QCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RETIRES; SEARCH FOR SUCCESSOR IN PROCESS
The organization’s board of directors is considering a number of candidates with in-depth interviews expected to begin in June.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (May 6, 2016) – Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products, has began the search process for a new executive director after Jeffrey P. Jacobs retired from the position last month. Jacobs joined the organization in October 2012.
The search is being conducted by the QCA board of directors, which is led by Larry Whitney, director of global compliance at New Kensington, Pennsylvania-based Polyconcept, who was installed as QCA board president in January. The board is in the midst of considering a number of candidates, with interviews expected to commence in early June.
The executive director position is responsible for increasing visibility of QCA both within the supplier/distributor community as well as more broadly outside the industry. Additionally, the candidate will ensure QCA remains a responsive organization in terms of educating its members and the industry on issues related to product safety, product quality, supply chain security, social accountability and environmental stewardship. Finally, the candidate will also be charged with advancing QCA’s membership with new suppliers and building distributor relationships through the QCA Distributor Advocacy Council (DAC).
“QCA has a very clear vision for the future, and we intend to keep growing the membership and continue conducting the third-party review of supplier compliance practices,” Whitney said. “There is no other organization that digs into suppliers’ processes and validates that they do what they say that they are doing. There are many places to go to get training, but no one validates an organization’s processes like QCA.”
Whitney continued, “One of the most challenging pieces in filling the executive directorship is finding a leader with a vision that fits with what the board feels the organization now needs with the diverse demands of the accreditation and the still-fledgling DAC. We will be working with Juli Sinnett, who joined QCA in February as a consultant to DAC, to drive more collaboration between members of the Distributor Advocacy Council and QCA Accredited Suppliers.”
During the search, D. E. Fenton, QCA executive director – compliance, will handle daily operations. For more information about QCA Accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, contact her at DFenton@qcalliance.org.
Chicago, Illinois-based Quality Certification Alliance is an independent, accreditation organization whose mission is to elevate the standards by which industry firms that import and/or manufacture promotional products provide consistently safe, high-quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise. QCA Accreditation is granted to companies who complete an independent third-party audit and comply with stringent standards, which are based upon a combination of state and national laws, international standards and industry-accepted best practices that are recognized for their strength and effectiveness by QCA Accredited companies, the promotional products industry and end-user clients.
QCA was formed in July 2008, and today 34 companies have met the rigorous qualifications to achieve QCA Accreditation—alphabroder; American Ad Bag; AZX Sport; BAG MAKERS, Inc.; BDA Inc.; Bodek and Rhodes; Bullet Line LLC; Castelli North America; Chameleon Like Inc.; Crown Products, Inc.; Cutter & Buck; Dard Products, Inc.; Design Resources Inc.; Garyline; Gemline; Gill Studios, Inc.; Gordon Sinclair; Hit Promotional Products; iClick; Impex International, Inc.; Jetline; JournalBooks/TimePlanner Calendars; Leed’s; Logomark, Inc.; The Magnet Group; Norwood Promotional Products and BIC Graphic USA; Otto Cap; Perfect Line; Prime Resources Corp.; SanMar; Seville Gear; SnugZ USA; Sunscope USA; Sweda Company LLC; and Vitronic Promotional Group—with others soon to complete the process.
In May 2012, the QCA Distributor Advocacy Council Charter was created to formalize the relationship the organization has with distributors who understand the value compliance programs have in building stronger relationships with suppliers, creating competitive advantage in the marketplace and building loyalty with their end-buyer clients. It is currently comprised of 12 companies.
D E (Denise) Fenton serves as executive director – compliance.
For more information, visit http://qcalliance.org.
Lisa Horn, CAS
D E Fenton