Upcoming Events
January 11 - 14
PPAI Expo Direct-2-You

Live, Virtual Trade Show

12:30 PM
Get To Know Evans Manufacturing & See What's Hot and New!

January 28
Webinar At Your Desk

February 10
Webinar At Your Desk
12:30 PM
The Newest Products From Sanmar

February 17
Webinar At Your Desk
12:30 PM
Showdown 2021 New Products, Tools & Trends In Signage & Display

Save The Dates!

CPPA Peake Awards
April 12, 2021 

CPPA Winter Expo
April 13, 2021
*Now to be our Spring Expo*
Laurel Park, MD
Details Coming Soon!

2021 NoVA Showcase
May 11, 2021
Details Coming Soon!
CPPA Wishes You A Very Happy New Year!

As the New Year begins, we are filled with hope and new expectations for 2021. CPPA is thankful for all the support we have received from each of you in 2020 and look forward to working alongside all of you this year.

As the new year begins, so do our membership renewals. Memberships renew every year on January 1 and last for the entire calendar year. You should have received an email with a membership renewal notification in December. If you have not already done so, please click 
here to renew for 2021.

A Message from our CPPA President,
Cliff Quicksell, MAS+.......

Well, a most unprecedented year is behind us; each of us a varying levels, have had to deal with this crisis, and it has not been easy - but things are looking up. The one thing I do know, as humans, individually are remarkable, we pivot, adapt, adjust, overcome, to get things done - imagine what we can do together?

As I take the reins from Jeff Franklin, our outgoing president, I offer him and the others who preceded him, who laid the positive foundation for CPPA, a great deal of thanks and admiration for ALL their hard work.

We have a tremendous board, over the past several years I have worked with them and they ARE very strong and committed to making CPPA the very best association in our industry. However, we cannot do it alone, we need your help, input, and suggestions.

We have a few hurdles ahead of us, but nothing we cannot overcome. We are working diligently to provide more services, and opportunities for us to connect as a group, for the betterment of the entire organization.

During my presidency, I want to hear from you, I encourage you to reach out to me, and to the other board members and share your ideas, thoughts, and suggestions - TOGETHER we will accomplish amazing things.

Our board and Executive Director Tiffany Kanak are stellar, our members are amazing, so we are starting from a really good place.

I am an eternal optimist, always will be - what is the alternative? We need to continue looking forward.

As we move headfirst into 2021, it will not be perfect, however, let us stay committed to ourselves, our families, and our businesses, so together, we can have the most productive and profitable year yet.

You have my commitment! Again, TOGETHER we will accomplish amazing things.  

Continued success my friends.

Cliff Quiksell, MAS+
CPPA President
2021 CPPA Cares Philanthropy Selection 

Happy New Year! I am excited to announce Fidos for Freedom as the organization chosen by your votes to support in 2021. Fidos for Freedom is a non-profit, 501©(3) organization based in Laurel, Maryland. They strive to increase the quality of life for people living in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan community through the use of hearing dogs, service dogs and therapy dogs. 

To learn more about this wonderful organization, please visit: www.fidosforfreedom.org

Stay tuned for more information about our plans to assist Fidos for Freedoms with their 2021 goals. I am certainly hoping for a return to in-person events later this year and if those events could include dogs, that would be the cherry on top!

Thank you to all who indicated they would like to be included on the 2021 Philanthropy Committee. I will be reaching out soon with our first meeting information. If you would like to be included on the committee, please reach out to me at cheryl@brandboosterspromos.com.

Looking forward to a dog-gone great year!

Cheryl Hokanson
CPPA Vice President and Philanthropy Committee Chair

CPPA Members.....
Are you taking advantage of your Member Benefits?


Did You Miss Some of our Informative Webinars and Want to Catch Up

As a CPPA member, you have access to these webinars that may be watched when it is convenient for you.
By watching a recording you can still earn CAS/MAS credit. 

The webinars may be found HERE on the CPPA website. Please make sure that you are logged in at www.cppa.biz with your email address and password as this is a CPPA Member Only benefit. Don't know your password? Reset it at any time on the main page to the right of the Log In button.

All caught up with our webinars and looking for more? PPAI also offers monthly webinars that may be found HERE.
Industry News
January 11-14, 2021 - Virtual Show At Your Desk

Expo Reimagined

Have you registering to attend this live, virtual trade show, the likes of which only the creative minds of The PPAI Expo can deliver? If not, there is still time by visiting: PPAI Expo Direct-2-You

During the week there will be opportunities to:
  • Join other industry professionals in our very own CPPA networking lounge
  • Hear inspirational and informative speakers and interviews
  • Enjoy special events as well as delightful pop-ups and other surprises
  • Navigate a show floor on a scale only The PPAI Expo producers can deliver

Launch your individual 2021 successes at PPAI Expo Direct-2-You. Join us all four days at this distinctly different promotional products show, January 11-14, 2021.
Elizabeth Pearson * Entrepreneur Leadership Network Contributor Founder, Elizabeth Pearson Executive Coaching
Overcompensating for working in sweats by working all hours of the day and night? Here's how to use your newfound flexibility and erase your work-from-home (WFH) guilt.
It's probably no surprise that 88% of organizations have encouraged or required their employees to work from home due to the pandemic. Unexpectedly, working from home can trigger feelings of guilt. Work-from-home guilt spirals some employees' emotions into negative feelings about themselves, even causing some to doubt their performance.

COVID has blurred the lines between our personal and professional lives, causing the two worlds to collide daily, resulting in friction from competing demands: homeschooling, parenting, working, spending time with family, with one's significant other, and caring for one's self.             Read More
PPAI Media
PPB Newslink - 1/5/21

RAC Announces 2021 Directors and Officers

The Regional Association Council (RAC) has announced its 2021 executive officers and new board members. New officers serve one-year terms while board members' terms are for two years. Their terms began this month.
RAC's 2021 leadership lineup includes:
  • President - Rena Ashfeld, CAS
  • Vice President - Brian Deissroth, CAS
  • Treasurer - Tom Clouser, MAS
  • Secretary - Michelle Sherwin, CAS
  • Immediate-Past President - Harold Wood
  • RAC Delegate to the PPAI Board - Lindsey Davis, MAS

Newly elected board members for 2021 includes:
  • Steven Lazarus, MAS, representing District 2
  • Kara Keister, MBA, representing District 5
  • Meredith Wallace, MAS, representing District 4
  • Sam Brown, MAS, representing District 5

Continuing their service to the RAC Board are:
  • Josh Pospisil, representing District 4
  • Lori Bolton-Herman, representing District 5

RAC is a standing committee of PPAI with a mission to enhance the success of the industry's 27 regional associations through representation, advocacy and communication. All participating regional associations are members of the Regional Association Council and are represented by their individually appointed RAC delegates who communicate to the RAC board, and attend delegate assemblies as scheduled as well and the annual Leadership Development Workshop.