Standards & Governance

QCA’s board of directors is comprised of leaders in the promotional products industry and is an important governance mechanism of the Quality Certification Alliance. The primary role of the QCA Board of Directors is to provide strategic guidance, direction and fiduciary oversight for the organization.


2018 Board of Directors

alphabroder – David Clifton, President of the Board

David Clifton

David Clifton, is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Top 40 supplier alphabroder. He serves as a board member and on the marketing committee.

Clifton joined alphabroder as CMO in April 2013. He is responsible for all aspects of corporate branding and marketing as well as overseeing the alphabroder.com channel/platform including site design, functionality and optimization.

Prior to joining alphabroder, Clifton was Senior Vice President at Rev Worldwide, where he remains a strategic advisor. Clifton served as the Executive Director of Marketing for Dell’s Consumer and Small Business Division from May 2006 to April 2012, during his tenure he had responsibility for the North American and Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. Click here for a message from David.

 

Polyconcept – Larry Whitney, Immediate Past President of the Board

Larry Whitney

Larry Whitney has been with Polyconcept, since 2005. As Director, Global Compliance, he provides guidance to Polyconcept’s business units – PCNA in North America, PFCI in Europe and Polyconcept GBS in Asia; on issues related to Corporate Social Responsibility, Product Safety, and Import regulations.

Larry is a past President of the Board of Directors for Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) and serves on QCA’s compliance committee. He also serves on PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG). In addition, for a number of years, he has participated in PPAI’s L.E.A.D. meetings on Capitol Hill, educating members of Congress on key issues related to the promotional products industry.

Larry is a Certified Supply Chain Professional through APICS, and has a Certificate in Product Safety Management from the John Cook School of Business at St. Louis University. He has spoken on issues related to product safety and regulations governing imported products at events held by the International Product Health & Safety Organization, National Association of Foreign Trade Zones and PPAI.

 

Logomark – Joe Chanin, Secretary of the Board

Joe Chanin

Joe Chanin is the Vice President of Purchasing and Compliance at industry supplier Logomark where he has served in that capacity since 2006.

Chanin is a thirty-plus year industry veteran having worked with just two promotional products companies during that time.

After eight years in a purchasing capacity at Barlow, he joined Logomark as Vice President of Sales twenty-two years ago. In 2002, he transitioned to Vice President of Purchasing and made his entrée into compliance around 2006.

In addition to serving as QCA’s Secretary to the Board, Chanin serves on QCA’s compliance committee, which is responsible for evaluating all audit performance in relation to demonstrating compliance with QCA standards and requirements and maintaining those standards.

 

Gemline – Andy Blahnik, Board Member and Compliance Committee Chair

Andy Blahnik

Andy is the Quality and Compliance Manager at Gemline, a premier supplier in the promotional products industry. In his role, he is responsible for quality and compliance of products and ensuring the factories used meet local and international standards.

Andy travels to overseas factories frequently to review processes and products and also work closely with local teams. Prior to his role at Gemline, Andy was stationed in China working for a provider of inspections, audits and testing. Before that, he was employed by a sourcing solutions provider.

Andy has experience on the ground working with factories both on the quality of the product and compliance of their facilities.

 

Chameleon like – Pierre Martichoux, Board Member

Pierre Martichoux

Pierre Martichoux is President of industry supplier Chameleon like. Born in Paris, Martichoux grew up in France where he studied at Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies). After graduating and completing his military service as an officer in the French Army, he took his first job in sales for Press Book Prat, a French manufacturer of artists’ portfolios and presentation materials.

In 1992, Martichoux was promoted to Sales Manager for the US and Canadian markets. Then in 1998, he opted to take a chance and founded Chameleon Books & Journals. The company was to manufacture and market a line of journals, notebooks, and folders to both the Art Supply and Gift Retail markets and the Promotional Industry. After a modest yet successful start selling products to both retail and promotional markets, the company’s growth as a manufacturer of custom and made to order journals and notebooks became such that it dedicated itself to the promotional market. In 2003, the Company changed its name to Chameleon like, Inc. By 2013 the company was doing over $5-million in annual sales and is now a formidable $10-million industry supplier. Click to hear why Pierre believes smaller suppliers benefit the most from accreditation.

 

Bic Graphic NA – Francine Dupuis, Board Member

Francine Dupuis

Francine Dupuis (“Fran”) has spent over seven years in the promotional products business and currently serves as the Vice President-Legal at BIC Graphic NA, one of the largest suppliers in the promotional products industry and a leader in product safety, quality assurance, social responsibility, supply chain security and environmental stewardship. Fran joined BIC Graphic after spending five years as in-house counsel for Catalina Marketing Corporation and five years in private practice. Fran earned her J.D. from Florida State University College of Law, Cum laude, and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. Fran is a registered patent attorney and admitted to practice law in Florida & U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. Fran’s favorite promotional product is BIC Graphic NA’s KOOZIE® Tripple Vacuum Tumbler.

 

Gordon Sinclair – Mark Gardyn, Board Member

 

Mark Gardyn is the Executive Vice President at Gordon Sinclair, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  


 


Compliance Committee

The Compliance Committee works with the Executive Director of Compliance in maintaining the QCA Compliance Accreditation and Certification Programs and annually define organizational compliance program objectives.

Additionally, the Compliance Committee’s scope of work includes assessment of performance through review of the QCA Compliance Scorecard; review and evaluation of recommendations for granting re-accreditation/re-certification and, as applicable, rescinding accreditation/certification; and administration of the QCA Appeal Process.

Related to the established standards on which the Compliance Accreditation Program is established, Compliance Committee Members are tasked with evaluating tools, whitepapers and evaluating proposed alternative compliance-focused accreditation/certification programs, based on completed benchmarking exercises led by the Executive Director for Compliance.