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Times Talk With Heidi Selleck

September 14, 2023 10:24 AM | Christina Sanders (Administrator)

Meet AJ Kind, contract key account executive for 3M Promotional Markets. I had the pleasure of speaking with him about his time in the industry, why he volunteers and some compelling reasons why 3M was exhibiting at the SAAC Expo 2023.

What is your favorite thing about our industry?

As cliche as it sounds, I would say it is the people. I have worked in many different industries. The atmosphere and community we create in the promotional products industry is very unique. Suppliers are the people that get asked to perform miracles by trying to track down some of the most unique things, always in a rush, but somehow this industry is still relaxed and a lot of fun.

What do you love about the SAAC Expo?

This August was my first time attending the SAAC, and as a Minnesota boy I sunburn easily, so I only make it out into the sun every once in a while! I’ve always loved regional shows, especially during my time when on the distributor side. Industry trade shows really show the dedication of suppliers in their support of distributors by coming to you on your own turf, not just on the national show circuit. To put the time and effort into showing up locally and get to experience what can make each region unique is and can be very rewarding.

I really enjoyed the Game On event held on Wednesday night at the SAAC Expo. I’m not sure if you know this, but I’m pretty sure it’s only the state of Minnesota that calls what you refer to as corn hole a “bean bag toss.” I’ve got a set of my own, and I’ve been practicing. I might even land a bag on the board this year!

But on a serious note, I look forward to making connections with the distributors and being able to help them with their projects. At 3M, 99% of what we do are Post-its. My greatest satisfaction is showing people what a Post-it can do for them and their book of business.

Learn more about 3M Promotional Markets.

Heidi Selleck ~ The Vernon Company

Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) 
3125 Skyway Circle N
Irving, TX 75038

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