PPAI’s Tucker, Baker Visit Boston-Area Industry Companies

PPAI Business Development Manager Ellen Tucker and Major Account Manager-East Joel Baker traveled to Boston, Massachusetts, in November to meet with and learn from companies in the area, including Charles River Apparel (PPAI 111644), Hub Pen (PPAI 110772) and iPROMOTEu (PPAI 218870).

While at the Sharon, Massachusetts, offices of Charles River Apparel, Tucker (not pictured) and Baker (right) toured the supplier’s facility with Tradeshow Manager Sean Moore and Vice President of Marketing Tracy Lehnen (not pictured) and discussed the supplier’s plans for The PPAI Expo 2017, its possible participation in Expo East, and advertising and sponsorship opportunities for 2017.


Tucker (second from right) and Baker (center) got an up-close look at Hub Pen’s Braintree, Massachusetts, facility and the supplier’s laser technology during their meeting with Executive Assistant and Marketing Copywriter Pam Baker (second from left); National Sales Manager Andy Arruda, MAS (left); and Vice President of Sales Mike Fleming.



At Wayland, Massachusetts-based iPROMOTEu, Tucker and Baker met with the distributor’s president, Ross Silverstein (second from right), Marketing and Communications Manager Lindsay Cornish (center) and Marketing Coordinator and Event Manager Ashley Perkins to discuss their upcoming meetings at The PPAI Expo 2017 and Expo East 2017, and marketing plans for the year ahead.

 PPAI’s Barnett Joins TRASA Board Planning Session, Discussion On Attracting Young Professionals

In November, PPAI Diversity Development and Engagement Manager Seth Barnett joined the board of the Three Rivers Advertising Specialty Association (TRASA) to take part in the regional association’s 2017 strategic plan discussion. Part of a larger strategic discussion, Barnett contributed his insights to the board’s focus on attracting and engaging young professionals in the industry as part of its 2017 plan. TRASA intends to host several young professional-friendly events in 2017 as well as target local universities to educate the academic community about the industry.


PPAI Diversity Development and Engagement Manager Seth Barnett’s (right) discussion with the TRASA board—(from left) TRASA Past President Ned West; Treasurer and Expo Co-Chair Bonnie Megan; Board Member Jeff Colley; Fall Showcase Co-Chair Amy Tiller; President Tom Clouser, MAS; Expo Co-Chair Trent Geis; Expo Co-Chair Steve McWilliams; and Vice President and Fall Showcase Co-Chair Joe Aiken—touched on a number of topics, including young professionals’ demographics, events that attract Millennials, community outreach projects and opportunities for TRASA to get involved in the more than 35 universities in the area.

PPAI Staff Donate Food, Money To Local Food Pantry Irving Cares

PPAI’s holiday food drive last fall raised $590 and collected more than 425 pounds of food for food pantry Irving Cares, a local United Way agency dedicated to providing Irving residents with temporary assistance and training to promote self-sufficiency. The Association has supported Irving Cares since 2003 and in that time has donated more than 41,000 pounds of goods to benefit hungry families in the community.


PPAI Creative Services Manager Gretchen Demke (right) and Marketing Manager Sarah Dodd (center) help Irving Cares Director of Development Heather Newell unload some of the more than 425 pounds of food PPAI staff collected for the organization in the Association’s holiday food drive.