Send news to: May 2016
In This Month's Issue:

Jeff Reed 
Arial Premium

Lisa Riska 
Crown and Vitronic

Paul Prendergast 
E.A. Dion

Jen Mendoza
Executive Director
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Fun Fun Fun at Level 257!

PPAChicago members had the opportunity to mingle and network at this year's Spring Event as they enjoyed their fellow industry professionals company in an exciting night of bowling. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and raved about the tasty food and super fun atmosphere!

Thanks again to our awesome sponsors; Hit, alphabroder, Geiger, Pacesetter Awards and Shockwaves Promotional Apparel for our sweet tees!

President of PPAChicago, Kamil Dys, presenting Greg Gaardbo, Shockwaves Promotional Apparel, with an award.

(Executive Director) Jen Mendoza, (Director) Melissa Kopf, (President) Kamil Dys, (Treasurer) Bob Notter, (Secretary) Colleen Krause. 

Factory Tours 
May 23rd

Education Seminar
May 24th

Factory Tour
May 25th

Member Appreciation Lunch
May 26th

Charity Donation Drive
May 26th

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Contact:  Jen Mendoza
Executive Director, PPAChicago
Hit  Promotional  Products Promotes Lisa Shayne to Key Accounts Manager for Illinois
Supplier Hit Promotional Products (UPIC: HITP0001) has announced the promotion of 
Lisa Shayne to Key Accounts Manager for the state of Illinois effective January 2016. Lisa has been with Hit Promotional Products since 2009 and Hit also welcomes new Illinois Territory Manager Angie Kalaj.
Hit Promotional Products Welcomes Angie Kalaj as Illinois Territory Manager

Angie had been an inside sales account manager for Hit Promotional Products for 4 years, and made the transition to IL Territory Manager for Hit Promotional Products and Admints in January 2016. Angie brings with her the unique insight of having worked as inside and having a full understanding of how the factory works from the inside as well as outside. She is excited to bring that knowledge with her as she starts her career as an outside sales rep. She's a rare reverse snowbird - having moved from Florida to Illinois in the middle of the winter.

A leader in the Promotional Products Industry for over 50 years, Hit Promotional Products is ranked among the top 10 suppliers in the nation. Hit acquired Admints & Zagabor in the summer of 2015.

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - April 5, 2016 - Pro Towels, the industry's largest towel supplier, announced today that Chuck Lang has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. Chuck will overseethe finance, accounting and business development functions for Pro Towels, Kanata Blanket Company and Superior.

Prior to joining the team, Chuck was CFO for RYO Machine, LLC and their affiliated companies. Chuck was instrumental in developing their systems and processes and new business development. In addition, he partnered with Operations to improve the supply chain and product margins. The company and its success and hyperbolic growth have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and NPR. Kevin Nord, President of the Pro Towels family, commented, "I believe Chuck's addition to the finance department will help take the company where we want to go as we continue to grow and evolve. Having Chuck involved in the upcoming changes will help us continue to be one of the leaders in the industry."

His prior experience includes a variety of finance and accounting leadership roles in NYSE companies. Prior to RYO, he held the Director of Finance and Treasurer roles for one of the largest sign companies in North America. His experience also includes strategic planning, division finance lead, risk management and controller positions. Chuck holds a Master's degree in business from the J.L. Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University with concentrations that include Marketing, Finance and Management Policy. He has also obtained a Bachelor's of Science degree from Miami University (Ohio) with concentrations in Accounting, Finance and Economics. In addition, he has achieved the CPA and CTP certifications. Chuck states, "I am excited to join a growing company that is the leader in its
categories. I look forward to partnering with Operations, Sales and Marketing to achieve our short-term and long-term growth prospects."
PPAChicago Charity Golf Outing  July 11th
ASI Chicago  July 13 & 14th