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October 2016
BOD Spotlight
Colleen Krause, Secretary

1. What's playing in your car right now? 
Talk radio - comedy
2. If a genie gave you a wish what would you wish for? 
A new car - mine is on its way out!
3.Who would you most like to have dinner with? 
Dead or alive?  If alive - Dick Van Dyke (how fun would THAT be?)
4. Most famous person you met? 
Robin Williams
5. What do you most like to do to unwind?
Bike ride, read, get together with friends! 

November TBD

Brett Long / 
The Magnet Group

Frank Babich / 
Team Concept

Mitch Romano & Chip Danby / 
Delta Apparel



Jen Mendoza
Executive Director
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Last Month to Pre-Register!

Fun Had By All at the BBQ & Brews End of Summer Event!
(PPAChicago Board
Director; Ben Prasad, Secretary; Colleen Krause, Vice President; Matt Gallegos, Executive Director; Jen Mendoza, Director; Melissa Kopf)

Members had the  opportunity  to network,  socialize , and just kick back and have fun will enjoying a sweet BBQ dinner at Sweet Baby Ray's in Elk Grove Village. 

Thank you to all those who attended! It was great seeing our members  network  with both familiar and new faces. We're looking  forward  to seeing you all at Winter Fest!

Winter Fest Registration 
is Now Open!
Join us for our last event of the year as we thank all of our volunteers and board members on a very productive year. 
You won't want to miss it!

November 10th

Five Roses Irish Pub 
5509 Park Pl, Rosemont
Scholarship winners will also be announced at Winter Fest. 
*50/50 Split the Pot for the Education Fun

Cost: $40 per person
(Includes heavy apps and 2 drinks)
A 10-year industry veteran, Brown is responsible for the overall direction and operational oversight of the organization.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (September 9, 2016)
Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry's only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products, has hired Tim Brown, MAS, as executive director - operations. He replaces Jeffrey P. Jacobs who retired in April.

Brown is responsible for the overall direction and operational oversight of QCA, including three overarching goals: * Increasing QCA's visibility both within the supplier/distributor community as well as more broadly outside the industry * Ensuring QCA remains a responsive organization in terms of educating its members and the industry on issues related to product safety, product quality, supply chain security, social accountability and environmental stewardship * Advancing QCA's membership with new suppliers and building distributor relationships through the QCA Distributor Advocacy Council (DAC)

Prior to joining QCA, Brown has spent the last decade in the promotional products industry. Most recently, he was the product responsibility manager at Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) for three years. Prior to that, he was owner of his own firm, Tim Brown Consulting for a year. He got his start in the industry with six years as a supplier relationship manager at Cintas Branded Apparel & Promotional Products.

In terms of industry service, Brown was a member of PPAI Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) from 2011-2013. Upon accepting his position at PPAI, he became a staff liaison for the group from 2013-2016. He has also been active with the Tri-State Promotional Professionals Association (TSPPA) as a board member from 2009-2012 and then serving as board president in 2012. He was named a PPB Rising Star in 2012. 

"As the QCA executive director - operations, I have the opportunity to further the cause of promoting value through compliant processes within our industry to not only elevate the professionalism of suppliers and distributors but also increase the safety of the products provided to end buyers," Brown says. "I'm looking forward to being the driving force in bringing QCA front and center across the end buyer community by establishing the organization as the best-in-class compliance program for protecting brand reputations in an increasingly regulated world."

While Brown is responsible for the overall direction and operational oversight of the organization, D E Fenton, QCA executive director - compliance, retains responsibility for compliance, standards and the QCA Accreditation Program.
We Have a TruColor™ Dino name and Contest Winner!

GRAND ISLAND, NY September 14, 2016
We would like to introduce you all to Hue our TruColor™ Dino! Those close to him can call him Huey! Starline would like to congratulate to Lesli Herbert Covell, Proforma Extraodinare, for submitting the winning TruColor™ Dino name in and becoming the winner of $100 VISA card and an Arctix Gift Set! Starline received over 76 name suggestions and held two rounds of voting; one internal vote to narrow down the selections and a second one that we broadcasted all over our social media outlets letting all our fans and followers have the final say. On September 6th, 2016 our TruColor™ Dino's name was chosen, we would like to thank each and every one of you who participated.

TruColor™ Direct Digital Print technology is a unique patent-pending digital print process that allows you to print your logo in vibrant color directly onto over 900 products, including Bags, Vacuum Drinkware, Power Banks and Bluetooth speakers. There is no limitation with the logos, artwork or colors that can be printed with TruColor™.
BIC Graphic Now Directly 
Connected to ASI's ESP
Distributors can submit online orders that reflect real-time inventory and order status

TREVOSE, PA - September 14, 2016 - The Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) today announced Top 40 supplier BIC Graphic and its proprietary brands, BIC® and Norwood®, are now directly connected to ASI's ESP®.

Distributors can now submit orders for BIC (asi/40480) and Norwood (asi/74400) products directly from the ESP Web® platform, eliminating the need to send orders via email, fax or phone. In addition, distributors can now check inventory levels in real time for those products and receive real-time order status updates directly from the suppliers - all in ESP.
With 2015 sales of $321.2 million, BIC Graphic ranked No. 4 on ASI's most recent annual Top 40 ranking of the biggest companies in the $22 billion promotional products industry.

"We are excited to add real-time information about order status and inventory to the ASI technology platform," said Tim Nale, director of IT for BIC Graphic North America. "Putting this information at the distributors' fingertips provides a real advantage to them. The addition of well-formed electronic orders speeds the process and reduces errors, both great wins for our customers. The collaborative nature of ASI's technology team made this a good experience for all involved."

As of today, over 75 suppliers - a mix of Top 40, mid-sized and small companies - are in the process of integrating with ESP, with more than 30 suppliers already offering live inventory. In July, Top 40 suppliers The Magnet Group (asi/68507) and Hit Promotional Products (asi/61125) became the first major suppliers to take advantage of direct integration with ESP.
"Direct integration in ESP represents nothing less than the future of the promotional product industry and ASI is moving as fast as possible to bring suppliers of all sizes on board, reducing response time and increasing efficiency throughout the industry," said Timothy M. Andrews, president and chief executive officer of ASI.

As suppliers become e-commerce-enabled in the new ESP platform, distributors will be able to seamlessly place orders and receive status updates directly from suppliers without leaving ESP.

ASI distributors are now enjoying the benefits of the new ESP CRM and Orders, which allows distributors to easily add existing contacts and view all past conversations by clicking on a company's profile, where all orders, quotes and shared presentations pop into view, simplifying re-orders. 

Since it's synced with ESP's robust product database, the new ESP Orders auto-populates all product data, eliminating rekeying of information. 

Suppliers tell ASI that about 70% of promotional product orders sent by distributors are incomplete, leading to numerous emails and follow-up phone calls. By managing all daily business operations in ESP, and viewing inventory and product info at a glance, distributors can save an estimated 45 minutes per day, thanks to increased efficiencies.