This is the second installment in a year-long series of department profiles to help readers learn more about the PPAI staff members who serve them.

PPAI’s Professional Development department is responsible for providing educational and learning opportunities and diversity awareness that further the professional development of individuals in the promotional products industry. The department provides its services through several channels, including live training sessions, online training, webinars, targeted live events and conferences, Promo Connect and the Association’s professional certification program.

“I have two different colored eyes. A friend of mine who is part of the Cherokee Nation told me I would have been deemed a spiritual guide because they believe those who have two different colored eyes can see into the souls of others.”

“I have watched every Oscar-best-picture-nominated movie for the past 12 years.”

“I love to travel and am always ready for a new adventure. I have journeyed to more than 25 countries on five continents. Whether I am on a Christian mission trip or a vacation, I return home changed for the better. I am thankful for every opportunity to experience the culture, sights, sounds, smells and tastes of every destination.”

“I love podcasts and being a lifelong learner, and I am a travel enthusiast and have traveled to more than 26 countries.”

“I am also a realtor and love to work on rehab deals. I enjoy seeing living spaces be made new again and the smile on the client’s face at the end.”


“In my spare time, you will find me either reading biographies and political science books, or watching UFC with my husband.”  


James Khattak is news editor of PPB.