2020 April/May e-Newsletter
President's Message
More than ever, I hope you, your family and friends, coworkers and colleagues are healthy and well.  Like many of you, I’m watching this pandemic situation with so much uncertainty of what lies ahead. However, as I watch companies and individuals in our promotional products community step up to respond and contribute resources wherever they can, I am reminded that our industry is resilient and will come out of all of this stronger than before.
A quick reminder that, in following the recommendations of public officials, all AzPPA in-person events through the end of April are postponed.  We’ll be making decisions on our planned May and June events in the coming weeks, and we are still moving forward with plans to host the annual Expo in August. The board will continue to monitor the situation and adjust plans as necessary.

AzPPA remains committed to its mission of delivering value through member engagement, educational development, events and collaboration.  Betsy and the board have been busy cranking up the online content, not just with more webinars, but also with setting up online supplier presentations.  Be sure to keep an eye out for our emails and check out the Events page on the AzPPA website. You can also subscribe to our Events Calendar - we’ll include the link below.

Even though we can’t get together in person right now, we’d love to hear from you.  Please be sure to join the AzPPA Members Group on Facebook and share with the community what you’re doing to weather the storm, keep sane while distancing, and perhaps some of your tips and tricks you’re using to keep business going.  We’ll get through this together (but at a distance).

AzPPA Members Only Group:

Stay safe AzPPA!
Damon Subasa, MAS - 2020 AzPPA President (pictured with his lovely fiancee, Charity!)
A Message From PPAI President & CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE

New Members Since
February 2020:

American Solutions for Business
Darling Promo
Go AZ Promo
LH Design LLC

Members - Remember to log in to our website and you can access contact information in the Directory !

If you're running late, RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP today so you can take advantage of all the benefits of membership for 2020! Log in at www.azppa.net !

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Once you like or follow us, check in frequently -
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A New Way to Stay in Touch!

Changes in Lifestyle mean Changes in the Way we Meet...

In an effort to keep our Supplier and Distributor members in touch during this time, we have introduced AzPPA-hosted video product presentations!

This week, AzPPA Member Distributors can register for the following 30-minute presentations:
Wednesday, April 1st at 1:00 pm - Anna Wiese with Imagen Brands - Register HERE

Wednesday, April 1st at 2:00 pm - Alisha Wheeler with SanMar - Register HERE

Thursday, April 2nd at 11:00 am - Eileen Spitalny with Fairytale Brownies - Register HERE

More to follow! The presentations will be recorded and shared with the registered attendees.

Stay in Touch!
Be Prepared When Business is Flourishing Again!
Wild Wednesday Webinar -
Every Wednesday in April!
9:30 - 10:30 am AZ time

April 1 - Seth Barnett "Navigating COVID-19's Impact" - Register HERE

April 8 - Cliff Quicksell "When the Pendulum Swings Back, Will You Be Ready?" - Register HERE

April 15 - Jenny Taylor "Work From Home Technology" - Register HERE

April 22 - Paul Kiewiet "When it Rains Lemons..." - Register HERE

Upcoming presenters include:
April 29th – Ben Baker (Your Brand Marketing), “How to Dovetail Promotional Marketing with Overall Marketing Campaigns”
May 27th – Charity Gibson (Peerless Umbrella),
June 24th – Gloria Lafont (Action Marketing Co.), July 29th – Kirby Hasseman (Hasseman Marketing),
August 26th – Bill Petrie (Promo Corner), “The 25 Month Decade: Overcoming Adversity to Maximize Growth”
September 30th – Bruce Bolger (Enterprise Engagement Alliance)
The 2020 Coupon Book is Here - Save $$ Today!

Use just 2 to 3 coupons from this great savings resource, and you will have more than paid for your company's membership in AzPPA for 2020!

Just renew or join today and log in to the www.AzPPA.net website with your email and password. When you're logged in, you'll see the Members tab at the far right side of the menu bar.
Follow the drop-down menu to the 2020 Coupon Book for ACTIVE 2020 Members ONLY!
Calling All Decorators!
Screen Printers - Embroiderers - Engravers - Digital Printers - Pad Printers - Transfers - ANY TYPE OF DECORATING!

If your business specializes in decorating ANY blank product - apparel or hard goods - we have a membership category just for you!

We understand that your business is different from a traditional Distributor or a traditional Supplier. Benefits of membership in the ALL NEW Decorator Category include:
* Flat rate membership fee
* Exhibit at our supplier shows and events
* Annual access to the AzPPA Distributor membership list
* Attend supplier events even if you are not exhibiting
* Access to the Members-Only Coupon Book for great savings!

Join today ! Change your current membership category. Share with your friends from the Decorator community!
And NOW you can subscribe to our AzPPA Events Calendar for automatic updates when new events are posted! Click on this Calendar LINK to sign up TODAY!
Breaking News About Certification!

TAS and CAS certification for PPAI members will be $0 between April 1st and June 30th. For Associate members (AzPPA members who are not PPAI members) it will be 50% off of the regular price.

The Certified Advertising Specialist ( CAS ), Master Advertising Specialist ( MAS ) and Master Advertising Specialist Plus ( MAS + ) Certifications are the promotional products industry's premier professional designations. Individuals with a PPAI Certification are industry leaders -- those who have attained a higher standard of professional competence, knowledge and experience. PPAI industry certification is acquired through a combination of dedicated certification classes, demonstrated years of employment in the industry, elective courses, and a successful demonstration of expertise.  Certification  is maintained through continuing education to ensure current knowledge and leading-edge professional skills.
For more information on the CAS, MAS, MAS+ Certifications, please visit  www.ppai.org/members/certification  or e-mail  Certification@ppai.org .

Our own Jim Gordon, MAS serves on the PPAI Certification Committee. To speak with him directly, contact jim@northstaridentity.com .

Are you Taking Advantage of Your SAGE Discount as an AzPPA Member?

AzPPA Distributor members get a great discount on SAGE services, just because of your AzPPA Membership!

If your 2020 membership is already active, go to www.trySAGE.com to learn about your benefits.

And don't forget about your other great benefits from:
McCreary's Tees
Zoom Catalog
Constant Contact
Merchant Processing Services

Visit our website to learn more.
What's In It For YOU as an AzPPA Member?
#10: Advocacy for your Industry in Washington
#9: MEMBERS ONLY - Network with exhibitors at events throughout the year.
#8: Twelve Great Wild Wednesday Webinars monthly throughout the year.
#7: 10% Discount on SAGE Products
#6: Up to 25% Discount on Constant Contact
#5: Up to 23% Discount on Federal Express Shipping
#4: Thousands of Dollars in Extra Savings with Our Member-Exclusive Coupon Book
#3: FREE admission to tours of local Supplier Factories - FOR MEMBERS ONLY!
#2: FREE admission for distributor MEMBERS to AzPPA Exhibitor Shows
#1: Relationships that Help You as a Person and Grow Your Business
Other Important Links!

* FYI - Most PPAI Webinars are available to you even if you're not a PPAI member, as long as you belong to AzPPA! Contact membership@ppai.org and ask to become an Associate Member based on your membership in AzPPA!
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Marc Hawkins and Peter Grossgold, 2020 Communications Co-Chairs
Betsy Andrade, Executive Director