Tours, Rooms and New Venues



It has been an eventful last several weeks in the world of UMAPP and our distributor and supplier members.  There was a well-attended Factory Tour Day, an inspiring and informative Room Show, and finally an announcement about 2018 that is exciting, plus a call to action.

On April 24, over 30 distributor members met at Webb Company to attend a tour, presentation and a fabulous lunch put on by Daniel Webb and his incredible, enthusiastic team.  The distributors split into two groups and toured the Eagan facility to learn about their state-of –the- art imprinting methods and their focus on USA-made lip balm and innovative packaging and custom branding solutions.  The group learned a great deal about manufacturing and were to get a glimpse of the processes it takes to fulfill the dozens of daily orders.  From Eagan, the distributors made their way to Hastings and a visit to the beautiful offices and warehouse of Storm Creek. Owners Doug Jackson and Teresa Fudenberg put on a phenomenal presentation about how a jacket is selected and constructed and all of the attendees were able to decorate a 1500 Nick Short Sleeve Performance Tee with an inspirational message.  Attendees were able to purchase samples, win a variety of prizes and generally just have an enjoyable time.  Both of these factories really “rolled out the Red Carpet” and their dedication and commitment to these events was greatly appreciated!!

The next big event in the last several weeks was the annual UMAPP Room Show. This show was attended by over 130 distributors who interacted and learned from 11 supplier companies who they had voted to present to them in 2017.  All  the suppliers did an excellent job of talking about their product lines but, most importantly, they did an excellent job explaining what their companies excelled at and how they could truly partner with the attending distributors.  This is an event that never fails to produce great opportunities for the attendees and the suppliers walk away knowing they have had an impact on 130+ people who will order their products.  The luncheon was attended by all of the suppliers and distributors and I had the honor of awarding three specific awards.  These were Volunteer of the Year (Gary Haley - Beacon Promotions), Hall of Fame (Sue Kennedy - Bag Makers, Inc.) and Lifetime Achievement Award (Sue Tobias- Fields Manufacturing).  All of the recipients were able to make a speech and, although we had to keep them short, they were inspiring and thoughtful. It was a true honor to be able to present these to peers that I respect and admire for their dedication, longevity and overall professionalism.

Finally, I had the opportunity to announce some upcoming changes for 2018.  Although not 100% approved as of this writing, we are very close to finalizing changes in the schedule- moving the Room Show to February 19,  and the Fire & Ice Booth Show to mid May. In addition, we are in final negotiations to have the Booth Show at the new US BANK Stadium- home of this year’s Super Bowl LII (52). This will be an exciting venue and will require a large and passionately engaged committee to really put on a memorable event in 2018….  More to come on all this, but this will be a great opportunity to get involved in UMAPP and make the 2018 Booth show that memorable experience we all desire!!

Thanks and have a great summer . . . and keep your eyes peeled for more info!!

Carter Sharp, UMAPP President