Brittany David, MAS - Board Chair

Brittany David, MAS, 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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Dale Denham, MAS+ - Immediate Past Board Chair

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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Sharon Willochell, CAS - Incoming Board Chair

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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Todd Pottebaum, MAS+ - Vice Chair, Financial Service

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

Jim Hagan, CAS 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, MAS - Director (Class of 2020)

Perry Wehrle, MAS, with over 30 years’ experience as a supplier and a distributor, 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.

Amy Rabideau, MAS - RAC Delegate (Class of 2021)

Amy Rabideau, MAS, is the director of purchasing at Summit Group, where her current focus is process improvement, compliance and product responsibility. With more than 20 years’ experience in the industry on both the supplier and distributor sides of business, supplier integration is one of Amy’s passions.

Prior to her appointment to the PPAI Board of Directors, Amy’s volunteer work has included board service with the Regional Association Council (RAC), Georgia Association of Promotional Product Professionals (GAPPP) and service on PPAI’s Professional Development Committee.

Amy studied at Medaille College in Buffalo, New York, and earned a degree in business administration. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and their two dogs.

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Danny Rosin, CAS - Director (Class of 2021)

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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Ira Neaman, CAS - Director (Class of 2022)

Ira Neaman,CAS, 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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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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Bill Mahre, CAS - Director (Class of 2023)

Bill Mahre, CAS has led industry supplier ADG Promotional Products since 2009. ADG is headquartered in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and has multiple production facilities with FOB points in New York, Minnesota and Texas.

Mahre has a diverse background of work experiences including leadership roles at Procter & Gamble, Minnesota Twins Baseball Club business operations, a health care system and a major nonprofit. Before joining ADG, Mahre assisted a couple of friends in merging two promotional products distributorships, which allowed him to better understand both sides of the industry’s supply chain. He is also an active member of the PPAI Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) which oversees the training and education of industry members on product safety and compliance issues.

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Monica, and has two married adult children, three granddaughters and two grandsons on the way. He has been a volunteer youth coach and board member for more than 30 years and recently completed a term as board president of a major local nonprofit organization in the Twin Cities that provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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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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