Praise For 17th Annual LDW

In October, PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC) hosted board members and executive directors from regional associations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico in Grapevine, Texas, for the 17th annual Leadership Development Workshop (LDW). The week-long event featured training and planning for PPAI committee and advisory group chairs, and an extensive, multi-day curriculum designed to provide learning opportunities for regional association leadership through general sessions, breakout discussions and sharing activities.

I want to personally thank everyone on behalf of myself and PMANC [Promotional Marketing Association of Northern California] for a wonderful conference. The organization the team put together, the content and all that had to do with the week was top-notch.

Thank you for getting us prepared so we could get the best of the conference. We were able to not only have a wonderful time but also learn a great deal.

Ivonne Lahlouh

Lahlouh, Inc.

Burlingame, California



Thank you for a very good week at LDW. The VAPPA [Virginia Promotional Products Association] team appreciates PPAI and our relationship with each of you. I have attended several LDWs, but this week was a homerun for me, and I know our entire group is very excited about our future and implementing the ideas and knowledge we gained.

Craig Dickens

Vice President/Sales Manager

Suntex Industries

Winston Salem, North Carolina



I thought this was the best Regional Boot Camp ever and LDW was improved as well. Kudos! Thanks for listening and acting. I know Paul [Zafarana, MiPPA’s incoming 2017 board president] and I have a better understanding on how to work together along with our aspirations, mutual goals and vision for the future.  Our board members are revved up and ready to hit the ground running too.

Paul Kiewiet, MAS+

Executive Director

Michigan Promotional Professionals Association

Grand Rapids, Michigan

UPIC: mippa


Thanks for a great event! As a first-time attendee and new PPAM [Promotional Products Association Midwest] volunteer, I felt like it was a great way to kick off my regional board “career.” The sessions were informative and motivational and I enjoyed all the engaging discussions with the other regionals.

David Shultz

Vice President, Operations

DistributorCentral, LLC

Gardner, Kansas