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  • Diversity Opens Doors: Selling To Major Corporations And The Fortune 500

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/02/2020 at 1:00 PM (CST)

    Today more than ever before, companies both large and small are realizing the value of buying their ad specialty products from distributorships that embody diversity. In fact, many Fortune 500 corporations are tasked with developing business relationships with under-represented ownership groups, including women, veterans, visible minorities, LGBT and others. To get in front of these potential buyers and take advantage of the huge growth opportunity, it’s vital to have your business officially certified. During this session with Kathy Cheng, you’ll discover the tools you need to have a fair opportunity to be considered for contracts and other purchasing requirements. Plus, you’ll hear why your choice of supplier partners that exemplify diversity can help your distributorship thrive in the years to come.

    Today more than ever before, companies both large and small are realizing the value of buying their ad specialty products from distributorships that embody diversity. In fact, many Fortune 500 corporations are tasked with developing business relationships with under-represented ownership groups, including women, veterans, visible minorities, LGBT and others. To get in front of these potential buyers and take advantage of the huge growth opportunity, it’s vital to have your business officially certified. During this session with Kathy Cheng, you’ll discover the tools you need to have a fair opportunity to be considered for contracts and other purchasing requirements. Plus, you’ll hear why your choice of supplier partners that exemplify diversity can help your distributorship thrive in the years to come.

    Kathy Cheng

    President and Founder

    Kathy Cheng is President of WS & Co., one of Canada's leading full-service apparel manufacturers, and the founder of its in-stock promotional apparel line, Redwood Classics Apparel. In addition to producing past Olympic apparel programs, Cheng’s high-quality apparel can be found at upscale, internationally renowned retailers across North America. With a growing presence in Japan and Europe, WS & Co. has combated offshore competition, putting Canada on the map as a leading destination for premium apparel manufacturing.


    Cheng has been named as an honouree of Inc. Magazine #FemaleFounders 100 for 2020! A longtime champion of North American manufacturing, in 2016 Cheng received two honours that recognized and celebrated this fact: she was selected as a Supplier Woman of Distinction by the Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) and named to the MBE’s Who Rock list by Minority Business Entrepreneur Magazine. The recipient of CAMSC’s 2015 Supplier of the year award, Cheng was also one of three Canadians inducted into the 2014 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program. In 2013, she was named as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winners. Finally, Cheng focuses on paying it forward to the next generation of Canadian designers with her role as a mentor and member of the Board of Directors for Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI).

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    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    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.

  • Navigating Coaching: The Core of Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/18/2020 at 1:00 PM (CST)

    If you’re a new manager, the chances are good that the only things you’ve been taught how to do are: hire, dictate and fire. The truth is that being a great manager is far more than that. Great management is the art and skill of producing profitable behavior change in your people—the kind of behavior change that raises their level and the level of your staff. This session with Troy Harrison will show you how!

    If you’re a new manager, the chances are good that the only things you’ve been taught how to do are: hire, dictate and fire. The truth is that being a great manager is far more than that. Great management is the art and skill of producing profitable behavior change in your people—the kind of behavior change that raises their level and the level of your staff. This session with Troy Harrison will show you how!

    We’ll cover:

    1. Understanding your employees’ needs
    2. Why persuasion works better than dictation
    3. How to have an effective coaching meeting
    4. Following up and ensuring commitment
    5. And more!

    Troy Harrison

    Sales Manager

    Troy Harrison & Associates is owned and operated by Troy Harrison. Troy has been a top salesperson and sales manager for over fifteen years, and has turned around territories and entire sales forces. While working for a national managed services provider, he turned one of the company's worst sales forces into a two-time consecutive National Champion, with six President's Club salesperson awards and two National Champion Sales Manager awards. From there, he has worked as a “turnaround specialist," producing dramatic annual growth in sales and profitability. A track record of consistent overachievement against quota, and a thirst for selling knowledge, has produced one of America's finest sales consultants and trainers.


    In 2008, Troy authored “Sell Like You Mean It! – Outselling Your Competitors by Understanding Your Customers," which has sold over 5,000 copies nationwide and was a nominee for the 2008 Axiom Business Book of the Year Award. Troy has become a recognized leader in the sales training profession. He is sought out by leading publications such as Selling Power Magazine, Sales and Marketing Magazine, as well as high profile websites like CareerBuilder.com and the Wall Street Journal's digital network for advice and insight as to the state of the selling profession.

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    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    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.

  • SPARK Networking: Coffee N Catch Up

    Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/17/2020 at 1:00 PM (CST)

    Take a break from the workday and join us for a casual coffee and catch up! Peer networks are even more important aspect of business, that is why we would like to invite the industry's young professionals to a video social session. Icebreakers to help young professionals get to know other industry peers and have some virtual fun at the same time. Participants are required to use their webcams to participate and a headset/mic is recommended for the best quality audio.

    Take a break from the workday and join us for a casual coffee and catch up! Peer networks are even more important aspect of business, that is why we would like to invite the industry's young professionals to a video social session. Icebreakers to help young professionals get to know other industry peers and have some virtual fun at the same time. Participants are required to use their webcams to participate and a headset/mic is recommended for the best quality audio.

    Stephen McFadden, CAS

    President

    Stephen McFadden is president for Perfect Promotions & More, Inc and also the 2020 SPARK Work Group Chair. Skilled in creative sales programs, current trend identification, and networking, McFadden believes in a Give, Give, Give, Ask mentality.

    Tosha Everhart

    Sock Boss

    Tosha Everhart is Sock Boss at Sock 101 and is a SPARK Work Group member from 2020-2022. After graduating with a bachelor’s in communication from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, she immersed herself into the world of marketing and social media, where her work eventually lead her to the promotional products industry just three years ago. Being fairly new to the industry, Everhart’s goal is to be more involved and volunteer where needed to continue to grow in the industry.

    Meghan Kory

    Key Accounts Manager

    Meghan Kory is a Key Accounts Manager for Hit Promotional Products and has been a SPARK Work Group member from 2019-2021. Meghan Kory started in the industry in 2012, right aftergraduating from Georgia Southern University. My first role was Inside Saleswith Hit Promotional Products. Meghan went to Admints & Zagabor in 2014 as theSouth East Territory Manager. In 2015, Admints was acquired by Hit PromotionalProducts.

    Taylor Borst

    Head of Communications and Public Relations

    Taylor Borst is head of communications and public relations for American Solutions for Business and has been a SPARK Work Group member from 2019-2020. After earning a bachelor’s degree in professional communications & emerging media from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, she joined the print and promo industry in 2015, specializing in digital storytelling, social media, promotional products, industry trends and supplier relations. Taylor is currently a Sous Chef with PromoKitchen, on PPAI SPARK work group, a contributing writer for PromoCorner and serves as an advocate for education and youth involvement in the industry.

    Kacie Brinner

    Information Services Project Supervisor

    Kacie Brinner is the SAGE Information Services Project Supervisor and a member of the SPARK Work Group from 2020-2022. She is a Texas transplant, retaining Californian ultra-hippie status, and a writing junkie. She hates winter and firmly believe in serendipity.

    Alicia Skipper, CPIM

    Promo Guru

    Alicia Skipper, CPIM is the PromoGuru at PromoPros. Alicia enjoys finding new and exciting products to share with our clients to help promote their messages. She joined the workgroup for SPARK in 2019 and could not be more thrilled. She has earned the designation of Incentive Professional (IP), and Certified Professional of Incentive Marketing (CPIM) in the incentive industry, and aims to show that same level enthusiasm in everything she does. Alicia is the host of the Generation SPARK Podcast, which dives deeper into SPARK Conference topics, attendee perspectives, presenter insights, and more!

    David Geiger, Esq, MAS, CIL

    General Counsel

    David Geiger, Esq.,MAS, CIL, is the General Counsel for Geiger located in Lewiston, Maine which is an industry top-10 distributor of promotional products and advertising specialty items. David is a recent graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and represents the fifth generation of Geigers to work at the family-owned business. He joined the business in 2007, starting in manufacturing engineering services during school breaks from the University of Southern California, where he studied business administration, management, law and entrepreneurship. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he held the role of Compliance Manager until he left to pursue a degree in law. His role is to ensure Geiger’s compliance with global laws and regulations, handle corporate law-related matters, assist in drafting and negotiating complex agreements, and participate in the strategic growth of the company as part of the mergers and acquisition team.  In addition to his responsibilities at Geiger, he is a board member for St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston, Maine and a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) and the SPARK Work Group from 2020-2022.

    Please note this is a social networking session and therefore no education credit will be given.

    1. Please attend the session from your desktop with your webcam on and we recommend a headset with a mic for best audio quality. 

    2. Please note this is a social networking session and therefore no education credit will be given.

  • Forums For The Future: Workplace Wellness (Live Session Only)

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/10/2020 at 1:00 PM (CST)

    Forums For The Future is an opportunity to connect with industry peers to discuss topics that are trending and to dive into them in a virtual small group format each month. This month's session will be led by the PPAI Professional Development Committee, and conversations will focus around workplace wellness, what resources and support to offer your staff. We encourage suppliers, distributors, business services professionals to lend their voices to the conversations. Please note this session will only be offered live and therefore, there will not be an on-demand version of this session to view. ​​

    Forums For The Future is an opportunity to connect with industry peers to discuss topics that are trending and to dive into them in a virtual small group format each month. This month's session will be led by the PPAI Professional Development Committee, and conversations will focus around workplace wellness, what resources and support to offer your staff. We encourage suppliers, distributors, business services professionals to lend their voices to the conversations. Please note this session will only be offered live and therefore, there will not be an on-demand version of this session to view.

    Austin Moody

    Business Development and Customer Experience Manager

    Austin Moody is a seven year industry veteran with a deep passion for merchandising and strategic branding solutions. Born and raised in the Midwest but always bringing a trendy insight to daily tasks, Austin is a self-proclaimed ‘foodie’ who is always in the know about what's new around town. A man who wears many hats, Austin takes great pride in being a crazy dog dad and he may or may not also be an ordained minister. When Austin isn't rolling out the red carpet for his clients, he enjoys a day at the lake, a fine tequila, and watching Dateline on pizza night Friday.  

    Goals:

    • Consistently provide an 'out of the box' experience for each client

    • Bring added value to every project that lands on my desk

    • Have fun but remain authentic to who I am as a person and the values I believe in

    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 20 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.

    David Lever, MAS

    Director of Sales

    David R. Lever, MAS, is the Global Director, Sales & Business Development with OTTO International “OTTO Cap”, Inc. Ontario, CA, a global leader in promotional caps and America’s Largest Cap Source. Prior to joining OTTO Cap David was Vice President, Sales with KOR Water. David serves on PPAI’s Professional Development Committee and is a Promo Kitchen Mentor. David’s passion for giving back and sharing his worldly knowledge is a natural fit to lead a discussion on Mentoring the current and next generation of Promotional Products Leaders. David is involved in other organizations like Challenged Athletes Foundation, on the Board of Advisors for Save the Arts and Medicines Global. In his spare time David likes to spend time with his wife Lori, children Zander and Zoe being outside Cycling, Skiing, Scuba Diving and adventure traveling.

    Andy Church

    Founder

    Andy Church founded Insight Quality in 2014 after 12 years living in Shenzhen, China and working in the quality assurance testing and supply chain support industry. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas with Chinese operations in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Yiwu, and Qingdao, Insight provides companies sourcing in Asia with a well-supported team that can take care of overseas sourcing and quality inspection needs.  Whether it’s a short-term emergency or a long-term QA strategy, Andy and his team can serve as your boots on the ground and partner in Asia. He has over 20 years of experience with the ins and outs of product development, manufacturing, social accountability, and quality assurance. 

    Erika Leary, MAS

    Operational Services Manager

    Erika Leary, MAS, manages Geiger's operational service functions to ensure quality, efficiency and customer satisfaction.  Erika has experience in adapting to the needs of staff that supports them physically, emotionally, professionally and personally. Erika works closely with her staff to provide flexibility in helping them be the best version of themselves to be successful in their role while maintaining the business needs to create workplace wellness. Erika is a member of The Junior League of Portland, ME whose mission is to affect change and improve the community through developing effective volunteer leadership.  She currently chairs their Leadership Development and Member Events committee. Erika has worked for Geiger since 2014, obtaining her MAS certification with PPAI and serves on PPAI's Professional Development committee. She holds BA in International Studies and MBA degrees from the University of Southern Maine. 


    Joy Smith, MAS

    Owner

    Joy Smith, MAS entered the Promotional Products industry in 1994 as a sales consultant for a local distributor. She founded Joy Of Advertising in 1999 and purchased RJs Apparel Graphics, Inc. in 2003. This screen print and embroidery company was a complementary companion for Joy Of Advertising. Joy is a Master Advertising Specialist (one of only 2 in the state of New Mexico) and is a trainer on the certification process, as well as, a mentor to many others. Joy is a PPAI Fellow. PPAI has presented Joy with service awards for Chairman of the MAS/CAS Certification Board and as a member of the Public Relations Council. She currently serves on the Professional Development Committee. She is also an advocate for PPAI. Joy is one of the Thirty "Exceptional Industry Women" who contributed to the book "What I Wish I Had Known" Copyright 2013. Joy was recognized by The National Congressional Committee and received the 2003 Leadership Award. She has been listed in the TOP 50 New Mexico Women owned business  twice. She has been nominated as a Woman of Influence in New Mexico. Joy volunteers in a number of areas, including but not limited to, Job Corps, the Rock @ Noonday Homeless Shelter and Southern Baptist Diasater Relief. Joy has had numerous articles and "How To" manuals published and has a new book in process about her mission work in Africa. Joy holds a Diploma in Pastoral Studies from SEAN College. She is licensed by the FCC, holding a general class  amteuer  radio license, She also holds certifications from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF).She loves educating and helping others pursue their dreams and watching them succeed.

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  • Sales Best Practices For New Promo Managers

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/04/2020 at 1:00 PM (CST)

    Are you a new manager in the promo industry? If so, this is the right place for you! Tony Morris will explain sales best practices when overseeing sales staff for the first time. For those that aren't overseeing sales staff, he will have some best practices for your own direct sales as well.

    Are you a new manager in the promo industry? If so, this is the right place for you! Tony Morris will explain sales best practices when overseeing sales staff for the first time. For those that aren't overseeing sales staff, he will have some best practices for your own direct sales as well.

    Tony Morris

    Author and International Speaker

    Tony Morris is the Founder of TMI Training Academy, International Sales Speaker, author of 5 books and an acclaimed sales trainer to over 26,000 sales professionals. Having been in sales from the age of 18, Tony knows sales as well as he knows life and more importantly, he knows what it takes to lead a successful business! He has the ability to translate his hands-on experience into a coherent, compelling and exciting philosophy, which has made him an inspiring speaker and a powerful sales trainer to over 26,000 sales professionals.

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  • The Future of Print

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/28/2020 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

    Join this session with Stephanie Drago and a panel of print experts including Sadie Whiting, Amanda Vogel, and Mark Kral, as they discuss where print is headed what the future may look like. This panel session will give you tips and ideas on how to profit with print and drive your sales growth. This session will touch on three key areas: 1. Where are the print opportunities? 2. How do you get started selling print? We will discuss ideas on who to approach and how to ask. 3. Who is buying print? We will talk about the three top industries buying print. This session is sponsored by Navitor.

    Join this session with Stephanie Drago and a panel of print experts including Sadie Whiting, Amanda Vogel, and Mark Kral, as they discuss where print is headed what the future may look like. This panel session will give you tips and ideas on how to profit with print and drive your sales growth.  This session will touch on three key areas:
    1.    Where are the print opportunities?  
    2.    How do you get started selling print?  We will discuss ideas on who to approach and how to ask.
    3.    Who is buying print?  We will talk about the three top industries buying print.

    This session is sponsored by

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    Stephanie Drago

    Director of Marketing and Cross-Sell

    Stephanie Drago, Director of Marketing.  Stephanie has 20 years in marketing, ecommerce, and all things digital. She’s a visionary and energetic leader with strong background in results-driven marketing and data analysis to promote innovation in product design.


    Amanda Vogel

    Senior Account Executive

    Amanda Vogel, Senior Account Executive at Navitor. Amanda has been with Navitor for 12 years and helps with education initiatives to ensure understanding and access across all of Navitor and its Affiliates. She helps our distributors identify new customer opportunities utilizing multiple product options to implement mutually profitable programs.

    Sadie Whiting

    Senior Strategic Account Manager

    Sadie Whiting, Senior Strategic Account Manager and a Label Expert with over 17 years of experience with Label Works in the industry. She is passionate about helping resellers and manufacturers achieve sales growth by providing consultative expertise.

    Mark Kral

    Stationary Sales Manager

    Navitor Stationery Sales Manager.  Mark has 14 years of various experience with Navitor, from Operations, Product Management to Sales there is very little that he doesn’t know about print.

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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.

  • Creating A Change Agent Network Virtual Session Sponsored By SPARK 2020

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/27/2020 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

    The rate of change is higher today than ever before, people across all industries are finding themselves in change-saturated organizations. Add to that the pressure to achieve return on investment for projects and initiatives and it can fill overwhelming. What you need is a team to help understand how the change is perceived across the organization and industry, what people need and want to know, and where resistance to the change needs to be managed. You're also going to need to create help creating communications, coaching leaders and influencers on their next steps. This session with Carla Howard is designed for young professionals of the promo industry. Participants will network with peers while learning how to create a change agent network, why you need that network, and how to help lead change going forward. Leading change is hard—make it easier by building a change agent network!

    The rate of change is higher today than ever before, people across all industries are finding themselves in change-saturated organizations. Add to that the pressure to achieve return on investment for projects and initiatives and it can fill overwhelming. What you need is a team to help understand how the change is perceived across the organization and industry, what people need and want to know, and where resistance to the change needs to be managed. You're also going to need to create help creating communications, coaching leaders and influencers on their next steps. This session with Carla Howard is designed for young professionals of the promo industry. Participants will network with peers while learning how to create a change agent network, why you need that network, and how to help lead change going forward. Leading change is hard—make it easier by building a change agent network!

    Carla Howard

    Owner and Change Management Expert

    Carla Howard is a Keynote Speaker and a Transformational Change Leader. She is an advocate for professional women, supporting them through her work as speaker, online course creator, and mentor. Carla’s goal is to help professional women become more Influential and Promotable so they can Rise with Confidence and Grace! Carla spent 25+ years building a corporate career before stepping into her speaking, coaching, and consulting business full time in 2019. Her experience includes successfully coaching professionals on how to successfully lead change, and how to achieve their personal definition of career success. She is a results-oriented leader who values kindness, accountability, celebrating mistakes, and remembering to have fun in the workplace. Carla believes that all of us have the ability to create our dream careers while finding joy in the journey!

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    4. 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.

  • Link Business Strategy, Business Results and Culture For Future Success

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/07/2020

    There are many ways to measure the keys to a company’s success beyond the P&L statements. Employee engagement, talent optimization, and diversity & inclusion are just some of the ways to describe success in a business. Join this session with Isabella Zaczek to learn how to plan for the future and implement a people strategy that is based on data, science, heart and skills.

    There are many ways to measure the keys to a company’s success beyond the P&L statements. Employee engagement, talent optimization, and diversity & inclusion are just some of the ways to describe success in a business. Join this session with Isabella Zaczek to learn how to plan for the future and implement a people strategy that is based on data, science, heart and skills.

    Isabella Zaczek

    Founder and Consultant

    Isabella Zaczek believes that it takes an uncomfortable analysis and serious commitment to change to create legacy and greatness. Having worked for a Fortune 500 telecommunication company for 18 years in Europe and the USA, supporting over 250 global companies across 5 continents, Isabella believes that global companies have made an art out of complicating global relationships and workflows. Certified in a variety of cutting-edge leadership and team performance tools, Isabella helps organizations untangle the complexities of people, processes, and metrics, to create stronger bottom-lines, more engaged employees and customer devotion.

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  • PPB Presents: Innovation: Why It’s Vital For A Thriving Business

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/07/2020

    In this week's episode of the PPAI PromoTalks podcast, "PPB Presents Innovation: Why It’s Vital For A Thriving Business," experts discuss the power innovation has to transform a business and disrupt an industry. Director of publications and editor at PPAI Tina Berres Filipski moderates this conversation with special guests, Vicki Ostrom, trend editor at SanMar Corporation and author of the new trends blog, Trendependent, and Jason Lucash, senior vice president marketing and innovation at HPG Brands. In this forward-thinking 45-minute discussion, guests dive into how businesses can benefit from innovation, why innovation should be a priority and where inspiration can come from. Listeners will leave with actionable first steps to cultivate and encourage more innovation in their companies.

    In this week's episode of the PPAI PromoTalks podcast, "PPB Presents Innovation: Why It’s Vital For A Thriving Business," experts discuss the power innovation has to transform a business and disrupt an industry. Director of publications and editor at PPAI Tina Berres Filipski moderates this conversation with special guests, Vicki Ostrom, trend editor at SanMar Corporation and author of the new trends blog, Trendependent, and Jason Lucash, senior vice president marketing and innovation at HPG Brands. In this forward-thinking 45-minute discussion, guests dive into how businesses can benefit from innovation, why innovation should be a priority and where inspiration can come from. Listeners will leave with actionable first steps to cultivate and encourage more innovation in their companies.

    Vicki Ostrom

    Trend Editor

    In her nine years working at SanMar, Trend Editor Vicki Ostrom has held two jobs. For the first four years, she was a senior designer working on apparel and then five years ago, she transitioned into her current role as full-time trend editor. She knows what it means when things are forecast to be the next big thing in style and fashion. Vicki is also the author of a new trends blog, Trendependent. Vicki Ostrom speaks the language of trends. She tells people where to look for inspiration and she gives advice to consumers and fellow employees alike on staying ahead of what will appeal to our customers.

    Jason Lucash

    Senior Vice President

    At 10 years old, Jason Lucash started his first business. Today, Lucash is the senior vice president of marketing and innovation at HPG Brands. Lucash is the founder and CEO of Origaudio, eventually leading the company to acquisition by HPG Brands in 2018. He has been featured as Entrepreneur Magazine's "Entrepreneur of the Year,” on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies list five times and Time Magazine's "50 Best Inventions."

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  • PPAI Townhall: Getting To Know Your Supplier Board Nominee 2020

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/01/2020

    The Supplier Board nominee, Andrew Spellman, will be answering questions that reflect his skill sets which align with the Board’s current focus and strategic plan. This webinar has been set up for all PPAI members to participate live or to access on-demand. Please email your questions in advance to annes@ppai.org and they will be asked during the session.

    The Supplier Board nominee, Andrew Spellman, will be answering questions that reflect his skill sets which align with the Board’s current focus and strategic plan. This webinar has been set up for all PPAI members to participate live or to access on-demand. Please email your questions in advance to annes@ppai.org and they will be asked during the session.

    Andrew Spellman

    Senior Vice President and General Manager of The Magnet Group

    Andrew Spellman is the senior vice president and general manager of Magnet, LLC, the magnet division of The Magnet Group.  For over 35 years, Magnet, LLC has been the world’s leading manufacturer of promotional magnets and has won numerous awards for their products, service and innovation.  Spellman joined Magnet, LLC at the beginning of his promotional products career in 1992 as the company’s sixth sales representative, and after many years working in the promotional merchandise industry, he returned to Magnet, LLC in early 2017 to his current position. During his 28-Spellmanyear promotional products industry career Andrew has held other positions, including over 14 years as the vice president of corporate markets for Victorinox Swiss Army. Spellman served on the Board of Directors of Guardian Angel Settlement Association in several different roles, including being chairman of their golf committee, vice chairman, and then escalating to the role of chairman of the board.  Guardian Angel has provided Childcare Services as well as Social Services in the city of St. Louis for over 150 years; providing a hand-up, not a hand-out to the poor of St. Louis as they make an effort to improve their lives.  In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of the St. Vincent De Paul Mission of Waterbury during his brief time in Connecticut. Spellman received his BS in business administration from the University of Missouri in St. Louis.  He lives in Wildwood, Missouri, with his two teenage daughters.


    Ira Neaman, MAS

    Founder and President of Vantage Apparel

    Ira Neaman, MAS, founder and president of supplier Vantage Apparel, has joined the PPAI Board of Directors, effective immediately, to fill the seat vacated by Lori Kates, who has stepped down. He was appointed by PPAI Board Chair Dale Denham, MAS+, and approved by the board to fill the remainder of Kates's term, which ends at The PPAI Expo 2022. Neaman graduated from Syracuse University in 1974 and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard in 1976. He founded Vantage in 1977. An active volunteer in the promotional products industry for more than 40 years, Neaman has served on several PPAI committees, including the Leadership Advisory Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Marketing and Research Committee, as well as the Promotional Products Education Foundation Board and several industry task forces. In 2002, he became the inaugural recipient of the PPAI Education Lifetime Achievement Award, and Counselor magazine named him its Person of the Year in 2003 and has included him in its Power 50 since 2008.

    Paul Bellantone, CAE

    President and Chief Executive Officer of the Promotional Products Association International

    Paul Bellantone, CAE, is president and CEO of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the not-for-profit association for more than 16,000 member companies in the $24.7 billion-dollar promotional products industry. Bellantone is responsible for executing the strategies and vision of the PPAI Board of Directors and advocating for the industry and its professional practitioners. His focus on delivering compelling member value and business-building products and services, combined with his commitment to active and meaningful member communication, has helped PPAI achieve marked growth. Bellantone holds a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a master’s in business administration from the School of Management at Texas Woman's University. He is a Certified Association Executive and is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives, the American Marketing Association, the Dallas/Fort Worth AMA and a board trustee for The Forum: Business Results Through People.

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