Also new to the A.R.E. | POPAI team is William
Santos, who joins as associate editor. With
30-plus years in professional journalism,
Santos was most recently with Forum Publishing
Group, one of the largest community newspaper chains in the United States. His background
includes writing and editing for business and
association magazines as well as for various
community and gossip publications.
Santos will be based in the association’s
Florida office. He will work closely with the
editorial team to help ensure that the association’s magazines and
companion website uphold professional standards of journalism while
addressing member and reader needs.
He has a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University and an
M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
A.R.E. | POPAI, the global nonprofit association
dedicated to enhancing the total shopper expe-
rience, has appointed Steven A. Weiss CEO.
Weiss joins the association from the Institute
of Management Accountants, a professional
association with some 80,000 members. As SVP
of membership, brand, and business development, he managed the global brand and
integrated marketing efforts of the organization.
During his 10 years with IMA, membership
rose by 45%, partly due to his team’s delivery of
benefit packages including continued education
and certification solutions—two important areas of focus for A.R.E. | POPAI.
Weiss also spent 10 years at The Festival Group. As executive director, he
oversaw the production of more than 20 entertainment events averaging
Weiss, who will be based in A.R.E. | POPAI’s Chicago office, will work
closely with the board and staff to meet the association’s purpose of
inspiring members to enhance the retail experience.
“Steven has a significant track record driving growth for IMA on a global
scale,” said A.R.E. | POPAI Chairman Bob Rosean. “He joins our association at
a time of great opportunity following the recent merger of two prominent
associations in the retail experience industry. We look forward to benefiting
from his knowledge and experience.
A Certified Association Executive (CAE), Weiss has a B.A. in English from
Bucknell University and a Masters degree in Educational Psychology and
Statistics from the University of Albany.
Meet our new CEO …
… And our new associate editor
STEVEN A. WEISS
DOUBLE YOUR INSPIRATION—
Get tickets for
two awards shows!
A.R.E. | POPAI HAS T WO AWARDS SHOWS lined up for
you during GlobalShop in Las Vegas this month, and
they’re sure to give you game-changing ideas. Both
awards shows start with a cocktail reception, giving
you time to network with industry leaders.
See the best of the
best in retail design
at the A.R.E. Design
Awards. Carefully cho-
sen from a record 349
projects from around
the world, 75 finalists
will be honored, with
winners announced in
29 categories. Join us for
the ceremony, themed
“Retail Design Game
Changers,” on Wednesday,
March 23, in the Four Seasons
Ballroom. Las Vegas entertainer
Madison Alexander will emcee the event.
See aredesignawards.com for details.
See the best of the best in marketing at retail
at the POPAI OMA Awards. This year’s 432 entries in
the Outstanding Merchandising Achievement (OMA)
Awards can be viewed in the OMA section on the show
floor on Wednesday, March 23. Be sure to cast your
vote for your favorite display in the Choice Awards
contest. Then join us on Thursday, March 24, for the
ceremony in the Four Seasons Ballroom. Recipients
of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards in 27 categories
will be announced. See popai.com/oma for details.
Tickets for each awards show are available online,
or at the A.R.E. | POPAI booth in the lobby, or at the
door of the event. Winning entries from both events
also will be celebrated in Winners Books.
Making a name for ourselves
A great merger deserves a great new name. You didn’t
think we were going to stay A.R.E. | POPAI The New
Association forever, did you? Following the recent merger
of the Association for Retail Environments and the Point
of Purchase Advertising International, the association
engaged Rockit Science Agency of Baton Rouge, La.,
to rebrand us. We hope to be able to reveal a new name
and identity at GlobalShop, March 23-25 in Las Vegas.
Stop by Booth 2323 at the entrance to the Store Fixturing
Show or our booth in the lobby to get the inside scoop.