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  • Technology: Lithium Ion Batteries

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/10/2016

    This course will address the critical need for safety and certification when sourcing lithium batteries. Learn what you need to look out for to keep you and your channel partners on the right side of compliance. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join LaTanya Schwalb for this session as she addresses the critical need for safety and certification when sourcing lithium batteries. Learn what you need to look out for to keep you and your channel partners on the right side of compliance. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    LaTanya Schwalb

    Senior Project Engineer

    LaTanya Schwalb is a Senior Project Engineer at UL LLC. She has been with the company for fifteen years and her work in product safety and compliance has spanned from household products to high tech products. For the last 2-1/2 years she has been focusing more of her work in the small battery industry. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and was achieved Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze with Toastmasters International.

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  • Hot Topics In International Trade Legislation That Will Directly Impact You

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/27/2016

    This webinar provides a breakdown of recent trade legislation and free trade agreements affecting the promotional products industry. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Robert Stang for this presentation on international trade legislation. This webinar provides a breakdown of recent trade legislation and free trade agreements affecting the promotional products industry. Highlights include cost savings and compliance provisions in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015; updates on the newly proposed Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) providing post savings on imported materials and components for U.S. manufacturers; and a pre-election update on passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Robert D. Stang

    Partner

    Robert Stang is a partner in the international trade and supply chain practice at Husch Blackwell. Bob focuses his practice on customs and brings over 30 years of experience to a wide range of issues affecting inbound and outbound goods, including tariff classification, valuation, country of origin and marking matters, free trade agreements, and special trade programs, including the GSP. A member of the firm's Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team, Bob works with importers and exporters proactively to achieve cost savings and structure programs that meet CBP “reasonable care" requirements. He handles supply chain security issues, including Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) matters and regularly assists importers facing Customs and Border Protection audits, penalties, seizures and other agency enforcement activities. Bob has particular experience with a variety of soft goods and hard goods, including textiles and apparel, footwear, consumer electronics and home appliances. Before joining the firm, he was a member of the global trade practice at an Am Law 100 firm. He also was a director for a company that sourced apparel for U.S. distributors and a senior manager with the international trade practice of a “big four" accounting firm.

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  • TSCA Reform Changes Everything Federally And Pre-Empts On Some State Regulations

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/12/2016

    Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has finally happened. We will outline testing authority and tiers, the process for the introduction of new chemicals, define what is considered confidential information under the Act, and more.This sessions is more focused for suppliers. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Stacie Abraham for the session in regards to the Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Passed in 1976, it is the primary chemical regulation law within the US. An overhaul has taken place and now the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority it previously lacked to enforce chemical regulations. This session will delve into the complexity of the Act by identifying state and federal authority parameters based on complicated provisions. In addition, we will outline testing authority and tiers, the process for the introduction of new chemicals, define what is considered confidential information under the Act, and more. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program. This sessions is more focused for suppliers.

    Recommended Pre-Requisites:

    • CAS Required: Product Safety Basics
    • Prop 65 & State Regulations

    Stacie Abraham

    Senior Regulatory Specialist

    Stacie Abraham is a senior regulatory specialist with the Chemicals & Formulated Products group, UL Supply Chain & Sustainability. With over 30 years of combined regulatory and chemistry experience, she is an expert in global chemical control regulations, the GHS and region-specific hazard communication regulations, and in toxicology data analysis. Her experience includes design and implementation of global regulatory compliance management systems for a diverse product base, and assessing complex regulatory chemistry scenarios for compliance with global chemical inventory regulations. Abraham holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.

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  • Exit Planning: An Introduction to the IDEAL Exit Plan

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/23/2016

    Knowledge and information about exit planning will become increasingly important to the business leaders who drive performance within the industry. A record number of businesses are expected to change ownership over the next decade. Unfortunately, only about 25 percent of business that go to market actually sell to a qualified buyer. This webinar will explain how to prepare to sell your business for maximum value.

    Join Kevin Ramsier for this session on exit planning. Knowledge and information about exit planning will become increasingly important to the business leaders who drive performance within the industry. A record number of businesses are expected to change ownership over the next decade. Unfortunately, only about 25 percent of business that go to market actually sell to a qualified buyer. This webinar will explain how to prepare to sell your business for maximum value.

    Kevin Ramsier

    CEO

    Kevin is managing partner and CEO of Vesticor. As an entrepreneur, Kevin has built and sold four businesses. His company has been recognized in Inc. magazine as one of their fastest-growing private companies for two years in a row. He holds a degree in economics from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he is on the advisory board for the Wotemade Center for Economics, Business & Entrepreneurship. Kevin serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. He is a frequent speaker and presenter on exit planning, business improvement, private company investing and sales & marketing strategies.

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  • Decorating Performance Wear

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/09/2016

    This session will teach you the advantages and limitations of embroidery. Participants will learn how to get the best embroidered result, why proper hooping and the correct backing are critical to successful decoration, what thread you should consider using to keep the embroidery soft and flexible, how you can achieve small lettering that's still easy to read, and special considerations for design and digitizing.

    Join Colleen Hartigan for the session Decorating Performance Wear. Today's new lightweight, breathable fabrics–like those used in moisture-wicking tees, yoga pants, compression shirts and more–are in high demand at retail and in the ad specialty market alike, but they can be a challenge for decorators. In this eye-opening session, you'll learn about new products that help improve the look and feel of embroidery on these popular fabrics.

    This session will teach you the advantages and limitations of embroidery. Participants will learn how to get the best embroidered result, why proper hooping and the correct backing are critical to successful decoration, what thread you should consider using to keep the embroidery soft and flexible, how you can achieve small lettering that's still easy to read, and special considerations for design and digitizing.

    Colleen Hartigan

    Consultant

    Colleen Hartigan is a 32-year veteran of the embroidery and apparel decoration industry. Recently retired as executive vice president of Madeira USA, she now works as a consultant for Madeira USA and Madeira Germany, sharing her extensive knowledge of the embroidery industry and the embroidery process. A seasoned speaker with a long history of educational training at trade shows and private seminars, Hartigan shares her expertise in all facets of creating and selling embroidery. She focuses on product education and the use of the right products to improve customer satisfaction and sales.

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  • Deep Dive Into State Regulations

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/02/2016

    So you’ve go the whole CPSIA thing down and you are fairly comfortable with Prop 65. But are you aware that there are 250-plus laws and rules across 38 states regulating the use of toxic substances? In addition, 20 state legislatures are considering nearly 75 new proposed chemical safety policies. This session will take a deep dive into the laws and rules that have the most impact on the promotional products industry. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join Andrew Farhat and Brian Grochal for this session on diving deep into state regulations. So you've go the whole CPSIA thing down and you are fairly comfortable with Prop 65. But are you aware that there are 250-plus laws and rules across 38 states regulating the use of toxic substances? In addition, 20 state legislatures are considering nearly 75 new proposed chemical safety policies. This session will take a deep dive into the laws and rules that have the most impact on the promotional products industry. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Recommended Pre-Requisites:
    • CAS Required: Product Safety Basics
    • Prop 65 & State Regulation

    Andrew Farhat

    Global Toy Leader

    Actively involved in the quality assurance industry for over 10 years, Andrew has experience in a broad range of consumer products including toys, textiles and apparel, and general merchandise on both the laboratory and manufacturing/retail sides of the industry. As the Global Toy Leader, Andrew oversees and directs UL's global toy business. By defining and executing the global toy strategy in all areas including technical, operations and relationship development, he is responsible for influencing and coordinating activities related to operations, marketing, commercial, pricing, and overall strategy. In his previous role, Andrew served as a Regulatory Affairs Manager where he worked with clients to implement value-added solutions to meet the requirements of evolving global legislations.

    Brian Grochal

    Technical Lead, Juvenile Products Consumer and Retail Services

    Speaker: Brian Grochal, UL

    BRIAN GROCHAL is a juvenile-product expert with extensive manufacturing experience. His knowledge encompasses U.S., Canadian, European, Australian, Brazilian, and Chinese standards, global compliance systems, product lifecycle management, traceability systems and risk assessment. He most recently served as compliance manager for Maclaren, with heavy involvement in product development and quality. Prior to joining Maclaren, he led global regulatory matters for 4moms, a high-tech childcare article manufacturer, during a period of massive expansion into new product categories and new international markets. Brian is also an active participant in the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) subcommittees for juvenile products, is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), and a member of Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO).

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  • The Art of Testing: A Tour Through Testing Methods for Promotional Products

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/18/2016

    We frequently talk about the requirements for compliance testing related to consumer promotional products, but what does it entail? This is a must-attend session for suppliers and a huge opportunity for distributors looking to stay on the right side of compliance. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Jessica Pyle for the Art of Testing. We frequently talk about the requirements for compliance testing related to consumer promotional products,but what does it entail? What kinds of testing need to be done? What are the different types? How are tests performed and which one is best for your product and/or situation? This session delves into the complexity of product safety testing for heavy metals, how it affects the products you make and sell, how specific types of testing are done and the differences between them. This is a must-attend session for suppliers and a huge opportunity for distributors looking to stay on the right side of compliance. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Recommended Pre-Requisites:

    • CAS Required: Product Safety Basics
    • Prop 65 & State Regulations

    Jessica Pyle, XOS

    Senior Applications Engineer

    Jessica Pyle is a senior applications engineer at XOS, a manufacturer of high definition x-ray fluorescence (HDXRF®) heavy metal analyzers. She has more than 10 years of progressive experience in laboratory research and advanced technology applications. Most recently, her focus is on the use of HDXRF technology for the purpose of detecting regulated elements in consumer products. She works closely with XOS customers—leading laboratories and manufacturers around the world— to help them meet their testing and regulatory needs. Mrs. Pyle earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from The University of New York at Buffalo, and a master's degree in materials science and engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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  • What Do You Need To Know To Stay On The Right Side Of Regulations When Decorating Apparel

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/11/2016

    This session will answer your questions for apparel decorators and distributors regarding CPSIA regulations and keeping yourself on the right side of compliance. This session is appropriate for distributors and third-party apparel decorators. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join Sue DeRagon, Mary Poissant, and Anne Stone for the session, What Do You Need to Know To Stay on the Right Side of Regulations When Decorating Apparel.This session will answer your questions for apparel decorators and distributors regarding CPSIA regulations and keeping yourself on the right side of compliance. Find out what your obligations are and who is responsible for ensuring CPSIA compliance when a distributor enlists the services of a third-party decorator to embellish youth apparel? Learn the regulations and how they apply to both parties. Decorators will receive hands-on tips for implementing best practices on the shop floor. Distributors will receive best practices on managing the process and completing the necessary documentation.This session is appropriate for distributors and third-party apparel decorators.This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is Senior Technical Consultant at QIMA (formerly AsiaInspection).  With over 30 years of experience, she is a leading quality and safety expert on toys, children’s products, and promotional and licensed goods.  She has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars globally.  She works closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of regulatory compliance, product testing, quality control and assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    Ms. DeRagon is an active member of The Toy Association and ASTM International, participating on several toy and children’s product standards committees.  She is also a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) and a previous member of the Board of Directors for ICPHSO, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.

    Ms. DeRagon received a B.S degree in business administration from Bay Path College, Magna Cum Laude.


    Mary Poissant

    Director of Sales

    Mary Poissant has been in the promotional products industry for 26 years. Mary started in the industry working for a local screen print shop in Buffalo, NY. In 1994 she began her distributorship including silkscreen print services as Ad Impressions. She partnered with Apple Imprints apparel on large projects for several years and in 2005 formally closed her distributorship and took on Director of Sales and Marketing of Apple Imprints Apparel, a top-rated wholesale, contract decorating company supplier.

    Enforcement of CPSIA laws in 2009 changed the direction of Apple Imprints apparel with printing youth apparel. Embracing the new requirements, the next three years, Mary helped turn their 30000 sq foot facility into one of the number one referrals for silkscreen printed infant/youth apparel. Today Apple Imprints Apparel is well known throughout the industry as a trusted source for contract silkscreen printed apparel.

    Anne Stone

    Director of Public Affairs

    Anne Stone is the director of public affairs for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). She brings her background in public relations and communications to driving member advocacy and communicating product safety issues. Prior to joining PPAI, she worked with Conner Peripherals, then a Fortune 500 manufacturer of data storage solutions, where she managed media relations, special events and creative services. She also managed corporate communications for a manufacturer of high-performance visual display equipment, and was a senior account executive for a public relations agency. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Action Council and the Product Responsibility Action Council.

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  • WLC 2016: Keynote: Building Brands

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/26/2016

    In today’s crowded and competitive marketplace defining and building brands is more important than ever. In order to create value, we must be consistent and modern at the same time. As a result, Katie Bayne will share four lessons that she has learned throughout her 27 year journey in marketing. She will bring to life how these lessons have allowed her to define her personal brand and how similar principles work in building and celebrating one of the most beloved brands in the world…. Coca-Cola.

    In today's crowded and competitive marketplace defining and building brands is more important than ever. In order to create value, we must be consistent and modern at the same time. As a result, Katie Bayne will share four lessons that she has learned throughout her 27 year journey in marketing. She will bring to life how these lessons have allowed her to define her personal brand and how similar principles work in building and celebrating one of the most beloved brands in the world…. Coca-Cola.

    Yolanda White

    Assistant Vice President and Global Group Director

    Yolanda White, Assistant Vice President and Global Group Director for the Coca-Cola Company is a marketing executive with over 20 years of experience with top tier brands within the consumer packaged goods industry. Accomplished at building vision, global strategies, high performing teams and delivering positive business results by working across global organizations and customers. Recognized by Brand Week magazine in 2002 as one of the “Marketers of the Next Generation” and Black Enterprise as one of the “2013 Top Women Executives in Advertising and Marketing”.

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  • WLC 2016: Keys To Effective Feedback: Coaching Employees Into Better Performance

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/26/2016

    Today's leader needs to develop skills that motivate teams to excel. Key among these skills is coaching. Leaders and organizations have come to understand how valuable it can be, and they’re adding the ability to coach and develop others to the ever-growing list of skills they require of their managers. Unfortunately, few managers know how to make coaching work. In this session, learn why coaching and feedback are important to aligning individual development with business needs.

    Join Claudia St. John in the session: Keys To Effective Feedback: Coaching Employees Into Better Performance. Today's leader needs to develop skills that motivate teams to excel. Key among these skills is coaching. Leaders and organizations have come to understand how valuable it can be, and they're adding the ability to coach and develop others to the ever-growing list of skills they require of their managers. Unfortunately, few managers know how to make coaching work. In this session, learn why coaching and feedback are important to aligning individual development with business needs.

    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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