August 2018
PPAMidwest Board Member Spotlight
This month's Board Member Spotlight is on Charles Duggan II, MAS+. Duggan has served on the board in various positions since 2013 and holds the current position of our 2018 RAC Delegate. Duggan is employed by Goldstar and has shared the following fun facts:

Q: Which storybook/cartoon character turns you on the most?
A: Wonder Women

Q: What was your favorite TV show when growing up?
A: 6 million dollar man and Fantasy Island.

Q: What was your favorite toy as a kid?
A: A Rubber Ball (four square expert)

Q: Can you play any instruments?
A: No – although I tired the trumpet in elementary school.  

Q: What is your favorite cereal?
A: Lucky Charms – They're magically delicious.

Q: What was your childhood nickname?
A: Gore (middle name)

Q: What are three things still left on your bucket list?
A: Hawaii Ironman, Great wall of China Marathon and Bike across America

Q: If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose? 
A: Be invisible

Join your fellow PPAMidwest supplier and distributor friends at our September social. Register you and a partner to participate in our pickleball tournament or we can place you with a teammate if you would prefer. No experience required for this fun event but make sure to come sporty as we will be playing various outdoor games. Pickleball isn't your thing? No worries....come on out for a little networking and a great time!
September 26, 2018 - Lunch N Learn featuring KiddooPROMO at Trainwreck Saloon- Come enjoy lunch as one of your favorite reps teach you the "How to's" to sell their line. What's New? - What's Hot? Great case histories that have worked; not could work. Lunch is Free to Distributors but does require a reservation. Let us know you plan to attend by registering here .

Distributor Registration Opening Soon......
PPAMidwest News
American Solutions for Business Promotes Miriah Cassidy and Amy Spychalla to Executive Directors
Glenwood, MN - American Solutions for Business is pleased to announce the promotions of Miriah Cassidy and Amy Spychlalla to the Senior Leadership Team in the roles of Executive Director.
Prime Line Celebrates Employees with Summer Picnics
Bridgeport, CTPrime Line ® , the hard goods division of alphabroder, celebrated employees at its Connecticut and South Carolina facilities with picnics that featured a DJ and dancing, sumptuous catered food, games and prize drawings.
Employees competed for cash and other prizes in a volleyball tournament and musical chairs. There were water slides and a dunk tank, which provided an opportunity for employees to dunk their managers.
“These events are so important to me and the company to show our appreciation and to celebrate Prime’s incredible employees. It’s all part of creating a positive experience and workplace for everyone,” said Jeff Lederer, President of Prime Line, who attended both events. “It was wonderful to see our employees at each location come together and enjoy fun and sun.”
Employees donned tie-dyed T-shirts from alphabroder that were decorated by Prime Line, which included both the Prime and alphabroder logos.
In December 2017, Prime Line merged with alphabroder, North America’s leading supplier of imprintable apparel. Prime has been a leading industry supplier since its inception in 1980 and is a founding member of the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA). It is headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut. For more information about Prime Line, visit . For more information about alphabroder, visit .

Wild Wednesday Webinars - Lunch and Learn at your desk!
“The Subtle Art of Marketing Emotionally and Selling Authentically” presented by Bill Petrie with PromoCorner
Wed, August 29, 2018 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST

It’s been said countless times that people buy emotionally and justify logically. Join Bill Petrie for this session as he outlines targeted tactical actions that can be taken immediately to build an emotional bond with your target audience while maintaining the authenticity they crave. At the end of this session, you’ll be fully prepared to create loyal advocates for you and your brand.
Learning Outcomes:
1.         Learn how emotional targeting will drive higher conversion rates
2.         Discover how to make an emotional connection to build brand advocates
3.         Explore three ways for your brand to immediately connect emotionally and authentically with your target audience

Industry News
PPB Service Superheroes 

It's A PPB Service Superhero

Now more than ever, consumers expect businesses to provide the best customer experience possible. Some of the most successful industry companies understand the value of exceptional customer service and invest in some of the best talent to achieve their goals. Service Superheroes create personalized experiences customers crave by delivering top-notch service. If you know a Service Superhero—in your company or a vendor company—who proves great service does still exist, PPB magazine wants to hear about them.
Nominate your Service Superhero by August 28 . If your nominee is selected, he or she will be included in a feature story in PPB's November issue.

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3 Ways to Stay Motivated in Any Situation

Brian Tracy  VIP Contributor Entrepreneur

Maintain your motivation and productivity, even when you're not feeling your best.

We’ve all had days where nothing seems to get done, no matter how good our intentions are. Those days that seem to stretch on forever, wondering how such a long day could still leave you feeling so unfulfilled.
Product Responsibility Summit 2018 

5 Reasons You Should Attend The Summit
September 16-18 | Alexandria, VA | The Westin Alexandria

You and your compliance team need to attend for these five reasons alone:
  1. Understand Prop 65 Changes - Compliance experts will be reviewing the new changes and identifying best practices to ensure you are prepared to meet the new regulations.
  2. Built For Our Industry - Topics at this year's Summit range from social responsibility and emerging regulatory changes to international shipping challenges and recalls. New this year are sessions on blockchain, IoT (Internet of Things) and impact of cannabis on our industry.
  3. Networking Opportunities  - Build new connections during the opening night dinner, dine-around and scheduled networking breaks. All are included in your registration fee.
  4. Gold-Standard Reference Material - The Compliance Manual each attendee receives is worth more than the price of admission.
  5. Automatic PSA Fulfillment - PPAI requires all firms who exhibit at The PPAI Expo/Expo East or advertise in a PPAI publication, to have at least one employee complete Product Safety Awareness training. Attendance at Summit covers this requirement.