaigns demonstrating outstanding development … Read Full Story

PPAI’s Paul Bellantone Joins TRASA’s Annual Membership Meeting
PPB Newslink  December 18, 2012
On December 13, the Three Rivers Advertising Specialty Association (TRASA) held its annual membership meeting in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. There, they were joined by PPAI President and CEO, Paul Bellantone, CAE, who delivered a town hall presentation on the state of the promotional products industry.   Read Full Story

Webb Company Donates to the BRF in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy
PPB Newslink  December 18, 2012
Webb Company (UPIC: WEBBCO), a supplier in Rosemount, Minnesota and its clients have made a sizeable donation to the Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation’ s (PPDRF) Business Recovery Fund.  Read Full Story

HPPA Awards Presentation Recognizes Members’ Accomplishments
PPB Newslink  December 11, 2012
At its annual holiday party on December 5, Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA) recognized its members for their accomplishments in the past year with awards voted on by association members.  Read Full Story

SAAGNY Organizes Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
PPB Newslink  November 20, 2012
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) and The SAAGNY Foundation began efforts to coordinate the collection and distribution of items available through the specialty advertising industry … Read Full Story

Incoming RAC President Roger Burnett
PPB Newslink  November 20, 2012
If there’s a Motor City native with an engine that won’t quit, it’s Roger Burnett. As one of three national directors of branded merchandise for Workflow One (based in Dayton, Ohio), Burnett and his team are eyeing an industry prize, of sorts—becoming a Top 10 distributor in the next three years.  Read Full Story

UMAPP Strategic Planning and Board Training Session
UMAPP Executive Director Sue Selseth  November 12, 2012
It was the first snowy morning of the season, driving was tricky and the big, white snowflakes were a blur, but UMAPP’s 2012–2013 Board of Directors arrived at the Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis ready for business.  Read Full Story

SAAGNY and The SAAGNY Foundation Need Your Help for the Victims of Hurricane Sandy
November 12, 2012
There are many people in our area who have lost almost everything so we are increasing our call for items for the victims of the hurricane and are asking for your help.  Read Full Story

Promotional Products Industry Call to Action:  Hurricane Sandy—A Special Message
Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI President & CEO  November 2, 2012
HEAR message.  Many of our industry members’ businesses have been damaged by Hurricane Sandy. PPAI and the Regional Association Council Business Recovery Fund … Read Full Story 

Hurricane Sandy Causes Some Company Closures and Delays
PPB Newslink  October 30, 2012
Hurricane Sandy slammed ashore last night along New Jersey’s southern coast flooding streets and knocking out power to more than six million homes and businesses. Ahead of the storm’s landfall, industry companies were taking action … Read Full Story

Contact PPAI with Your News about Hurricane Sandy and for Help after the Storm
PPB Newslink Breaking News  October 29, 2012
With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the eastern US, PPAI members and staff stand ready to help industry companies in the region as they brace for the storm’s impact. The hurricane, currently packing 85-mile-an-hour winds … Read Full Story

Industry Companies Prepare for Hurricane Sandy; Find Out How You Can Help
PPB Newslink Breaking News  October 29, 2012
As Hurricane Sandy advances toward the eastern coast of the United States, industry companies are taking action to ride out the storm. The hurricane is expected to make landfall late today and early Tuesday … Read Full Story

Business Recovery Fund Stands Ready to Help Promotional Products Industry Impacted by Hurricane Sandy
October 29, 2012
PPAI, in conjunction with the Regional Association Council (RAC), is offering disaster relief to assist promotional products industry members and non-members seriously affected by the impact of Hurricane Sandy …  Read Full Story

SAAGNY Fall Show Reports 12 Percent Increase in Attendance
PPB Newslink  October 23, 2012
The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) held its 2012 Fall Show on October 11 at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. The show had a 12-percent bump in verified attendance over last year … Read Full Story

PPAF Volunteers Restore Give Kids The World Village Villa
PPB Newslink  October 23, 2012
Volunteers from Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF) gathered on Saturday, October 13, in Kissimmee, Florida, to help restore a villa for Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) … Read Full Story

PPAS Tailgate Gets Crowd Cookin’
PPB Newslink  October 16, 2012
Promotional Products Association Southwest (PPAS) held its first-ever Tailgate Cook-Off at Lake Grapevine in Grapevine, Texas, on October 1.  The event helped kick off the regional association’s Holiday Review Show, which followed on October 2.  Read Full Story

RAC Election Results
October 12, 2012
The Regional Association Council (RAC) has identified its 2013 Executive Officers.  The PPAI Board Delegate to the RAC Board is still to be appointed.  The new Board terms begin immediately following the RAC Delegate Assembly at The PPAI Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Read Full Story

PPAMS Tradeshow Moving Back to Nashville
October 12, 2012
PPAMS is excited to announce that after three years in Murfreesboro, the PPAMS MidSouth PromoShow is moving back to downtown Nashville to the Nashville Convention Center.  Read Full Story

UMAPP and AzPPA Win PPAI’s “Swing into Action” August Recess Contest
PPB Newslink  October 9, 2012
PPAI is pleased to announce the winners of the “Swing into Action” August Recess contest sponsored by PPAI LAW and held August 6 to September 7, 2012.  Regional associations were encouraged to meet with their elected officials … Read Full Story

RAC Events at 2013 Expo
Valerie Schenewerk  October 8, 2012
To see what Regional Association Council (RAC) events are planned for The 2013 PPAI Expo, please read HERERead Full Story

NEPPA’s Fall Expo—Tradeshow, Education Program and 2013 Elections
NEPPA Executive Director Carol Boutwell  September 28, 2012
The NEPPA Fall Expo, held September 11 at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlboro, MA, once again turned an ordinary day into an extraordinary day.  With over 480 distributors in attendance, the ideas and projects were flowing.  Read Full Story

UMAPP’s Government Relations Council at Work during the Minnesota State Fair
UMAPP News & Notes  September 26, 2012
Recently, UMAPP’s Government Relations Council (GRC) Chair Bill Benolken (Norwood/Bic) and Co-chair David Hawes (Geiger) met with the following five lawmakers and/or their staff during the “Swing Into Action Challenge” at the Minnesota State Fair … Read Full Story

PPAS to Bring TechTalk Workshop to North Texas
PPB Newslink  September 25, 2012
The Promotional Products Association Southwest (PPAS) is hosting the TechTalk workshop on Thursday, September 27, at PPAI headquarters in Irving, Texas.  Read Full Story

McKinney Leads PPAM Strategic Planning Session
PPB Newslink  September 25, 2012
Laura McKinney, CAE, PPAI’s Senior Manager of Regional Relations, recently led the Board of the Promotional Products Association Midwest (PPAM) during a planning session for the association’s 2012–2014 strategic plan.  Read Full Story

SPPA Hosts Product Safety Workshop
PPB Newslink  September 25, 2012
The Sunbelt Promotional Products Association (SPPA) held an education workshop on September 11 looking at the product safety issues confronting the promotional products industry.  Read Full Story

Request Marketing/Graphics Services Now
Valerie Schenewerk  September 19, 2012
One of the most popular Regional Affiliate Program benefits that regionals receive is 20 FREE hours of marketing/graphic support from PPAI’s award-winning creative design team.  Read Full Story

Nominate Legislator of the Year
Valerie Schenewerk  September 19, 2012
Do you know of a member of Congress who has listened to your concerns about your business and the promotional products industry and worked to protect them?  Read Full Story

Are You Prepared?
Jeff’s Rant  August 23, 2012
Recently, the passing of a couple of prominent leaders saddened our industry. Former PPAI Board member and 1997 PPAI Hall of Fame inductee Gene Cesario, MAS, passed away August 2 and Senior VP of Summit Group and member of the PPAI Board of Director’s Class of 2007 Janelle Nevins passed away August 9.  Read Full Story

Now Serving … YOU
Roger Burnett, National Director of Branded Merchandise for WorkflowOne
PromoKitchen Leadership  August 20, 2012
Make no mistake about it, I was horn-swaggled into participating in my Regional Association.  The details are fuzzy, but Tim Hill from Lanco and Kari Moravec  from Gold Bond invited me to a Tigers game and next thing I know, I’m the incoming Board President of this thing called RAC.  Read Full Story

Paula Shulman Celebrates 30 Years with Prime Line
Promo Marketing Headlines  August 15, 2012
Paula Shulman , CAS, vice president of sales, celebrated her 30th anniversary with Prime Line, headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, at the company’s annual summer picnic on August 10.  Read Full Story

Regional Distributor Members’ PPB Benefit
Valerie Schenewerk  August 8, 2012
Regional distributor members who are UPIC-registered are eligible to receive one complimentary subscription to PPB Magazine, PPAI’s printed and online magazine; this is a benefit of PPAI’s Regional Affiliate Program. Read Full Story

CASA Has New Executive Director
August 6, 2012
Orlando Pla joined CASA’s Board of Directors on June 15, 2012. He brings to CASA a truckload of management experience. As the new Executive Director for CASA, he will drive to surpass the expectations of the Board of Directors and help the organization secure its growing trend.  Read Full Story

RAC Board Member Michael Legel Named “Rising Star”
PPB  August 2, 2012
Born the middle child in a large and loving family, Michael Legel is used to exceeding expectations.  “I have five brothers and sisters and they are all very successful today,” Legel says. “My dad was a CPA and my mom is a healer.”  Read Full Story

Gaining an Industry Credential Is Now Even Easier with Enhanced TAS Program
PPB Newslink  July 31, 2012
PPAI Certification programs have now launched a more user-friendly online application process for the Trained Advertising Specialist (TAS) certificate program.  Read Full Story

PPAF Names Dana Geiger Executive Director
July 25, 2012
Dana Geiger is an association executive with a background in sales and marketing. She has an affinity for the culture of non-profit organizations with which she has worked since 2004. Dana entered the promotional products industry in May 2010 when she began working as the Executive Director for the Mid-Atlantic Promotional Products Association (MAPPA) based in Virginia.  Read Full Story

RAC Volunteer of the Year Awards Presented at LDW
PPB August issue; July 25, 2012
On June 20, the Regional Association Council (RAC) presented the 2012 PPAI RAC Volunteer of the Year Awards to two accomplished industry professionals: Jon Pierce and Dana Zezzo, CAS. The dinner and reception were held at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in conjunction with the PPAI Leadership Conference and RAC Leadership Development Workshop.  Read Full Story

PPAI, Regional Association Leaders Come Together for LDW
PPB August issue; July 24, 2012
ast week, PPAI and regional association volunteer leaders and staff traveled to Grapevine, Texas, for the 13th annual RAC Leadership Development Workshop (LDW). Running June 20–22, LDW and the associated Executive Director Leadership Forum (EDLF) featured three days of speakers, seminars and panel discussions, as well as networking opportunities and one-on-one consultations.   Read Full Story

Business Recovery Fund Launches “15 for the Fund” Campaign
PPB  July 17, 2012
On July 15, a campaign supporting RAC’s Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation’s Business Recovery Fund (BRF) program kicked into gear. Running July 15 to the end of 2012, the “15 for The Fund” initiative seeks to raise money for the BRF, which provides support to companies affected by natural disasters.  Read Full Story

PPAI and SAAGNY Announce Expo East Tradeshow
PPB Newslink  June 6, 2012
This morning at PROMOTIONS EAST, PPAI announced that it has entered into a strategic alliance with the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) to produce Expo East, a promotional products tradeshow designed to serve the eastern United States. Under this strategic alliance … Read Full Story

PPB Names TSPPA President Tim Brown a 2012 “Rising Star”
PPB Newslink  June 5, 2012
Tim Brown, Supplier Relationship Manager for Cintas Corporation, has been named one of the promotional products industry’s 2012 Rising Stars by PPB (Promotional Products Business) magazine.  Read Full Story

MiPPA Names New Executive Director
PPB Newslink  June 5, 2012
The Michigan Promotional Products Association (MiPPA) has named Paul A. Kiewiet, MAS, CIP, as the organization’s new executive director, effective immediately. MiPPA President Scott Petrowski says: “We’re very excited to welcome Paul and the depth of leadership experience that he brings to our … Read Full Story

New Director of Member Engagement and Regional Relations
PPB Newslink  June 05, 2012
As part of the Association’s efforts to meet the needs of the promotional products industry, PPAI welcomes a new member to its leadership team. Carol Gauger, previously serving as PPAI’s senior manager of recognition and volunteer programs, has been promoted to director of member engagement an … Read Full Story

LDW Presentation Line-up Features New Sessions, Speakers
PPB Newslink  May 29, 2012
PPAI’s Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) focuses on developing future regional leaders and enhancing relationships between the regional nonprofit associations in the promotional products industry. This annual event is coming to Grapevine, Texas, June 20–22. More than 150 regional vo … Read Full Story

Bellantone and Meyer Hold RMRPPA Town Hall Meeting
PPB Newslink  May 8, 2012
Last week, PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, and Chair of the PPAI Board Steven Meyer, MAS, attended a town hall meeting of the Rocky Mountain Region Promotional Products Association (RMRPPA). Bellantone and Meyer have regularly traveled to meet with the industry’s regional association … Read Full Story

SAAGNY Foundation Hosts Howard Alan Blum 5K 4 5K Run at Promotions East
PPB Newslink  May 8, 2012
This year at Promotions East, the SAAGNY Foundation is hosting the Howard Alan Blum 5K 4 5K Run. The run is in honor of Howard Alan Blum, brother of Motivators, Inc.’s (UPIC: MOTIV8RS) Rhonda Blum, who passed away from cancer at the age of 16. Blum is an outside sales consultant at Motivators … Read Full Story

GCPPA and PPAF’s Efforts Pay Off
PPB Newslink  March 21, 2012
Through the diligent efforts of the Gold Coast Promotional Products Association (GCPPA), the Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF) and industry professionals, on Friday, March 9, 2012, the Florida legislature passed a bill correcting a 2008 home healthcare law’s overly broad prohibiti … Read Full Story

LDW Registration Now Open, Date to Change in 2013
PPAI  March 16, 2012
Registration is now open for the 2012 RAC Leadership Development Workshop (LDW). The three-day event, held June 20 – 22 in Grapevine, Texas, focuses on developing future regional leaders and enhancing relationships between the regional nonprofit associations in the promotional products ind … Read Full Story

In Memoriam: MiPPA Executive Director Donna Hall
PPB Newslink  March 6, 2012
On February 25, Donna Hall, Executive Director of the Michigan Promotional Products Association (MiPPA), passed away at her home after a long illness. She was 61. Hall was a graduate of Redford Union High School in Redford, Michigan and received an accounting degree from Eastern Michigan Univers … Read Full Story

Paul Bellantone, CAE, at PMANC Town Hall Meeting
PPB Newslink  March 6, 2012
Since his move to the president and CEO’s office last summer, Paul Bellantone, CAE, has regularly visited with the regional associations and businesses that represent the promotional products industry. Traveling first with then-PPAI Board Chair Eric Ekstrand, MAS and now with the 2012 Chair Steve … Read Full Story

RAC Board Member Tom Carpenter, CAS, Wins at Expo
PPB Newslink  February 21, 2012
At The PPAI Expo 2012, the Howard Miller Company (UPIC: clocks) offered show attendees the opportunity to win one of two clocks offered from the company’s line-up. The winner of the company’s drawing was Tom Carpenter, CAS, of Scarborough Specialties (UPIC: SCARSPEC) of Lubbock, Texas, who … Read Full Story

CAPPA Votes to Dissolve
Valerie Schenewerk  February 14, 2012
Matt Gledhill, president of the Corridor Area Promotional Products Association (CAPPA) and the association’s Board announced on February 9 that the association will close its doors. The decision was made at a special member meeting where members voted to dissolve CAPPA. O … Read Full Story

RAC 2012 President Donna Vorce, CAS, Visits PPAI Headquarters
PPB Newslink  February 7, 2012
Last week, Donna Vorce, CAS, 2012 RAC President and owner of Columbus, Ohio, distributor First Impressions (UPIC: firstimp), paid a visit to PPAI headquarters. She was here to learn more about PPAI’s resources, how PPAI and RAC can work together, as well as how both can help the industry’s region … Read Full Story

PPAI’s Bellantone, Meyer Participate in GAPPP Town Hall
PPB Newslink  February 7, 2012
Last month, PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE and Board Chair Steven Meyer, MAS, participated in a Town Hall luncheon hosted by the Georgia Association of Promotional Products Professionals (GAPPP) at the Ravinia Club in Atlanta, Georgia. The presentation Bellantone … Read Full Story

SAAGNY Board Wins Super Bowl Bet with NEPPA Colleagues
PPB Newslink  February 7, 2012
Board members of the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) can look forward to some New England-style clam chowder. They won their meal in a friendly wager with their compatriots at the New England Promotional Products Association (NEPPA) over the outcome of this past week … Read Full Story

Announcing Launch of New OPPA Website
January 30, 2012
The Ohio Promotional Professionals Association (OPPA) has launched its completely redesigned website— www.oppagroup.com . The new website is intended to not only promote OPPA to a broader audience of promotional product professionals, but to serve as an impr … Read Full Story

Regional Associations Among the Award Winners at The PPAI Expo 2012
PPB Newslink  January 24, 2012
Two regional associations were among the award winners recognized at The PPAI Expo 2012: · Three Rivers Advertising Specialty Association (TRASA) took home the silver Pyramid Award for Regional Creative Achievement…. Read Full Story

RAC Recognizes Inaugural 2011 MAS/CAS Challenge Winners
PPB Newslink  January 24, 2012
In 2011, the Regional Association Council (RAC) created a new challenge for the industry’s regional associations to encourage member certification and educational programming. RAC’s 2011 MAS/CAS Challenge competition pitted regional associations in a contest that showcased their members’ certific … Read Full Story