QCA HIRES TIM BROWN, MAS, AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – OPERATIONS
A 10-year industry veteran, Brown is responsible for the overall direction and operational oversight of the organization.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (September 9, 2016) – Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products, has hired Tim Brown, MAS, as executive director – operations. He replaces Jeffrey P. Jacobs who retired in April.
Brown is responsible for the overall direction and operational oversight of QCA, including three overarching goals:
- Increasing QCA’s visibility both within the supplier/distributor community as well as more broadly outside the industry
- Ensuring 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
- Advancing QCA’s membership with new suppliers and building distributor relationships through the QCA Distributor Advocacy Council (DAC)
Prior to joining QCA, Brown has spent the last decade in the promotional products industry. Most recently, he was the product responsibility manager at Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) for three years. Prior to that, he was owner of his own firm, Tim Brown Consulting for a year. He got his start in the industry with six years as a supplier relationship manager at Cintas Branded Apparel & Promotional Products.
In terms of industry service, Brown was a member of PPAI Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) from 2011-2013. Upon accepting his position at PPAI, he became a staff liaison for the group from 2013-2016. He has also been active with the Tri-State Promotional Professionals Association (TSPPA) as a board member from 2009-2012 and then serving as board president in 2012. He was named a PPB Rising Star in 2012.
“As the QCA executive director – operations, I have the opportunity to further the cause of promoting value through compliant processes within our industry to not only elevate the professionalism of suppliers and distributors but also increase the safety of the products provided to end buyers,” Brown says. “I’m looking forward to being the driving force in bringing QCA front and center across the end buyer community by establishing the organization as the best-in-class compliance program for protecting brand reputations in an increasingly regulated world.”
While Brown is responsible for the overall direction and operational oversight of the organization, D E Fenton, QCA executive director – compliance, retains responsibility for compliance, standards and the QCA Accreditation Program.
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.; BIC Graphic USA; Bodek and Rhodes; Bullet Line LLC; Castelli North America; Chameleon Like Inc.; Crown Products, Inc.; Cutter & Buck; 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; 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.
For more information, visit http://qcalliance.org.
Lisa Horn, CAS
D E Fenton