Promopalooza At Allegiant Stadium

Hosted by PPAI and SAGE, Wednesday’s night’s Promopalooza was billed as “the biggest and baddest Expo party ever.” More than 1,000 attendees of The PPAI Expo took in the event.

Partygoers enjoyed networking, drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres at the stadium, which opened its doors for pro football and major events in 2020.

Attendees got access to the playing field and locker room and enjoyed entertainment from musician and DJ Marquise Jones. Promo pros were also able to take home souvenirs in the form of hand-rolled logoed cigars.

Product Pavilion

Back by popular demand this year, attendees strolled through the Product Pavilion displays, snapping pictures of products that caught their eyes. The pavilion offers a curated collection of New Products, Green Products, Made In The USA Products, Healthpitality Products and 1st-Time Exhibitor Products.

PPAI Presents Its Top Awards During Chair’s Leadership Dinner

Monday evening, during the Chair’s Leadership Dinner at The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, PPAI awarded its highest honor, induction into the Hall of Fame, to Sherri C. Lennarson, MAS, retired senior vice president of business development at Bankers Advertising Company and Cliff Quicksell, MAS+, president of Cliff Quicksell Associates.

The annual award gives permanent recognition to individuals selected for their generous and monumental contributions of time and talent to the Association and industry. Eighty-nine individuals have previously been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its formation in 1977.

In addition to the Hall of Fame Awards, PPAI also presented its H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award to Peter Hirsch, MAS, president of Hirsch Gift, and its Distinguished Service Award to Brandon Mackay, MAS, president of SnugZ USA and David Regan, MAS, vice president of sales and marketing at The Vernon Company.

Also celebrated posthumously at the event were the 2022 recipients of PPAI’s Promotional Products Pioneers with trophies provided by supplier Bruce Fox. Those honored were Tom Constantino, who formed Noteworthy Co. in 1954, Ronald L. Cook of Glass Graphics and Edward Halperin of Perin Product Corp. Since 2016, the program has honored individuals whose business acumen or technological skill played a key role in the advancement of the promotional products industry.

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PPEF Golf Tournament Raises Nearly $35,000

In support of the Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF), 70 golfers from 29 industry companies took a swing at the Bali Hai Golf Club during the Glen Holt & Fran Ford Memorial Golf Tournament. In support of PPEF’s college scholarship program, the tournament raised close to $35,000.

PPEF Executive Director Sara Besly says, “It was a beautiful day on the course as we honored the memories of Glen Holt and Fran Ford, who both mentored so many people in the industry. I want to thank all the golfers, sponsors and volunteers for supporting this event. It was an amazing day.”

The late Glen Holt, MAS, was a former PPAI board member and Hall of Fame inductee who passed away in 2010, and Fran Ford, Jr., CAS, was president of supplier Castelli, a division of Magnet, LLC, and PPAI Hall of Fame inductee who passed away in 2018. As a dedicated supporter of PPEF, Ford launched the PPEF Glen Holt Scholarship Golf invitational in 2014. The tournament celebrates their lasting legacies with PPEF scholarships named in their honor.

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