AIA brought together more than 330 distributors, suppliers and corporate employees at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri in July for the distributor’s 20th annual National Sales Summit. The mid-year conference, themed “Gateway to Growth,” provided networking opportunities and education sessions for participants to share best practices and learn about the future of the industry. It also recognized the professional accomplishments of distributors and suppliers alike at an awards reception with more than 120 awards in 16 categories.

Attendees participated in training sessions focused on product safety, sales and technology, along with an AIA trade show. The event also brought together the leaders of PPAI, ASI and AIA—Paul Bellantone, CAE; Tim Andrews and David Woods, MAS—on stage to provide an open forum on their vision of the industry, technology and the promotional products supply chain.

“We felt this was our most successful event in company history from the standpoint of networking with their peers, sharing of best practices, gaining insights through educational content and enjoying the camaraderie that has been a trademark of AIA’s owner community,” says Jim Roccia, vice president of sales and marketing at AIA.

AIA is planning for next year’s newly-titled National Sales Event to be held in Chicago, Illinois in July.