WHO WE ARE...

Connected and Tuned In to Our Members

Dependable

Fun

Imaginative

Optimistic

OUR VISION

MiPPA will be the premier association to serve the needs of promotional marketing professionals.

OUR MISSION

MiPPA is dedicated to providing fun experiences and educational exchanges for suppliers and distributors to help build promotional professionals and increase industry awareness.


PROVIDING LEADERSHIP AND VISION FOR A MORE PROSPEROUS INDUSTRY.


Roger Burnett - President

Branded Logistics (Supplier) | rogerburnett2013@gmail.com

​Term ending 12/31/20

“There is a distinct and noticeable difference between people selling promotional products and promotional products professionals. I'm friends with many non-members, but those I respect and learn the most from are typically members of their Regional Trade Association, and those people recognize MiPPA as being amongst the best there are. As I return to the Board and assume the responsibility of President in our 50th Anniversary year, I intend to #MakeItGold every chance I get, not just with the way we will celebrate this year, but more importantly with the path this Board intends to take the Organization in 2019”

FUN FACTS

1. We've hosted 17 dinner events in and around the metro Detroit area over the last 3 years. (#18 is right around the corner!)

2. Our youngest son won an ice-hockey National Championship as a 21 year last year with a team from Shreveport, LA. Yes, they play hockey in the South, and they play it well.

3. Our family forgoes the exchange of Christmas presents, choosing to take an annual family vacation together to a memorable destination. Now that our 3 boys are out of the house, it ensures a 2nd chance every year for all of us to be together doing something we'll all remember, hopefully forever.

4. I spend a disproportionate amount of money attending live music events. I can't get enough of them, no matter how bad the ringing in my ears has become.


      Sarah Merrill - President-Elect/RAC Delegate

      Mercury Promotions and Fulfillment (Distributor) | merrills@mercuryfs.com

      Term ending 12/31/21

      "Becoming a board member of MiPPA was the perfect opportunity for me to become more involved in the industry I love so much. It’s a wonderful way to learn while giving back. It’s not very often in life that you get the chance to work & play with people who share the same passions."

      FUN FACTS

      1. My favorite movie is Cool Running’s.
      2. I was a professional/artistic roller skater for 6 years. Placed 3rd in the Country at Nationals.
      3. I dream of being a Blue Angel. 
      4. I subscribe to just about every magazine you can think of & I can spend countless hours reading them.

      Sarah Merrill - President-Elect/RAC Delegate

      Mercury Promotions and Fulfillment (Distributor)

      merrills@mercuryfs.com

      Term ending 12/31/21

      "Becoming a board member of MiPPA was the perfect opportunity for me to become more involved in the industry I love so much. It’s a wonderful way to learn while giving back. It’s not very often in life that you get the chance to work & play with people who share the same passions."

      FUN FACTS

      1. My favorite movie is Cool Running’s.
      2. I was a professional/artistic roller skater for 6 years. Placed 3rd in the Country at Nationals.
      3. I dream of being a Blue Angel. 
      4. I subscribe to just about every magazine you can think of & I can spend countless hours reading them.


      Jane Mitchell MAS – Immediate Past President - Executive Committee Advocacy /Governance Lansing LEAD Program

      Jungle Jane Promotions (Distributor) | jane@junglejanepromotions.com

      Term ending 12/31/19

      "I hope to help MIPPA grow and show other distributors the importance of belonging to their local association. I also enjoyed travel to Washington DC to educate the Congressman and Senators about the important roll Promotional Products can play in all walks of life."

      FUN FACTS

      1. 2 kids, 2 grandkids and 1 crazy fun husband for 37
      2. Been a Mac user for 29 years
      3. Just celebrated 24 Years in Promotional Products. Getting ready for a party for 25.
      4. Hairstylist for 20 years prior to going into promotional products.


      MEAGAN NEDLO – Director

      Cutter & Buck (Supplier) | meagan.nedlo@cutterbuck.com

      ​Term ending 12/31/20

      "As a relative newbie to the promotional products industry, I’ve been overwhelmed by how welcoming and supportive this organization has been. If I can do a little bit to give back to our community of professionals and contribute to the greater Michigan promotional products industry as a whole, sign me up!"

      FUN FACTS

      1. I was born and raised in Texas and since then have lived in Oklahoma, Georgia, North Carolina and Massachusetts before moving to Michigan in 2017. I thought I couldn’t possibly end up anywhere colder after spending six winters in Boston…looks like the joke’s on me!
      2. I’m kinda into running…I qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials in both 2012 and 2016 (but despite what my dad will tell you, I was not anywhere close to going to the actual Olympics) and my current big scary goal is trying to qualify again for 2020!
      3. I’m a big word nerd and get really fired up watching Wheel of Fortune. I have, on two occasions with witnesses present, solved a puzzle with only the category name and blank spaces showing.
      4. One time many years ago I was featured in an infomercial which frequently ran on multiple television channels. Bonus points if you can guess what it was for!


      Eric Pehrson, BASI - Director

      Creative Studio Promotions (Distributor) | EPehrson@creativestudiopromo.com

      ​Term ending 12/31/20

      "I have known and been involved with MiPPA since the day I started in promotional products. Former MiPPA President Paul Zafarana first gave me a chance in this industry and one of the first things I did was attend Promotional Products 101. A couple of years after that I started my own distributorship and the very first thing I did was join MiPPA. I would attend Promotions that Roar, volunteer at the Bloom Show, went go to all the Luncheon with the Stars I could. At each event I met more and more amazing people and loved the networking opportunities. I wanted to run for the board to give back to an organization that has given me so much. To be included with such a great group of passionate people who truly cares about this industry is such an honor. MiPPA has helped me to grow professionally and as an added bonus I’ve made some amazing friends along the way."

      FUN FACTS

      1. I founded and run a small organization called Songs 4 Soldiers that sends care packages to men and women overseas. To date over 200 packages have been sent.
      2. After college I moved to Vegas and spent 10 years working in spa management in various resorts on “the strip”.
      3. I’m a homebrewer.
      4. I’m obsessed with “The Office” and can watch on repeat day in and day out.


      Rachel Olson - Secretary - The TOM Show

      Davidson Promotional (Distributor) | rolson@davidsonpromo.com

      ​Term ending 12/31/19

      “I joined MiPPA to gain industry knowledge and experience. I have gained from my time as a MiPPA member an incredible network of distributors and suppliers who are all about helping each other and the industry! Helping to grow the association and in turn the industry is a passion I share with many members of MiPPA. I am looking forward to being able to give back to the MiPPA membership and the industry during my time on the board.”

      FUN FACTS

      1. Worked on a Dude Ranch for a summer
      2. In my prior career (Landscape Designer) I designed and built a 10 foot tall high heel topiary filled with Pink Begonias during the summer and white twinkle lights in the winter.
      3. I read an average of 6 books a month. Mainly mystery with a few business/sales thrown in for fun!
      4. I have stayed on 14 Caribbean islands in the past 20 years.


      Glenn Miotke - Director

      Unfolding Communications (Distributor) | glenn@unfolding.biz

      ​Term ending 12/31/19

      FUN FACTS

      1. Photographically challenged – I am smiling. Ask me to pose and this is what happens.
      2. Passionate reader and writer – I’m presently better at turning pages than filling them.
      3. Accidental but dedicated distance runner - Decided to run a marathon on a lark. Five marathons ago.
      4. This is my first job out of college - It seems to be working out.


      Kelly Connolly - Director - Membership and Advocacy

      Charles River Apparel (Supplier) | kconnolly@charlesriverapparel.com

      ​Term ending 12/31/19

      "I joined Mippa to gain knowledge while working with industry peers and hopefully share some of my own experiences. Mippa provides valuable resources and is the most friendly, inclusive fun group of people where all are welcome."

      FUN FACTS

      1. We own a blind horse and he leads trail rides
      2. I am a former (amateur) competitive body builder
      3. I love to target shoot for sport
      4. I am a certified Medical Acupuncturist


      Paul A. Kiewiet MAS - Executive Director

      MiPPA | paul@mippa.org | 269-806-4489

      "I believe this can be the golden age of promotional products for professionals who wish to grow, to learn how to create value and how to be more relevant to the needs of their customers. I like the way that MiPPA provides the tools for people to do that successfully."

      FUN FACTS

      1. I've visited six of the seven continents (Anarctica remains on my bucket list)
      2. I've completed 20 - marathons - all 26.2 miles of each of them
      3. I've summited Mt Kilimanajaro, the highest peak in Africa at 19,300' above sea level
      4. My first job was feeding and catching chickens.

      Paul A. Kiewiet MAS - Executive Director

      MiPPA

      paul@mippa.org

      269-806-4489

      "I believe this can be the golden age of promotional products for professionals who wish to grow, to learn how to create value and how to be more relevant to the needs of their customers. I like the way that MiPPA provides the tools for people to do that successfully."

      FUN FACTS

      1. I've visited six of the seven continents (Anarctica remains on my bucket list)
      2. I've completed 20 - marathons - all 26.2 miles of each of them
      3. I've summited Mt Kilimanajaro, the highest peak in Africa at 19,300' above sea level
      4. My first job was feeding and catching chickens.


      Sandra Kelley CAS – Director

      Prestige Promotions powered by Proforma (Distributor) | sandra.kelley@proforma.com

      Term ending 12/31/20

      "I really do LOVE MIPPA. I have been a member at large for the last several years and was honored to be asked to serve as a Board Member for 2019-2020. I accepted because I truly believe it is our duty to serve in some aspect of our industry. Each of us is responsible to help make the industry just a little bit better, utilizing our own unique gifts and talents (I'm still in search of mine)! I was always so impressed at how organized the MIPPA events were and how they were done with high quality and don't let me start on the value that each member receives from their membership. Being a member of MIPPA was a no-brainer!"

      FUN FACTS

      1. I am really an actress trapped in a Promotional Products Distributor's body ( I've done several commercials and small film projects in Michigan). BTW, the Hollywood Stars are a lot shorter in person!
      2. I have run/walked the CRIM 10 mile Road Race for the last ten years in a row. I train all summer and eat all winter, that's what I call a balance lifestyle. I love it!
      3. I can sing, (but I'd prefer acting)!
      4. My husband and I LOVE Aruba, we have been for the last 6 six in a row and this year will make 7. YIPPEE!


      Tony Shereda - Treasurer

      QMI Group, Inc. (Distributor) | TShereda@qmimail.com

      Term ending 12/31/20

      “I really wanted to become more involved in the industry and MiPPA was a great way to network with some of the most caring and sharing people in the world. After all that this industry had given to me and my family I really wanted to find a way to give back and MiPPA gave me that venue.”

      FUN FACTS

      1. Unlike everyone else on the board it seems, I am not a runner. I did play football in college and two years of semi-pro ball as an offensive lineman though!
      2. My daughter Alli was a nationally ranked spring board diver on both the one and three meter boards. She finished 24th in the nation on 1 meter in 2017 and 38th in the NCAA division 1 finals in 2018.
      3. I have been in this industry since I was 16 and have loved it ever since! I have been with the same company the entire 36 years.
      4. Besides the MiPPA board I also sit on the board for Kids on the Go, a non-profit organization that helps children on the spectrum with a free summer camp so that they can continue their therapies while not in school.

      BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATION

      Service on the board of directors of MiPPA provides you with high profile leadership opportunities as well as the ability to shape the future of this organization.  

      Service is a two year commitment beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31.  The board and newly elected members meet in November for a full day strategic planning meeting.  Board meetings take place about nine or ten months of the year, usually in a metro Detroit location.  When there are major association events, the meetings are scheduled to coincide with them.  Some meetings may take place via conference call or web conference.

      Directors may run for a consecutive two year term. The President serves one additional year as Immediate Past President. 

      By serving on the board, you will make life long friendships, meet the leaders and visionaries in the industry and get a much higher level perspective on the industry.  You will also be exposed to opportunities to interact and engage on the national level through our affiliation with PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC).

      The people and skills that we are looking for are visionary, strategic, big-picture thinkers. Directors will also be needed to serve as officers including Treasurer, Secretary, President-Elect and President.

      Elections are held in October as voted by the general membership. We seek to have a good balance of supplier, multiline rep and distributors serving on the board although each director is charged to serve the best interests of the entire industry and membership.

      If you would like to serve, please download and complete the nomination form.

      PAST PRESIDENTS

      View the past Presidents of MiPPA Presidents of MiPPA (1).pdf


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