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Arizona Promotional Products Association
April 2017 AzPPA E-Newsletter
Family Night at the Ball Park!
Managing the Millennial Market
Thank You - AzPPA Goes Local Attendees!
New Member Highlight
Sponsor Highlight
2017 Coming Events
AzPPA Expo 2017!
Make a Splash with AzPPA
Featured Member Benefit
Featured Member Benefit
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Webinars
Quick Links
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Family Night at the Ball Park!
Join us on Thursday, April 27, 2017 as the Arizona DiamondBacks meet the San Diego Padres!
Just a few more days to register for our first family social event of the year!  Come out to the ball park and have some fun with us.  We have tickets in the "All You Can Eat" section of the park.  It's a "Throwback Thursday" game, so dress in your favorite purple and teal.
Your ticket will be emailed to you before the game.  Park in any of the lots or garages near the ball park, or take the light rail and avoid the hassle of parking all together!
Click here to register now! 
Absolute deadline to register - April 19th, 2017! 
Coming in May!
Thursday, May 18th, 2017 - at an exciting new venue!  Seth Barnett, Managing the Millennial Market,
followed by a networking Happy Hour at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale!
The marketplace is rapidly changing. Technology, social media and advanced branding methods are leading the way to new opportunities and insight. Learn the value of the new Millennial market and what it can do for the future of our business. Be able to analyze your current marketing strategies to see how they align to a new market. Learn some common best practices that you can implement now to better reach the younger consumer.
Seth will present at 2 pm, then stay and enjoy some light refreshments, and network with your AzPPA contacts at the beautiful Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale facility.
Registration for this event will open soon - watch for our email invitation!
Seth Barnett is the Diversity Development Manager for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). As an advocate for the industry's marketplace success, he develops new ways for business to meet the growing demand of a diverse workforce and a changing consumer market. Barnett spent his first three years in the industry as the association's Government Relations Manager where he coordinated legislative and regulatory obligations for the industry. Barnett holds a bachelor of science degree in management, a master's in public administration, and a master's in law. Barnett is a lecturer and tutor for Texas Christian University and has been a guest lecturer at Boise State University, Johnson & Wales University, the Florida Institute of Technology, and the College of Western Idaho. 
For everything from your private galas, corporate meetings, birthday celebrations and weddings, Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale is the place to host your next landmark event! With a variety of distinctive meeting and event spaces available, take your hosting to the next level and provide a memorial experience at the 'World's largest Harley-Davidson' in spaces such as:
  • Wedding Chapel/Bride's room      
  • Multi-purpose room
  • Outdoor patios
  • Concession area
  • Outdoor stage
  • Movie Theater
  • Lounge/Arcade
  • Meeting and Training Center
Last Month's Event:
AzPPA Goes Local!
Thanks for coming out to meet with us!
It was great meeting with so many wonderful folks at our 4 different local meetings during the week of March 27th! And thanks to our amazing board members for coordinating the details and hosting these meetings!

New and prospective members, your questions and comments were most welcome and really valuable in helping us move AzPPA forward in a productive way that will benefit you!  Hope you'll sign up for membership soon:
New Feature:  New Member Highlight!  
With our recent membership campaigns, we've had a number of new members join AzPPA.  In our next several newsletters, we'll be featuring some of the new members who have come on board.
Our first new member feature introduces George Joe, of The Navajo Store in Winslow, AZ.  George joined us in October 2016.  Welcome, George!
AzPPA:  How did you get started in the Promotional Products Industry?
Joe: It was by accident, actually. I started a Navajo coffee mug business and some organizations started ordering customized mugs from me. Then they started asking me if I had other items like apparel, caps, t-shirts, pens, etc. So I looked into it and I found it wasn't that hard because I was already knowledgeable about the cost of products. So I started offering promotional products as part of my business. Next thing I knew I had a web site, and "kaboom" -  I was in the business

AzPPAHow long have you been in this industry?
Joe: Not too long. I started in 2015 and the first organization I joined was your organization. I wanted to meet others in the business and network with them. I attended my first meeting and I met several people. The people associated with the organization are very helpful.
AzPPA: What is your favorite Holiday and why?
Joe: Christmas. It's big for many reasons. It's when I have the most business. I have people wanting to purchase my products, and organizations wanting to purchase gifts for their employees and they buy by the hundreds. It's the biggest business time of the year. 
NEW FEATURE! Sponsor Highlight  
Did you know that this year AzPPA has introduced a ground-breaking, new sponsorship program - the first of its kind in the promotional products industry!  Supplier-members have the opportunity to be listed as a Silver, Gold, or Platinum Sponsor, or to be the Official Sponsor in one product category.  (Want more information about sponsorship?  Contact Jim Gordon, our sponsorship chair - , or check out the link to sign up: 
In this edition of the AzPPA electronic newsletter, you'll get to know more about our 2017 Official Apparel Sponsor, McCreary's Tees!  Thanks for answering our questions, Dave Schneider - Sales Manager for Phoenix-based, family-owned McCreary's Tees!
AzPPA:  How long has your company been in the Promotional Products Industry?
McCrearys:  We are quickly approaching our 33rd anniversary of serving the imprinted sportswear industry.  McCreary's Tees is a third generation Arizona business and a continuation of our family's involvement in the apparel industry dating back to 1937.
The 2017 Event Calendar   
Watch this space for information on our wonderful upcoming events!
As you can tell, the calendar is filling up for 2017 - networking opportunities, educational events, and lots of fun social activities!
And if you have an idea for an event or an activity, be sure to contact a member of the Board.  You can reach any of the committee Chairs by reaching out to them directly or by contacting Betsy -  We would love to have your assistance as a volunteer or as an event coordinator!
SAVE THE DATE!  The 2017 AzPPA Expo Returns to the Arizona Grand in August!  
Exhibitor Set Up on Monday 8/28 -- Tradeshow on Tuesday 8/29 -- See you There!!
Make a "Splash" with AzPPA!  
Supplier Members - Take part in our industry-first sponsorship program!
Supplier Members, if you want to make an even bigger "splash" with our AzPPA membership, consider participating in the newly introduced AzPPA Sponsorship Program.  Click here for complete details on how to partner with us in the coming year.  And if you still have questions, reach out to Jim Gordon, our VP and Sponsorship Chair at
Click on the logos to visit the websites for our current sponsors:
Thank you, McCreary's Tees - 
Our Official Apparel Sponsor for 2017!
               Our Gold Sponsors for 2017:
                         American AdBag
                    Halls & Company/ID Line
                                          Our Silver Sponsor for 2017:
Raining Rose 
Featured Member Benefit - McCreary's Tees  
McCreary's Tees Small Quantity Order Fee Waiver!

As the Official Apparel Sponsor for AzPPA, McCreary's Tees is offering to waive the $2.00 or $5.00 fee that is normally charged on smaller orders for active AzPPA members.  This is another great benefit of your membership.  

You can contact McCreary's Tees at 602 470-4200 for details.
Featured Member Benefit - Constant Contact  
We've partnered with Constant Contact - 
Have you signed up yet?

The AzPPA Board is always looking for ways to increase your member benefits. And now we're featuring another benefit. Even if you're already using Constant Contact for your email marketing, you will be able to benefit from AzPPA's partnership.

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