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Sue Jereczek resigning as director of Paper First Affiliates (PFA)

Paper First Affiliates has announced the resignation of executive director Sue Jereczek. The announcement came via email on Monday, June 11, that Jereczek would leave her position effective June 13, although she will continue to provide transitional support to the organization. She’s been with PFA since July 2010. Here is the entirety of the statement: “Paper First Affiliates announces (sic) today that Sue Jereczek, Executive Director has resigned from the organization effective June 13, 2018.  During…  » Read more

PFA moves dates of 2019 trade show and conference

The 2019 Paper First Affiliates (PFA) Trade Show & Conference is changing dates. The annual event was originally scheduled to occur Jan. 10-12, 2019, but will instead take place Friday through Sunday, Jan. 18-20, 2019. The venue, the Sheraton Hotel & Marina on the shores of San Diego Bay, remains the same. Executive Director Sue Jereczek stated in an email notifying vendors that the change was made because the Jan. 18-20 dates were not available…  » Read more

Longtime Milwaukee party retailer Don Bartz dies unexpectedly

Donald Bartz, lifetime party retailer and owner of Bartz Display in greater Milwaukee, died unexpectedly on April 1. He was 67. From Bartz’s official obituary: “Don is lovingly remembered by his cherished wife Debbie; loving children, son, Zach (Maryann); daughters Beth (Brent), Heidi (Doug), Lisa, Gretchen and Rachel who preceded him in death. Don is also survived by his 10 grandchildren and his 3 siblings, sisters, Irene (Norman) and Barbara (Jack); brother, Lawrence (JoAnn). Don…  » Read more

PFA members enjoy sold-out trade show in San Antonio

(Clockwise from top left, Carrie Harrington, Allen Scarsella and Dick Strandberg, Mayflower Balloon Distributors ready for their Hot Spot Presentation. Ray Pogue, owner of The Party Guys, Modesto, California, with Sue Jereczek, Executive Director PFA. Jerry Levy, Owner Party Works Outlet, Memphis, Tennessee, tries a mustache on for size with Tomas Siuipys with Mustaches USA. Bottom, scenes from the PFA party at historic Sunset Station in San Antonio.) As 24th PFA Annual Conference & Trade Show in San Antonio…  » Read more

Paper First Affiliates (PFA) Tradeshow draws nearly 90 vendors to San Antonio

(click image for more photos of the show) Paper First Affiliates held its 24th annual Conference & Tradeshow at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio from Feb. 1-3, 2018. The show and conference drew more than 70 PFA members and nearly 90 vendors, including representatives from the balloon, costume, décor, party, toy, games and retail technology industries. On the opening day of the conference, PFA members attended the buying group’s annual member meeting before Boot Camp…  » Read more

Road construction standstill causing anxiety for Party America owner in Topeka

Lengthy road construction can turn a high-traffic retail location into no-man’s land. That’s a situation being faced by Mark Stubbs, owner of a Party America store in Topeka, Kansas, as well as the many other retailers located nearby. Construction at the major intersection near Stubbs’ Party America store has been ongoing all summer. While road construction is unavoidable and necessary, what’s most problematic for Stubbs is the lack of progress being made to finish up…  » Read more

Paper First Affiliates’ 2018 trade show heading to San Antonio

Paper First Affiliates announced its 2018 Annual Conference and Trade Show with a twist — a video promotion to highlight the location and dates for its 24th annual event. The show is headed to San Antonio’s Grand Hyatt on Feb. 1-3, 2018. The venue is right in the hub of downtown, steps from the famous Riverwalk and just a few blocks from the Alamo. The announcement comes just two months after their successful 2017 show held at…  » Read more

Paper First Affiliates announces location, dates for 2018 conference and trade show

The where and the when are all set for the 2018 Paper First Affiliates Conference and Trade Show. PFA used a video promotion to announce the location and dates for its 24th annual member summit and trade show, which is headed to San Antonio’s Grand Hyatt on Feb. 1-3, 2018. The high-rise Grand Hyatt hotel and accompanying convention center is located in the heart of San Antonio, just a few blocks from the Alamo and…  » Read more

PFA Announces Resignation of CEO Dave Crane

The Paper First Affiliates (PFA) Board of Directors has announced the resignation of CEO Dave Crane, effective Feb. 11.   Crane joined PFA in November 2006 and has led the organization through a time when the industry faced several significant challenges, including a damaged economy, new competition from both online and pop-up chain operators and a significant consolidation of both retailers and suppliers in the party supply and Halloween specialty business.   “We are thankful…  » Read more