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Schenker Named GCPPA Executive Director
GCPPA  January 9, 2017
The Gold Coast Promotional Products Association (GCPPA) is pleased to announce that Mike Schenker, MAS, will serve as Executive Director of the association.  GCPPA President Jean Kalinsky, reports that, “The Board is excited to have someone with Mike’s promotional industry experience and recognition join us as Executive Director.   Read Full Story

PPAMS Partners with Industry Companies for Tennessee Fire Relief
PPB Newslink  December 6, 2016
The Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS) has reached out to industry businesses in the area affected by the wildfires in Gatlinburg and Sevier County, Tennessee and while at this time, it is not aware of any losses, everyone PPAMS spoke to shared stories of neighbors and family members who weren’t so lucky. Read Full Story

GAPPP Honors Its Volunteers at Past President’s Dinner
PPB Newslink  December 1, 2016
The Georgia Association of Promotional Products Professionals (GAPPP) held its first Past President’s Dinner on October 6 to honor the legacies of several of its volunteers.  Read Full Story

MiPPA’s Promotions That Roar! Show Hits New High
PPB Newslink  October 25, 2016
The Michigan Promotional Professionals Association (MiPPA) brought industry distributors and suppliers together September 28 at its Promotions That Roar! Show. The annual members-only, end-buyer  Fall booth show was held at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, in downtown Detroit.  Read Full Story

Insightful LDW Brings Together Regional Association Leaders, Volunteers
PPB Newslink  October 20, 2016
Leaders from volunteer committees and the industry’s regional associations have been in Grapevine, Texas, this week for the 17th annual Leadership Development Workshop (LDW), hosted by PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC).  Read Full Story

Regional Association Leaders Came Together for LDW 2016
PPB Newslink  October 18, 2016
This week, Board members and Executive Directors from regional associations across the country were in Grapevine, Texas, for the 17th annual Leadership Development Workshop (LDW). Hosted by PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC), the four-day event began Monday with a PPAI Board of Directors meeting and was followed by a training and planning session for PPAI committee and advisory group chairs.  Read Full Story

Jonathan Riegel, MAS, Named 2016 Donna Hall Memorial Grant Recipient
PPB Newslink
 October 11, 2016
The Regional Association Council (RAC) announced that Jonathan Riegel, MAS, Executive Director for the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY), is the recipient of the 2016 Donna Hall Memorial Grant.  Read Full Story

RAC Elects Its 2017 Board of Directors
PPB Newslink  October 6, 2016
The Regional Association Council (RAC) has selected its 2017 Executive Officers and new Board members. RAC’s 2017 leadership lineup includes Janet McMaster, MAS, as president; Lindsey Whitney, MAS, as vice president; Harold Wood as secretary; John Bates as treasurer; D’Anna Zimmer, CAS, as RAC delegate to the PPAI Board; and Ryan Small, CAS, as immediate past president.  Read Full Story

SAAGNY Educates New Jersey’s Legislators at Its Fall Showcase
PPB Newslink  October 4, 2016
The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York’s (SAAGNY) Fall Showcase in Teaneck, New Jersey, on September 20 drew exhibitors and attendees from across the industry and the region. Also attending were representatives from the offices of New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. Scott Garrett.  Read Full Story

PPAI’s Carol Gauger Connects with PPAM and Industry Companies in Kansas
PPB Newslink  October 4, 2016
PPAI Director of Member Engagement and Regional Relations Carol Gauger, MAS, was on the road recently, meeting with the Promotional Products Association of The Midwest (PPAM) and industry companies in the region.  Read Full Story

UMAPP Members Meet with Minnesota’s Federal, State Legislators
PPB Newslink  September 20, 2016
Members of the Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals (UMAPP) have made a number of connections with Minnesota’s legislators in September.  Read Full Story

PPAI’s Seth Barnett’s Northwest US Outreach Includes Universities and NWPMA
PPB Newslink  September 20, 2016
PPAI Diversity Development and Engagement Manager Seth Barnett was on the road in September in the Northwest, speaking to industry companies and organizations in the region and lecturing at area universities.  Read Full Story

HPPA Hot Stuff Expo, SAGE Show Attendees Step Up for Louisiana Flood Relief
PPB Newslink  September 8, 2016
Industry members and companies have stepped up in support of those affected by the recent flooding in Louisiana. At the Houston Promotional Products Association’s Hot Stuff Expo in Houston and The SAGE Show in Irving, attendees and distributors together donated two pallets worth of items for flood relief.  Read Full Story

AzPPA Names Betsy Andrade, MBA, CAS, as Executive Director
AzPPA  September 1, 2016
The Arizona Promotional Products Association (AzPPA) has contracted with Betsy Andrade, MBA, CAS, to be their Executive Director effective immediately. Betsy has been in the promotional products industry since 2001, working as a sales representative for Proforma Executive Sales before starting her own iPROMOTEu distributorship, Andrade Promotions, in 2010.  Read Full Story

SAAC Rebranding Initiative Includes New Logo, Website
PPB Newslink  August 29, 2016 (originally published August 16, 2016)
The Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) has introduced a newly redesigned logo as part of its rebranding initiative. The logo, introduced with a new website and the initiative are focused on better representing its membership and the future direction of the association.  Read Full Story

PPAI’s Seth Barnett Joins PMANC for Discussion on Selling to Millennial Buyers
PPB Newslink  August 25, 2016
On August 16, PPAI Diversity Development and Engagement Manager Seth Barnett met with members of the Promotional Marketing Association of Northern California (PMANC) for a discussion on selling to the millennial buyer.  Read Full Story

Business Recovery Fund Is Ready to Assist Industry Companies Affected by Louisiana Flooding
PPB Newslink  August 23, 2016
Heavy rains this month in Louisiana, in some parts nearly 30 inches, have damaged, or destroyed tens of thousands of homes, taken at least 13 lives and left a $ multi-billion cleanup bill.  Read Full Story

SAAC Show Delivers Education, Show Floor Opportunities and a New Direction
PPB Newslink  August 23, 2016
The Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) brought the promotional products industry to Long Beach August 10–11 for the 2016 SAAC Show. With more than 1,800 attendees and 300 exhibitors, the two-day event featured extensive education, networking and tradeshow opportunities.  Read Full Story

TSPPA to Host Indiana Rep. Messer During August Recess Event
PPB Newslink  July 28, 2016
On August 2, members of the Tri-State Promotional Professionals Associations (TSPPA) are hosting a meet and greet for Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana at supplier Next Products’ facility in Shelbyville, Indiana.  Read Full Story

District 2 Regional Associations to Host Industry Training Event
PPB Newslink  July 19, 2016
Regional associations representing the Southeast are coming together to host a daylong training event on August 9 in Birmingham, Alabama.  “Promotional Products 101” is designed for those new to the promotional products industry who work in sales, account services, support, accounts payable, graphic design, or some other role.  Read Full Story

PPAI’s Barnett Speaks at GAPPP-CAAMP PROMO University
PPB Newslink  July 19, 2016
PPAI Diversity Development and Engagement Manager Seth Barnett joined PROMO University—an industry education series produced collaboratively by the Georgia Association of Promotional Products Professionals (GAPPP) and the Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP) … Read Full Story

UMAPP Member David Hawes, MAS+, Shares Industry’s Message
PPB Newslink  July 5, 2016
The spirit of PPAI’s Legislation Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.) and Promotional Products Work! Week (PPW!W) extends throughout the year. Their continued influence on the promotional products industry was reflected in a visit by Geiger’s David Hawes, MAS+, to the Washington, DC, office of Minnesota Senator Al Franken on June 22.  Read Full Story

MiPPA Hosts Inaugural Legislative Education Action Day in Lansing
PPB Newslink  June 9, 2016
The Michigan Promotional Professionals Association (MiPPA) held its Legislative Education Action Day June 7 at the State Capitol in Lansing.  Read Full Story

PAPPA Mourns the Loss of Jim Harmon
PAPPA  May 24, 2016
Jim Harmon unexpectedly passed away last night (Monday, May 23). He was a life-time PAPPA member serving on most every committee, attending nearly every event, serving on the Board of Directors and as Executive Director. Most recently he was a Table Games Dealer at Delaware Park.  Read Full Story

GCPPA Executive Director Kelly Wilson Resigns
GCPPA  May 18, 2016
GCPPA Executive Director Kelly Wilson has resigned from the position she has held for the past six years. She is moving to South Carolina to start a new career in the pharmaceutical industry.  Read Full Story

NWPMA Looking for New Executive Director
NWPMA  May 10, 2016
The Board of Directors of the Northwest Promotional Marketing Association (NWPMA) has accepted the resignation of NWPMA Executive Director Thea Bruce, CAS, effective March 29, 2016, with her last day being June 30, 2016.  Read Full Story

Promotional Products Work! Week Regional Challenge
Regional Relations  May 3, 2016
Promotional Products Work! Week runs May 23–27 and is focused on buyer outreach this year. Throughout the month of May, regional associations can earn points and win prizes by promoting PPW!W to members, organizing regional PPW!W activities and helping your members host PPW!W events.  Read Full Story

GCPPA Hosts Second Annual Success Summit
PPB Newslink  April 26, 2016
The Gold Coast Promotional Products Association (GCPPA) held its second annual Success Summit April 13–14 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The event drew 28 suppliers and 24 distributors and it offered an opportunity to network and connect during one-on-one, 25-minute meetings in suppliers’ private suites.  Read Full Story

CPPA Announces New Executive Director, Inaugural End-Buyer Tradeshow
PPB Newslink  April 21, 2016
The Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) has named Dana Geiger the regional association’s new Executive Director.  Read Full Story

VAPPA Recognizes Pinnacle Award Winners at Spring EXPO
PPB Newslink  March 22, 2016
The Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) held its annual Pinnacle Award Ceremony and Member Appreciation Event during Spring EXPO on March 8 in Richmond, Virginia.  Read Full Story

NEPPA Announces Recipients of 2015 Beacon Awards
PPB Newslink  March 22, 2016
The New England Promotional Products Association (NEPPA) has named seven winners of the regional association’s Beacon Awards, which recognize the outstanding achievements of distributor, supplier and multi-line representative members.  Read Full  Story

Bellantone Connects with UMAPP
PPB Newslink  March 10, 2016
This week, PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, has been on the road in Minnesota, meeting with industry companies and joining the Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals (UMAPP) 2016 Fire & Ice Show.  Read Full Story

L.E.A.D. Local New York Lays the Groundwork in Albany
PPB Newslink  March 1, 2016
On February 24, PPAI joined industry professionals in Albany for L.E.A.D. Local New York. Drawing on practices established with PPAI’s annual Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.) in Washington, DC, L.E.A.D. Local is the Association’s state-level legislative outreach effort to deliver the message of the promotional products industry to state legislators.  Read Full Story

Add Your Voice to L.E.A.D. Local New York
PPB Newslink  February 23, 2016
PPAI and New York industry professionals are in Albany this week for Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.). On February 24, the Empire State’s industry members will meet with legislators to educate them on the state’s promotional products industry.  Read Full Story

SAAC Announces New Executive Director
SAAC  January 20, 2016
The Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) is pleased to announce its new Executive Director, Donté P. Shannon, CAE.  Read Full Story

PPAF Welcomes New Executive Director
PPAF  December 7, 2015
The Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF) is pleased to introduce Jenny Taylor, who will serve as the association’s new Executive Director.  Read Full Story

PPAChicago Executive Director Jen Mendoza Welcomes New Addition
Valerie Schenewerk  November 3, 2015
Congratulations to PPAChicago Executive Director Jennifer Mendoza, her hubby and family on the birth of her third child, Gabriel Cesar.  Gabriel was born October 21.  He weighed 8 lbs. 12 ozs. and measured 21.5 inches.  Read Full Story

Rebecca Mclaughlin, CAS, Named PPB’s October Volunteer of the Month
PPB Newslink  October 29, 2015
This month, PPAI recognizes Rebecca Mclaughlin, CAS, operations manager at Erie, Pennsylvania supplier CPS/The Keystone Line and president of the Regional Association Council (RAC), as the October PPB Volunteer of the Month.  Read Full Story

Shelley Bednarski Elected PPAF President
PPB Newslink  October 22, 2015
Shelley Bednarski will take on the elected role of president of Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF) effective January 1, 2016. Bednarski, Southeast region manager with Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant/A La Carte, was elected director-at-large in 2013 and has been on the Executive Board as treasurer for two years.  Read Full Story

PPAS Announces New Executive Director
PPB Newslink  October 20, 2015
Promotional Products Association of the Southwest (PPAS) Executive Director Barbara Frank is retiring after more than 14 years with the regional association. Industry veteran Dave DeGreeff, MAS, is stepping in to fill Frank’s role at PPAS.  Read Full Story

Action-packed LDW Attracts Regional Association Leaders and Volunteers
PPB Newslink  October 15, 2015
This week, leaders from volunteer committees and the industry’s regional associations have been in Grapevine, Texas, for the 16th annual Leadership Development Workshop (LDW), hosted by PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC).  Read Full Story

Regional Association Leaders Come Together This Week for LDW
PPB Newslink  October 13, 2015
The 16th annual Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) is being held this week in Grapevine, Texas. Hosted by PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC), the four-day event began Monday with a PPAI Board of Directors meeting and is followed by today’s training/planning session for PPAI committee and advisory group chairs.  Read Full Story

Dana Geiger Named 2015 Donna Hall Memorial Grant Recipient
PPB Newslink  October 13, 2015
The Regional Association Council (RAC) has named Dana Geiger, executive director for the Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) and the Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF), the recipient of the 2015 Donna Hall Memorial Grant.  Read Full Story

CAAMP Cancels Columbia, South Carolina, Holiday Showcase Due to Flooding
PPB Newslink  October 6, 2015
The Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP) has cancelled its Holiday Showcase scheduled for Thursday, October 8, in Columbia, South Carolina, as a result of the historic flooding event currently taking place in the area.  Read Full Story

RAC Elects 2016 Board of Directors
PPB Newslink  October 6, 2015
The Regional Association Council (RAC) has elected its 2016 executive officers and new Board members. The new leadership lineup will begin their one-year terms following The PPAI Expo 2016 in Las Vegas …. Read Full Story

Regional Association Spotlight:  GAPPP
PPB Newslink  September 1, 2015
PPB
spotlights one of the regional associations that supports the industry’s companies and professionals:  The Georgia Association of Promotional Products Professionals (GAPPP) has established a community of industry members and provides the state’s distributors and suppliers with education, professional development, networking and tradeshow opportunities, among other services.  Read Full Story

Regional Association Spotlight:  CAAMP
PPB Newslink  August 25, 2015
PPB spotlights one of the regional associations that support the industry’s companies and professionals:  The Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP) supports industry distributors and suppliers throughout North and South Carolina with information, professional development, networking and tradeshow opportunities, among other services.  Read Full Story

GCPPA Inaugural Success Summit Connects Suppliers, Distributors
PPB Newslink  July 21, 2015
The Gold Coast Promotional Products Association (GCPPA) hosted its inaugural Success Summit in Fort Lauderdale in June. The suite-style show adopted a new engagement platform featuring a personalized multi-dimensional guest invitation, one-on-one business-building sessions and networking between high-volume distributors and top suppliers in an intimate atmosphere.  Read Full Story

UMAPP Honors Beacon Promotions’ Gary Haley with Lifetime Achievement Award
PPB Newslink  June 30, 2015
The Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals (UMAPP) awarded Beacon Promotions President Gary Haley its Lifetime Achievement Award at the UMAPP Luncheon on May 14.  Read Full Story

BRF Support Available for 30 Texas Counties Covered by Federal Disaster Declaration
PPB Newslink  June 18, 2015
The federal disaster declaration for Texas has been expanded to 30 counties as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that began in the state May 4. The Business Recovery Fund (BRF), supported by PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC), stands ready to help promotional products industry companies in need.  Read Full Story

HPPA Hosts Fifth Annual Cool Stuff End-Buyer Show
PPB Newslink  May 5, 2015
The Houston Promotional Products Association held its fifth annual Cool Stuff End-Buyer Show on Friday, April 17. This year’s event was held at Crowne Plaza NW in Houston, Texas.  Read Full Story

CPPA Honors Industry Accomplishments at Peake Awards
PPB Newslink  April 23, 2015
Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) has announced the winners of the 2015 Peake Awards. The CPPA Peake Awards spotlight the top promotional consultants and promotional products suppliers in the Chesapeake region by highlighting distributor-and supplier-specific accomplishments along with overall awards for campaign excellence and commitment to the association.  Read Full Story

TRASA Celebrates Its Members at Awards Ceremony
PPB Newslink  April 14, 2015
The Three Rivers Advertising Specialty Association (TRASA) recognized its members’ accomplishments at an award ceremony on March 2, the night before its Spring Expo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Read Full Story

PPAI’s Bellantone Joins VAPPA’s Spring Expo 2015
PPB Newslink  April 7, 2015
On March 30–31, the Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) brought its Spring Expo 2015 to Richmond and Roanoke. The expo’s extensive end-buyer show schedule included a presentation by PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, who spoke on the effectiveness of promotional products as an advertising medium.  Read Full Story

New Executive Director of Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association (PAPPA)
PAPPA  March 23, 2015
The Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association (PAPPA) announced today that Patti Ward will now serve as their Executive Director.  Read Full Story

PPAM, commonsku Announce Strategic Partnership
PPB Newslink  March 5, 2015
commonsku and the Promotional Products Association Midwest (PPAM) have announced a strategic partnership that will offer commonsku’s software as a member benefit to PPAM members.  Read Full Story

HPPA Kicks Off 2015 with New Logo
PPB Newslink  March 3, 2015
As part of its goal to begin 2015 with a new attitude, the Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA) has introduced a new logo.  Read Full Story

PPAI Brings Product Safety Awareness Education to the TRASA Spring Expo
PPB Newslink  February 24, 2015
The Three Rivers Advertising Specialty Association (TRASA) is hosting education sessions at its Spring Expo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for industry companies pursuing Product Safety Aware status.  Read Full Story

VAPPA Announces New Dates for Postponed Spring Shows
PPB Newslink  February 19, 2015
The Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) has announced new dates for its 2015 Spring shows:  March 31 and April 1, at the Hilton Short Pump in Richmond and the Sheraton Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia … Read Full Story

SAAGNY to Host Product Safety Awareness Webinar
PPB Newslink  February 17, 2015
The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) is hosting a one-hour webinar on Thursday for industry companies pursuing Product Safety Aware status.  Read Full Story

VAPPA Closes Roanoke, Richmond Shows as Winter Storm Blows In
PPB Newslink  February 17, 2015
The Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) has postponed its Spring shows, originally scheduled for today and Wednesday in Roanoke and Richmond, Virginia, as a winter storm approaches the area. The storm is forecast to drop 8–12 inches of snow in the Roanoke and Richmond areas this week.  Read Full Story

PPAI Staff to Join Regional Associations for Product Safety Education
PPB Newslink  February 10, 2015
PPAI staff will be on the road in the coming months to deliver the Association’s Product Safety Awareness (PSA) program to industry regional associations and to update and educate their members on the latest product safety and regulatory news.  Read Full Story

commonsku, TSPPA Announce Strategic Partnership
PPB Newslink  February 5, 2015
commonsku and the Tri-State Promotional Products Association (TSPPA) have announced a strategic partnership that will offer commonsku’s software as a member benefit to TSPPA members.  Read Full Story

RAC Names 2015 Board of Directors
PPB Newslink  October 7, 2014
The Regional Association Council (RAC) announced its 2015 Executive Officers and new Board members at the 15th annual Leadership Development Workshop, held last week in Grapevine, Texas.  Read Full Story

Regional Association Leaders, Volunteers Come Together at 15th Annual LDW
PPB Newslink  October 7, 2014
Last week, regional association and PPAI volunteer leaders and staff gathered in Grapevine, Texas, for the 15th annual Leadership Development Workshop (LDW), hosted by PPAI and the Regional Association Council. Running September 29–October 2, the four-day event featured seminars, panel discussions and collaborative exercises, as well as networking and consultation opportunities.  Read Full Story

PPAI, RAC Announce New Board Members
PPB Newslink  October 1, 2015
The final results are in for PPAI’s 2014 Board of Directors election. PPAI welcomes Dale T. Denham, MAS+, CIO of distributor Geiger, and Norm Hullinger, CEO of supplier alphabroder, to the Association’s Board. In addition, Scott Hareid, president of multi-line representative agency Hareid Marketing, has been appointed as the RAC Delegate to the PPAI Board. The new Board members and RAC Board Delegate will begin their terms immediately following The PPAI Expo 2015. Hullinger and Denham will serve four-year terms, while Hareid’s term is for two years.  Read Full Story

HPPA Hosts Annual Hot Stuff Show
PPB Newslink  September 2, 2014
The Houston Promotional Products Association held its annual Hot Stuff Show at Houston’s NRG Center (formerly Reliant Center) on August 14. The show drew 664 distributors to walk its aisles and visit 226 supplier booths.  Read Full Story

PAPPA’s Ultimate Field Test Raises Money for Business Recovery Fund
PPB Newslink  September 2, 2014
The Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association (PAPPA) gathered distributor and supplier members together at Pennsylvania’s Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for a supplier-product field test during a three-mile hike.  Read Full Story

Marsh, Hale Honored with 2014 PPAI RAC Volunteer of the Year Award
PPB Newslink
September 2, 2014
PPAI has named Reg Marsh, MAS, owner of Thousand Oaks, California, supplier Graven Image and the late S. Houston Hale, who served as regional vice president, Midwest, for Sterling, Illinois-based distributor HALO Branded Solutions, the 2014 PPAI RAC Volunteer of the Year award recipients.  Read Full Story

SAAC ED Nancy Phillips:  Working for Both Sides
PPB Newslink  August 19, 2014
When PPB spoke to Nancy Phillips, Executive Director of Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC), she was hard at work dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on this year’s 35th SAAC Show, scheduled for August 5–7 in Long Beach, California.  Read Full Story

SPPA Hosts Two Sold-out Events in Louisiana
SPPA  July 29, 2014
This was a big month for Sunbelt Promotional Products Association (SPPA) in Louisiana with two sold-out events.  The Promo Luncheons in New Orleans and Lafayette were sell-outs for both distributors and supplier presenters.  In fact, this was the first year to have a Promo Lunch in Lafayette and it was the largest luncheon one yet!  Read Full Story

PPAMS Wins Award of Excellence from TN Society of Association Executives
PPAMS eNews  July 18, 2014
The Tennessee Society of Association Executives (TNSAE) as awarded Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS) with an Award of Excellence in the Events category for the PPAMS Awards Dinner and Membership Meeting.  Read Full Story

OPPA’s LaDonna Belcher Named Inaugural Donna Hall Memorial Grant Recipient
PPB Newslink  July 15, 2014
LaDonna Belcher, the Executive Director of the Ohio Promotional Professionals Association (OPPA), has been named the inaugural recipient of the Regional Association Council’s (RAC) Donna Hall Memorial Grant.  Read Full Story

NEPPA Volunteers Spend the Day at Angels on Horseback
PPB Newslink  July 15, 2014
As part of its NEPPA Cares Initiative, 20 members of the New England Promotional Products Association (NEPPA) volunteered at Angels on Horseback, a therapeutic riding center in Ashaway, Rhode Island, on May 31. The Providence Journal featured the regional association’s work in its coverage of the charity.  Read Full Story

PPAF Unveils a New Brand
PPB Newslink  July 9, 2014
The Promotional Products Association of Florida is rolling out their new brand that reflects the fresh and invigorating initiatives taking place within the association.  This 2014 brand will be officially unveiled at the 2014 PPAF EXPO in Orlando this August.  Read Full Story

PPAW Brings Tradeshow, Industry Education to Lunch and Learn Event
PPB Newslink  July 1, 2014
The Promotional Products Association of Wisconsin (PPAW) held a lunch-and-learn event on June 24 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. The day-long event featured networking opportunities, a tradeshow and a Town Hall-style presentation from PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE.  Read Full Story

L.E.A.D. Local Takes the Industry’s Message to Pennsylvania’s Capital
PPB Newslink  June 24, 2014
PPAI joined with the Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association (PAPPA) and the Three Rivers Advertising Specialty Association (TRASA) on June 17 to host a Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This event, called L.E.A.D. Local, is the first of PPAI’s state-level legislative outreach efforts to deliver the message of the promotional products industry to state legislators.  Read Full Story

PPAI’s Lardner-Stone Joins GAPPP, CAAMP Joint Product Safety Awareness Conference
PPB Newslink June 17, 2014
PPAI Director of Public Affairs Anne Lardner-Stone recently joined the Georgia Association of Promotional Products Professionals (GAPPP) and the Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP) in Greenville, South Carolina, for a joint conference on product safety awarenessRead Full Story

PPAI, Regional Associations to Host L.E.A.D. Local in Pennsylvania
PPB Newslink June 11, 2014
PPAI, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association (PAPPA) and the Three Rivers Advertising Specialty Association (TRASA), will host a Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.) June 17 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This event, called L.E.A.D. Local, is the first of PPAI’s state-level legislative outreach efforts. L.E.A.D. Local is an opportunity to deliver the message of the promotional products industry to state legislators.  Read Full Story

PPAChicago Welcomes New Executive Director
PPAChicago  June 5, 2014
As of June 9, Cathy Powers, CAE, will start as the new Executive Director for PPAChicago. Dan Eugea, current Executive Director of PPAChicago, has informed the Board of Directors he will not be seeking a contract extension when his current contract expires on June 30, 2014.  PPAChicago thanks Dan for his dedication to the association and his help during this transitional period.  Read Full Story

commonsku, RMRPPA Announce Strategic Partnership
PPB Newslink  June 3, 2014
commonsku (UPIC: common) and Rocky Mountain Region Promotional Products Association (RMRPPA) have partnered to provide commonsku software as a member benefit to RMRPPA members. The partnership will give RMRPPA members access to the suite of complete business management tools available as part of the commonsku software platform.  Read Full Story

Industry Professionals Turn Out Big for Expo East
PPB Newslink  May 27, 2014
Held May 19–21 in Atlantic City, Expo East won over hundreds of attendees with a bustling tradeshow floor, extensive education offerings and numerous networking opportunities. Expo East is a collaboration between PPAI and the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) and, for the second year, brought the PPAI Expo experience to distributors on the East Coast.  Read Full Story

commonsku, VAPPA Announce Strategic Partnership
PPB Newslink  May 20, 2014
commonsku (UPIC: Common) and the Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) have announced a strategic partnership that will offer commonsku’s software as a member benefit to VAPPA members. The partnership will give VAPPA members access to the suite of business management tools available as part of the commonsku software platform.  Read Full Story

Expo East Ready to Wow East Coast Crowd
PPB Newslink  May 20, 2014
Expo East 2014 opened this morning at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City. The show, which runs until 3 pm Wednesday, is in its second year as a collaboration between PPAI and Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY).  Read Full Story

PPAI’s Lardner-Stone, Brown Meet with Regional Associations on Product Safety
PPB Newslink  May 13, 2014
PPAI Director of Public Affairs Anne Lardner-Stone and Product Responsibility Manager Tim Brown, MAS, are delivering PPAI’s Product Safety Awareness program to industry regional associations to update and educate their members on the latest product safety and regulatory news.  Read Full Story

HPPA Celebrates Promotional Products Work! Week with Donation Drive
PPB Newslink  May 6, 2014
Following its motto “HPPA has a Heart,” the Board and members of Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA) ended Promotional Products Work! Week by hosting a donation drive in the parking lot of supplier Hirsch Gift.  Read Full Story

The PPAI RAC Volunteer Award—Now Accepting Nominations
PPB Newslink  May 06, 2014
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 significant and measurable contributions to a regional association.  Read Full Story

HPPA Hosts Its Annual Cool Stuff Show in Houston
PPB Newslink  April 29, 2014
On April 4, the Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA) hosted its annual end-user event, the “Cool Stuff Show,” at the Crown Plaza-Northwest in Houston, Texas.  Read Full Story

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

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