PPAI, foreign associations form international federation for the industry – Promotional Products Association International – Brief Article
IRVING, Texas – The Promotional Products Association International and five international not-for-profit trade associations engaged in the worldwide promotional products industry, have formed a federation to provide an international forum for exchanging information, sharing resources, and promoting the growth and professionalism of the industry. The International Federation of Promotional Products Associations (IFPPA) was established in January with its adoption of bylaws and election of its first group of officers during the 2002 PPAI Expo in Dallas.
“Our associations have been meeting regularly for the past five years to exchange information, encourage cooperation among our associations and to help our respective members learn more about international business opportunities,” said newly elected IFPPA president Kurt Reckziegel, who is also the president of the Promotional Products Association of Canada. “We’ve now taken the official step to organize our efforts and become more effective in leading the industry’s growth and development around the world.”
Established primarily to foster the development of business and trade among the constituencies of the Federation’s association members, IFPPA will work to:
Promote international education and professional certification for the promotional products industry’s practitioners.
Engage in international public policy advocacy and monitoring of governmental regulatory policies and laws affecting the promotional products industry.
Develop international professional business standards and practices for promotional products industry participants.
Foster and encourage the development of other not-for-profit associations in various regions of the world.
The founding charter members of IFPPA are the Asociacion Mexicana Profesionales de la Promocion, (AMPPRO) representing Mexico; the Australasian Promotional Products Association (APPA) representing Australia and New Zealand; the European Promotional Products Association (EPPA) representing several European national associations; the Promotional Merchandise Trade Association (PROMOTA) representing the United Kingdom; the Promotional Products Association of Canada (PPAC) representing Canada; and the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) representing primarily the United States.
Dora Lilia Rowe, currently president of AMPPRO, was elected IFPPA Vice President and Steve Slagle, CAE, president of PPAI, was elected IFPPA Secretary/Treasurer. The IFPPA offices will be in Irving, Texas. Future plans for IFPPA include conducting an educational forum focused on international trade, advancement of professional certification for industry practitioners, endorsement of open industry business standards and creation of new associations throughout the world.
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