Committee Spotlight: The Awards And Recognition Committee


This month, PPB launches the first of a series of articles looking at the volunteer committees and committee members that contribute to the direction and growth of PPAI. This issue looks at the PPAI Awards and Recognition Committee.

PPAI’s awards and recognition program celebrates the creative excellence of the companies and people that operate within the promotional products industry companies. It is the responsibility of the Awards and Recognition Committee to review the program’s recognition categories to determine their relevance in the changing marketplace and to recommend revisions, updates and additions to PPAI award categories, content, eligibility and judging criteria. It also collaborates with other committees, advisory groups, task forces and members to review potential awards and recognition concepts. Volunteers serving on the committee support and advocate for the PPAI awards and recognition programs, and participate in the annual awards judging processes based on their relevant industry experience.

Award programs the committee oversees include the Suppliers Achievement, Pyramid, Image, Technology and Supplier Star Awards, as well as the H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Awards, Distinguished Service Award and the Hall of Fame.

“I am really looking forward to working with the Awards and Recognition Committee in 2013,” says Chuck Fandos, CAS, the committee’s new board liaison. “This group is very active and has made several key changes and improvements in the past couple of years through a lot of hard work and effort. I plan on helping the committee in any way I can to continue those efforts and to build the awareness and prestige of the awards.”

The committee has had a significant impact on PPAI’s awards and recognition program. Recent accomplishments include:

  • Significant competition updates, including 11 new categories in the Suppliers Achievement Awards and four new categories in the Pyramid Awards; the Web Award’s transition to the PPAI Technology Award, and the creation of the new Image Award, a category focused on self-promotion and marketing.
  • New event formats for The PPAI Expo 2012’s Awards and Recognition program, including a reception replacing the traditional awards dinner and a new Chairman’s Leadership Dinner honoring Hall Of Fame Inductees, Distinguished Service Award winners and the introduction of the new H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award.
  • Recognition of Member Milestone companies for 50 and 75 years of continuous PPAI membership.

The hard work of committee volunteers and PPAI staff has paid off, with award participant entries growing from 292 in 2011 to 438 in 2012. Moving forward, the committee will continue to focus on a key initiative to bring increased visibility for the Association’s award winners.

Pete Gleason, MAS, a past committee chair, says: “Being chair for the Awards and Recognition Committee at a time where we had so many changes was challenging but very rewarding. During the past two years we either re-vamped or totally rebuilt just about every program that we touch. It was an aggressive goal, but I was blessed to have committee members that were ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work and PPAI staff members that executed our plan flawlessly.”

The Awards and Recognition Committee’s 2013 roster of volunteers:

Carrie Sabo, CAS, 2013 committee chair, American Ad Bag Co.
Chuck Fandos, CAS, 2013 board liaison, GatewayCDI
Rena Ashfeld, CAS, Winning Edge Inc.
Gail Cheney, Barker Specialty Company
Pam Clement, Norwood Promotional Products
Remy Fenster, RJF Marketing
Fran Ford, Castelli North America, Inc.
Phil Martin, MAS, Warwick Publishing Co.
Carol Moore, AIA Corporation
Debbie Nierman, HGX Creative
David Perez-Goldstrom, CAS, Hitex Marketing Group, Inc.
Andrew Spellman, TRG Group
Christine Strobl, Quick Point, Inc.
Bille Walchek, SAGE

Committee volunteers who recently retired from the committee after three years of service are:

Amanda Clay, MAS, Walker-Clay Inc.
Pete Gleason, MAS, Bag Makers, Inc.
David Hawes, MAS+, Geiger
Lauri Laufman, MAS, Bullpen Marketing
Melissa Rains, CAS, Replogle Globes
Steve Rone, World Wide

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