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Leading The Charge

Leading The Charge

In March, 60 promotional products professionals headed to Washington, D.C., for PPAI’s third-annual Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.). They scheduled more than 200 meetings with key members of Congress and their staffs to educate them on the industry’s needs, challenges and interests. Janie Gaunce, owner of Lenexa, Kansas-based distributor Grapevine Designs LLC (UPIC: Grape238), and a member of the PPAI Board of Directors, was there on the front lines at Capitol Hill. Here, she provides a close-up of the day’s happenings. Read More »

It’s Showtime

It’s Showtime

Those who have been to The PPAI Expo know it’s nonstop action. From the moment your feet hit the ground each morning, your day is chock-full of networking and business-building. It’s a high-energy week that Marc Held, national sales manager … Read More »

A High-Flying Career

It’s easy to define Kimberly Laffer’s job as fast-paced. She’s director of strategic development for Motivators, Inc. (UPIC: MOTIV8RS), and she jets between the distributor’s Westbury, New York, headquarters and its newly opened regional office in Miami, Florida. As a … Read More »

View From The Top

Big things are happening fast at Camarillo, California-based distributor TAG! The Creative Source, LLC (UPIC: TAGTEAM). Last year, it landed the Supplier of the Year award from the Women’s Business Enterprise Council-West after being nominated by The Walt Disney Company, … Read More »

Ride On

Alan Christopher, MAS, enjoys the open road, whether he’s setting out to visit a customer by car or kicking his motorcycle into high gear and hitting the road simply for pleasure. As owner of Austin, Texas-based supplier rep firm DAC … Read More »

A Day On Capitol Hill

In March, Steven Meyer, MAS, stepped away from his post as vice president of sales for Willmar, Minnesota-based supplier Molenaar, LLC (UPIC: MILINE) to join 54 PPAI volunteer leaders in Washington, D.C., for PPAI’s second annual Legislative Education and Action … Read More »

A Social Superhero

Sonya Beam, MAS, knows how to multi-task in style. As marketing superhero for Alpharetta, Georgia-based distributor The POP Shop – a division of Geiger (UPIC: geiger), she says this is her greatest superpower. Beam stays connected via Twitter (@sonyabeam) (look … Read More »


Brian Padian, vice president of sales for Tustin, California-based supplier Logomark (UPIC: logomark), has a lot to keep up with. As head of a large family of five children and with big responsibilities at work, Padian is never without a … Read More »


A supplier rep takes a thoughtful, hands-on approach to connecting with customers. If you ever see Melinda Gleghorn, CAS, headed to your office toting a case of knives don’t be alarmed. She comes in peace as regional sales manager for … Read More »

Fortune Teller

“This is the city. North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a place for vacationers and sun worshippers. More than 13 million people visit this area every year, but only a few are full-time residents. I’m one of them. I work here. … Read More »

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