Breaking News: In Memoriam: Ed Johnson, MAS

Ed Johnson, MAS, who served as PPAI Board Chair in 1995 and was formerly regional vice president at Geiger, passed away on February 15 after a long illness.

Johnson’s career in the industry began as a graphic designer working with promotional products companies in the Chicago area. In 1973 he moved to Seattle, Washington, and joined the Walter W. Cribbins Company in a sales role. He rose within sales management and in 1987 purchased the San Francisco division of the company. He later sold the Walter W. Cribbins Company to Geiger where he and his wife remained active.

A longtime industry volunteer, Johnson was elected to the PPAI board of directors—then known as the Specialty Advertising Association International—in 1991. During his term, he was instrumental in the Association’s name change to Promotional Products Association International.

Johnson is survived by his wife Tanya and four daughters. Look for Tuesday’s PPB Newslink to read more on Johnson and his accomplishments in the promotional products industry.

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Clifford Quicksell
February 19, 2019
Ed was my friend and mentor. I had spent a few times at his home with his wife Tanya. I loved Ed’s calm disposition and his willingness to always share. Ed was kind enough to write the forward in my first book, I will cherish that, always remembering what an amazing guy he was. I remember sitting with him and prejudging Geiger’s Pyramid entries several years back, we had such a good time. I remember being at his home, walking through his garage, looking at his amazing antique car collection, pickleball tournaments and having a glass of wine, eating wood-planked grilled salmon overlooking Puget Sound and the great conversations that would just blend into the night – I am so sad to hear of his passing, so sad. I am a much better person for having known Ed, what a loss! RIP my friend, you made our industry stronger and more viable, so sad. And to Tanya, I am so sorry for your loss, Ed will be sorely missed!
Kurt Reckziegel
February 18, 2019
It is with great sadness that I heard of Ed's passing. He was the 1st. Chair of PPAI that I had the honour to work with as President of the Promotional Products Association of Canada. He was a person that was not only knowlegable and professional and successful in his Industry but he was also a person that I will always treasure as a Friend - a warm and helping person with a wonderful sense of humour. My sympathies to his Family, Friends and Colleagues. Kurt Reckziegel Montreal Quebec Canada
Scott Miller
February 18, 2019
Ed was a true professional in our industry who paved the way for many great people in our industry. You could not be around him and not learn something from him. Scott
Marvin Baida, MAS
February 18, 2019
Great leader & industry friend since the old Cribbins day. Served together on different PPAI committees. Just a great person. My condolences to his family
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