2018 Board Of Directors Election
The PPAI Board of Directors has closed.
Results of the election will be announced in October.
Watch the candidate webinars on-demand:
PPAI Distributor Board Election 2018 webinar Thursday, August 23 • 1-2 pm, CST Complimentary for PPAI Members and PPAI Associates
PPAI Supplier Board Election 2018 webinar Monday, August 20 • 1-2 pm, CST Complimentary for PPAI Members and PPAI Associates
Number of years in industry: 16-20 years
R. Renée Jones, MAS+, is CEO of distributor A Creative Touch, Inc. She has worked in the promotional products industry for more than 15 years and is an active PPAI volunteer. Jones is also an active member of the Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP).
Prior to working in promotional products, Jones worked as a marketing director for an automotive parts manufacturer, purchasing promotional items for motorsports teams participating in NASCAR and Indy Car races.
Outside the industry, Jones is an active volunteer for several local nonprofits, including Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, for which she was the youngest volunteer ever to assume the role of national commander. Jones also has volunteered with the Cleveland County (North Carolina) Youth Assistance Program, the Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce and the Wilmington Central Rotary.
In her free time, Jones enjoys travelling with her “Prince Charming,” Robert. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gardner Webb University.
Number of years in industry: 21+ years
Craig Reese is senior vice president of distributor Jack Nadel International. He has worked in the industry for more than 20 years and has served on the PPAI Distributor Committee as well as with the volunteer project pool. He has been an active participant in several regional associations, including Specialty Advertising Association of California, for which he is a current SAAC Foundation board member and a past president.
In his free time, Reese enjoys skiing, fly fishing, running and mountain biking. He holds an associate degree from Pasadena City College.
Dan Edge is director of sales, North America, for supplier Peerless Umbrella Co. He has worked in the promotional products industry for more than 15 years and has served on the PPAI Supplier Committee as well as through the volunteer project pool. He is an active participant in regional association activities and is part of the Promo Kitchen Mentor Program.
Outside the industry, Edge has worked in retail, sales management and buying, and grew up in the family business—running a children’s day camp—assisting in all facets, including staff director, counselor and sales. He volunteers with St. James Church and local athletic organizations. Edge has coached local youth sports for more than 12 years.
In his free time, Edge enjoys running and taking kickboxing classes. His latest passion is boating, and he cherishes the time with his friends and family. Edge has been married to his wife, Elaine, for 24 years. They have two children: Abby, 20, and Connor, 18. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Syracuse University.
Number of years in industry: 11-15 years
Bill Mahre is president of supplier ADG Promotional Products. He has worked in the promotional products industry for more than 10 years, and has assisted with multiple startups and turnaround ventures throughout his career. Prior to his promotional products work, Mahre worked with Procter & Gamble, Minnesota Twins Baseball Business Operations, HealthEast Care System and Minnesota Diversified Industries.
A member of the Product Responsibility Advisory Group (PRAG), Mahre is an active member of Upper Midwest Promotional Professionals (UMAPP) and also lends leadership and volunteer skills to a number of community organizations. He is past president of the board of trustees for Merrick Inc., which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities; is on the board of directors for the Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association; is a youth sports coach and board member in the White Bear Lake community; has led the fundraising auction and events for the St. Odilia Fall Festival Committee.
Mahre holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. Thomas University. He has been married for 39 years to his junior high sweetheart, and they have two children and three granddaughters. In his spare time he enjoys golf, fishing, basketball and boating.