PPAI And RPI Announce Strategic Alliance


As first announced last week, PPAI and Recognition Professionals International (RPI) have formed a strategic alliance co-locating the RPI Annual Conference with PPAI brand. at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, January 13-17, 2014, and again in 2015.

The strategic alliance will bring both organizations together in support of PPAI’s ongoing efforts to educate qualified distributors, recruit new members and provide enhanced buyer education and awareness, as well as RPI’s efforts to deliver access and education to its members interested in furthering their businesses through growth in the promotional products industry. As the 2014 and 2015 PPAI Expo and Expo East Recognition Performance Education Sponsor, RPI will play a key role in the delivery of advanced education and quality content to distributors.

“We are pleased to be working with RPI to produce an elevated and enhanced conference and Expo experience,” says Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI president and CEO. “I know this alliance will create opportunities for both organizations to serve a broader range of stakeholders with collaborative offerings.”

Mark Barbee, CRP, RPI president, adds: “We are very excited about co-locating the RPI Conference with PPAI brand. in January. We see this strategic alliance as a great opportunity to share our recognition educational tracks and fully accredited Certified Recognition Professional (CRP) certification with a new audience of PPAI distributors. This really complements RPI’s mission to advance recognition for companies and employees across the globe.”

Recognition Professionals International (RPI) is the only non-profit professional association at the forefront of employee recognition through its sole focus on recognition innovations and education as a systematic method for improvements in the workplace.

The strategic alliance creates the only international conference and expo specifically designed to promote engagement and interaction between promotional products professionals and incentive, recognition and engagement practitioners/providers to encourage dialogue, collaboration and professional development.

The three-day event will feature enhanced one-on-one networking and access to more education and more products through PPAI and RPI education programming and PPAI’s brand., New Product Pavilion and NPP Sneak Peek.

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