APRIL 2019 
Upcoming Events
April 25
Webinar At Your Desk

8:30 AM
Eliminate Your Apparel Competition TODAY!
Details and Registration

April 30
Pints and Promos

4 - 7:00 PM
Brookeville Beer Farm
20315 Georgia Ave.
Brookeville, MD 20833
Details and Registration

May 13 - 17
Promotional Products Work! Week
Get In Touch! during Promotional Products Work! Week

May 23
Webinar At Your Desk

12:30 PM
Outsourc e Like A Supplier All-Star

May 30
Webinar At Your Desk
12:30 PM
Your Marketing Success Begins With A Great Visual

June 3-5

Atlantic City Convention Center

Sept 5
Fall Promo Expo

10 AM - 2 PM
The Hotel at the Univ of MD
7777 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD 20740
Get Connected during 
Promotional Products Work! Week - May 13-17
Next month, Promotional Products Work! Week will take center stage.

Promotional Products Work! Week is an industry-wide event dedicated to celebrating the power of promotional products and the value they create. This annual event serves as a cornerstone for recognizing the importance of working with promotional professionals while creating awareness for promotional products as a powerful and effective advertising and marketing medium.

Five Pillars of PPW! Week:

Day One:  host an open house, meet-and-greet or company tour
Day Two: advocate for the industry by speaking to colleges, clubs or business groups about promotional products industry careers or the power of promotional products
Day Three: designate a day of service to support a local charity or cause
Day Four:  share the industry's impact on the economy with legislators, politicians and government officials-this day coincides with PPAI's Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Day Five: partner with industry suppliers and regional associations and host a customer appreciation day

The Best Multi-Line Reps In The Business

Congratulations to  Michael Fields on being voted one of the Best Multi-Line Reps in the Business!!
PPB's annual search for some of the best MLR's in the business turned up 29 nominations from across the U.S. and Canada.  Fields is one of eight selected for this year's honor.

The eight selected talk candidly here about what they do that works, their biggest challenges and what they wish more distributors knew about working with them.
Charles River Apparel Welcomes Jillian Heilman!

Sharon , MA Charles River Apparel is excited to announce that we have recently hired sales representative Stephanie Havican to cover Florida and Georgia for Charles River Apparel.  Stephanie comes to us from Communicorp where she spent the last 23 years specializing in sales and customer assurance. She was the lead sales person on their AFLAC Account, catering to 50,000+ consumers on their nationwide online store!
Stephanie has 15 years experience in Ad Speciality and Print sales, and has amassed more than $7 million in sales for her Fortune 500 client in 2017 and 2018. She is a welcome addition for us and we are looking forward to what she will bring to the Charles River team!
Charles River Apparel Welcomes Kevin Crisafulli!

Sharon, MA  -  Charles River Apparel is excited to announce that we have recently hired Kevin Crisafulli as the Director of Customer Care for Charles River Apparel.  Kevin brings with him 15+ years of great experience in cultivating teamwork and deep customer relationships. His most recent position was with HS Brands International where he was the Director of Operations and Strategic Relationships for over 7 years. We look forward to having Kevin onboard as we strive to provide our customers legendary service!
Ariel Premium Announces the Opening of its West Coast Facility

St. Louis, MO  -  Ariel Premium is proud to announce the opening of its new West Coast production and service facility. Designed to better serve distributors in the western half of the United States, the new facility offers a faster and more cost-effective FOB San Diego shipping point.
Best of all, the facility maintains millions of pieces of inventory on some of our most popular items, offers our top imprinting processes and includes a complete Customer Care team.

"This is a great opportunity for Ariel to better serve our distributors out west with faster service and delivery, all with the same quality and service they know us for," says Yuhling Lu, president of Ariel. "Distributors on the east coast can also take advantage of this facility when they have to deliver to the west," she adds.

Calling all Suppliers and MLR's - Have you considered hosting a Nosh & Knowledge Event in 2019?

In an effort to bring more programs to the entire CPPA territory, we have developed lunch and learn opportunities called "Nosh & Knowledge". These luncheons allow our distributor members (and non-members) to enjoy a hosted lunch while getting industry education. Additionally it is an opportunity for our supplier sponsors to reach a larger group of people at one time maximizing their time and money.
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Industry News
2020 PPAI Pyramid Awards
PPAI Pyramid Competition

The PPAI Pyramid Award has stood the test of time and continues to advance the awareness and prestige of the industry's talented companies and individuals. First introduced in 1958, the PPAI Pyramid Award recognizes promotional products businesses and helps shine the spotlight on the collaborative business model unique to our industry. 

The PPAI Pyramid includes categories for all PPAI Members. 

Technology  April 1, 2019 - April 26, 2019  
Marketing Programs April 1, 2019 - April 26, 2019 (Submission Materials Due May 5, 2019)
Client Programs  April 26, 2019 - May 24, 2019  (Submission Materials Due June 5, 2019)
Supplier Decorating April 26, 2019 - May 24, 2019  (Submission Materials Due June 5, 2019)

Submit your entry now before it's too late
Expo East - June 3-5, 2019
Education Day June 3 | Exhibits June 4-5
Atlantic City Convention Center, NJ

Atlantic City Is The Perfect Backdrop

Step onto the Expo East  show floor and instantly immerse yourself in the mesmerizing world of promotional products. While the thousands upon thousands of promotional products are impressive, Expo East is so much more. You'll rub shoulders with industry heavy hitters while growing your supplier networks. 
Are you looking to grow your marketing skillset? No problem. We set an entire day aside, Monday, June 3, for you to take advantage of industry-leading education sessions. We invest in you so you can be successful.
Did we mention all the fun you can have in Atlantic City? From world-class restaurants and electrifying nightlife to dazzling ocean views, Atlantic City is the perfect backdrop for Expo East.

Why Mindfulness Is a Must-Have Mental Skill
Malachi Thompson  * Guest Writer  Entrepreneur
Every business leader faces overwhelm, self-doubt and a hundred other unhelpful habits of mind. Learning to pause them in their tracks puts you back in the pilot's seat.
As leaders in business, there are emotional and mental challenges we experience that our subordinates don't share or appreciate. Making the common but difficult transition from being an excellent technical operator to becoming a middle or more senior manager, usually involves taking on an overwhelming workload.
The learning curve is steep and fast. You can feel as though you're drowning. Just as you feel you're getting the hang of something new, a curve ball gets thrown at you from left field. Demands can change just as quickly as you received the initial directives.               Read More
North American Leadership Conference
August 11-13, 2019 - Irving, TX
Have You Made Your Nomination Yet?

Turning around a company that has had years of low profits, poor cash flow, and stagnant growth to six years of record breaking profits does not happen by accident. Gary Garfield achieved just this at Bridgestone Americas. Profits grew 500% during his six years as the CEO. In this keynote, Garfield will talk about his journey of leading an iconic brand through explosive growth and profit by changing the focus of the organization, breaking down silos, and changing a tire manufacturer into a marketing company.  With a thoughtful approach, NALC attendees will be able to glean takeaways for whatever change their businesses may be facing.

Don't miss Tuesday's opening keynote presentation from Gary Garfield at the PPAI North American Leadership Conference. 

PPAI North American Leadership Conference
Omni Mandalay Hotel ยท Irving, TX

August 11-13, 2019
Questions regarding registration? Please call 972-258-3030 or email jenniferc@ppai.org