December 2019
Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and a Successful New Year!

Enjoy a fun evening out with industry friends as we mingle,
network and enjoy the holiday season
We're having a social in both Kansas City and St. Louis, so please choose your city, mark your calendar and make plans to attend.

  • 12/11 in Kansas City ~ 12/12 in St. Louis
  • PPAMidwest Membership recommended but not required
  • Event includes 2 drink tickets, light fare and a great time!
  • Pre-registration is requested
  • PPAMidwest members are FREE; $15/pp for non-members

Click Here for more information and to register
for the Holiday Social of your choice!
PPAMidwest News
American Solutions for Business VP of Sales Inducted into Ben Franklin Honor Society

Glenwood, MNASB’s VP of Sales, Rob Whitman, was recently inducted into the Ben Franklin Honor Society by Printing Industries of America. According to the organization, the award “recognizes and honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement and betterment of the printing and graphic communications industry through meritorious service (paid or unpaid).”

Rob Whitman has been in the print industry for over 35 years, being recruited in 1984 off the LaSalle College (now University, where he graduated. Since then, he has worked for several companies, including roles as the President of Innovative Print & Media Group and CEO of Everest Sales & Marketing. Rob joined American Solutions for Business three years ago and has been a vital member of the leadership team.

“ASB has such a unique approach as a company and each sales associate has their own vision of what they want to be and to achieve for themselves and their customers,” said Whitman. “Our model of supporting the sales associates as our clients has enabled me to become more of a servant leader focused on helping others achieve their vision of greatness. I like creating and contributing to winning business and I like helping others to reach their best. American has allowed me the format to utilize my best skills and experience.”

“We are very proud to have Rob on our team,” expressed Larry Zavadil, ASB’s Founder & CEO. “He is truly an expert in his field and works incredibly hard to ensure the success and support of our salespeople.”

Rob was honored with his peers at the ceremony held on November 15 th in Houston, TX.

“It is a nice honor and it is great to be recognized for my contribution to the industry and companies I have worked for,” concluded Whitman. “I will continue to look for ways to freely pass on the wisdom that others have shared with me over the years.”

To learn more about the Ben Franklin Honor Society, visit:
Towel Specialties wins industry accolades from two major organizations

Baltimore, MD – Towel Specialties was the proud recipient of awards for decorating on textiles from both PPAI and SGIA (Specialty Graphic Imaging Association) in the last thirty days.

In October, Towel Specialties was awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze Honors in the ‘Excellence in Digital Decorating on Textiles” category by SGIA at their annual conference in New Orleans, LA. Although this was the third time that Towel Specialties swept the awards, it was the first time that they won with sublimated blanket and beach towel submissions. It also represented the tenth time Towel Specialties has won the Gold Award since 1998.

Towel Specialties also received a Silver Pyramid Award from PPAI for “Printing on Textiles”. The submitted winner was a sublimated blanket with graphics for “Toy Story 4.” Towel Specialties previously received three other Pyramid Awards for either screen printing or sublimation on beach towels.

“We have a very dedicated team of professionals. Several of them have been with us since we won our first SGIA award in 1998. Everyone loves the challenge of taking artwork from clients and producing results that that exceed expectations,” said Murray Siegel, Marketing Director at Towel Specialties. “As technology has changed, we’re very glad we can continue to adapt and show our proficiency as a top tier decorator.”
Wild Wednesday Webinars - Lunch and Learn at your desk!
“Diamond Goldfish: Excel Under Pressure and Build Better Client Relationships”
Wed, December 18, 2019 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Expanding upon the well-known Silver and Golden Rules, this workshop covers how we act and react to situations when we are under pressure. Like a diamond, pressure and heat helps mold and shape us, but more importantly, it also has a similar effect on the people we interact with. Participants will learn the Diamond Rule and how to M.I.N.E. for stronger relationship.
Attendees will learn:
  1. Tools: Get equipped with the M.I.N.E. process for building relationships under pressure.
  2. Skills: Understand your style, and the style of those you come in contact with.
  3. Empathy: Gain a deeper appreciation for what causes other people stress and find ways to reduce it.

 1 CAS Credit when you submit your PPAI Pin Number with your survey.
Did You Know that PPAI Online Education offers
live webinars on Wednesdays throughout the year?
Industry News
PPAI EXPO - 2020
January 12-16, 2020 - Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas
Experience Extraordinary

The PPAI Expo is one event you have to see for yourself. The sights, the sounds, the people, the products all combine to create an experience like no other. That's why its the longest-running, best-attended, biggest promotional products event in the industry. Exhibits will be open January 14-16, and education will be available January 12-16, 2020 in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you're in the promotional products industry, come experience extraordinary at The PPAI Expo.

For more information, visit
9 Simple Techniques Any Leader Can Use to Show Employees Appreciation
Shawn Doyle  Guest Writer Entrepreneur

Dramatically increase morale and motivation, and success will follow.

Here is the harsh reality: Most employees do not feel appreciated or acknowledged, as suggested in a  study by Gallup . In my work as a trainer and executive coach, the lament I hear most often is from employees who don’t feel their hard work is valued. As Margaret Cousins once said: “Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”

Here are nine techniques to show employees appreciation and help them feel acknowledged at work.   Read More
L.E.A.D. 2020
May 6-7, 2020 - Apply Today
Take The L.E.A.D As An Industry Advocate

Members like you are undoubtedly the promotional products industry's most effective advocates. When you talk about your successes and your challenges, members of Congress listen. PPAI's Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.) delivers our industry's message to Capitol Hill. Join us for meetings with congressional members on May 6-7, 2020.
Are you new to advocacy? Don't worry. PPAI trains industry professionals like you to help educate members of Congress about the power of promotional products and the strength of our industry.
For questions or information on PPAI's other legislative efforts, contact Maurice Norris .