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February 7-8, 2018  







Wednesday and Thursday, February 7-8, 2018





Music City Center

201 5th Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37203






Hampton Inn & Suites Vanderbilt West End

1919 West End Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

PPAMS Rate: $169 + taxes until January 9, 2018


Hampton Inn Nashville/Vanderbilt is 1.5 miles from the Music City Center and two blocks from the Vanderbilt University campus in the city’s West End area. Walk to over 50 restaurants from our 169-room hotel, which is just minutes from downtown. See over 300 species of plants, shrubs and the Bicentennial Oak on campus. You’ll enjoy free parking, complimentary breakfast, fitness room, and business center.


To make reservations online CLICK HERE

or call 615-329-1144 and ask for the Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPA) rate.





The Music City Center is home to the largest parking operation in downtown Nashville and with their reasonable rates and 24 hour security, it’s the best place to park downtown.  The garage is located on 6th Avenue and Demonbreun, directly across from the south entrance to Bridgestone Arena. 

CLICK HERE for a directions and a map




PPAMS Members – FREE

Members of any Regional Association – FREE

Distributors with a PPAI, UPIC, ASI or SAGE number – non-member rate*

Any Promotional Products Distributor with five invoices from promotional products suppliers – non-member rate*


No one under the age of 16 can attend this show.


*Non-Member Rate: $50 per attendee for the show, $25 per attendee for each seminar





For the ultimate show experience, attendees can purchase a VIP pass.


The VIP Experience includes:

  • Valet parking on the day of the show.
  • Early access to the show floor.
  • Pre-printed name badge so you don't have to wait in line.
  • Access to the VIP Lounge with drinks, snacks and a light lunch.
  • Concierge to carry your bags to the car when you're done.
  • Premium show bag.


VIP passes must be purchased by Friday, February 2, 2018.


CLICK HERE to purchase the VIP Experience





For the final two hours of the show, distributors will be allowed to bring a limited number of clients. This is not intended to be as big as our Road Show, in fact, we encourage distributors to escort their clients on the show floor (there's no way they can see it all in two hours). This will give you the opportunity to bring clients who have a big project in the works or may have missed the show in August.

  • Distributor members, who are also show attendees, can invite two clients to attend between 1-3 pm. (2 clients per sales rep.)
  • Distributors will be charged $25 for each client that attends.
  • You are responsible for escorting your clients and collecting all leads.
  • For an additional fee you can provide complimentary parking or valet service for your clients.


 >> CLICK HERE to learn how to invite your clients.





The pre-registration deadline is Friday, February 2, 2018

Pre-registration can only be done online at www.ppams.com


After February 2, you will still be able to register onsite.





A name badge is required for all events.  You can pickup your name badge at the registration counter outside of Exhibit Hall A-1 at the following times:


Wednesday, February 7

9:30am – 5:00pm – PPAMS Registration Desk at the Music City Center


Thursday, February 8

7:30am – 3:00pm – PPAMS Registration Desk at the Music City Center





As the top sponsor of the show, SAGE is again providing complimentary access to SAGEMobile for all distributors attending the show.  This will allow distributors to use their phone to search products, view exhibitors, create a walk list, input notes, photos, audio recordings and videos.  Also, you can post pictures and videos directly to your Facebook and Twitter pages.  Distributors who are not currently subscribers to SAGEMobile need to call 800-925-SAGE (7243) and tell them they need to get set up with the free trial of SAGEMobile for the PPAMS show.


CLICK HERE to watch a video about SAGEMobile 








all events (except the Pub Crawl) are at the Music City Center





9:30am - Registration Open (Exhibit Hall A1 Lobby)


10:30am – 11:30am – SEMINAR: Maintaining Your Digital Online Presence (Room 101 D-E)


12:00pm – 1:00pm – POWER LUNCH (Room 101 A-C) (CLICK HERE to purchase)


12:00pm - 5:00pm - Exhibitor Set-Up (Exhibit Hall A1)


1:00pm – 8:30pm – Featured Product Showcase Open (Hallway Outside of Seminars)


1:30pm – 2:30pm – SEMINAR: Cloud Based Productivity Software (Room 101 D-E)


2:30 – 3:00pm – Snack Break  (Meeting Room Foyer)(Hallway Outside of Seminars)


3:00pm – 4:00pm – Professional Development Seminar(Room 101 D-E)


4:00pm – 5:00pm – SAGE Training (Room 101 D-E)


5:00pm - Registration Closes


6:00pm – 6:30pm – Best of PPAMS Cocktail Reception (101 A-C)


6:30pm - 8:30pm – PPAMS Membership Meeting and Awards Dinner  (Room 101 A-C)(CLICK HERE to purchase ticket)


8:30pm - ???? – Honky Tonkin’ with PPAMS (Whiskey Bent Saloon)





7:00am - 9:00am - Exhibitor Set Up (Exhibit Hall A1)


8:00am - Registration Open


9:00am – 10:00am – New Member Breakfast


9:30am – 3:00pm – VIP Lounge Open


9:30am – VIP Access to the Show Floor (Exhibit Hall A1) (Become a VIP CLICK HERE)


9:30am – 3:00pm – Featured Product Showcase Open


10:00am - 3:00pm - Show Floor Open to Distributors (Exhibit Hall A1)


1:00pm – 3:00pm – Show Floor Open to End-Users (Exhibit Hall A1)


3:00pm – Exhibits and Registration Closes






Maintaining Your Digital Online Presence


Wednesday, February 7, 2018 • 10:30 – 11:30 am


The world wide web can be your biggest competitive advantage or your worst enemy.  This session walks you through the process of setting up and maintaining a secure and positive online presence.  From a setting up domain, securing a website, to google reviews to facebook checkins, you need to know how to monitor and maintain your image on the web.  While SEO can be a monster, we will also touch on basic SEO practices that can make sure you can be found by prospective customers, employees and vendors.  


Cloud Based Productivity Software


Wednesday, February 7, 2018 • 1:30 – 2:30 pm


Microsoft and Google both have competing cloud based worksheets, word editors and online storage that can help you manage your productivity needs. This hands on session dives into a cost comparison, functionality, and how to integrate online storage (Drive and One Drive) into the workflow process for Promotional Products Professionals. 


What Can $500 in Facebook Advertising Get You?



Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 3:00 - 4:00pm

Speaker: Kristin Dick, Parachute Media


With the right content, audience, and strategy, $500 in Facebook advertising can do wonderful things for your campaign! Parachute Media is a full-service digital marketing agency specializing in social media, original content creation, digital advertising, video and web design. During this session they will share examples of the amazing results-driven campaigns they've created for clients and give you valuable on how to run effective social media that yields results. 


How Your Website Speak to Potential Clients

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 4:00-5:00pm

Speaker: Andy Evans, SAGE


Without a website, you miss the chance to showcase all you have to offer to potential clients that may choose to visit your competitor's website for what they need. You don't have to know anything about web development to use one of our SAGE website solutions, we've already taken care of the hard stuff (including content for your site)! We'll discuss best practices and how you can sell products directly on your website. We'll also show you the new responsive designs and explain how your company can benefit from a mobile-friendly website.  




Kristin Dick is the Vice President of Operations at Parachute Media, a Nashville-based digital marketing agency that specializes in social media. As Parachute Media's first full-time employee, Kristin started as a social media coordinator and has grown to oversee the day-today operations of the agency, lead strategy for global clients, and support new business acquisition. When she's not at the office, you can find Kristin wiht her two dogs and a taco nearby. 



Andy Evans is the Sr. Strategic Account Lead at SAGE. He earned a degree in management information systems from Texas A&M University. Evans has been at SAGE since 2009 and enjoys teaching people how to use SAGE.


Jon Norris is the Vice President of Operations for Starline USA Inc, located on Grand Island, NY.  Jon’s oversees Manufacturing, Warehousing, Customer Service and Technology functions at Starline.  Starline currently employees over 150 people in Grand Island, NY and Toronto, ON.  Jon uses his background in engineering, his MBA, and a knowledge of the technology field to improve operations and customer experiences at Starline.


Jon graduated from University of Buffalo in 2004 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering.  He was hired at Starline right out of college as an Industrial Engineer.  After 4 years in that position, Jon returned to UB to obtain his MBA via the professional program at night, while working full time.  Upon Graduation, Jon was promoted to the role of Systems Operations Manager at Starline, leading a team of software developers in a complete ERP/CRM software package for Starline. In 2015, Jon was promoted to his current role to help position Starline as an industry leader in innovative customer branding solutions while providing premier technology to their customer base. 


Jon is past the Chair of the PPAI Technology Committee and current leader of the PPAI Tech Summit workgroup.  He also is a PromoKitchen volunteer and chef.  In 2014 Jon was named as a PPB Rising Star.  Most recently in August 2015, Jon was the PPAI Volunteer of the month.  As an industry Millennial (‘82), he is involved in numerous millennial initiatives industry wide to help drive the awareness of the changing workplace.  He also a strong advocate for attracting millennial talent to the promotional products industry.


Jon is currently helping drive an industry data integrations project, labeled “PromoStandards”.  He believes that this is the future of our industry long term sustainability. 



Wednesday, February 7 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Limited Seating!


10 Things to Know about Marketing to Women


Women are responsible for 9 out of 10 consumer decisions and women owned firms account for 31% of all privately owned firms, BUT 90% of women don't feel understood by marketers. Jamie Dunham will share some of the reasons why and how to address the issues. 


Jamie Dunham leads Brand Wise, a brand strategy firm with a focus on building cultrual relevancy for brands. A postmodernist on the subject of branding. Dunham works to ensure consistent branding across all consumer touchpoints to tell their brand story and engage consumers.


Her popular blog www.TheLipstickEconomy.com offers perspectives on marketing to the 108 million adult women in the US that make 85% of all consumer purchases. She is a frequent speaker and contributor to blogs and news media.


Jamie has provided counsel to many consumer and non-profit sectors whose audience are women. Brands she has helped guid include Beaches of South Walton, CareNw Urgent Care Centers, Community Health System, Gig's Cupcakes, HCA hospitals and health systems, O'Charley's Restaurants, Pigeon Fore, The Land Trust for Tennessee, The Little Clinic, The United Methodist Church, Twice Daily and YWCA.


She is immediate Past President of the Nashville American Marketing Association. She hosts a popular Red Letter Day event in August of each year focused on marketing to women. She is active in the community, currently serving on the boards of Begin Anew and YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee.


You can recognize Jamie by her signature red lipstick and her Southern drawl. By the way, she can find her living on her iPhone and strong coffee in Nashville, Tennessee.


COST: $25 per person before Feb. 1, $45 after Feb. 1



Tickets must be purchased by 01/31/2018 online or by calling 615-465-8109




Wednesday, February 7  • 6:00pm Cocktail Reception • 6:30pm Dinner

sponsored by SAGE


COST: $65 per person before February 1, $80 after February 1, $480 for a table of 8


Join us to honor our Hall of Fame inductees, Member Volunteer of the Year, and Best of PPAMS winners.


Follow along at #PPAMSawards to see who the winners are.



Tickets must be purchased by 01/31/2018 online or by calling 615-465-8109



Thursday, January 30th - 8:30pm - ????

Whiskey Bent Saloon


Cost: No charge for registered show attendees


Lower Broadway was made for Honky Tonkin'. Meet up with everyone at Whiskey Bent Saloon for exclusive PPAMS drink specials. You can pick up a wristband at the registration desk or awards dinner to get $1 off domestic beer and well drinks! From there, it's up to you - stay at Whiskey Bent or head down the street to enjoy the live music that made Nashville famous. Use #HTPPAMS on Twitter and Facebook to find out where others are and to let them find you (that is if you want to be found).