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PPAI Educates Students On Industry Careers At AMA Collegiate Conference

PPAI is a long-standing partner and platinum-level sponsor of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and in March participated in its 39th annual International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, moderated a panel discussion with local distributors Larry and Elizabeth Manshel, principals at ITC.4, sharing the industry's story with 300 students and faculty.











As it has in past years, PPAI sponsored the AMA conference's t-shirt design and trade-show exhibit competitions.











PPAI Takes The Industry’s Story To Students At Johnson & Wales University

PPAI Diversity Development and Engagement Manager Seth Barnett and Raining Rose, Inc. National Sales Representative Lindsey Whitney, MAS, share the promotional products industry's story with students at Johnson & Wales University.

On March 15, PPAI Diversity Development and Engagement Manager Seth Barnett joined Lindsey Whitney, MAS, national sales representative for supplier Raining Rose, Inc., to deliver a presentation to the Foundations of Marketing and Retail Marketing classes at Johnson & Wales University, Barnett and Whitney’s alma mater.


BELLA+CANVAS, Gildan Join Charity To Help LA Homeless

Suppliers BELLA+CANVAS (PPAI 304892) and Gildan (PPAI 250187), in partnership with charity Bundles of Hope, distributed care packages to over 5,000 homeless people in Los Angeles on March 15. BELLA+CANVAS donated new t-shirts, and Gildan supplied pairs of socks to the care packages that Bundles of Hope will give to the homeless as they make their way back into traditional living. Bundles of Hope’s mission is to provide homeless individuals in transition with basic essentials to help make their lives easier and to spread awareness of the challenges faced by people living on the streets of Los Angeles County.

Jack Harris, son of BELLA+CANVAS CEO Danny Harris, and a senior at Beverly Hills High School, founded Bundles of Hope and organized a group of students to assemble the packages.

PPAI’s Barnett Speaks At TRASA, CASA Shows


Barnett's TRASA session drew an audience of nearly 40 attendees.

PPAI Diversity Development and Engagement Manager Seth Barnett joined the education programming at the Three Rivers Advertising Specialty

Association (TRASA) and Caribbean Advertising Specialties Association’s (CASA) shows in March to speak on Millennial consumerism and working to bring Millennial buyers into the promotional products industry.


Industry Leaders Join UMAPP Fire & Ice Show’s Panel Discussion

During the panel discussion at the UMAPP Fire & Ice Show, PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, shared the results of PPAI's surveys, research and interviews, as well as industry trends.

The Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals (UMAPP) held its 2017 Fire & Ice Show in March and brought together several industry leaders for a panel discussion on trends, research and best practices in the promotional products field. The panel, moderated by PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, represented supplier, distributor and business services companies in the industry and featured Chuck Fandos, CEO of Brand Addition and FacilisGroup; CJ Schmidt, president of Hit Promotional Products; Paul Tauton, CEO of Business Impact Group; and Bill Smith, Jr., president of Brown & Bigelow and Hotline Calendars.

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