PPAI Announces Board of Directors Class of 2025 Election Slate
Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), Irving, Texas, has announced Alan Tabasky, vice president and general manager of Medley, Fla., supplier Bel Promo; and Noah Lapine, president and owner of Stamford, Conn., distributor Lapine Associates Inc. as the slate for PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2025 election. The PPAI board election voting period runs from Sept. 1 to Sept. 22, with results available in early October.
PPAI will host a town hall-style webinar on Friday, Aug. 28 from 1:30-2:10 p.m. CT (also available on-demand after the event) to give members an opportunity to get to know the nominees. Click here for more information and to register for the webinar.
Alan Tabasky has been involved in the promotional products industry for more than 25 years. He was the co-owner of Hurricane Line from 1994 to 2010 with his wife Heidi, until they merged Hurricane Line with Bel Promo more than 11 years ago. Tabasky is currently the vice president and general manager of Bel USA, the parent company of Bel Promo and Discount Mugs. Tabasky also served two terms as president of the Gold Coast Promotional Products Association and has volunteered on various PPAI committees over the years.
Noah Lapine is president and co-owner of Lapine Associates, a 58-year-old third-generation family business, which he joined in 1996, and has been involved in all phases of its development. Before joining Lapine, he served as a corps member in Teach for America, where he taught seventh-grade English to students in rural Georgia. In 2017, he co-founded Effectus Partners, which architects and implements process efficiencies and solutions for major corporations. He also serves on the boards of early childhood education provider Children’s Learning Centers and the Mill River Park Collaborative.
Tabasky and Lapine have been selected for their unique experience and balanced skill set of competencies that align with the board’s current focus and strategic plan. Each has also been extensively evaluated by the Leadership Advisory Council and the Elected Directors Nominating Committee. If approved by the membership, they will begin four years of board service following The PPAI Expo in January 2021.
In 2019, the association transitioned the board election from a ballot vote to a selection process, presenting one distributor and one supplier to the membership for an approval vote. Nominees for the board of directors are proposed as a slate and confirmed by the membership through an election, and are no longer individually elected by popular vote. PPAI made this change as it provides a better opportunity to constitute a board of directors with a balanced skill set and experience best suited for leading the association into the future. The selection process eliminates the time-consuming, peer-to-peer competition, applies strategic foresight, and brings transparency to the process.
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