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What is your S'more Time Story?

Summer is filled with many stories that lead us to the best paths in life. For many this means summer vacation, lakes, pool parties, camping, or maybe barbecues, and catching up on some much needed rest and relaxation. To each and every person, summertime is always filled with a different story.

Most teachers or students ask the question what you did last summer for an ice-breaker that leads you back to the re-entry of school, but beyond school it is very rare to continue to share those magic moments outside of a short two sentence Facebook tag, Instagram picture, or Tweet. However, we would love to hear from you! What is your favorite S'more Time Story from this year or from 30 years ago. We would love to hear your favorite story, recipe or memory. Please tag us on Facebook or Instagram using #nwpmasmoretime.

Let's all take the time to enjoy the little moments that help us celebrate summer, our community or our stories. Let's build S'more memories together and be superheroes for the future!
Calling all Superheroes!

Grab your capes and gather your team, because the NWPMA Fall Showcase is swooping back into Portland on September 26-27th!

Wednesday, September 27th
Annual Meeting Breakfast 9AM - Sponsored by SAGE
Weyerhaeuser Meeting Room

Keynote Speaker, Elise Lindborg, CEO Brand|Pride, 9:30AM
Weyerhaeuser Meeting Room

Grand Ballroom, Holiday Inn Columbia Riverfront
Free Professional Headshots Offered During the Event
Get your complimentary photo taken by our professional photographer to use on your website, business card and LinkedIn profile.

Members and Non-Members are invited to attend for no fee
Members may bring clients to the show between 10am-2pm by purchasing a client ticket for $10 ($20 at the door)
Superhero Lairs Available at HQ
Holiday Inn Portland Columbia Riverfront Discounted Room Block
Room Rates starting at $159/night

Single and Double Occupancy

Discounted rates end Friday, August 25th!
Thank you to our amazing sponsors!
Final Call for 2024 Board Member Nominations
Do you know someone who would be a good Director? Or are you interested in making an impact on the future of NWPMA? We would like to hear from you! The nominating committee is looking for nominations for the NWPMA Board of Directors, the governing group that defines strategies and innovations for the association.

If you are interested, or know someone that would be a great addition to the NWPMA Board of Directors, please send in your self nomination, or nomination of a fellow member to us right away.

Please send in nominations by no later than:
Friday, August 18th, 2023 at 5PM, to

Congrats to the 2023 Scholarship Winner!
Congratulations to Evan Economou on becoming the 2023 NWPMA Scholarship recipient. Evan is the son of Tom Economou of HALO Branded Solutions, and resides in Woodinville, WA. Evan will be returning to the Colorado School of Mines to study Computer Science.

Good Luck on your upcoming school year!
NWPMA Attends L.E.A.D 2023
PPAI’s Legislative Education and Action Day, held live this year on Capitol Hill for the first time since 2019, was a great success with new faces, including our representative from the NWPMA Board of Directors, Thomas Dalis - but the industry’s talking points on the day also had a familiar feel. 

As LEAD’s name suggests, the first objective is always to inform senators and representatives about the size and importance of the promo industry. It represents a $25 billion sales market in the U.S. and employs roughly half a million Americans. Of the industry’s 38,000 companies in the U.S., some 98% are considered
small businesses. Beyond those important figures for representatives to understand, the industry’s advocates drilled down on four primary talking points that have been vital to the industry going back to L.E.A.D. 2022 and earlier. Along with reading material on PPAI’s positions, volunteers left sample products with representatives and their staffs, including Promotional Products Work! branded tumblers, hand sanitizer and more.

A mix of regional association representatives from industry companies of all sizes and types, as well as PPAI staffers, L.E.A.D. participants brought up the same key messages in each meeting, and the day was a huge success! We look forward to participating in 2024 and beyond, as we continue to help grow our amazing industry.
Welcome to our Newest Board Member - James Fedewa
We are thrilled to introduce James Fedewa as the latest addition to the NWPMA board. James has a remarkable 23-year career in promotional product sales and is currently the Western Sales Manager for Arch Promo Group. 
Residing in Snohomish, WA, James is a devoted family man, happily married to his wife Holli, whom he met at an industry trade show back in 2005. They are actively involved in their children's youth sports, including basketball, football, soccer, track, and baseball. James also serves on the board of the Snohomish Basketball Association, reflecting his commitment to the community. Beyond his professional achievements, he is a passionate blogger, sharing insights on the National Football League (specifically the NFL Draft) and craft beer through his popular platform, National Fanatic. James Fedewa's dedication, diverse interests, and leadership make him an impressive figure in the promotional product sales industry. We warmly welcome James and look forward to his contributions.
Tuesday Learning Lab
“Grow Your Business with Food Gifts It's not Just for the Holidays Anymore"

Presented by Molly Neises MAS, MASI
National Sales Executive
Maple Ridge Farms

Have you always wanted to delve into food gifting but didn’t know where to start. Well, it’s fun and easy and clients LOVE it! Food Promotions are not just for the Holidays anymore. They have so many applications and can help add to your business bottom line.  
Learning Objectives:
  • Why gourmet gifting packs a powerful promotional punch
  • We’ll share where we are seeing the best opportunities…
  • Including what’s hot right now!
  • And we’ll indulge in a few of our favorite case histories.
  • Bonus: The Power of Programs
  • We’ll help “set the table” with a variety of marketing help.
  • From digital tips and tricks to samples and self-promo, we have you covered.
  • We’ll even share a few sneak peeks at what’s new for the 2023 season!
  • And for dessert, we’ll wrap with a few special current promotions!

Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 9:30 am PST
Wild Wednesday Webinar
“Hit the TARGET with Your Marketing"

Presented by Kirby Hasseman, CEO
Hasseman Marketing & Communications

Most businesses spend a lot of time and energy promoting their business…but they are not sure what is working. In this presentation, Kirby Hasseman will explain how to create more effective marketing…and build a business that lasts.
Learning Objectives:
  • Why it’s so important to identify your perfect customer.
  • Why you need to build a list…and how to do it.
  • How to begin to build a brand that people want to share.
  • How to create content that resonates with your target market.

Wednesday, August 30th, 2023, 9:30 am PST
Did you know that NWPMA offers a number of incredible member benefits that includes Supplier Live Friday's? Supplier Live Fridays are a great way to showcase new products, engage with distributors as a new supplier, or even reach distributors that you don't always have an opportunity to see in person. Each Friday, NWPMA hosts a 15 minute supplier Q&A that tells your story to followers. If you are interested in participating as a Supplier, please make sure to sign-up today!
Check Out Who's Coming Up on our Supplier Live Series
August 25th at 10:30AM
Beth Sheffer, Regional Sales Manager-NW
September 1st at 10:30AM
Mark Bruk, Vice President Sales
September 15th at 10:30AM
Robin George, Territory Region-NW
Pin Machine Acquires Gempire
Pin Machine (PPAI 653591) has entered into an agreement effective immediately to acquire the assets of GEMPIRE (UPIC GEMPIRE) to strengthen its position as a leading supplier of emblematic jewelry.

Arch Promo Group, LLC Acquires Wristbands America
Roxana, IL (July 25, 2023) – Promotional products manufacturer Arch Promo Group, LLC today announced its acquisition of Wristbands America, a leading supplier of silicone wristbands that are 100% USA made. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Superhero of the Month

We all have unsung heroes that walk among us; the person who goes the extra mile for a client, the customer service person who makes a distributors' order happen, or even that person who volunteers their time for charity..... We would like to honor those Superheroes among us, and would love to hear from you.

Send in your nomination to:
Include the name of the person, and the reason for the nomination.
Job Board

Tired of placing advertisements on some of the popular job sites just to find candidates that have zero industry experience? Or not getting much response equal to the expense of your advertisement? We are here to help. For the small price of $50/Month for the advertisement.

You will be able to access the newly formed NWPMA Job Board beginning in 2023. In the meantime if you have questions about this new program, please reach out to for more details.
President: Jillian Heilman
Secretary/Treasurer: Thea Bruce
Director: Thomas Dalis
Director: Ian Brudenell
Director: Connor Rubin
Director: James Fedawa
Past President: Dan Hamilton
President Elect: Stacy Midkiff
Director: Nicole Stachowicz
Director: Angela Wong
Director: James Matson
Executive Director: Shay Murphy