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PPAI announced on September 22 the recipients of its most prestigious awards for 2022, including PPAI Hall of Fame, PPAI Distinguished Service Award and PPAI H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award, and the Promotional Product Pioneers. The PPAI Hall of Fame gives permanent recognition to those whose selfless efforts and devotion to the industry are monumental. The 2022 inductees are Sherri C. Lennarson, MAS, the retired senior vice president of business development at Bankers Advertising Company, and Cliff Quicksell, Jr., MAS+, president of Cliff Quicksell Associates.

What wonderful news to see two such deserving people entering the Hall of Fame for PPAI! It is a tremendous honor, and one which is most deserving! Congratulations to both!

Margaret Custer Ford, MAS
Founder and a PPAI Hall of Fame Inductee
MARCO Ideas Unlimited, Inc.
Portland, Oregon
PPAI 106680, D5

So, so happy to see that Sherri Lennarson has received this honor. Her dedication and leadership are what inspired me to join the industry. I will forever be impacted by her mentorship. Such a great choice and a wonderfully deserving Hall of Fame recipient!

Abigail Brown
Ohiowa Promo
Columbus, Ohio
PPAI 787526, D1


In September, registration opened for The PPAI Expo 2022, which is returning, live, to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 10-13, 2022. Following the opening of show registration, PPAI has received several questions regarding the safety steps PPAI is taking in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthpitality is the Association’s commitment to ensure the health and safety of show attendees and is an important part of the planning processes for everyin-person PPAI event.

The show rules will remain fluid as it is not possible to know with certainty what the CDC recommendations, and local and state requirements will be in January. At press time, and in alignment with current recommendations and regulations, masks will be required. It’s important to note that our home for the week of The PPAI Expo, Mandalay Bay Resort and Mandalay Bay Convention Center (MBCC), is Global Biorisk Advisory Council Star-certified, an accreditation that is awarded to facilities with higher protocols in place designed to control the risks associated with infectious agents, such as the virus responsible for COVID-19. This includes being equipped with a highly effective ventilation system that is equivalent to the standard found in hospitals and medical venues.

I encourage you to visit our Healthpitality page,, to learn more about this and the other practices and procedures that we will have in place to help ensure we are providing a safe environment for the industry to gather. This page will also be kept up-to-date as anything changes.

Ellen Tucker, CAE
Director, Business Development and Expositions
Irving, Texas 


James Khattak is news editor of PPB.