PPAI 2016 Board Of Directors Election Now Open
PPAI members can now cast their ballots for the PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2021. The designated voter in each member company can vote for two of the four candidates which were selected by the PPAI Elected Directors Nominating Committee: distributors Mitch Rhodus, CAS, of HALO Branded Solutions (UPIC: HBS), and Danny Rosin, co-owner of Brand Fuel, Inc. (UPIC: bfuel001); and suppliers Andrew Spellman, vice president of corporate channels at Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc. (UPIC: swisarmy), and Sharon Willochell, president of Trimark (UPIC: TRIMARK).
One candidate from each category will be elected by the membership and begin their four-year board terms immediately following The PPAI Expo 2017. The election period runs now through September 19, and the results will be announced in early October.
The election will be administered electronically by a third-party election administrator and by paper ballot as required. Visit the PPAI voter site at www.ppai.org/election2016 to learn more about the distributor and supplier candidates below. PPAI member company’s designated voter can cast their ballots here. To find out who the voting contact is for your company, the password or other questions, contact Anne Stone at AnneS@ppai.org or 972-258-3041, or Veronica Kelley at VeronicaK@ppai.org or 972-258-3077.
Mitch Rhodus, CAS
Mitch Rhodus, CAS, is president of WIT Promotions, a HALO Branded Solutions distributor. Rhodus is an industry veteran who has served on PPAI’s Government Relations Advisory Committee (GRAC) and on the board of his regional association, TSPPA. In addition to his industry work, he volunteers with several community organizations including Rotary Club, Fairfield Christian Leaders, the YMCA and Boy Scouts of America. Rhodus also leads an annual trip to Haiti with medical personnel and non-medical volunteers to deliver medicine and services. Rhodus’ non-industry work experience includes time at GE and Procter & Gamble. He and his wife, Lois, have two children—Brad and Katie—and twin grandchildren.
Danny Rosin is co-owner of Brand Fuel, Inc. He is a longtime industry professional who has served on a number of PPAI committees and presented at the North American Leadership Conference as a featured speaker. Rosin is a co-founder of PromoKitchen and has served as president of CAAMP, his regional association. In his community, Rosin volunteers with the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, Operation Smile International, and Band Together, of which he is a co-founder. Additionally, he has been a speaker at the North Carolina Emerging Issues Discovery Forum and a member of the NC State University Centennial Campus Vision Project. Rosin and his wife have two daughters.
Andrew Spellman is vice president of corporate channels for Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc. He has also worked in the promotional products industry with International Merchandise Concepts, Hazel and Magnet, Inc. Spellman is an active volunteer leader for PPAI, serving on committees as well as judging PPAI Pyramid Awards and acting as emcee for PPAI Expo awards ceremonies. He has also worked with numerous regional associations. Outside the industry, Spellman donates his time and service to community organizations such as the Guardian Angel Settlement Association and the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Spellman and his wife, Paula, have two daughters, Mia and Macy.
Sharon Willochell is president of Trimark Apparel at Leed’s and has worked in promotional products for nearly 20 years. She is a longtime volunteer with PPAI, having served on the Women’s Leadership Conference Workgroup and as a speaker for WLC and for the North American Leadership Conference. Willochell has been a speaker for the Promotional Product Professionals of Canada and several PPAI panels. In her community, Willochell has served on the board of directors for Leadership Pittsburgh and on committees for the American Heart Association and Strong Women, Strong Girls. Her previous work experience includes roles at Deloitte & Touche and Alcoa. Willochell and her husband, Ron, have a nine-year-old son, Jonah.