The Promotional Professionals Association of Chicago, Inc (PPAChicago) is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of promotional product industry professionals and is run by a volunteer Board of Directors voted in by the membership.

A promotional product is any item imprinted with a logo or slogan and given out to promote a company, organization, product, service, special achievement or event.  T-shirts, mugs, pens and key tags are popular examples, and just about anything can be imprinted.  There are more than 750,000 promotional product companies with sales estimated to be around $18.5 billion in 2011.

Mission Statement
PPAChicago, a regional affiliate of Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), supports the continuing professional development of members with peer networking and idea exchange, tradeshow experiences and education opportunities, to strengthen their personal success and foster the value and understanding of the promotional products industry.

Founded in 1957 to serve the growing needs of local promotional product companies, PPAChicago has expanded to represent nearly 500 distributor and supplier companies.  Further, the association has grown in both strength and stature, gaining recognition as not only a local but industry leader in our members’ professional growth and success.  The purpose of the Association is to promote the general welfare among Distributor and Supplier members, and to provide a trade show, educational opportunities, organized social events and other lawful trade association activities as determined by the board.

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Board of Directors
Matt Gallegos
President, Matt Gallegos
Staples Promotional Products
(815) 258-8105

“I joined PPAChicago because I wanted to be a in a position to make a difference in the industry that myself and so many others work in.  It’s a great experience and has had a significant impact on my professional development and I’m very happy to be a part of helping others develop professionally as well.”

Colleen Krause
Vice President, Colleen Krause
Summit Group
(630) 775-1671

“I decided to join the PPAChicago board because I enjoy learning about the industry, helping it grow, and being involved.  PPAChicago is always looking for ways to be more valuable to their membership and I am proud to be a part of that!”

Bob Notter
Treasurer, Bob Notter
(847) 951-0211

“I was approached to join the board shortly after volunteering at the golf outing and thought it would be a fantastic way to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones.  It has been so much more than that.”

Jason Emery
Secretary, Jason Emery
Toddy Gear, Inc.
(312) 416-5070

“As a veteran of almost 20 years in the industry my career is a direct result of those who have invested a great deal of time in teaching me all aspects of this wonderful business.  Being a part of PPAChicago allows me the opportunity to pay forward those lessons learned while continuing to learn from a much wider scope of industry professionals.”

Tom Moriarty
Director, Tom Moriarty
Table Top Promoz
(847) 736-0219

“I joined the PPAChicago board to have the opportunity to build better relationships with suppliers, as well as to attend and facilitate many of its great events. I encourage other distributors and suppliers to join to see how much fun we can have and how much we can accomplish in the process!”

Melissa Kopf
Director, Melissa Kopf
(847) 720-3179

“A great way to meet people and find out what others are doing to be successful is getting involved.  I joined the board because PPAChicago is a GREAT place to network and make real connections.”

Ben Prasad
Director, Ben Prasad
Headwear USA
(301) 695-3552

“I was asked to join the board last year after being in the Chicago Market for almost 20 years and it’s been great.  My thought was that it would be great way to give some input and ideas to our association, as well as building new relationships and making new ones which it has done already.  I am looking forward to the upcoming year and future for PPAChicago.”

Dawn Ruler
Director, Dawn Ruler
(630) 636-9464

“PPAChicago has always been a great support to our region.  In 16 years in the industry, my best relationships have been built by networking at our local events.  I am proud to represent my company and give back to our Association.”

Ben Turry
Director, Ben Turry
Leader Promotions
(773) 818-7889

“I joined the PPPAChicago Board to help lead change and bring innovation to our association.  My personal objectives it helps create an association that is sustainable for generations.”

Matt Staff
Director, Matt Staff
Logomark, Inc
(773) 469-4985

“I jumped at the opportunity to be on the PPAChicago board after attending several successful events over the last few years.  I’m looking forward to working with such a great group of people!”

Jen Mendoza
Jen Mendoza
Executive Director PPAChicago

(630) 983-7722