Virginia Promotional Products Association

Serving Promotional Product Professionals since 1986.

VAPPA is a non-profit trade association dedicated to serving industry professionals throughout Virginia. VAPPA is also dedicated to raising awareness about the effectiveness of promotional products as an advertising medium.

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  • 20 Nov 2017 5:57 PM | Dana Geiger (Administrator)

    VIRGINIA (November 17, 2017) 

    The Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) is pleased to announce that Lisa Deane (Fuze, LLC) and Dan Jenne, CAS (Tekweld) will be joining the VAPPA Board of Directors Jan. 1, 2018. In addition to these new members the Board also welcomes back Jeanne Walls (J Walls Ink!) for a second term. You can read more about each selectee by clicking here.


    The VAPPA Board is comprised of 10 volunteer leaders that donate their time and energy to be sure that VAPPA is achieving the mission meeting the needs of the membership.

    “I am delighted that both Lisa and Dan will be joining our team next year,” said Craig Dickens, VAPPA Board President. “I am also delighted Jeanne will be serving a second term. The VAPPA Board is a tremendous group of professionals that work diligently to serve the industry in the region. I have no doubt that Lisa and Dan will bring not only a fresh perspective to the team but also years of industry knowledge and volunteer know how. Jeanne will continue to bring the energy and passion that both the Board and many of our members have come to rely on.”


    Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) is a non-profit trade association formed in 1986 to advance the image of promotional products and their use in Virginia.Through trade shows, social events and education, we work to foster the relationships of Suppliers and Distributors to continue to grow the business in these areas. We also work to educate and include end-users in this process by offering end-user trade shows.


  • 27 Sep 2017 9:25 AM | Dana Geiger (Administrator)

    VAPPA Names Pinnacle Award Winners and Inducts Harold Wood
    Into the Hall of Fame at The 2017 VAPPA Fall Showcase

    VIRGINIA (Sept 22, 2017) VAPPA held the annual Pinnacle Award Ceremony and Member Appreciation Event sponsored by Pacesetter Awards on Sept 12, 2017 in Richmond VA. This annual event is an opportunity to acknowledge regional industry leaders. Approximately 70 people attended this year’s event that highlighted nominees and award recipients selected by member ballot. VAPPA is pleased to congratulate this year’s winners and we thank them for their tremendous efforts in the industry.

    Distributor of the Year  – Boost Promotional Branding

    Distributor Rep of the Year – Larry Arntz, Artnz Promotions

    Supplier of the Year – Suntex Industries

    Supplier Rep of the Year – Harold Wood, BIC Graphic

    Multi-line Rep of the Year – MAC Marketing

    Humanitarian of the Year -  Ron Baellow, Bright Ideas

    In addition to the six annual award categories above, VAPPA welcomed a new member into the VAPPA Hall of Fame. Harold Wood (BIC Graphic) is the fourth person to be inducted with this high honor.

    VAPPA Hall of Fame Award – Harold Wood, BIC Graphic

    The VAPPA Hall of Fame award is the most prestigious award given to a member for contributions to the association and the industry. Harold began his Board service with VAPPA in 2011. He has served on the Board in all leadership positions. Under his guidance VAPPA has achieved membership growth and well as financial stability.

    In addition to service to the region, Harold current serves at RAC delegate as well as the RAC Board Secretary.  Harold has left an indelible mark on VAPPA.  It is the pleasure of the VAPPA Board of Directors to honor Harold's extensive commitments with this honor. 

    The annual awards ceremony kicked off the VAPPA Fall Showcase in Richmond, VA. Pre-show education facilitated by PPAI’s Seth Barnett included end-buyers and highlighted trends and tactic for managing Millennials in the marketplace. The shows welcomed approximately 195 distributors and 200 end-buyers. Virginia is a powerful force in the industry producing $284 million in distributor revenue and is home to 661 promotional product companies. Those who support the region know that Virginia is a place to prosper.

    “The VAPPA Fall Showcase continues to be one of the strongest regional shows offered. Virginia distributors are committed to educating their buyers and include them in this event that highlights not only new trends in the industry but also reiterates the effectiveness of the promotional products as an advertising medium.  VAPPA members are elevating the industry. Hosting our Pinnacle Awards in conjunction with this event is a way for us to acknowledge the talent we have in Virginia. - Craig Dickens, VAPPA Board President. 

    Distributor Company of the Year
    Boost Promotional Branding
    Distributor Rep of the Year
    Larry Arntz
    Artnz Promotions
    Multi-Line Company of the Year
    MAC Marketing
    Supplier Company of the Year
    Suntex Industries

    Humanitarian of the Year
    Ron Baellow
    Bright Ideas
    Supplier Rep of the Year
    Harold Wood
    BIC Graphic

    The Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) was formed to advance the image of promotional products and their use in Virginia. VAPPA fosters the development of professionalism and business ethics through education, certification and the exchange of ideas in a variety of business and social environments. For more information about VAPPA, call (757) 491-3114 or visit .

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  • 08 Dec 2015 11:26 PM | Dana Geiger (Administrator)

    VAPPA is proud to have the opportunity to connect with members at the major national shows in 2016. Tell us, where will we see you? Orlando, Vegas, or Atlantic City Perhaps?

    See our full schedule of of events here.

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