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The iPROMOTEu team consists of more than 90 professionals dedicated to helping our Affiliates independently grow their businesses while supporting them with everything from back-office administration to professional development and sales coaching.
MEET MEMBERS OF OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Ross Silverstein, President & CEO
Ross founded iPROMOTEu in 1999. Prior to iPROMOTEu, he worked for RE/MAX on its leadership team and was also the President and co-founder of an affiliated mortgage company. Ross also served as a corporate attorney at a leading Boston law firm where he specialized in financing and acquisitions. He is the recipient of the Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year Award from ASI and Counselor Magazine, is a frequent participant in industry educational programs, and contributes to industry publications. He graduated from Boston College with a BS in Management and later earned an MS in Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT as well as a law degree from Boston University.
Rick Badiner, Executive Vice President
Rick joined iPROMOTEu in 1999 as Executive Vice President and has been instrumental in the growth of the company. He has more than 30 years of experience in the promotional products industry. For most of his career, he was affiliated with a large distributorship as a salesperson and, later, as a manager. For the three years immediately prior to joining iPROMOTEu, Rick was Director of Franchise Services at Adventures in Advertising and was instrumental in its growth during his tenure. He has a wealth of industry contacts and is well-respected by both distributors and vendors. Rick graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising.
Candace Plunkett, Vice President of Affiliate Services
Candace loves working for iPROMOTEu because she believes the company truly cares about its Affiliates. She would know — it’s her job. Candace has been with iPROMOTEu since 2012 and is responsible for Affiliate facing operations. She oversees all aspects of Affiliate Services, Order Support, and Invoicing. Candace also manages the Virtual Assistant Program and facilitates A Woman’s View, which provides resources and networking opportunities for iPROMOTEu female Affiliates. Before joining the iPROMOTEu team, she worked for ASI. Candace brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the table, which especially helps when attending trade shows with our Affiliates.
Cliff Quicksell, Vice President of Affiliate Marketing
Cliff has been with iPROMOTEu since 2009 and is responsible for helping Affiliates increase their sales and grow their business. He has been involved in the promotional products and sportswear industries for more than 30 years. Cliff is the recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades including 17 PPAI Pyramid award wins and recognition as PPAI’s Ambassador Speaker of the Year for six consecutive years. He was also recognized by PPAI as one of the top five industry speakers and trainers and by Counselor Magazine as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in the Promotional Products Industry. He has published more than 500 articles and two books: Going for the Gold and Weekly Motivational Insights. He studied Marketing and Business Communications at the University of Maryland College Park.
Catherine Kruse, Vice President of Vendor Relations
Catherine has been with iPROMOTEu since 2016 and is responsible for the management of vendor relations and assisting Affiliates with importing and sourcing. She has more than 20 years of experience on the supplier side of the promotional products industry managing relationships with both domestic and international vendors. Catherine vets and coordinates all import resources, overseeing and ensuring the import order process goes smoothly. She loves being part of a team that has innovatively brought change to the promotional products industry.
Bob Schwei, Vice President of Business Development
Bob joined iPROMOTEu in 2011 as the expert Print & Packaging Consultant. His responsibilities include overseeing our recruiting activities and managing the print and packaging division of the business. Prior to joining iPROMOTEu, he owned and operated his own print and promotional products company with an emphasis on print and packaging. He comes from the manufacturing side of the print industry where he worked for a commercial offset printer as a Business Development Manager. Bob graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Printing Management.
Venkat Rangamani, Vice President of Software Engineering
Venkat has been with iPROMOTEu since 2017 and is responsible for software and system design and the application development of iPROMOTEu’s order management and eCommerce solutions. Prior to iPROMOTEu, Venkat served as Director of eCommerce Engineering at Staples and before that served as CTO and co-founder of Micronotes, a venture-funded software company in the financial services space. For a decade before that, Venkat worked as a software engineer at Cisco Systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics and a master’s degree in Computer Applications from universities in India. He also holds an MBA from MIT Sloan.