Betty Puckett CEOBetty’s career profile includes fifteen years experience in finance and accounting, as well an extensive background in the retail industry. As the first paid manager for The Toledo Hospital Gift Shop, Betty increased profits from $200,00 to over $900,000. She employed and managed 10 paid staff members, and 30 volunteers. Given her financial background and understanding of the gift shop industry, Betty was intrigued by the concept of buying networks. As a manager, she valued networking opportunities, and certainly appreciated the power of a buying group. While maintaining her role as hospital gift shop manager, Betty collaborated with her partners to build the foundation of Purchasing Power Plus. All these years later, she continues to inspire us with a spirit that is truly infectious and an unparalleled passion for our business.
Carrie Fleishman PresidentAfter earning a BA in English, Carrie began her business career as a district sales manager for a national organization. She followed her success in sales, as the Public Relations/Marketing Director for PPP. Today, she serves as President. Her versatility extends to all aspects of our business; negotiating discounts and incentives, planning events, writing/editing retail publications, day-to-day operations, and the implementation of new programs. Her passion extends to trends in the retail marketplace, networking with industry insiders and enhancing each Retail Membership!
Daniel Fleishman Vice President of SalesDaniel joined Purchasing Power Plus in 2014. Daniel is a published honors graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Master’s Degree from the College of Health and Public Affairs. Over the years, Daniel has explored a range of positions from restaurant general management, to a MSW within the hospital and community settings. His experience has allowed him to develop a unique set of interpersonal and professional assessment skills that complements all engagements. Daniel enjoys building professional relationships with individuals across all walks of life. He is passionate about strengthening our community of retailers and vendors through relationship building and attention to cooperative successes across our industry.
Kelly Bristol Director of Buyer EngagementKelly is a gift, home, and stationery industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in the sector. Most recently, she was Vice President, Marketplace & Buyer Engagement at MarketTime, where she was responsible for supporting the company’s marketplace partners, including PPP. Prior roles include Vice President, Tradeshow Business Development at the Dallas Market Center, and Show Director, National Stationery Show. In these roles, Kelly produced 21 trade shows and worked on an additional 60+ in a support capacity. She is experienced at walking the aisles of trade shows, with a keen eye for great products and vendors; she’s visited hundreds of shows across the country and around the world in her role to find and recruit the best brands to bring to her markets for her shows’ buyers to discover. Over the years, her work has attracted approximately 250,000 buyer visits to market. Kelly is a volunteer fundraising member of the Team Gift for Life for AIDS Walk New York, and has previously served as a volunteer remote reader for Society for the Blind in Sacramento, CA. She resides in New York City with her fiancé Larry and mischievous cat, Murray.
Randa Ewing Executive AssistantAs the Visual Merchandise Coordinator for The Toledo Hospital Gift Shop, Randa was lauded for her beautiful displays and window designs. Given her years of experience in the gift shop industry, Randa was a natural fit as our executive assistant. Randa ensures that each request is handled with a sweet spirit and ready smile.