February 2019
Letter from the President
Dear PPAMidwest Members,
As this year’s PPAMidwest president I just wanted to welcome everyone to 2019 and wish you all a great year!
Last year you saw the Promotional Products Association International start to pivot within their strategic plan as they began to place a greater emphasis on the relational instead of the transactional. As a regional association, we too are looking to put more emphasis on the ways in which we can bring value to our members through the power of relationships.
Beyond the transactional benefits of being a member of PPAMidwest – from savings on FedEx shipping to discounts on Pantone products or software solutions from industry providers to specials on credit card processing to free setups or other specials from our supplier partners – for many of you it’s the relationships you’ve built with your fellow PPAMidwest members that stand out as key factors in your continued success in this industry. Your board is working hard to bring you more educational opportunities, tradeshows, lunch and learns and other social events that tap into the power of those relationships and whether you are a supplier or a distributor, we hope you continue to find value in these events as a member of PPAMidwest.
As we kick off this new year I’d like to give a personal thank you to our immediate past president, Meredith Wallace, for her dedication and efforts last year as well as her ongoing service to PPAMidwest. We had a great year last year and I look forward to having another great year in 2019 as I attempt to fill her talented shoes.
I’d like to give a personal shout-out to our newest board members, The Magnet Group’s Joe Huber, Sweda’s Craig Wallace, Brand Energy Marketing’s Mandi Rudd and Gill Studios’ Elizabeth Morrison. We’re luck to have you with us this year! Cheers also to our returning board members - American Solutions for Business’ Aaron Kist, Creative Services’ Edmond Carson, KC Logoworks’ Kerri Nobrega and Cutter and Buck’s Stephanie Thompson!
Last, but certainly not least, a giant round of applause for the glue that keeps this board together and always moving forward – our rockstar Executive Director, Tiffany Kanak!
Please stay tuned to our website and social channels for the latest news and event announcements! Our “virtual doors” are always open so if you have ideas to help the association provide more value to its membership or just an idea for a fun educational or social event – be sure to reach out to one of us.
Let’s make it a great year!
David Shultz
2019 PPAMidwest President
Join us on Wednesday, 2/20/19, for the Camp David Factory Tour
A highly regarded name brand, Camp David has built a reputation for innovative graphic presentation through multi-process applications involving a combination of embroidery, screen print and appliqué to present a contemporary retail look. 
Make plans to join us as we tour the local KC area facility. We will have coffee and donuts before the tour so please arrive early.

Free to attend - Distributors only

Save The Date!

April 4th - Eat, Drink and Network

Swing on by for some Great Networking!

Details Coming Soon!
PPAMidwest News
IMAGEN Brands Wins Prestigious Awards

Mason, OH - IMAGEN Brands has kicked off the new year strong winning 2 prestigious awards announced at this year’s trade shows. Vitronic won the Counselor Distributor Choice Award at the ASI Show in Orlando for Toys, Games and Stuffed Animals for the 5 th consecutive time. Crown then won the Gold Pyramid Award for Supplier Star at PPAI Expo. This is the 13 th time Crown has won Gold for Supplier Star.

We love being recognized by our customers,” says Paul Lage, President of IMAGEN Brands. “ We work hard every day as a team to provide an exceptional experience. Stay tuned, we have more up our sleeves for the future.”  
American Solutions for Business Donates $3000 to the United Way Fort Worth   

Glenwood, MN – ASB held a 5K Run/Walk to raise money for the local United Way while hosting their national sales conference in conjunction with the ASI Show Fort Worth. Over 130 individuals donated and nearly 100 participated in walking or running the race on Monday, February 3 rd. In addition, 13 suppliers stepped up as event sponsors to donate product and monetary contribution. These suppliers include: SanMar, Dubow Textile, BamBams, Spector & Co., Raining Rose, Catania Medallic Specialty, Showdown Displays, Logo Mats, OTTO International and Evans Manufacturing.

“We’re incredibly grateful for this opportunity to give back to our host city,” said Dana Zezzo, ASB’s VP of Marketing, Vendor Relations & Events. “We set off with the intention to raise awareness and hopefully get 20 or 30 people to participate – we had no idea it would blow up like it did! We have some of the most passionate associates and vendor partners and are looking forward to exploring even more ways to give back to our communities.” 
IMAGEN Brands Welcomes Derek Rose as Category Manager

Mason, OH – IMAGEN Brands is excited to announce and welcome our newest team member, Derek Rose as Category Manager – Plush, Business, Calendars, and Andrew Philips Leather. Derek joins the team with over 3 years of experience in the promotional products industry including a passion and background in marketing.

My goal is to grow my assigned categories as much as possible,” says Rose . “I’m excited and really looking forward to seeking new opportunities for the company and to also grow professionally.”

We are excited for Derek to join our talented team,” says Jenny Straub, Director of Category Management. “ He brings a wealth of knowledge in Marketing, Purchasing and promotional products. Derek has already shown he is a quick learner and is motivated to grow our business.
Our 2019 Coupon Book is now available!  

As a reminder, the coupon book is only available to our members (hint, hint.... renew membership now ). 

Wild Wednesday Webinars - Lunch and Learn at your desk!
“You Can't Skip This Ad”
Wed, February 27, 2019 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST

The age of ad avoidance is upon us and ad blocking is becoming increasingly popular among consumers who do not wish their online or television experience to be interrupted by ads.

During this interactive session, you will hear case studies of what's worked and discover, through proven research, ways to position promotional products effectively with your client's marketing and event campaigns and positioning YOU as a trusted adviser with your client vs. just a product vendor. If your client's brand needs to reach out and connect with new customers, or start a new conversation with existing customers, Promotional Products is the advertising medium that will accomplish it!

Industry News
PPAI Women's Leadership Conference
Why Should You Attend WLC?
The PPAI Women's Leadership Conference is a three-day journey designed to develop and celebrate the work of women who are at the forefront of shaping the promotional products industry. Attendees can expect to expand their professional network in a fun and educational environment while boosting their industry profiles. Register by March 1, 2019 to take advantage of discounted pricing. 

PPAI Women's Leadership Conference
June 24-26, 2019
Omni Royal Orleans
612 St. Louis Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 529-5333
How to Write an Elevator Pitch That'll Score You New Business
Cynthia Measom  GOBanking Rates Entrepreneur

Saying the wrong thing could cost you thousands..

As a small-business owner, generating revenue is your responsibility, so along with all the   other challenges you face in business  , you also have to invest time and effort into securing clients. One way to drum up new business is to deliver an effective elevator pitch 00 a 30- to 60-second speech that compels prospective clients to learn more about your business.

It might seem like an old school idea, but spend time creating the best elevator pitch possible, and you'll find that it pays dividends. Land clients, tap into new markets and   build wealth -- using other people's money
As a member of PPAMidwest, your employees and their children
are eligible for college scholarships through PPEF