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  • Expo 2016: Strategic Planning For Companies Big And Small

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Many small companies were started by individuals who pursued an opportunity and built a business out of chance. Chance itself defines much of what small and large companies respond to, but in a true game of chance, you win as often as you lose. Running a business should be more sound than that. Explore the purpose behind the planning and components of strategic planning, as well as tools for individuals to use when conducting their own strategic planning activities.

    Join Claudia St. John in the session Expo 2016: Strategic Planning For Companies Big And Small. Many small companies were started by individuals who pursued an opportunity and built a business out of chance. Chance itself defines much of what small and large companies respond to, but in a true game of chance, you win as often as you lose. Running a business should be more sound than that. Explore the purpose behind the planning and components of strategic planning, as well as tools for individuals to use when conducting their own strategic planning activities.

    Claudia St John, SPHR

    President of Affinity HR Group, LLC

    Claudia St. John is President of Affinity HR Group, LLC – a national human resources consulting firm that serves as an affinity partner for PPAI members. Claudia is an HR professional with 20 years' experience in global human resources, employee benefits, management consulting and communications. She specializes in strategic planning, employee engagement, organizational development, recruitment and executive career management.

    Claudia's prior experience includes serving as senior consultant for Mercer Human Resources Consulting, the nation's top HR consulting firm, in Washington DC and Geneva Switzerland, Vice President for People for POMCO Group, Manager of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's National Labor Office and Senior Policy Associate for the AFL-CIO. She holds an undergraduate degree in employee benefits and labor relations from The American University and a master's degree in business and public administration from The George Washington University. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and maintains many certifications in workplace testing.

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  • Expo 2016: How To Navigate Brand: Where Promotional Products Meet Incentives!

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    A panel discussion with major industry representatives on how to get the most out of your time on the BRAND show floor, including a review of the different opportunities represented by exhibitors from the incentive marketplace.

    Join Sean Roark for this session how to navigate BRAND. A panel discussion with major industry representatives on how to get the most out of your time on the BRAND show floor, including a review of the different opportunities represented by exhibitors from the incentive marketplace.

    Sean Roark, CPIM

    Stage Manager, a corporate Marketing Director and Chief Operating Officer

    A true Renaissance man, Sean brings his expertise as a theatrical Stage Manager, a corporate Marketing Director and Chief Operating Officer in widely diverse companies such as a Broadway costume house, voice-recognition company and a web-based video conferencing service, to bear in everything he does. Listing his extensive experience does not begin to describe his marketing genius. Sean is able to see things that most are not, and he easily communicates these insights to our clients, large and small. Combining his gift with his managerial experience and creative talents, Sean brings unique and complete solutions to every client interaction.

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  • Expo 2016: Millennials: Maximizing Value To Your Organization Right Now

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    In this interactive session, connect directly with industry millennials about what they can do to step up and be leaders within their companies right now. The Millennial generation holds the key to future success within the industry. The knowledge and insight held by this group can increase company ROI and maximize industry awareness to the younger consumer market. Learn how to identify, vocalize, implement, and integrate the hidden talents and tools that your managers may not be aware of. You know what you are capable of; learn how to maximize your potential.

    Join Seth Barnett and Jessica Hutwelker for this interactive session. Connect directly with industry millennials about what they can do to step up and be leaders within their companies right now. The Millennial generation holds the key to future success within the industry. The knowledge and insight held by this group can increase company ROI and maximize industry awareness to the younger consumer market. Learn how to identify, vocalize, implement, and integrate the hidden talents and tools that your managers may not be aware of. You know what you are capable of; learn how to maximize your potential.

    Jessica Hutwelker, MAS

    Account Manager

    Jessica Hutwelker is the Account Manager for Sunrise Identity. She was previously Director of National Accounts at Match-Up Promotions based in Florida. Jessica has been in the promotional products industry since 2005 as a part of the team that has grown Match-Up's business from $6.4M in 2005 to $15.6M in 2013, placing Match-Up in the top 1% of distributors in the industry. Jessica was a recent speaker/panelist at the PPAI Leadership Summit and has been featured on two PromoKitchen podcasts, the first about Managing and Empowering the Millennial Employee and the second about Women's Empowerment.

    Seth Barnett

    Diversity Development and Engagement Manager

    Seth Barnett is the Diversity Development Manager for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). As an advocate for the industry's marketplace success, he develops new ways for business to meet the growing demand of a diverse workforce and a changing consumer market. Barnett spent his first three years in the industry as the association's Government Relations Manager where he coordinated legislative and regulatory obligations for the industry. Barnett holds a bachelor's degree in management, a master's degree in public administration, and a master's degree in law. Barnett is a lecturer and tutor for Texas Christian University and has been a guest lecturer at Boise State University, Johnson & Wales University, the Florida Institute of Technology, and the College of Western Idaho.

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  • Expo 2016: Five-Sense Branding Strategy

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Savvy advertisers want products that have reach, recall and low cost-per-impression, and branded promotional items provide all that and more. In fact, promotional products are the only advertising medium that can engage all five senses. People can touch a soft logoed hoodie or savor delicious custom-branded chocolates. The right promotional product can give your clients advantages that simply aren

    Join Chris Piper for this session on five-sense branding. Savvy advertisers want products that have reach, recall and low cost-per-impression, and branded promotional items provide all that and more. In fact, promotional products are the only advertising medium that can engage all five senses. People can touch a soft logoed hoodie or savor delicious custom-branded chocolates. The right promotional product can give your clients advantages that simply aren

    Chris Piper

    President of Northwest Promotional Marketing Association and Regional Vice President, NW with Halo Branded Solutions

    Chris is President of Northwest Promotional Marketing Association and Regional Vice President, NW with Halo Branded Solutions. He is an active volunteer in our industry too – he currently is President of the Northwest Promotional Marketing Association (NWPMA) and is a certified advocate for PPAI as well as a past L.E.A.D participant. Chris has presented 5 Sense Branding Solutions to the Association of Luxury Suite Directors, Fan Loyalty Managers with national sports organizations. Business' such as Nike and Intel, small & medium sized businesses, and Universities have also appreciated Chris's education and case studies about the Promotional Products Industry as an effective advertising medium that targets all 5 senses of the consumer and employee. Chris advocates that, “Traditional Marketing can't work alone in this day of technology – Brands must escape the clutter, beat their chest, and engage the consumer to take an action. Savvy businesses want products that have REACH, RECALL, and LOW COST-PER IMPRESSION and the promotional product provides all that and more! The right promotional product, with a plan behind the branded product, can give your customers advantages that simply aren't available with other advertising media.” During Chris' interactive session, you'll hear case studies of what's worked and discover proven research that will help you create a customer sensory experience for your clients that will engage and motivate your client's customers to take action. Chris has 20+ years of hands on experience in the Promotional Products Industry and resides in Bend, Oregon

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  • Expo 2016: Stirring Your Creative Mojo: Ideas To Improve Marketing Quality And Sales

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    Ready or not, we are constantly faced with on-the-spot decisions or opportunities that call for quick creative thought. Far too many times we become our own worst enemy when we tell ourselves,

    Join Tee Hamilton for this session on stirring your creativity. Ready or not, we are constantly faced with on-the-spot decisions or opportunities that call for quick creative thought. Far too many times we become our own worst enemy when we tell ourselves,

    Tee Hamilton

    Artist/designer for CreativeAlchemy

    Tee Hamilton is a Florida based artist/designer providing design and marketing services to the Promotional Product Industry through her company CreativeAlchemy. Her work ranges from illustration, product design, graphic design, branding/brand management, media/technology design and development, copy/script writing, and marketing. For several years she has also worked very closely with many different Promotional industry Regionals such as SAAC, SAAGNY, PPAF, MIPPA and OPPA, and is a Promokitchen.com Chef.

    Before working in the Promotional Products Industry, Tee lived 11 years in Australia. She worked as a senior designer/art director for one of Australia's largest web/software firms, Sausage Interactive – working on projects for companies such as Telsta, Ansett Airlines, Grand Prix Racing, and as well for the Dalai Lama's tour of Australia. She had also designed over 300 toys for Skansen Giftware - Most notable was the popular line of collectable plush bears “Beanie Kids”, Australia's most popular collectable toy. She created toys for Hungry Jacks/Burger King, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and much more! Her work has been published in books, magazines and websites by many notable publishers such as Scholastic, Andrews McMeel, Lonely Planet, Universal Press Syndicate, Disney, and Barbie Magazine to name a few. Tee illustrated one of the first interactive comic series “AnimalHood” for VivoMoco in Australia which was a finalist for the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA) Best Children's Award.

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    1.5 Point

  • Expo 2016: Insights From Exceptional Industry Women Leaders

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Don’t miss this one hour, fast paced session filled with insights from some of the most accomplished women in our industry. This facilitated discussion will include questions about business development, entrepreneurship, leadership, and the future.

    Join Jo-an Lanz for this session on insights from exceptional industry women leaders. Don't miss this one hour, fast paced session filled with insights from some of the most accomplished women in our industry. This facilitated discussion will include questions about business development, entrepreneurship, leadership, and the future.

    Jo-an Lantz, MAS

    Chief Operating Officer, EVP and a member of the Board of Directors for Geiger

    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 Secretary / Treasurer. She served as President for 6 years. WAGE is a 60 year organization with 21 members from 20 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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  • Expo 2016: Best Of 2015-Differentiate Or Go Home: Setting Yourself Apart In A Crowded Market

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    In a crowded market how do you set yourself a part from the completion? If you are not different then you are indeed the same. This session helps you understand what makes you different, what is it about YOU that will make clients and prospects want to come back time and time again? The market continues to grow and the buyer pool continues to shrink…what will you do be seen as a viable resource? Come find out.

    Join Cliff Quicksell, MAS+ for this session on how to differentiate yourself.  If you are not different then you are indeed the same. This session helps you understand what makes you different, what is it about YOU that will make clients and prospects want to come back time and time again? The market continues to grow and the buyer pool continues to shrink…what will you do be seen as a viable resource? Come find out.

    Cliff Quicksell, MAS+

    CEO

    Cliff Quicksell, Jr., MAS+ has been involved in the promotional marketing and sportswear industries for 32 years. During this time he has achieved the MAS+ certification and has been actively involved in PPAI as a volunteer. Cliff’s He has served five terms as the education chairperson for the Chesapeake Promotional Products Association and is the recipient of several PPAI Pyramid Awards and PPAI Ambassador Speaker of the Year Awards. Cliff consults for and directs the marketing efforts for distributor iPROMOTEu.

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    1.5 Point

  • Expo 2016 Keynote: Beyond Me: Finding Your Way To Life's Next Level

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Through poignant, often humorous stories, you will discover the secrets to Melinda's success, finding practical help to overcome your own obstacles to achieve the next level in any area of life. Because she was tone deaf as a child, Doolittle's choir director would plead with her to just move her mouth and not let any sound come out. Undaunted, her love of singing drove her to enter a contest in the 7th grade and, miraculously, she won. Melinda began to realize that success in life was something bigger than her---or, as she puts it, 'It's beyond me!' She began setting and systematically reaching her goals, such as singing background vocals for her many of her favorite music artists. Then by an amazing turn of events, she burst onto the music scene with her flawless vocal performances on American Idol -- becoming the clear favorite of the show's most difficult judge, Simon Cowell. This session provides you a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of one of America's biggest pop culture phenomenon, American Idol, and how she turned that stress-filled environment into a springboard from which she could soar.

    Through poignant, often humorous stories, you will discover the secrets to Melinda's success, finding practical help to overcome your own obstacles to achieve the next level in any area of life. Because she was tone deaf as a child, Doolittle's choir director would plead with her to just move her mouth and not let any sound come out. Undaunted, her love of singing drove her to enter a contest in the 7th grade and, miraculously, she won. Melinda began to realize that success in life was something bigger than her---or, as she puts it, 'It's beyond me!' She began setting and systematically reaching her goals, such as singing background vocals for her many of her favorite music artists. Then by an amazing turn of events, she burst onto the music scene with her flawless vocal performances on American Idol -- becoming the clear favorite of the show's most difficult judge, Simon Cowell. This session provides you a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of one of America's biggest pop culture phenomenon, American Idol, and how she turned that stress-filled environment into a springboard from which she could soar.

    Melinda Doolittle

    Speaker songwriter

    Melinda Doolittle is a soul–stirring songstress. She is a flawless vocalist with irresistible artistry and effortless style compelling her audiences to keep listening. Tone deaf as a child, Melinda's choir teacher would plead with her not to sing, but just silently move her mouth. Undaunted, her love of singing drove her to enter a talent show in the seventh grade where she stunned the audience with her miraculously spot on vocals and beautiful voice. She never looked back!


    Melinda graduated with a Bachelors in Music from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She became a highly sought after background vocalist singing for musical icons including Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Aaron Neville and Jonny Lang. Doolittle became a household name during season six of American Idol in 2007. She came in third in the voting, first with Simon Cowell calling her his “personal favorite” and quickly became the sweetheart of American Idol winning over the hearts of all with her stunning powerhouse vocals and her personal charm.

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  • Expo 2016 Keynote: Becoming Remember-able

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    “If you can’t create an emotional connection with your customers, you’re going to lose them”. In this entertaining, funny, and informative program, former Nashville songwriter and current SiriusXM Radio personality, Patrick Henry, will share three mindsets to building an extraordinary customer experience. Patrick is what happens when Keynotes, Comedy, and Concerts…Collide.

    “If you can't create an emotional connection with your customers, you're going to lose them". In this entertaining, funny, and informative program, former Nashville songwriter and current SiriusXM Radio personality, Patrick Henry, will share three mindsets to building an extraordinary customer experience. Patrick is what happens when keynotes, comedy, and concerts…collide.

    Patrick Henry

    Patrick Henry is a former Nashville songwriter and featured performer

    Patrick Henry is a former Nashville songwriter and featured performer on the Sirius XM Radio Family Comedy Channel and Blue Collar Radio. He will share original songs and laugh-out-loud stories from his book “The Pancake Principle: Seventeen sticky ways to make your customers FLIP for you, along with real world examples that show attendees the three mindsets to build an extraordinary customer experience.

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    1 Point

  • Expo 2016 Keynote: Regression Or Progression

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Six years post recession, how is the current recovery measuring up with past expansions? Will rising rates, a national election, slow growth and turmoil overseas tip the United States from progression to recession? In this presentation, finance expert Monica Mehta will explore the economic outlook in 2016 for consumers, businesses and investors facing turbulent times.

    Six years post recession, how is the current recovery measuring up with past expansions? Will rising rates, a national election, slow growth and turmoil overseas tip the United States from progression to recession? In this presentation, finance expert Monica Mehta will explore the economic outlook in 2016 for consumers, businesses and investors facing turbulent times.

    Monica Mehta

    a finance expert that offers cultural commentary on money

    Monica Mehta is a finance expert that offers cultural commentary on money — how it impacts the economy, politics and our ability to lead entrepreneurial lives. She is a managing principal at Texas based investment firm Seventh Capital with 16 years placing capital. She appears regularly as an economic commentator on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Real Time with Bill Maher and has written for Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, INC and Entrepreneur Magazine. She is the author of the bestselling book 'The Entrepreneurial Instinct' (McGraw-Hill 2012).

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    1 Point