Membership Requirements

Class and Qualifications for Membership.  PPAChicago shall have one class of members: Promotional Product Supplier, Distributor, or Supplier (Multi-Line) Representative. Any person, firm of corporation that is so qualified may apply for membership in PPAChicago in the appropriate category.

  • Promotional Product Supplier Member.  A supplier is a company within the United States or its possessions, Canada or Mexico, that manufactures, converts, warehouses or decorates promotional products for sale to promotional products distributors or to a firm maintaining a division or affiliate devoted to reselling promotional products. Alternatively, Suppliers must provide purchase orders from at least ten (10) PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) Distributor members or ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) listed Distributors. Invoices/purchase orders submitted must be for actual orders and not sample purchases.
  • Distributor Member.  A distributor is a company (or a company that maintains a division, department or affiliate) located within the United States or its possessions, Canada or Mexico, whose primary business includes developing ideas for the use of promotional products, buying such products from suppliers and reselling them to end users. Alternatively, Distributors must provide purchase orders from at least ten (10) PPAI Suppliers members or ASI-listed Suppliers. Invoices/purchase orders submitted must be for actual orders and not sample purchases.
  • Supplier (or Multi-line) Representative Member.  An independent company, contracted by one or more suppliers to market their products and services to distributors.

Ineligibility of End-Users.  Organizations which are primarily clients of Promotional Product Distributors or which are primarily end-users of Promotional Products are not eligible for membership into PPAChicago