Looking for a volunteer opportunity that appeals to your volunteer interests, or expertise? Take a moment to review the areas of volunteerism PPAI offers to its members. Industry members can serve in different capacities depending on the level of service one is willing to commit. The four key areas for PPAI volunteers to serve in are the Volunteer Committees, Advisory Groups, Task Forces and the Volunteer Resource Pool. Information on each service area of the PPAI volunteer engagement model are listed below. Take the time to discover the opportunities that best fit your desire to serve.
Address ongoing and essential strategic missions important to the Association, or industry:
- Broader strategic assignment
- Fixed term for members
- Fixed meeting schedule
- Regular reporting to the Board of Directors
- Fixed size
- Fixed job description
Awards & Recognition Committee
The Awards & Recognition Committee reviews all recognition categories to determine relevance in the changing marketplace and makes recommendations for revisions, updates and additions to PPAI award categories, content, eligibility and judging criteria on an annual basis. New awards and recognition concepts recommended by other committees, advisory groups, task forces, or members are reviewed on a collaborative basis. Committee members will support and advocate for the value of the Association’s awards and recognition programs. Committee members may be asked to participate in the annual awards judging processes based on an individual’s relevant industry.
PPAI Liaisons: Carol Gauger, MAS, Christina Sanders
The Certification Committee is responsible for enhancing the integrity, ensuring the professionalism and communicating PPAI certifications to industry practitioners and end buyers.
PPAI Liaison: Julie Levay
The Distributors Committee proactively assists staff in initiating and administering programs and services, serves as an advocate for and is the voice for distributor members/owners.
PPAI Liaisons: Tina Filipski, Sandy Mendoza
Leadership Advisory Committee (LAC)
The Leadership Advisory Committee is responsible for seeking, vetting and developing qualified industry professionals to serve and perform in a leadership role on the PPAI Board. The Leadership Advisory Committee submits recommended Board candidates to the Nominating Committee.
PPAI Liaison: Lisa Beck
Marketing Information & Research Committee
The Marketing Information & Research Committee provides informed opinions to assist staff in initiating and administering data collection and analysis activities, including market research, for the benefit of our membership, our industry, other committees and internal audiences and for marketing and communications to external audiences.
PPAI Liaisons: Keith Vincent, Mo Das
Membership Services Committee
The Membership Services Committee pursues timely products and services that enhance members’ success, adds value to the Association membership and assists staff with recruiting and retaining members while communicating benefits efficiently to the membership.
PPAI Liaisons: Natalie Clark, Kari Banner
PPB Editorial Advisory Committee
The members of the PPB Editorial Advisory Committee are industry professionals who work daily on the industry frontlines. They serve an essential role in observing and reporting on trends, industry concerns and news and act as informed sources for innovative ideas. The members of the committee are vital to the progress and effectiveness of PPAI’s media assets.
PPAI Liaisons: Julie Richie, James Khattak
Professional Development Committee
The Professional Development Committee provides advice and direction on developing relevant educational opportunities that speak to the diverse PPAI member base in order to advance the knowledge and professionalism of the promotional products industry.
PPAI Liaison: Stacy Riddler
Regional Association Council (RAC)
The mission of the Regional Association Council is to enhance the success of the regional associations through Representation, Advocacy and Communication.
PPAI Liaisons: Melissa Weber, Seth Barnett
The Suppliers Committee serves as a voice for the supplier member community in providing knowledgeable counsel and direction to the PPAI Board and staff in initiating and administering programs and services that impact industry suppliers.
PPAI Liaisons: Alan Peterson, Ellen Tucker
The Technology Committee is responsible for providing technology-related education and guidance to PPAI staff and members to enable a more efficient industry.
PPAI Liaisons: Paul Elfstrom, Vicki Sypien
Promotional Products Education Foundation
PPEF provides college scholarships to promotional products industry employees and their children.
PPAI Liaison: Sara Besly
Advisory Groups are focused on specific tactical assignments and offer flexibility with time commitments, meetings, group size and multiple volunteer opportunities:
- Focused tactical assignment
- Normally recurring
- Flexible term
- Flexible focus for action group category
- Flexible meeting schedule
- Occasional reporting to the Board of Directors
- Flexible group size
Government Relations Advisory Council (GRAC)
The purpose of this special interest council is to focus on government relations and to serve as a volunteer group to assist the efforts of PPAI and the regional associations in influencing legislation and regulations affecting the promotional products industry.
PPAI Liaisons: Joseph Landeros, Anne Stone
Product Responsibility Advisory Group (PRAG)
The purpose of the Product Responsibility Advisory Group is to offer advice and feedback to PPAI regarding product safety and responsibility, including state and federal regulations and member education.
PPAI Liaison: Anne Stone
Public Relations Advisory Group (PR)
The Public Relations Advisory Group focuses on and supports the advocacy efforts of the Association, specifically those public relations initiatives that are designed to promote and create greater awareness of the power of promotional products as a mainstream advertising medium and the value of working with certified promotional products professionals to develop highly effective marketing and branding campaigns.
PPAI Liaisons: Kim Todora, Gretchen Demke
VOLUNTEER RESOURCE POOL
The Volunteer Resource Pool is open to all active PPAI members. Participants may be asked to join standing committees, task forces and advisory groups; complete surveys; participate on conference calls; serve on focus groups; work on a "Shared Volunteer Program" project with a regional association; or offer their feedback, ideas and opinions about Association programs and services in a variety of other ways.
Task Forces are assigned to review and evaluate strategic initiatives, or issues determined by the Board to have a significant impact for the Association, or industry:
- Normally strategic issue
- Normally one-time/non-recurring
- Board-assigned with special budget allocation
- Reports recommendations to the Board