Upcoming Events
October 24
Nosh & Knowledge Sponsored by Howard Miller
12 - 1:30 PM
Brix Sports Bar & Grill
8675 Pulaski Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21237

October 24
Webinar At Your Desk
8:30 AM
How Can YOU Tap into the Lucrative Point of Sale Market at Retail

November 15
CPPA Hockey Night   

7:00 PM
Capital One Arena
601 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

December 5

6 - 9:00 PM
The Prime Rib at Live! Casino & Hotel
7002 Arundel Mills Cir
Hanover, MD 21076
Details and Registration

January 28
6 - 8:30 PM
Laurel Park
3600 Laurel Fort Meade Rd
Laurel, MD 20725
Details and Registration

January 29
CPPA Winter Expo

Education: 9 - 10 AM
Show hours: 10 AM - 2 PM
Laurel Park
3600 Laurel Fort Meade Rd
Laurel, MD 20725

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Deadline for nominations is December 6, 2019

Please help us recognize CPPA members that are 'Peake' performers in our industry.

Awards are given in the following categories: 
  • CPPA Distributor of the Year
  • CPPA Supplier of the Year 
  • CPPA Distributor Sales Representative of the Year 
  • CPPA Supplier Factory Representative of the Year 
  • CPPA Multi-Line Representative of the Year
  • CPPA Distributor Support Representative of the Year
  • CPPA Supplier Support Representative of the Year
  • CPPA Rising Star
  • CPPA The Peake Award
  • CPPA Excellence in Promotions Campaigns
CPPA Sunset Sail on the Chesapeake

Thank you to everyone that attended our recent Sunset Sail on t he  Schooner Woodwind in Annapolis, MD.  

STAY TUNED for the full video showcasing this amazing event but if you would like to see a quick teaser video, click here!   

CHOCOLATE INN| LANCO Announces New Relationship with M&M's Retail Group
Hicksville, NY  Chocolate Inn / Lanco has announced that it has entered into a new relationship with Mars Retail Group (ASI: 68888), to represent the company's MYM&M'S® B2B product line in the promotional products industry.

The relationship unites the promotional products industry's leader in food and specialty candy with the M&M'S® Brand, a market leader in the candy industry since 1941.

"We are ecstatic to be working closely with Mars Retail Group and their MYM&M'S® B2B team to grow its personalized chocolate business within the promotional products B2B channel," said Lance Stier, CEO of NC Custom, the parent company of Chocolate Inn / Lanco. "M&M'S® Chocolate Candies are an industry-leading brand and we believe B2B is a huge growth opportunity for Mars Retail Group. We look forward to representing the brand across the United States and Canada, collaborating to bring the best experience of the M&M'S Brand to life through tradeshows, gifting, special events, and business occasions."

The initial product offering from Chocolate Inn / Lanco will allow customers to choose three colors from a selection of 25, offer an array of packaging options, and provide the ability to customize or personalize M&M'S® Chocolate candies. With the ability to add two personalized logos and two messages per item, customers will be able to add a more personal item to their product portfolio.

Packaging options include: Clear Party Packs, Single Color Party Packs, Full Color Party Packs, Bulk Bags, as well as a variety of gifting items. There is also a slate of future products planned to continue to expand the brand within the category.

"We are happy to bring this new product offering to our distributor partners," said David Miller, President of Chocolate Inn / Lanco. "Chocolate Inn / Lanco has had much success in the promotional food and specialty
segment and can tap into that industry knowledge as we help to represent and build MYM&M'S® presence in the B2B sector." 
American Solutions for Business Volunteers
for Adopt a Highway
Glenwood, MN  A group of ASB employees and their families volunteered for an afternoon of ditch cleanup for Adopt A Highway.
Volunteers were split into small teams and assigned a stretch of highway. Each person was provided a hi-vis vest and gloves for safety and a garbage bag before driving out to their dedicated area. When they were finished, the group celebrated with a pizza party back at the office.
"We have participated in Adopt a Highway since 2011," explained Justin Zavadil, ASB President and fellow cleanup volunteer. "We take pride in our community and share a responsibility to keep it clean and safe."
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The PPAI Expo 2020
Exhibits Open Jan 14 - 16  ~  Education Jan 12 - 16 ~ Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas
Get Ready To Be Inspired

excited to announce Dr. Rick Rigsby and Molly Fletcher as the featured speakers at The PPAI Expo 2020 in Las Vegas. 

On Monday, January 13, Dr. Rigsby will deliver his Power Keynote: Making An Impact, sharing the wisdom of past generations. You will leave inspired, motivated, and empowered to make an impact. Rediscover what is essential and meaningful, not only in your professional career but in your personal life as well.  

Molly Fletcher will open the show with the Tuesday General Session: Unleash Your Potential on January 14. Hailed as the "female Jerry Maguire" by CNN, Fletcher has represented hundreds of sport's biggest names, including Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz, broadcaster Erin Andrews, and champion basketball coaches Tom Izzo and Doc Rivers. In her presentation, Fletcher outlines the five-step process of unleashing your potential and achieving peak performance. 

These are just two of the 100-plus sessions available at the industry's biggest event. Make your plans now to join more than 20,000 of your colleagues at the PPAI Expo (exhibits open January 14-16, education January 12-16).

Did You Know that PPAI Online Education offers live webinars
on Wednesdays throughout the year

Click below to learn more or register for an upcoming PPAI Webinar:
The Biggest Mistake You're Making on LinkedIn and What You Should Do Instead
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Carlos Gil, author of 'The End of Marketing: Humanizing Your Brand in the Age of Social Media and AI,' shares his do's and don'ts for LinkedIn.

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Donna Hall Memorial Grant
Tiffany Kanak Named 2019 Donna Hall Memorial Grant Recipient

The Regional Association Council (RAC) has named Tiffany Kanak, executive director of the Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) and the Promotional Products Association Midwest (PPAMidwest), as the recipient of the 2019 Donna Hall Memorial Grant.

Kanak was selected from a pool of executive directors who applied for the grant, and was chosen by an advisory group. She will receive up to $1,500 in tuition and travel expense reimbursement to attend education and professional development workshops and events. The award presentation will take place during a celebration dinner at the 2019 RAC Leadership Development Workshop held in Grapevine, Texas, on October 21.

"I am extremely honored and grateful to be this year's recipient of the Donna Hall Memorial Grant," says Kanak. "I plan to use the award to attend the 2020 Women's Leadership Conference and am looking forward to networking and learning from other professional women in the promotional products industry. This opportunity will enhance my association management skills by utilizing the techniques that others have found to be most productive, which, in turn, will help me to better serve both CPPA and PPAMidwest. I would like to thank the Regional Association Council for selecting me and for making this grant available to regional association executive directors. To be recognized for our work as executive directors is gratifying and it also makes us to strive to build our regional associations and partnerships to be stronger year after year."

Created by the RAC Board in 2013, the Donna Hall Memorial Grant honors the memory of Donna Hall, who served as executive director of the Michigan Promotional Professionals Association (MiPPA). Funded by RAC, the Donna Hall Memorial Grant provides regional association executive directors the opportunity to advance their education and careers by providing financial support to attend education conferences and events.