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Professional Development

  • June 24th, 2020 – Gloria Lafont, President, Action Marketing Company – “Marketing Your Promo Business in the New Landscape”
  • July 1st, 2020 - Michael Syder, V.P. Sales & Marketing, Bishop Custom Apparel "Utilizing TRUE Custom Apparel to Diversify & Differentiate" 
  • July 8th, 2020 - Town Hall Meeting - "Industry Leaders Discuss the Industry":  Ira Neaman, MAS, PPAI Chairman of the Board, Founder & President of Vantage Apparel; David Nicholson, President of Polyconcept North American; Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS+, CEO of the Competitive Edge; Dawn Olds, MAS, Executive Vice President, HALO Branded Solutions; Danny Rosin, CAS, Co-owner, Brand Fuel; David Schultz, Vice President of Supplier Partnerships, commonsku; Moderated by Paul Kiewiet, MAS+, Industry Consultant and Executive Director of MiPPA 
  • July 15, 2020 - A Regional Association Town Hall Meeting -  "State of the Industry Across North America", a Panel of Regional Association Leaders:  Jonathan Strauss, President & CEO of PPPC, the not-for-profit trade association of Canada; David DeGreef, Executive Director of the Houston Promotional Products Assoc.; Lisa Bibb, MAS, Executive Director of the Georgia and Virginia regional associations; LaDonna Belcher, TAS, Executive Director of the Ohio Promotional Professionals Assoc.;  Jennifer Bingham, Executive Director of the Specialty Advertising Association of California; Dana Geiger, Regional Relations Manager for PPAI, Paul Kiewiet, MAS+, Executive Director of MiPPA; Moderated by Mark Farrar, Executive Director of the Gold Coast, Sunbelt and Mid-South Assoc. and the American Advertising Federation of Nashville
  • July 22, 2020 - Tiffany Tarr, CAS, Vice President of Sales of Distributor Central - "Using Technology to Stay in Front of Customers and Sell More Ideas"

August 4-5, 2020 // Sales Safari at Kalahari - It's a FIESTA!! 


Join us for this interactive, one-on-one, sales driven event. These strategic sales meetings partner top suppliers with moivated distributors looking to provide creative soltuions to their clients and grow their sales. Participation is EXTREMELY LIMITED - ONLY the first 30 supplier companies who sign up will be able to attend.  All participants must be Qualified to participate.


Distributor Registration

Supplier Registration


August 27, 2020 // Golf Outing


Help us make our 2020 outing the biggest and best yet. In past years, we have raised over $1500 for the PPEF scholarship fund and we look to increase that number and add other local benefactors to the mix as well. Not a serious golfer? Not a problem! This is a fun outing, full of networking opportunities a dinner cruise and options that never involve picking up a club. *Open to OPPA Members and non-OPPA members, industry or non-industry professionals.
Register Today

October 2, 2020 // Born in Coshocton

Did you Coshocton, Ohio is known as the birthplace of Promotional Products?  Join us in kicking off Promotional Products Work! Week 2020 alongside PPAI, local and state legislators, and suppliers and distributors from all over the state.  There will be various events throughout the day including meet and greets, product demonstrations, museum tours, presentations on the history of our advertising medium, food, fun, and lots of opportunity to celebrate! 

To donate toward or join the committee of the Born in Coshocton event, please email  Help us celebrate Ohio as the proud home of Promotional Products! 

RSVP HERE to join in this funfilled celebration! 


October 6 - October 7, 2020 // Holiday Client Showcase

Tuesday, October 6:  North Canton, Ohio  - MAPS Air Museum  2260 International Parkway, North Canton, Ohio  44720  Presentation 9am, Show Floor 10am-2pm

Wednesday, October 7:  Columbus , Ohio -  Columbus Zoo-African Event Center 9990 Riverside Drive, Powell, Ohio  43065  No Professional Development ,   Show Floor 10am-2pm

This event places products in front of the end user and explains the value of promotional products to promoting their companies. 
Supplier Registration Now Open
Distributor Registration Will Open Soon
Host Hotels:
  • North Canton Location:  Holiday Inn Canton, 4520 Everhard Rd., NW, Canton, OH  44718,     330-494-2770     OPPA Rate: $95.00, includes breakfast (cut off date:  9/15/20)   
  • Columbus Location:  Hampton Inn Colimbus/Dublin, 3920 Tuller Rd., Dublin, OH  43017      614-889-0573     OPPA Rate:  Single $104.00, Double $109.00, includes breakfast (cut off date: 9/15/20)