Todd Pottebaum, MAS+ - 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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Ira Neaman, MAS - Immediate Past Board Chair

Ira Neaman, MAS, founder and president of Avenel, New Jersey, supplier Vantage Apparel 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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Dawn Olds, MAS - Incoming 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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Kevin Walsh, CAS - Vice Chair, Finance Services

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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Norm Hullinger, CAS - Director (Class of 2022)

Norm Hullinger, serves as chief executive officer of BELLA + CANVAS. Prior to joining BELLA + CANVAS, Hullinger was CEO at alphabroder, one of the largest industry suppliers, a role he held since 2012. Prior to becoming CEO, Hullinger was alphabroder’s COO for 10 years, following a diverse career that included executive roles at both technology and retail companies.

Vera Muzzillo, CAS - At-Large Director (Class of 2022)

Vera Muzzillo, CEO of Proforma, joined the company in 2001 and is focused on maximizing strategic development opportunities and providing comprehensive oversight to the banking, cash management, credit, financial, operations and technology aspects of the company. 

Previously with Comerica Bank and as an independent business consultant, Vera also brings over 15 years of commercial and investment banking.

Lindsey Davis, MAS - RAC Delegate (Class of 2023)

Lindsey Davis, MAS is the director of promotional sales at Raining Rose where she focuses her time on leading and developing a growing and dynamic sales team while also allocating resources, exploring new investments, and crafting a strategic vision for Raining Rose Promos. 

Her love of all things promotional products started when her parents founded Solar Advertising, an early lip balm supplier, in 2003. Lindsey became president of Solar Advertising and led the company through a successful purchase by Raining Rose in 2016 where she began as a national sales representative. She is currently serving on the PPEF Board of Trustees as the incoming vice-chair of strategic planning and budget. Over her time in the promotional products industry, she also served as the president of the Regional Associations Council (RAC), president of Rocky Mountain Region Promotional Products Association (RMRPPA), and in most other volunteer roles available in these organizations.

Lindsey has a Bachelor of Science in international business from Johnson & Wales University in Denver.

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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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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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Andrew Spellman - Director (Class of 2025)

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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Bob McLean, CPA, CAE, CEM - Interim President

Bob is PPAI's executive vice president. He was hired in June 2008 as its CFO and is responsible for Finance & Administration, Information Technology and the Promotional Products Education Foundation.  In October 2011, Bob was promoted to EVP and now also has the responsibility for the Membership and Tradeshow departments.  Before joining PPAI, Bob served in the for-profit world and held COO and CFO positions with large public and privately held companies.  Bob received his BS in Accounting from Drexel University and his MBA in Finance from the University of Miami.

 

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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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