The Promotional Professionals Association of Chicago, Inc (PPAChicago) is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of promotional product industry professionals and is run by a volunteer Board of Directors voted in by the membership.

A promotional product is any item imprinted with a logo or slogan and given out to promote a company, organization, product, service, special achievement or event.  T-shirts, mugs, pens and key tags are popular examples, and just about anything can be imprinted.  There are more than 750,000 promotional product companies with sales estimated to be around $18.5 billion in 2011.

Mission Statement
PPAChicago, a regional affiliate of Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), supports the continuing professional development of members with peer networking and idea exchange, tradeshow experiences and education opportunities, to strengthen their personal success and foster the value and understanding of the promotional products industry.

Founded in 1957 to serve the growing needs of local promotional product companies, PPAChicago has expanded to represent nearly 500 distributor and supplier companies.  Further, the association has grown in both strength and stature, gaining recognition as not only a local but industry leader in our members’ professional growth and success.  The purpose of the Association is to promote the general welfare among Distributor and Supplier members, and to provide a trade show, educational opportunities, organized social events and other lawful trade association activities as determined by the board.

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Board of Directors
Colleen Krause
President, Colleen Krause
Summit Group
(630) 775-1671
colleen.krause@summitmg.com

“I decided to join the PPAChicago board because I enjoy learning about the industry, helping it grow, and being involved.  PPAChicago is always looking for ways to be more valuable to their membership and I am proud to be a part of that!”

Jason Emery
Vice President, Jason Emery
Toddy Gear, Inc.
(312) 416-5070
jason@toddypromo.com

“As a veteran of almost 20 years in the industry my career is a direct result of those who have invested a great deal of time in teaching me all aspects of this wonderful business.  Being a part of PPAChicago allows me the opportunity to pay forward those lessons learned while continuing to learn from a much wider scope of industry professionals.”

Matt Staff
Treasurer, Matt Staff
Logomark, Inc
(773) 469-4985
matt.staff@logomark.com

“I jumped at the opportunity to be on the PPAChicago board after attending several successful events over the last few years.  I’m looking forward to working with such a great group of people!”

Dawn Ruler
Secretary, Dawn Ruler
Geiger
(630) 636-9464
druler@geiger.com

“PPAChicago has always been a great support to our region.  In 16 years in the industry, my best relationships have been built by networking at our local events.  I am proud to represent my company and give back to our Association.”

Ben Turry
Director, Ben Turry
Leader Promotions
(773) 818-7889
bturry@leaderpromos.com

“I joined the PPPAChicago Board to help lead change and bring innovation to our association.  My personal objectives it helps create an association that is sustainable for generations.”

Ben Prasad
Director, Ben Prasad
Sanmar
(800) 426-6399
benprasad@sanmar.com

“I joined the board to give back to the industry and association that has been great to me.  To help with increasing membership, and awareness through events and networking, to voice my opinion on various topics pertinent to our industry and local association.”

Lisa Greyhill
Director, Lisa Greyhill
Greyhill & Associates
(630) 915-5618
lisa@greyhillpromos.com

“There's no better way to get to know an organization and it's people than by becoming involved.  Being active on the PPAChicago board will allow me to take a more active role in helping grow the member base and shape member benefits through programs, activities, and educational opportunities.  The Chicago board is filled with great people who have a history in the industry and are passionate about our business.  I look forward to learning from my peers and contributing to PPAChicago.”

Mason Linn
Director, Mason Linn
Raining Rose
(319) 297-3938
mlinn@rainingrose.com

“My interest in joining PPAChicago was driven by my desire to effectively assist in making a difference for both distributors and suppliers in our industry.  This will be a new experience for me and it is one that I am greatly looking forward to.  Strengthening relationships, professional development, and engaging networking events are all things I am looking forward to.”

Sharon Trube
Director, Sharon Trube
Concord Marketing Solutions
(630) 523-6172
strube@concordms.com

“Over the years I’ve worked on many boards and had success in growing the membership;  raising money for various causes and getting the membership involved in areas that help promote the value and of the organization.  I believe I can offer these same values to PPAChicago.”

Stacey Felice
Executive Director PPAChicago

(630) 983-7722
staff@ppachicago.org
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