A Salute to Our Industry's Heroes
Industry Heroes make our industry tick. PPAI president and CEO Paul Bellantone is always on the road visiting members and attending industry events. Sales reps and regional sales managers are off to trade shows, key account sales meetings, and visiting clients. Without our Industry Heroes things wouldn't be the same. They are road warriors who can fight the travel battles and still come thru to do their job. It is these people and their continuing efforts that I want to express my appreciation to. Those people make things happen.
All that being said, PROMOTIONS EAST is coming in Atlantic City, June 3 through 6. While I don't love travel, I do love industry events and am very much looking forward to attending this trade show. There will be great education and an exciting panel discussion, Rock Stars of the Promotional Products Industry. This discussion features Tim Andrews, president and CEO, Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI); Paul Bellantone, president and CEO, Promotional Products Association International (PPAI); Jonathan Isaacson, president, Gemline; Jo-An Lantz, MAS, executive vice president, Geiger; Anne McKeough, vice president of global sales, Staples Promotional Products; and Ira Neaman, president, Vantage Apparel.
Paul Kiewiet will be presenting two sessions, including one on Big Game Hunting, and Mark Graham will also be presenting two sessions with one focusing on 20 Low Cost Marketing Ideas. Other great education will be available as well. It's going to be an awesome time and I hope you can make it.
As an added element to this Rant, let me share a few of my air travel observations from my recent trip. Perhaps some of you can relate? Feel free to add your comments.
I was surprised by the new "options" available when I checked in at the airport kiosk. Would you like to upgrade to first class? Add... more money than I would like to pay. (First class isn't what it used to be.) Board early? $9.00. Sit on an aisle? $25.00 (if you don't have that seat reserved). Check bags? Cha-ching!