PPAI Magazine March 2023

Must Read | PPAI Expo 2023 a session on the Association’s Promo Data Exchange (PDX) initiative, free and available to all PPAI members, intended to help streamline communication between suppliers and distributors. Special Honors On Monday night, January 9, PPAI celebrated the 2023 recipients of its most prestigious awards at the Chair’s Leadership Dinner. Carol D. Aastad, MAS, and Mary Ellen Sokalski, MAS, became the first two women ever inducted into the same PPAI Hall of Fame class. “For 29 years, I enjoyed an exhilarating, fun, satisfying, meaningful and, yes, profitable business,” Aastad said. “Having a career in this industry changed my life. It truly changed my life. It gave me the independence, the realization and the satisfaction that I could support myself. And I had so much fun doing it. I loved this industry.” “It is with the utmost humility that I thank all of you for noticing me, encouraging me to serve, to teach, and for the unforgettable experience I Four veteran distributor judges take the stage for the first-ever "The Pitch" competition. 15,322 Total Industry Attendees The PPAI Expo Product Pavilions and show floor provided networking opportunities throughout the week. 58 • MARCH 2023 • PPAI