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Jen Mendoza
Executive Director
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2016 NPI Show a Success

"WOW, What a show!" 
...seems to be the reaction everyone is giving about PPAChicago's 2016 NPI Show.  We had a record turnout at Arlington Park this year with more than 1,600 registrants! Many more of our distributor members brought or sent their clients this year, which speaks volumes about this end user format.  Thank you to our sponsor partners, the supplier exhibitors, the distributors, and their clients for making this show such a success.
Our suppliers could not believe the amount of qualified leads they received.  It was a great idea to have the distributors and end users take photos of what they liked in case the suppliers couldn't get to detailed note taking with the lead retrieval system.  The lead retrieval system is new and worked great, but with the amount of people in the booths, they could hardly keep up! 

If you took a head shot, be sure to get it from the photographers websiteThis was a new feature for us this year and due to its success, we will bring it back for next year.  So be sure to remember to plan to take yours next year.
The New Orleans Jazz band that walked through the show put a lot of energy into the event and we thank those of you who clamped and sang along.  Our industry is fun and you all showed just how fun we are! 
Our Pre-Show Party had to be moved to a bigger venue because of the great turn out we had.  Thanks again to the sponsors who helped us put on a great party for our suppliers!  It is a wonderful way to network and get to know each other.  And what a welcome treat after a day of setting up for the show.  It was a super kick off.

( 2016  PPAChicago Board; Jason Emery, Tom Moriarty, Bob Notter, Colleen Krause, Jen Mendoza ED, Kamil Dys, Matt Gallegos)  Not pictured: Melissa Kopf & Kelly Borre

Mark your calendars for next year's show March 9th   

Be sure to look out for information about it soon.  We want to get a jump on it so we can have an even bigger show in 2017!

PPAChicago Spring Event Happening This Month

Join us and fellow industry professionals for our first networking event of the year at...
2 Woodfield Mall, Unit A, Schaumburg 

Thursday, April 14th 
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Enjoy gourmet food, drinks, lounge seating and retro-chic style. Play on Level 257's boutique bowling lanes with above ground ball returns and custom black bowling balls.
Admission: $38/person 
Includes 2 drink tickets, appetizers, bowling, and a guaranteed GREAT TIME! 

Event Sponsorship's Available! 
Gold Sponsor $200 
(Includes 2 FREE admission) 
Silver Sponsor $150 
Bronze Sponsor $100 
Promo Sponsor 
(Bring 50 pieces as takeaways for guests)

*All sponsorships include recognition on PPAChicago website, newsletter, and signage at the event!

*Member Promo* 
Have 3 non-members register to attend, get your admission FREE!  (Guests must list your name in their registration)

PPAChicago: The Prairie
Our Monthly Publication

PPAChicago's:  The Prairie is a great opportunity for you to reach out to industry leaders throughout Illinois at a very reasonable cost. Advertising in  The Prairie is also an exclusive benefit of PPAChicago membership. Our advertising rates are extremely reasonable making advertising in The Prairie easier on your budget! 

If interested, please check out the details here:  2016 Advertising Rates
Distributors, did you know you can attend the ASI Chicago Show for FREE?

That's just one of the benefits to being a member of PPAChicago....

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Have questions? Comments? 
Contact:  Jen Mendoza
Executive Director, PPAChicago
 Dard Products Welcome Tim Hill as Regional Territory Manager
Tim brings over 15 years of experience in the promotional products industry and an unparalleled enthusiasm for selling promotional products. His ability to understand his client's needs and follow through on them is precisely what separates him from the rest. He is actively involved in many regional associations having been the president of MiPPA and the current acting Vice President of OPPA. We are proud to have Tennesse Tim on board to wrangle in the New Year!

DARD Products is a Top 40 supplier certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council as a Women-Owned Business. DARD operates as an all in one shop with the ability to provide to our clients assembly, in-house digital printing, and an ever expanding line of products available on a quick turn basis.
Starline Introduces New 2016 Spring Products

GRAND ISLAND, NY - March 24, 2016 - Starline is excited to introduce 15 new products with TruColor™ imprint for your Spring Promotions.

These include a selection of UL Certified Power Packs, Bluetooth and Non-Bluetooth Earbuds. With TruColor™ you can have stunning multicolor graphics and logos printed on them. That brings the total of TruColor™ products available to over 700!
Our TruColor™ process features:
  *One standard set up of $55.00                             
* No run charges
*Low catalog minimums                                      
Standard 3 day production
TruColor™ Direct Digital Print technology is a unique patent-pending digital print process that allows you to print your logo in vibrant
color directly on to textile products. There is no limitation with the logos, artwork or colors that can be printed with TruColor™. 

Bebco is proud to announce that the "Union Label" is Now Available on all Bebco product, upon request.  With the move of Bebco to Gill-line and the recent Union contract agreement, Bebco is now 100% Made in the USA and Union Made.  The Union Label can be added to a customer's art upon request.
About Bebco
With the acquisition of Bebco by Gill Studios, Inc. in August of 2014, Bebco continues its reputation for exceptional quality, service and creativity which began in 1961.  Centrally located in American's heartland, Kansas, Bebco remains an innovator in the Promotional Products Industry building on products it created that are staples in the industry today like Adhesive Notes, Adhesive and Non-Adhesive Cubes, Scratch Pads and Calendar Desk Pads.  Additional information is available at .
Hub Pen Company Welcomes New Multi-Line Reps Tim and Pete Rosica

Tim Rosica (left) Pete Rosica (right)

BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS (March 28, 2016) -  Hub Pen Company is excited to
announce the addition of brothers Tim Rosica of Rosica Marketing and Pete Rosica of
Rosica Promotions to its expanding list of multi-line representatives. They will represent
the company in the mid-Atlantic states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Tim has been a multiline rep in the promotional products industry for 21 plus years and started Rosica Marketing over 10 years ago.   He was named one of PPB's Best Multi-Line Reps of 2016 as well as CPPA's (Chesapeake Promotional Products Association) Multi-line Rep of the Year for both 2015 and 2016.

Pete started Rosica Promotions 13 years ago after a long career in financial management.
He has an MBA from Philadelphia University and uses his financial management strengths
to help distributors make purchasing decisions.                                                                                    
Both brothers have volunteered for the VAPPA and CPPA associations.   
"The Rosica brothers are a great addition to our team.  The wealth of experience between them managing relationships with distributors in our industry will greatly benefit Hub Pen and our distributor partners," said Andy Arruda, MAS, National Sales Manager.

According to Mike Fleming, Vice President of Sales, "As our product offerings and services continue to expand, the addition of talented sales reps such as Tim and Pete will allow us to build on new and existing relationships."