Dawn Olds, MAS - Board Chair

Dawn Olds, MAS, has been in management for over 20 years, spanning three focus areas: accounting, information technology and general operations. She has developed and managed project integration plans for dozens of successful acquisitions. Olds has been the executive sponsor for several Lean Six Sigma projects. Her career highlights also include mentoring and developing dozens of professionals within the HALO organization and promoting them. In addition to the development of people, Olds dedicates time to volunteering for Junior Achievement, is a mentor for a high school entrepreneur program, and is a member of the Women’s Professional Network. She holds a bachelor’s in information systems and an associate degree in accounting.

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Todd Pottebaum, MAS+ - Immediate Past Board Chair

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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Kevin Walsh, CAS - Incoming Board Chair

Kevin Walsh, CAS is a proud member of the Showdown Displays team, where he has worked the past eight (8) years serving in several leadership roles, the most recent of which is President. Kevin’s creative vision and ‘customer first’ mentality has contributed to the success of numerous industry suppliers including New Buffalo Shirt Factory, Lee Printwear, VF Imagewear and Wrangler Jeans and Shirts. In each of these organizations, Kevin has demonstrated a leadership philosophy that is founded in the belief of having the vision to recognize evolving landscapes and the courage to embrace the change needed to succeed. Kevin’s sales and marketing expertise combined with his bias for solutions utilizing technology, will prove to be a great addition to the PPAI Board.

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Andrew Spellman, CAS - Vice Chair, Finance Services

Andrew Spellman is the new vice president corporate markets for Therabody.  Spellman formerly served as the senior vice president and general manager for Magnet, LLC.  Magnet, LLC has been the world’s leading manufacturer of promotional magnets, and has won numerous awards for their products, service, and innovation.  Prior to his tenure at Magnet, Spellman was the vice president corporate markets for Victorinox Swiss Army where he successfully managed their branded products division for over 14 years.

Spellman has also served on the Board of Directors of Guardian Angel Settlement Association in several different roles, including being chairman of their golf committee, vice chairman, and then escalating to the role of chairman of the Board.  Guardian Angel has provided childcare services as well as social services in the city of St. Louis for over 150 years.  In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of the St. Vincent De Paul Mission of Waterbury during his brief time in Connecticut.

Spellman received his BS in Business Administration from the University of Missouri in St. Louis.  He lives in Wildwood, Missouri with his two teenage daughters.

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Kara Keister, MAS - RAC Delegate (Class of 2023)

I am a passionate go-getter who has learned to ask questions and never take no for an answer.  I started my promotional professional career 12 years ago in distributor sales.  My role allowed me to use my marketing background and love of all things brand to become a top-level salesperson within the company and eventually birth and grow Social Good Promotions. I served as a volunteer on regional industry Boards in an executive capacity.  After my tenure as regional board President, I was elected to the Regional Affiliate Council where I have played an integral role in advancing the way regional associations will operate within the promotional products industry moving forward.

I am a self-proclaimed nerd willing to learn and accept any challenge that comes my way.  I have survived injuries, breast cancer, and mental hurdles, all while advancing my career and building a successful small business.  I attribute that survival to my tribe, my amazing support system, and my work ethic.

I was named to the Promotional Products Association International Rising Star list in 2021. Our company has received PPAI Silver Pyramid Awards in the Social Responsibility Program and Digital Self-Promotion categories.  Social Good was named to the AIM Eco Leaders list in 2020 and we have consistently grown our gross sales by over 80% per year since our 2019 inception. 

My passion is for education, advocacy, and volunteerism for the promotional products industry and organizations close to my heart like Special Olympics, local schools, and leadership programs for youth.

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R. Renée Jones, MAS+ - Director (Class of 2023)

R. Renée Jones, MAS+ is the CEO and founder of A Creative Touch, Inc., located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jones has more than 18 years of experience as a distributor.

Prior to being elected to the PPAI Board of Directors, Jones served on the Certification Committee, Professional Development Committee, Women’s Leadership Conference Work Group and the Woman of Achievement Award Advisory Group.

Jones earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Gardner Webb University. Currently, she is a very active volunteer in her community and is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of disabled veterans and their families. As Rotarian, she lives the Rotary Motto of Service Above Self.

One of the greatest rewards of her volunteer work was meeting the love of her life Robert – a fellow volunteer leader and Navy Veteran.

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David Nicholson - Director (Class of 2023)

David Nicholson has more than 25 years of experience in the promotional products industry. He was a leader on the executive team responsible for growing Leed’s and ultimately Polyconcept North America (PCNA) into one of the industry’s largest and most respected suppliers. Nicholson currently serves as president of PCNA and is also a member of Polyconcept’s Global Executive Committee. He joined Leed’s in 1993 as manager of overseas operations with responsibilities for purchasing, logistics and product development. He served as chief operations officer from 2000 through 2002, and in 2003 was named president of Leed’s until promoted to president of PCNA in 2009.

Nicholson was nominated as PPAI’s first At-Large Director in 2013 and was recognized as ASI’s Person of the Year in 2012.

Nicholson graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT with a bachelor’s in international politics. He remains active in supporting the local community and currently serves on several non-profit boards.

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Melissa Ralston - At-Large Director (Class of 2024)

Melissa is the Chief Revenue Officer for Koozie Group. She has been in the promotional products industry for over 15 years with global leadership roles across marketing, product management, sourcing and sales. In addition to her roles within two different Top 40 promotional products suppliers, she has also worked in multiple industries with well-known brands such Chris-Craft, Publix Supermarkets and The Sports Authority. She has commercialized products for customers such as Amazon, Macy’s, Grainger and AAFES and served on multiple boards – PPAI’s Strategic Foresight Committee, ASI’s Counselor Advisory Board and University of South Florida’s Digital Advisory Board. She currently sits on a distributor D&I board, is the executive sponsor for Koozie Group’s Keep It. Give It. Social Impact & Sustainability task force and was recently recognized by PPB as a 2021 Women in Print & Promo.

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Noah Lapine - Director (Class of 2025)

Noah Lapine is president and co-owner of the Consumer Engagement Agency, Lapine (www.lapineinc.com), a 58-year-old third-generation family business. Lapine works with some of the world’s most-recognized brands, connecting brand strategy with merchandise to enable transformative consumer engagement and drive powerful business results. By offering end-to-end solutions built on the innovative combination of meaningful insights, scalable technology and quantifiable process efficiencies, Lapine has become an essential partner to the clients they serve. In 2020 Lapine became a 1% for the Planet company furthering their commitment to protecting our planet through the support of environmental causes. He joined Lapine in 1996 and has subsequently been involved in all phases of the agency’s development.

In 2017 Noah co-founded Effectus Partners (www.effectuspartners.com), a Miami-based Business Process Innovation company that architects and implements process efficiencies and solutions for major corporations. Effectus Partners earned the rank of No. 117 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Lapine serves as chairman of Effectus Partners. Before joining Lapine, he served as a corps member in Teach for America where he taught seventh grade English to students in rural Georgia.

Lapine serves on the Board of Directors for Children’s Learning Centers, Connecticut’s third-largest early childhood education provider, and the Mill River Park Collaborative. He was a founding board member and board chair of Stamford, Connecticut’s first charter high school, Stamford Academy. He is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and a Corporator for First County Bank. Lapine received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, and his Masters of Public Policy from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service as a dean’s scholar. He lives in Stamford with his wife and three children.

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Chris Anderson - Director (Class of 2026)

Chris Anderson joined the promotional products industry in 2002 with supplier HandStands and became president of the company in 2009 and CEO in 2010. Under his leadership, HandStands expanded its distribution into 138 countries and closed multiple strategic acquisitions, including the sale of the business to HPG in 2018. Anderson became CEO of HPG in 2019.

Denise Taschereau - Director (Class of 2026)

Denise Taschereau launched Fairware after realizing how difficult it was to source promotional merchandise that reflected the social and environmental priorities of the many of brands and organizations she admired. Previously, Taschereau oversaw the Mountain Equipment Co-op’s national environmental programs, community grant-making and ethical sourcing programs, and wrote their award-winning first Sustainability Report. She is currently a board member of PromoCares, an industry group driving awareness and education around sustainability issues in the promotional product industry.

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Dale Denham, MAS+ - President & CEO of PPAI

Dale Denham, MAS+, has more than 25 years of experience in the promotional products industry. Before joining PPAI as president and CEO in August 2021, Denham spent 10 years at distributor Geiger as senior vice president and CIO. As a member of the executive team, he was responsible for significant growth, including international growth, and successfully led the organization’s digital transformation. Prior to Geiger, Denham was a member of the ASI executive team for 10 years where he was responsible for growth, including all technology, strategic partners and publications. His first experience in the industry came in the 1990s as president of Impact, a company that provided numerous resources to the industry. Before joining Impact, Denham was general manager for several consulting and sales organizations.

 

Denham served on the PPAI Board of Directors from 2015-2020, including as chair in 2018. He has served on numerous other industry boards and has been a consistent volunteer for PPAI and other industry organizations, as well as a sought-after speaker. Denham graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s in business and a minor in economics.

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Cory Halliburton - Association General Counsel

Cory Halliburton is an attorney with the law firm of Freeman Law, PLLC, a tax, white-collar, and litigation law firm based in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and with clients throughout the world. He has served as General Counsel for PPAI since May 2014. He serves as outside general counsel for other international trade associations, public charities, multi-state engineering firms, and others. Cory Halliburton graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2003.

 

 

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