ABOUT NEPPA
Your Regional Association

Who We Are … What We Do

Meet Our Team!

Founded in 1974, the New England Promotional Products Association (NEPPA) represents approximately 400 promotional products companies throughout New England and beyond.  We invite you to participate in association activities and take advantage of our member benefits.  NEPPA sponsors the two largest industry trade shows in New England, high quality educational programs, and networking events each year where you can meet other industry professionals in our region, develop strong relationships and open doors to new business.  

MISSION

Educate, inform and support our supplier and distributor members in pursuit of an evolving promotional products industry

VISION

Instilling passion and professionalism to acheive members’ business goals

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

HEATHER O'NEILL, CAS

HEATHER O'NEILL, CAS

President

Walker-Clay, Inc.
Heather likes running & cycling...

 Joined the NEPPA Board: 2015

Years in the Industry: 8

Hobbies: Running, cycling, baking and traveling

Favorite Pastime: Spending time with my friends and family. In the summer, I love getting to the beach as much as possible!

Favorite Thing About the Industry: I love the ability to bring a logo to life with such a vast variety of products. I look forward to industry events and tradeshows not only to check out the new products but to see all of the friendly suppliers and other distributors.

Favorite Quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it!” –Walt Disney

CHRISTIE WRIGHT

CHRISTIE WRIGHT

Vice President

PCNA

Christie spends time in Kennebunkport...

Joined the NEPPA Board: 2015

Years in the Industry: 18

Hobbies: Traveling, spending time with family & friends

Favorite Pastime: Spending time with my family and friends in Kennebunkport, ME

Favorite Quote: “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” –Albert Einstein

DEANNA CROSS, CAS

DEANNA CROSS, CAS

Treasurer

Cross Promos / A Division of CarCross Company, Inc.

Deanna likes playing with her Old English Bulldog...

Joined the NEPPA Board: 2017

Years in the Industry: 7

Hobbies: Snowboarding, hiking, traveling, learning, enjoying all the adventures in life

Favorite Pastime: Playing with my Old English Bulldog, Daisy, and spending time with people I care about

Favorite Thing About the Industry: Meeting such great people and knowing I can effectively help businesses grow

Favorite Quote: “Hold your own, know your name, and go your own way.” –Jason Mraz

KAREN SANTOS

KAREN SANTOS

Secretary

Hub Promotional Group

Karen enjoys camping, kayaking, skiing, traveling...

Joined the NEPPA Board: 2018

Years in Industry: 5

Hobbies: Camping, kayaking, skiing, traveling sports mom!

Favorite Pastime: Spending time with my son and watching him grow into a fine young man; relaxing at the beach, spending time with friends and family

Favorite Thing About the Industry: I love the friendliness and willingness to help each other; positive energy from shows and events; always meeting new people and creating great relationships

Favorite Quote: “I’ve seen paradise, so I’m all set.” –Me on vacation in Hawaii 1998 before I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane!

PAT BUFF, MAS

PAT BUFF, MAS

Immediate Past President

Imagination Branding
Pat enjoys antiquing, reading, gardening...

Joined the NEPPA Board: 2013

Years in the Industry:  30+

Hobbies:  Antiquing, reading and gardening

Favorite Pastime:  Sleeping late and sipping coffee while reading the Sunday paper

Favorite Thing About the Industry:  Freedom to be creative

Favorite Quote:   “House finished. Life Over.” –Anonymous

CHRISTINE CARPENTER

CHRISTINE CARPENTER

Director

HALO

Chris likes creating memories for her family...

Joined the NEPPA Board: 2018

Years in the Industry: 8

Hobbies: Working on renovating the “farm,” creating memories for my family, creating flower arrangements and venues for weddings, working in her gardens, working out and most of all her new grandson

Favorite Pastime: Relaxing with her family

Favorite Thing About the Industry: The people

Favorite Quote: “You can’t get where you’re going until you know where you have been.”  

LOREN CAYER, CAS

LOREN CAYER, CAS

Director

SnugZ USA

Loren likes, golf, poker, Red Sox...

Joined the NEPPA Board: 2018

Years in the Industry: 23

Hobbies: Golf, Red Sox baseball, Redskins football and time with my best friend / wife

Favorite Pastime: Watching my stepson grow and compete in life and athletics

Favorite Thing About the Industry: Creativeness and impact.  I love creative marketing and the power of promotional products.

Favorite Quote: “I know I was born and I know that I’ll die.  It’s the in between that’s mine.  I Am Mine.”  –Ed Vedder

PAMELA CLEMENT

PAMELA CLEMENT

Director

Bic Graphic USA

Pam enjoys spending weekends with family and friends...

Joined the Board: 2018

Years in Industry: 26

Hobbies: Besides her beautiful daughter Bryanna she enjoys interior design. She loves to take a diamond in the rough and make it sparkle again!

Favorite Pastime: Talking and texting daily with Bryanna about the memories she is making in college and feeling thankful she is allowing me along for the ride. Spending weekends with family and friends.

Favorite Thing About the Industry: The life-long friends she has made and the everyday opportunities it brings

Favorite Quote: “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot succeed or be happy.” –Norman Vincent Pearle

“The past is your lesson. The present is your gift. The future is your motivation!”  –inspirationquotesmagazine.com

 

MARK LARNED

MARK LARNED

Director

Freedom Line Marketing LLC

Mark likes golf, saltwater fishing...

Joined the NEPPA Board: 2017

Years in Industry: 27

Hobbies: Golf, saltwater fishing, working in his yard

Favorite Pastime: Spending quality time with family and friends

Favorite Thing About the Industry: I’ve made a lifetime of great friends, and know I may meet a new one at my next appointment or show.

The most rewarding thing about the industry is creating a new successful business and working with my daughter, Jenna.

Favorite Quote: “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce!”

MEREDITH O'BRIEN

MEREDITH O'BRIEN

Director

Storm Duds Raingear

Meredith enjoys working out, running...

Joined the Board: 2018

Years in Industry: 12

Hobbies: Working out, running, personal development, astrology, studying the laws of the universe, live music, finding great restaurants to try, travel, the beach, and enjoying life!

Favorite Pastime: Spending time at the beach with friends and family. Watching my children grow and thrive academically. I also love to watch them play and excel in sports.

Favorite Thing About the Industry: The people! I love to meet and positively influence and collaborate with people. This is a great industry for that.

Favorite Quote: “If it doesn’t open, It’s not your door!” -Author unknown

RACHEL WRIGHT

RACHEL WRIGHT

Director

Stran Promotional Solutions

Rachel enjoys spending time with her sons Sam and Ian...

Joined the Board: 2018

Years in Industry: 13

Favorite Pastime: When I am not working, I am often watching my son Sam play baseball, football or basketball or I am watching/critiquing movies with my other son Ian. I also find myself at JP Crossfit doing things I never thought possible. I love living in Roslindale and enjoy taking advantage of all of the wonderful music and art that Boston has to offer.

Favorite thing  about the industry: It is different every day! I also love the intersection of creativity and helping clients accomplish business goals!

Favorite Quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

Past Presidents at NEPPA's 40th Anniversary Celebration September 2014

NEPPA's FIRST MEETING

Making headlines in 1974

NEPPA's PAST PRESIDENTS

The leadership who got us where we are today!

2018 Heather O’Neill, CAS, Walker-Clay, Inc.

2017 Pat Buff, MAS, Imagination Branding

2016 JoAnn Goodloe, Barker Specialty Company

2015 Kimberly Coen, Polyconcept N.A.

2014 Nicholas D’Eramo, Triple Stitch

2013 Nancy Bercovitz, Jules Scheck Associates

2012 Hilary Gallagher, Spry International, Inc.

2011 Wanda Levy, Coastal Promotions Inc.

2010 Dana Witczak, SanMar

2009 Michael Moore, Bay State Specialty Company

2008 Stephen Monahan, THEMCO, LLC

2007 David Zimmerman, MAS, Advertising Works

2006 Paul E. Keane, Bryan Company, Inc.

2005 Jennifer Pollano, Advertising Concepts Inc.

2004 Joseph Ferris, Jr., MAS, Omni Products Inc.

2003 Joseph Collins, Opus by Collins

2002 Kathy Szatkowski, MAS, Worldwide Specialty Sales

2001 Clare Craig, CAS, Geiger Bros.

2000 Shannon Silber, MAS, The Tavan Company, Inc.

1998-1999 Robert S. Berman, CAS, Berman Leather Company

1997-1998 Peter C. Gleason, MAS, The Quill Company

1996 Steven J. Hillman, MAS, Virdis Associates

1995 Stephen R. Cornell, Cornell Concepts Corp.

1994 Gail Goldstein, CAS, Worldwide Specialty Sales

1993 Michael M. Woody, The Quill Company, Inc.

1992 Allan B. Silber, MAS, Double-Oh-Seven, Ltd.

1991 Richard C. Ferreira, MAS, Rich Ferreira & Companies

1990 Joan M. Millane, CAS, JJ Enterprises

1989-1990 Stephen R. Almeida, CAS, Almeida Enterprises

1988-1989 Peter MacDonald, The Ad King

1987-1988 Patricia A. Dugan, Pilgrim Plastic Products

1986-1987 Peter Mahony, Action Ad Specialty Co.

1985-1986 Dale B. Johnson, Dale B. Johnson Associates

1984-1985 Maralyn D. Brink, Brink Associates

1983-1984 Ken Fettig, Cornell Concepts

1982-1983 Skip Mays, Northeast Promotions

1981-1982 Jim Moore, Bay State Specialty

1980-1981 John MacDonald, MacDonald Associates

1979-1980 Frank Firicano, Pilgrim Plastics

1978-1979 Lew Ginsberg, Marketing Incentives

1977-1978 Ron Cook, Perin Products

1976-1977 Ben Waters, The Ad King

1975-1976 Mel Hyman, ArtMold Products

1974-1975 Mel Hyman, ArtMold Products

New England Promotional Products Association

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