Virginia Promotional Products Association

1.20.15: From VAPPA Board President, Harold Wood

21 Jan 2015 12:48 AM | Dana Geiger (Administrator)

From VAPPA Board President, Harold Wood

As I sit down to write this, I feel a little overwhelmed.   While exhilarating, traveling last week to PPAI Expo has left me tired.  I think of everything I have to do: the show follow-up, unburying my inbox, family obligations…Oh, and my duties as President of a really great association.  And while, I am anxious about getting everything done, I know I will.

The feeling of never having enough time takes over all of our lives at some point.  We give way to the avalanche of wants and needs of others and struggle to carve out time for the important things. 

This year, I am committed to take time for myself and for the things I find important.  I am committing to living a healthier lifestyle, spending more time with my family, and giving back.

I am calling this The Year of Engagement.

Why engagement?   I want to spend more time truly engaged with those around me.  I vow to be present with those who surround me in life and business. I want to know how I can have a positive impact in their lives and remember that often a kind word can change the course of a person’s day. 

As I set this goal personally, I believe it’s time for VAPPA to do the same thing.  2015 will also be VAPPA’s Year of Engagement. Our focus will be to better understand our members, their needs, and how we can better service them.  Sounds simple, right? 

It can be, with your help. We need you to engage with us to be successful. We want your honest input and feedback.  And we need you to be present. Attending the VAPPA events and sharing thoughts and ideas about the industry will help us better serve you.

So please plan to attend the VAPPA events but don’t stop there. Engage with us on social media, call, email and communicate with VAPPA leaders and your industry peers.

Please plan on attending these upcoming VAPPA events:

 VAPPA Spring EXPO Feb17-18

Annual Membership Appreciation Party and Pinnacle Awards Feb 17

I can think of no better way to begin the Year of Engagement with us. I look forward to seeing you there.


Harold Wood

VAPPA Board President

PO Box 56283
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

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