In late October, PPAI brought together a hand-picked group of young industry talent for the first ever Emerging Leaders Conference, held in conjunction with the annual Leadership Development Workshop.

Among the attendees of ELC 2023 were this year’s PPAI Rising Stars, who were selected from a record field of 170 deserving nominees. While the professional development content for the Rising Stars was distinct from the content for LDW, holding the two events in parallel was more than purposeful, and LDW attendees – mostly regional association executive directors and board members – were challenged to tap these young leaders and others like them to help steer the industry toward its brightest future.

This year’s 12 honorees, selected for their accomplishments, leadership and service, join nearly 200 industry Rising Stars named through the program since its beginning in 2010. Many past recipients have gone on to claim C-suite roles in their companies and serve the industry as key volunteers.No doubt, this year’s Rising Stars will continue to make the promotional products industry stronger.

Quinn Bui, 35
Owner/Multi-line Rep
n9ner Marketing
Riverside, California

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Emily Codner, 40
Director, Affiliate Services
Millbury, Massachusetts


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Mykayla Goodwin, 33
Vice President of Strategy


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Katie Grimes, 31
Account Executive
Red Promotions


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Maddie Hardy, 30
Senior Account Manager
Whitestone Branding
San Diego


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Simi Kasakwe-Welsch, 29
Public Relations Specialist
American Solutions for Business
Starbuck, Minnesota


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Alex Paschal, 27
Warwick Publishing
St. Charles, Illinois


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Kathryn Peach, 28
Senior Account Manager
Promotional Source


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Nadav Raviv, 40
Senior National Account Executive
Nashville, Tennessee


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Tori Thomas, 32
Director of Marketing
Costa Mesa, California


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Katie Whitehead, 39
Director of Marketing
Sterling, Illinois


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Chelsea Williams, 32
Owner & CEO
Spark Branded Solutions
Nashville, Tennessee


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