PPAI Magazine March 2023

Must Read | PPAI Expo 2023 350,000+ Showcase Products audience vote. “So I picked that, and I asked (Quikflip founder) Rener (Gracie) to help me out because it’s his invention.” Other exhibitors included Therabody, Raining Rose, Trailform, Bevee, City Bonfires and Maple Ridge Farms. Hundreds of distributors crowded the ballroom where The Pitch was staged, and hundreds more watched it on the Expo Live video boards as the show floor opened. “I loved the audience participation of being able to text and to see how people were voting,” said Staci Cannon, MAS, of California distributor Industry Incentives. “Overall I thought the energy and the whole atmosphere was really, really nice. It was worth getting up early for.” Giving Back Taking a quick break from the convention center, 112 golfers from more than 30 promo companies hit the links for a great cause, raising more than $39,000 for the Promotional Products Education Foundation during the Glen Holt & Fran Ford Memorial Golf Tournament at Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas. Quikflip founder Rener Gracie, whose Hero Hoodie won "The Pitch" competition, demonstrates on the show floor. An attendee takes a break from the show floor to visit the Pop-Up Puppy Playtime station sponsored by Bandoggies. 60 • MARCH 2023 • PPAI