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  • Add On: SPARK 2020 Conference: Self Defense Class Guest Ticket

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The self-defense program, with 6th degree Black Belt Master Rodney Ball, will consist of basic self-defense teachings to include wrist releases, bear hug defense, lapel grab defense, choke holds, basic pressure point and awareness training. The goal of this class will be to give the attendees a basic understanding and application of self-defense that they will be able to utilize after the class. Please wear comfortable athletic attire since this will be a very active session.

    • The self-defense program, with 6th degree Black Belt Master Rodney Ball, will consist of basic self-defense teachings to include wrist releases, bear hug defense, lapel grab defense, choke holds, basic pressure point and awareness training. The goal of this class will be to give the attendees a basic understanding and application of self-defense that they will be able to utilize after the class. Please wear comfortable athletic attire since this will be a very active session.
  • How the California Privacy Law Will Affect You in 2020

    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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  • Add On: Product Responsibility 2020 Conference: Guest Ticket: Sunday Opening Dinner Ticket

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This should be purchased if you have a guest attending just the Sunday opening dinner and not the conference. Upon completion of purchasing this guest dinner ticket please write in the name of the guest, email address and allergies, you will find the survey located in the contents tab.

    This should be purchased if you have a guest attending just the Sunday opening dinner and not the conference. Please select this option for your guest to attend the Sunday opening dinner as part of the Product Responsibility Summit. 

    Upon completion of purchasing this guest dinner ticket please write in the name of the guest, email address and allergies, you will find the survey located in the contents tab. 

  • Add On: Product Responsibility Summit 2020 Conference: Guest Ticket: Monday Dine-Around Dinner Ticket

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This should be purchased if you have a guest attending just the Monday dine-around dinner and not the conference. Upon completion of purchasing this guest dinner ticket please write in the name of the guest, email address and allergies, you will find the survey located in the contents tab.

    This should be purchased if you have a guest attending just the dinner and not the conference. 

    Upon completion of purchasing this guest dinner ticket please write in the name of the guest, email address and allergies, you will find the survey located in the contents tab. 

  • Choosing Promotional Products For Trade Shows: Beyond Giving Out “Stuff”

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/19/2019

    ​As promotional product professionals, we don’t always realize the impact that a “giveaway” can have for a trade-show exhibitor. After all, when we walk through a show floor, the items featured are not “promotions,” they’re samples, and the rules are different. This presentation is an overview for trade-show exhibitors on best practices for choosing and distributing promotional products for. Join Rama Beerfas, MAS, CTSM for this webinar that will briefly cover four areas to consider when choosing promotional products to increase booth traffic during a trade show for maximum impact on ROI/ROO. Whether you’re exhibiting or you’re recommending products to a client, and whether it’s an international trade show or your local Chamber’s tabletop show, this presentation will help you choose more wisely and overcome the “must give out stuff to everyone” mindset that many exhibitors have.

    As promotional product professionals, we don’t always realize the impact that a “giveaway” can have for a trade-show exhibitor. After all, when we walk through a show floor, the items featured are not “promotions,” they’re samples, and the rules are different. This presentation is an overview for trade-show exhibitors on best practices for choosing and distributing promotional products for. Join Rama Beerfas, MAS, CTSM for this webinar that will briefly cover four areas to consider when choosing promotional products to increase booth traffic during a trade show for maximum impact on ROI/ROO. Whether you’re exhibiting or you’re recommending products to a client, and whether it’s an international trade show or your local Chamber’s tabletop show, this presentation will help you choose more wisely and overcome the “must give out stuff to everyone” mindset that many exhibitors have.


    Key Takeaways:
    1.    Rama’s five rules for trade-show promotional products.
    2.    Read the contract—make sure your promotion is show-approved.
    3.    ROI/ROO with promo products at trade shows—yes, it’s possible!
    4.    Gamification of promo products in a trade-show/event venue.

    Rama Beerfas, MAS, CTSM

    Chief Solutions Specialist, Lev Promotions

    Rama Beerfas, MAS, CTSM, is the chief solutions specialist of San Diego, California-based Lev Promotions, a promotional marketing consulting company founded in 2002. Lev Promotions' three areas of expertise include promotional products, trade-show marketing and event marketing. The recommended products and services integrate client branding, goals and target market demographics using a holistic marketing approach.

    Beerfas’ professional background includes extensive work in retail, banking, hospitality management and the nonprofit sectors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Cal State, Northridge, and a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Beerfas also earned her Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) certification from PPAI in 2017 and is received her CTSM (Certified Trade Show Marketer) through Exhibitor in 2019.

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    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • Tips for Hiring and Retaining Top Talent In a Tight Labor Market

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Where can you find top talent these days? What are the best screening and interviewing techniques? How can you avoid dreaded and costly mis-hires? What’s the best way to ensure that your new hire will be successful in his or her job? This presentation by Claudia St. John offers best-in-class recruiting strategies and people management practices to help companies be more successful in talent acquisition and retention. Outcomes – Session Attendees will: • Learn tips and tricks that recruiters use in finding and screening job candidates • Discover ways to improve their own interviewing skills • Gain insight and understanding to help improve employee engagement and retention, particularly during the critical first 45 days of employment

    Where can you find top talent these days? What are the best screening and interviewing techniques? How can you avoid dreaded and costly mis-hires? What’s the best way to ensure that your new hire will be successful in his or her job? This presentation by Claudia St. John offers best-in-class recruiting strategies and people management practices to help companies be more successful in talent acquisition and retention.

    Outcomes – Session Attendees will:
    • Learn tips and tricks that recruiters use in finding and screening job candidates
    • Discover ways to improve their own interviewing skills
    • Gain insight and understanding to help improve employee engagement and retention, particularly during the critical first 45 days of employment

    Claudia St John, SHRM-SCP,SPHR

    President of Affinity HR Group, LLC

    Claudia St. John, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is the 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.  As a consultant and frequent speaker, St. John 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 bestselling book Transforming Teams – tips for improving collaboration and building trust.  Her weekly HR Minute emails and monthly articles are followed by thousands of business leaders nationwide. 

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    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • Promo Industry and Pantone—What is Color?

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    What is color, and, more specifically, how is it used in the promotional products industry? This webinar discusses the ins and outs of our industry’s many imprint methods, basic color theory and the science behind color perception, and the best Pantone tools to achieve your client’s color throughout the production process.

    What is color, and, more specifically, how is it used in the promotional products industry? This webinar discusses the ins and outs of our industry’s many imprint methods, basic color theory and the science behind color perception, and the best Pantone tools to achieve your client’s color throughout the production process.

    Kari Banner

    Affinity Program Manager

    As PPAI’s Affinity Program associate manager, Kari works closely with PPAI’s Trusted Affinity Partners to ensure PPAI members receive best-in-class service and preferred pricing for the promotional products industry. 

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  • Business Transition and Succession Planning

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar is designed to help business owners achieve more successful transitions, such as changes in ownership and management. According to the Small Business Administration, over the next five years, more than 40 percent of privately-owned companies will transition, with poor planning as the main reason for doing so. Succession planning is an unfamiliar challenge for most business owners, especially when family is involved. Having a plan in place can be extraordinarily valuable in relieving the uncertainties caused by not knowing how to proceed, or the impact succession can have on employees, family relationships and even your own financial security. Webinar participants will learn valuable information to help business owners identify actions to begin minimizing their risks, increasing value and improving the outcome of their transition. You will learn what transition readiness is, why it matters and how to improve your personal and business outcomes.

    This webinar is designed to help business owners achieve more successful transitions, such as changes in ownership and management. According to the Small Business Administration, over the next five years, more than 40 percent of privately-owned companies will transition, with poor planning as the main reason for doing so.
    Succession planning is an unfamiliar challenge for most business owners, especially when family is involved. Having a plan in place can be extraordinarily valuable in relieving the uncertainties caused by not knowing how to proceed, or the impact succession can have on employees, family relationships and even your own financial security. Webinar participants will learn valuable information to help business owners identify actions to begin minimizing their risks, increasing value and improving the outcome of their transition. You will learn what transition readiness is, why it matters and how to improve your personal and business outcomes.

    Participants will be guided through several questions:

    •    What are your possible exit strategies and how will you get there?

    •    Why is succession planning a process, not an event?

    •    What are the major factors and long-term objectives that you, as a business owner, need to consider when transitioning your business?

    •    How do I ensure a business transition will provide you with an income stream during retirement?

    •    What is your business’s worth and why is an independent, objective valuation of your business important?

    •    Congratulations! You have successfully transitioned your business. What do you do now?

    Greg Lewis

    Family Business Consultant

    Greg Lewis is a family business consultant at The Tennessee Center for Family Business in Nashville, Tennessee. Lewis’s passion is helping one family at a time deal with the unique challenges of working together in a family business and planning for a successful transition. Lewis has over 25 years of experience working in his own family businesses. His personal experience in building and leading family businesses makes him a valuable resource to family business executives who want to become more effective leaders as they deal with the unique mix of family and non-family team members, values, culture and processes in which their family business operates.

    Drawing on his background as an entrepreneur and leadership trainer, Lewis has provided family business executives the opportunity to share their unique challenges in a secure and objective environment, helping them to lead well and maximize their potential. He has helped families create a climate where members of the family can do what they enjoy most and contribute to the success of their company. His clients work in a variety of industries including manufacturing, transportation, supply chain, nonprofit, retail, health care and farming.

    Lewis received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and holds leadership certifications from the Keller Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and the Center for Association Leadership in Washington, D.C. He is a certified trainer with the Ken Blanchard Companies in Situational Leadership II, the most-taught leadership model in the world.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: It’s Not Easy Being The Compliance Officer—How Not To Be The Bad Guy

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This panel discussion will take a frank look at the challenges of being a compliance officer. Panelists will share tips on how to build consensus; how to say no without damaging relationships; how to get buy-in from the top; and how to build a culture of product responsibility.

    This panel discussion will take a frank look at the challenges of being a compliance officer. Panelists will share tips on how to build consensus; how to say no without damaging relationships; how to get buy-in from the top; and how to build a culture of product responsibility. 

    Kim Bakalyar

    Chief Compliance Officer, 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).

    Chris Pearson

    Director of Compliance, Spector & Co.

    Chris Pearson is the director of compliance for Spector & Co. Chris joined Spector 2017 after a long career in the highly regulated juvenile products industry.  

    Throughout his 20-year career within the Juvenile products industry, Chris specialized in Infant safety and security, and in the development and certification of infant restraints. He worked closely with regulatory bodies, manufacturers,  sales and marketing teams, as well as directly with clients—giving him exposure and an in-depth understanding of many facets of the business.  

    In August 2018, Spector appointed Chris as director of compliance and overseas operations—adding oversight of the company’s China operations to his portfolio. Chris travels abroad several times a year to personally review procedures with manufacture owners, local government and the Spector team to ensure that compliance standards are met and maintained.

    JillAnn Rogoz

    Senior Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance, Prime Line

    Jill Rogoz is an 12-year industry veteran and the senior director of compliance and quality assurance at Prime Line, Hard Goods Division of alphabroder, and a Top 10 supplier in the promotional products industry.  As senior director of compliance and quality assurance, she oversees the safety, compliance and quality assurance programs at multiple manufacturing facilities at Prime Line.  Prime is a founding member of QCA and Jill is the team leader for Prime’s QCA program.  

    Kyle Earing

    Director of Quality and Operations, Blink Marketing, Inc.

    Kyle Earing is the director of quality and operations at Blink Marketing, Inc. in Franklin, Tennessee. In his role, Kyle works to enhance the quality program at Blink Marketing and establish key partnerships within the supply chain to ensure quality, conformance and performance for their client’s products.    Kyle has over a decade of experience working within the quality and the promotional products arena. Kyle is a certified FSSC 22000 lead auditor. Under Kyle’s leadership, Blink Marketing achieved a significant accomplishment by recently becoming Mar’s Global’s highest rated premium and promotional products supplier.  

    Nat Bullock

    Product Responsibility and Global Services Manager, Geiger

    Nat Bullock is the product responsibility and global services manager for Geiger.  Nat is a 2001 graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration on operations management and was the winner of the 2001 Southern Maine Entrepreneurship Business Plan competition.                                            

    Prior to joining Geiger, Nat was the logistics and purchasing manager for a Fortune 500 manufacturer of technical fabrics where he oversaw production planning for multiple manufacturing locations in the U.S. as well as the purchasing of raw materials from sources in Canada, Asia, Europe, and South America.           

    Nat joined Geiger in 2011 as planning and logistics manager for their manufacturing division and has also held the position of project manager in their IT department before taking on the compliance roll in 2015.  Nat oversees the areas of product compliance as well as logistical compliance for international shipping and hazardous goods shipping and develops compliance related education programs for their sales partners and internal staff.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Intellectual Property

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    What does it really take to protect your intellectual property and defend your rights? Copyrights, trademarks, patents abound – the tangible creations we humans want to protect from infringement and misuse are virtually endless. Lessons learned from a real-life experience will make you better prepared should you need to defend your IP rights.

    What does it really take to protect your intellectual property and defend your rights? Copyrights, trademarks, patents abound – the tangible creations we humans want to protect from infringement and misuse are virtually endless. Lessons learned from a real-life experience will make you better prepared should you need to defend your IP rights.

    Justin Miller

    Patent Attorney, Larson and Larson

    Justin Miller is a patent attorney with Larson and Larson concentrating on patent prosecution with an emphasis on mechanical devices. He also prepares infringement and non-infringement opinions in a multitude of fields, including medical devices and nutraceuticals. Justin has experience with challenging pending patent applications using third-party submissions and foreign filing options and strategy. His professional experience is in the field of petrochemicals, particularly liquefied natural gas. He now applies his piping skills to home improvements, with plans to build additional boats and fine furniture. He was fortunate enough to meet his wife Trista, whom he married in 2014.

    Justin is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stetson University College of Law and is board certified in intellectual property law by the Florida Bar. 

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