WHO WE ARE
MiPPA will be the premier association to serve the needs of promotional marketing professionals.
MiPPA is dedicated to providing fun experiences and educational exchanges for suppliers and distributors to help build promotional professionals and increase industry awareness.
AND VISION FOR A MORE PROSPEROUS INDUSTRY.
Sandra Kelley MAS – Immediate Past President
"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!"
Eric Pehrson, MASI – President
"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."
Glenn Miotke – Director, President Elect
Tony Shereda MAS MASI – Treasurer
“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.”
David Szidik – Director, Secretary
"I wanted to become more involved in the industry and MiPPA was a great way to network with the industry professionals. I wanted to find a way to give back to the industry and MiPPA provides this opportunity."
1. Enjoy golfing in scrambles twice a year in June and August!
2. My first job was a cashier in BI-LO and had to memorize pricing on all products to enter in the manual cash register as customers checked out.
3. Proud of both my sons who are in the fields of service. One is a Benedictine Monk at Saint Meinrad Archabbey and will be ordained a priest in July 2022. My other son is a Deputy in Isabella County protecting the community.
4. My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate.
Parker Melvin – Director, Events
"What do I love about MiPPA? Honestly, everything. Especially the people. I have been so impressed with MiPPA as a professional organization since I moved to the supplier side of our industry in 2017. It is one of the absolute finest regional trade associations in the entire country. Having worked as both distributor and supplier, I feel that I have much to offer in advancing MiPPA’s mission. I am very passionate about the future of our industry and wish to contribute to its success in every way that I can. What better way to do that than to serve on the board of this top notch organization?!”
Maureen Dwyer – Director, Membership / Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging (DEIB) Champion
Mike Freestone – Director, Marketing / Ideas in Bloom Show
"I wanted to join the board because sometimes I feel like a small fish in a big sea. There is a lot to learn and a lot of exposure being a part of the board. It is always a goal of mine to continue to learn and grow in the industry I love. I also take a lot of pride being able to be a part of something like this and to be able to represent myself and what I believe in. I look forward to being a part of such a great organization."
Dean Sorensen – Director, Membership
"I have always enjoyed meeting and networking with new people at our local MiPPA shows, when the opportunity presented itself, I thought it was a good time to give back to our industry.”
Carly Jaeger – Director
"Since my start in the promotional products industry, I have felt that we are one big family, and in my family everyone gives back and does their part to contribute. When I took on the MI territory in late 2018 I was first introduced to MIPPA at the Roar show, and I was blown away by the strong relationships, the dedication, the respect and once again the family feel. I am honored to be asked to serve with MIPPA and I vow to do my part to keep our family strong!"
Paul A. Kiewiet MAS+ – Executive Director
"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."
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.