PPAI has announced officers for the Association’s 2023 Board of Directors. New officers are Andrew Spellman, CAS, who will serve next year as chair-elect, and Denise Taschereau, vice chair, financial services. Kevin Walsh, CAS, the Association’s 2022 chair-elect, will assume the role of chair and current Board Chair Dawn Olds, MAS, will serve as immediate past chair.

The new board officers will begin their one-year terms immediately following The PPAI Expo 2023, which will run Jan. 9-12.

“Our Association is fortunate to have brilliant volunteer leaders such as Kevin, Andrew and Denise,” says Olds. “Kevin's thoughtful, results-driven approach will be invaluable as the PPAI team moves into the next phase of our strategic plan. Andrew has been an excellent Vice Chair of Finance and will make an outstanding board chair. Denise is an incredibly talented leader who will shine brightly on the Executive Committee. As both an Association member and current board chair, I’m excited for what our future has in store for us.”

Walsh, president of supplier Showdown Displays in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, has been with the company for more than 10 years and has held escalating roles with the organization leading to his presidency. His background includes leadership positions with numerous industry suppliers, including New Buffalo Shirt Factory, Lee Printwear, VF Imagewear and Wrangler Jeans and Shirts.

A 30-year veteran of the promotional products industry, Spellman is currently vice president of Los Angeles-based supplier Therabody. He spent more than 14 years as vice president of corporate markets for Victorinox Swiss Army and was senior vice president and general manager at The Magnet Group before joining Therabody in 2021. Spellman currently serves as the PPAI board’s vice-chair of financial services.

Taschereau is CEO and cofounder of Fairware, a Vancouver-based distributor that specializes in sustainable merchandise. Taschereau spent seven years leading the corporate social responsibility efforts of Canada’s largest outdoor retailer before founding Fairware. She is also a board member of Promocares, a group working to support actionable strategies to encourage social and environmental responsibility in the promotional products industry.

Current board chair Olds is senior vice president of industry relations and DEI for distributor HALO, headquartered in Sterling, Illinois, and has been in management for more than 20 years, spanning several focus areas including accounting, information technology, and general operations.

PPAI board officers are selected by the PPAI Board Officer Nominating Committee and voted on by the PPAI board.