Mission and Purpose

Mission Statement

“UMAPP continually works to achieve the highest standards of professionalism and foster opportunity for growth in the promotional products industry.” 

About Us

UMAPP stands for the Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals, and is a regional association for companies in the promotional products industry.  UMAPP began back in the early 1970s by a group of individuals who volunteered their time to create an association where fellow professionals could come together for events, networking, seminars, and profit from the benefits offered to members.   The original name of the Association was "SAAUM" - the Specialty Advertising Association of the Upper Midwest.  The name was changed in the late 1990s to UMAPP.  

The Association was incorporated in December 1980 as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit corporation.  

As a 501(c)(6) association, UMAPP's members are companies in the promotional products industry, and staff of each member company is eligible for member benefits.  The purpose of this regional association is to offer the local promotional products community opportunities for attending trade shows, seminars for professional development, networking and making new contacts, and industry resources to promote business enrichment and success.  

Board of Directors

UMAPP has a dedicated team of individuals who volunteer their time to the UMAPP Board of Directors and Committees.   Each board member is duly elected by a vote of the membership and this opportunity is available to staff of any member company who has 2+ years of experience in the industry.  The Board consists of a President, Vice President/Treasurer, Secretary, and Immediate Past President (the "Executive Board"), two distributor directors and two supplier directors.  We have a variety of committees and welcome staff of any member company to join a committee and begin their volunteer experience.  

The Association has a full-time Executive Director, Sue Selseth, who can be reached by EMAIL or phone (651-734-9767).