Breaking News: In Memoriam: David Woods, MAS

The promotional products industry lost one of its great leaders with the passing of David Woods, MAS, on April 27. He was 75. Woods retired from AIA Corporation as CEO in 2016.

In the early 1990s he joined distributor Lee Wayne Corporation in a turnaround role; he rebuilt the company and later sold it to HALO (now HALO Branded Solutions) and Woods became executive vice president. In 2002 he spent a year on PPAI's staff as COO before joining AIA.

Woods served two terms on the PPAI Board of Directors and was chair in 2000-2001. He also served a term on the board of the Promotional Products Education Foundation and was chair in 2009-2010. Woods was inducted into PPAI's Hall of Fame in 2018.

In addition to his longtime leadership in the industry, he was deeply passionate about the arts and helping disadvantaged youth. Since 2008 he served on the board for the Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass, and as a board member and president of the Green Lake Festival of Music, where he headed up a $1 million fundraising campaign. Woods also lent his expertise to the Beaver Brook Association, a 2,000-acre wildlife conservation area in Hollis, New Hampshire, that offers programs for inner city kids, and the Chicago All Stars, a group in the Chicago Loop area for at-risk youth.

Woods is survived by three sons and six grandchildren.

Read more about Woods’s life and contributions to the industry in Tuesday’s PPB Newslink.

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Comments (3)
Lisa Martin
April 30, 2019
David was a great leader in this industry! David recruited me to join the Lee Wayne Sales Force in 1996 and made you feel like you were part of one big family. He will be remembered. My prayers are with his family.
Howard Jones
April 30, 2019
What a sad day for our industry and for those who knew David personally. I first met David in the early 1990's when he visited Australia as part of a supplier sponsored group of distributors. Over the years we stayed in touch and caught up whenever I visited industry events in the USA, no matter how busy his schedule, he always found time for his "mate" from Downunder. You will be missed but not forgotten.
Clifford Quicksell
April 29, 2019
Couldn't have said it better..."The promotional products industry lost one of its great leaders...". I had the distinct pleasure of knowing David and enjoyed all of the meaningful conversations we had when we ran into one another at shows... he knew his tuff and was always willing to share his thoughts when asked. A really nice guy; so very sad to see yet another industry great thought leader leave us. RIP David, your presence will be missed. CQ
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