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  • The Top 5 Things Suppliers Wish Distributors Knew

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/25/2020 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

    This webinar will focus on the advantage’s distributors will gain from a transparent discussion inside the working world of the supplier. In the promotional products industry, the relationship between the supplier and distributor can often be fraught with frustration, anxiety, and misinformation leading to a division between the two. The goal of this webinar, through communication and education, is to reflect and refocus the Supplier/Distributor relationship. The end result can only be a more collaborative, productive, and appreciative partnership for both sides of the supply chain, ultimately benefiting the customer. The titles of the top 5 areas under discussion are: 1. The real story behind pricing. 2. Suppliers have answers and solutions to share. 3. Inside the world of the Supplier from bid opportunities to delivery. 4. Just ask. 5. Tips to create an even more prosperous and collaborative partnership. Join the webinar for a lively discussion, Q & A, and tips to work successfully with Suppliers.

    This webinar will focus on the advantage’s distributors will gain from a transparent discussion inside the working world of the supplier.  In the promotional products industry, the relationship between the supplier and distributor can often be fraught with frustration, anxiety, and misinformation leading to a division between the two.  The goal of this webinar, through communication and education, is to reflect and refocus the Supplier/Distributor relationship.  The end result can only be a more collaborative, productive, and appreciative partnership for both sides of the supply chain, ultimately benefiting the customer.

    The titles of the top 5 areas under discussion are:
    1. The real story behind pricing. 
    2. Suppliers have answers and solutions to share.
    3. Inside the world of the Supplier from bid opportunities to delivery.
    4. Just ask.  
    5. Tips to create an even more prosperous and collaborative partnership.   
    Join the webinar for a lively discussion, Q & A, and tips to work successfully with Suppliers.  

    Penny Ledbetter

    Owner and President, C. Sanders Emblems

    A 12 year veteran of the industry, Penny Ledbetter is the owner and President of C. Sanders Emblems, a supplier of promotional products since 1957.  Penny bought this company in 2007 from the original owners.  Along with a great team, she has modernized the company and established a strong culture, core values, and direction for C. Sanders Emblems.  The development of significant partnerships with customers and manufacturing factories has been a priority.  Penny visited China in 2015 to see first-hand her factories in operation and to learn exactly how products are made.  This was a valuable education and furthered the long-standing factory relationships of over 50 years with C. Sanders Emblems.  It has been a true partnership, a theme that runs through this company.

    As the owner and President of C. Sanders Emblems, Penny was voted PPAI 2017 Best Boss of the Year. She served 5 years as a Vistage Member and is an active member of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.  In addition, Penny was a participating member of NAWBO-LA (National Association of Women, Los Angeles), a member of the Better Business Bureau, a SAAC member, a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Sales training, and she mentors undergraduates at her Alma mater each semester.  C. Sanders Emblems has maintained an A+ SAGE rating consecutively since 2015.

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  • California’s New Independent Contractor Rules

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar presented by Paige McAllister, SPHR, SHRM-SCP and Claudia St. John, SPHR, SHRM-SCP from Affinity HR Group will outline new legislation in California addressing the “employment status” of workers, specifically independent contractors. The session will cover basic assumptions of the law as well as implications of re-classifying employees/independent contractors and penalties for mis-classifying employees/independent contractors. This webinar will not offer legal advice.

    This webinar presented by Paige McAllister, SPHR, SHRM-SCP and Claudia St. John, SPHR, SHRM-SCP from Affinity HR Group will outline new legislation in California addressing the “employment status” of workers, specifically independent contractors. The session will cover basic assumptions of the law as well as implications of re-classifying employees/independent contractors and penalties for mis-classifying employees/independent contractors. This webinar will not offer legal advice.

    Paige McAllister, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    VP of Compliance for Affinity HR Group

    Paige McAllister has been with Affinity HR Group for over 6 years, currently serving as the VP of Compliance for Affinity HR Group, heading up their compliance division.  In this role, as during much of her 20+ year career in Human Resources, Paige counsels clients on compliance issues such as employee issues, legal updates and their implications, handbook creation and revisions, and HR practices review. Her clients are in various industries, of varying sizes, and across multiple states. Paige’s previous experience includes serving as an internal HR Manager so she understands the sensitivities in dealing with employees in the real business world.  Paige spent several years as an HR consultant in a PEO serving thousand of clients in a diverse range of industries in all 50 states.

    Paige has earned SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications, demonstrating her strategic-level experience and knowledge in the HR field. Paige’s degree in psychology and MBA further round out her ability to understand the people side of business and the business of managing people.

    Claudia St John, SHRM-SCP,SPHR

    President of Affinity HR Group, LLC

    Claudia St. John, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is the founder and president of Affinity HR Group, Inc., a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring and recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement. Affinity HR Group is PPAI’s endorsed HR partner and resource.  As a consultant and frequent speaker, St. John has given hundreds of presentations and workshops on such topics as how to recruit like a pro, common management mistakes, employee engagement and multi-generational workplace challenges. She is the author of the Amazon bestselling book Transforming Teams – tips for improving collaboration and building trust.  Her weekly HR Minute emails and monthly articles are followed by thousands of business leaders nationwide. 

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  • Expo 2020: Forging Ahead With Strategic Foresight

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/12/2020

    Are you a seasoned distributor that is starting to plan 10 years out? Have you finished reading the Strategic Foresight Playbook, and feel ready to start putting together a plan for the future? In this session Dennis Klum will explain how to take the next steps in making your company more resilient for the future. This session will provide a guide to which action items start conversations within your company and the areas to focus on implementing first.

    Are you a seasoned distributor that is starting to plan 10 years out? Have you finished reading the Strategic Foresight Playbook, and feel ready to start putting together a plan for the future? In this session Dennis Klum will explain how to take the next steps in making your company more resilient for the future. This session will provide a guide to which action items start conversations within your company and the areas to focus on implementing first.

    Dennis Klum, CAS

    Vice President of Programs, BrandVia Alliance, Inc.

    With over 25 years as a distributor in our industry, Dennis Klum, CAS brings a wealth of perspective on how to be successful and enjoy the promotional products industry. Currently vice president of programs for BrandVia Alliance, Inc., he has served as an executive board member for his regional association, the Promotional Marketing Association of Northern California, and acted as an advocate for the industry worldwide. Klum has led interactive seminars, facilitated workshops and panels and led dozens of presentations supporting industry newcomers, seasoned sales executives and all audiences in between. His focus is to facilitate interactive workshops/discussions that draw out attendee perspectives and lead to renewed energy and a wider perspective.

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  • How the California Privacy Law Will Affect You in 2020

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/04/2019

    The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will be enacted soon. Learn about what you need to know to protect your organization from hefty penalties. Join this must-see session with Amar Hajeri on what the CCPA means for your business, consumer data you collect and the recommended next steps you should take regardless of what state you operate out of. CCPA will be enacted on January 1, 2020, and applies to any organization that does business in California, collects consumers' personal data and satisfies at least one of the following thresholds: • has an annual gross revenue in excess of $25 million • possesses the personal information of 50,000 or more consumers, households, or devices • earns more than half of its annual revenue from selling consumers' personal information. The International Association of Privacy Professionals estimated that the CCPA will affect upwards of 500,000 U.S. businesses.

    The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will be enacted soon. Learn about what you need to know to protect your organization from hefty penalties. Join this must-see session with Amar Hajeri on what the CCPA means for your business, consumer data you collect and the recommended next steps you should take regardless of what state you operate out of. CCPA will be enacted on January 1, 2020, and applies to any organization that does business in California, collects consumers' personal data and satisfies at least one of the following thresholds: 

    • has an annual gross revenue in excess of $25 million
    • possesses the personal information of 50,000 or more consumers, households, or devices
    • earns more than half of its annual revenue from selling consumers' personal information. 

    The International Association of Privacy Professionals estimated that the CCPA will affect upwards of 500,000 U.S. businesses. 

    Amar Hajeri, PMP

    Data Management Expert

    Amar Hajeri is a data management expert and a thought leader, who has advised several major corporations, including Time Warner Cable, Tyson Foods and Southwest Airlines in the areas of data strategy, specifically around governance and privacy, legislative compliance and organizational enablement to best leverage opportunities presented by cutting-edge technology solutions. Currently, he is shaping the data governance efforts as VP, Enterprise Data Governance at Texas Capital Bank. The strategies and guidelines his team has developed, in coordination with teams such as legal, compliance and cyber security to protect the organizational interests against legislations such as CCPA, has been widely accepted as an industry best practice. His insights have been enriched from having spent several years at the intersection of strategic business practices and the enablement afforded by technology to accomplish business goals, while adapting a data-centric execution approach. In his free time, he enjoys riding motorcycles and working on projects in his garage.    

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  • Tips for Hiring and Retaining Top Talent In a Tight Labor Market

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Where can you find top talent these days? What are the best screening and interviewing techniques? How can you avoid dreaded and costly mis-hires? What’s the best way to ensure that your new hire will be successful in his or her job? This presentation by Claudia St. John offers best-in-class recruiting strategies and people management practices to help companies be more successful in talent acquisition and retention. Outcomes – Session Attendees will: • Learn tips and tricks that recruiters use in finding and screening job candidates • Discover ways to improve their own interviewing skills • Gain insight and understanding to help improve employee engagement and retention, particularly during the critical first 45 days of employment

    Where can you find top talent these days? What are the best screening and interviewing techniques? How can you avoid dreaded and costly mis-hires? What’s the best way to ensure that your new hire will be successful in his or her job? This presentation by Claudia St. John offers best-in-class recruiting strategies and people management practices to help companies be more successful in talent acquisition and retention.

    Outcomes – Session Attendees will:
    • Learn tips and tricks that recruiters use in finding and screening job candidates
    • Discover ways to improve their own interviewing skills
    • Gain insight and understanding to help improve employee engagement and retention, particularly during the critical first 45 days of employment

    Claudia St John, SHRM-SCP,SPHR

    President of Affinity HR Group, LLC

    Claudia St. John, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is the founder and president of Affinity HR Group, Inc., a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring and recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement. Affinity HR Group is PPAI’s endorsed HR partner and resource.  As a consultant and frequent speaker, St. John has given hundreds of presentations and workshops on such topics as how to recruit like a pro, common management mistakes, employee engagement and multi-generational workplace challenges. She is the author of the Amazon bestselling book Transforming Teams – tips for improving collaboration and building trust.  Her weekly HR Minute emails and monthly articles are followed by thousands of business leaders nationwide. 

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  • Business Transition and Succession Planning

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar is designed to help business owners achieve more successful transitions, such as changes in ownership and management. According to the Small Business Administration, over the next five years, more than 40 percent of privately-owned companies will transition, with poor planning as the main reason for doing so. Succession planning is an unfamiliar challenge for most business owners, especially when family is involved. Having a plan in place can be extraordinarily valuable in relieving the uncertainties caused by not knowing how to proceed, or the impact succession can have on employees, family relationships and even your own financial security. Webinar participants will learn valuable information to help business owners identify actions to begin minimizing their risks, increasing value and improving the outcome of their transition. You will learn what transition readiness is, why it matters and how to improve your personal and business outcomes.

    This webinar is designed to help business owners achieve more successful transitions, such as changes in ownership and management. According to the Small Business Administration, over the next five years, more than 40 percent of privately-owned companies will transition, with poor planning as the main reason for doing so.
    Succession planning is an unfamiliar challenge for most business owners, especially when family is involved. Having a plan in place can be extraordinarily valuable in relieving the uncertainties caused by not knowing how to proceed, or the impact succession can have on employees, family relationships and even your own financial security. Webinar participants will learn valuable information to help business owners identify actions to begin minimizing their risks, increasing value and improving the outcome of their transition. You will learn what transition readiness is, why it matters and how to improve your personal and business outcomes.

    Participants will be guided through several questions:

    •    What are your possible exit strategies and how will you get there?

    •    Why is succession planning a process, not an event?

    •    What are the major factors and long-term objectives that you, as a business owner, need to consider when transitioning your business?

    •    How do I ensure a business transition will provide you with an income stream during retirement?

    •    What is your business’s worth and why is an independent, objective valuation of your business important?

    •    Congratulations! You have successfully transitioned your business. What do you do now?

    Greg Lewis

    Family Business Consultant

    Greg Lewis is a family business consultant at The Tennessee Center for Family Business in Nashville, Tennessee. Lewis’s passion is helping one family at a time deal with the unique challenges of working together in a family business and planning for a successful transition. Lewis has over 25 years of experience working in his own family businesses. His personal experience in building and leading family businesses makes him a valuable resource to family business executives who want to become more effective leaders as they deal with the unique mix of family and non-family team members, values, culture and processes in which their family business operates.

    Drawing on his background as an entrepreneur and leadership trainer, Lewis has provided family business executives the opportunity to share their unique challenges in a secure and objective environment, helping them to lead well and maximize their potential. He has helped families create a climate where members of the family can do what they enjoy most and contribute to the success of their company. His clients work in a variety of industries including manufacturing, transportation, supply chain, nonprofit, retail, health care and farming.

    Lewis received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and holds leadership certifications from the Keller Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and the Center for Association Leadership in Washington, D.C. He is a certified trainer with the Ken Blanchard Companies in Situational Leadership II, the most-taught leadership model in the world.

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  • Expo East 2019: Attrition Control And Forecasting

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Did you know that in technical sales, 25 to 40 percent of the revenue you enjoyed last year will not be repeated this year? Regardless of the underlying reason, sales attrition happens. But unless you become aware of, accurately measure and account for and manage sales attrition, you will never achieve forecasting excellence. Join Vince DiCecco of Your Personal Business Trainer, Inc. as he introduces and discusses why attrition awareness and control is vital to the growth of your business.

    Did you know that in technical sales, 25 to 40 percent of the revenue  you enjoyed last year will not be repeated this year? Regardless of the underlying reason, sales attrition happens. But unless you become aware of, accurately measure and account for and manage sales attrition, you will never achieve forecasting excellence. Join Vince DiCecco of Your Personal Business Trainer, Inc. as he introduces and discusses why attrition awareness and control is vital to the growth of your business.

    Vince DiCecco

    Business Coach, Founder, and Owner

    Vince DiCecco is a dynamic and sought-after business coach and seminar leader with a unique yet practical perspective on the art and science of selling, strategic planning, business development, and leadership and management subjects. As the founder and owner of the metro Atlanta-based consultancy, Your Personal Business Trainer, Inc., Vince sparks the kind of passion within his client business owners and sales professionals that creates customer delight and loyalty, sharpens their competitive edge and delivers double-digit gains in profitability to an organization’s bottom line.

    As an award-winning professional with over 36 years of roll-up-your-sleeves experience in training, sales and marketing, Vince has made significant contributions to the success of two Fortune 200 companies, the United States Coast Guard and numerous small- to mid-sized businesses. He has been a presenting speaker at many industry expos—including SGIA—and is a monthly columnist and featured author for several trade publications—including Awards & Engraving magazine.

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  • TAS: Get In Touch! Grow Your Business And Build Your Brand

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session will focus on how to create and leverage many forms of content to promote your business, retain customers, influence word of mouth, close the decision gap on prospects and leverage content as a brand differentiator. Learn to deliver great content in the right forms and places, and in a way that is specifically mapped to your audience’s information needs and buying stages. Studies indicate that companies that provide valuable content can generate more leads with higher ROI. Through this workshop, promotional professionals will learn to create remarkable content that gets noticed and produces results.

    This session with Kim Todora, will focus on how to create and leverage many forms of content to promote your business, retain customers, influence word of mouth, close the decision gap on prospects and leverage content as a brand differentiator. Learn to deliver great content in the right forms and places, and in a way that is specifically mapped to your audience’s information needs and buying stages. Studies indicate that companies that provide valuable content can generate more leads with higher ROI. Through this workshop, promotional professionals will learn to create remarkable content that gets noticed and produces results.

    Kim Todora

    Public Relations and Buyer Outreach Manager for PPAI

    Kim R. Todora is responsible for the direction of comprehensive integrated communications and public relations strategies and implementation, buyer-targeted industry branding, media relations, social media, collegiate and buyer outreach, trade-shows and industry awareness programs such as Promotional Products Work! Week, the ADvocate program and promotionalproductswork.org (dot org). Kim is an active member of the American Marketing Association (AMA), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and represents PPAI on the organizing committee for Advertising Week and the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. Prior to PPAI, Kim owned a marketing communications agency specializing in advertising, branding, public relations and cause marketing for more than 11 years. As a creative marketing strategist with more than 33 years' experience in advertising and public relations with Bozell, J. Walter Thompson and The Todora Group, she has created communications, branding and sales success for a variety of clients including American Airlines, Chili's, Don Pablo's, Texas Tornado Hockey, The Arena Group, Williams Communications, Doskocil Pet Products, BusyBody Home Fitness, Larry's Shoes, Mariner Health, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, E-Systems/Raytheon, March of Dimes, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Ronald McDonald House, and many others.

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  • Trained Advertising Specialist Package

    Contains 6 Product(s)

    Education program targeted towards promotional products professionals with less than three years of industry experience. This program will provide an overview of the promotional products industry and will provide a foundation for people working within the industry.

    Education program targeted towards promotional products professionals with less than three years of industry experience. This program will provide an overview of the promotional products industry and will provide a foundation for people working within the industry. Participants will earn the Trained Advertising Specialist (TAS) certificate once the 5 sessions have been completed. The TAS Certificate is required prior to starting the Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) Certification program.  

  • Expo East 2019: Hire Right With Behavior-Based Interviewing

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/03/2019

    Have you ever hired someone only to discover, a few months later, that they’re not the right person for the job? Imagine the impact that poor employee selection has on customers and coworkers, as well as the potential legal implications, rehiring costs and damage to the company’s reputation. The challenge of interviewing is we often only scratch the surface of a candidate’s potential, relying on resumes, appearance, LinkedIn endorsements and references. The good news is there’s a way to dig deeper using a behavioral interview technique that allows the candidate to lead the conversation. Join Julie Kwan for this session to learn how behavior-based interviewing can uncover the right employee for your company.

    Have you ever hired someone only to discover, a few months later, that they’re not the right person for the job? Imagine the impact that poor employee selection has on customers and coworkers, as well as the potential legal implications, rehiring costs and damage to the company’s reputation. The challenge of interviewing is we often only scratch the surface of a candidate’s potential, relying on resumes, appearance, LinkedIn endorsements and references. The good news is there’s a way to dig deeper using a behavioral interview technique that allows the candidate to lead the conversation. Join Julie Kwan for this session to learn how behavior-based interviewing can uncover the right employee for your company.

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  • Best of Expo 2019: Networking And Prospecting On LinkedIn For Business

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/15/2019

    With over 100 million business users in the U.S., LinkedIn is one of the best sources for leads. Of course, with over 100 million leads, finding the right people to meet with is like finding a needle in a haystack. In this session Bill McCormick will show attendees how to use the free search function on LinkedIn to find specific people; how to use the “Jobs” section to get into new companies; how to use the search function of Sales Navigator; and how to use LinkedIn in networking situations.

    With over 100 million business users in the U.S., LinkedIn is one of the best sources for leads. Of course, with over 100 million leads, finding the right people to meet with is like finding a needle in a haystack. In this session Bill McCormick will show attendees how to use the free search function on LinkedIn to find specific people; how to use the “Jobs” section to get into new companies; how to use the search function of Sales Navigator; and how to use LinkedIn in networking situations. 

    Bill McCormick

    Co-Owner

    Bill McCormick is co-owner of Team Creative Connections (PPAI 624673), and started in promotional products sales when he and his wife started their company in 2013.  Bill quickly found the value of LinkedIn, first as a lead generator, and then to increase sales.  Since then, they can attribute over $350K in sales to utilizing LinkedIn as part of their sales cycle.  
    Bill is passionate about the power of LinkedIn and combing that with the power of promotional products to help distributors find leads and generate sales.
    Bill recently joined the team of Social Sales Link, helping both individuals and sales teams leverage the power of social selling to attract, teach and engage targeted buyers.
    Bill lives with his wife Sue in Catskill, NY.

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  • Technology And The Future Of Our Industry

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/13/2019

    Virtual Reality. Augmented Reality. Unregulated Cryptocurrencies. Technology is evolving rapidly and there is no shortage of hype about the “Next Great Thing.” Join David Shultz as he shares the technology trends he believes will have the greatest impact on our industry in the near future.

    Virtual Reality. Augmented Reality. Unregulated Cryptocurrencies. Technology is evolving rapidly and there is no shortage of hype about the “Next Great Thing.”  Join David Shultz as he shares the technology trends he believes will have the greatest impact on our industry in the near future.

    David Shultz

    Vice President of Supplier Partnerships

    David Shultz is the vice president of supplier partnerships for commonsku. David has more than 17 years of experience in the promotional products industry and is the former vice president of operations at Distributor Central. A recent PPAI Fellow inductee and recipient of PPAI's Industry Collaborator award, he is the incoming president of the Promotional Products Association Midwest (PPAM) and serves as a member of the Regional Association Council (RAC). In his new role, David will work with suppliers to help them connect with distributors more effectively, as well as help them integrate with Promo Standards to achieve better operational efficiency.

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  • The Skill Set Of The Future

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The business world grows more competitive every day. To stay in demand in this tough environment, you need to perform at a level higher than ever before. You must achieve better results (and do so quickly), instantly recover from missteps and garner the confidence to thrive in times of uncertainty. To do this, you need a modern-day skill set that gives you an edge over competitors and helps you efficiently reach your goals. In addition to perfecting the hard skills you need for your industry, you must also focus on developing trust and engagement—two components lacking in many business interactions today. Join Paul Krasnow to learn the seven best practices that are necessary for success.

    The business world grows more competitive every day. To stay in demand in this tough environment, you need to perform at a level higher than ever before. You must achieve better results (and do so quickly), instantly recover from missteps and garner the confidence to thrive in times of uncertainty. To do this, you need a modern-day skill set that gives you an edge over competitors and helps you efficiently reach your goals. In addition to perfecting the hard skills you need for your industry, you must also focus on developing trust and engagement—two components lacking in many business interactions today. Join Paul Krasnow to learn the seven best practices that are necessary for success.

    Paul Krasnow

    Financial Representative - Northwestern Mutual

    Paul Krasnow is a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, where he has been a top producer for 40 years. He is known for providing innovative solutions for his clients’ personal and business needs. Paul has been named a Top 20 Agent 18 times and a Top 10 Western Regional Agent 25 times. Early in his career, Paul suffered a financially devastating bankruptcy with a line of clothing stores he owned, but went on to join Northwestern Mutual, where he has created an impressive block of business and a strong network of clients, many of whom have become lifelong friends. Paul enjoys teaching others about the mindset of resilience and the skill set it takes to prosper in any environment. He has published articles for insurance publications both locally and nationally and has served on a variety of boards. Paul regularly speaks for multiple life associations in the U.S. and has given seminars for law firms and CPA firms in the Southern California area. His book The Success Code: A Guide For Achieving Your Personal Best In Business And Life” can be found on Amazon.

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  • It Pays To Prepare: Know Your State’s Chemical Regulations To Mitigate Risk

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/23/2019

    Increased regulations of chemicals and consumer products containing regulated chemicals continues to significantly impact all industries. This session by Jennifer Barbarisi and Danielle Iverson will focus on state chemical regulations impacting key sectors in the promotional product industry and will provide chemical management strategies that manufacturers can take to mitigate risk. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Increased regulations of chemicals and consumer products containing regulated chemicals continues to significantly impact all industries. This session will focus on state chemical regulations impacting key sectors in the promotional product industry and will provide chemical management strategies that manufacturers can take to mitigate risk. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Jennifer Barbarisi

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Jennifer Barbarisi is part of TÜV Rheinland’s North America retail team. In her role as a senior regulatory and product compliance consultant, Barbarisi supports clients based in North America with compliance to national and international regulations affecting the toy and promotional products industries. In addition, Barbarisi works closely with TÜV’s global laboratories on alignment and interpretation of U.S. federal and state regulations. Barbarisi has over 10 years of hands-on technical experience in product safety and compliance for consumer products. Formerly working for UL and STR, Barbarisi held the position of North American toy technical lead and has served as the global account manager for several toy companies. Barbarisi has been involved with committees, including the ASTM F15.22 subcommittees, ASTM F15 juvenile product subcommittees, Safety Standards and Technical Committee (SSTC) and TS TAG to ISO/TC 181 on Toy Safety. Barbarisi completed Saint Louis University’s Advanced Product Safety Management course in September 2017. 

    Danielle Iverson

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Danielle Iverson, Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant with TÜV Rheinland of North America, provides guidance and recommendations to clients regarding testing and quality assurance programs. Iverson also helps to implement protocols designed to protect clients’ brands, ensure compliance with national and international compliance regulations and minimize risk for apparel, textiles and footwear. Before joining TUV Rheinland, Iverson was the Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Iverson also served as Director of Government Affairs with the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). She received a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and Japanese language and literature from George Washington University and an associate’s degree in fashion design from Parsons School of Design.

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  • Expo 2019: Domestic Freight Management 101 

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/15/2019

    What’s the best way to save time, money and resources on shipments? In this “logistics 101” session, Jason Schrier will cover how carriers calculate LTL rates, common freight classification errors and the financial risks associated with freight misclassification, what FAK (Freight of All Kinds) means, costly freight packaging errors, and more.

    What’s the best way to save time, money and resources on shipments? In this “logistics 101” session, Jason Schrier will cover how carriers calculate LTL rates, common freight classification errors and the financial risks associated with freight misclassification, what FAK (Freight of All Kinds) means, costly freight packaging errors, and more.

    Jason Schrier

    Director of Business Development

    Jason Schrier is a Director of Business Development for Ascent Global Logistics in Hudson, OH. After serving as an infantryman in the U.S Army and completing a tour in Iraq, Jason started his career in logistics with FedEx in 2010. While at FedEx, Jason became an expert in LTL, air freight, full truckload, expedited freight and cold chain shipping solutions. After building a strong foundation of logistics and transportation best practices at FedEx, he spent two years assisting pharmaceutical companies with complex supply chain solutions as a Special Accounts Representative. While helping these companies, Jason created recommendations in areas such as cold chain packaging, modes of domestic and international transportation management, customs paperwork assistance, setting up shipments and tracking shipments until delivery. He was rewarded several Purple Promise Awards for his dedication to his customers and was the only individual in the contiguous United States to win an ICan award from his Asian Pacific counterparts. After spending six years in operations, Jason transitioned into sales with Ascent Global Logistics in 2016. After spending eight months working as an Inside Sales Representative, he was promoted to Director of Business Development.

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  • 10 Tips for New Managers 

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/05/2018

    Without question, managing people is one of the most challenging professional experiences. While some people are born with great management skills, others must learn them. From conducting critical conversations to providing feedback, and from documenting interactions to conducting safe terminations, this session provides some golden nuggets for professionals looking to develop new management skills or for seasoned managers who just want a refresher. Learn to recognize common management pitfalls and how to avoid them; learn new communication skills and techniques, and understand how to safely and effectively manage a diverse workforce.

    Without question, managing people is one of the most challenging professional experiences. While some people are born with great management skills, others must learn them. From conducting critical conversations to providing feedback, and from documenting interactions to conducting safe terminations, Claudia St. John provides some golden nuggets for professionals looking to develop new management skills or for seasoned managers who just want a refresher. Learn to recognize common management pitfalls and how to avoid them; learn new communication skills and techniques; and understand how to safely and effectively manage a diverse workforce.

    Claudia St John, SHRM-SCP,SPHR

    President of Affinity HR Group, LLC

    Claudia St. John, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is the founder and president of Affinity HR Group, Inc., a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring and recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement. Affinity HR Group is PPAI’s endorsed HR partner and resource.  As a consultant and frequent speaker, St. John has given hundreds of presentations and workshops on such topics as how to recruit like a pro, common management mistakes, employee engagement and multi-generational workplace challenges. She is the author of the Amazon bestselling book Transforming Teams – tips for improving collaboration and building trust.  Her weekly HR Minute emails and monthly articles are followed by thousands of business leaders nationwide. 

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  • How The Section 301 Tariffs Are Affecting The Promotional Products Industry

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/04/2018

    PPAI has enlisted the help of an experienced trade counsel to translate the Section 301 tariff list into a plain language guide about the items that are on the list. The third group of products that were named in the Section 301 investigation listed several items that are prevalent in the promotional products industry, specifically. This session will offer an in-depth look at the products listed and offer best practices for managing the effect of the tariffs.

    PPAI has enlisted the help of an experienced trade counsel to translate the Section 301 tariff list into a plain language guide about the items that are on the list. The third group of products that were named in the Section 301 investigation listed several items that are prevalent in the promotional products industry, specifically. This session will offer an in-depth look at the products listed and offer best practices for managing the effect of the tariffs. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative. 

    Josh Teitelbaum

    Counsel, Public Law & Policy

    Joshua Teitelbaum serves as counsel in the public law and policy practice and advises clients across diverse industries on issues related to trade and health policy, among others.

    Practice & Background

    Prior to joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Teitelbaum served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials with the International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). While serving in this role, Teitelbaum was a policymaker for and public advocate of the Obama administration’s highest international trade priorities. His work included substantial contributions to the development of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the DOC’s implementation of the conflict minerals provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, among other multilateral, regional and bilateral trade initiatives. His work spanned a broad cross section of U.S. industries, including textiles, apparel, home furnishings, processed foods, distilled spirits, recreational transportation, cosmetics, chemicals and building materials. Teitelbaum also served as the chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, which supervises the negotiation and implementation of textile and apparel contracts.

    Prior to his role at the DOC, Teitelbaum served as staff director for the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Children & Families; as legislative assistant to Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC); and as legislative counsel to Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), where he advised on a range of issues, including health care, education and financial services.  Teitelbaum’s experience with health care policy, in support of members of both the House and Senate, includes navigating the passage and subsequent implementation of the Affordable Care Act, as well as the FDA Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 to reauthorize and modify the review processes for drugs, devices and biologics. He worked closely with constituent health care providers, including nursing and physician practices, hospital systems and patient advocates.

    Teitelbaum received his law degree. from The George Washington University Law School in 2008 and his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 2005.

    Suzanne Kane

    Counsel, International Trade

    Suzanne E. Kane is a member of the international trade practice.

    Practice & Background

    Suzanne Kane counsels clients on U.S. laws and policies affecting international trade and business, including customs and import control laws.

    Prior to joining Akin Gump, Kane served for over six years as a Senior Attorney Advisor at the Office of International Trade, Regulations and Rulings of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In that capacity, she served in the Penalties, Trade and Commercial Regulations; Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) & Restricted Merchandise; and Valuation & Special Programs branches. She issued binding rulings, advisory opinions, internal advice and other agency decisions to various importers and other businesses regarding penalty determinations; the eligibility for NAFTA and other duty preference programs; the proper methods of customs valuation (covering transfer pricing and additions to, or deductions from, transaction value); and country of origin marking and other origin determinations, among other issues.

    Kane played a key role in the administration of CBP’s enforcement of IPR at U.S. borders; for example, she drafted and issued agency decisions regarding seizures of merchandise-infringing trademarks and copyrights and International Trade Commission patent exclusions orders. Kane also conducted IPR enforcement training for CBP officers at various U.S. ports of entry.

    Kane also has experience in CBP’s enforcement of consumer product safety laws. In 2008, the Commissioner of CBP awarded her the Commissioner’s Award for her role in drafting the Importer Self-Assessment Product Safety Pilot Program, which is a trade partnership program jointly administered by CBP and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    Kane received her law degree from American University Washington College of Law in 2007, where she was a senior staff member of the Administrative Law Review.

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  • Collections Best Practices

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/07/2018

    If you’re a business owner, or an employee in your company’s credit department, you already know how difficult debt collection can be. How do you know when a customer is on the verge of becoming a debtor? Do you have a collection policy? Should you have one? Throughout this presentation you will be introduced to some key elements of the best practices in collections, how to use these practices and how to manage your time most effectively.

    If you’re a business owner, or an employee in your company’s credit department, you already know how difficult debt collection can be. How do you know when a customer is on the verge of becoming a debtor? Do you have a collection policy? Should you have one? These are just some of the many questions that arise when working in the credit department. The most valuable tool in accounts receivable is time. Quick answers to these questions mean better results for your debt recovery efforts. The sooner your debts are handled, the quicker you can recover! Throughout this presentation you will be introduced to some key elements of the best practices in collections, how to use these practices and how to manage your time most effectively.

    Randy Frazee

    CEO

    With more than 20 years in the commercial credit industry, Randy Frazee, CEO of BARR Credit Services, Inc., focuses on strategic planning and continued growth through innovations and involved leadership. BARR has become an industry expert across all facets of the commercial recovery process and was recently recognized by the Tucson Metro Chamber as the Best Place to Work, with awards for Innovation Through Technology and Business Growth.  

    Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, Randy is the proud father of two daughters. In his spare time, Randy enjoys golf, football, and volunteering. He serves on the advisory board of The Salvation Army and enjoys supporting company employees who also give their time to various charitable activities. Randy appreciates representing the company in community-service opportunities as well as associations. A member and former president of International Association of Commercial Collectors (IACC), Randy received the IACC Leadership and Distinguished Service Award in 2015 for his dedication and commitment to bettering the association and industry. For Randy, the best part of being a member of the team at BARR Credit Services is the people. “My core value is appreciation and honoring my employees. My people are my assets. I am proud that I can positively impact 80+ families through BARR Credit Services.”

    Tom Barrett

    Tom Barrett works with the marketing department at BARR Credit Services developing strategic marketing initiatives. Barrett has over 30 years of experience in marketing and marketing communications.

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  • SPARK 2018: Hustle Lifestyle

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/24/2018

    Join Robbie Goldsmith for this 30-minute session, during which he will share how he hustled his way through his ‘20s, and built two companies worth over $1 million dollars by employing 10 Millennials. In this session, attendees will learn how to start from zero, how to manage Millennials, and how to work smarter.

    Join Robbie Goldsmith for this 30-minute session, during which he will share how he hustled his way through his ‘20s, and built two companies worth over $1 million dollars by employing 10 Millennials. In this session, attendees will learn how to start from zero, how to manage Millennials, and how to work smarter.

    Robbie Goldsmith

    Entrepreneur

    Robbie Goldsmith is a 30-year-old entrepreneur who started his first business in college selling licensed apparel to football fans. After graduating from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville wth a degree in business management, he worked first for Enterprise Holdings, then at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, where he created the world’s first music technology accelerator: Project Music. Since 2015, Goldsmith has raised over $500,000 in capital while launching two additional businesses: Rocket Experiences and Hustle Media.

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  • SAGE Show 2018: Stuck in a Rut? Get Your Business Re-energized Fast!

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/30/2018

    Whether you’ve been in the promotional products industry for one year or 20 years, it’s easy to get complacent and even worse a slump. Being able to re-energize, reinvent yourself and get that success train back on track is imperative in today’s industry. Learn techniques to get your business back on track.

    Whether you’ve been in the promotional products industry for one year or 20 years, it’s easy to get complacent and even worse a slump. Being able to re-energize, reinvent yourself and get that success train back on track is imperative in today’s industry. Learn techniques to get your business back on track.

    Danny Friedman

    Sales Trainer

    Danny Friedman has over 25 years of sales experience and is a multi-million-dollar producer. Friedman's clientele include some of the top companies in the Fortune 500. Friedman combines his promotional products industry experience with other industries he has been in, including office products, real estate and being a multi-line representative in the sporting goods industry. He has been a sales manager and sales trainer for the past 12 years.

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