President's Column

Hello Members! 

I hope everyone is enjoying Summer of 2018!  A time to relax a little and prepare for the big months that are in front of us with 3rd and 4th quarter right around the corner.

Our UMAPP summer has not been so quiet!   We’d like to thank the many members that came out to join us at the CONNECT event and happy hour in June.  Thanks to Chris Thies and his team for putting together this great event!  The CONNECTS committee took the energy from the Fire and Ice tailgate party and kept it going to this casual meeting of our members over beers on a perfect night in June!  We are excited to see more great events from this committee!  Let’s keep this new spark of energy going to build a stronger association and network for all members!

Next on our UMAPP summer list is the Holiday Showcase & End Buyer Expo - an end user trade show held at Jimmy’s Conference Center in Vadnais Heights on August 15, 2018.  Please join us to see the new products for the Holiday buying season and network with your favorite industry suppliers.    This is the time to start forming your list of customers and get those invites out to them so they are sure to “Save the Date” and join you at this show!  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to expose your clients to the true Power of Promotional Marketing.

Next on our UMAPP agenda we head into the fall and start preparing for 2019.  We hold our new officer elections and head to the PPAI Leadership Development Workshop(LDW) in Dallas to network and learn with all of the regional leaders nationally.  THIS is the time to start thinking about your future and if you’d like to get more involved in the industry and join us on a UMAPP committee or run for a voting Director position.  Volunteering is an excellent way to grow professional and personally!   Please reach out to me at any time with questions or to learn more about opportunities available.

In closing, I have to circle back to those 2018 goals we talked about in January!  We’re mid year and it’s time to refocus, realign or maybe set new goals if you blew through the ones you set earlier!   

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the summer CONNECT event and at the Holiday Expo!

All the best,


Sandy Nichols, MAS