Chairman’s Corner

Chairman’s Message – October 2017

It is hard to believe we are already into the middle of October and the heart of the holiday selling season.  Before we know it, Christmas and New Year's will be here and then a fresh start to the year with new product launches, new catalogs, and myriad tradeshows throughout the country.

The Premier Group board of directors and committees are hard at work on behalf of the membership, including:

  1. 2018 Annual Meeting - Glen Hersh and Menda Wright are exploring options and hope to announce a date and location in the very near future.
  2. Marketing Committee - Michelle Guetle and her committee just completed our first Idea Box marketing kit to rave reviews.  The theme for this kit was "Cheers!" and it included an assortment of items for the holiday season.  The next kit will hit the streets at the end of January with an "On The Go" theme.
  3. Membership Committee, led by Mattt Bertram and Judy Goo, are working diligently to recruit new distributor members that would be a great fit within our group.  If you have any suggested members, please let one of them or Jonathan Riegel know.
  4. Technology Committee, spearheaded by Dan Welborne, has been working on a great new dashboard that will be rolled out to the membership shortly.  This dashboard will allow interaction between our members state-of-the-art!
  5. The 2018 catalog is well into production and promises to be one of our best ever!
  6. The board of directors contracted with a Strategic Branding consultant to help us evaluate, understand and define our value proposition and member benefits.  We plan to share the consultant's findings and report at the member breakfast in Las Vegas.

In August, we held another successful PGU event at the SAAC Show.  We are planning PGU South for the ASI Orlando show on Tuesday, January 2.  We already have 16 suppliers committed, including four sponsors (a big thank you to BIC Graphic, Garyline, Hit Promotional Products, Paramount Apparel, Prime Line and SanMar for your sponsorships!)...distributor registration will open shortly.

Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:

     -- PGU South @ ASI Orlando - Tuesday, January 2, 2018
     -- PG Cocktail Party @ PPAI Expo - Monday, January 15, 2018
     -- PG Member Breakfast @ PPAI Expo - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

On behalf of the entire board, I offer my best wishes for a successful conclusion to 2017 and the happiest and safest of holidays.

Best regards,

Paula Shulman, CAS

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