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Exhibitor Sign-up EXPO 2024

HURRY! Booths are quickly filling up! Grab one of the remaining spots to grow in the Southern California market. August 15th - 16th, 2024 at the Anaheim Convention Center.


Dear Members of the SAAC Community,

I am thrilled to share some incredibly exciting news with you all. Brace yourselves for an unforgettable experience at the SAAC Expo 2024, where we are partnering with none other than Disneyland for a magical extravaganza! This collaboration marks a monumental moment for SAAC, as it's the first time we've joined forces with Disney, and it promises to be an event like no other.

On Thursday, August 15th, after the show floor closes for the day, SAAC members will have the exclusive opportunity to network, socialize, and immerse themselves in the enchanting world of Disney’s Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at the SAAC Expo Disneyland Extravaganza. Picture yourself surrounded by fellow industry professionals, enjoying the sights and sounds of Disneyland, food (and an open bar!), and capping off the evening with a spectacular fireworks display. It's a night designed to create lasting memories and strengthen the bonds within our promo community. READ MORE

Sizzling 1st Day of Summer SAAC Event

 We will be feasting off of gorgeous charcuterie board appetizers & drinks. For SAAC members the price of admission is socks for the homeless for our SAAC Care's foundation. Does this get any more special?

An Evening with Special Olympics Athletes

Play ping pong & cornhole as you mingle and hear stories from Southern California Special Olympic Athletes. Donations accepted to help fund Special Olympics.

Full Calendar

Supplier Series with Key-Bak

Most famous for the Original KEY-BAK® Retractable Keychain, designed and built in the USA with globally sourced materials. 

Tuesday Learning Lab


Ben Haynes, Corporate Program Manager, SAGE.

"Level Up: SAGE Online Projects & CRM"

Wild Wednesday Webinar


Dale Denham, MAS+, President & CEO, PPAI.

"AI Demystified: Practical Insights on Leveraging AI for Marketers"

Full Calendar

Sold Out Vantage Factory Tour Was a HUGE Success!

"The Vantage Factory Tour on April 30th was a great introduction to their new facility in Southern California. We learned about their on-site decorating and operational capabilities, saw (and felt) some of their apparel lines new items and best-sellers and got to meet the staff with whom we’ve been communicating with via email and over the phone for years.  Even after 25 years in the industry, we are still learning new things! Vantage is such a professional company with individuals doing the work with great quality control. The apparel comes in and gets on the machines (they have many heads) and goes out the door! Magic! 

Their Direct-to-Film printing was absolutely beautiful. We were blown away by a piece they showed us with over 100k stitches of embroidery that was created for a charity event that was auctioned off for $15k!"

- Geiger team: Janet Taylor, Tara Villanueva, Miranda Bridge, Noel Kaiser, Kathy Dube, Carrie Lautner, Stephanie Haydon

Final Days to Apply!

The SAAC Foundation is now accepting 2024 Scholarship Applications through June 15th, 2024. Make sure to get your entries in right away! The scholarship is open to children of any individuals in the promotional products industry who are members of SAAC. Learn more about this wonderful opportunity at

Let me introduce you to Jeff Jennings, an industry veteran and the Facility Manger for Vantage in Santa Ana.

What is your favorite thing about our industry?

The many, many types of people you meet along the way. Some are well versed in this industry while some need a little extra help and that’s where I can assist. And decoration methods are always changing, it’s just not embroidery and screen print any longer. READ MORE

Have You Accessed the Value of Your Membership?

As a SAAC member you have access to discounts on several products including SAGE. Your company can enjoy a 10% discount on all discountable SAGE products. If you are currently a member of SAAC and are not yet accessing this powerful benefit, make sure to reach out today! Call 800.925.7243 (SAGE)


Don't just take our word for it.

How To Use Sales Psychology To Close More Deals

Why do some people buy promo from you, but others don’t? Many factors are undoubtedly at play, including sales psychology. This is essentially an understanding of how buyers think, along with what influences their decisions. When you know what makes your prospects tick, you can craft the most effective sales pitches and connect with them in the most meaningful ways. (Provided by PPAI Media) - READ MORE

End-Buyer Research: Healthcare

ASI Research has launched a new series profiling the people distributors work with most closely: end-buyers. Each week we’ll release a new data set that spotlights one of eight markets and looks at end-buyers through demographics such as gender, region and company size.

This week, our research focuses on the healthcare industry. Health spending was almost 18% of the United States GDP in 2022, or about $4.5 trillion. (Provided by ASI Central) - READ MORE

House Passes Bill Targeting Lithium-Ion Batteries

Introduced in March 2023, the Setting Consumer Standards for Lithium-Ion Batteries Act would require the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to establish a final consumer product safety standard for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in micro mobility devices, such as electric scooters and bikes, to protect against the risk of fires caused by such batteries. - READ MORE

Business Service Member

Supplier Members

Meet Jacque Martin | Director

How long have you been in the industry?  April 1 will be 25 years! 

 And, in what roles have you served?   I have always been in sales

What does a typical workday look like?  I start with taking care of those must to orders, proofs and questions. I love working on unique projects – getting creative. And then as time allows reaching out to clients I have not heard from in a bit. I try to drop in on clients a couple of times a month.  READ MORE

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