Awards and Recognition

Every year, the luncheon held in conjunction with the Room Show also serves as UMAPP's annual meeting of members.  This is because we have the most members in one place, sitting down, at one time.   During this meal, UMAPP's president gives a State of the Association address, important updates or announcements, and also presents deserving individuals with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Volunteer of the Year Award, and the Hall of Fame Award.  Of course, the membership must do their part as well by nominating individuals for these awards.  

 Click Here for the 2020 Nomination Forms


Congratulations to the 2019 award winners:  


Volunteer of the Year

A current UMAPP volunteer who has shown exceptional dedication.

Sabrina Franz (SnugzUSA)  2019 

Previous winners:

Melinda Marr       2007
Jamie Kuklok       2008
Scott Hareid        2009
David Hawes       2010
Rena Ashfeld       2011
Bill Benolken       2012
Dawn Lucchesi     2013
Scott Mueller       2014
Todd Pottebaum   2015
Tom Donlin          2016
Gary Haley          2017
Kim Hamlin         2018

Lifetime Achievement

To give recognition to outstanding promotional product individuals who have demonstrated long‐time and successful commitment to their careers and communities. These individuals have made a strong impact through enthusiastic  dedication in the promotional products industry over their lifetime.


Virginia Lemmer (Maple Ridge Farms) - 2019

Previous Winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award:

Eric Johnson and Eileen Reasland -1st year   | 2011
Dick Donlin and Al Badiner  |  2012
Al and Phyllis Hohenwald    | 2013
None in 2014   | 2014
Gary Haley   |  2015
Melinda Marr  |  2016
Sue Tobias  |   2017



Hall of Fame

UMAPP Hall of Fame Award is given to a person that has achieved outstanding honors within UMAPP Regional Association for their contributions.


Melinda Marr, iClick -2019 

Previous Winners: 
Tom Donlin
Sue Kennedy, MAS
Joe Durand, MAS
Phil Sibinski
Mike Fey, MAS
Barb Gerlach, CAS
Sue Tobias, MAS
Jim Moore, MAS
Brian Trowbridge, CAS
Art Hopp
Al Hohenwald
Marshall Sipkins


Super Star AWard

To recognize a person within their company who has proven to be invaluable and consistently goes above and beyond what is expected.  These people are often invisible to the industry outside of the company and UMAPP would like to give member companies an opportunity to show support for these heros.  Examples could include someone in the support staff area, customer service, accounting, factory, etc. 


Michelle Gunderson, Fields Manufacturing - 2019 

Previous Winners:
Devin Martin - 2018