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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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  • CPSC Recalls and The Current State of Civil Penalties: The Case for a Robust Compliance Program

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/26/2016

    The regulated community has seen the CPSC levy large civil penalties with more frequency. In this webinar, we will dive into some recent CPSC recalls and civil penalties, and explore some of the factors that the CPSC utilizes when determining the civil penalty action and amount. By better understanding these cases, you will identify some best practices that can be used when building your compliance program.This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Andrew Farhat for the session CPSC Recalls and The Current State of Civil Penalties. The regulated community has seen the CPSC levy large civil penalties with more frequency. With the passage of the CPSIA in 2008, the maximum penalty for each violation increased from $8,000 to $100,000, with maximum penalty amounts for a series of violations increased from $1.8 million to $15 million. In this webinar, we will dive into some recent CPSC recalls and civil penalties, and explore some of the factors that the CPSC utilizes when determining the civil penalty action and amount. By better understanding these cases, you will identify some best practices that can be used when building your compliance program.This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    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.

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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 the senior technical consultant for Qima. She has over 25 years of experience in the toy and premiums industry and has worked with PPAI as a technical consultant since 2008. DeRagon has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars and closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of product testing, quality assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    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: Executive Decision Making

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/27/2016

    In today’s competitive business world, it is imperative to know how to make key decisions quickly and decisively. Strategic decisions often entail considerable risks and can have long-range implications for the organization. In this session, learn how to apply formal decision making processes in order to reduce risk and choose the best course of action for your position or organizational role. Learn methods and techniques such as the decision tree for making critical decisions in a challenging environment. Understand how to maximize available assets, identify risks and obstacles, and gather the necessary data for an informed decision-making process.

    Join Jo-an Lantz for this session on executive decision making. In today's competitive business world, it is imperative to know how to make key decisions quickly and decisively. Strategic decisions often entail considerable risks and can have long-range implications for the organization. In this session, learn how to apply formal decision making processes in order to reduce risk and choose the best course of action for your position or organizational role. Learn methods and techniques such as the decision tree for making critical decisions in a challenging environment. Understand how to maximize available assets, identify risks and obstacles, and gather the necessary data for an informed decision-making process.

    Jo-an Lantz

    Executive Vice President

    Jo-an Lantz, MAS is Chief Operating Officer, EVP and a member of the Board of Directors for Geiger. She represents Geiger as the sole US member of the international group WAGE (World Advertising Gift Exchange) serving on their Presidium as President. WAGE is a 50+ year organization with 26 members from 25 different countries. She has served on a variety of different industry groups and associations including former Chair of the Board of Directors of PPAI. Jo-an was inducted in the PPAI Hall of Fame in 2009. She is a former ASI International Person of the Year (2004), and a member of ASI Power 50, and the 2014 PPB Woman of Distinction. Jo-an is an avid Fund Raiser serving on the PPEF Board twice, once as Chair. She also works with a number of non profits in training fund raisers in endurance events.

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  • WLC 2016: Emerging Technology Trends

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

    The rapid advances in technology can be a competitive advantage if you are ready to take advantage of the changes. Understanding technology trends can help you create your success by allowing you to identify tools before your competition does. In order to identify the best way to move forward, you must understand emerging trends that are relevant to you personally and professionally. Become better positioned to understand opportunities and create a plan for your business to take advantage of future opportunities.

    Join Dale Denham, MAS+ for this session on the emerging tech trends. The rapid advances in technology can be a competitive advantage if you are ready to take advantage of the changes. Understanding technology trends can help you create your success by allowing you to identify tools before your competition does. In order to identify the best way to move forward, you must understand emerging trends that are relevant to you personally and professionally. Become better positioned to understand opportunities and create a plan for your business to take advantage of future opportunities.

    Dale Denham, MAS+

    Chief Information Officer

    Dale Denham, MAS+, is the CIO for top 40 distributor Geiger and previously served as Senior Vice President of ASI. Recognized as the industry's top technologist, Dale has continued to deliver innovative, helpful products and solutions during his 20 years in the industry.

    Among the first 10 people certified as a Master Advertising Specialist+ by PPAI., Dale was also recognized by ASI Counselor Magazine as one of “40 under 40" and named one of Corporate Logo's Most Influential People in 2004.

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  • WLC 2016: Transforming Teams: Improving Collaboration and Building Trust

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

    Join Claudia St. John as she explores the common breakdowns that happen between coworkers and colleagues, and particularly between sales and customer service or operations teams. Explore why these familiar breakdowns occur, how to identify and diagnose breakdowns in teams, how behavioral styles contribute to these breakdowns and how to resolve them.

    Join Claudia St. John as she explores the common breakdowns that happen between coworkers and colleagues, and particularly between sales and customer service or operations teams. Explore why these familiar breakdowns occur, how to identify and diagnose breakdowns in teams, how behavioral styles contribute to these breakdowns and how to resolve them.

    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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  • 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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