People News: May 2019
AIM, LLC (PPAI 725436)—Cathy Cummings, CAS, head of vendor relations, and Stacy McConnell, MAS, vice president of member services
Geiger (PPAI 105182)—Laura Brannon, supplier relationship manager at GeigerBTC
The Image Group (PPAI 103424)—Aubrey Rhoden, national account director, senior living; Roni Roberts, director of marketing solutions; and Seta Tchobanian, director of human resources
BIC Graphic North America (PPAI 114187)—Blair Hawley, chief operating officer
Charles River Apparel (PPAI 111644)—Kevin Crisafulli, director of customer care, and Jillian Heilman of Incentive Source to represent the company in the Pacific Northwest
Chocolate Inn /Taylor & Grant /Lanco (PPAI 111662)—Ken Morrison, national account manager
Citadel Brands (PPAI 715433)—Darrell Mabe, director of new business development
EMT (PPAI 110810)—Brian Stidham, promoted to director of business development
HUB Pen (PPAI 110772)—Joe Tessier, promoted to quality control specialist
IMAGEN Brands, parent company of Crown Products (PPAI 113430) and Vitronic (PPAI 114197)—Sonna Greer, regional sales manager covering the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, and Mark King, regional sales manager covering the Midwest, including Michigan and Indiana
Incentive Concepts (PPAI 212912)—Raul Garcia, territory sales manager for Illinois and Wisconsin
Quinn (PPAI 360359)—Pat Ethem, bookkeeper, and Wendy Hagerman, customer care
Stouse, LLC (PPAI 113066)—Clay Davis, president and CEO
Tekweld (PPAI 266346)—Dan Jenne, promoted to director of national accounts, and Stephen Monahan, Florida representative
Thermopro, Inc., parent company of Games People Play (PPAI 255096)—Kelli Weigle, director of business development
Vantage Apparel (PPAI 113235)—Chris Alfano, promoted to chief technology officer
In Memoriam / Dawn Lucchesi
Dawn Lucchesi, a sales executive with the Vernon Company, passed away on February 22 after a long illness.
Lucchesi’s background in the promotional products industry included time at Awardcraft from 1995 to 2005, joining Vernon shortly thereafter. She was also an involved volunteer at her regional association, the Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals (UMAPP). Her volunteerism with UMAPP began with a committee chair position and she worked her way up to board member, secretary, treasurer, vice president and president.
In a statement, UMAPP notes, “Dawn was a friend to all, and a mentor to many. Her kind, loving spirit, uplifting, positive attitude and quick humor will be missed greatly by the industry and all of her peers.”
Lucchesi is survived by her husband, Dino, and two sons.
James Khattak is the news editor of PPB.