PPAI has named Lori Bauer the 2015 PPAI Regional Association Council (RAC) Volunteer of the Year award recipient. Bauer is vice president of sales, national accounts at Tampa, Florida-based supplier BIC Graphic USA (UPIC: BIC).

The PPAI RAC Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to regional association members who have demonstrated an outstanding level of volunteerism and leadership and who have made significant and measurable contributions to a regional association. Bauer exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism and inspires those around her with her perseverance, passion and dedication to the promotional products industry at every level.

Bauer has been active in the Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF) at numerous levels, helping lead the regional association and volunteering for its trade shows, committees and events. She began her second term on the PPAF board in 2014, and she has been a member of the 2014 and 2015 PPAF Expo Committees, chairing the second annual PPAF Expo Golf Tournament in 2015 and the 2015 Marketing Committee. During her first term on the board, from 2006 to 2010, she worked with the Membership, Speakers/Events, PPAF Expo and PPAF Legislative committees, and in 2009 she served as board president.

Alongside her work on the association’s board, Bauer has been a frequent volunteer and speaker at PPAF events and has organized and hosted factory tours at BIC Graphic for PPAF members. She has also participated in a number of PPAI committees and action groups, including the Market Research and Events committees, and the Women’s Leadership Conference Action Group. She was named a PPB Rising Star in 2010 and this year joined the PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference as a speaker on business communication.

Bauer will be formally honored at the 2015 RAC Leadership Development Workshop opening night reception on October 13 in Grapevine, Texas.