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.  It is through your active participation that allows NEPPA to continue to grow and become more meaningful to each member.

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

HEATHER O'NEILL

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

Geiger

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

DAVID KENNEALEY

DAVID KENNEALEY

Treasurer

BrandHero promotions, inc., an affiliate of Geiger
David enjoys hiking in Maine...

Joined the NEPPA Board: 2016

Years in the Industry: 12

Passions: Marketing, cycling, working out, xc skiing and reading

Favorite Pastime: Hiking in Maine with my family and dog

Favorite Quote: “Luck is the residue of design” –Branch Ricky

DEANNA CROSS, CAS

DEANNA CROSS, CAS

Secretary

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

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

LOREN CAYER

LOREN CAYER

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 complete 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

KATHERINE COUTURE

KATHERINE COUTURE

Director

alphabroder

Katherine enjoys running, cooking, hiking...

Joined the Board: 2018

Years in Industry: 6

Hobbies: Running, cooking, organic gardening, hiking, walking on the beach looking for sea glass

Favorite Pastime: Spending time with friends and family and my dog Atlas, of course!

Favorite Thing About the Industry: All the fun, great customers and colleagues I have met and the craziness about the industry

Favorite Quote: “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” –Vincent van Gogh

SANDY KLEIN

SANDY KLEIN

Director

Evans Manufacturing
Sandy enjoys photography & travelling...

Joined the Board: 2016

Years in Industry: 25+

Hobbies: Photography, reading, travelling

Favorite Pastime: Spending time with kids and grandkids

Favorite Thing About the Industry: All the incredible people on both supplier and distributor side

Favorite Quote: “Think about what is really important in life and make that your priority.”

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!”

KAREN SANTOS

KAREN SANTOS

Director

Hub Pen 

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!

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

NEPPA's FIRST MEETING

Making headines in 1974

NEPPA's PAST PRESIDENTS

The leadership who got us where we are today!

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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