The Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) has welcomed Joy Jacobs of BAG MAKERS, Inc. and Ashley Marsee of Heritage Sportswear to its board of directors, effective January 1, 2017. In addition, Ron Baellow of Bright Ideas returns for a second term.

The incoming class joined the current VAPPA Board for a day of strategic analysis and planning on November 17 in Richmond. The meeting, which began with the presentation of a letter from Governor Terry McAuliffe’s office congratulating VAPPA on celebrating 30 years of service, was facilitated by PPAI Regional Programs Manager Melissa Weber. Weber led the group through activities highlighting the association’s strengths, illuminating areas of opportunity and goals for the year ahead.

“VAPPA has been so fortunate to have the commitment of some of the industry’s best serving on the VAPPA Board in previous years,” says Harold Wood, 2016 board president. “The collaboration of the current team with the new members in our strategic planning meeting indicated that the bar continues to be set higher and higher each year. Both Joy and Ashley bring a fresh energy and perspective while Ron continues to bring a voice of continuity and tenure to the team. Together we are committed to delivering even more value to our membership as we work to strengthen the already strong foothold of the industry in Virginia.”