PPAI has named Scott Hareid and Cathy Miller, MAS, recipients of the 2021 PPAI RAC (Regional Association Council) Volunteer Award. Hareid, owner and president of multi-line rep firm Hareid Marketing, and Miller, regional sales manager for Geiger, will be formally honored at the 2021 RAC Leadership Development Workshop, to be held virtually on July 21-22.

The PPAI RAC Volunteer Award is presented annually to regional association members who have demonstrated an outstanding level of volunteerism and leadership, and who have made significant contributions to a regional association. Since its inception in 2010, Hareid and Miller bring to 20 the number of industry professionals who have received the award.

Hareid has a long history with the Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals (UMAPP). He has held several positions on its board, including board president in 2013-2014, and led and participated in a number of its committees. Among his accomplishments with UMAPP, Hareid is credited with leading an initiative to develop new board guidelines for all directors and officers, and he was one of those responsible for introducing the regional association into the world of end-buyer events. He received the UMAPP Volunteer of the Year award in 2009 and its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.

Along with his service to UMAPP, Hareid was the RAC board treasurer in 2014-2015 and he has been an active PPAI volunteer. He served on the Association’s Board of Directors in 2015-2017 as RAC delegate and has been on several of PPAI’s committees.

Miller’s service to the regional association community and the industry at large spans more than two decades. She was president of Sunbelt Promotional Products Association (SPPA) in 2001 and Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS) in 2009, and served in numerous other board roles with both associations, and lent her time and expertise to several initiatives as well. Miller was also a member of the RAC board in 2003-2005. She was presented with the Dianne Watson Volunteer of the Year award by SPPA in 2015 and named a PPAMS Hall of Fame Inductee in 2021.

Named a PPAI Fellow in 2016, Miller has volunteered with several of the Association’s committees, including its Membership Services and Awards committees, and has been a PPAI Pyramid Award judge.