PPAI Magazine November 2023

Community | Inside PPAI “The nominating process led me to reflect on our industry: $25 billion with thousands of companies employing tens of thousands of people,” Ottenstein says. “It’s easy to forget in the haste of day-to-day work that you’re part of something so vast. Once I was added to the slate, I was flattered by all the people who reached out and shared their support. Our industry’s commitment to relationships is special.” Prior to joining iPROMOTEu, Bauer spent 23 years at Koozie Group, where she was an integral part of the supplier’s success with responsibilities spanning across sales and marketing. Named a Rising Star in 2010 and honored with the PPAI RAC Volunteer of the Year Award in 2015, Bauer has long been a supporter of PPAI’s Women’s Leadership Conference, serving on the WLC Advisory Group. Bauer has also served as president of the Promotional Products Association of Florida and as board chair of the Promotional Products Education Foundation. “I’m honored to be joining the PPAI Board and look forward to working hand-in-hand to execute the PPAI strategic plan, helping to shape the many new and meaningful initiatives that are underway to benefit our industry,” Bauer says. “I hope to bring a unique and balanced perspective from both the supplier and distributor point of view, given my previous and current work experience and relationships.” The three new PPAI Board members will join Dan Pantano of supplier alphabroder, Joshua White of distributor BAMKO, Chris Anderson of supplier HPG, Karie Cowden of distributor Connect the Dots Promotions, Denise Taschereau of distributor Fairware, Kara Keister of distributor Social Good Promotions, Andrew Spellman of supplier Therabody, and current board chair Kevin Walsh, CAS, of supplier Showdown Displays. In January, Walsh will move to the position of immediate past chair, with Spellman assuming the role of board chair and Taschereau becoming the incoming chair. Anderson will take the role of vice chair, finance services. PPAI: 111248 | ASI: 35375 | SAGE: 50327 | UPIC: ACCENTS | DC: 101273 Made & Printed in the USA Quick Turn Arounds Low Minimums www.americanaccents.com | 888.287.7883 Scan for pricing! •Made from renewable resources •Made with 20% recycled fibers •2 ply facial quality material •Metallic and neon ink colors offered at no extra cost •Free PMS matching •4 imprint methods available 100 piece minimums! COLORED LUNCHEON NAPKINS Several colors to choose from! 88 • NOVEMBER 2023 • PPAI