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  • Navigating Coaching: The Core of Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/18/2020 at 1:00 PM (CST)

    If you’re a new manager, the chances are good that the only things you’ve been taught how to do are: hire, dictate and fire. The truth is that being a great manager is far more than that. Great management is the art and skill of producing profitable behavior change in your people—the kind of behavior change that raises their level and the level of your staff. This session with Troy Harrison will show you how!

    If you’re a new manager, the chances are good that the only things you’ve been taught how to do are: hire, dictate and fire. The truth is that being a great manager is far more than that. Great management is the art and skill of producing profitable behavior change in your people—the kind of behavior change that raises their level and the level of your staff. This session with Troy Harrison will show you how!

    We’ll cover:

    1. Understanding your employees’ needs
    2. Why persuasion works better than dictation
    3. How to have an effective coaching meeting
    4. Following up and ensuring commitment
    5. And more!

    Troy Harrison

    Sales Manager

    Troy Harrison & Associates is owned and operated by Troy Harrison. Troy has been a top salesperson and sales manager for over fifteen years, and has turned around territories and entire sales forces. While working for a national managed services provider, he turned one of the company's worst sales forces into a two-time consecutive National Champion, with six President's Club salesperson awards and two National Champion Sales Manager awards. From there, he has worked as a “turnaround specialist," producing dramatic annual growth in sales and profitability. A track record of consistent overachievement against quota, and a thirst for selling knowledge, has produced one of America's finest sales consultants and trainers.


    In 2008, Troy authored “Sell Like You Mean It! – Outselling Your Competitors by Understanding Your Customers," which has sold over 5,000 copies nationwide and was a nominee for the 2008 Axiom Business Book of the Year Award. Troy has become a recognized leader in the sales training profession. He is sought out by leading publications such as Selling Power Magazine, Sales and Marketing Magazine, as well as high profile websites like CareerBuilder.com and the Wall Street Journal's digital network for advice and insight as to the state of the selling profession.

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    1 Point

    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • Forums For The Future: Workplace Wellness (Live Session Only)

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/10/2020 at 1:00 PM (CST)

    Forums For The Future is an opportunity to connect with industry peers to discuss topics that are trending and to dive into them in a virtual small group format each month. This month's session will be led by the PPAI Professional Development Committee, and conversations will focus around workplace wellness, what resources and support to offer your staff. We encourage suppliers, distributors, business services professionals to lend their voices to the conversations. Please note this session will only be offered live and therefore, there will not be an on-demand version of this session to view. ​​

    Forums For The Future is an opportunity to connect with industry peers to discuss topics that are trending and to dive into them in a virtual small group format each month. This month's session will be led by the PPAI Professional Development Committee, and conversations will focus around workplace wellness, what resources and support to offer your staff. We encourage suppliers, distributors, business services professionals to lend their voices to the conversations. Please note this session will only be offered live and therefore, there will not be an on-demand version of this session to view.

    Austin Moody

    Business Development and Customer Experience Manager

    Austin Moody is a seven year industry veteran with a deep passion for merchandising and strategic branding solutions. Born and raised in the Midwest but always bringing a trendy insight to daily tasks, Austin is a self-proclaimed ‘foodie’ who is always in the know about what's new around town. A man who wears many hats, Austin takes great pride in being a crazy dog dad and he may or may not also be an ordained minister. When Austin isn't rolling out the red carpet for his clients, he enjoys a day at the lake, a fine tequila, and watching Dateline on pizza night Friday.  

    Goals:

    • Consistently provide an 'out of the box' experience for each client

    • Bring added value to every project that lands on my desk

    • Have fun but remain authentic to who I am as a person and the values I believe in

    Dan Edge

    Director of Sales

    Dan Edge is director of sales, North America, for supplier Peerless Umbrella Co. He has worked in the promotional products industry for more than 20 years and has served on the PPAI Supplier Committee as well as through the volunteer project pool. He is an active participant in regional association activities and is part of the Promo Kitchen Mentor Program. Outside the industry, Edge has worked in retail, sales management and buying, and grew up in the family business—running a children’s day camp—assisting in all facets, including staff director, counselor and sales. He volunteers with St. James Church and local athletic organizations. Edge has coached local youth sports for more than 12 years. In his free time, Edge enjoys running and taking kickboxing classes. His latest passion is boating, and he cherishes the time with his friends and family. Edge has been married to his wife, Elaine, for 24 years. They have two children: Abby, 20, and Connor, 18. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Syracuse University.

    David Lever, MAS

    Director of Sales

    David R. Lever, MAS, is the Global Director, Sales & Business Development with OTTO International “OTTO Cap”, Inc. Ontario, CA, a global leader in promotional caps and America’s Largest Cap Source. Prior to joining OTTO Cap David was Vice President, Sales with KOR Water. David serves on PPAI’s Professional Development Committee and is a Promo Kitchen Mentor. David’s passion for giving back and sharing his worldly knowledge is a natural fit to lead a discussion on Mentoring the current and next generation of Promotional Products Leaders. David is involved in other organizations like Challenged Athletes Foundation, on the Board of Advisors for Save the Arts and Medicines Global. In his spare time David likes to spend time with his wife Lori, children Zander and Zoe being outside Cycling, Skiing, Scuba Diving and adventure traveling.

    Andy Church

    Founder

    Andy Church founded Insight Quality in 2014 after 12 years living in Shenzhen, China and working in the quality assurance testing and supply chain support industry. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas with Chinese operations in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Yiwu, and Qingdao, Insight provides companies sourcing in Asia with a well-supported team that can take care of overseas sourcing and quality inspection needs.  Whether it’s a short-term emergency or a long-term QA strategy, Andy and his team can serve as your boots on the ground and partner in Asia. He has over 20 years of experience with the ins and outs of product development, manufacturing, social accountability, and quality assurance. 

    Erika Leary, MAS

    Operational Services Manager

    Erika Leary, MAS, manages Geiger's operational service functions to ensure quality, efficiency and customer satisfaction.  Erika has experience in adapting to the needs of staff that supports them physically, emotionally, professionally and personally. Erika works closely with her staff to provide flexibility in helping them be the best version of themselves to be successful in their role while maintaining the business needs to create workplace wellness. Erika is a member of The Junior League of Portland, ME whose mission is to affect change and improve the community through developing effective volunteer leadership.  She currently chairs their Leadership Development and Member Events committee. Erika has worked for Geiger since 2014, obtaining her MAS certification with PPAI and serves on PPAI's Professional Development committee. She holds BA in International Studies and MBA degrees from the University of Southern Maine. 


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    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • Forums For The Future: Adaptability (Live Session Only)

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/13/2020 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

    With virtual small group discussions, Forums For The Future is an opportunity to connect with industry peers to discuss topics that are trending and to dive into them in a virtual small group format each month. This month's session will be led by the PPAI SPARK Work Group and conversations will focus around coaching for adaptability. 2020 has shown us how important it is to adapt, and this discussion will be on best practices for getting company-wide adaptability. We encourage suppliers, distributors, business services professionals to lend their voices to the conversations. Please note this session will only be offered live and therefore, there will not be an on-demand version of this session to view.

    With virtual small group discussions, Forums For The Future is an opportunity to connect with industry peers to discuss topics that are trending and to dive into them in a virtual small group format each month. This month's session will be led by the PPAI SPARK Work Group and conversations will focus around coaching for adaptability. 2020 has shown us how important it is to adapt, and this discussion will be on best practices for getting company-wide adaptability. We encourage suppliers, distributors, business services professionals to lend their voices to the conversations. Please note this session will only be offered live and therefore, there will not be an on-demand version of this session to view.

    Taylor Borst

    Head of Communications and Public Relations

    Taylor Borst is head of communications and public relations for American Solutions for Business and has been a SPARK Work Group member from 2019-2020. After earning a bachelor’s degree in professional communications & emerging media from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, she joined the print and promo industry in 2015, specializing in digital storytelling, social media, promotional products, industry trends and supplier relations. Taylor is currently a Sous Chef with PromoKitchen, on PPAI SPARK work group, a contributing writer for PromoCorner and serves as an advocate for education and youth involvement in the industry.

    Meghan Kory

    Key Accounts Manager

    Meghan Kory is a Key Accounts Manager for Hit Promotional Products and has been a SPARK Work Group member from 2019-2021. Meghan Kory started in the industry in 2012, right aftergraduating from Georgia Southern University. My first role was Inside Saleswith Hit Promotional Products. Meghan went to Admints & Zagabor in 2014 as theSouth East Territory Manager. In 2015, Admints was acquired by Hit PromotionalProducts.

    Tosha Everhart

    Sock Boss

    Tosha Everhart is Sock Boss at Sock 101 and is a SPARK Work Group member from 2020-2022. After graduating with a bachelor’s in communication from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, she immersed herself into the world of marketing and social media, where her work eventually lead her to the promotional products industry just three years ago. Being fairly new to the industry, Everhart’s goal is to be more involved and volunteer where needed to continue to grow in the industry.

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    1 Point

    1. Once you have registered for the session, please add the calendar reminder since there will not be an on-demand viewing of this virtual session. When you go to open the session on the event day and time, please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please turn on your webcam and your computer mic since you will be in small group discussions the entire time to discuss the topic with your industry peers.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the session window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit.

  • Your Business Vaccine Virtual Session

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/29/2020

    ​In today’s climate, we are all searching and hoping for the quick fix to get back to normal. We all want that one shot to inject our organizations with success. But just as a vaccine takes time, you must take the steps today to create immunity from business illness including what you need to do daily, weekly, monthly and annually to get yourself on the path to success. In this session with Sara Webb, we’ll discuss the steps to prevent your business from sickness even in this climate.

    In today’s climate, we are all searching and hoping for the quick fix to get back to normal.  We all want that one shot to inject our organizations with success. But just as a vaccine takes time, you must take the steps today to create immunity from business illness including what you need to do daily, weekly, monthly and annually to get yourself on the path to success.  In this session with Sara Webb, we’ll discuss the steps to prevent your business from sickness even in this climate. 

    Sara Webb

    Owner - InTandem Promotions

    Sara Webb has more than 20 years of industry experience. With previous experiences as a buyer in a completely different industry, she became hooked on promotional products and its possibilities for branding organizations. In 1999, Sara began working in the promotional product industry where her true love for this industry flourished. 

    In 2013, Sara built InTandem Promotions. In her words, “Ever since I can remember, I have been a juggler. Juggling activities, career, family, friends and volunteering. I have learned through all of this juggling that I can do it myself. But it's far easier (not to mention more fun) to juggle with a partner.” And it was on that premise that the InTandem Promotions brand was created.     In owning InTandem, Sara has built not only a personal brand but also the brand of her organization. She is looking forward to sharing her experiences in developing as well as continually building the InTandem Brand Story.

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    1 Point

    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. During the live virtual session, participants will be asked to use their webcam and computer microphone to brainstorm with other participants during the session. 

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • Small Business Virtual Session: People Leadership

    Contains 6 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/22/2020

    For many small to mid-sized promotional products companies, managing and inspiring employees can seem like a full-time job. Especially when the workplace is completely disrupted as with coronavirus and you don't have an HR professional on staff. Fortunately, you're not alone and PPAI provides the resources to manage and engage your staff. Join Affinity HR Group's Claudia St. John to discuss common people management challenges including: How to avoid legal landmines when hiring & onboarding new talent, essential policies and processes for businesses of all sizes and current COVID-19 considerations including tele-working, leave management and social distancing practices Bring your questions and suggestions to this interactive webinar!

    For many small to mid-sized promotional products companies, managing and inspiring employees can seem like a full-time job. Especially when the workplace is completely disrupted as with coronavirus and you don't have an HR professional on staff. Fortunately, you're not alone and PPAI provides the resources to manage and engage your staff. Join Affinity HR Group's Claudia St. John to discuss common people management challenges including: How to avoid legal landmines when hiring & on boarding new talent, essential policies and processes for businesses of all sizes and current COVID-19 considerations including tele-working, leave management and social distancing practices

    Bring your questions and suggestions to this interactive webinar! Please note participants will be asked to turn on their webcams and their computer mics during the breakout activity sessions throughout the entire virtual session. 

    Claudia St. John

    President

    Claudia St. John is President of Affinity HR Group, LLC – a national human resources consulting firm that serves as an affinity partner for PPAI members. Claudia is an HR professional with 20 years' experience in global human resources, employee benefits, management consulting and communications. She specializes in strategic planning, employee engagement, organizational development, recruitment and executive career management.

    Claudia's prior experience includes serving as senior consultant for Mercer Human Resources Consulting, the nation's top HR consulting firm, in Washington DC and Geneva Switzerland, Vice President for People for POMCO Group, Manager of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's National Labor Office and Senior Policy Associate for the AFL-CIO. She holds an undergraduate degree in employee benefits and labor relations from The American University and a master's degree in business and public administration from The George Washington University. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and maintains many certifications in workplace testing.

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    1 Point

    1. Please use Chrome as your browser, once you have registered do not close the session launch page. Please note the session will open in a new window, please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off.

    2. For those attending the live virtual session: Please use your computer webcam and computer microphone to participate in the breakout activities throughout this session.

    3. For those attending the on-demand session: please pause the session to complete each of the activities throughout the session.

    4. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • Forums For The Future: Mentorship Best Practices (Live Session Only)

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Forums For The Future is an opportunity to connect with industry peers to discuss topics that are trending and to dive into them in a virtual small group format each month. This month's session will be led by the PPAI Professional Development Committee, and conversations will focus around mentorship best practices from the mentor and mentee perspective. We encourage suppliers, distributors, business services professionals to lend their voices to the conversations. Please note this session will only be offered live and therefore, there will not be an on-demand version of this session to view.

    Forums For The Future is an opportunity to connect with industry peers to discuss topics that are trending and to dive into them in a virtual small group format each month. This month's session will be led by the PPAI Professional Development Committee, and conversations will focus around mentorship best practices from the mentor and mentee perspective. We encourage suppliers, distributors, business services professionals to lend their voices to the conversations. Please note this session will only be offered live and therefore, there will not be an on-demand version of this session to view.

    Joy Smith, MAS

    Owner

    Joy Smith, MAS entered the Promotional Products industry in 1994 as a sales consultant for a local distributor. She founded Joy Of Advertising in 1999 and purchased RJs Apparel Graphics, Inc. in 2003. This screen print and embroidery company was a complementary companion for Joy Of Advertising. Joy is a Master Advertising Specialist (one of only 2 in the state of New Mexico) and is a trainer on the certification process, as well as, a mentor to many others. Joy is a PPAI Fellow. PPAI has presented Joy with service awards for Chairman of the MAS/CAS Certification Board and as a member of the Public Relations Council. She currently serves on the Professional Development Committee. She is also an advocate for PPAI. Joy is one of the Thirty "Exceptional Industry Women" who contributed to the book "What I Wish I Had Known" Copyright 2013. Joy was recognized by The National Congressional Committee and received the 2003 Leadership Award. She has been listed in the TOP 50 New Mexico Women owned business  twice. She has been nominated as a Woman of Influence in New Mexico. Joy volunteers in a number of areas, including but not limited to, Job Corps, the Rock @ Noonday Homeless Shelter and Southern Baptist Diasater Relief. Joy has had numerous articles and "How To" manuals published and has a new book in process about her mission work in Africa. Joy holds a Diploma in Pastoral Studies from SEAN College. She is licensed by the FCC, holding a general class  amteuer  radio license, She also holds certifications from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF).She loves educating and helping others pursue their dreams and watching them succeed.

    David Lever, MAS

    Director of Sales

    David R. Lever, MAS, is the Global Director, Sales & Business Development with OTTO International “OTTO Cap”, Inc. Ontario, CA, a global leader in promotional caps and America’s Largest Cap Source. Prior to joining OTTO Cap David was Vice President, Sales with KOR Water. David serves on PPAI’s Professional Development Committee and is a Promo Kitchen Mentor. David’s passion for giving back and sharing his worldly knowledge is a natural fit to lead a discussion on Mentoring the current and next generation of Promotional Products Leaders. David is involved in other organizations like Challenged Athletes Foundation, on the Board of Advisors for Save the Arts and Medicines Global. In his spare time David likes to spend time with his wife Lori, children Zander and Zoe being outside Cycling, Skiing, Scuba Diving and adventure traveling.

    Rhonda Reilly, MAS

    Director of Sales

    Rhonda Reilly,  is the Director of Sales, Promotional Products Division for Pilot Corporation of America for the past 5 ½ years.  Before entering the industry, she was a LPGA Tour Player, an unfortunate auto accident changed the course of her career.   As well as a lunch conversation with Ben Goldstein, the former owner of Points of Lights as he introduced her to the industry. Rhonda has been in a number of roles and companies in and outside the industry for some 20 years.  She is a volunteer on the Product Development Committee as well as a trustee on the PPEF Board.


    Dan Edge

    Director of Sales

    Dan Edge is director of sales, North America, for supplier Peerless Umbrella Co. He has worked in the promotional products industry for more than 20 years and has served on the PPAI Supplier Committee as well as through the volunteer project pool. He is an active participant in regional association activities and is part of the Promo Kitchen Mentor Program. Outside the industry, Edge has worked in retail, sales management and buying, and grew up in the family business—running a children’s day camp—assisting in all facets, including staff director, counselor and sales. He volunteers with St. James Church and local athletic organizations. Edge has coached local youth sports for more than 12 years. In his free time, Edge enjoys running and taking kickboxing classes. His latest passion is boating, and he cherishes the time with his friends and family. Edge has been married to his wife, Elaine, for 24 years. They have two children: Abby, 20, and Connor, 18. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Syracuse University.

    Jeff Franklin, CAS

    National Accounts Manager and Volunteer Committee Member

    Jeff Franklin’s career in the promotional products industry began in 2008 when he was tricked into taking a “free trip to Vegas” by Blue Chip, a promotional products distributor. The catch was to attend the education sessions and trade show at The PPAI Expo. Franklin went on to work on the distributor side of the business for five years before making the switch to Headwear USA, part of the Headwear Stockists Group, a global leader in headwear manufacturing since 1974. He began in a regional sales role serving the Baltimore metro area and then expanding to all of Maryland, and now he works as the national accounts manager. Franklin has also served on numerous volunteer committees for his regional association, Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) and is currently serving as vice resident. Franklin was also the inaugural chair for the SPARK workgroup.

    Joseph Miller

    Co-Owner

    Joseph Miller is the co-owner of Logotools and is a member of the PPAI Professional Development Committee.

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    1 Point

    1. Once you have registered for the session, please add the calendar reminder since there will not be an on-demand viewing of this virtual session. When you go to open the session on the event day and time, please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please turn on your webcam and your computer mic since you will be in small group discussions the entire time to discuss the topic with your industry peers.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the session window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit.

  • Culture Of Rebuilding Virtual Session

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/08/2020

    There’s no question that 2020 has been the year that turned our world upside down. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had no choice but to pivot and reassess the way we approach everything from how we socialize, how we communicate, and especially how we work. As we ease into the next normal, organizations are approaching a crossroads, a rare opportunity to choose: do they go back to the way things were, or do they rebuild their workplace culture for the better? This session will help you seize that chance to create something that surpasses what’s been left behind. Lisa Walden will present mindset-shifting insights on the future of work, and identify opportunities to improve your company’s culture so that your employees’ default mode is engaged, motivated, and thriving. Through this highly interactive session, Lisa will help you explore, in real time, the cultural strategies best suited for you and the future of your organization.

    There’s no question that 2020 has been the year that turned our world upside down. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had no choice but to pivot and reassess the way we approach everything from how we socialize, how we communicate, and especially how we work. As we ease into the next normal, organizations are approaching a crossroads, a rare opportunity to choose: do they go back to the way things were, or do they rebuild their workplace culture for the better? This session will help you seize that chance to create something that surpasses what’s been left behind. Lisa Walden will present mindset-shifting insights on the future of work, and identify opportunities to improve your company’s culture so that your employees’ default mode is engaged, motivated, and thriving. Through this highly interactive session, Lisa will help you explore, in real time, the cultural strategies best suited for you and the future of your organization.

    Lisa Walden

    Co-founder and Speaker

    Lisa X. Walden is a speaker, author, and consultant dedicated to helping people create authentic, empowering workplaces that don’t cause the dreaded Sunday scaries. As co-founder of Good Company Consulting, she’s delivered her message to organizations nationwide, and strives to create deep mindset shifts that help people better collaborate, communicate, and prepare for the workplace of the future. Lisa's work is centered on the (strangely revolutionary) concept that people and strategy don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Her presentations focus on how to wield the generational lens at work, best-practices for maintaining thriving cultures, and tactics for nurturing the single most important component of a healthy work environment—trust. By weaving together case-studies, stories, statistics, and the latest research, her content lays the groundwork for meaningful change that means more awesome workplaces.

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    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • SPARK 2020: Innovation, Design Thinking, And Getting Others On Board Series

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    This three part series from SPARK 2020 includes Innovation -The Future Of Your Business: Design Thinking Can Help!, Innovation Bootcamp and Getting Others On Board. These sessions all include brainstorming activities throughout the sessions. To get the most out of these sessions please pause the on-demand session, complete the activity, and the resume the session. And most importantly don't be afraid to start implementing those innovative changes!

    This three part series from SPARK 2020 includes Innovation -The Future Of Your Business: Design Thinking Can Help!, Innovation Bootcamp and Getting Others On Board. These sessions all include brainstorming activities throughout the sessions. To get the most out of these sessions please pause the on-demand session, complete the activity, and the resume the session. And most importantly don't be afraid to start implementing those innovative changes!

  • SPARK 2020: Innovation Bootcamp And How To Apply It To Real Life Challenges

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/16/2020

    In this session with Julia Maddox participants will learn how to turn challenges into opportunities for innovation. In this fast-paced workshop, participants will rapidly expand their ability to identify problems and generate creative, human-centered solutions. This session builds upon Julia's previous session Innovation - The Future of Your Business: Design Thinking Can Help! that provided the foundation for design thinking. This Innovation Bootcamp will implement that design thinking and put it into practice and apply it to your business. For this on-demand view, please pause the recording and participate in the activities. Once you've completed the activities then press play and continue with the session, this will ensure you are able to get the most out of this session.

    In this session with Julia Maddox participants will learn how to turn challenges into opportunities for innovation. In this fast-paced workshop, participants will rapidly expand their ability to identify problems and generate creative, human-centered solutions. This is the second session with Julia Maddox that builds upon her previous session Innovation - The Future of Your Business: Design Thinking Can Help! provides the foundation for design thinking. This Innovation Bootcamp will implement that design thinking and put it into practice and apply it to your business. The third session in this series of sessions by Julia Maddox is SPARK 2020: Getting Others On Board With Your Innovative Idea.

    For this on-demand view, please pause the recording and participate in the activities. Once you've completed the activities then press play and continue with the session, this will ensure you are able to get the most out of this session.

    Julia Maddox

    Founder, Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries

    Julia Maddox is a consultant, campaign strategist, and educator who helps teams build their capacity for creative problem solving. She’s also the founder of the Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries, an innovation center that helps students explore ideas for addressing the world’s toughest problems. Julia has over a decade of experience leading high-performing teams and is a popular presenter on the topic of creativity and innovation. Julia Maddox is recognized as an expert in community-centered innovation, public affairs, sustainable community development, program design, change management, and stakeholder engagement.

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    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • SPARK 2020: Getting Others On Board With Your Innovative Idea

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/16/2020

    Join this session with Julia Maddox as she helps explain best practices in how to get others on board with you innovative idea. Participants will learn how to get stakeholder buy-in and talk through proto-typing their solutions. To get the most out of this session, please pause the on-demand session and complete the brainstorming activities.

    Join this session with Julia Maddox as she helps explain best practices in how to get others on board with you innovative idea. Participants will learn how to get stakeholder buy-in and talk through proto-typing their solutions. To get the most out of this session, please pause the on-demand session and complete the brainstorming activities. This session is the third session in a series of sessions with Julia Maddox; her first session that creates a foundation of design thinking is entitled Innovation - The Future Of Your Business: Design Thinking Can Help! and her second session was entitled SPARK 2020: Innovation Bootcamp And How To Apply It To Real Life Challenges.

    For this on-demand view, please pause the recording and participate in the activities. Once you've completed the activities then press play and continue with the session, this will ensure you are able to get the most out of this session.

    Julia Maddox

    Founder, Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries

    Julia Maddox is a consultant, campaign strategist, and educator who helps teams build their capacity for creative problem solving. She’s also the founder of the Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries, an innovation center that helps students explore ideas for addressing the world’s toughest problems. Julia has over a decade of experience leading high-performing teams and is a popular presenter on the topic of creativity and innovation. Julia Maddox is recognized as an expert in community-centered innovation, public affairs, sustainable community development, program design, change management, and stakeholder engagement.

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    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • The Power Of Mindfulness To Achieve Your Dreams Sponsored By WLC 2020

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/24/2020

    How you show up at work and the choices you make every day elevate you toward your personal success. When you flourish, you contribute to the success of the people around you, as well as your company's culture and its bottom line. Regardless of your role, this session with Sydra Newell will teach you the wisdom and tools to harness the power of mindfulness and fuel your personal success.

    How you show up at work and the choices you make every day elevate you toward your personal success. When you flourish, you contribute to the success of the people around you, as well as your company's culture and its bottom line. Regardless of your role, this session with Sydra Newell will teach you the wisdom and tools to harness the power of mindfulness and fuel your personal success.

    Sydra Newell

    Business Development Manager

    Sydra Newell has 20 years of industry experience, which she began working as a sales executive at Handstands. She then moved to SnugZ USA as the national sales manager—most importantly, because she asked for the opportunity. She was promoted to vice president of sales, serving in that position for five years before being appointed to business development manager. She has served on the WLC planning committee and will join the PPEF board in 2020. Sydra incorporates her passions for kundalini yoga and traveling the world into her work environment to create an authentic experience for her customers and work associates.

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  • Tactical Crisis Communication: Knowing What To Say And When To Say It

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/10/2020

    ​A crisis of any king can threaten your organization's brand image at a moment's notice, requiring you to act faster than ever before to effectively communicate. It's more important than ever not only to have a plan in place to respond to these crises, but also to train your team in appropriate techniques, authentic responses, and strategic engagement to steer the conversation. It is critical to send messages via proper channels to reach internal and external stakeholders. This session will be applicable for business owners and managers for business best practices beyond COVID-19.

    A crisis of any king can threaten your organization's brand image at a moment's notice, requiring you to act faster than ever before to effectively communicate. It's more important than ever not only to have a plan in place to respond to these crises, but also to train your team in appropriate techniques, authentic responses, and strategic engagement to steer the conversation. It is critical to send messages via proper channels to reach internal and external stakeholders. Award-winning branding and business communication strategist, Shakira Brown will share essential communication best practices to help instill trust and mitigate reputation damage on the onset of a crisis. Whether you're looking to bolster your reputation or better respond to situations at any time without notice, you'll learn the value of transparency and quick response. Plus, find out which crisis response tools to use and when to use them.

    Shakira M. Brown

    CEO

    Shakira M. Brown is an award-winning professional branding and business communication speaker and former network television broadcast journalist. She is the CEO of SMB Strategic Media LLC, a firm that helps businesses get to the heart of why the customers/clients buy their goods and services, helping them clarify their message via strategic brand messaging. Brown is also the lead marketing consultant for America’s Small Business Development Center at The College of New Jersey. She has won more than 13 industry awards in various disciplines for her work. Brown frequently shares her expertise at national conferences and corporate workshops as well as with the media, such as American Express Open, Crain’s Chicago, PR Week, Brand Week andSmart Money, and she is also a contributing writer for BlackEnterprise.com.

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  • How To Bounce Back After A Crisis & Get Back To Business

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/03/2020

    Getting back to business seems like a no-brainer doesn’t it? Well, it is not going to be so simple for you or your customers. This webinar with Jeff Tobe will look at six things you need to do to ensure you are back up and running in a new environment.

    Getting back to business seems like a no-brainer doesn’t it? Well, it is not going to be so simple for you or your customers. This webinar with Jeff Tobe will look at six things you need to do to ensure you are back up and running in a new environment.

    Jeff Tobe

    Speaker and Author

    Jeff Tobe is a Certified Professional Speaker and author, known for his popular book, Coloring Outside the Lines, and for co-author of best-sellers, The Sales Coach and The Communication Coach. Over the past 20 years, Tobe has traveled the world as a speaker, trainer and business consultant, educating professionals on practices to improve the customer experience. He prides himself on presenting up-to-the-minute, cutting-edge material as it relates to designing the ideal customer experience by engaging people more in their day-to-day tasks. He was named one of the top 15 speakers in North America by Convention & Meetings magazine, and has spoken to clients, including PNC Bank, Microsoft, RE/MAX International, Erickson Living, The Dubai Water Authority and Pepsi Cola International.

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  • A Road Map To Successful Transactions

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/27/2020

    This webinar presented by Rama Beerfas, MAS, CTSM will give distributors a progression of steps they can take in the order process to ensure the best possible results on each and every order. The process & steps can be tailored to fit your needs and the software systems you are using.

    It’s easy to believe that all we have to do as distributors is give the client product options, take the order and send it to the supplier. After that, we can just sit back and relax with our favorite beverage, right? Wrong! There are so many pieces of information involved in making sure that what is delivered to the client is the right product with the right imprint and on time for their needs. What can we do to make sure that we get the order right so that the client comes back again, and the supplier wants to continue doing business with us? This webinar presented by Rama Beerfas, MAS, CTSM will give distributors a series of steps they can take in the order process to ensure the best possible results on each and every order. The process & steps can be tailored to fit your needs and the software systems you are using.  

    Rama Beerfas, MAS, CTSM

    Chief Solutions Specialist, Lev Promotions

    Rama Beerfas, MAS, CTSM, is the chief solutions specialist of San Diego, California-based Lev Promotions, a promotional marketing consulting company founded in 2002. Lev Promotions' three areas of expertise include promotional products, trade-show marketing and event marketing. The recommended products and services integrate client branding, goals and target market demographics using a holistic marketing approach.

    Beerfas’ professional background includes extensive work in retail, banking, hospitality management and the nonprofit sectors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Cal State, Northridge, and a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Beerfas also earned her Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) certification from PPAI in 2017 and is received her CTSM (Certified Trade Show Marketer) through Exhibitor in 2019.

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  • Cyber Security Best Practices

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/06/2020

    Phishing, Ransomware, Breaches, Exploits, Viruses, and Malware. These are all terms that you've probably heard when someone is talking about IT, Network, and Cyber Security. With the rapid increase in technology and data storage, so too comes the rise in data breaches. The Promotional Products and many other industries continue to be targeted by cyber criminals who are finding ways to gain access to business systems and drop malicious content or attempt to extort business of all sizes for money through ransomware. This webinar presented by David Jackson (GSEC), Director of Information Technology for Sweda Company (Supplier) and Mike Pfeiffer, VP of Technology for American Solutions for Business (Distributor) will cover Cyber Security best practices and help provide some high-level insight into online threats to businesses so that they can better understand and manage the risk. It will also review several measures that will help companies prepare for and respond to data security incidents to protect their businesses from financial and reputation harm.

    Phishing, Ransomware, Breaches, Exploits, Viruses, and Malware.  These are all terms that you've probably heard when someone is talking about IT, Network, and Cyber Security.  With the rapid increase in technology and data storage, so too comes the rise in data breaches. The Promotional Products and many other industries continue to be targeted by cyber criminals who are finding ways to gain access to business systems and drop malicious content or attempt to extort business of all sizes for money through ransomware.
     
    This webinar presented by David Jackson (GSEC), Director of Information Technology for Sweda Company (Supplier) and Mike Pfeiffer, VP of Technology for American Solutions for Business (Distributor) will cover Cyber Security best practices and help provide some high-level insight into online threats to businesses so that they can better understand and manage the risk. It will also review several measures that will help companies prepare for and respond to data security incidents to protect their businesses from financial and reputation harm.

    David Jackson

    Director of IT, Sweda Company

    David Jackson serves as the Director of Information Technology for Sweda, an ASI Top 20 Supplier. Prior to joining the Sweda team in 2015, David worked in Executive Management and Technical Services for a number of top-tier firms in the Los Angeles area including: Rutan & Tucker, Stradling, Yocca, Carson, & Rauth, Orange Police Department, EB Bradley Company, and Exemplis Office Seating.

    With a passion for cyber security and education, David previously taught Network Security, Cisco, Novell, and Microsoft Certified courses for over 11 years at Coastline and Orange Coast Colleges. Outside of the office David’s creative endeavors include filmmaking, photography, and woodworking. You can find David on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube as @booyajoe.

    Mike Pfeiffer

    VP of Technology, American Solutions For Business

    Mike Pfeiffer is a technology executive who specializes in developing technical leaders and helping non-technical people understand complex technical concepts. He has over 30 years of experience, having served at a data and marketing solutions vendor, a consumer packaged goods company, a trade and expense management solutions provider, and Mayor.

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  • Why Strategy Is Better With Data Presented

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/29/2020

    In this 60 minute session, Dr. Vequist will describe the proven impact of using data, information and trends on strategic decision making. In addition, he will discuss common types of data that most businesses should be using and how to analyze the information in order to boost the veracity of decisions. Finally, he will cover some common heuristic models to help make strategic planning easier for busy leaders. All PPAI members are encouraged to attend this session.

    In this one 60 minute session, Dr. Vequist will describe the proven impact of using data, information and trends on strategic decision making. In addition, he will discuss common types of data that most businesses should be using and how to analyze the information in order to boost the veracity of decisions. Finally, he will cover some common heuristic models to help make strategic planning easier for busy leaders. All PPAI members are encouraged to attend this session.

    Dr. David Vequist

    Professor, University of Incarnate Word

    Dr. David Vequist is a speaker and author with more than 20 years of consulting, industry and research experience in issues surrounding the management of people, projects and tech. He is currently a tenured professor of management in the H-E-B School of Business & Administration at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, and is the director of two research institutes focusing on patient consumerism and predictive analysis. David has been an executive of a Fortune 500 company, a consultant of a Big 4 firm, and a speaker and author. He was the inventor of the Bloomberg BusinessWeek Edge Leadership Development Program, which was used by many of the largest corporations in the world. He has been involved in researching and thought leadership projects on five continents (including work for the UN) and has been interviewed by the New York Times, AARP Magazine, Houston Chronicle, Consumers’ Digest, Reuters, Travel + Leisure Magazine, Texas CEO Magazine, Voice of America, Workforce Magazine, San Antonio Business Journal, and Texas Public Ratio.

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  • CARES Act: What Small Businesses Need To Know

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/13/2020

    Are you a small business owner? This is the session you need to stay up to speed with the CARES Act for your promo industry business.

    Are you a small business owner? This is the session you need to stay up to speed with the CARES Act for your promo industry business. 

    H.R. 748, named the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is intended to help businesses mitigate their Coronavirus-related losses. With a total value of $2 trillion, the legislation authorizes federal funding for states, companies, individuals, and other entities adversely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, and expands the eligibility criteria for the relief programs. This law has significant implications for the promotional products industry. It provides disaster relief for industry companies, including deferred tax payments, loans with forgiveness options, and direct payments to businesses and individuals. Join this session as Cory Halliburton, Cliff Andrews, Maurice Norris and Anne Stone discuss the law and the promo industry.


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  • CARES Act And What It Means For The Industry

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/03/2020

    H.R. 748, named the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, modifies elements of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 to help businesses mitigate their Coronavirus-related losses. With a total value of $2 trillion, the legislation authorizes federal funding for states, companies, individuals, and other entities adversely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, and expands the eligibility criteria for the relief programs. This law has significant implications for the promotional products industry. It provides disaster relief for industry companies, including deferred tax payments, loans with forgiveness options, and direct payments to businesses and individuals. Join this session as Cory Halliburton, Cliff Andrews, Maurice Norris and Anne Stone discuss the law and the promo industry.

    H.R. 748, named the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, modifies elements of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 to help businesses mitigate their Coronavirus-related losses. With a total value of $2 trillion, the legislation authorizes federal funding for states, companies, individuals, and other entities adversely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, and expands the eligibility criteria for the relief programs.  This law has significant implications for the promotional products industry. It provides disaster relief for industry companies, including deferred tax payments, loans with forgiveness options, and direct payments to businesses and individuals. Join this session as Cory Halliburton, Cliff Andrews, Maurice Norris and Anne Stone discuss the law and the promo industry. 

    Paul Bellantone, CAE

    President and Chief Executive Officer of the Promotional Products Association International

    Paul Bellantone, CAE, is president and CEO of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the not-for-profit association for more than 16,000 member companies in the $24.7 billion-dollar promotional products industry. Bellantone is responsible for executing the strategies and vision of the PPAI Board of Directors and advocating for the industry and its professional practitioners. His focus on delivering compelling member value and business-building products and services, combined with his commitment to active and meaningful member communication, has helped PPAI achieve marked growth. Bellantone holds a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a master’s in business administration from the School of Management at Texas Woman's University. He is a Certified Association Executive and is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives, the American Marketing Association, the Dallas/Fort Worth AMA and a board trustee for The Forum: Business Results Through People.

    Cory Halliburton

    Attorney At Law

    Cory Halliburton is an attorney with the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber. He has served as General Counsel for PPAI since May 2014 and since that time he has participated in just about every PPAI Board meeting and strategic planning session and has reviewed hundreds of contracts for PPAI. He also supports in-house counsel of publicly traded companies and executives in the tax-exempt organizations space in their drafting and negotiation of substantial vendor agreements. 

    Cory Halliburton graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2003 and, among other accolades, was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.

    Cliff Andrews

    Lobbyist

    An accomplished executive leader, Cliff Andrews has 19 years of experience serving as a chief advocate and advisor to association clients on public policy, public relations, and mission-focused association management in an ever-changing political and economic landscape. He possesses a proven track record of helping non-profit associations protect their members by leading transformational change, establishing meaningful strategic alliances, and exercising sound judgment in making difficult policy decisions. Cliff combines his ability to inspire teamwork with an inherent leadership strength that gets things done despite tight timelines and challenging environments.

    Cliff currently is the Principal of CapCity Advocates, LLC, a federal government relations firm that he opened in 2004. In this role, he partners with associations to deliver a wide range of policy issues management, coalition management, and association advisement services. Previously, Cliff served as the Director of Government Relations for Butera & Andrews, a law firm in Washington, D.C. He was also a congressional staffer and spent time in the financial services sector for AXA Advisors and New York Life, where he secured investments and insurance for small businesses and families.

    Cliff works in a bipartisan manner before Congress, regulators, and private sector stakeholder groups on a variety of pertinent policy issues including, but not limited to: privacy, data security, BSA/AML regulation, mortgage lending standards, annuity regulation and taxation, financial professional standards of care, small-dollar lending regulation, retirement savings tax policy, independent contractor tax policy, and tariffs. In addition, he enhances the value proposition for associations by developing industry partner strategic relationships; engaging in membership development, vendor relations and conference planning; facilitating webinars; speaking at conferences; and serving on committees.

    Highly regarded as a strong voice and trusted board advisor, Cliff possesses a unique ability to maximize limited resources through focused plans and core strategic alliances to consistently generate positive results for those he serves.

    He has successfully represented the National Association for Fixed Annuities, the National Pawnbrokers Association, the Promotional Products Association International, the Coalition for Fair and Affordable Lending, FM Watch, and Surgical Development Partners among others.

    Cliff holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Management from George Washington University, a Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University, and a Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives. He is a true “Washingtonian,” born and raised in the nation’s capital. Cliff lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, daughter, son, and Alaskan Malamute.

     


    Anne Stone, CAE

    Director of Advocacy and Member Engagement

    Anne Stone, CAE is the director of advocacy and member engagement at PPAI, responsible for guiding PPAI's legislative and government relations efforts, which includes taking a contingent of PPAI members to Washington, D.C., to advocate directly to U.S. lawmakers on issues important to the promotional products industry. Stone also oversees the Association's product responsibility programs, including the development of industry best practices and the PPAI Product Safety Summit, a two-day education event focused specifically on product responsibility issues. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Advisory Council and the Product Responsibility Advisory Group.

    Maurice Norris

    Public Affairs Manager

    Maurice is the public affairs manager for PPAI. He monitors legislative and regulatory developments affecting the promotional products industry. Maurice also assists members with compliance challenges facing their businesses and helps them advocate for their companies with various aspects and levels of government. Maurice also serves on the board of the Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition.

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  • Generation SPARK Podcast: Lead, Don't Manage

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/03/2020

    Join us for this episode of Generation SPARK. Learn to manage a remote team based on each individual’s strengths and weaknesses using Predictive Index to optimize solutions. We will dive into discussions with Dr. Leah Flynn Gallant and Alicia Skipper on the topic of predictive index assessments and personality tests in the business environment and what it’s all about. This session will help to explain how to get to know your team and how to improve communication and cohesiveness even when working remote.

    Join us for this 30 minute episode of Generation SPARK. Learn to manage a remote team based on each individual’s strengths and weaknesses using Predictive Index to optimize solutions. We will dive into discussions with Dr. Leah Flynn Gallant and Alicia Skipper on the topic of predictive index assessments and personality tests in the business environment and what it’s all about. This session will help to explain how to get to know your team and how to improve communication and cohesiveness even when working remote. 

    Alicia Skipper, CPIM

    Promo Guru

    Alicia Skipper, CPIM is the PromoGuru at PromoPros. Alicia enjoys finding new and exciting products to share with our clients to help promote their messages. She joined the workgroup for SPARK in 2019 and could not be more thrilled. She has earned the designation of Incentive Professional (IP), and Certified Professional of Incentive Marketing (CPIM) in the incentive industry, and aims to show that same level enthusiasm in everything she does. Alicia is the host of the Generation SPARK Podcast, which dives deeper into SPARK Conference topics, attendee perspectives, presenter insights, and more!

    Dr. Leah Flynn Gallant

    Professor and Speaker

    Dr. Leah Flynn Gallant has worked in student affairs and leadership development for close to 20 years. She is the Associate Dean for the Student Organizations, Leadership and Engagement Office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and provides oversight for a number of leadership initiatives on campus, such as LeaderShape and the Community Catalyst Leadership Program that matches alumni leadership coaches with sophomore student. In addition to her leadership work, Leah completed her PhD at Syracuse University in Cultural Foundations of Education. She also received her Masters in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse. In May, she will take on the position of Talent Development Consultant in the Alumni Association/Resource Development shared services area at MIT.

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  • Clone Yourself With Virtual Assistants

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/02/2020

    If you've ever felt like there just aren't enough hours in the day or that you need to clone yourself, then this is the session for you. Sam Kabert will teach you how to hire your first VA (virtual assistant) all the way up to managing a team of VAs. During this session, you will learn about tasks that are wasting your time, address common concerns about VA, and create an action plan for you to implement when you are back at the office.

    If you've ever felt like there just aren't enough hours in the day or that you need to clone yourself, then this is the session for you. Sam Kabert will teach you how to hire your first VA (virtual assistant) all the way up to managing a team of VAs. During this session, you will learn about tasks that are wasting your time, address common concerns about VA, and create an action plan for you to implement when you are back at the office.

    Sam Kabert

    Creative Director, SwagWorx

    Sam Kabert, also known as “SwagSam,” is the creative director of SwagWorx, a brand relationship agency and the founder of the WhatUp! Silicon Valley podcast network. A risk-taker who embraces permanent beta, Kabert is leading the transformation of his family-run office supplies business into a promotional products’ powerhouse. His podcast network hosts several podcasts, including The Sam and Serg Show, Mojo Mondays, Sweet Home Silicon Valley, That Valley Vibe and, most recently, Dating Silicon Valley. He has also published two books in the “Success with Swag(ger)” series, Working with Virtual Assistants to Grow Your Business and The Written Goal, and co-operates a YouTube series, EatUp Silicon Valley, where he explores the local food scene.

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