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February 2017

February 22nd
Jeff Reed  Ariel Premium Supply, Inc.

Sam Reed  Pacesetter Awards

 Rob Ball & Ben Black
Linda Misiorowski
& Associates
Phil Martin   Warwick
Register to attend!

Jen Mendoza
Executive Director
:: 630-983-7722

Happening NEXT MONTH!
Don't miss your chance to register for the largest Client Show in the Country! 
March 9, 2017
Bringing in over 1,500 qualified Distributors and Clients, together in one place, and over 150+ companies, this is one show you cannot afford to miss.
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Supplier Member Call for
2017 Lunch & Learn Spots!

These are the available dates and times to present: 

 Wednesday, June 21: 11:45am, 12:30pm & 1:15pm 
Wednesday, August 23: 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm & 1:15pm 
 Wednesday, September 27: 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm & 

If you would like to book a date and time please email Jen at .
Spaces fill up quick!
2017 PPAI Expo

This year at PPAI's Expo,   PPAChicago's Executive Director, Jen Mendoza, met with many of the hundreds of exhibitors showcasing product on the show floors. Diligently walking row by row, she introduced herself and explained the mission of PPAChicago.

Mrs. Mendoza also attended PPAI's first official SPARK event, new initiative lead by PPAI's Diversity Development Manager Seth Barnett, Empowering Future Leaders. The group grew exponentially since Dallas, and it continues to build momentum!

(Sam Reed, Pace Setters & Jen Mendoza, PPAChicago)
If your a young professional, or know of some, or are just interested in becoming more familiar with the group, please contact Jody Mello at



Apply For the PPEF &
PPAChicago Scholarship!
Scholarship time is here! PPEF's application deadline is March 15th and we will be awarding $175,000 this year including the $1,000 PPAChicago Scholarship.
Students applying for the PPAChicago Scholarship can use the regular PPEF application forms. They will also be considered for all of PPEF's scholarships along with the PPAChicago Scholarship. Here are the links for the online applications:

Ariel Announces New Marketing Director 
Overland, MO - January 30, 2017 - Ariel Premium Supply is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Duffy, MAS to the position of Director of Marketing.
In his role, Duffy will be responsible for designing and implementing key marketing and branding initiatives of the company, including print, web, public relations, social media, advertising, multi-media, and trade shows.
"This is a great opportunity to be part of a strong team and to contribute to a quality organization," Duffy says. "My role is designed to provide a focus to a number of marketing and growth initiatives that will help take the company to the next level, " he adds.
"Were very pleased to have a person of Christopher caliber join our team," says Yuhling Lu, vice president. "He brings a wealth of market knowledge and experience and an industry reputation that will help Ariel continue its strong growth," she adds.

Addison, Texas (January 31, 2017) - SAGE is pleased to announced that major regional promotional products associations have joined the redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program, including the Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA), the Promotional Products Association Southwest (PPAS), and the Gold Coast Promotional Products Association (GCPPA).

The SAGE Affiliate Program is a unique, customized program designed to give regional associations in the promotional products industry and their members special benefits from SAGE through access to business management products and services for members and the association.

Jarod Thorndike, Director of Strategic Relations at SAGE, said, "We are continually evaluating our affiliate program and searching for the best opportunities to support regional associations, which play such a vital role in our industry. We are pleased to find new ways to offer even more benefits and services to our affiliate associations and their members."

SAGE offers members a choice of Business Suite Packages, special product bundles providing product research solutions on all major platforms, online product searching for clients, a custom website, virtual showrooms, and SAGE Total Access subscriptions. The Total Access subscription consists of SAGE Online, the promotional product industry's most popular product research and business management solution; SAGE Web, the browser-based platform to access SAGE products
from any device with web access; and SAGE Mobile, the full-featured mobile application for iOS and Android devices.

Members can select a Business Suite Package of 2, 10, or 25 user licenses depending on the number of users they need. As SAGE Affiliates, members of HPPA, PPAS and GCPPA are eligible to receive special pricing on the Business Suite Packages as well as savings on their first SAGE Total Access subscription license.

Matt Storlien, Board President of HPPA, said, "HPPA is thrilled to be a member of the redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program. We are certain this partnership allows us to bring the best resources to our membership and helps to advance the promotional products industry throughout the region."

As part of the relationship, HPPA, PPAS, and GCPPA corporate offices will also utilize SAGE products and services to help manage the association.

David DeGreeff, Executive Director of PPAS, commented, "We are pleased to have this opportunity to express our commitment to our professional members in the industry by providing exclusive advantages and easy access to premium tools supporting their business success."

Jarod Thorndike continued, "We couldn't be more excited to partner with our regional associations and provide their members with access to leading-edge business management solutions for every aspect of their operations. SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show our support for the industry's regional associations. If you aren't already a member of your regional association, please consider joining today!"
Jean Kalinsky, President of GCPPA, noted, "Our association strives to be a community that understands the needs our members and works tirelessly to source and vet the best solutions. We're confident in the positive opportunities this relationship with SAGE will offer to each of our valued colleagues in the industry."

HPPA, PPAS, and GCPPA members who are SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to learn more about custom offerings, effective as of the next renewal.
New association members who add SAGE services can be informed of their options by noting their specific association membership on their application.

To learn more about the SAGE Affiliate Program, visit

The Allen Company/ColorCraft Breaks Ground to Expand Their Facility



Blanchester, Ohio- The Allen Company/ColorCraft, headquartered in Blanchester, Northeast Cincinnati, Ohio broke ground today to expand their facility. Stan W. A. Dohan, MAS, MASI commented that they plan to add 128,000 ft. for much-needed Plant, Warehousing Space and three new state of the art container receiving docks. This expansion will also eventually add 25 additional employees to the Allen Company's current 115employees.

The Allen company, founded in 1959 is A third generation family and private business and worldwide leader in branded drinkware and hydration design and custom imprinting.