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PPAMS wins 'Award of Excellence' from association executives
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The Tennessee Society of Association Executives (TNSAE) as awarded PPAMS with an Award of Excellence in the Events category for the PPAMS Awards Dinner and Membership Meeting. During the presentation, TNSAE applauded PPAMS for moving the struggling membership meeting to be in conjunction with the MidSouth PromoShow and the addition of the Best of PPAMS Awards. The new format has been well received with a 25% increase in attendance. Darrell Smith, a past president of PPAMS, was the one who spearheaded the effort to change the format and he accepted the award on PPAMS behalf.

TNSAE is the association devotedly exclusively to the promotion, advancement and development of association professionals and the organizations they serve in Tennessee. Each year the TNSAE Awards of Excellence honors the best and most innovative associations in the State. This is the second award that PPAMS has received from TNSAE.

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Morris receives awards at Geiger National Education Conference
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Angela Morris, independent sales partner with Geiger based in Nashville, Tennessee, and a PPAMS Board Member, won the Geiger Excellence in Marketing (GEM) award, for outstanding sales and marketing performance. Angela was presented this coveted award while attending the Geiger Galleria, Geiger’s national educational conference held in Phoenix, Arizona. The Geiger Galleria is the largest national event hosted by Geiger for the recognition and continuing education of its sales team. The event gathers more than 400 attendees from the Promotional Product Industry including: Geiger Sales Partners, Suppliers, Geiger Associates, and Professional Industry Speakers.
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IMPORTANT PPAMS DATES
Date Event Location
July 29, 2014 Product Safety Awareness Conference Nossi College: Nashville, Tenn.
Aug. 12, 2014 PPAMS Memphis Road Show Great Hall: Germantown, Tenn.
Aug. 13, 2014 PPAMS Nashville Road Show LP Field: Nashville, Tenn.
Aug. 14, 2014 PPAMS Chattanooga Road Show Chattanooga Choo Choo: Chattanooga, Tenn.



Mike Oliver joins TradeNet as Southeast Region Sales Representative
TradeNet
Mike Oliver of United Promotional Consultants, Inc., has been named Southeastern Region Sales Representative for TradeNet Publishing, Inc. Formerly associated with Barton Nelson, Inc. (Bebco), Oliver’s sales territory for TradeNet includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
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Nashville ranked No. 3 "most creative" city in US
Forbes
To find America’s Most Creative cities, Forbes started with America’s 50 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and Metropolitan Divisions (MSADs), home to half the U.S. population. MSAs and MSADs are cities and their surrounding suburbs as defined by the Office of Management and Budget. Forbes then ranked these places based on four metrics. While other such lists measure creativity by the presence of art galleries and patents granted, they felt these wouldn’t get at the heart of a city’s true creative spirit.
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The science of cool
Fast Company
Behavioral scientists have spilled quite a bit of empirical ink on what makes something cool. They've basically whittled the phenomenon down to four main traits. First, cool is a social perception, not an inherent quality. So, the Pabst Brewing Company (PBR) has always been PBR, but it wasn't cool until Portland hipsters embraced it. Second, coolness is relative.
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Minneapolis firm Made takes promotional products to a new level
Minnesota Post
If you’ve ever sipped from a can in a logo’d coozie, flung a corporate-branded Frisbee or pocketed a promotional pen, then the owners of Made have a message for you: Custom products don’t have to be cheap junk. Companies spend upwards of $15 billion a year to get their names in the hands of consumers via promotional giveaway items. But too many of them are missing an opportunity to connect in a more sophisticated way, say Michelle Courtright and Kristin Hollander, co-founders of Made, a Minneapolis custom-products agency.
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The first rule of Instagram marketing? Don't hype your own products
Inc.
It's hard to imagine the leather goods company ThisIsGround ever being baffled by Instagram. Its photos are genius, the lighting hits its wallets just right, and the products are arranged with the reverence of a scrapbook. It's like a portal into creative director Mike Macadaan's mind, though he freely admits he's still learning. Clearly the brand is doing something right — it has 11,904 followers and counting, and receives 45 followers and 500 likes per post on average. And that's even for product previews that offer a look at new designs but no launch date or any other details.
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LeBron 'FOR6IVEN' T-shirt takes off, website crashes from traffic
Fox Sports Ohio
Fresh Brewed Tees took some heat for revealing their new "FOR6IVEN" design in anticipation of LeBron James' return. Now, the Cleveland-based T-shirt company is having the last laugh. Tony Madalone, Cleveland native and owner of Fresh Brewed Tees, starting prepping for the idea of a LeBron James return not long ago. That's when he and a colleague came up with the "FOR6IVEN" design, that spells "forgiven" with a "6."
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Congress considering bill to ban BPA from food packaging
Boston.com
Legislation has been introduced by Democrats in both chambers of Congress to ban Bisephenol-A (BPA) from food packaging. BPA creates what is known as EA or estrogenic activity in the body, which occurs when chemicals mimic the behavior of naturally occurring estrogen. Studies have shown that fetal, infant, and juvenile mammals have been shown to be especially sensitive to the low doses of these reactive chemicals, which have been linked to an increased risk of breast and prostate cancer, fetal development problems, heart disease, diabetes, and infertility.
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How to make your logo memorable
Entrepreneur
There are few logos that are quite as ubiquitous as McDonald's golden arches or Coca-Cola's red and white looping script. How can you turn a simple logo into something that's a permanent part of the cultural lexicon? There are few strategies to help you on your way there. When designing the logo for your startup, think about simplicity, especially with the color scheme. While the original Apple logo was a rainbow apple, its current iteration is a striking black and white rendering.
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How to find out what typeface a website uses
Popular Mechanics
Way back when, if you wanted to know what typefaces a website used, you'd have to view the page's source code. Now all it takes is a browser extension. The best two are Type Sample (for Chrome only) and Whatfont (for Chrome and Safari). Whatfont is best if you just want to know the typeface but don't particularly care about saving it. Just click on the browser extension's button, hover over text, and the name of the typeface pops up. If you click, you'll get details, such as size, line height, and sample text.
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Big brands close factories in Bangladesh due to safety concerns
The Toronto Star
A North American-led group of fast fashion brands operating in Bangladesh that it had closed or partially shut seven factories for remediation after inspectors found structural problems and safety concerns. The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety — which includes 26 big brands such as Walmart, Hudson’s Bay Company, The Gap, Canadian Tire and The Children’s Place — said it will extend compensation to workers for up to four months if they are unable to work due to the closures.
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PPAMS wins 'Award of Excellence' from association executives
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The Tennessee Society of Association Executives (TNSAE) as awarded PPAMS with an Award of Excellence in the Events category for the PPAMS Awards Dinner and Membership Meeting. During the presentation, TNSAE applauded PPAMS for moving the struggling membership meeting to be in conjunction with the MidSouth PromoShow and the addition of the Best of PPAMS Awards

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Ian Toner, an architect in Philadelphia, recently went to city offices for a permit to build a stoop for a client’s home. The city, he learned, had just imposed new requirements: He would have to get maps from gas, electric, water and other utilities to ensure the stoop would not disturb their underground lines and then resubmit his application.

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Burky joins PPAMS Board of Directors
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Kimberly Burky of Nashville has been elected to the PPAMS Board of Directors. She will serve the remainder of the term left vacant by Gabe McGraw’s resignation. Burky has been active in PPAMS and served as a committee chair and volunteer in the past. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and works with her dad Mike, aka the Super Rep, as a multi-line rep.

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