Who We Are

The Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals (UMAPP) is a regional trade association representing approximately 600 firms engaged in the promotional products industry in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Western Wisconsin.

Within our membership are companies categorized as Distributors, Suppliers, Multi-Line Representatives and Business Services. These companies, and their staff, are considered members of UMAPP. They all strive to achieve the highest standards of professionalism while fostering opportunities for growth, education and networking in today's competitive business environment.

Join UMAPP and take advantage of exclusive trade shows, professional development, networking, industry connections, plus always new ideas, new contacts, and new business.

The Start 

The history of UMAPP and, consequently, promotional products dates back many, many years. UMAPP itself has existed for over 30 years in the Minnesota and surrounding states. Our volunteers have dedicated themselves to advancing the effectiveness of promotional products in the marketing and advertising industry.    

Past Presidents

UMAPP has a strong legacy of past presidents for the Association.  Click Here for a short biography and questions answered from many of our past presidents about their term on the Board and their experience with the Association.  


Started in the late 1970's by several individuals, UMAPP was originally named SAAUM (Specialty Advertising Association of the Upper Midwest). The Association was incorporated in December 1980 and recently celebrated its official 30 years in the industry. Over the years, while the goal has remained the same, the name has changed to reflecting an evolving industry. In the mid 2000's, the Association adopted its current name: The Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Products Professionals ("UMAPP").      


UMAPP prides itself on the abundance of volunteers that are attracted to shaping the Association's future. The UMAPP Board of Directors consists of nine individuals who are elected by the general membership. The exception is the Secretary's position, which is filled by a recommendation from the Executive Board (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary). Every year, there are two voting positions open.  One is a Distributor Director Position, and the other is a Supplier Director Position.

 What Has UMAPP Been Up To? 

Volunteer Opportunities

UMAPP has many committees that are run by volunteers. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please complete the volunteer form and send it to the UMAPP office.

Once it has been received, our volunteer coordinator will contact you.  

Committees typically meet 1-3 times per year, communicate via email and phone, and committee members are welcome to attend board meetings (committee chairs are requested to attend).

There are also other volunteer opportunities -- bite-sized commitments.   For example, help on a calling campaign to boost attendance at an upcoming event, or choose a one-hour time slot at the booth show to help with registration or name badge security.   We work around YOUR schedule!  Just let us know how you would like to be involved.

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