As part of its series on the volunteer committees and committee members that help PPAI serve its membership and the promotional products industry, this month PPB looks at the Certification Committee.
The Certification Committee is responsible for enhancing the integrity, professionalism and communication of PPAI certifications to industry practitioners and end buyers. Its members provide guidance and council to the Association’s professional development staff, and help review and hone the certification program’s performance and progress. The committee also played an active role in developing PPAI’s MAS+ designation. Announced at The PPAI Expo 2012 alongside the TAS designation, the MAS+ industry certification program is targeted toward promotional products veterans with seven or more years of experience in the industry. The MAS+ certification is an avenue for experienced industry professionals to demonstrate their extensive promotional products industry knowledge as their careers progress.
PPAI’s certification program is a mark of excellence among promotional products practitioners. At the end of last year, 2,077 industry members held professional certifications; 10 professionals had achieved PPAI’s new MAS+ designation and 98 had begun their certification journey with the TAS designation.
Looking ahead, Dave Regan, MAS, vice president of sales at The Vernon Company and current Certification Committee chair, says: “I think the major focus of our committee for this year is to see that the education seminars and the certification tests, TAS, CAS and MAS, match up with the world and industry that we live in today. So many things have changed in the past decade, and this means the needs of the PPAI membership have changed as well. Our committee has to make sure that our educational offerings keep pace with the needs of the membership.”
The Certification Committee’s 2013 roster of volunteers:
Dave Regan, MAS, 2013 committee chair, The Vernon Company
Rick Brenner, MAS, 2013 board liaison, Prime Resources Corp.
Dan Ball, MAS, Showdown Displays
Suzan Bolski, MAS, Anything Goes Promotions
Dave Bouse, CAS, Cintas
Robin Daniel, MAS, Sanford Business To Business
Ann Dutton, MAS, Dutton Promotional Advertising
Karen Foy, CAS, Gorman-Foy
Dale Limes, MAS, HALO Branded Solutions
Marie Miller, CAS, AIA Corporation
Marvin J. Mittleman, MAS, Pro Specialties Group, Inc.
Jennifer M. Reissaus, MAS, Advertising Specialties Alliance
Jay Treadway, CAS, Treadway Graphics
Committee volunteers who recently retired from the committee after three years of service are:
Larry Krause, MAS, LDK Marketing
Heidi Knotts, MAS, Pioneer Balloon
Anthony Stover, MAS, MAC Specialties
Bobby Lehew, CAS, ROBYN
Mark Seay, MAS+, Joe Henry, Inc.
Roni Stiff, CAS, Bates-Wells, Inc.