Joe-Scott-DSAJoe Scott, vice president of Chanhassen, Minnesota-based distributor Scott & Associates, Inc. (UPIC: SCOTTASC), was announced as the 2017 PPAI Distinguished Service Award honoree on Monday at the PPAI North American Leadership Conference in San Francisco, California. The news was first reported in a PPB Newslink Breaking News this morning. The PPAI Distinguished Service Award recognizes PPAI members who consistently contribute their skills and expertise toward the betterment of the Association through volunteer service and leadership.

“Joe Scott generously delivers his passion and expertise toward the betterment of PPAI through writing, teaching and servant leadership on committees as well as the PPAI Board,” says Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI president and CEO. “Throughout his career, he has remained at the forefront of what’s possible within our industry and has championed the role the promotional consultant can play in serving both the industry and the greater good.”

Scott co-founded Scott and Associates in 1993, and transitioned his distributorship into an agency that gets paid for its time and the results that it generates for clients. He is a former member of the PPAI Board of Directors, serving from 2009 to 2013. While on the board, Scott sat on its Budget & Finance, Executive and Board Nomination committees, and joined the Technology Action Group, Membership Services Action Group and the Distributors Committee as their board liaison. He has also served on the Association’s Professional Development Action Group, MAS/CAS Certification Committee, Suppliers Committee, Events Action Group, Leadership Advisory Committee and Public Relations Committee. Outside of PPAI, Scott has been an active volunteer with the Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals (UMAPP), including time on its board, where he served as president in 2010.

His volunteer service in his community includes the Chanhassen Rotary and the boards of The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta and Buy Chanhassen, and he currently serves on the board of the Island View Gold Club.

“I was totally surprised when Steve Meyer, MAS, told me that I had been nominated for the PPAI Distinguished Service Award,” says Scott. “I was shocked and speechless (just ask my wife, Katie--she was there) when Chairman Tom Goos told me I had been selected. It hasn't sunk in yet. To be included in our industry’s list of who’s who is like having my name added to the Masters trophy.”

During his years in the industry, Scott has become a regular name on PPAI and regional association education programs. He has delivered sessions at The PPAI Expo and Expo East and presented a number of the Association’s webinars, and he has spoken at the SAGE Show as well as Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC), the Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP) and the Northwest Promotional Marketing Association (NWPMA). Scott has also written prolifically on the industry and related issues. He has contributed numerous articles to PPB, The Business Journals, Southwest Publications and American Business Journals.

“I can think of no individual more dedicated to the industry or more dedicated to giving back to his peers than Joe Scott,” says Rick Brenner, MAS+, his nominator. “It isn’t just that Joe is a consummate professional or that he is a marketing expert in the art and science of building a promotional products distributor company. It is that he shares that expertise so willingly and selflessly with PPAI colleagues. Volunteering is simply part of Joe’s DNA and he makes it look so easy.”

The induction ceremony will take place at the Chairman’s Leadership Dinner on January 9, 2017, during The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas.