July 2019
Board Member Spotlight:
This month's Board Member Spotlight is on Kerri Nobrega. Nobrega has served on the board since 2017 and holds the current position of Vice President. Nobrega owns the distributorship KC LogoWorks and has shared the following fun facts:
Q:  At which store would you like to max-out your credit card?
A: Costco Travel for sure!! I’d book some fantastic trips to beaches around the world 😎

Q: How old is the oldest pair of shoes in your closet?
A: My leather sandals from Greece when I studied abroad in college in 1988...did I slip and say 88? I meant 98;-) 

Q: What is the oldest thing in your refrigerator?
A: I’m a bit of a closet fanatic when it comes to keeping my fridge clean so I clean it every time I come home from a big grocery trip. My sister always jokes that she knows I’ll clean her fridge too when I visit. The oldest thing that I have is a couple jars of pickle juice that I kept after all the homemade pickles were gone. YUM! 

Q: What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time? 
A: Hmm, I don’t stop moving much honestly so true down time nerdy or not would be playing bags/yard games or making homemade popcorn on the stove with Lowry’s, Twizzlers and red wine and hunkering down for some Netflix series or movie binging.(Hallmark in Dec.) 

Q: What was the worst punishment you received at school?
A: I went to an all girls Catholic College(gasp I know!) and after freshman year the sister on the floor did not want me back so I happily moved into an apartment! Win-win on that one!!  

Q: What was your childhood nickname?
A: Bear. I heard my Dad named me that when I was little and my Sis and my oldest best friend still call me that. 

Q: What’s your favorite flavor of Pringles?
A: Original red can for sure!! 

Q: What, or who, are you a “closet” fan of?
A: Umm...Zac Efron. Nuff said :)

Q: What is one thing that all of your love-interests have had in common?
A: My 3 longest and most significant love-interests in my life have all been Capricorns and their birthdays are all within 7 days of other.  

Q: W hat are three things still left on your bucket list?
A: Living Life to the fullest everyday is just one big bucket list for me. I try to say YES to a lot!
August 6, 2019 - Lunch N Learn featuring Jenifer Siebert with Tekweld at Helen Fitzgerald's -
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 .  
Join PPAMidwest at the Ballpark! 2 Games to Choose from!
PPAMidwest Rivalry Game:
Cardinals vs Royals

Join us at Kauffman Stadium on 8/13/19 as we cheer on these great teams and enjoy a little regional rivalry! 

First Pitch: 7:15pm

Tickets will sell out fast so make sure to RSVP by 7/30/19!

PPAMidwest Night at the Ballpark:
Brewers vs Cardinals

Join us at Busch Stadium on 8/20/19 as the Cardinals take on the Brewers! 

First Pitch: 6:45pm

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American Solutions for Business Contributes to Local Relay for Life

Glenwood, MN American Solutions for Business recently contributed over $2,100 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Glenwood, MN. Leading up to the relay on Friday, June 7 th , the team of ASB employees held several fundraising events that included a company breakfast, bake sales, sold Memorial and Honorary Name Cards, HOPE calendars, Scratch n’ Give cards, and Luminary Bags. On the evening of the event, the team also held several fundraising efforts at their themed “carnival campsite” where they sold cotton candy and carnival games.

Of the ASB team that participated, three team members are cancer survivors, which contributed to much of the passion and commitment that inspired others to join the cause.
“I’m incredibly proud of this group,” said Larry Zavadil, ASB Founder & President. “The survivors, family members, friends and colleagues who have joined together to raise money and help make positive impact perfectly embodies the American spirit and culture. We’re lucky to have them.”  

Beacon Promotions Announces New Sales Account Development Associate

New Ulm, MNBeacon Promotions, Inc. has added a Sales Account Development Associate.   

Sarah Braidic Fette started with Beacon in May. Sarah comes from the radio industry where she was both on-air and in radio sales. She was half of the Brad and Sarah Morning Show on Hot 96.7 and Z99 in Southern Minnesota.  She is originally from the Twin Cities, but she has called the Mankato area her home since 2003. She will be an inside sales rep for the states of: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. 

Sarah has a sister in law (with the same name) and a sister in the promotions industry. She says she is excited about switching industries and has found that sales and customers are basically the same no matter the industry - it comes down to effective communication and building relationships. 

Sarah is married to her husband, Jeff, and she has an 18 year old stepson who is a medic in the Army National Guard. They live in a small township outside Mankato, called Rapidan, where Sarah enjoys vegetable gardening, vegetarian cooking, canning and hanging out with the neighborhood cat, which they have named Dr. Waffles. She is also a freelance makeup artist for IT Cosmetics. 

JoAnn Sprenger, National Associate Account Executive, states “Sarah has great energy and creatively thinks "outside the box", making her an invaluable addition to the Beacon team."
CHOCOLATE INN| LANCO Expands Customer service team   

Hicksville, NY – Chocolate Inn| Lanco is growing its customer service support staff with the addition of Dina Townsend as Customer Service/Inside Sales Representative and promotion of Beth Shapiro to Assistant Customer Service Manager. Both experienced promotional products and service representatives, Townsend and Shapiro will help continue the company’s tradition of providing the highest level of customer service. 

“While we continue to broaden our reach in the food, hard goods, and wearables categories, we want to maintain that hands-on customer service feel that that our clientele has come to expect,” said David Miller president of Chocolate Inn| Lanco. “The extensive knowledge base that both Beth and Dina bring to the table will help us accommodate the increase in customer requests while providing an additional informational resource for customers when making purchasing decisions.”

Townsend comes to Chocolate Inn| Lanco most recently from Universal Music Group where for the past five years she worked in the merchandising department after working for several years on the music side. In her new role at Chocolate Inn| Lanco, Townsend will be fielding customer questions and requests, while also offering guidance to customers on promotional products to add to their portfolio.

“I’m extremely happy to join the team here at Chocolate Inn| Lanco and look forward to using my experiences in the music industry to provide the best customer service and drive sales,” said Townsend.

Shapiro has been in the promotional products industry for more than 20 years, first on the distributor side and then the supplier. From working on both sides of the industry and in different positions, she understands what customers are looking for and how suppliers can help them achieve their promotional goals and sales. As Assistant Customer Service Manager, she will support the Customer Service Manager in leading the customer service team, ensuring they maintain the highest customer standards while also imparting her knowledge of the industry to help staff become an invaluable resource for customers.

“I’m thrilled to be taking on this new role at Chocolate Inn| Lanco and look forward to continue to find ways to fulfill customer’s needs at the highest level while working toward company goals,” said Shapiro.
American Solutions for Business Raises $600 For Local Humane Society
Glenwood, MN American Solutions for Business hosted a fundraising event called “Dogs for Dogs” at their headquarters location. Nearly 100 people were served grilled hot dogs, raising $600 to benefit the Pope County Humane Society. As an added incentive, raffle tickets were sold for a chance to win prize baskets. 
“We’re grateful to all who came for lunch – it was great to see everyone support the cause!” said Marci Henke, ASB Event Planning Coordinator.

This effort is just one of many fundraisers ASB holds throughout the year that benefit area non-profits.

“We had a great turnout for this event,” said Justin Zavadil, ASB President. “It’s exciting to see our employees come together so often to support the community.”
Wild Wednesday Webinars - Lunch and Learn at your desk!
“SUMMER SALES BOOST: 10 steps to Skyrocket Your Sales”
Wed, July 31, 2019 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST

The Discover proven and easy to implement sales strategies you can immediately use to make the rest of the year the best of the year. Attendees will discover... 

  • Proven strategies and mindset secrets to stay motivated during the summer and beyond
  • How to easily sell more to current clients
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  • Little known profit boosters
  • How to book early 4th quarter sales
  • How to keep the momentum going

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Product Responsibility Summit 2019
September 15-17 · Alexandria, Virginia · The Westin Alexandria
You and your compliance team need to attend for these five reasons alone:
The Product Responsibility Summit is September 15-17. Bonus this year, Wednesday, September 18, join us on a free add-on tour of the CPSC's National Product Testing and Evaluation Center. Limited seating fills up quickly, so register today to secure your spot.
11 Time Management Mistakes You Are Probably Making
John Rampton  VIP Contributor Entrepreneur

Staying busy without getting results is worse than just being lazy.

Do you feel like you’re working all the time but not producing the results you desire? You’re not alone. It’s a problem that a lot of talented entrepreneurs must overcome. Unfortunately, some people, as a last-ditch effort, embrace  time management techniques  that only add to the time mismanagement struggle.

Avoid these 11 common time management traps that most entrepreneurs make. Learn ways that you can conquer the mismanagement of time -- and you'll rectify this headache.
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Neaman, Pottebaum And Mahre Named
PPAI 2020 Board Officers

PPAI has announced its 2020 Board of Directors officers as Ira Neaman, CAS, chair; Todd Pottebaum, MAS+, chair-elect; and Bill Mahre, CAS, vice chair, financial services. Current chair Brittany David, MAS, will take on the role of immediate past chair when the new board officers begin their one-year terms immediately following The PPAI Expo 2020.

Neaman steps into a role vacated by Sharon Willochell, CAS, who has left the industry. Neaman will immediately assume the role of the 2019 chair-elect. His appointment, along with the other board officers, was made by the PPAI Board Officer Nominating Committee in accordance with the Association's bylaws and after thoughtful, careful deliberation. Their selection is supported by the entire PPAI board. Read More