Rick Brenner MAS+ has more than 30 years of experience as a highly accomplished entrepreneur, CEO, and mergers and acquisitions expert. For the past twelve years, Mr. Brenner has been President and CEO of Prime Resources (primeline.com), a family-owned supplier in the promotional products industry. Under his guidance, Prime completed several successful acquisitions, tripled in revenue – to more than $100 million annually -and became renown in the industry as the product safety leader. Prior to Prime, while serving as “Entrepreneur in Residence” at a New York City venture capital firm, Mr. Brenner led, as CEO, the very successful turnaround of a failing NASDAQ company, Skyline Multimedia (SKYL). While still in college, Mr. Brenner started his first company, USMaintenance Corporation, expanded it to five states and 1,500 employees before selling the business to ISS, the Danish conglomerate.
Mr. Brenner volunteers his time for two significant non-profit industry groups – PPAI and QCA. He is currently board member, immediate past chair and a member of its executive committee of PPAI, the 11,000 member strong Promotional Products Association International. For the past five years Brenner has served as co-chair of PPAI’s Product Safety Summit, as a member of its Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) and as past chair and member of its Government Relations Action Group (GRAC). Brenner is a founding board member of Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) and served for seven years as chair of QCA’s compliance committee as well as a member of QCA’s governance board.
Outside of the promotional products industry, Rick Brenner is vice president, board member and member of the executive committee of ICPHSO, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization. Widely recognized as the preeminent product safety education and advocacy group in the world, Mr. Brenner will become ICPHSO president-elect in 2016 and president in 2017.
Mr. Brenner’s areas of expertise include business planning and valuations, growth strategy and execution, operations management, accounting and financial management, IT management, software and web development, sales, marketing, advertising and PR planing, product planning and go-to-market strategies, HR management and executive compensation, workouts and restructuring, exit planning, succession planning, intellectual property management, contract management inventory management, sourcing, customs and import management, overseas factory management, social compliance, product safety and regulatory compliance management.
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