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Two new officers for PPAI’s 2022 Board of Directors were announced in late June; they are Kevin Walsh, CAS, chair-elect, and Andrew Spellman, vice chair, financial services. They join Dawn Olds, MAS, who was announced last summer as incoming chair of the board for 2022. Current Board Chair Todd Pottebaum, MAS+, will assume the role of immediate-past chair. The new board officers will begin their one-year terms immediately following The PPAI Expo 2022, which will run January 10-13, 2022.

“I’m very pleased that Dawn, Kevin and Andrew will be serving on the board in these important roles. They have all brought a great deal of expertise and leadership to the Association and I look forward to their guidance and direction as we continue to lead our industry through this post-COVID environment,” says Pottebaum.

Olds is senior vice president of operations for distributor HALO in Sterling, Illinois, and has been in management for over 20 years, spanning three focus areas including accounting, information technology and general operations. She was elected to the PPAI board in 2019 and selected as chair elect in 2020.

Walsh, president of supplier Showdown Displays in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, has been with the company for almost 10 years and has held several leadership roles with the organization. His background includes positions with numerous industry suppliers, including New Buffalo Shirt Factory, Lee Printwear, VF Imagewear and Wrangler Jeans and Shirts. He was elected to the PPAI board in 2019 and is currently vice chair, financial services.

Spellman is vice president of Los Angeles, California-based supplier Therabody. He was elected to the PPAI board in October 2020 and began his four-year term in January. During his 28 years in the industry, Spellman spent more than 14 years as vice president of corporate markets for Victorinox Swiss Army and was SVP and general manager at The Magnet Group before joining Therabody earlier this year.

Pottebaum is president of distributor Quality Resource Group, Inc., in Plymouth, Minnesota. He has spent more than 21 years in the promotional products industry and served on a number of PPAI committees before being elected to the board in 2018. He is also former board president of the Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals (UMAPP) and was named UMAPP Volunteer of the Year in 2015.

PPAI board officers are selected by the PPAI Board Officer Nominating Committee and voted on by the PPAI board.


James Khattak is news editor of PPB.