Founding representative and instrumental contributor to the development of QCA, Rick Rayl, has stepped down from the QCA Board of Directors.


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (May 16, 2017) – After assisting in successfully guiding the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) for a decade, Rick Rayl, announced that he is stepping down from his position on the QCA Board of Directors where he also served as chair of the Distributor Advocacy Council (DAC) Committee.


Mr. Rayl has served QCA for ten years, which includes its conceptualization and on the Board of Directors. He was one of the catalysts for the development of QCA and the creation of its founding documents. During his tenure, QCA became the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products.


“We thank and honor Rick for his dedicated service and commitment to responsible sourcing. He was instrumental in building QCA into an innovative, industry-leading organization and his valuable counsel has played a huge part in QCA’s growth and impact on the industry,” said Larry Whitney, QCA Board President. “Rick is leaving us in a strong position and gaining momentum as we are poised for significant growth over the next few years.”

Rick thanked QCA and the board for the opportunity to serve on this groundbreaking initiative, and he commented that “QCA has achieved unparalleled success in the promotional products industry. Working with the finest leaders, both suppliers, and distributors, to build and grow the gold standard in compliance is an honor I will always cherish.”

Rick will be honored with QCA’s first award for Innovation and Leadership.



About QCA:

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 when a group of industry thought leaders met to address the safety, compliance and social responsibility needs of the promotional products industry. By providing the tools required to help companies within the industry, Quality Certification Alliance put the necessary processes in place to deliver consistently safe and safely produced merchandise with an eye on corporate and social responsibility.


Tim Brown, MAS is QCA’s executive director – operations. D E (Denise) Fenton serves as executive director – compliance.


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