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Meet the 2016-2017 Officers and Board

The Awards and Personalization Association recently announced its 2016-2017 Officers and Board.


Contact: Liz Giannini

Chicago, IL (April 26, 2016) — The Awards and Personalization Association has announced its 2016-2017 Board of Directors.

Mario Scarano, CRS* (Jan Mar Trophy Company, New Rochelle, NY) is elevated to the role of president; he served as president-elect in 2015-2016. Richard Korbyl (Columbia Awards & Recognition, Edmonton, AB, Canada) takes on the position of president- elect; Cody Stewart (Eternity Creations, Sulphur Springs, TX), is the new secretary/treasurer; and Greg Della Badia, CAM* (Tropar Manufacturing, Florham Park, NJ) assumes the role of past president.

Scarano’s theme is the “Power of Personalization.” “The power of personalization drew our industry out of sporting goods stores decades ago and we haven’t stopped evolving since. Amid all that has changed, two things remain constants—the power of personalization, which fuels our industry, and the association that helps our companies flourish.”

Scarano and the 2016-2017 Awards and Personalization Association officers are looking forward to serving the membership with the following directors of the Board. Newly elected directors are retailer Lisa R. Higginbotham, CRS* (5Star Awards, Cary, NC) and suppliers Tom Jackson (Jackson Marking Products, Mount Vernon, IL ); Warren Knipple (Trotec Laser, Canton, MI ); Dan Messerschmidt (JDS Industries, Sioux Falls, SD); and Peter Norman (IKONICS, Duluth, MN). Returning directors are retailers Michelle Bitterly, CRM* (Awards & Engraving, Baytown, TX); John Stangle, CRM (Creative Awards & Screen Printing LLC, Wichita, KS); and Rick Woltman (Woltman Trophies & Awards, Bridgeton, MO) and suppliers Amy Dallman (Epilog Laser Corp., Golden, CO); and Karen Guzman (Identification Plates, Inc, Mesquite, TX). The new directors were sworn in at the 2016 Member Breakfast and Annual Meeting on March 4 at the International Awards & Personalization Expo in Las Vegas, NV.

The Awards and Personalization Association Board directs and oversees association activities including the planning of the trade shows, the development and support of member benefits, and the publication of Insights magazine. The Board also supports the Awards and Recognition Industry Educational Foundation (ARIEF). For more information, visit


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The Awards and Personalization Association is an international not for profit organization serving both retailers and suppliers in the awards and personalization industry. The association is comprised of 1,700 member companies. In line with its mission of advancing the professionalism and success of the industry, the association hosts an annual International Awards & Personalization Expo in Las Vegas, the largest trade show in the industry, publishes a monthly magazine, Insights (both print and digital versions), and offers a variety of member benefits including seminars and webinars, professional certification, Member2Member Forum, and the Recognition is Rewarding website ( For more information, visit

*CRS and CRM stands for Certified Recognition Specialist and Certified Recognition Master, respectively, and are accreditations sponsored by the Awards and Personalization Association. CAM stands for Certified Administrative Manager, and is certified and endorsed by the Administrative Management Society.

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