This week, as part of PPAI’s Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.), Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN 3rd District) will be honored as the Association’s 2013 Legislator of the Year. The PPAI Legislator of the Year Award recognizes members of Congress who have shown a commitment to small-business interests and success, a willingness to meet with industry professionals and have given their support to issues critical to the promotional products industry. Nominated by David Hawes, MAS+, brand architect with Geiger (UPIC: geiger) and a resident of his district, Paulsen was chosen by a panel of eight judges.
“Congressman Paulsen has championed the cause of small business and met face-to-face with industry leaders,” says Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI president and CEO. “He has established a history of being available and listening to the concerns of promotional products businesses and supporting or opposing legislation that impacts the industry.”
In 2011, Congressman Paulsen was the recipient of the first Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals (UMAPP) Legislator of the Year Award and was honored for his efforts in increasing awareness of the governmental challenges affecting the industry and for supporting legislation in the best interests of UMAPP’s members.