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    President's Letter

    The Fall Market Showcase in Pleasanton at Casa Real was one of our best shows ever! Both suppliers and distributors loved the new venue at the Ruby Hill Winery and end users enjoyed seeing the latest trends and upcoming holiday gifts.

    I want to express our gratitude to all the suppliers who exhibited and the following companies who contributed gifts for end users:

    FOSSA Gemline Pro-Towels & Kanata
    IMC Fairytale Brownies Picnic Time
    Travel Chair SanMar Wesco
    Pinnacle Incentives Logomark Marine Layer
    SWEDA Orgaudio Tomax
    Hirsh Gift    

    A special thank to our keynote speaker, Vicki Ostrom, for her inspiring presentation on market trends to a standing-room only crowd.

    See the photo gallery for the 2018 Fall Market Showcase here.

    And finally, I want to thank all the distributors who attended and brought their clients, especially MadeToOrder who sent their team to help at registration.

    Please be sure to mark your calendar for our Holiday Party on Friday, November 30th at Trader Vic's in Emeryville. We'll have our annual raffle to benefit the PMANC Campbell Brown Memorial Scholarship and the 2019 PMANC Board of Directors will be installed.

    See you at the Holiday Party!

    Melissa Deckelman
    2018 PMANC President
    [email protected]



    Get Involved

    Nominations open for 2019 PMANC Board of Directors
    Want to be part of a team that is making waves in our Industry?

    We are currently seeking candidates to serve on the 2019 Board of Directors.  If you'd like to contribute to a passionate group who are looking to find innovative ways to create a more engaged professional community in California, this is your opportunity.  Connect with one of our current Board members if you are interested in finding out what's involved. 2018 PMANC Board of Directors.

    Nominations will be accepted through Monday, October 8, 2018. Any PMANC members in good standing are eligible to submit a nomination.

    Ready to make a difference?
    If you are interested, please click to complete the online nomination form.  



    What you need to know

    Friday, November 30 11 - 2pm
    Trader Vic's, 
    Emeryville, CA 

    People talk about this event all year long because it's so much FUN! Plan to bring your team and celebrate all your accomplishments with your industry peers.

    We'll be at the famous Trader Vic's in Emeryville with great views of the Bay and Polynesian holiday style.

    Great raffle prizes as always.  All proceeds will go to the PMANC Campbell Brown Memorial Scholarship.

    The 2019 PMANC Board of Directors will be installed at this event. Great times ahead. Don't miss this one!



    Do Good, Give Back

    PMANC Cares connects you with volunteer opportunities in our community. The next PMANC Cares' next event is Saturday, October 27th in San Jose. Please JOIN US!  We need 14 Volunteers!

    Our PMANC Supplier and Distributor Volunteer team will work a morning shift at Sacred Heart's Food Pantry.

    Learn more about Sacred Heart's mission and work here:

    Photo from our last community effort. See more photos here

    We'll chat about crazy rush orders and share product ideas WHILE we pack hundreds of bags of healthy food for families in the community. And, we'll meet up for lunch after our shift.

    Would you like to help plan the next PMANC Cares Event?  Please reach out!  We would love your ideas and your help!

    Please RSVP to PMANC Cares Chairperson, Cristina Ysselstein, [email protected]

    Cristina Ysselstein
    Chairperson: PMANC Cares

    PPDRF Needs Your Help to Rebuild Funds for Disaster Relief

    The Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation (PPDRF) was created by the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and the Regional Association Council (RAC) to help promotional products industry members and non-members get back to business in the wake of a federally-declared natural disaster. The foundation helped so many businesses in 2017 that the fund is completely gone. 

    PMANC is dedicated to raising awareness and doing whatever possible to help rebuild the PPDRF fund. Your donation will help rebuild the funding so there will be funding available to help those companies are affected by a natural diaster.

    If you would like to donate with a check, please make the check payable to PPDRF. Please include the name of your regional association, PMANC.
    Send the check to:
    c/o PPAI Regional Relations
    3125 Skyway Circle N.
    Irving, TX 75038-3526



    Get Smarter

    Loving Professional Development!

    I recently attended the keynote session at SAAC featuring Erik Wahl, a recognized artist and author.  His message regarding disruption as the new normal, was delivered in a dynamic, moving and creative way.  Using his skills as an artist he created works of art while engaging the audience with moving videos and audience participation. His process in delivering his message resonated with all the attendees.

    It is these types of events that PMANC wishes to deliver to our members.  We want you to leave feeling excitement about the topic and how it relates to you and your business.

    Our amazing Fall Showcase at Casa Real gave our members that WOW experience.  Vicki Ostrom, trend editor for SanMar delved into three trends, You-niform, Super Power & Envisioning Outer Limits, breaking down why each is relevant and how it relates to our buyers wants and needs.  Key takeaways included “The trend is YOU”, “Optimism is a strategy” and “The future is now”.  Vicki also included some key sources for our members to check out when looking for trends.  We have added a link with Vicki’s trend checklist here.

    What’s next for our PMANC Professional Development??  We are finalizing a session on Compliance and Product Safety so watch for details in the upcoming weeks.

    See you soon!





    Laurie Dowell
    PMANC Professional Development Chairperson

    Senior Branding Consultant 
    Jack Nadel Int'l.

    Call for Professional Development Presentations
    The PMANC Professional Development Committee is busy planning events to educate and enlighten our distributor members in 2019. Does your company have industry information that you'd like to share in an upcoming Pro-D session? If so, please use our easy online form to tell us the details.

    Click here for the Professional Development Presentation form.

    Webinar October 4th: Differentiate or Go Home!
    Setting Yourself Apart in a Competitive Marketplace
    Thursday, October 4th at 10:00 am
    Presented by Cliff Quicksell Jr., MAS+

    If you are not different, you are the same. We are in a highly competitive marketplace—every day you turn around there are more and more people selling promotional products.

    What makes you different?  What makes you special?
    This webinar will help you uncover methodologies in ways to differentiate yourself in your market. It will also give you the opportunity to look within and see what some of those unique aspects are of who you are that you can then turn and parlay into differentiators when you’re working with your customers and prospects.

    Watch the video with Cliff Quicksell talking about what will be covered in this webinar:

    We hope you will be able to join us for this collaborative educational event brought to you by PMANC, AzPPA, NWPMA and SAAC.

    Register for the District 5 Oct Webinar here.

    Is there an industry-related topic you'd like to learn more about?  We'd love your feedback on topics of interest so we can continue delivering quality content to help you and your business. Please email Executive Director, Carol Murphy at [email protected] with your ideas.

    With Seth Godin At Advertising Week

    PPAI pleased to announce that we are once again joining together with author, entrepreneur and marketer, Seth Godin to host a master class seminar at Advertising Week in New York.  

    In the master class interaction, Godin will open attendees' eyes to how the industry has profoundly changed as brands now have the opportunity to market with people, rather than at them. An exploration into a variety of topics, the seminar will cover subjects from the building blocks of effective marketing to creating work that matters for people who care. Following Godin's detailed discussion, PPAI President and CEO, Paul Bellantone will join the author for a deeper dive into the shifting environment of the marketing industry.

    WHEN: Tuesday, October 2 at 10:30 AM EDT; Reserve complimentary tickets here
    Tickets are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    WHERE: AMC Loews Lincoln Square, Stage, 1998 Broadway, New York 

    Not going to be in New York? View the live stream here

    Wednesday Webinars are a MEMBER-ONLY Benefit.
    Learn more about the monthly webinars here.

    October 31: David Shultz presents "Customer Engagement Through the Use of Technology"
    November 28: Brett Garran presents “How To Sell Uniform Programs"
    December 19: Paul Kiewiet MAS+ - "Defining Your Value Proposition"

    Members can click here to log into the PMANC member area and register for the monthly webinars.
    Download a membership app to join PMANC or sign up online.




    Multi-line rep firm Incentives West (PPAI 224617) has added two new members to its team. Nolan Plummer has come on board in Southern California. Jodi Spangrud, a past president of the Promotional Marketing Association of Northern California, has joined the team in Northern California, where she will service Northern California and Nevada.

    HUB Promotional Group has acquired supplier Origaudio, adding the Fountain Valley, California-based company to six others within the HUB portfolio including HUB Pen Company, Beacon, Best Promotions, Cooler Graphics, Debco Bag Distributors, and BCG Creations.

    Jason Lucash will retain his role as president of Origaudio and become the senior vice president of marketing and product for HUB.




    Carson Cooks!

    Doug Carson, Carson Solutions

    My son, Mark lives in San Diego and we usually go to visit in August. He turned 50 years old this year...yes 50 years old! So this year my other son, Matt, and his family drove to San Diego with Melinda and me. We had a great week which included a 50th birthday party with some of Mark’s friends. Mark is a semi-vegetarian. He eats some fish and occasionally chicken, but his primary choice of food is vegetarian. The guests had a variety of tastes in food, so we had something for everyone, but today’s recipe is an idea I had for Mark.  It really turned out great with everyone enjoying it, so I needed to share the recipe. What I like about it is its versatility. All you have to do is add grilled chicken or prawns, and you can satisfy the protein desires of other guests. Make the basic recipe below then, put it into the mushrooms and add the protein of choice on top and bake. I used Quinoa in San Diego to satisfy a gluen-free guest, and I  have used Couscous for other dinner parties recently. The flavors are very similar with most of the flavor coming from the vegetables and seasoning.

    4 large portabella mushrooms                                

    1 cup of Quinoa or Tri Color Couscous
    1 medium size zucchini chopped
    ½ cup minced red onion
    1 red or yellow or orange bell pepper minced or use a mixture of the red, yellow & orange mini bells. (This is a good option.)   
    2 cloves of garlic - minced 
    12 button tomatoes cut in small pieces
    1 cup of chopped Fresh Asiago Cheese  
    ¼ cup of grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
    2 TBLS Olive Oil 
    3 tsp Sea Salt
    2 TBLS of Aglio Olio  e Pepperoncino seasoning**

    **You can get the above spice from “AllSpicery”  (It is a mixture of Dried Italian Parsley, Basil, Garlic, Chili Flakes and Sea Salt. This seasoning is great on fish and all vegetables so buying some online will come in handy. If not, use a variety of the ingredients above and it will work. Still, use the fresh garlic as called for in the recipe.

    Boil 2 cups of  and add 1 tsp of salt. When it comes to a boil, add 1 cup of the quinoa. Stir then cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender and water is evaporated. Remove quinoa and place in a mixing bowl to cool.

    When quinoa is cool, add all above minced and chopped ingredients and mix thoroughly. If too dry, just add a little olive oil but not too much

    Scrap the brown scales from inside the mushrooms. Drizzle them with olive oil and the Alio Olio. Stuff each mushroom with the mixture.

    Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes

    Chicken – cut chicken into strips and layer overstuffed mushroom and bake. Use the same seasoning as above for the chicken.

    Prawns – Remove the shell and devein and season the prawns with the same seasoning as above.





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