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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Premier Group Board of Directors represents nearly 300 years of combined industry expertise. Our leaders are owners and senior managers of organizations like yours. So, we know what you need to succeed as a supplier or distributor. We use our knowledge and passion to drive Premier Group forward and to consistently improve the services, opportunities, and benefits our members enjoy.


Menda Wright
Immediate Past Chair and Events Committee

Ensuring all Premier Group members have meaningful and rewarding opportunities to come together to learn from each other, forge business relationships, and support collective business goals is Menda’s primary responsibility as co-chair of the Events Committee. She brings her passion for the power of promotional product programs along with 28 years of industry experience to her role. For the past five years, Menda has been co-owner and National Account Manager at Creative Studio Promotions.



Matt Wagner
Chair and Membership Committee Chair

Matt is the vice president of sales at supplier Fields Manufacturing.  With the company for the past 9 years, Matt comes from a background in marketing and brand strategy with a passion for creativity.  Currently in his second term as a Premier Group board member and co-chair of the membership committee, Matt is no stranger to the groups mission.  His leadership experience and creativity helps the group to reach those goals through his commitment to serving as a voice of its members to achieve their collective mutual success.



Bob Titelman, Jr.

Vice Chair and Finance




Fred Hickman
Events Committee

Fred Hickman is a National Account Manager for SanMar, a leading industry Supplier of Apparel Bags and Caps.  He brings with him 27 years of experience from both the Supplier, as well as the Distributor sides of the Imprinted and Promotional Products Industry. His perspective from both sides of the business and the experience as a Leader in Large Account Management  brings a unique set of skills to Leadership Opportunities like serving on the PG Board.

Fred loves helping Suppliers and Distributors find new ways to utilize their resources and manage their customer relationships to get the most out every opportunity. Creative Thinking, Passionately  Serving Others , Focused on Quality, Doing the Right Thing, Being Nice, Investing in Others and Making a Difference, these principles drive him to make business as personal as possible.


Chris O'Connor
Membership Committee Chair

Chris is the Vice President of US Sales for Chocolate Inn-Lanco.   He has been with CI-Lanco for 5 years and has spent over 20 years in the industry as a supplier.  As a new board member this year, Chris is excited to support and help the Premier Group and its members.  On the Technology committee, Chris strives to provide a voice for those members who want to see how new programs can help their business, but may feel intimidated by learning a new technology. 



Linda Tulchin
Marketing Committee Co-Chair

Linda joined the PG Board in 2019 and is President of The Promotions Dept., a 29-year-old company and six-year Premier Group member. Linda takes pride in the fact that her family owned business is recognized as a Top 100 Largest Women Owned Business in Los Angeles County.  Linda is an exceptional merchandiser and marketer and she looks forward to working with Betsy to help distributors combine marketing efforts to develop successful programs for PG members.



Betsy Vickery
Marketing Committee Co-Chair

Betsy works to promote the group and its events to all members. She’s focused on improving collaboration between members and thus ensuring all suppliers and distributors enjoy the full potential that Premier Group membership has to offer. Betsy has 28 years of industry experience. She currently serves as Vice President at W.S. Emerson Company, a family-owned business of brand ambassadors that has been meeting clients’ needs for nearly a century.


Savanah Simmers
Technology Committee

Savanah is co-owner and CMO at Probitas Promotions, she was fresh out of college when she was welcomed into the promotional products industry by her 2 business partners, Matt & Gary. Savanah has been with Probitas from their foundation in 2015, collaborating with their team to create a company that puts people first, embraces technology and hustles to make everyday better than the last. New to the PG Board, Savanah is excited to collaborate with members to create a future for the group that is efficient, innovative and dedicated to each other's growth.



Brittany Frase
Marketing Committee

Brittany,  MAS is the Director of Sales & Marketing for Hirsch Gift, with over a decade of experience in the promotional products industry. Brittany's favorite part of her job is providing value to her customers by connecting high end promo and incentives effectively to end user vertical markets. As a new board member this year, Brittany is excited to leverage her experience in the industry to help the Premier Group membership. When she's not working, you can find Brittany corralling her two toddlers - and if they have a babysitter, you can catch her at a stand up comedy show. 


Paul Smith
Chairman Emeritus

Paul co-founded the Premier Group in 1997 and served as chairman until 2002. He is the president of Calconix Inc., a Philadelphia-based supplier. A true believer in the importance of developing active, collaborative relationships between distributors and suppliers, Paul continues to provide oversight to the group’s leaders and to ensure that the Premier Group delivers on its original promise of providing profitable business opportunities for all members. Paul also served as President of the Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association (PAPPA) and in leadership roles for the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) as well as Promotional Products Association International (PPAI).

Learn more about Paul’s role in Premier Group’s history.


STAFF


Dana Geiger
Executive Director

Dana is responsible for ensuring every member of the Premier Group has opportunities for profitable business growth. She achieves this by managing programs, events, and offerings and ensuring great member communications. Dana also oversees new member recruitment and continually looks for best-in-class suppliers and distributors to compliment the group’s existing members. She brings 17 years of association management experience to her role including ten years in the industry. Prior to joining Premier Group Network Dana was the Regional Relations Manager for PPAI (2018-2020) and was the executive director for three regional associations from 2010-2018.


Stephanie Braley
Administrative Manager

Stephanie is responsible for the print and catalog development, updating membership websites, communication between members, event coordination and working with the Executive Director on additional projects. She brings 24 years of industry experience to her role including working for one of the top 20 Suppliers for 16 years.



INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THE PG BOARD?

 

The nominating committee meets annually to nominate a slate of candidates to serve on the Board of Directors.  Terms are for two years, beginning immediately following this year’s annual meeting. The board consists of 9 individuals – four elected each year plus the Immediate Past Chair.  The committee nominates individuals for board service, consistent with the PG bylaws, and strives to ensure the board is balanced between distributors and suppliers.

The committee will be meeting  to consider candidates for the upcoming election. To be considered for board service click here to submit a self-nomination form by Friday March 26.

Click here to view a copy of the Board Commitment Form to see an overview of expectations.


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