Dale Denham, MAS+ - Chair of the Board

Dale Denham, MAS+, is the CIO of Top 40 distributor Geiger and previously served as senior vice president of ASI. He most recently served as chair of PPAI's Government Relations Action Group and as chair of the Technology Committee. During his year as chair of the Technology Committee, the committee formulated and launched the PPAI Technology Summit which hosts over 100 industry technology and business leaders. Denham is also an “executive chef” for the industry group PromoKitchen and has served as president of Promotional Products Association of Florida.

 Denham was named one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2015, was named one of the 40 under 40 by Counselor Magazine, and was among the first 10 people to receive the MAS+ designation from PPAI. Denham loves running and completed the United States Marine Corps Marathon in October 2017. Denham and his wife, Kim, have four young children and reside in Tampa Florida.

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Brittany David, CAS - Incoming Chair of The Board

Brittany David, CAS, is the vice president of sales at SnugZ USA. She is an 11-year veteran of the promotional products industry. She has been with SnugZ for six years and previously worked at SAGE Quick Technologies Inc. as the tradeshow management services manager.

David currently serves on the PPAI Board of Directors, is the board liaison to the Technology Committee and serves as a volunteer for the PPAF Expo. She previously served as the board liaison to the Supplier Committee and Awards Committee in 2016, and was co-chairman of the PPAF Expo Committee from 2014-2016.

David has served on several advisory groups, including the Expo East Advisory Group, Power Meeting Advisory Group, PPAI Hall of fame Advisory Group and PPAI Legislator of the Year Advisory Group.

David’s creative firepower and engaging personality landed her on Counselor Magazine's 2013 Hot List, and she has been a panelist for the ASI Power Summit and PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference. She was recognized as a 2014 PPB Rising Star, 2016 PromoMarketing Rising Star, and she was named a PPAI Fellow in 2017.

David also volunteers for the Utah Food Bank, Primary Children’s Hospital and various community service projects with the SnugZ GiveZ community service committee.

 

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Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS+ - Immediate Past Chair of the Board

Mary Jo founded Competitive Edge in 1993 working alone in a store basement. Now, over 20 years later, she has 25 employees working in an office building overlooking Lake Michigan. Mary Jo’s success is driven by her belief in going above and beyond customer expectations to deliver incredible levels of service.
 
Prior to being elected to the PPAI Board of Directors in 2014, Mary Jo served on the PPAI Public Relations committee, and in 2015 she served on the Certification Committee. She currently serves on GRAC (Government Relations Advisory Committee) and is a Michigan delegate for LEAD (Legislative Education Action Day).
 
In addition to being a successful business person, Mary Jo still finds time for volunteer work. She currently serves on the Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees, Foundation and Alumni Boards.  Her desire and dedication to give back to the community is evident as she offers her services and expertise to a long list of organizations that include United Way, Junior Achievement and Hospice.
 
Mary Jo lives in Stevensville, Michigan with her husband and number one fan, Fred.

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Danny Rosin, CAS - Vice Chair, Financial Service

Danny Rosin is co-president of Brand Fuel, a full-service promotional products agency that helps its clients elevate their brands. Rosin's responsibilities include managing sales and marketing, employee recruitment, and providing tactical counsel to clients.

He is also deeply invested in growing Reciprocity Road, a $200 million distributor-supplier partnership with a strong community support component called “BrandGood.”

Rosin has invested 26 years in the advancement of the promotional products industry and continues to give back to the industry through service on the boards of the Carolinas Association Of Advertising And Marketing Professionals (CAAMP) and Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF), as well as a Founder and Chef of www.PromoKitchen.org.

Rosin is also the active co-founder of Band Together, a volunteer-driven nonprofit that uses live music as a platform for social change. He is married with two curious daughters, 10 and 12.

 

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Norm Hullinger, CAS - Director (Class of 2019)

Norm Hullinger has served as chief executive officer of alphabroder since August 2012 and as a director since December 2012. Prior to his CEO role, he served as senior vice president of operations and as executive vice president/chief operating officer. His tenure at alphabroder began in March 2003. Previously he was senior vice president, operations, of online retailer UBID; and, as a vice president at Yahoo! Hullinger’s early career also includes time in executive and vice president roles at egghead.com and Aaron Brothers, a wholly owned subsidiary of Michaels Stores, Inc.  

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D’Anna Zimmer, CAS - RAC Delegate (Class of 2019)

D’Anna Zimmer, CAS, is a business development manager for leading printed bag supplier BAG MAKERS, Inc., in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. Zimmer has more than 20 years of experience as a supplier rep, including a previous role as a distributor sales rep for Marketing Incentives.

Zimmer began her involvement with Promotional Products Association Southwest (PPAS) early in her career. She has served on the PPAS board in several capacities, including two terms as president, two terms as vice president, and six terms as Regional Association Council delegate.

She has participated in PPAI’s annual Legislative Education & Action Day (L.E.A.D.) in Washington, D.C., for five consecutive years, and she helped PPAS host L.E.A.D. Local in Austin, Texas, in 2015. Zimmer joined the RAC board as treasurer in 2016 and was appointed for a two-year term as RAC liaison to the PPAI Board of Directors in 2017.

Zimmer holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Texas A&M University and prides herself on being a Texas native. She enjoys baking, grilling, renovating homes, being outside and walking her dogs. She attends Prestonwood Baptist Church and currently serves on the leadership team for The Encouragers Bible Study Class, which was founded by Zig Ziglar. Zig’s influence and Godly example has helped Zimmer in her sales career and to become a better witness. Zimmer finds being part of a wonderful family to be her greatest blessing.

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Jim Hagan - At-Large Director (Class of 2020)

Jim Hagan is the CEO of Sweda Company, LLC, a leading supplier in the promotional products industry. An 18-year industry veteran, Hagan’s key responsibilities are providing strategic direction, overseeing daily operations and financial performance, as well as major client relations and vendor partnerships.  Hagan has been an active participant in the North American Leadership Conference over the years and has also served on the board of Quality Certification Alliance (QCA). 

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Santa Clara University. When not working, he spends his weekends watching his kids play lacrosse. Hagan is also a passionate outdoorsman who jumps at any opportunity to get to Montana.  He lives in Orange County, California, with his wife, Annie, and their three children.

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Perry Wehrle, CAS - Director (Class of 2020)

Perry Wehrle, CAS, is the executive vice president of promotional strategies at Straub Marketing. Prior to this position, he was the owner and founder of Iowa-based PAW Marketing.  With over 30 years’ experience as a supplier and a distributor, Perry has positioned himself as a knowledgeable advocate for the industry. Wehrle has attended PPAI L.E.A.D. in Washington, D.C., and has served as board liaison for the PPAI Supplier Committee, Distributor Committee and Promotional Products Education Foundation. He enjoys spending time with his wife, LeAnn, cycling, or spoiling their grandboys.

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Sharon Willochell, CAS - Director (Class of 2021)

Sharon Willochell, CAS, is the President of PCNA Apparel (Trimark) and has been with industry supplier Polyconcept North America since 1998. In her original role as chief operating officer of Leed’s, she was instrumental in the tremendous growth of the company Willochell is passionate about delivering an unrivaled customer experience and creating a culture deeply rooted in service excellence, and she was one of the key players in launching the industry-changing SureShip® turnaround service from Leed’s.

Willochell’s volunteer work within the industry includes serving on the Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) Workgroup from 2011-2015, and as a speaker at several events including Women’s Leadership Conference, North American Leadership Conference and The PPAI Expo. She has also presented at the PPPC National Convention in Canada. Willochell earned a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Duquesne University and a a master’s degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University.

Willochell is also active in her community as a member of the board of directors of Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc., and has served on advisory councils for Strong Women, Strong Girls and the local American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. She enjoys spending time at home with her husband, Ron, and their 11-year old son, Jonah (and a dog and two cats).

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Ira Neaman - Director (Class of 2022)

Ira Neaman, founder and president of Avenel, New Jersey, supplier Vantage Apparel, has joined the PPAI Board of Directors, effective immediately, to fill the seat vacated by Lori Kates, who has stepped down. He was appointed by PPAI Board Chair Dale Denham, MAS+, and approved by the board to fill the remainder of Kates's term, which ends at The PPAI Expo 2022. 

Neaman graduated from Syracuse University in 1974 and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard in 1976. He founded Vantage in 1977. An active volunteer in the promotional products industry for more than 40 years, Neaman has served on several PPAI committees, including the Leadership Advisory Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Marketing and Research Committee, as well as the Promotional Products Education Foundation Board and several industry task forces. In 2002, he became the inaugural recipient of the PPAI Education Lifetime Achievement Award, and Counselor magazine named him its Person of the Year in 2003 and has included him in its Power 50 since 2008.

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Todd Pottebaum, MAS+ - Director (Class of 2022)

Todd Pottebaum, MAS+, is president of Quality Resource Group (QRG), a branded merchandise and print distributor headquartered in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area that utilizes technology to cut complexities, streamline processes and gain market share. An aspiring expert in systems, efficiencies and process planning, Pottebaum speaks regionally and nationally at industry events.

Prior to his election to the PPAI Board of Directors in 2017, Pottebaum served the promotional products industry in a wide variety of roles, most notably as president of Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals, and as chair of the PPAI Marketing Information And Research Committee.

Pottebaum studied at the University of Northern Colorado and earned a degree in international trade and relations with an emphasis in economics. His greatest treasures are his wife, Sheri, daughter Savannah, and sons, Jax and Jaeger. He’s a proud Minnesotan who enjoys spending time on the lake with his family. 

 

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Paul Bellantone, CAE - President & CEO of PPAI

Paul is the president and chief executive officer of PPAI, the not-for-profit association for more than 15,000 member companies of the $21 billion promotional products industry. He is committed to the advancement of the promotional products industry through visibility, viability and credibility. Paul is focused on delivering compelling member value and responsible for successfully executing the strategies and vision of the PPAI Board of Directors and advocating for the industry and its professional practitioners.

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Cory Halliburton - Association General Counsel

Cory Halliburton is an attorney with the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber. He has served as General Counsel for PPAI since May 2014 and since that time he has participated in just about every PPAI Board meeting and strategic planning session and has reviewed hundreds of contracts for PPAI. He also supports in-house counsel of publicly traded companies and executives in the tax-exempt organizations space in their drafting and negotiation of substantial vendor agreements. 

Cory Halliburton graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2003 and, among other accolades, was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.

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