March 2019
Board Member Spotlight:
This month's Board Member Spotlight is on Joe Huber. Huber joined the board of directors in January 2019. Huber is employed by The Magnet Group and has shared the following fun facts:
Q:  At which store would you like to max-out your credit card?
A: Don’t judge... but most likely lululemon, men’s wearhouse or golf galaxy.... I like clothes and golf!

Q: What was your favorite TV show when growing up?
A: I grew up with about 6 local channels... so I looked forward to Cardinals games every night during the season. Honestly didn’t watch much television. 

Q: Favorite movie to quote?
A: I can recite most of the movie dodgeball... Ben Stiller plays White Goodman, and I do a decent impression of that character. 

Q: Can you play any instruments?
A: I taught myself to play Guitar in high school, I still occasionally play

Q: Do you have any strange phobias?
A: I am terrified of sinkholes - look it up... it’s frightening. That is why I will never live in Florida

Q: If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?
A: The ability to function without sleep, could use an extra 6 hours a day. 
Top Golf Networking Event!
Join your fellow PPAMidwest supplier and distributor friends at our April social. Round up your crew and join us for a little networking and a great time at Topgolf!

4/4/19 in Overland Park
4/11/19 in Chesterfield

Members Only
5-8 pm in each city

Please register  here    so that we may reserve enough bays.
Help PPAMidwest give back in a unique way.....
with a Teddy Bear
"Hey Buddy" Regional Association Challenge
Many in the industry knew one of its most respected leaders, the late Francis “Fran” Ford, Jr., CAS and his memorable greeting, “Hey, Buddy!”. In remembrance of this industry icon, the Hey Buddy™ Bear was born. This adorable, fun loving teddy bear was designed with hearts on its paws, a “Hey Buddy™” imprinted t-shirt, and comes with a hang tag with an image of Fran and a special heartfelt message.

PPAMidwest is participating in a regional challenge that with every bear sold, we will donate the proceeds to the Promotional Products Education Foundation ( PPEF ) which provides college scholarships to promotional products industry employees and their children to support general studies and industry-related educational goals.

Help PPAMidwest in this friendly regional challenge while also donating to a great cause. The following options are available:
  • Purchase a bear and have it donated to a child on behalf of your generous donation
  • Purchase a bear and pick it up at our next event at Top Golf in either Overland Park on 4/4/19 or Chesterfield on 4/11/19
  • Purchase a bear and have it shipped to you
  • Donate a monetary amount to be given directly to PPEF
If you would like your very own bear or to donate a monetary amount, click HERE to help PPAMidwest give back to a great cause

Save The Date!
Distributor Registration Opening Soon!
PPAMidwest News
TG Promotions Inc. Joins American Solutions for Business  

Glenwood, MNAmerican Solutions for Business is proud to announce that TG Promotions has joined the team. The distributor consists of a group of nine people: 3 sales and 6 support team members and was founded by Terry Greer and his wife, Linda. They also brought on Jessica Huffman Dobosh to the sales team in November of 2017. She has experience on the supplier side of the industry, and is positioned as the future of leader of TG. Read More
IMAGEN Tekweld Expands National Accounts Program with Jenne Promotion

Hauppauge, NY – Tekweld’s Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, Ray Rodriguez, has announced the promotion of Dan Jenne to Director of National Accounts. The company’s newly created position has the goal of developing strong working relationships with larger promotional products distributors with a national presence. Jenne will report directly to Rodriguez. The promotion was effective
January 1, 2019.

“We are excited about the creation of this important position within Tekweld, and the promise that it holds for the company’s continued growth. We are equally excited that Dan has accepted the position and its challenges,” remarked Rodriguez while attending the recent ASI Show in Orlando, Florida. Read More
ASB’s VP of Technology Presents at High School Career Day

Glenwood, MN – American Solutions for Business’ Vice President of Technology, Mike Pfeiffer, recently spoke to local students at Minnewaska Area High School’s Career Day. The school is located near Glenwood, Minnesota, where ASB’s Home Office is based. Many of these students are children of employees and some become summer interns and future employees. Therefore, for the leadership team at ASB, getting involved with area schools is always a top priority. Read More
PPAMidwest Members.......Do you have a college age student?
If so, be sure to consider applying for a PPEF scholarship
Scholarship deadline is TOMORROW, March 15, 2019
Apply at

PPEF has awarded $1,742,000 in scholarships to 1,013 students
PPAMidwest Members.......are you taking advantage of your Member Benefits?

PPAMidwest Coupon Book - Did you know that you can save thousands of dollars by using the member only coupon book?

The coupon book is located on the PPAMidwest website and is only available to current PPAMidwest members.

PPAMidwest has also partnered with to provide 1-Click access to PPAMidwest coupons when you visit supplier websites. Make sure to visit  and follow the steps on their website to install the browser extension and toolbar which will make accessing the coupons even easier! You may also reference this step-by-step video to see how to install PromoHunt and access PPAMidwest coupons:
It takes less than a minute to sign up for PromoHunt and their team is always available to help you out.

As a PPAMidwest member, you receive 10% off of SAGE products and services!
Wild Wednesday Webinars - Lunch and Learn at your desk!
“Brand YOU: How To Out Amazon Your Competition”
Wed, March 27, 2019 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST

The Amazon has set consumer expectations at an all-time high: a seemingly frictionless transaction, free two-day shipping and effortless returns. In this session Bill Petrie will not only show you how to beat Amazon (and other online rivals) at their own game, but also how to deploy many of the same tactics Amazon uses, in your own company to crush your traditional competition. Learning Outcomes:

- Discover the inherent weaknesses of online competitors and how to exploit them to your advantage.
- Learn the four ways to vanquish the traditional competition by leveraging the best practices of Amazon.
- Master three ways to create an Amazon-like experience for your clients that will build long-term loyalty.
Industry News
PPAI Women's Leadership Conference
Have You Made Your Nomination Yet?
PPAI® has several highly-respected awards that recognize notable work in the promotional products industry. These awards identify individuals for their outstanding professional achievements and commitment towards their communities and the industry. PPAI depends on members like you to submit nominations for these prestigious awards. Submission deadline is Friday, April 5.

Why Happy People Earn More Money
Content Provider  GOBanking Rates Entrepreneur

Studies have shown that happy people perform better at work

It's generally assumed that greater wealth leads to happiness. In fact, several studies have tried to pinpoint the magic income level for happiness, including the oft-cited Princeton University study published in 2010 that found that happiness rises as income rises up until you hit $75,000 a year -- at which point happiness doesn't improve as you earn more. A more recent study conducted by Purdue University in 2018 found that $75,000 is still the target income for emotional well-being, but for true life satisfaction, the ideal income is $95,000.
But instead of wealth leading to increased happiness, the opposite might be true: Happiness leads to greater wealth, and several studies support this idea.        Read More
Register Today For WLC Before It Sells Out
Reach new heights in your career at the 2019 PPAI® Women's Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Join industry professionals from across the country to form new business relationships, make new friends and catch up with colleagues. You may even have time to soak in some jazz and unique Cajun culture tha the city is known for.

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. Scheduled for June 24-26, 2019, the sough-after WLC is known to sell out quickly- so avoid the waiting list and register today.

PPAI Women's Leadership Conference
June 24-26, 2019
Omni Royal Orleans
612 St. Louis Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 529-5333