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  • Add On: SPARK Conference 2019 Guest Ticket Pre-SPARK Event

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This is a guest pass for the Panthers Stadium Tour and must be purchased separately than the SPARK Conference attendee pass.

    This is a guest pass for the Panthers Stadium Tour and must be purchased separately than the SPARK Conference attendee pass so we have an accurate head count. Please note the conference cancellation policy applies to all optional event tickets that are purchased. 

  • Add On: SPARK 2019 Conference Post-Event Optional Whitewater Rafting Trip Guest Ticket

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    If you are planning on staying the weekend after the SPARK Conference, come join our adventure whitewater rafting trip!

    If you are planning on staying the weekend after the SPARK Conference come for a half day of adventure with us! Come join our whitewater rafting trip at the National Whitewater Rafting Center, it is the world’s largest man-made whitewater river! Please note this will be a non-refundable ticket after June 7, 2019.

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  • Closing The Gaps

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered Recorded On: 11/28/2018

    This session will walk you through the process of conducting a gap analysis on your company’s product responsibility policies and procedures. The architects of PPAI’s 2018 Product Responsibility Summit workbook will provide an outline the framework and implement the necessary processes to close the gaps in your compliance program. The content of this session is designed to deliver actionable tools to improve your company’s compliance efforts.

    This session will walk you through the process of conducting a gap analysis on your company’s product responsibility policies and procedures. An architect of PPAI’s 2018 Product Responsibility Summit workbook, Shamini Peter will provide an outline the framework and implement the necessary processes to close the gaps in your compliance program. The content of this session is designed to deliver actionable tools to improve your company’s compliance efforts. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative. 

    Shamini Peter

    Chief Operating Officer

    Shamini Peter currently serves as chief operating officer for Axis Promotions and continues to also head product safety and compliance. She has worked with the Axis for 11 years. Her area of expertise is in supply chain and logistics. She oversees the vetting of suppliers, product testing and the logistics of Axis’s large, custom orders. Peter interfaces directly with Axis Promotions Inc. clients as needed throughout the production cycle, including pre and post-delivery. Peter attended The University of Western Australia where she graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree in accounting and finance, with a minor in law.  After graduation she returned to Malaysia where she worked for a large Australian manufacturer before joining her family’s freight forwarding business in New York, gaining her first hands-on experience in international commerce and logistics.  She currently is a member on PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG).

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  • Grow Your Sales With ADA-Compliant Products!

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered Recorded On: 11/14/2018

    Although 56 million Americans are currently living with disabilities, ADA-compliant braille products remain a largely untapped market in the promotional products industry. When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 28 years ago, the act reaffirmed our nation’s commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities have the right to live, work, and fully participate in the community alongside their fellow citizens. Join us to learn about ADA compliance, braille products, and simple questions you can ask to uncover these opportunities within your client base!

    Although 56 million Americans are currently living with disabilities, ADA-compliant braille products remain a largely untapped market in the promotional products industry.  When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 28 years ago, the act reaffirmed our nation’s commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities have the right to live, work, and fully participate in the community alongside their fellow citizens. Join us to learn about ADA compliance, braille products, and simple questions you can ask to uncover these opportunities within your client base!

    Alexandra Eppel

    Sales and Marketing

    Alexandra started in the promotional products industry working part time through high school and college. Following graduation she spent four years at a large tech company to gain formal sales training. Two years ago she was reintroduced into the promotional products industry and currently works to gain new distributor partnerships. She is focusing on better connecting GMCline with distributors through revamping the website, traveling to regional and smaller shows, reaching out on social media platforms, and more.

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    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    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.

  • The Art Of Trade Show Marketing: From Booth To Boothmanship: A How-To Guide For Suppliers

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 01/05/2016

    The number of trade-show exhibiting opportunities for suppliers grows annually. Major shows, regionals, traveling showcases and distributor shows combined present more than 200 shows, but with the increase comes escalating costs and questionable ROI. This seminar is built to help staff maximize return. Maximizing ROI starts the day contract is signed. This program is geared toward suppliers, but it contains valuable information for distributors who exhibit at trade shows as well. The program reviews many aspects of trade shows and sheds a new light on end-user shows.

    Join Joel Schaffer, MAS for this session on the art of trade show marketing. The number of trade-show exhibiting opportunities for suppliers grows annually. Major shows, regionals, traveling showcases and distributor shows combined present more than 200 shows,but with the increase comes escalating costs and questionable ROI. This seminar is built to help staff maximize return. Maximizing ROI starts the day contract is signed. This program is geared toward suppliers, but it contains valuable information for distributors who exhibit at trade shows as well. The program reviews many aspects of trade shows and sheds a new light on end-user shows.

    Joel Schaffer, MAS

    CEO

    Joel D. Schaffer, MAS is CEO and founder of Soundline, LLC, the pioneering supplier to the promotional products industry of audio products. He is the only person to have received both the ASI's Marvin Spike Industry Lifetime Achievement Award (2002) and PPAI's Distinguished Service Award (2011). He is a past director of PPAI's Board of Directors and has chaired several PPAI committees and task forces. He was elected to the PPAI Hall of Fame in 2016. Now celebrating 50 years in our industry.

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  • Trade Show Supplier Best Practices Package

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    As a value-add for participating in our trade-show, this collection of best practices will help you have your best show possible!

    Thank you so much for being able to take part in our trade show! As a value-add, this collection of best practices will help you have your best show possible! This session includes an industry overview with Christopher Duffy, MAS, best practices for booth etiquette with Joel Schaffer, MAS, and follow up tips after the show with Robyn Davis. 

  • Collections Best Practices

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 11/07/2018

    If you’re a business owner, or an employee in your company’s credit department, you already know how difficult debt collection can be. How do you know when a customer is on the verge of becoming a debtor? Do you have a collection policy? Should you have one? Throughout this presentation you will be introduced to some key elements of the best practices in collections, how to use these practices and how to manage your time most effectively.

    If you’re a business owner, or an employee in your company’s credit department, you already know how difficult debt collection can be. How do you know when a customer is on the verge of becoming a debtor? Do you have a collection policy? Should you have one? These are just some of the many questions that arise when working in the credit department. The most valuable tool in accounts receivable is time. Quick answers to these questions mean better results for your debt recovery efforts. The sooner your debts are handled, the quicker you can recover! Throughout this presentation you will be introduced to some key elements of the best practices in collections, how to use these practices and how to manage your time most effectively.

    Randy Frazee

    CEO

    With more than 20 years in the commercial credit industry, Randy Frazee, CEO of BARR Credit Services, Inc., focuses on strategic planning and continued growth through innovations and involved leadership. BARR has become an industry expert across all facets of the commercial recovery process and was recently recognized by the Tucson Metro Chamber as the Best Place to Work, with awards for Innovation Through Technology and Business Growth.  

    Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, Randy is the proud father of two daughters. In his spare time, Randy enjoys golf, football, and volunteering. He serves on the advisory board of The Salvation Army and enjoys supporting company employees who also give their time to various charitable activities. Randy appreciates representing the company in community-service opportunities as well as associations. A member and former president of International Association of Commercial Collectors (IACC), Randy received the IACC Leadership and Distinguished Service Award in 2015 for his dedication and commitment to bettering the association and industry. For Randy, the best part of being a member of the team at BARR Credit Services is the people. “My core value is appreciation and honoring my employees. My people are my assets. I am proud that I can positively impact 80+ families through BARR Credit Services.”

    Tom Barrett

    Tom Barrett works with the marketing department at BARR Credit Services developing strategic marketing initiatives. Barrett has over 30 years of experience in marketing and marketing communications.

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    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    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.

  • Country Risk Assessments In Responsible Sourcing

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 10/31/2018

    Are there any practical steps for responsible sourcing and ensuring compliance with the new rules surrounding social responsibility? Yes! This session will cover the realities and challenges of managing social responsibility obligations and help inform key decisions about partnerships and sourcing. This course qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program. This webinar will focus on product safety, identifying hazards, product responsibility resources, and an overview on recalls and compliance standards.

    Are there any practical steps for responsible sourcing and ensuring compliance with the new rules surrounding social responsibility? Yes! This session will cover the realities and challenges of managing social responsibility obligations and help inform key decisions about partnerships and sourcing. This course qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program. This webinar will focus on product safety, identifying hazards, product responsibility resources, and an overview on recalls and compliance standards. 

    Tom van Haaren

    Tom van Haaren is the program manager for Business Affiliates (EMEA) at the Fair Labor Association. Van Haaren is responsible for supporting the Fair Labor Association’s Participating Companies and Suppliers in the strategic implementation of the FLA Principles. He also works to raise awareness of the FLA and drive collaboration wherever possible. He is committed to the protection and advancement of worker’s rights throughout the global supply chain.

    Prior to joining the FLA, he served as the senior advisor for Responsible Sourcing at ICTI CARE. Van Haaren also held several positions that included working for the National Labor Relations Board as well as Calvert Investments, a socially responsible investment firm, where evaluated how companies can generate value from addressing risks in their global supply chains. He was also the senior account manager for North America at Sedex where he worked directly with companies to develop and implement effective responsible sourcing practices.
     
    He received a BA in History from Cornell University and a Master’s of Industrial and Labor Relations from the ILR school also at Cornell.

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    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    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.

  • Cultural Diversity And Its Impact On Today's Industry Trends

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 10/24/2018

    Join Vicki Ostrom and Julie Kwan as they discuss current trends and cultural diversity, how they influence each other, what it means for the promo industry, and what you can do to stay relevant.

    As promo professionals, we know it’s important to keep up with current trends. But, what’s the connection between current trends and cultural diversity? Join Vicki Ostrom and Julie Kwan as they discuss current trends and cultural diversity, how they influence each other, what it means for the promo industry, and what you can do to stay relevant.

    Vicki Ostrom

    Trend Editor, SanMar

    Vicki Ostrom is the Trend Editor at SanMar. As a futurist and senior designer, Ostrom is a specialist in identifying societal trends and translating them into profitable products. With 20 years in the fashion industry, designing and traveling for companies such as Eddie Bauer, Tommy Bahama and JCPenney, Ostrom has honed her craft. A regular contributor to many industry magazines on trend topics, she has been featured in Counselor magazine’s “The 25 Hottest Movers and Shakers In The Industry” as well as their article, “5 Most Interesting People in Apparel & Design”.

    Julie Kwan

    Diversity and Learning Engagement Manager

    Julie is the manager of diversity and learning engagement at PPAI. She has over 10 years of experience in learning and development as a program manager, instructional designer, training facilitator, and webinar producer. Julie earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University and her Master of Science in Instructional & Performance Technology from Boise State University. Through her academic work, Julie published a case study in the textbook Cases on Human Performance Improvement Technologies, as well as two articles for ISPI’s online publication PerformanceXpress.

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    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    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.

  • Ship Like A Pro

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 10/10/2018

    Managing a promotional products business is time-consuming. As a PPAI Affinity Partner, Ascent Global Logistics is available to help you simplify the shipping of your promotional products. Join Jason Schrier, director of business development at Ascent Global Logistics, to learn how to optimize your shipping practices.

    Managing a promotional products business is time-consuming. As a PPAI Affinity Partner, Ascent Global Logistics is available to help you simplify the shipping of your promotional products. Join Jason Schrier, director of business development at Ascent Global Logistics, to learn how to optimize your shipping practices.

    Jason Schrier

    Director of Business Development

    Jason Schrier is a Director of Business Development for Ascent Global Logistics in Hudson, OH. After serving as an infantryman in the U.S Army and completing a tour in Iraq, Jason started his career in logistics with FedEx in 2010. While at FedEx, Jason became an expert in LTL, air freight, full truckload, expedited freight and cold chain shipping solutions. After building a strong foundation of logistics and transportation best practices at FedEx, he spent two years assisting pharmaceutical companies with complex supply chain solutions as a Special Accounts Representative. While helping these companies, Jason created recommendations in areas such as cold chain packaging, modes of domestic and international transportation management, customs paperwork assistance, setting up shipments and tracking shipments until delivery. He was rewarded several Purple Promise Awards for his dedication to his customers and was the only individual in the contiguous United States to win an ICan award from his Asian Pacific counterparts. After spending six years in operations, Jason transitioned into sales with Ascent Global Logistics in 2016. After spending eight months working as an Inside Sales Representative, he was promoted to Director of Business Development.

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    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    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.