Professor
Paul Kiewiet

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Paul, a former chairman of the Promotional Products Association International, is an international speaker, writer, coach and facilitator. He earned the Master Advertising Specialist Plus from PPAI and the Certified Incentive Professional designation from the Association of Incentive Marketing. Paul is also a Certified Life Coach from Fowler Wainwright International Institute of Professional Coaching. He's the winner of nine Golden Pyramid Awards from PPAI for creativity and results and has received two ASI Spirit Awards including Marketer of the Year. His magazine articles were recognized with the EXCEL Award from the Society of Non-Profit Association Publications. He also received a Golden Key Award from the Incentive Manufacturers Representatives Association, the President's Award from National Premium Sales Executives, and has been inducted into the Michigan Promotional Professionals Association Hall of Fame and the Promotional Products Association International Hall of Fame. His five-part series "Take a Bite Out of Other Media" is the recipient of honors from FOLIO, a prestigious publishing award.

Prior to founding Promotion Concepts, Inc. in 1982, Paul worked in the point of purchase merchandising, outdoor advertising and radio advertising and production disciplines. He has created sales promotion, marketing, incentive and merchandising campaigns for some of America's finest and most valuable brands including Kellogg's, Coca-Cola, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Borden, Elmer's, Krylon, Kroger, Wal-Mart, Dow Brands, Tobler-Suchard, Andes Candies, Mentos, Soup Starter, Wyler's, Realemon, Hush Puppies, Rocky Shoes and Boots and RainDance. He sold Promotion Concepts in 2005 and has focused on people performance, leadership, corporate social responsibility and industry growth issues.

He has reached millions of marketing professionals emphasizing the importance of connecting with important values in order to create value in the marketplace. From Bogotå to Beijing, Dusseldorf and to hundreds of audiences around the country, Kiewiet is in high demand as a speaker, coach and consultant. His articles have appeared in numerous business publications and podcasts of his presentations have been featured on CBS Radio, the American Marketing Association, and on USAirways Sky Radio. He has been quoted in Fortune, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, B2B Magazine, Kipplinger Newsletter and Wired magazine. He is a regular contributor to PPB Magazine and writes a monthly column for PromoCorner.

Paul is a member of the National Speakers Association, a lifetime member of the Promotional Products Association International, The Incentive Marketing Association, Promotional Products Association of Chicago, and Michigan Promotional Professionals Association. He has been trained in Gallup University on positive emotions and Marcus Buckingham-trained for strength-based alignment. He has served as a trustee, board member and/or officer of the Forum for People Performance Management and Measurement at Northwestern University, National Premium Sales Executives, Association of Incentive Marketing and the Promotional Products Association International. In addition to speaking, writing, coaching and consulting, he is the Executive Director of the Michigan Promotional Professionals Association.

Paul lives in Grand Rapids, MI and enjoys downhill and cross-country skiing, biking, pickleball, music, arts and Lake Michigan. He's completed twenty full 26.2 mile marathons, climbed 103 stories to the top of Willis Tower and survived a Warrior Dash, luge competitions,and bobsledding the Olympic track at Vancouver. He and his wife have stand up paddle boarded the five Great Lakes, annually run the 8 mile Mackinac Island Run, went diving in the Great Barrier Reef and climbed Mt. Ararat, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu and visited six of the seven continents.

Paul believes that when you connect people with their higher purpose you can drive them to amazing performances and prosperity. His "why?" is to inspire and challenge people so that we can realize our full potential.