PPAI Magazine November 2023

“What truly convinced me that this was an event worth attending annually was the people,” Bui says. “Each year, as I returned to The PPAI Expo, I found myself making invaluable connections, staying updated on industry trends and discovering new opportunities for growth.” That growth comes out of collisions with other distributors and suppliers, but for many in their first few experiences, it comes from wandering around The PPAI Expo Conference on Monday and stumbling into an educational session that shines a light on their own opportunities. “For me, it’s the education,” says Hasseman. “When I was new to the industry, being able to learn from the best speakers opened my eyes to the possibility of what my career could become.” Like, Robbins, Patrick Napurksi, president of Halls & Company, has been on the supplier side of the trade show, and after first wondering how they would handle the mass of distributors, he soon realized that you just put on a smile and do the best you can. “My favorite part of Expo is watching all the supplier teams work together to help the distributors in the best way possible,” Napurski says. “I’ve seen teams move through their booths smoothly and effortlessly identifying potential customers and making them feel welcome.” Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS+, CEO of Competitive Edge and a past PPAI Woman of the Year, describes The PPAI Expo as the place “where Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS+, Competitive Edge … X The PPAI Expo is the place where innovation, connection and inspiration converge annually under one roof. PPAI: 111248 | ASI: 35375 | SAGE: 50327 | UPIC: ACCENTS | DC: 101273 Made & Printed in the USA Quick Turn Arounds Low Minimums www.americanaccents.com | 888.287.7883 Scan for pricing! •Made from renewable resources Corrugated surface adds interest & dimension •Design allows for quick & glue-less assembly •Material adds insulation & allows for easier grip •Full wrap imprint for no additional charge •Digitally printed with 4-Color process 50 piece minimums! BEVERAGE SLEEVES Must Read | The Expo Experience 80 • NOVEMBER 2023 • PPAI