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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Alan Peterson - Vice President, Business Development

Business-to-business industry veteran Alan Peterson has served in senior leadership positions in the media industry as vice president at Hanley Wood Exhibitions, president of exhibitions for Penton Media, owner/principal of Davis Peterson Collaborative, and as vice president at Miller Freeman. During his career, Peterson has overseen business development and strategic, financial, operational and management of over 50 shows, 10 magazines and 14 digital products in 12 different industries. He has more than 30 years of business to business media experience, served on the board for the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) from 2008-2010, and frequently speaks at industry events and seminars. As an industry advocate, his primary focus is on enabling customers to maximize their marketing spend while providing the ability to evaluate and measure their results. Peterson oversees the business development. expositions, publications and marketing efforts of Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) to help achieve member and association success.

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Anne Stone, CAE - Director, Advocacy, Education and Engagement

Anne is the director of public affairs, member engagement and professional development. She is responsible for guiding PPAI’s legislative and government relations efforts—including taking a contingent of PPAI members to Washington, DC, to advocate directly to US lawmakers on issues important to the promotional products industry. Anne also is responsible for member engagement—working to ensure PPAI members experience a meaningful and rewarding volunteer service. Anne overseas PPAI’s awards and recognition program—including the prestigious Pyramid Awards. Anne also manages the Association’s professional development efforts including the Women’s Leadership Conference, the North American Leadership Conference and the Product Responsibility Summit. Additionally, Anne oversees the Association’s product responsibility programs including the development of industry best practices.

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Brigitte Rousseau, CPA, MBA - Director, Finance

Rousseau joined the Association with more than 30 years of experience in finance, accounting and human resources. Prior to PPAI, she was chief financial officer at SFF, a microfinance company based in Haiti and previously worked at PFO Global, Inc./Pro Fit Optix, Inc. in Dallas, Texas, serving in various roles including chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance and human resources. She has also held accounting manager and controller positions with private U.S. companies and has worked for accounting firms in both the U.S. and Haiti.

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Ellen Tucker - Director, Business Development and Expositions

As the director of business development and expositions, Ellen is responsible for driving the non-dues revenue for the association and leading the development, operations and execution of the association’s in-person and virtual tradeshows. Making up 50% of the association’s total revenue, non-dues revenue funds the association’s initiatives and includes revenue generated from tradeshows, publications, professional development events and other association products. The association’s tradeshows bring knowledge, community and a forum to do business to the promotional product industry. Ellen leads the interdepartmental collaboration that leads to, and manages the teams producing and selling, these industry-leading, award-winning events.

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Natalie Clark - Director, Membership

As the director of PPAI's membership services department, Natalie oversees recruiting and retention efforts for the Association and is responsible for the Association's Affinity Programs, oversees the Power of Two program for members and provides support to the RAC Board and the regional community at large. Natalie has over 20 years of experience in sales, service and operations. She joined PPAI in 2013, oversees a staff of seven and is responsible for approximately 50% of the overall revenue for the association. Before joining PPAI, Natalie was the Sr. Vice President of a public company overseeing North American Sales and Operations. Natalie also serves on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives (DFWAE) through 2021.

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Keith Vincent - Director, Marketing, Public Relations and Research

Keith, who joined PPAI in 2001, is responsible for all aspects of PPAI’s marketing, research and public relations initiatives. Major projects include the GET IN TOUCH! campaign, Promotional Products Work! Week, the Annual Sales Volume Estimate, website redesigns and the award-winning marketing of The PPAI Expo. Keith’s team played a key role in the Association’s ongoing communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Keith’s direction, the marketing department has been recognized with countless marketing awards in areas of copy, design, video and marketing campaign.

 

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Paul Elfstrom - Director, Information Technology

Paul is the Director of Information Technology for PPAI and has been with the association since 2003. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of Information Technology and IT management. Paul is responsible for the associations IT operations, infrastructure, security, business support systems, communication systems, development initiatives and ensuring effective delivery of Association programs through technology.  He also serves as staff liaison to the PPAI Technology Committee and PPAI Tech Summit Workgroup.

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Tina Filipski - Director, Publications

Tina is editor of PPB magazine and heads up PPAI’s Publications team which is responsible for producing PPB, PPB Newslink and Promotional Consultant Today. She also manages PPAI’s philanthropic relationship with the Kids In Need Foundation. A graduate of Texas Tech University and a native Texan, she produced publications for associations serving home furnishings retailers and professionals in the hospitality industry before joining PPAI in 1995.

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