President's Column


2019 and We’re Ready to Roll!

Hello, UMAPP membership.   I am excited to write this column for you as President in 2019!  It blows my mind to think I’ve been in the promotional industry for over 10 years now and involved with UMAPP for over 5 years.  What an honor and a privilege to help shape and lead this great organization into the future.

We did a lot in 2018 to be proud of as an organization and I’m looking forward to what 2019 has to offer.   We are looking to strengthen our membership by reaching out in different ways.  You have already started to see a couple of those with the social media video campaign we launched on Facebook called the “Get to Know your UMAPP Board” series.  It is important to me that our membership learns who we are as individuals, especially because we all know how much of a relationship industry this is and, frankly, that’s why we love it so much!

Another membership outreach initiative we are kicking off this year is a series of Brew & View mini shows in association with our UMAPP CONNECTS committee.  This event in our outlying membership areas will deliver value in a low-pressure, social environment for our members, and for companies interested in joining.  We will be trying two of them this year.  The first will be on April 9 in Fargo, North Dakota, and the second will be October 1 in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Lastly, as we look into the beginning of 2019, please mark your calendars for the Room Show on Monday, February 25 from 9-3:30pm and NOTE the change in venue to the Minneapolis Airport Marriott.

I look forward to serving you this year!  Please take a moment to reach out or email; my eyes and ears are always open!  I’m a big sports fan whether its hockey, baseball, football or golf, so I will leave you each newsletter with a little inspiration.

"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team." --Phil Jackson

Your President,

Chris Thies