June 2018
PPAMidwest Board Member Spotlight
This month's Board Member Spotlight is on Kerri Nobrega. Nobrega has served on the board since 2017 and holds the position of our current Treasurer. Nobrega owns the distributorship KC LogoWorks and has shared the following fun facts:

Q: What was your childhood nickname? 
A: Bear. My old MN crew and Sis still call me that.

Q: Have you ever had a poem or a song written about you? 
A: I sure hope so!! It’s never too late right?

Q: Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under? 
A: Under. How else would you tear it off without it unrolling too much? 😊

Q: When did you accept a dare that you later regretted? 
A: Throwing eggs off a bridge. So naughty and felt guilty forever!!

Q: What is one thing that all of your love-interests have had in common? 
A: Kind servant hearts.

Q: Where and when did you have your first kiss?
A: In a tent in MN and umm…too early?!

Q: If you could be a superhero, which would you choose? 
A: Combo actually of Aquaman and Superman

Q: What is the worst pet you have ever had?
A: Well…I just raised 5 baby kittens found in my front bush so, even though they were mighty adorable, I’d have to say they were the most challenging pets vs worst pets.   

August, 2018 - Back to School Socials

Details coming Soon!
PPAMidwest News
IMAGEN Brands is pleased to introduce Tom Clouser, MAS as National Accounts Manager.

 
Mason, OH. – IMAGEN Brands would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest colleague, Tom. With his dedication for the industry, we are excited to see all he will bring to the sales team. A veteran of the industry with over 20 years’ experience. He has spent 17 years working as a distributor and is now a huge success on the supplier side. 

Thank you to our sponsors and to everyone who came out and supported
PPAMidwest at last week's golf tournament! Even with the rain, it was a great afternoon laughing and playing with colleagues!! Take a look at some of the fun pictures from the tournament............ 2018 Golf Tournament Photos
MW Reps adds Jen Kruger to their sales team!
 
MW Reps, a Multi-Line Rep group in the Midwest is pleased to announce the addition of Jen Kruger to their sales team. Jen bring another 14 years of experience to the group. Her strong knowledge of the industry and territory, along with her deep roots, makes her a perfect fit for MW Reps.

Wild Wednesday Webinars - Lunch and Learn at your desk!
 
“Leveraging Market Trends in Top End-Buyer Markets” presented by Nate Robson with Raining Rose, Inc.
Wed, June 27, 2018 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST

In today’s information age, commoditization can feel like an insurmountable mountain to climb. While challenging, sales professionals can add value to the sales process by providing convenience and perspective. In this session, we will explore the specific trends and challenges faced in high-producing, end buyer markets. The insights shared will allow you to have breakthrough success by creating recurring revenue through compelling and effective programs. The material covered will provide you with the foundation to grow your business while commanding higher margins.
Learning Outcomes:
           • Discover top trends and challenges in key End-User Markets
           • Explore how to capitalize on these trends and challenges using
              solution-based programs
           • Learn key steps to creating recurring and reliable revenue
Industry News
PPB Best Bosses 

The Search For The Best Bosses Is On

We're on the search for the industry's best bosses. (Yes, they do exist.) While it may be easy to remember the not-so-great bosses we've come across in our careers, the good bosses typically go unnoticed and deserve recognition.
 
PPB wants to hear about the impact your boss has had on building your office culture and the lessons they've shared with you while developing your own path towards leadership roles.
 
Individuals selected will be featured in the October PPB Magazine. All nominees must be affiliated with a PPAI member company and not a previous honoree . Deadline for nominations is July 10, 2018.
 
QCA HONORS D. (DENISE) FENTON FOR 10 YEARS AS HEAD OF COMPLIANCE

 
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – As the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) embarks on its ten-year anniversary (July 10, 2018), the organization and its Board of Directors recognized Denise Fenton – Executive Director of Compliance for her role in establishing and maintaining QCA’s Accreditation program.  

As a PPAM member, you receive 10% off SAGE products and services!
How These 3 Businesses Are Changing Their Industries Through the Transparency That Leads to Trust

Whole Foods and Patagonia are big brands that have done it. How about yours?
Brian Hughes    Guest Writer CEO of Integrity Marketing & Consulting

When Trust is the cornerstone of a company’s brand, but it must be earned. Today’s consumers are smarter, more demanding and able to access more information about a product or service. In fact, Search Engine Land found that  88 percent of consumers surveyed said they trusted online reviews  as much as personal recommendations.
PPAI Strategic Foresight Playbook 

Thanks For Your Support During L.E.A.D.

Thank I am proud to announce the official launch of PPAI's Strategic Foresight Playbook, a step-by-step guide to implementing strategic foresight and operational excellence for promotional products industry businesses. The playbook is available in print, print-on-demand and online.
 
The Strategic Foresight Playbook is designed to play an integral part in how your promotional products business develops engagement strategies, competitive intelligence and tactics to shape the future of your company. 
 
The playbook includes a collection of activities to help you spot emerging trends, prepare for disruption, and plan for change and innovation to succeed in the future. It includes an overview of strategic foresight, a four-step process for company positioning, and finding a market niche, as well as the plays—a group of useful tools and how-to approaches for planning, executing and evaluating results.
 
Developing and leveraging strategic foresight is one of the four goals in PPAI's Strategic Plan, and we are confident the playbook can help you achieve your strategic goals. Download your free digital copy or order a hard copy today. 
 
Sincerely,

 
 
President/CEO
Promotional Products Association International
Product Responsibility Summit 2018
September 16-18 - Alexandria, Virginia - The Westin Alexandria

Product Responsibility. Consumers Are Demanding It.
Now in its ninth year, Let us let you in on a little secret. Understanding the importance of product responsibility in today's economy can help differentiate your business from that of your competition. Want to know how?
 
The Product Responsibility Summit continues to evolve to broaden its educational scope and is considered the must-attend program for safety and compliance professionals by companies throughout the industry.
 
Be among the more than 180 attendees who will take advantage of two days of content-rich education sessions and panel discussions. Topics of discussion will include new developments in social responsibility, the impact of tech trends like IOT and blockchain on the promotional products industry, addressing the new Prop 65 warning requirements and much more.

* Free Resource Manual * Two Networking Dinners (included in reg cost) *
* Become PSA Aware Or Renew Your Designation *
* Industry Expert-Led Sessions * Q&A And Round Table Discussions *