Tagged 'Chair’s Letter'
As promised, 2014 took off with a bang. The PPAI Expo 2014, held in Las Vegas in January, experienced top attendance and exciting events from start to finish. In addition to participating in a strong Expo, I also had the privilege of representing PPAI at both the PSI Show in Düsseldorf, Germany, and the Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC) National Convention in Toronto, Canada—both also in January. These shows proved both similar and yet quite different from the Expo, Expo East and regional shows. Read More »
It’s only February but projects in 2014 are already well underway and we’ve hit the ground running. As it has every year for decades, PPAI had the good fortune of kicking off our calendar year with the industry’s best trade show and event, The PPAI Expo, held last month in Las Vegas.
One year ago this month I accepted the gavel from outgoing Chair Steven Meyer, MAS, at The PPAI Expo 2013 and stepped into the role as chair of PPAI. I’m grateful for the experience to serve this organization, to work with our board members and other volunteers, and to support our president and CEO, Paul Bellantone, CAE, and his team of professionals. Read More »
Behind every connection … there’s a story. If that statement sounds familiar to you, you have no doubt seen one of PPAI’s marketing pieces to alert you that it is almost time for The PPAI Expo 2014. Read More »
In late September, PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC) co-hosted the 14th annual Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) bringing 148 regional volunteersand executive directors from all 27 regional associations across the U.S. and Puerto Rico to Grapevine, Texas, near PPAI’s headquarters in Irving. Read More »
For those of you who attended PPAI North American Leadership Conference (NALC) and/or PPAI’s Product Safety Summit (Summit) in Chicago in August, I want to thank you, on behalf of the PPAI Board of Directors and staff, for your enthusiastic and attentive participation. Based on the comments we have received, it is fair to say that NALC and Summit were enormous successes. Read More »
As the economy bounces back so goes our industry—or does it? Read More »
By now you’ve probably heard the good news: Promotional products sales in 2012 posted a 4.4 percent increase for the year, raising industry sales to $18.5 billion. Although only a slight swell over 2011’s $17.7 billion, it marks 2012 as the industry’s third-highest sales year yet, behind 2006 at $18.7 billion and 2007 at $19.4 billion. Read More »
Research will likely validate what personal experience has taught me: People who volunteer their time and talents for what they deem to be a worthy organization do so largely because they want to give back. Individuals who choose to volunteer are often those who have experienced some level of success in their professional lives and want to share lessons learned with others or “repay” an industry that has played a major role toward their professional victory. So it was the same with me. Read More »
Relationships are the key to success in business and in life. And relationships are built on trust. This is particularly true in the promotional products industry, where one’s success is often dependent on others to perform their jobs in a timely, high-quality and professional manner. End-user clients rely on sales executives, sales executives rely on distributors, distributors rely on suppliers and suppliers, in some cases, rely on manufacturers. Everyone in the chain must execute flawlessly or the project fails. Read More »