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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this episode, PPAI PromoTalks Presents: “Expert Advice For Secure Credit Practices” with our panel of credit experts: Mike Hopkins, Credit Manager at Paramount Apparel; Chris Birdwell, Credit Strategies Manager at Pioneer Balloon Company; Eric McMahon, Credit Manager at Leed’s and Diane Crimmins, CBF, CGA, Group Manager for the Promotional Products Industry Credit Group AND program administrator for PPAI Credit Services powered by Forius. Our panelists today are involved in the Industry Credit Group, are members of National Association of Credit Management (NACM) and are active users of the PPAI Credit Services platform. Our moderator is Tina Berres Filipski, director of publications and editor at PPAI. Listen to expert advice from our panelists as they discuss their best business practices and share their experiences.

    In this episode, PPAI PromoTalks Presents: “Expert Advice For Secure Credit Practices” with our panel of credit experts: Mike Hopkins, Credit Manager at Paramount Apparel; Chris Birdwell, Credit Strategies Manager at Pioneer Balloon Company; Eric McMahon, Credit Manager at Leed’s and Diane Crimmins, CBF, CGA, Group Manager for the Promotional Products Industry Credit Group AND program administrator for PPAI Credit Services powered by Forius. Our panelists today are involved in the Industry Credit Group, are members of National Association of Credit Management (NACM) and are active users of the PPAI Credit Services platform.
    Our moderator is Tina Berres Filipski, director of publications and editor at PPAI. Listen to expert advice from our panelists as they discuss their best business practices and share their experiences. 

    Eric McMahon

    Eric McMahon has worked over 17 years in credit management. He spent the first eight years were with Sherwin Williams in the painting and coatings industry, before moving over to Polyconcept North America as their credit manager in 2012. Eric joined the National Promotional Products Credit Group (NPPCG) in 2012. Shortly after in 2015, he began serving on the board of directors as a Director-at-Large. His education began with a bachelor’s in Business Administration from SUNY at Oswego, followed by receiving an MBA from Waynesburg University. Eric is currently working toward a certification with the NACM.

    DIane Crimmins

    Diane Crimmins is a 42-year veteran of NACM North Central, DBA: Forius and PPAI Credit Services. She earned her CBA (Credit Business Associate) Designation from NACM North Central in 1994 and her CBF (Credit Business Fellow) Designation in 2004. She serves as Group Manager for several industry groups, including the National Promotional Products Credit Group. She has been working with the Promotional Products Group since 1999 and PPAI since 2000. Diane has been married for 37 years, they have two children and two grandchildren.

    Chris Birdwell

    Chris Birdwell has been working in the credit profession for over 30 years. For last 19, he has held the position of Credit Strategies Manager for Pioneer Balloon Company in Wichita, KS. He is currently CFDD National Vice Chairman overseeing Membership Services and Publicity for (NACM) the National Association of Credit Management. His leadership pathway includes serving as a board member for NACM's National Promotional Products Credit Group for the past 20 years and holding positions of Education Chairman, Vice Chair, and National Chairman. Chris served three years as president of Wichita chapter of Credit and Financial Development Division (CFDD) and two years as Area Director, earning him the special “Star Award” and “Key to Success” in 2019 for the Wichita chapters excellence and for organizing OKC CFDD new chapter launch. Chris believes it is critical that credit teams are recognized as 'Profit Centers' that maximize sales and mitigate risk, while protecting one of the largest corporate assets.

    Mike Hopkins

    Mike Hopkins has worked in the credit field over 30 years, spending the last 26 years at Paramount Apparel International, a privately owned business that wholesales headwear and apparel to a diverse customer base. Paramount Apparel sells to the promotional products market, but also services the golf industry, major sporting goods, discount, and department store chains as well as high-end specialty boutique stores. Mike is responsible for all aspects of credit and collections and has one other staff person.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The PRO Act, H.R. 842, makes significant changes to current labor law that will harm the promotional products industry by banning the independent contractor model. Join PPAI’s D.C.-based lobbyist Cliff Andrews and PPAI’s Public Affairs Manager Maurice Norris as they discuss the implications of this proposed legislation on industry companies and how listeners can help oppose it in this PPAI PromoTalks podcast, presented by PPB magazine. Kristina Valdez, associate editor, moderates this valuable discussion. This podcast is brought to you by Kaeser & Blair. The House is expected to consider H.R. 842 as early as March 9, with a possible vote happening this week. Click here to quickly email and call members of Congress to educate them about why independent contractors in the promotional products industry do not want to be forced to reclassify as employees.

    The PRO Act, H.R. 842, makes significant changes to current labor law that will harm the promotional products industry by banning the independent contractor model. Join PPAI’s D.C.-based lobbyist Cliff Andrews and PPAI’s Public Affairs Manager Maurice Norris as they discuss the implications of this proposed legislation on industry companies and how listeners can help oppose it in this PPAI PromoTalks podcast, presented by PPB magazine. Kristina Valdez, associate editor, moderates this valuable discussion. This podcast is brought to you by Kaeser & Blair.
    The House is expected to consider H.R. 842 as early as March 9, with a possible vote happening this week. Click here to quickly email and call members of Congress to educate them about why independent contractors in the promotional products industry do not want to be forced to reclassify as employees.

    Maurice Norris

    PPAI

    Maurice Norris is the public affairs manager for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). Currently, Maurice manages the government relations and product responsibility programs at PPAI. In these roles, 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.

    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.

     


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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Fifty-two industry companies were named to this year’s list of PPB’s Greatest Companies To Work For based on nominations and survey ratings from their employees. What does it take to create a work environment that breeds such a high level of employee satisfaction and ensures workers are productive, happy and thriving—even through a pandemic? Top leaders from four of this year’s winning companies will discuss what works for them and share their secrets to creating a workplace culture where employees feel valued, engaged and satisfied. Sponsored by Kaeser & Blair

    Fifty-two industry companies were named to this year’s list of PPB’s Greatest Companies To Work For based on nominations and survey ratings from their employees. What does it take to create a work environment that breeds such a high level of employee satisfaction and ensures workers are productive, happy and thriving—even through a pandemic? Top leaders from four of this year’s winning companies will discuss what works for them and share their secrets to creating a workplace culture where employees feel valued, engaged and satisfied.  Sponsored by Kaeser & Blair

    Joshua White

    SVP, Strategic Growth

    BAMKO

    Joshua White is BAMKO’s SVP of Strategic Growth. In this role, he focuses on the long-term strategic initiatives that contribute to BAMKO’s top-line revenue growth. These efforts include M&A, strategic partnerships, talent acquisition, expansion into new business verticals and markets, oversight of PR and marketing efforts, development of brand strategy, and strategic sales communication. In 2018, White was named a PPB Rising Star and to Counselor magazine’s Hot List. Since joining the company in 2013, BAMKO has grown from $20 million in sales to over $200 million in 2020, becoming the fastest growing Top 10 Distributor in the industry during that time. A passionate advocate for BAMKO’s unique culture, White takes a particular interest in the preservation and continuous improvement of that culture, describing it as BAMKO’s “core competency.”  

    Alan Vaught

    President

    Evans Manufacturing, Inc.

    Alan Vaught is president and co-founder of Evans Manufacturing, Inc. in Garden Grove, California. He has led the company for the past 26 years. Evans manufactures a large percentage of the products they sell and operates in two manufacturing facilities, one in Southern California, and one in Nogales, Mexico. When not working, Vaught enjoys sailing, skiing and other outdoor activities. 

    Laura Ward

    CEO/President

    Ward Promotional Marketing Solutions, Inc.

    Laura Ward is CEO/President of distributor Ward Promotional Marketing Solutions in Modesto, California. She has spent 35 years in the promotional industry for 35 years, working as an independent contractor for 15 years before launching the company with her husband, Jay, in 2001.

    Nigel Harris

    CEO

    Powerstick

    Nigel Harris is CEO and co-founder of PowerStick.com based in Ottawa, Canada. PowerStick was founded to design and develop unique tech products for the promotional industry. As CEO, his business goals have all been centered around the creation of teams and the art of exceeding expectations. PowerStick employs a culture that fosters complete transparency and a commitment to quality and fairness for both employees and customers.

    Tina Filipski (Moderator)

    Director of Publications/Editor

    PPAI

    Tina Berres Filipski heads up PPAI's publications team, which is responsible for producing PPB, PPB Newslink, Promotional Consultant Today and PromoTalks podcasts. She's also staff liaison to the Editorial Advisory Committee.

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    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.

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/21/2021

    WLC 2021 D2U offers education focused on business strategies and how to rise to today's challenges. Like our past live events, WLC 2021 D2U will be facilitated by subject matter experts and leaders in promo. This year we will focus on learning to rise above adversity and choosing to make a difference. The first 75 registrants will receive a WLC 2021 D2U care package, and every attendee will earn 9.0 MAS level education credits.

    WLC 2021 D2U offers education focused on business strategies and how to rise to today's challenges.  Like our past live events, WLC 2021 D2U will be facilitated by subject matter experts and leaders in promo.   This year we will focus on learning to rise above adversity and choosing to make a difference.

    The first 75 registrants will receive a WLC 2021 D2U care package, and every attendee will earn 9.0 MAS level education credits.

    Registration for members is $325, with additional company members at $275. Associate pricing is $425.  For Group/Same Company Registration or Site Questions, contact Shannon Johnson at shannnonj@ppai.org.

    To register for any of PPAI's live education events, individuals must be listed on the company roster of a business in The PPAI Directory. Each registration requires an individual login. 

    For assistance logging in, contact Membership at 888-426-7724 ext. 3900 or email Membership@ppai.org.

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    For the conference agenda, speaker list, round table discussion information or the sponsorship list, check out our event site.

    Refunds will be issued, minus a $75 processing fee, up to and including, Wednesday, June 9, 2021.  After Wednesday, June 9, 2021, refunds will not be issued. Refunds will not be issued for conference no-shows. All cancellations must be emailed to Shannon Johnson.

  • Contains 26 Product(s)

    Register for all your required courses here. You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package. Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org Please note in order to start working on your CAS please make sure you have completed the TAS Certificate program first.

    Register for all your CAS required courses in one step.  You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package.

    Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org

    Please note in order to start working on your CAS please make sure you have completed the TAS Certificate program first.

  • Contains 26 Product(s)

    In our Canadian CAS version, the U.S.-specific courses have been replaced with different content. Register for all your required courses here. You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package. Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org Please note in order to start working on your CAS please make sure you have completed the TAS Certificate program first.

    Register for all your CAS required courses in one step.  You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package.

    Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org

    Please note in order to start working on your CAS please make sure you have completed the TAS Certificate program first.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Revenue. Cost of goods sold. Interest expense. Taxes. These are just a few of the items that make up your company's profit and loss statement and are important facts to know as your build your company and grow your business. Jamie Watson, MAS, financial analyst at Certified Marketing Consultants, knows the ins and outs of both the financial and promo markets. If you're new to the industry or re-building your business, this session is for you.

    Revenue. Cost of goods sold. Interest expense. Taxes. These are just a few of the items that make up your company's profit and loss statement and are important facts to know as your build your company and grow your business. Jamie Watson, MAS, financial analyst at Certified Marketing Consultants, knows the ins and outs of both the financial and promo markets. If you're new to the industry or re-building your business, this session is for you.

    Jamie Watson, MAS, CPA

    Senior Financial Analyst for Certified Marketing Consultants, LLC

    Jamie Watson has been involved in various aspects of Finance and Accounting for over 20 years.  She qualified as a CPA in the state of Indiana in 2001 where she started her career in public accounting. She shifted to mergers and acquisitions when she came to work at Certified Marketing Consultants.  Jamie has been involved in the consulting of both supplier and distributor companies in the Promotional Products Industry for 14 years. Her passion is helping her clients meet or exceed their financial goals.  

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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Do you know what it takes to build a healthy business?  Do you struggle with the operational necessities of running a strong company?  Join Jamie Watson, MAS, CPA as she addresses the many challenges business owners face and the right strategies to implement to make it successful.

    Do you know what it takes to build a healthy business?  Do you struggle with the operational necessities of running a strong company?  Join Jamie Watson, MAS, CPA as she addresses the many challenges business owners face and the right strategies to implement to make it successful.

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  • Contains 16 Product(s)

    Register for all your required courses here. You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package. Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org Please note in order to earn your MAS please make sure you have completed the CAS Certification first.

    The Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Program requires the following:

    1. Have a current CAS Certification 
    2. Complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org
    3. Complete 35 MAS elective credits 
    4. Re-certification every three years (by earning 30 additional CAS or MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application) 



  • Contains 16 Product(s)

    In our Canadian MAS version, the U.S.-specific courses have been replaced with different content. Register for all your required courses here. You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package. Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org Please note in order to earn your MAS please make sure you have completed the CAS Certification first.

    The Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Program requires the following:

    1. Have a current CAS Certification 
    2. Complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org
    3. Complete 35 MAS elective credits 
    4. Re-certification every three years (by earning 30 additional CAS or MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application) 



  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Let’s face it, over the past year, many traditional, in-person prospecting and sales methods essentially disappeared due to social distancing. Since then, distributors who lacked alternatives have struggled to attract, convert and maintain business. In this session, industry veteran David Blaise of TopSecrets.com reveals 7 critical steps that will allow you to re-engage your clients, adapt your messaging, initiate more conversations, and sell more promos.

    Let’s face it, over the past year, many traditional, in-person prospecting and sales methods essentially disappeared due to social distancing. Since then, distributors who lacked alternatives have struggled to attract, convert and maintain business. In this session, industry veteran David Blaise of TopSecrets.com reveals 7 critical steps that will allow you to re-engage your clients, adapt your messaging, initiate more conversations, and sell more promos.

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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    How can you prepare your business for recovery when this crisis is over? BDO’s Sean Murphy and Brian Collins will highlight what’s wrong and what’s right with that question. They will highlight threats accelerated by COVID-19, the phases of recovery they’re seeing in the global marketplace and the challenges businesses face along the way. They will identify steps you can take now to position your business for success.  

    How can you prepare your business for recovery when this crisis is over? BDO’s Sean Murphy and Brian Collins will highlight what’s wrong and what’s right with that question. They will highlight threats accelerated by COVID-19, the phases of recovery they’re seeing in the global marketplace and the challenges businesses face along the way. They will identify steps you can take now to position your business for success.  

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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Businesses, consumers, and investors have experienced unprecedented conditions over the past year. During this session, Edward Jones' Investment Strategist Craig Fehr will provide an outlook for the economy and financial markets, offering perspective on the business environment that may lay ahead.

    Businesses, consumers, and investors have experienced unprecedented conditions over the past year. During this session, Edward Jones' Investment Strategist Craig Fehr will provide an outlook for the economy and financial markets, offering perspective on the business environment that may lay ahead.

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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.

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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Are the changes in today’s marketplace an opportunity for prosperity or a pain in the neck? In this session, Johnny Campbell will address discuss how business professionals can effectively lead and navigate people through the uncertainties of change and respond to marketplace shifts. Participants will learn how to think more strategically and be more resilient when leading change, how to develop a high-performance workplace culture that boosts morale and improves workplace productivity, and how to get people to embrace change and profit from it.

    Are the changes in today’s marketplace an opportunity for prosperity or a pain in the neck? In this session, Johnny Campbell will address discuss how business professionals can effectively lead and navigate people through the uncertainties of change and respond to marketplace shifts. Participants will learn how to think more strategically and be more resilient when leading change, how to develop a high-performance workplace culture that boosts morale and improves workplace productivity, and how to get people to embrace change and profit from it.

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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.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/08/2021

    In its first episode of the new year, the PPAI PromoTalks podcast presents: What I Learned From The Pandemic And Other Business Insights” with guests Teresa Moisant, MAS, president of Moisant Promotional Products and the 2021 PPAI Hall of Fame inductee; Wayne Greenberg, MAS, president of Swag Krewe, a division of Geiger and a former PPAI board chair and Hall of Fame inductee; and Todd Pottebaum, MAS+, president of Quality Resource Group, Inc. and PPAI’s 2021 board chair. PPAI Director of Publications and Editor, Tina Berres Filipski, moderates the discussion. In this refreshing 46-minute conversation, Moisant, Greenberg, and Pottebaum talk about how they navigated their business through the pandemic, what it took to lead, what they’ve learned about themselves, when they predict the industry will rebound and how it may be different. Tune in to listen, available free on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

    In its first episode of the new year, the PPAI PromoTalks podcast presents: What I Learned From The Pandemic And Other Business Insights” with guests Teresa Moisant, MAS, president of Moisant Promotional Products and the 2021 PPAI Hall of Fame inductee; Wayne Greenberg, MAS, president of Swag Krewe, a division of Geiger and a former PPAI board chair and Hall of Fame inductee; and Todd Pottebaum, MAS+, president of Quality Resource Group, Inc. and PPAI’s 2021 board chair. PPAI Director of Publications and Editor, Tina Berres Filipski, moderates the discussion.
    In this refreshing 46-minute conversation, Moisant, Greenberg, and Pottebaum talk about how they navigated their business through the pandemic, what it took to lead, what they’ve learned about themselves, when they predict the industry will rebound and how it may be different. Tune in to listen, available free on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. 

    Teresa Moisant, MAS

    President

    Moisant Promotional Products

    Teresa Moisant, MAS, is the president of Moisant Promotional Products and the 2021 PPAI Hall of Fame inductee.

    Wayne Greenberg

    President

    Swag Krewe

    Wayne Greenberg, MAS, is the president of Swag Krewe, a division of Geiger, and a former PPAI board chair and Hall of Fame inductee. 

    Todd Pottebaum, MAS+

    President

    Quality Resource Group, Inc.

    Todd Pottebaum, MAS+, is president of Quality Resource Group (QRG), a branded merchandise and print distributor headquartered in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area that utilizes technology to cut complexities, streamline processes and gain market share. An aspiring expert in systems, efficiencies and process planning, Pottebaum speaks regionally and nationally at industry events.
    Prior to his election to the PPAI Board of Directors in 2017, Pottebaum served the promotional products industry in a wide variety of roles, most notably as president of Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals, and as chair of the PPAI Marketing Information And Research Committee.
    Pottebaum studied at the University of Northern Colorado and earned a degree in international trade and relations with an emphasis in economics. His greatest treasures are his wife, Sheri, daughter Savannah, and sons, Jax and Jaeger. He’s a proud Minnesotan who enjoys spending time on the lake with his family. 

    Kristina Valdez (Moderator)

    Associate Editor

    PPAI

    Kristina Valdez is the associate editor of publications at PPAI since 2019. Kristina graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas where she worked with numerous publications to create compelling stories.

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    Congress has passed a large coronavirus relief measure which had been under negotiation for several months. The new legislative package includes direct assistance for individuals, families, and companies, and tax benefits for companies affected by the ongoing economic impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic. Join this session as Cory Halliburton, Cliff Andrews, Anne Stone and Maurice Norris discuss the new law and how it impacts the promotional products industry.

    Congress has passed a large coronavirus relief measure which had been under negotiation for several months. The new legislative package includes direct assistance for individuals, families, and companies, and tax benefits for companies affected by the ongoing economic impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic. Join this session as Cory Halliburton, Cliff Andrews, Anne Stone and Maurice Norris discuss the new law and how it impacts the promotional products industry.

    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 UniversitySchool of Law in 2003 and, among other accolades, was the recipient of the 2013Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young LawyersAssociation.

    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.

    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.

     


    Maurice Norris (Moderator)

    Manager, Public Affairs

    Maurice Norris is the public affairs manager for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). Currently, Maurice manages the government relations and product responsibility programs at PPAI. In these roles, 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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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/03/2020

    In this week's episode of the PPAI PromoTalks podcast, "PPB Presents: “We’ve Sold PPE. What’s Next?" listeners will hear three distributor owners discuss how they were able to rethink what their customers need and find new avenues for sales. Director of publications and editor at PPAI, Tina Berres Filipski, moderates this conversation with guests Janie Gaunce, president and CEO at Grapevine Designs; Michael Emoff, chief vision officer at Shumsky, and Hillary Feder, MAS, founder of Hillary’s LLC. In this reflective 50-minute conversation, distributors discuss how their businesses have evolved in this new environment, the biggest challenges they’ve faced and the strategies they’ve implemented to keep sales moving. They also share the new business opportunities they see for 2021 and beyond as well as how they’ve worked with clients to restart their businesses.

    In this week's episode of the PPAI PromoTalks podcast, "PPB Presents: “We’ve Sold PPE. What’s Next?" listeners will hear three distributor owners discuss how they were able to rethink what their customers need and find new avenues for sales. Director of publications and editor at PPAI, Tina Berres Filipski, moderates this conversation with guests Janie Gaunce, president and CEO at Grapevine Designs; Michael Emoff, chief vision officer at Shumsky, and Hillary Feder, MAS, founder of Hillary’s LLC.
    In this reflective 50-minute conversation, distributors discuss how their businesses have evolved in this new environment, the biggest challenges they’ve faced and the strategies they’ve implemented to keep sales moving. They also share the new business opportunities they see for 2021 and beyond as well as how they’ve worked with clients to restart their businesses. 

    Janie Gaunce

    President

    Janie Gaunce is president and CEO of Grapevine Designs, LLC in Lenexa, Kansas. She has served as a PPAI Board member, is active in PPAMidwest and is a co-founder of "100 Jobs for 100 Moms.” She is also a member of the University of Kansas Hospital Advancement Board and serves on the board for Amethyst Place.  

    Michael Emoff

    Chairman and Owner

    Michael is a third-generation co-owner of Shumsky, founded in 1953. Michael developed the concept for boost engagement in 2005, utilizing web technology to deliver effective employee recognition programs. He has been recognized as a global expert in the field of recognition and reward programs, holds over 25 patents for products used in the recognition and promotional industry. He has also been an integral part of developing and managing Shumsky Therapeutic Pillows and Outta the Box Dispensers.

    Hillary Feder, MAS

    Founder, Hillary's LLC

    Hillary Feder, MAS, president and founder, Hillary’s LLC. Feder is a leader in strategic plan design, program planning, and branded product design to support enterprise engagement (employee, client, vendor, board, etc) initiatives. Her innovative, analytical, and practical approach shapes company cultures that demonstrate recognition and appreciation in meaningful, relevant ways and that align with a company’s values, brand, and business objectives. 

    Hillary is also deeply committed to supporting the community with her leadership. She serves on numerous boards with a deep commitment to each organization’s work. Outside of work, you can find her baking, playing with her grandchildren, speed walking, and re‐energizing at the lake.

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  • 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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  • Contains 5 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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