FPT Newsletter Header
About FreePromoTips

FPT TV Side Bar 198
Jeff's RANT 
Jeff Needs Your Help!
Jeff Rant_1
The newest member of the FreePromoTips Video Team is Spud. Spud's agent insists
that if he is going to be on camera, he needs regular Spa/Grooming Sessions.

Spud Headshot  

Please share your thoughts
on our Facebook Page!
The comment we like best
will win an iTunes card. 

From Monterey, CA 
Regional Presidents...
PMANC-SAAC Presidents
Sarah deBoer, President of  SAAC talks with Diana Fey
President of
PMANC about
their Association Roles

17 People...
20 Million in Sales
MTO 10 Year Logo
Here's an Inside Look
at the MadeToOrder
10 Year Anniversary! 
MTO Supplier Dinner
Rod and Barbara Brown talk
about the importance of business relationships. Tommy Levin from
Hit shares his experience with
MTO from his supplier perspective. 
MTO Team Dinner
The MadeToOrder Team Gathers  
to Celebrate 10 Great Years

Have You Considered How  Online Meetings Will  
Enable you to Stand Apart from Your Competitors? 
I never really thought much about this, until I started using this program. You can invite your clients to attend an online education session, show new products individually or in a group. Think outside the box and consider how you can build your business with this tool. 

GoToMeeting is SO Easy! You can easily share your screen on the fly and  
do video conferencing.
Contact me directly to see how this can work in our industry!
Go To Meeting

Special Thanks to our Sponsors
We would like to thank the companies who have supported PromoTips on an ongoing basis. Without them our program would not be possible. 

Fields Logo
AIA Logo
ASI logo

Southern Plus logo
Newton Mfg. logo 

Making a Difference!

Meeting Business People

There are many interesting people in our lives.
One  of the benefits of being active and engaged in our industry is the people we meet along the journey. 

In this issue, we share with you a glimpse into the very full life of Rod Brown, CFO of MadeToOrder. We call this piece 17 People, 20 Million in Sales...Really?? 
But the the story goes much deeper. Rod is making a difference in ways that go far beyond his business.
Spud Small HeadshotWith Spud expanding his role on FreePromoTips TV, his agent wants him to get groomed regularly. To groom or not groom, that is the question? See my Video Rant on this issue. Your comments are welcomed on our Facebook Page. The comment our team likes best wins an iTunes Card courtesy of our friends at AIA.    
Yet another benefit to attending the SAAC Show in August is attending the Town Hall event. This informative gathering will give you an inside look at what's happening in our industry. Hear what Paul has to say in this short video interview. 
Check it Out! 



Two great sessions are coming!   
On June 20th, Maurice DiMinoThe Sicilian Mentor will be doing an Education Experience on Creating Your Verbal Business Card. This session is sponsored by Evans Manufacturing

On June 27th, we will be featuring Jeff Tobe, CSP an internationally known Certified Speaking Professional, presenting Recreating the Customer Experience. Jeff is an amazing speaker who created Coloring Outside the Lines. You won't want to miss this one! 
As we continue to bring fresh content to our industry, we want to thank our SuccessTracks Education Experience title sponsors: SnugZ USAWarwick and AIA. They make what we do possible. 
For more information on these sessions and the registration links, go to the FreePromoTips SuccessTracks page


Make it a great day!  


Jeff Solomon, MAS

See Whats New!
Visit the GP2 Section as you look 
for good products and good prices! 

In this issue, we would like to draw your
attention to 
a FREE Vector Artwork Conversion 
This is a FreePromoTips Exclusive from Artwork Source!
Exclusive Education Experiences!
FPT SuccessTracks Online Learning Experiences
Our Next SuccessTracks Sessions:

Maurice DiMino
Creating Your Verbal Business Card 
Thursday, June 20th, 10:00 AM PST 
Presented by:
Award-Winning Toastmaster,  

Gain attention in any room! 
Create a transaction in 30 seconds! 
Create excitement to connect with you! 
The Sicilian Mentor is brought to you by: 
Evans Logo  
All attendees receive Evans Italian cookware samples.
Grandma DiMino loves this stuff and your clients will too!


Jeff Tobe Headshot
Coloring Outside the Lines... 
Recreating the Customer Experience 
Thursday, June 27th, 10:00 AM PST 

Presented by: 

Jeff Tobe, CSP    


Jeff is the Primary Colorer at Coloring Outside the Lines in Pittsburgh, PA. He spent 13 years in the promotional products business. He believes that we must accept that customer service is no longer the bar that distinguishes us from our competitors. 

We now have to consider our internal and external customers' EXPERIENCES from the minute they make contact with us to the minute they are done!  


Jeff Tobe, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is one of the most dynamic speakers in the business world as attested to by clients including MicrosoftMGMAReMax InternationalASI and PPAI. He prides himself on presenting up-to-the-minute, cutting edge material as it relates to designing the ideal customer EXPERIENCE.


FreePromoTips SuccessTracks Sessions!


SuccessTracks are brought to you by:

AIA Logo  
Attend a Town Hall Meeting Facilitated  
 by Paul Bellantone at the SAAC Show! 
Paul Bellantone
In this short video, Paul talks about the ways PPAI is acting as our advocate for our industry. Those who attend will get gain insights on what's happening in our industry. Learn what's working and what's not. You won't want to miss this event!
Click Here for the Video. 
SAAC Show General
More Information and the Link  
to Register Can Be Found Here
SnugZ Video...Behind the Scenes! 

Rebecca Kollmann from AIA... 
As Published in her Promo Marketing Blog 
Message + Channel = What You Hopefully Meant to Say 

Technology has created channels to easily push your message out. My daughters play high school varsity softball-although with the spring we're having, they've yet to play a game and have postponements crowded into the calendar.

A text from my daughters' softball coach combined with an email saying tonight's game is postponed tells me quickly not to go to the ballpark after I leave the office. While the deluge of rain and sleet hint that no one will be at the ballpark, those of you who have played outdoor sports/have kids who do know that nothing is official until the game is called. That text and email give me a quick update, saved me the time of driving out of my way and tell me to quickly come up with a "Plan B" dinner idea. There's probably no better, more efficient way to communicate that news.
17 People, 20 Million in Sales...Really??
Made to Order Logo
Rod Brown may be the best salesperson ever. He proposed to his wife Barbara eight days after their first date.

She walked into his distributorship as a rep for the Shaw Umbrella Company and after two business meetings they had their first date on a Thursday night. The following Friday, he proposed. They have been happily married for 25 years. "The best sale I ever made!" he recounts. Rod is the CFO for MadeToOrder, a distributor company with a unique business structure based in Pleasanton, California. He is an amazing industry professional. I have quite a bit of respect for his business acumen and also for his willingness to assist others, myself included.