The 17-year promotional products industry veteran and president of Corporate Specialties is one of three members of the Class of 2017.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN (October 31, 2014) – Valerie Hayman Sklar, president of Corporate Specialties, has been elected to the Michigan Promotional Professionals Association (MiPPA) board of directors. She joins Sarah Merrill of Mercury Promotions and Fulfillment as well as Jane Mitchell of Jungle Jane Promotions as members of the Class of 2017. The three-year term begins January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2017.

The MiPPA Board of Directors provides guidance and direction for the association, sets policy and works to create valuable connections between association members to facilitate personal, professional and industry growth. As a member of the board, Hayman Sklar will serve on committees and task forces to coordinate volunteers and engage the membership.

“In April, I was fortunate enough to join a contingency that traveled to Washington, D.C. to speak to our elected officials about the current judicial issues facing the promotional products industry. And the experience inspired me to become involved on a deeper level,” said Hayman Sklar.

“There are more than 850 Michigan-based promotional products companies selling more than a half a billion dollars of promotional products annually, which creates nearly 8,000 jobs in the state,” she continued. “MiPPA’s mission is to promote integrity and professionalism through quality education and training, increase the awareness of our industry in the marketplace, and provide a forum for personal growth. There is tremendous opportunity to further this mission beyond our current member base, and I am honored to be elected by my peers to carry out this mission and serve their needs in the best way I can.”

As a professional trade association, MiPPA produces tradeshows, professional development opportunities, webinars, lunch and learns, product safety courses and industry certification services for its members. It serves more than 200 member companies consisting of suppliers who make, import and decorate promotional materials; distributors who buy from suppliers and resell promotional products to advertisers and end buyers; and multiline representatives who represent suppliers and sell to distributors.

“We’re delighted that Valerie has been elected to serve on our board of directors,” said Paul Kiewiet, MAS+, MiPPA Executive Director. “She has demonstrated her commitment to the industry and our association by traveling to Washington D.C. last spring with our leadership to advocate for us with our representatives in Congress. She has a stellar industry reputation as a creative and innovative thinker. We look forward to her contributions in making MiPPA more relevant to the needs of our members.”

About Corporate Specialties

Founded by Valerie Hayman Sklar in 1997, Corporate Specialties has been developing comprehensive marketing programs that incorporate promotional products that not only delight target audiences but also get results—from customer loyalty programs and tradeshow campaigns to employee incentives and business gifts.

As a promotional marketing brain trust, Corporate Specialties has become the go-to resource for business owners, corporate marketers, meeting and event planners, and HR pros who need distinctive, memorable merchandise programs—not promotional clutter.

An affiliate with AIA, the 10th largest promotional products distributorship, Corporate Specialties has received the 2013 AIA Velocity Award that recognizes fastest growing companies as well as the 2010 and 2011 AIA Advee Award – Best Self Promotion that honors creative use of promotional products. It is also a finalist in the 2015 PPAI Technology Awards for outstanding blog content.

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