PPAI’s Barnett Connects With Members, Regional Associations And Industry Groups While On The Road

PPAI Diversity Development and Engagement Manager Seth Barnett was on the road this summer, meeting with members in the UK and speaking at industry events. Barnett met with the staff of long-time PPAI distributor member The Sourcing Team while in the UK, and, back in the States, spoke at PROMO University—an industry education series produced collaboratively by the Georgia Association of Promotional Products Professionals (GAPPP) and the Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP), in Greenville, South Carolina. He also spoke at a professional development session hosted by the American Advertising Federation-Space Coast (AAF-SC) in Melbourne, Florida. At both events, he shared the latest findings and best practices on engaging with and selling to Millennials.


Barnett presented two sessions at PROMO University, touching on identifying emerging talent so that businesses can properly recruit and train younger employees, and on the value of the Millennial market and what it can do for promotional products businesses.

Sourcing Team

In the UK, Barnett paid a visit to the offices of Wallington, Surrey-based distributor The Sourcing Team, a PPAI member for more than 20 years, and met with CEO Gill Thorpe (right) and Client Services Director Becky Fleury. Barnett says, “The UK faces many of the same challenges that we do in the U.S. pertaining to creating a more diverse marketplace. This collaboration is one of many that will help ensure PPAI maximizes its diversity efforts and keeps the global market in mind.”


The AAF-SC’s education event brought together community leaders from inside and outside  the advertising industry. Barnett spoke on the shifts in the workforce and the workplace culture the Millennial generation has brought with them, and how to connect with and engage with this segment of the market.

Facilisgroup Members, Suppliers Meet At Annual Summit

Facilisgroup held its 2016 Partner Summit & Supplier Showcase June 21-23 in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The event brought group members together for education, networking and relationship building, and drew more than 400 attendees, including member owners, 154 of their top-performing sales reps and 108 supplier reps.


The Facilisgroup’s Partner Summit featured opportunities to learn about new software and connect with like-sized companies to network and share business practices.


The event’s Supplier Showcase brought distributor attendees together with Facilisgroup- preferred suppliers to develop relationships and explore creative solutions.

Red Cross Recognizes BIC Graphic With Outstanding Blood Drive Sponsor Award

BIC Graphic’s Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, facility was a recipient of the 2016 American Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region’s Outstanding Blood Drive Sponsor Award. The award recognizes the Clearwater, Florida-based supplier’s staff at the facility for more than 20 years of donations to Red Cross blood drives. On behalf of BIC Graphic, Donna Dewanz, blood drive coordinator, accepted the award at the regional Red Cross Volunteer Recognition and Annual Meeting on June 28.


From Left: Phil Hansen, regional CEO, American Red Cross Minnesota Region;  Tami Murphy; Donna Dewanz, Site Bloodmobile Committee chairperson; Warren Harris; JoAnn Schmidt, Site Bloodmobile Committee member;  Kerry Cipra, account manager, American Red Cross North Central Blood Services; Betty Jensen.