With more than 23 year’s experience, the promotional products industry veteran will focus on increasing awareness and use of promotional products both domestically as well as internationally during his term.

Scott Siegel

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (February 25, 2010) – Scott E. Siegel, MAS, president of R.S. Owens & Company, a 72-year old privately held manufacturer and distributor of recognition awards and gifts, has been named chairman of the board of Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). His term began at the conclusion of The PPAI Expo, held last month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Siegel was elected by PPAI supplier and distributor members to serve a four-year term on the PPAI board of directors in 2006. Last year, the PPAI nominating committee selected him as chairman, which was subsequently approved by the board or directors and announced to the membership.

In addition to his board leadership responsibilities, Siegel works with fellow PPAI board of directors as well as PPAI committees, advisory councils and staff to fulfill the strategic goals of the association:

  • Deliver products, services, experiences and a community essential for member success
  • Advocate on behalf of the medium and its professional practitioners to expand and protect the industry
  • Create strategic alignments with other organizations to broaden and strengthen the industry
  • Use financial, technology, staff and volunteer resources effectively to advance the goals of the association
  • Position PPAI as the leader in the global promotional products industry

During his term, Siegel will focus on increasing awareness and use of promotional products both domestically as well as internationally. “Because promotional products are proven, powerful branding tools that play a significant role in the marketing mix, I see great opportunity for global growth of our marketplace,” Siegel said. “Suppliers have the opportunity to export to mature and developing nations, and distributors have the opportunity to sell products or services in many countries where the knowledge and use of promotional products is nonexistent or just beginning. I look forward to using my year as chair to contribute to the continued success of PPAI and its members while addressing the needs of our global marketplace.”

Since 1987, Siegel has been an active member of the PPAI volunteer community. He has been a member of the Education, Awards and Suppliers Advisory Councils and numerous PPAI committees, including the Education, Conventions and Government Relations Committees, serving as chair of the latter two. Additionally, he has served on the board of directors of the Promotional Products Association of Chicago as well as the Awards and Recognition Association.

Siegel is a graduate of Miami University with a B.A. in business and Northwestern University with a master’s degree in teaching. In 2004, he completed the nine-month Kellogg Management Institute at the Kellogg Graduate School of Business.

About R.S. Owens & Company:

For more than 70 years, R.S. Owens & Company has been producing elegant gifts and awards, including the prestigious Oscar, Emmy and Clio. Based in Chicago-Illinois, the company’s 82,000 square-foot, full-service manufacturing facility is supported by more than 175 employees, including skilled union artisans that create the complete line of stock and custom American-made gifts and awards.

R.S. Owens has been honored more than 30 times, most recently with the 2010 PPAI Supplier Star Award. Additionally, the company has received 18 PPAI Supplier Achievement Awards, of which two gold and two silver awards were accepted this year, as well as 14 awards for creativity and imprinting from the Awards and Recognition Association. For more information, visit

About Promotional Products Association International:

PPAI—the promotional products industry’s only international not-for-profit trade association—offers education, tradeshows, business products and services, mentoring, technology and legislative support to its more than 7,500 global members. Promotional products are an $18.1 billion industry and include wearables, writing instruments, calendars, awards and recognition gifts, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company’s name, logo or message. For more information, visit


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