Four New Members Elected to PPAI BOD

Please join me in welcoming four new board members as the Class of 2016 after recent elections. Joining the PPAI Board of Directors are Rick Brenner, Prime
Resources Corp.; Janie Gaunce, Grapevine Designs, LLC; Natalie Townes, MAS,
Shepenco; and Julia Wright, MAS, Wright Choice Promotions.

“Our Association’s strength comes from its members and volunteer leaders,” says Scott Siegel, MAS, nominating committee chair and the immediate past chair of the PPAI board. “The incoming members of the PPAI board’s Class of 2016 bring talents and experiences that will help our Association grow and prosper throughout their four-year terms. I appreciate their willingness to serve our members and our industry and look forward to working with them in the years ahead.”

The four will attend an orientation at PPAI Headquarters in November and begin their four-year terms following The PPAI Expo 2012 in Las Vegas.

Rick Brenner: As chief executive officer of Bridgeport, Connecticut-based supplier Prime Resources Corp. (UPIC: PRIME), Rick Brenner brings 13 years of industry experience to the PPAI board. Brenner has served on PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group, has joined the Association in lobbying for product safety issues and served as the vice-chair of the 2011 Product Safety Summit. He is a member of the PPAI Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) and has conducted a number of product safety workshops, seminars and webinars for regional associations and major industry distributors. Brenner is a founding board member of the Quality Certification Alliance, a member of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization and lobbies on behalf of the promotional products industry.

Janie Gaunce: Janie Gaunce is the owner of distributor Grapevine Designs, LLC (UPIC: Grape238) in Lenexa, Kansas. She has 15 years of experience in the industry. She is a member of the Promotional Products Association of the Midwest (PPAM) as well as a number of other nonprofit community and business organizations, including the Lenexa Chamber, the Greater Kansas City Chamber, the KCK Chamber, the University of Kansas Advancement Board Central Exchange and the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

Natalie Townes, MAS: Natalie Townes, MAS, is the marketing and special projects manager of Shepenco (UPIC: SHEPENCO), a supplier headquartered in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Townes has 24 years of experience in the industry. She has served on PPAI’s Education Committee, the MAS/CAS Certification Committee and the Professional Development Action Group; and has been a RAC delegate and involved with the Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF). The founding president of the Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS), Townes has also served as the regional association’s education chair and facilitator of new distributor orientation, and sat on its tradeshow committee.

Julia Wright, MAS
Julia Wright, MAS, owner of distributor Wright Choice Promotions (UPIC: wcpaz) in Phoenix, Arizona, brings 15 years of industry experience to the PPAI board. Wright is currently a member of the MAS/CAS Certification Committee and has presented at The PPAI Expo. She has served on the boards of the Arizona Promotional Products Association (AzPPA) and the Northwest Promotional Marketing Association (NWPMA) and on the membership committee of the Promotional Professionals Mentoring Network (PPMN).

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