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Perspectives: We Collect More Than Good Memories

Perspectives: We Collect More Than Good Memories

When The PPAI Expo 2017 opened in Las Vegas in January, it attracted nearly 20,000 industry professionals over six days who spent money on the city’s hotels, cabs, food and drink, shopping and entertainment. They dined with clients, held team dinners and probably picked up a gift or two for the kids back home. Adding it all up, the show’s economic impact on the city is estimated at $18.4 million by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Read More »

Moving From Transactional To Relational

Moving From Transactional To Relational

In the November issue of PPB, Chair Tom Goos, MAS, summarized his term over the past 12 months. In that column, he talked about the Association’s undertaking of a strategic planning session and his pride in the work of the PPAI Board and staff on the resulting strategic plan. He mentioned a new mission statement and the idea that the plan focused on taking the Association from transactional to relational. Read More »

Going The Distance

Going The Distance

Preparing to race a triathlon requires concentrated preparation and the ability to juggle three separate but all important disciplines. There’s building a base of fitness to establish endurance, threshold training to push your body to levels you might think is not possible, and getting into the right mindset so that you can train the body to respond to the mind. Read More »

NALC: A ‘Perfect’ Learning Environment

NALC: A ‘Perfect’ Learning Environment

In August, I attended the PPAI North American Leadership Conference (NALC) in San Francisco and I want to share with you some of my experiences from the perspective of a distributor as well as a board member. This was my second time attending NALC and, as expected, I was not disappointed. Read More »

Perspectives

Perspectives

It’s no secret that I’m a magazine junkie. It’s always been one of my favorite media. One magazine I read is O, a women’s lifestyle magazine published by Oprah Winfrey. In every issue, she closes with a column titled “What I Know For Sure.” Read More »

Our Bright Vision For The Future

Our Bright Vision For The Future

In late May, in a dark, smoky room in a hotel basement just outside of the White House grounds in Washington D.C., a special meeting took place. Were Paul Ryan, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump meeting to call a truce to the political drama? Nope, it was our PPAI Board of Directors and staff leadership meeting to examine and update the Association’s three-year strategic plan. Okay, it wasn’t smoky or dark, and we weren’t meeting in a basement—we were in a sunny meeting room with an inspiring view of the White House—but our meeting was just as important to the industry’s future. Three months of intense preparation culminated in this two-day meeting. Read More »

Strength In Numbers

Strength In Numbers

30. 81.250. 1,000. These numbers are not just data points or talking points of a job well done. They tell a broader story of leadership, commitment, tenacity and creativity. These characteristics and more define the type of LEADers who participated in PPAI’s annual Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.) in May. These LEADers were able to achieve these numbers with little more than hard work and commitment to their industry and their profession. Read More »

The Great Misunderstanding Of Corporate Culture

The Great Misunderstanding Of Corporate Culture

What do the greatest workplaces have in common? Over the past six years that PPB has recognized some of our industry’s finest based on employee nominations, I’ve thought about that quite a bit. I’ve seen companies struggle with retention only to lose their best people, and others add a bunch of “fun” extras that don’t seem to make a real difference in the employees’ work experience. Then I’ve seen other companies that do it so right. A great workplace sprouts from the right company culture, but how do you create it? Read More »

Perspectives – Transformational Change: Is Our Industry At The Tipping Point?

Perspectives – Transformational Change: Is Our Industry At The Tipping Point?

No one can deny that the promotional products industry is undergoing change. Some people wish to turn a blind eye or build walls to protect what once was. Secret codes are not so secret anymore. No new letter coding system will hide the results of a Google search. Suppliers are no longer hidden behind a PPAI number. We are in a global economy where distributors buy direct from China, suppliers sell direct to end users and overseas manufacturers even sell direct to end users. Our industry is not just undergoing change, it is undergoing transformational change. Read More »

Perspectives: The Power Of An Industry Voice

Perspectives: The Power Of An Industry Voice

If you’ve had your eye on industry social media or industry news recently, you may have read about the pending launch of a new membership-funded industry lobbying group. I’ve been tracking the comments of dozens of engaged industry professionals supporting PPAI’s legislative and advocacy efforts, and have had dozens more direct emails and calls looking for an official PPAI response. Read More »

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