2020 August/September e-Newsletter
President's Message
Hi AzPPA Members!

Welcome to the August newsletter. Since it's 100-million degrees outside, this whole physical distancing thing almost feels like a normal Arizona summer. As you can see from the picture, I recently found some cooler weather (and wine!) down in southern Arizona. Nice wide areas with lots of room to distance – if you haven’t been down to Sonoita and Willcox lately, get down there and support some Arizona businesses!
What’s not normal is that we won’t be getting together at the end of this month like we do every year. I will miss shaking hands and seeing all of your smiling faces.

In Expo’s place, I am personally excited to announce our Four Corners Virtual Expo on September 30. This event is a collaboration between AzPPA and the Rocky Mountain Promotional Products Association (RMRPPA). Our teams are working together to put on a fresh event unlike any industry virtual tradeshows you’ve seen to date, with exciting keynotes and interviews, streaming content throughout the day, and all your favorite suppliers, service providers, and multi-line reps in live booths ready to show you the latest and greatest they have to offer!

And, best of all, this event will be free for members! Keep your eyes peeled for email details from our team. Registration opens September 1st and I encourage you to do so early! The first 150 donating distributor member attendees will receive a pre-show sample box from participating show sponsors and an invitation to a special unboxing event!

I also would like to personally thank everyone who participated in our donation drive for Maggie’s Place. Coordinators Anna Weise (Imagen Brands, Supplier) and Stephanie Sporbert (HP2 Promo, Distributor) had their vehicles overflowing with much needed supplies for valley families in need. A very special thanks to them as well as to members Brown & Bigelow, HP2 Promo, Sunstate Embroidery/AZ Hot Tees, and McCreary’s Tees for hosting drop off collection points.

AzPPA is a volunteer-driven association. We have many Directors spots that need to be filled for the 2021-2022 term. If you or someone in your organization would be interested in helping direct on our marketing, fundraising, events and education, tradeshow, volunteer coordination, or philanthropy teams, please reach out to us. Oh – and if you don’t want to be a director but are willing to volunteer and contribute on some of our committee work, let us know as well. This is your association and you may have that extraordinary, awesome idea we’ve been looking for!

On that note, I’m going to hop in the pool.
Stay cool and safe friends!
Damon Subasa, MAS - 2020 AzPPA President

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Our Tune in Tuesday Series Continues through August 11th!

In an effort to keep our Supplier and Distributor members in touch during this time, we have introduced AzPPA-hosted Tune in Tuesday video product presentations!

AzPPA regional distributors in AZ and UT can register here for this 30-minute presentation:

Tuesday, August 11th at 11:00 am - Alisha Wheeler with SanMar

The presentation will be recorded and shared with the registered attendees.

Stay in Touch!
Be Prepared When Business is Flourishing Again!
Wild Wednesday Webinar -
Every Wednesday in August!
9:30 - 10:30 am AZ time

August 5 - Jonathan Issacson - "Acceleration in the Age of Deceleration" -
Recording HERE

August 12 - Johnny Campbell "The Lost Customer Recovery Blueprint" -
Register HERE

August 19 - Dale Denham "Technology Tools to Increase Efficiency in 2020" - Register HERE

August 26 - Bill Petrie "Finding Your Voice: Strategies to Stand Out in a Crowded Marketplace" -
Register HERE

Upcoming presenters include:
September 30th – Bruce Bolger (Enterprise Engagement Alliance)
October 28th - Brett Garan (Edwards Garment)
November 18th - Bobby Lehew (commonsku)

Thank You for Your Support!

We had a fantastic turn out of donors & Sponsors for our donation drive to Maggie's Place! Thank You! We were able to donate 100 filled back packs to those in need along with necessities such as detergent, body care items, diapers & even baby clothes.

Even in these crazy times, we really do make such a difference in big ways!

Click below to see a video from the day we dropped off the donations:

And NOW you can subscribe to our AzPPA Events Calendar for automatic updates when new events are posted! Click on this Calendar LINK to sign up TODAY!

Download today!

"The Playbook to Restart Businesses" is a PPB digital supplement, and available for you today. Click here to download the document and get some helpful advice!
PPAI's Diversity and Inclusion Playbook

Here's another great resource! PPAI members can download HERE today! AzPPA members can apply to be associate members of PPAI by contacting membership@ppai.org.

The 2020 Coupon Book is Still Available - Save $$ Today!

Use just 2 to 3 coupons from this great savings resource, and you will have more than paid for your company's membership in AzPPA for 2020!

Just renew or join today and log in to the www.AzPPA.net website with your email and password. When you're logged in, you'll see the Members tab at the far right side of the menu bar.
Follow the drop-down menu to the 2020 Coupon Book for ACTIVE 2020 Members ONLY!
Calling All Decorators!
Screen Printers - Embroiderers - Engravers - Digital Printers - Pad Printers - Transfers - ANY TYPE OF DECORATING!

If your business specializes in decorating ANY blank product - apparel or hard goods - we have a membership category just for you!

We understand that your business is different from a traditional Distributor or a traditional Supplier. Benefits of membership in the ALL NEW Decorator Category include:
* Flat rate membership fee
* Exhibit at our supplier shows and events
* Annual access to the AzPPA Distributor membership list
* Attend supplier events even if you are not exhibiting
* Access to the Members-Only Coupon Book for great savings!

Join today! Change your current membership category. Share with your friends from the Decorator community!
A Message from Anne Stone Regarding PPAI's Certification Programs

As Paul Bellantone recently announced, we’ve made a number of staffing changes here at PPAI and I am now overseeing professional development for PPAI. But don’t worry, I’m still here for you with any product responsibility or government relations issues.
I am excited to take on this new responsibility and as my first order of business I want to share with you the latest information regarding PPAI’s educational opportunities. 

Click HERE to read the complete letter from Anne.

For more information on the CAS, MAS, MAS+ Certifications, please visit www.ppai.org/members/certification or e-mail Certification@ppai.org.

Our own Jim Gordon, MAS serves on the PPAI Certification Committee. To speak with him directly, contact jim@northstaridentity.com.

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What's In It For YOU as an AzPPA Member?
#10: Advocacy for your Industry in Washington
#9: MEMBERS ONLY - Network with exhibitors at events throughout the year.
#8: Twelve+ Great Wild Wednesday Webinars monthly throughout the year.
#7: 10% Discount on SAGE Products
#6: Up to 25% Discount on Constant Contact
#5: Up to 23% Discount on Federal Express Shipping
#4: Thousands of Dollars in Extra Savings with Our Member-Exclusive Coupon Book
#3: FREE admission to tours of local Supplier Factories - FOR MEMBERS ONLY!
#2: FREE admission for distributor MEMBERS to AzPPA Exhibitor Shows
#1: Relationships that Help You as a Person and Grow Your Business
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