PPAI Announces 2018 Board Officers

PPAI's 2018 PPAI Board of Directors officers are (from left) Dale Denham, MAS+, chair; Brittany David, CAS, chair-elect; Danny Rosin, CAS, vice chair, financial services; and Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS, immediate past chair

PPAI has selected its 2018 PPAI Board of Directors officers. They are: Dale Denham, MAS+, chair; Brittany David, CAS, chair-elect; and Danny Rosin, CAS, vice chair, financial services. Current chair Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS, will take on the role of immediate past chair. The new board officers will begin their one-year terms immediately following The PPAI Expo 2018.

PPAI board officers are selected by the PPAI Board Officer Nominating Committee and voted on by the PPAI board. Tom Goos, MAS, immediate past chair of the board, led the nominating committee. He says, “I am extremely happy with the process and outcome of the 2018 PPAI board officers slate. We have a talented team that will help take PPAI and the industry forward in 2018 and beyond. Dale Denham is a talented industry professional and thought leader to head the board in 2018.”

Dale Denham, MAS+, is chief information officer at Lewiston, Maine-based distributor Geiger. Denham is a member of the four-person senior leadership team which sets the business direction for the firm, and is responsible for technology strategies and oversees a staff of 25. Prior to joining Geiger, Denham served as senior vice president of ASI for 10 years and was president of Impact Data for five years prior to that. He has served on several PPAI committees—Membership Services, Leadership Advisory, Government Relations Action Council and Technology, of which he was chair.

Denham originated, organized and chaired the first (and the successive) PPAI Technology Summit. He has also served as president of PPA Florida and is currently a chef in PromoKitchen. He is also the organizer and leader of a non-PPAI group of distributors and suppliers working to develop industry technology standards, and frequently speaks at PPAI, regional and industry events. Computerworld recognized him in 2015 as one of the nation’s 100 premier IT leaders for his leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.

Brittany David, CAS, vice president of sales at supplier SnugZ USA, is an 11-year veteran of the promotional products industry. She has been with SnugZ for six years and prior to that she was the trade-show management services manager at SAGE. David is currently serving on the PPAI Board of Directors and is board liaison to the Technology Committee. She previously served as board liaison to the Suppliers Committee and Awards Committee. She is also a volunteer for the PPAF Expo and co-chaired the PPAF Expo Committee from 2014 - 2016.

David’s creative firepower and engaging personality landed her on Counselor magazine’s 2013 Hot List, and she has been a panelist for the ASI Power Summit and PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference. David was named a PPB Rising Star in 2014, a Promo Marketing Rising Star in 2016 and a PPAI Fellow in 2017. David also volunteers for the Utah Food Bank, Primary Children’s Hospital and various community service projects with the SnugZ GiveZ community service committee.

Danny Rosin, CAS, is co-president of distributor Brand Fuel and a 26-year industry professional. He is a co-founder of PromoKitchen, past president of CAAMP, and has served with PPEF and on several PPAI committees. Rosin is also deeply invested in growing Reciprocity Road, a $200-million distributor-supplier partnership.

In his community, Rosin is the co-founder and a volunteer leader of Band Together, an organization that raises over $1 million annually for a different nonprofit through live concert events. Additionally, he has been a speaker at PPAI’s North American Leadership Conference, Skucon and Creative Mornings, is a member of The Harvard 100 and is a board member for The American Marketing Association Triangle Chapter.

Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS, CEO of distributor CE Competitive Edge, LLC in Stevensville, Michigan, is a 30-plus-year veteran of the promotional products industry and currently chairs the PPAI board. Tomasini founded CE in 1993 and grew it into one of the largest promotional products companies in the industry. She is a member of MiPPA and serves on PPAI’s Government Relations Advisory Council (GRAC).

Tomasini has worked to encourage women in business, serving as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) mentor for women in Michigan starting a new business or considering Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certification. She also currently serves on the Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees and is a past chair of the board.

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al kernan
May 30, 2017

Congratulations to the new and very impressive Board of PPAI for 2018.

To welcome them as only a true friend does, I will ask this tough question:

If PPAI's primary purpose is to help its 10,000 business members, can a group of 5 or 8 of those business members achieve that goal if in doing so they may be harming their own private-world enterprises?

Be real: PPAI Board people don't get paid. They 'volunteer to 'serve' . Their 'pay' in 'intangible' currencies.

With all due respect to professional philanthropic motivations, there is no way they can or will 'do harm' to their businesses for 'intangible' rewards.

Point being, as I've noted previously, for PPAI to truly achieve its goals it should do as many other leading non-profit Associations do -- have a totally separate for-profit division handling its business planning/operations.

Until then PPAI will operate as "political" operation primarily, and that means the 'business' of PPAI members will suffer.

The change could be made if their was a will to do it. I believe the difference in 'return on investment' to members would be huge.

How? Why? In brief:

A 'for profit' PPAI staff would offer more services and generate far more revenue than the 'political' model does. The services and revenue would be better achieve all of PPAI's non-profit charter 'goals' ... in industry research, PR, government, etc. And bottom line, PPAI would grow and its members would receive much more 'service' and 'value' to help their businesses!

The challenge for y'all is; Will you look into it?

Good luck, best wishes, and again, congratulations to PPAI's 2018 Board!

Al Kernan

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