February 2020 Newsletter
President's Message

Dear TRASA Members:
TRASA's mission has always been to provide an environment for members to grow and prosper by association with one another.
Over the course of the last several years our industry has been changing how we all do business with each other as suppliers, distributors and end-users. 
Information travels much faster than ever before through social channels, buying and selling is more readily available online and our customers are more educated. These advancements have been great but the challenges are real. What we all do in our businesses whether we sell apparel, hard goods or services is we trying to bring people closer together. TRASA believes lasting relationships start with the personal feeling you get by shaking someone's hand at a trade show or getting a personal phone call from a new face you met while networking. I believe these social interactions have made each one of our companies unique and stand out to our customers by developing our individual networks of resources and becoming more educated allowing us to all be better solutions creators!
TRASA will continue to evolve to meet the everchanging landscape of our industry and try its best to service the growing needs of our membership. Our hope is that our organization has made an impact for both our suppliers and distributor members equally. It takes the support of both parts for us grow as an organization and to continually to provide better education, new shows and opportunities to network, as well as more convenient and useful online tools.
We will be conducting short ongoing membership surveys throughout the year to learn what's most important to each of you so please show your support by coming to out shows and events and please participate in our surveys so we can best support your growing needs.
Please take our first survey by clicking here. This survey will be open until March 3 at 5 p.m.  
Jake Huffmyer
TRASA President
Expo Highlights
Exhibit Hours 10 a.m. 2 p.m.
Luck of the Irish - members check your show bag - if you find a Shamrock necklace, you win a FREE Self-Promo
First 75 members to attend the show receive a printed copy of the coupon book.  
T-Shirt Tool - decorator sample series provided by Pittsburgh Print House & SanMar  
Business Services vendors will be on site to inform distributors of how to improve your digital marketing; reduce your merchant services fees; and other services.   
Come and get 'em while supplies last - FREE refreshments on the top of the hour while supplies last 10 a.m.,11 a.m. & 12 p.m.  
Crazy Horse Coffee - $2 per cup  - proceeds go to Animal Friends


11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Animal Friends on site with a dog & 12 to 2 p.m. "Captain Jack" a giant Flemish bunny will be visiting the show.


1:45 p.m. Member Prize Drawings - $75 Amazon gift cards


Did you register to attend the show?  

If not, register today.  

Pre-registration ends March 2. Click here  


Thank you Expo Sponsors

Show Sponsor
Awards - Moderne Glass
Coasters - CPS/Keystone
Education Pens - Hub
Key Fob - Sweda
Lanyards - Snugz              
Luggage Tags - Spector / Jules Scheck
Notebooks - BIC Graphic
Printing of Coupon Books - BTC Business Cards Tomorrow
Set Up Day Shirts - Trimark
Shamrock Necklace - Wowline
Sharpies - Sanford B to B
Show Bags - Bag Makers, Inc.
Show Day Shirts - Vantage Apparel 
Show Pens - Riteline / Craxford
Sticky Note Spiral Notebook - Hit Promotional Products
Tattoos - California Tattoos/Jules Scheck
T-Shirt Tool - Pittsburgh Print House & SanMar
Webcam Security Cover - Prime
Wristbands - Wrist-Bands America  
Animal Friends Homeless Residents' Wish List
Please consider bringing donations to the TRASA Expo on March 3

  • Unopened dry pet food (preferably small/medium bags)
  • Unopened treats
  • Canned pet food
  • Rabbit litter (pelleted wood or recycled newspaper only)
  • Washable pet beds
  • New toys
  • Washable used toys
  • Metal or ceramic bowls
  • Pee pads
  • Harnesses
  • Collars
  • Leashes (no retractable leashes)
  • Timothy hay
  • Rabbit or small animal food
  • Cat litter

Web Design Content Creative Website Responsive Concept
is coming soon!

We are currently building the site full of membership info, event details, tools you can use, and much more!
How to Sell Golf & Mini Show
April 30 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Seeking 10 supplier members who sell golf product to join us for this educational and fun event on April 30.

Event format:  suppliers will make presentations to distributors followed by a pizza social then afterwards there is an option to mini golf, driving range, batting cages or pitch n putt. Expected attendance 30 distributors.

Cost: $100

If interested contact Pat O'Hara, Event Chair,  Phone: 330-385-0743   
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Renew your 2020 Membership
If you already did, thank you!

2020 is going to be a BIG year for TRASA and we want you to be a part of it. We are expanding our reach into Erie, Altoona and Pittsburgh to better serve our entire membership area.

A new website, new networking and social events, professional development, and volunteer opportunities are some of the member enhancements headed your way. Now is the time to renew or join so that you don't miss anything.

Click here to renew and/or join today!
2020 TRASA Calendar
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March 3 - TRASA Expo @ Printscape Arena, Canonsburg, PA
Exhibit hours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Distributors click here to register.

March 19 - Altoona Business Builder Breakfast Meeting co-sponsored by Trimark & Mineral Springs Custom Labels
8:30 to 10 a.m. Perkins meeting room, 3300 Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Altoona, PA 16602 - Click here to register.

April 16 - TRASA Altoona Client Expo, Blair County Convention Center - Exhibit Hours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Distributors click here to register.

April 30 - How to Sell Golf & Mini Show, Scally's Golf Center, Pittsburgh - 2 to 5 p.m.

May 7 - Pittsburgh Business Builder Breakfast Meeting sponsored by Peerless Umbrella from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Panera Bread, North Fayette, 250 McHolme Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275

May 8 - Alpha Factory Tour

July 16 - Erie Business Builder Breakfast Meeting co-sponsored by Vantage Apparel & CPS Keystone from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Panera Bread, 1935 Keystone Drive, Erie, PA

NEW - August 13 - TRASA Erie Client Expo, Zem Zem Shrine, Erie, PA - Exhibit Hours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sept 2 - TRASA Holiday Showcase Client Show, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Exhibit Hours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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NEW TRASA Mailing Address effective 11/1/2019

PO Box 2446
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Contact Andy Evans, Sr. Strategic Account Lead, at 800-925-7243 x4526
Patti Ward, TRASA Executive Director
412-860-0699 work/cell