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June 2017

June 21st
Mason Linn Raining Rose, Inc.

Ben Prasad SanMar

Debra Amato
Peerless Umbrella
  Jason Emery Toddy Gear

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PPAChicago's Spring Event Was a Grand Slam!

PPAChicago and it's members attended the Cubs vs. Giants night game on May 23rd. There was a total of 111 registered attendees. Members enjoyed an all you can eat and drink style set up and great views from the rooftop. The rain delay was a minor setback, starting an hour later, but finishing on time with a big Cubs W. This is an event worth repeating, and with the feedback received, it will be!

Thank you to our generous Sponsors!
Strike Promo, the event's Diamond Sponsor, provided bracelets to all attendees.
(PPAChicago Board; Director, Ben Prasad; Treasurer, Bob Notter; Vice President, Colleen Krause; Director, Jason Emery; Director, Matt Staff; Executive Director, Jen Mendoza; Director, Melissa Kopf; President, Matt Gallegos)
Golf Outing Charity Submission
Deadline is June 9th!
End of Summer Event 
Save the Date!
August 22nd

Registration will be opening at the end of June.

Pro Towels Named Among PPB Magazine's
Greatest Companies To Work For in 2017

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (May 9, 2017) - The Pro Towels family announced that it has been named one of the promotional products industry's 2017 Greatest Companies To Work For by PPB (Promotional Products Business) magazine. PPB is the industry's flagship publication published by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI;, the not-for-profit association for more than 14,300 corporate member companies and more than 510,000 industry professionals who lead the $21 billion industry.
PPB 's annual search to find the best industry employers turned up more than 100 companies nominated by their highly satisfied employees. Pro Towels was one of 60 selected for its ability to emulate best practices that keep workers happy, satisfied and engaged. The PPB recognitions were based on employee responses to an online survey exploring several key areas, including engagement, effectiveness, leadership, ethics, pay, benefits, training and work/life balance.
"We are honored to be recognized as one of the 'Greatest' companies to work for by both PPB and our employees," said Kevin Nord, President. "We take employee satisfaction to heart and are dedicated to making sure that our employees benefit from a culture that promotes creativity and supports personal growth. In fact, we encourage all Pro Towels employees to take an active role in making our work environment highly productive, collaborative and constantly evolving to keep pace with this exciting industry and the clients we serve."
Of those industry companies with winning scores, 19 were suppliers, 39 were distributors and two were business services companies. The size of the winning companies, categorized by numbers of employees, was diverse ranging from five to more than 600 and company history was varied too. The oldest company was founded in 1878; the newest is just four years old. Learn more about these outstanding workplaces and see what their employees say about working there in the June issue of PPB available later this month.

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Maple Ridge Farms Brings Ice Cream to the Promotional Products Industry
May 16, 2017/Mosinee, Wisconsin -- Maple Ridge Farms, Inc. announced today that it is now offering both Ben & Jerry's and Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream. This is an incredible program in which clients give their employees or customers a pad printed Aluminum Ice Cream Scoop. Packed in the gift box with the scoop is a certificate entitling them to 4 pints of Ice Cream including delivery right to their door. "Recipients simply enter their choice of Ice Cream and shipping address on the redemption website and FedEx delivers it right to their door," said Thomas Riordan, the company's founder and president. For more information contact Maple Ridge Farms, Inc.
Founded in 1979, Maple Ridge Farms, Inc. (ASI 68680, PPAI 114165, UPIC: MAPLE, SAGE 57654) is the leading supplier of gourmet food gifts to the promotional products industry. Recognized for its outstanding quality, the line includes a complete variety of naturally aged cheeses, premium chocolates, fresh-roasted nuts, made-from-scratch baked goods, and smoked meats presented in innovative packaging. For more information on the company visit their website