June 2021
Wishing all of the PPAMidwest Fathers
a wonderful, relaxing weekend!
June 30, 2021 Wild Wednesday Webinar:
“TOWN HALL with PPAI's Special Guest Panelist Bob McLean Jr. CPA, CAE, CEM and Anne Stone CAE

Join us for a Town Hall style webinar where PPAI top leaders will bring you insights and updates on issues currently impacting the Promotional Products Industry. Our guest panelist will answer questions submitted by you, the registered participants. This is a great opportunity to learn from and get answered to your questions from people that know.
Panelists will cover such topics as:
  • 2021 L.E.AD. (Washington, D.C. Legislative Action Day)
  • PRO Act (Independent Contractors)
  • Product Safety Updates
  • Industry Supply Chain Issues
  • Your industry related questions

PPAMidwest Annual
Golf Outing

Thank you to everyone who braved the heat and played through in our recent PPAMidwest annual golf tournament which was held on June 10th at Deer Creek Golf Club in Overland Park, KS!

Congrats to the winners and thank you to our generous sponsors!
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Simply complete the easy request form to have your points credited
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PPAMidwest News
American Solutions for Business Announces New Events Manager - Emily Juettner

Glenwood, MN – American Solutions for Business is excited to welcome Emily Juettner as the organization’s new Events Manager. Emily brings experience in communications, marketing and events and most recently worked at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, MN as their Senior Sales Manager. Her position will involve planning and supporting events including the ASB National Conference, American Summit, End User Shows and developing new event opportunities to support our salesforce.
Emily started her career in Minneapolis before moving back to the Alexandria area 5 years ago where she currently lives with her husband Jake.
Emily explains, "I am so excited to bring my experience and expertise to the other side of the events industry to help plan fun and engaging events that will make a lasting impression and impact on all attendees. I can already tell I am going to love the fun and energetic culture here at American and I can't wait to jump right in!" 
“Emily is a wonderful addition to our growing team,” says Taylor Borst, ASB’s Director of Marketing, Events & PR. “We’re confident that with her extensive knowledge and experience in marketing, sales and events, she will be an incredible asset to ASB.”
PCNA Expands Technology Lineup by Launching Bose Products

Pittsburg PA - Polyconcept North America (PCNA) is excited to announce the addition of Bose, the leaders of sound innovation, to their industry-leading technology lineup. PCNA now offer select Bluetooth® speakers, which are stocked in-house at PCNA’s Pittsburgh warehouse and are available for quick turn through the company’s SureShip® service.
When asked about their newest retail brand, Liz Haesler, Chief Merchandising Officer for PCNA explains, “This is about more than just offering products from one of the greatest sound companies in the world, it’s about making sure our customers can rely on PCNA for all their needs. Bose is a brand known around the globe for their unmatched sound quality and PCNA is known in the industry for our dedication to technology and product safety, with an entire team in place who works solely on this product category,” Haesler continues. “We are extremely honored to offer Bose products as part of our tech assortment.”
“It gives us great pleasure to align with PCNA to bring a selection of Bose speakers to the promotional products market,” according to a representative of Bose’s authorized distributor for corporate gifts and incentives. “We are a company that prides ourselves on representing Bose for corporate gifts, incentives and rewards. In talking with the PCNA tech team, we understand that they share those same values through both product development and decoration. We have full trust in them to bring these products to promo.”
By housing Bose inventory at their warehouse, PCNA can accommodate large orders through both inventory and their best-in-class decorating capacity. Better yet, by inventorying products on-site, PCNA will be able to accommodate quick-turn orders through their SureShip service so customer orders can ship out next-day if needed.
“We have also received feedback from customers that a brand like Bose would be a great addition to our Perfectly Packaged™ offering,” Haesler mentions. “A brand as recognizable and sought after as Bose makes a great gift on its own but we love that we can take it one step further by having an option to pair a Bose speaker with other PCNA items for a custom gift set that can be drop shipped right to people’s homes.”
SAGE Show - All Are Welcome
It’s back online and better than ever!
August 18-20, 2021
SAGE Show is a three-day nationwide online event for promotional products professionals.
Connect with 200+ exhibitors, see the latest new products, and get ideas in time for the fall selling season. Oh, and it’s free to attend!
Speaking of SAGE....
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Industry News
PPAI Women's Leadership Conference
June 21 - 23, 2021 - Direct-2-You
Hear Notable Industry Leaders And 2019 PPB Rising Star
At PPAI Women's Leadership Conference Direct-2-You
This year’s WLC D2U virtual conference will feature a power-packed lineup of speakers including industry veteran Jo-an Lantz, MAS, and PPB Rising Star Kate Alavez. 
Lantz, president and CEO of Lewiston, Maine-based distributor Geiger, will be the opening speaker at WLC D2U with her session “Dream It. Make It Happen,” in which she will share what it takes to achieve dreams and how leadership makes all the difference. During her distinguished career in the promotional products industry, Lantz has served on the PPAI Board of Directors, including a term as board chair, and helped found the PPAI Women's Leadership Conference. She was inducted into the PPAI Hall Of Fame in 2009 and has been named ASI’s Woman of Distinction, International Person of the Year and 2020 Counselor Person of the Year. 
Alavez, chief operating officer of Los Angeles, California-based distributor PromoShop, Inc., will delve into strategies to help listeners manage their teams through inclusive leadership in her session “Talent Matters: Strategies For A People-Centered Team.” On a mission to reimagine the relationship between employees and their employers, she is focused on creating outside-the-box solutions to business challenges and creating synergies between team members as a means to a happier workplace. In 2019, Alavez was named one of 14 PPB Rising Stars.
PPAI’s Women’s Leadership Conference Direct-2-You will be held June 21-23. The event is open to all industry women looking for a different level of engagement in a virtual space where they can learn from and celebrate the work of phenomenal women who are at the forefront of shaping the promotional products industry. Find out more and register at ppai.org/wlc-d2u.  
The Role of Company Culture In Digital Transformation
Leonardo Mattiazzi  Entrepreneur Leadership Network Contributor EVP, Global Innovation at CI&T

Technological shifts will unavoidably impact company culture. Can it be for the better?

Digital transformation is increasingly important for companies to be successful — merger and acquisition data shows that companies that have digital skills or capabilities built-in, or that are in later stages of digital transformation, generally have higher valuations than those that don’t. And this kind of transformation has always gone hand in hand with company culture — it’s less about specific technologies and more about how people work so that they can learn faster and adapt to ever-changing consumer habits and technologies. 
As the number of people who work digitally increases, there’s a new question about whether it’s easier or harder to create or change your culture in a remote environment where everyone works from anywhere. To answer that question, you have to break down several key aspects of digital transformation.  Read More
PPAI Product Responsibility Summit
August 16 - 19, 2021 - Direct-2-You
Don't Miss the Must-Attend Program for
Safety and Compliance Professionals in our Industry!
PPAI's Product Responsibility Summit 2021 Direct-2-You offers education focused on the most-pressing business implications, challenges and opportunities associated with compliance. Like PPAIs past live events, Summit was facilitated by industry thought leaders, subject matter experts and leaders in compliance.
Your involvement in Summit D2U provides your company the opportunity to stand out as a leader in corporate responsibility and compliance—something that clients expect and value from our partners. This year’s event features expert speakers, opportunities for audience participation, engaging discussions and fast-paced, content-filled education sessions. You’ll “leave” empowered and armed with critical information you can use to prepare or revise your company’s CSR strategy. 
Big topics will be covered such as:
·    Supply Chain Mapping
·    Standard Of Care
·    Kitting Challenges
·    Audits
There will also be deep dives into:
·    Environmental Responsibility
·    Impact Reports
·    Recall Readiness
All attendees will also automatically renew their Product Safety Ambassador status as well as their company's Product Safety Aware designation. You don’t want to miss out. Register today and grab your virtual seat. 
Bonus: Summit Survival Kits will be mailed to the first 100 attendees who register by July 12.