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  • 10 Tips for New Managers 

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 12/05/2018 at 2:00 PM (EST)

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

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

    Claudia St John, SPHR

    President of Affinity HR Group, LLC

    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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  • Closing The Gaps

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 11/28/2018 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    This session will walk you through the process of conducting a gap analysis on your company’s product responsibility policies and procedures. The architects of PPAI’s 2018 Product Responsibility Summit workbook will provide an outline the framework and implement the necessary processes to close the gaps in your compliance program. The content of this session is designed to deliver actionable tools to improve your company’s compliance efforts.

    This session will walk you through the process of conducting a gap analysis on your company’s product responsibility policies and procedures. The architects of PPAI’s 2018 Product Responsibility Summit workbook, Patrick Donovan and Shamini Peter will provide an outline the framework and implement the necessary processes to close the gaps in your compliance program. The content of this session is designed to deliver actionable tools to improve your company’s compliance efforts. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative. 

    Shamini Peter

    Chief Operating Officer

    Shamini Peter currently serves as chief operating officer for Axis Promotions and continues to also head product safety and compliance. She has worked with the Axis for 11 years. Her area of expertise is in supply chain and logistics. She oversees the vetting of suppliers, product testing and the logistics of Axis’s large, custom orders. Peter interfaces directly with Axis Promotions Inc. clients as needed throughout the production cycle, including pre and post-delivery. Peter attended The University of Western Australia where she graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree in accounting and finance, with a minor in law.  After graduation she returned to Malaysia where she worked for a large Australian manufacturer before joining her family’s freight forwarding business in New York, gaining her first hands-on experience in international commerce and logistics.  She currently is a member on PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG).

    Patrick Donovan

    Director of Import and Compliance

    Patrick Donovan is the compliance director for Sunrise Identity. Donovan joined Sunrise in 2012 and has since assumed responsibility for managing the operational and strategic direction of the company’s import program and compliance initiatives, including ethical sourcing, product safety, product quality, and environmental stewardship. Prior to joining Sunrise, Donovan served a wide range of clients as an environmental consultant specializing in sustainable development strategies and air and water pollution abatement programs. Donovan holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and an MBA from Western Washington University.

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  • Country Risk Assessments In Responsible Sourcing

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 10/31/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Are there any practical steps for responsible sourcing and ensuring compliance with the new rules surrounding social responsibility? Yes! This session will cover the realities and challenges of managing social responsibility obligations and help inform key decisions about partnerships and sourcing. This course qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program. This webinar will focus on product safety, identifying hazards, product responsibility resources, and an overview on recalls and compliance standards.

    Are there any practical steps for responsible sourcing and ensuring compliance with the new rules surrounding social responsibility? Yes! This session will cover the realities and challenges of managing social responsibility obligations and help inform key decisions about partnerships and sourcing. This course qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program. This webinar will focus on product safety, identifying hazards, product responsibility resources, and an overview on recalls and compliance standards. 

    Tom van Haaren

    Tom van Haaren is the program manager for Business Affiliates (EMEA) at the Fair Labor Association. Van Haaren is responsible for supporting the Fair Labor Association’s Participating Companies and Suppliers in the strategic implementation of the FLA Principles. He also works to raise awareness of the FLA and drive collaboration wherever possible. He is committed to the protection and advancement of worker’s rights throughout the global supply chain.

    Prior to joining the FLA, he served as the senior advisor for Responsible Sourcing at ICTI CARE. Van Haaren also held several positions that included working for the National Labor Relations Board as well as Calvert Investments, a socially responsible investment firm, where evaluated how companies can generate value from addressing risks in their global supply chains. He was also the senior account manager for North America at Sedex where he worked directly with companies to develop and implement effective responsible sourcing practices.
     
    He received a BA in History from Cornell University and a Master’s of Industrial and Labor Relations from the ILR school also at Cornell.

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  • Cultural Diversity And Its Impact On Today's Industry Trends

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 10/24/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Join Vicki Ostrom and Julie Kwan as they discuss current trends and cultural diversity, how they influence each other, what it means for the promo industry, and what you can do to stay relevant.

    As promo professionals, we know it’s important to keep up with current trends. But, what’s the connection between current trends and cultural diversity? Join Vicki Ostrom and Julie Kwan as they discuss current trends and cultural diversity, how they influence each other, what it means for the promo industry, and what you can do to stay relevant.

    Vicki Ostrom

    Trend Editor, SanMar

    Vicki Ostrom is the Trend Editor at SanMar. As a futurist and senior designer, Ostrom is a specialist in identifying societal trends and translating them into profitable products. With 20 years in the fashion industry, designing and traveling for companies such as Eddie Bauer, Tommy Bahama and JCPenney, Ostrom has honed her craft. A regular contributor to many industry magazines on trend topics, she has been featured in Counselor magazine’s “The 25 Hottest Movers and Shakers In The Industry” as well as their article, “5 Most Interesting People in Apparel & Design”.

    Julie Kwan

    Diversity and Learning Engagement Manager

    Julie is the manager of diversity and learning engagement at PPAI. She has over 10 years of experience in learning and development as a program manager, instructional designer, training facilitator, and webinar producer. Julie earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University and her Master of Science in Instructional & Performance Technology from Boise State University. Through her academic work, Julie published a case study in the textbook Cases on Human Performance Improvement Technologies, as well as two articles for ISPI’s online publication PerformanceXpress.

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  • Ship Like A Pro

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 10/10/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Managing a promotional products business is time-consuming. As a PPAI Affinity Partner, Ascent Global Logistics is available to help you simplify the shipping of your promotional products. Join Shad Zimmerman, senior director of inside Sales at Ascent Global Logistics, to learn how to optimize your shipping practices.

    Managing a promotional products business is time-consuming. As a PPAI Affinity Partner, Ascent Global Logistics is available to help you simplify the shipping of your promotional products. Join Shad Zimmerman, senior director of inside Sales at Ascent Global Logistics, to learn how to optimize your shipping practices. 

    Shad Zimmerman

    Senior Director of Inside Sales

    Shad Zimmerman is the senior director of inside sales at Ascent Global Logistics. He has over 10 years of experience in the transportation industry with companies such as Roadway/YRC, A DuiePyle, FedEx and now Ascent Global Logistics.

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  • The Power Of Retail Brands As Promotional Products

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 10/03/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    If you’re looking for products that resonate with clients, retail brands provide the quality and recognition that make a great impression. This webinar from Melissa Ralston, vice president, marketing at BIC Graphic USA, explores the value that retail brands bring to the promo industry—from high perceived value to additional confidence in product safety. Learn why branded products are important to customers, which vertical markets and demographics are most interested in retail brands, and how to capitalize on retail brand recognition to increase sales.

    If you’re looking for products that resonate with clients, retail brands provide the quality and recognition that make a great impression. This webinar from Melissa Ralston, vice president, marketing at BIC Graphic USA, explores the value that retail brands bring to the promo industry—from high perceived value to additional confidence in product safety. Learn why branded products are important to customers, which vertical markets and demographics are most interested in retail brands, and how to capitalize on retail brand recognition to increase sales.

    This session is sponsored by Bic Graphic

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    Melissa Ralston

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Melissa Ralston, chief marketing officer with BIC Graphic, has 17 years of brand management, communications and product development experience within promotional products, advertising and corporate settings. She began her career with BIC Graphic in 2003 and has been an integral member of the management team, guiding the definition of the BIC Graphic brand since 2015. 

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  • SPARK 2018: Hustle Lifestyle

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered Recorded On: 08/24/2018

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

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

    Robbie Goldsmith

    Entrepreneur

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

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  • PPAI Distributor Board of Directors Elections

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/23/2018

    PPAI has announced two candidates for the PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2023 election. Distributor candidates are R. Renée Jones, MAS+, CEO of A Creative Touch, Inc., and Craig Reese, senior vice president of Jack Nadel International. Join this session for more information on both candidates as we get closer to the election.

    PPAI has announced two candidates for the PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2023 election. Distributor candidates are R. Renée Jones, MAS+, CEO of A Creative Touch, Inc., and Craig Reese, senior vice president of Jack Nadel International. Join this session for more information on both candidates as we get closer to the election. 

    R. Renée Jones, MAS+

    CEO

    R. Renée Jones, MAS+, is CEO of distributor A Creative Touch, Inc. She has worked in the promotional products industry for more than 15 years and is an active PPAI volunteer. Jones is also an active member of the Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP).

    Prior to working in promotional products, Jones worked as a marketing director for an automotive parts manufacturer, purchasing promotional items for motorsports teams participating in NASCAR and Indy Car races.

      Outside the industry, Jones is an active volunteer for several local nonprofits, including Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, for which she was the youngest volunteer ever to assume the role. Jones 

    Craig Reese

    Senior Vice President

    Craig Reese is senior vice president of distributor Jack Nadel International. He has worked in the industry for more than 20 years and has served on the PPAI Distributor Committee as well as with the volunteer project pool. He has been an active participant in several regional associations, including Specialty Advertising Association of California, for which he is a current SAAC Foundation board member and a past president.

    In his free time, Reese enjoys skiing, fly fishing, running and mountain biking. He holds an associate degree from Pasadena City College.

    This session is for informational purposes and therefore no education credit will be given for attending. 

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  • Hazard Identification In The Product Life Cycle

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/22/2018

    Product safety is a challenging issue in the promotional products industry because the ultimate use and users of the product are not always known at the time of manufacture. This session will address vital considerations that could help you avoid potential hazards for your business.

    Product safety is a challenging issue in the promotional products industry because the ultimate use and users of the product are not always known at the time of manufacture. For example, promotional products that are intended for use by adults are given out at trade shows and in workplaces and may end up in the hands of children. This does not mean that every promotional product must be designed as safe for children of all ages, but it does mean that a determination about its appeal and foreseeable use by children needs to be considered when manufacturing or distributing a promotional product. Join Sue DeRagon for this session and she will address vital considerations that could help you avoid potential hazards for your business.

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is the Senior Technical Consultant for Asia Inspection. Ms. DeRagon has over 25 years of experience in the toy and premiums industry, and has worked with PPAI as a technical consultant since 2008. Ms. DeRagon has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars, and works closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of product testing, quality assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    Ms. DeRagon is an active member of the Toy Industry Association and the American Society for Testing and Materials, participating on several toy and children's product standards committees. She is also on the Board of Directors for ICPHSO, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.

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  • PPAI Supplier Board of Directors Elections

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/20/2018

    ​PPAI has announced two candidates for the PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2023 election. Supplier candidates are Dan Edge, director of sales for Peerless Umbrella Company, and Bill Mahre, president of ADG Promotional Products. Join this session for more information on both candidates as we get closer to the election.

    PPAI has announced two candidates for the PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2023 election. Supplier candidates are Dan Edge, director of sales for Peerless Umbrella Company, and Bill Mahre, president of ADG Promotional Products. Join this session for more information on both candidates as we get closer to the election. 

    Dan Edge

    Director of Sales

     Dan Edge is director of sales, North America, for supplier Peerless Umbrella Co. He has worked in the promotional products industry for more than 15 years and has served on the PPAI Supplier Committee as well as through the volunteer project pool. He is an active participant in regional association activities and is part of the Promo Kitchen Mentor Program.

     Outside the industry, Edge has worked in retail, sales management and buying, and grew up in the family business—running a children’s day camp—assisting in all facets, including staff director, counselor and sales. He volunteers with St. James Church and local athletic organizations. Edge has coached local youth sports for more than 12 years.

     In his free time, Edge enjoys running and taking kickboxing classes. His latest passion is boating, and he cherishes the time with his friends and family. Edge has been married to his wife, Elaine, for 24 years. They have two children: Abby, 20, and Connor, 18. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Syracuse University.

    Bill Mahre

    President

    Bill Mahre is president of supplier ADG Promotional Products. He has worked in the promotional products industry for more than 10 years, and has assisted with multiple startups and turnaround ventures throughout his career. Prior to his promotional products work, Mahre worked with Procter & Gamble, Minnesota Twins Baseball Business Operations, HealthEast Care System and Minnesota Diversified Industries.

    A member of the Product Responsibility Advisory Group (PRAG), Mahre is an active member of Upper Midwest Promotional Professionals (UMAPP) and also lends leadership and volunteer skills to a number of community organizations. He is past president of the board of trustees for Merrick Inc., which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities; is on the board of directors for the Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association; is a youth sports coach and board member in the White Bear Lake community; has led the fundraising auction and events for the St. Odilia Fall Festival Committee.

    Mahre holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. Thomas University. He has been married for 39 years to his junior high sweetheart, and they have two children and three granddaughters. In his spare time he enjoys golf, fishing, basketball and boating.

    Please note this session is for informational purposes only and there will not be any education credit granted for attending. 

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    3. Please note live webinars must be watched on your desktop. On-Demand webinars and event recordings can be viewed on mobile devices or on desktops.