Fred Parker

CEO, A Brand Company
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Fred
CEO, A Brand Company

As CEO of A Brand Company, Fred oversees operations and finance for the entire organization, while maintaining a sharp focus on securing value alliance partnerships to help manage production, fulfillment, and distribution areas. In May 2012, Mr. Parker was honored with a Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year Award by ASI's Counselor magazine.

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Nick Thompson

President, BrandAlliance (Canada)
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Nick
President, BrandAlliance (Canada)

Nick Thompson served as the Principal and President of Metromedia Marketing for ten years. Under Mr. Thompson’s leadership, Metromedia Marketing was voted the Promotional Distributor of the Year in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, Metromedia Marketing merged with six other companies across Canada to form BrandAlliance. Mr. Thompson has served on a number of boards, including the Provincial and National Boards of the PPPC, which recognized him with the Humanitarian of the Year Award.

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Janie Gaunce

President/CEO, Grapevine Designs
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Janie
President/CEO, Grapevine Designs

Janie Gaunce is the majority owner of the WBENC-certified Grapevine Designs. Prior to her position with Grapevine Designs, she was VP Sales for the Kansas City office of Fiddlehead, Inc. After a 13 year career in radio sales management, Ms. Gaunce served as Executive Director for the KC Radio Broadcasters Association. She later served on the PPAI Board of Directors and is currently involved with PPAMidwest. She helped create the “100 Jobs for 100 Moms” program with Amethyst Place and also serves on the University of Kansas Hospital Advancement Board.

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Ian Mclearon

Executive VP Enterprise Accounts, BrandAlliance
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Ian
Executive VP Enterprise Accounts, BrandAlliance

Ian Mclearon is in charge of identifying North American and global account needs, coverage, and resources, and, once identified, developing merchandising and marketing plans for those companies. He has eighteen years of experience in the promotional products industry and is one of the founders and key shareholders of BrandAlliance. Mr. Mclearon has achieved his CAS (Certified Advertising Specialist) demonstrating his commitment to professional development in our industry.

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R. Alfred Brand, III

Outside Director
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R. Alfred
Outside Director

R. Alfred Brand is a co-founder of A Brand Company’s former flagship, Activate! Promotions + Marketing, and served as the company’s Chairman prior to the A Brand Company merger with BrandAlliance in June of 2015. Before founding Activate!, Mr. Brand was President of Brands Limited and Executive Vice President of the Dalton - Brand Foundation — organizations in which he remains active today. He also worked for Pharr Yarns, Inc. for thirty years, retiring in 1995 as Vice President of Hosiery Sales. Mr. Brand is currently a private investor.

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Susan Allen

Outside Director
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Susan
Outside Director

Susan Allen recently served as an Assurance Partner with PwC and has more than 34 years of experience working with clients and member firms of PwC in Canada, Europe and Asia. She has extensive experience in consumer and industrial products (distribution, retail, manufacturing, consumer products, services, and mining) and technology (networking, communications, software, and bio-tech/life sciences). She has advised and audited publicly listed TSX, SEC, NYSE, and NASDAQ companies, along with owner-managed and venture-backed companies. She serves as chair of the Audit Committee for A Brand Company.

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Michael P. Beauchamp

Outside Director
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Michael P.
Outside Director

Michael P. Beauchamp is currently President of Beauvestco Incorporated, an international development and consulting firm. Through his career, he has amassed over thirty years of experience in global markets. In Europe, with Frost & Sullivan, he developed and facilitated programs on competitive intelligence and benchmarking, professional selling and competitive pricing, and conducted more than 200 development programs for corporations in North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. He is a member of the Executive Advisory Panel for Sales and Marketing magazine and is a contributing expert to Personal Selling Power magazine. Mr. Beauchamp currently chairs A Brand Company’s Compensation Committee.

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Ken Bramlett

Outside Director
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Ken
Outside Director

Ken Bramlett has spent fourteen years in private law practice in Charlotte and fourteen years in the IT consulting and staffing services businesses, where he participated in various administrative capacities on management teams that sold two public companies (Venturi Partners, Inc. in 2004 and COMSYS IT Partners, Inc. in 2010). Since 1994, he has also served on the Board of Directors of World Acceptance Corporation, a small consumer loan company based in Greenville, South Carolina. He currently advises on A Brand Company’s Audit Committee and chairs the Executive Committee. Mr. Bramlett is presently a private investor.

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Sam DiBiase

Outside Director
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Sam
Outside Director

Sam DiBiase has spent thirty years on the supplier side of the promotional products industry. The majority of that time was spent as Vice President of Sales with Leeds. Mr. DiBiase joined Leeds in 1991 and was instrumental in directing the company into the promotional products industry, having been a supplier to the retail market since the company’s inception in 1986. He also developed and managed field and inside sales organizations, both at Leeds and, later, at Polyconcept North America (PCNA).

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