A Message from our CPPA President......

Good September my friends.

“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless,
but because they’re priceless.” 
Sherry Anderson

Any organization, big or small, are dependent on people who are willing to devote some measure of their time to reach in and lend a hand. Some of you may be thinking, ‘I would love to help but I just don’t have the time’, but let me set aside your worries. The time commitment to volunteer with CPPA is minimal – minimal, yet very rewarding. Currently your volunteer board and committees are doing a remarkable job, but in-order-to have these committees grow and flourish, we need fresh ideas, fresh energy, a fresh perspective…we need you.

Currently we have the following committees:
  • Membership
  • Philanthropy
  • Social/Events
  • Tradeshow

The current volunteers have and continue to do a remarkable job, but they need help. At our next board meeting, I am introducing for a vote to add yet another committee, Marketing & PR. These committees are vital to the growth and longevity of your regional association.

I would like to ask and extend an invitation for you to participate and volunteer. I have been volunteering for a number of years both regionally, nationally and internationally – it is extremely rewarding. Reach out to me personally and let’s have a quick chat. We need more brilliant and talented minds to help us execute our agenda for the members at large.

Your involvement would be “priceless”

Cliff Quicksell, MAS+
President, CPPA
Mark Your Calendars for our Upcoming Webinars!
September 9, 2021 Webinar:
Selling Ideas For
Today's Market

12:30 PM
September 29, 2021 Webinar:
Thrive: Your Guide to Prosperity
in the 2020's

12:30 PM
In support of our 2021 Philanthropy Selection, CPPA Cares will be collecting dog toys and items at the registration desk to be donated directly to this wonderful organization.

We will have a list of needed items as we get nearer to the show date. Please consider bringing a new dog toy or other item to donate to this great cause.

Also, Fidos For Freedom will be onsite with service dogs that you will be able to visit with in person and see in action. 
Successful Event for CPPA's Philanthropy - Fidos for Freedom

On August 16th, 2021, members of CPPA volunteered at the Association’s 2021 philanthropy, Fidos for Freedom Golf Classic at the Blue Mash Golf Course in Laytonville, MD.

“I am so proud of our Philanthropy Committee, and CPPA members for their willingness to donate their time to support Fidos for Freedom at many events throughout the year. In a year where so many of our members have been hit hard due to the pandemic, it is refreshing to see the spirit of giving is alive and well amongst our CPPA members. I couldn’t be prouder!” stated Cheryl Hokanson, President of Brand Booster and CPPA VP and Committee Chair

Board members, Cliff Quicksell, MAS+, President, Cheryl Hokanson, MAS, Vice President & Committee chair, Beche Sprig, her daughter Brytt, Michelle Reed, and Bruce Copeland, were on hand to staff the “Roll to the Hole” game on the #5 tee box. As each team approached the tee, they were enticed to better their chances on this par-5 hole by rolling the die for a better starting position. For $20, one of the members would roll the die once and depending on the number, would advance accordingly.
A roll of the number 1 got a start position of fifty yards from the green, a two from one hundred yards, three from 150 yards, four from two hundred yards, five from the lady’s tee and a six would be no advancement. With rolls other than a one, players were offered a “bribe” for any additional dollar amount for a second or third roll!

The persuasive talents of our CPPA team netted $640 from 20 teams!

Cliff Quicksell, MAS+, president of CPPA said, “I was so impressed with the Fidos for Freedom golf event, and it was a pleasure to participate. I would encourage ALL regional associations if you do not currently have a Philanthropic program, do so, it is such a rewarding endeavor, CPPA loves giving back and our committee does such an amazing job bringing these great causes to the forefront.” 
CPPA Cares, the philanthropy committee at CPPA, has enjoyed working with Fidos for Freedom in 2021. Fidos for Freedom enhances the quality of life and independence for persons with mobility impairments, hearing loss, veterans with combat related post-traumatic stress disorder in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan community by providing Therapy Dog support and comfort to people in healthcare/educational settings. They also provide Community/Public Service for youth between the ages of 12-17 in their Junior Program.
PCNA Expands ‘Home’ Collection With New Categories

Pittsburgh, PA - PCNA has expanded its line of housewares with the addition of new categories, including candles, plants and more. This move strengthens the supplier’s position as an industry leader in identifying and adopting global trends.

“We couldn’t be more excited to expand our collection of housewares,” says Liz Haesler, Chief Merchandising Officer for PCNA. “The home improvement movement isn’t new, but its popularity has grown wildly over the last 18 months, and we see a lot of potential for this to be a hit within the promotional products industry as well. People are spending more time at home, and lots of companies are letting employees continue to work remotely, so gifts that spruce up the home are in high demand,” Haesler continues. “Our product development experts pay close attention to trends, making sure we’re providing the most sought-after items. When you look at all our products for the home, you’ll see a curated assortment based on the research we’ve done. It’s not just about what’s new here – it’s about expanding on a category with which we’re already seeing great success. It’s always our goal at PCNA to offer the industry’s best product selection.”

New brands like EKOBO, Good & Well Supply Co. and Sprigbox are already gaining popularity on, and the supplier will continue to add to its housewares collection with future product launches. “We’re never satisfied. We’re always looking for room to grow, and this is just the next step forward for PCNA,” added Haesler. In addition to candles, grow kits and eco-friendly kitchenware, PCNA offers wine and cheese sets, insulated drinkware, blankets and more.
Click here for details on this and other CPPA Member benefits
Industry News
PPB's 2021 Rising Stars
PPAI Media6 - 20, 2021
Twelve unstoppable young leaders who are lighting up the industry

It’s human nature to look back at how things have been done in the past. But the future is about looking ahead, and these 12 PPB Rising Stars are among those who will light the way forward for the promo industry. 

Since 2010, PPB has been spotlighting exceptional up-and-coming leaders with the help of nominations from across the industry. 

Fearless, innovative and inspiring, this year’s class of Rising Stars brings originality and unstoppable enthusiasm for what the industry can and should be. 

Read on as they share their optimism and concerns for the industry, what most inspires them and their best advice for others who are just starting their careers.
The Most Successful People in the World Ask Questions Constantly. Here's How to Master the Art of Asking Questions
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"The art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it.” — Georg Cantor
We ask questions all the time. When is the presentation? Did you get my notes from the meeting? These are straightforward, fact-finding questions, and they get straight-forward, fact-based answers. (It’s at 3. Yes.) It shouldn’t be surprising that my company, JotForm, sees more than two million user questions per hour.

But a thoughtful, well-posed question has tremendous power; opening the doors to innovation, building cohesion among team members and shining light on the dark corners of misunderstanding.
Even so, many of us still shy away from asking questions, despite how invaluable they can be. Experts offer several explanations for why this is: Some people are egocentric and more interested in sharing their own points of view. Others are overconfident, assuming they already know the answers. Then there’s the other end of the spectrum: Those who worry that they’ll ask the wrong question and be perceived as incompetent.  Read More
PPAI 2021 Board Election
Voting Ends September 28, 2021
PPAI's 2021 Board Election is Underway......Vote Now
PPAI’s 2021 board election opened on September 7 and runs through September 28. The nominees for the board class of 2026 are Chris Anderson, CEO of Braintree, Massachusetts-based supplier HPG, and Denise Taschereau, co-founder and CEO of Vancouver, British Columbia-based distributor Fairware Promotional Products. Election results will be available in early October.

In 2019, the Association launched a new approach to its board election with the transition from a ballot vote to a selection process by presenting one distributor and one supplier to the membership for an approval vote. Nominees for the board of directors are proposed as a slate and confirmed by the membership through an election and are no longer individually elected by popular vote. PPAI made this change as it provides a better opportunity to constitute a board of directors with a balanced skillset and experience best suited for leading the Association into the future. The selection process also eliminates the time-consuming, peer-to-peer competition, applies strategic foresight and brings transparency to the process.

Anderson and Taschereau have been selected for their unique experience and balanced skillset of competencies that align with the board’s current focus and strategic plan. Each has also been extensively evaluated by the Leadership Advisory Committee and the Elected Directors Nominating Committee. If approved by the membership, they will begin their four years of board service in January 2022.

Click here to view the candidates’ career highlights, skills and education, and see how they describe their leadership style and the strengths they will bring to the board.

Each PPAI member company’s voting contact is eligible to cast a vote for the slate. Voting will be done electronically, and a new 2021 username and password has been emailed to each member company’s voting contact.

On August 24, PPAI held a webinar, “Get to Know Your Board Nominees,” in which PPAI President and CEO Dale Denham, MAS+, and Board Chair Todd Pottebaum, MAS+, introduced this year's nominees. The free session is available here for on-demand viewing.