The PPAI Expo 2018: Keynote Luncheon: PPAI Association Update With Paul Bellantone, CAE
Recorded On: 01/18/2018
Join Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI, for this town hall-style keynote covering current key issues and opportunities faced by the promotional products industry, the Association and its more than 15,000 member companies. This presentation will include Association initiatives designed to deliver compelling member value, and to protect and grow the industry.
Paul Bellantone, CAE (Moderator)
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Promotional Products Association International
Paul Bellantone is the president and CEO of PPAI, the not-for-profit association for more than 15,000 member companies of the $23.3 billion promotional products industry. Bellantone is committed to advancing the promotional products industry through visibility, viability and credibility. He is focused on delivering compelling member value and responsible for successfully executing the strategies and vision of the PPAI Board of Directors and advocating for the industry and its professional practitioners.
Bellantone holds a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey and an 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.
Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS+
Founder, Owner, PPAI Board of Directors
Mary Jo founded Competitive Edge in 1993 working alone in a store basement. Now, over 20 years later, she has 25 employees working in an office building overlooking Lake Michigan. Mary Jo’s success is driven by her belief in going above and beyond customer expectations to deliver incredible levels of service. Prior to being elected to the PPAI Board of Directors in 2014, Mary Jo served on the PPAI Public Relations committee, and in 2015 she served on the Certification Committee. She currently serves on GRAC (Government Relations Advisory Committee) and is a Michigan delegate for LEAD (Legislative Education Action Day). In addition to being a successful business person, Mary Jo still finds time for volunteer work. She currently serves on the Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees, Foundation and Alumni Boards. Her desire and dedication to give back to the community is evident as she offers her services and expertise to a long list of organizations that include United Way, Junior Achievement and Hospice. Mary Jo lives in Stevensville, Michigan with her husband and number one fan, Fred.
Dale Denham, MAS+
Chief Information Officer
Dale Denham, MAS+, is the CIO for top 40 distributor Geiger and previously served as Senior Vice President of ASI. Recognized as the industry's top technologist, Dale has continued to deliver innovative, helpful products and solutions during his 20 years in the industry.
Among the first 10 people certified as a Master Advertising Specialist+ by PPAI., Dale was also recognized by ASI Counselor Magazine as one of “40 under 40" and named one of Corporate Logo's Most Influential People in 2004.