Expo 2020: Association Update
Recorded On: 01/13/2020
Join Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI, Ira Neaman, MAS, incoming chair of the PPAI Board of Directors and Brittany David, MAS, chair of the PPAI board, for this town hall-style meeting covering current issues and opportunities for the promotional products industry, the Association and its more than 15,000 member companies. The presentation will include Association initiatives designed to deliver compelling member value as well as to protect and grow the industry.
Paul Bellantone, CAE
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Promotional Products Association International
Paul Bellantone, CAE, is president and CEO of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the not-for-profit association for more than 16,000 member companies in the $24.7 billion-dollar promotional products industry. Bellantone is responsible for executing the strategies and vision of the PPAI Board of Directors and advocating for the industry and its professional practitioners. His focus on delivering compelling member value and business-building products and services, combined with his commitment to active and meaningful member communication, has helped PPAI achieve marked growth. Bellantone holds a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a master’s in business administration from the School of Management at Texas Woman's University. He is a Certified Association Executive and is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives, the American Marketing Association, the Dallas/Fort Worth AMA and a board trustee for The Forum: Business Results Through People.
Brittany David, MAS
Vice President of Sales, PPAI Board Chair
Brittany David, MAS, vice president of sales at West Jordan, Utah-based supplier SnugZ USA, is a 10-year veteran of the promotional products industry. She has been with SnugZ USA for five years. Prior to that, she was the trade show management services manager at SAGE Quick Technologies Inc. in Addison, Texas. David is currently serving on the PPAI Board of Directors and Expo East Advisory Board, is board liaison to the Supplier Committee and member of the Power Meeting advisory group, and continues to serve as co-chair of the PPAF Expo Committee for the third consecutive year. She also volunteers for the Utah Food Bank, Primary Children's Hospital and various community service projects with the SnugZ GiveZ community service committee.
Ira Neaman, MAS
Founder and President of Vantage Apparel
Ira Neaman, MAS, founder and president of supplier Vantage Apparel, has joined the PPAI Board of Directors, effective immediately, to fill the seat vacated by Lori Kates, who has stepped down. He was appointed by PPAI Board Chair Dale Denham, MAS+, and approved by the board to fill the remainder of Kates's term, which ends at The PPAI Expo 2022. Neaman graduated from Syracuse University in 1974 and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard in 1976. He founded Vantage in 1977. An active volunteer in the promotional products industry for more than 40 years, Neaman has served on several PPAI committees, including the Leadership Advisory Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Marketing and Research Committee, as well as the Promotional Products Education Foundation Board and several industry task forces. In 2002, he became the inaugural recipient of the PPAI Education Lifetime Achievement Award, and Counselor magazine named him its Person of the Year in 2003 and has included him in its Power 50 since 2008.
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