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

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

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

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

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

    Amar Hajeri, PMP

    Data Management Expert

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

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2022

    Business success depends upon full access to data and quick action. Business leaders must tear down silos while simultaneously working with data where it resides. This session will address reducing friction within the organization, replacing assumptions with data, and aligning your approach to data with your overall business strategy.

    Business success depends upon full access to data and quick action. Business leaders must tear down silos while simultaneously working with data where it resides. This session will address reducing friction within the organization, replacing assumptions with data, and aligning your approach to data with your overall business strategy.

    Eric Shonebarger (Moderator)

    President

    Hit Promo

    As President of Hit Promotional Products, Eric Shonebarger is responsible for all facets of the business. Eric has a proven executive management track record with 18 years of experience in the promotional products industry enabling company growth through the use of technology, business process optimization, and hands-on leadership. Prior to his current role, Eric was the chief operating officer and chief information officer at Hit. Previously, he worked in electronic medical records and as an information technology consultant in both the public and private sector.  Eric has been recognized as a thought leader in the industry being recognized as ASI’s Technology Executive of the Year, Print and Promo’s 40 Under 40, and PPAI Industry IT Collaborator of the Year. He has earned an MBA and an MS in Business Analytics from Indiana University, an MA in Leadership from Southeastern University, and a BA in Economics from the University of South Florida.  

    Raj Mukherjee (Moderator)

    CIO

    Hit Promo

    Raj Mukherjee is the CIO for Hit Promotional Products. Raj has more than ten years of IT experience, and eight years of industry experience. He currently serves on the PPAI Technology Committee and on  Promostandards. Raj holds a bachelors in electronics and telecommunication, a masters in signal processing as well as an MBA with a concentration in business analytics. 

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2022

    Companies don’t have to be owned by private equity to maximize returns like private equity. Chris will share the private equity playbook that will empower you to address the four key strategies that will transform your business.

    Companies don’t have to be owned by private equity to maximize returns like private equity. Chris will share the private equity playbook that will empower you to address the four key strategies that will transform your business.

    Chris Anderson (Moderator)

    CEO

    HandStands

    Chris Anderson joined the promotional products industry in 2002 with supplier HandStands and became president of the company in 2009 and CEO in 2010. Under his leadership, HandStands expanded its distribution into 138 countries and closed multiple strategic acquisitions, including the sale of the business to HPG in 2018. Anderson became CEO of HPG in 2019.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2022

    This panel discussion, moderated by Denise Taschereau, will examine trends, expectations and the reality of corporate social responsibility. Increasingly buyers are committed to aligning their businesses with products that elevate their social and sustainable priorities. This session will outline practical steps you can implement in your business regardless of whether you are at the beginning of your journey or far down the path.

    This panel discussion, moderated by Denise Taschereau, will examine trends, expectations and the reality of corporate social responsibility. Increasingly buyers are committed to aligning their businesses with products that elevate their social and sustainable priorities. This session will outline practical steps you can implement in your business regardless of whether you are at the beginning of your journey or far down the path.

    Denise Taschereau (Moderator)

    CEO

    Denise Taschereau launched Fairware after realizing how difficult it was to source promotional merchandise that reflected the social and environmental priorities of many of the brands and organizations she admired. Previously, Taschereau oversaw the Mountain Equipment Co-op’s national environmental programs, community grant-making, and ethical sourcing programs, and wrote their award-winning first Sustainability Report. She is currently a board member of PromoCares, an industry group driving awareness and education around sustainability issues in the promotional products industry.

    Louisa McGurik (Moderator)

    Senior Manager

    Salesforce

      As senior manager, sustainable procurement for Salesforce Louisa McGuirk leads the company’s supplier sustainability strategy, which aims to motivate and enable suppliers to take meaningful action on critical sustainability issues. She drives initiatives that embed sustainability into Salesforce’s procurement processes and decision-making. Her work supports Salesforce’s broader commitment to deliver leadership, partnership, and technology that accelerate global progress to net zero. She holds a Masters in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara specialized in Corporate Environmental Management. 

    Megan Spire (Moderator)

    Vice President of Sales

    Bella + Canvas

    As Vice President of Sales for BELLA+CANVAS, Megan Spire is the commercial leader of the business. She drives the vision, strategy, and execution across multiple teams includes Sales, Planning & Analytics, Sales Operations, and Customer Success. With 11 years of experience in the promotional products industry, Megan has helped to shape the premium t-shirt landscape through education, storytelling, and relationship building. During her tenure at BELLA+CANVAS, they have grown into the largest and fastest growing premium basics brand in the industry.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2022

    2022 is winding down as we prepare for the challenges and ongoing uncertainties of 2023. The decelerating rate of rise that characterized many industries and businesses in 2022 will linger into the first half of 2023 for many. Patrick will present business strategies and tactics that address the projected changes in the economic landscape. He will also assess the business demand for 2023 and 2024, present a clear picture of inflation and interest rates and address the potential impact of a shift in government arising from the midterm elections.

    2022 is winding down as we prepare for the challenges and ongoing uncertainties of 2023. The decelerating rate of rise that characterized many industries and businesses in 2022 will linger into the first half of 2023 for many. Patrick will present business strategies and tactics that address the projected changes in the economic landscape. He will also assess the business demand for 2023 and 2024, present a clear picture of inflation and interest rates and address the potential impact of a shift in government arising from the midterm elections.

    Connor Lokar (Moderator)

    Economist

    Few young economists present their insights with the authority, accuracy, and humor that Connor Lokar brings to the stage. From the intimate executive retreat to the standing room only keynote, he delivers practical economic intelligence with charm and candor.  Connor has been giving economic keynotes, workshops, and webinars across North America since he joined ITR Economics in 2014. Using his quick wit and knack for storytelling, he leverages his youthful appearance to upend expectations and successfully captivate and educate audiences. Thousands of business leaders have enjoyed his dynamic approach. Connor emphasizes the applicability of economic intelligence and calls his audience to action.  When not on stage, Connor contributes his economic expertise in the role of trusted advisor, consulting directly with management teams of firms large and small. ITR’s clients meet with Connor at critical planning junctures to ensure that their strategic plans, goals, and internal initiatives are in alignment with their tailored forecasts. As ITR Economics’ senior forecaster, Connor has a particularly keen understanding of how forecasts are derived. The resulting insights enable clients to make the most of their economic outlooks.  Connor specializes in construction and industrial markets but consults and presents to businesses across all industries, helping them grow revenue and remain profitable through an everchanging business cycle  
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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2022

    Historically low unemployment rates vexing you? The Great Resignation got you down? Demands for hybrid work creating frustrations? Gen Z and Millennials forcing you to reevaluate how you attract and engage employees? Welcome to 2022 - The Year of the Employee! Claudia will explore the many factors making finding and keeping top talent a challenge and will provide you with strategies for transforming the way you hire and retain top talent!

    Historically low unemployment rates vexing you? The Great Resignation got you down? Demands for hybrid work creating frustrations? Gen Z and Millennials forcing you to reevaluate how you attract and engage employees? Welcome to 2022 - The Year of the Employee! Claudia will explore the many factors making finding and keeping top talent a challenge and will provide you with strategies for transforming the way you hire and retain top talent!

    Claudia St John, SHRM-SCP,SPHR (Moderator)

    President of Affinity HR Group, LLC

    Claudia St. John, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is founder and President of Affinity HR Group, Inc., a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring and recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement. Affinity HR Group is PPAI’s endorsed HR partner and resource and works extensively in the print and promo space.  As a consultant and frequent speaker, Claudia has given hundreds of presentations and workshops on such topics as how to recruit like a pro, common management mistakes, employee engagement, and multi-generational workplace challenges.  She is the author of the Amazon.com bestselling book Transforming Teams – Tips For Improving Collaboration And Building Trust.  Her weekly HR Minute e-mails and monthly articles are followed by thousands of business leaders nationwide.
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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2022

    As the very nature of business rapidly changes, effective leaders must also disrupt the way they see, think and lead. Leadership author, Sara Canaday, challenges seasoned and emerging leaders to adopt signature habits that will catapult conventional thinking into high-impact, modern leadership. Sara will reveal the daily practices that separate innovative leaders from their counterparts. With a dynamic combination of case studies, experience, and storytelling, she will deliver a clear roadmap for enhancing excellence by defying conventional wisdom.

    As the very nature of business rapidly changes, effective leaders must also disrupt the way they see, think and lead. Leadership author, Sara Canaday, challenges seasoned and emerging leaders to adopt signature habits that will catapult conventional thinking into high-impact, modern leadership. Sara will reveal the daily practices that separate innovative leaders from their counterparts. With a dynamic combination of case studies, experience, and storytelling, she will deliver a clear roadmap for enhancing excellence by defying conventional wisdom.

    Sara Canaday (Moderator)

    Owner, Author, and Consultant

    As a respected leadership strategist and engaging speaker, Sara has a unique gift for connecting and communicating with her audiences to propel them from light-bulb-moment insight to strategic change. Moving far beyond the business-school basics, she helps people identify the professional blind spots that are preventing them from taking their careers – and their companies – to the next level. Sara’s professional career spans 20 years and includes sales, leadership, and executive roles at USAA and Texas Mutual. She served as principal consultant for Empowerment Enterprises before opening her own consultancy, Sara Canaday & Associates, in 2009.  Sara is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Founder and now Past President of the Austin Chapter. She has been featured in a number of publications and broadcasts, most notably Forbes, CNBC, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and the American Management Association’s Leadership Wired. Sara is also the author of a popular business book, You – According to Them:  Uncovering the blind spots that impact your reputation and your career.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2022

    Does your organization need to be able to measure its success with diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias efforts? James Pogue’s model will help you do just that. James will share the latest research around bias and its impact in the workplace and clarity the connection between diversity, inclusion, bias and organizational success. James will identify practical steps to move forward, recognizing that the first step is often the most difficult.

    Does your organization need to be able to measure its success with diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias efforts? James Pogue’s model will help you do just that. James will share the latest research around bias and its impact in the workplace and clarity the connection between diversity, inclusion, bias and organizational success. James will identify practical steps to move forward, recognizing that the first step is often the most difficult.

    James Pogue, PhD

    President and CEO

    JP Enterprises

    Dr. James Pogue provides thought leadership to leaders and organizations to push them to address diversity, inclusion and bias (DIBs). As the president and CEO of JP Enterprises, he has spearheaded the development of The DIBs Model, a critical component of an organization’s success.  An outgrowth of research and grounded in theory, this model spawned the DIBs Assessment™ a tool used to measure where an organization, team or individual are on their diversity journey, thus providing the best opportunity for strategic recommendations and change. Dr. Pogue is also the creator of The No Nonsense Experience, a diversity discussion series that leverages cohort learning and emergent best practices to keep participants “the right kind of uncomfortable.” Dr. Pogue supports leaders in making the decisions that attract, engage, and retain talent at all levels, and deepens the learning around diversity, inclusion and bias. His military service, scope of research and work as a speaker and entrepreneur give him tangible examples of the critical balance between leaders and followers on teams.  He provides leaders with professionally researched data, partnered with highly engaged training to improve their ability to influence organizational behavior and the bottom line. In his leisure time, he occasionally competes as a martial artist where he has five national titles, in addition to Silver and Bronze medals at the World Championships. Dr. Pogue has two daughters and six granddaughters. 
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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/28/2022

    Corporate social responsibility is having its day in the sun. Rarely do you have a conversation with a buyer without the topics of sustainability and diverse spending being a part of the conversation. This session will address what you need to know, what you need to say (and not say) and steps to make you stand out.

    Corporate social responsibility is having its day in the sun. Rarely do you have a conversation with a buyer without the topics of sustainability and diverse spending being a part of the conversation. This session will address what you need to know, what you need to say (and not say) and steps to make you stand out.

    Kim Bakalyar

    Chief Compliance Officer, PromoShop Inc.

    PromoShop, Inc.

    Kim Bakalyar, PromoShop Inc’s Chief Compliance Officer, started work in the promotional products industry in 1980 on the distributor side and joined forces with PromoShop, Inc. in 2004 as director of supplier relations. Kim has worked in all aspects on the distributor side while focusing primarily on research, sourcing, vendor relations and product safety and responsibility. Kim is a past president of SAAC and has previously volunteered on the PPAI Promotional Apparel Advisory Council and PPAI Distributors Committee. She is a current member of the PPAI Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG).

    Cheron Coleman

    Vice President Product Development & Global Supply

    Alphabroder

    Cheron Coleman is Vice President Product Development & Global Supply at alphabroder, one of the nation’s largest suppliers of soft-goods and hard-goods and the industry’s first true “One-Stop-Shop” for promotional products. At alphabroder she leads the soft-goods team responsible for global sourcing, corporate compliance, production management, quality, and international logistics for alphabroders’ Private Brand enterprise. With more than 15 years in the Promotional Products Industry, Cheron is known for her passion and commitment to developing global procurement strategies, driving revenue, relationship building, corporate social responsibility, and international logistics. She holds a BS from the University of Pittsburgh.

    Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS+

    CEO

    CE Competitive Edge LLC

    Anne Stone, CAE

    Director of Advocacy and Member Engagement

    PPAI

    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.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/28/2022

    Business leaders need a cohesive business strategy to embrace digital transformation to thrive in the decade to come. We will discuss what successful digital transformation involves including the critical success factors to success in your digital transformation journey. One of the most important success factors is identifying the people to lead and drive the transformation that can engage the entire organization. Every journey will be different, but this session will give you a strong start to lead or support digital transformation in your organization.

    Business leaders need a cohesive business strategy to embrace digital transformation to thrive in the decade to come.  We will discuss what successful digital transformation involves including the critical success factors to success in your digital transformation journey.  One of the most important success factors is identifying the people to lead and drive the transformation that can engage the entire organization. Every journey will be different, but this session will give you a strong start to lead or support digital transformation in your organization.

    Dale Denham, MAS+

    CEO

    PPAI

    Before joining PPAI as president and CEO in August 2021, Denham spent 10 years at distributor Geiger as senior vice president and CIO responsible for significant growth, including international growth, and successfully led the organization’s digital transformation. Prior to Geiger, Denham was a member of the ASI executive team for 10 years where he was responsible for growth, including all technology, strategic partners, and publications. His first experience in the industry came in the 1990s as president of Impact.  Denham served on the PPAI Board of Directors from 2015-2020, including as chair in 2018. He has served on numerous other industry boards and has been a consistent volunteer for PPAI and other industry organizations, as well as a sought-after speaker. Denham graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s in business and a minor in economics.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/28/2022

    How is it that some harness their imagination to create game-changing drivers of growth and innovation while others miss the mark? The answer: the best companies have a systematic process to focus their team’s creativity into practical outputs. Frasca blends the improvisational qualities of a jazz ensemble with bleeding-edge business savvy to bring a completely fresh perspective on unleashing creativity in the organization. Her inspiring presentation delivers practical tools that can be used immediately to increase creative output and deliver bottom-line results.

    How is it that some harness their imagination to create game-changing drivers of growth and innovation while others miss the mark? The answer: the best companies have a systematic process to focus their team’s creativity into practical outputs. Frasca blends the improvisational qualities of a jazz ensemble with bleeding-edge business savvy to bring a completely fresh perspective on unleashing creativity in the organization. Her inspiring presentation delivers practical tools that can be used immediately to increase creative output and deliver bottom-line results. 

    Sara Frasca

    VP of Innovation

    Platypus Labs

    With the curiosity of Galileo and the tenacity of a street fighter, Sara Frasca is an innovation expert. Honing her skills at senior leadership roles in both corporate America and the world of startups, Sara now serves as Vice President of Innovation for Platypus Labs, a global innovation enablement, invention, and consulting firm. She helps leading organizations cultivate human imagination, build a culture of innovation, and solve complex problems in creative ways. Sara is the go-to resource for leaders seeking competitive advantage and sustainable success by harnessing innovation. Prior to Platypus Labs, Sara spent 13 years at General Mills in multiple leadership roles. She was also an account director at the interactive agency ePrize, leading the forefront of digital transformation for Fortune 500 brands. Sara is the founder and proud owner of Trasca & Co. Eatery, and was named the 2017 Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Jacksonville, Florida.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/28/2022

    Although significant progress has been made in reducing gender inequality since the 1960’s, women still lag behind men on key economic and work measures, including leadership representation.  In this moderated session, Dr. Yavorsky (Assistant Professor in Sociology and Organizational Science at University of North Carolina Charlotte) will answer critical questions about what the latest research says about the current state of gender equality and women's access to leadership and top income positions. Dr. Yavorsky will also discuss what challenges diverse groups of women face in rising to leadership roles and what needs to occur to jump start gender equality in the workplace. Throughout, Dr. Yavorsky will interweave findings from her own scientific research and how such studies contribute to our understanding of patterns and mechanisms of gender inequality.

    Although significant progress has been made in reducing gender inequality since the 1960’s, women still lag behind men on key economic and work measures, including leadership representation.  In this moderated session, Dr. Yavorsky (Assistant Professor in Sociology and Organizational Science at University of North Carolina Charlotte) will answer critical questions about what the latest research says about the current state of gender equality and women's access to leadership and top income positions. Dr. Yavorsky will also discuss what challenges diverse groups of women face in rising to leadership roles and what needs to occur to jump start gender equality in the workplace. Throughout, Dr. Yavorsky will interweave findings from her own scientific research and how such studies contribute to our understanding of patterns and mechanisms of gender inequality.

    Dr. Jill Yavorsky

    Professor

    University of North Carolina

    Dr. Jill Yavorsky is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Organizational Science at University of North Carolina Charlotte. She received her PhD from The Ohio State University in Sociology. Her research focuses on U.S. labor market patterns by gender, race, and class; workplace inequality and discrimination; and divisions of labor among parents. Her research has been published in top-tier social science journals including American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Journal of Marriage and Family, and supported by national funding institutes such as the National Science Foundation. Additionally, her work has garnered widespread media attention from leading media outlets such as the NPR Marketplace, New York Times, TIME, Fast Company, Forbes, among others.  

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/28/2022

    As leaders, we’re constantly in a growth mindset…but how are you preparing for your next role or phase in your business? Learn strategies to level up within your organization to affect change at a higher level, navigate common challenges and accomplish your goals. This dynamic group will share their experiences, favorite resources and tips for strategic growth to help maximize your potential

    As leaders, we’re constantly in a growth mindset…but how are you preparing for your next role or phase in your business? Learn strategies to level up within your organization to affect change at a higher level, navigate common challenges and accomplish your goals. This dynamic group will share their experiences, favorite resources and tips for strategic growth to help maximize your potential

    Taylor Borst

    Panelist

    American Solutions for Business


    Taylor Borst is the director of marketing, events and public relations for American Solutions for Business. Joining the print and promo industry in 2015, she specializes in social media, marketing, promotional products, and supplier relations. Taylor is also currently a content writer for PromoCorner, vice president and treasurer for UMAPP, sous chef with PromoKitchen, serves on the BrandChain Emerging Leaders Committee, was a 2019 PPB Rising Star and featured #1 in 2022 with ASB on Dale Denham’s #Online18. 

    Mykayla Goodwin

    Panelist

    Order My Gear

    A self-described professional student, Mykayla Goodwin is the Senior Director of Marketing at OrderMyGear, an online store platform for distributors, where she's held multiple roles on the technology team. As a Marketing leader, Mykayla is focused on helping the market “get it, buy it, and love it” – making sure prospects and clients understand who OMG is, what they do, and how they’re different from the rest. Mykayla received an M.B.A. from University of North Carolina Charlotte where she focused on innovation and growth strategy, as well as a B.B.A. in Marketing from Texas State University.

    Meghan Pyecha

    Key Accounts Manager

    Hit Promo


    Meghan Pyecha is a Director of Southeast Sales at Hit Promotional Products and has been in the industry for 10 years. Her role is to help customers grow their business by leading a team of account reps in the southeast division and handling larger key accounts and national account as well. She has grown into her role by starting as a customer service rep with Hit, and then working her way up the sales ladder and learning as much about the industry as she can at each level. Her experience at many different positions has led to a unique understanding of her customers’ needs and an ability to provide solutions for many different projects and opportunities. She has served on several PPAI boards including WLC and was the 2019-2019 President of PPAMS. Meghan is a music enthusiast and enjoys going to concerts with her husband and friends. As a newlywed, she looks forward to building a family and staying engaged in her career. 


    Claire Thompson

    Panelist

    Pop! Promos

    Clare Thompson is the inside sales manager for Pop! Promos, located in Philadelphia, where she recently celebrated her sixth year anniversary. Starting out in sales support following her graduation from the University of Pittsburgh, she has worked her way up through the sales team from sales support, to senior account executive, working with the senior leadership team to create the inside sales manager role, as the first middle manager on the team, while continuing to manager her own book of business.

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    How Congress' huge trade legislation affects the promotional products industry presented by Maurice Norris, PPAI, and Cliff Andrews, CapCity Advocates.

    How Congress' huge trade legislation affects the promotional products industry presented by Maurice Norris, PPAI, and Cliff Andrews, CapCity Advocates.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this session, industry thought leaders Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie will share many lessons learned during the pandemic that can be applied to propel any business forward. During the past two years, many businesses thrived while others simply did not adapt to the seismic shift in how business was conducted. Through case histories, real-life examples and engaging stories, they will help attendees create their own plan of success moving into the post-pandemic economy.

    In this session, industry thought leaders Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie will share many lessons learned during the pandemic that can be applied to propel any business forward. During the past two years, many businesses thrived while others simply did not adapt to the seismic shift in how business was conducted. Through case histories, real-life examples and engaging stories, they will help attendees create their own plan of success moving into the post-pandemic economy.

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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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    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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    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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  • 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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    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 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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