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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Social Responsibility, The Business Of Doing Good

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 10/05/2018

    The promotional products industry has a responsibility to deliver goods, created in an ethical and responsible way, by people in this country and around the world. Has your company taken key steps and committed to being socially responsible? This session will address the business imperatives of making a difference in the communities where we source, sell and ship our products. By working within industry guidelines and with international labor organizations, as well as building measurable compliance and social programs, we all can make a difference. Making social responsibility a cornerstone of a company’s strategy means key decisions about sourcing, partnerships and product design are all heavily influenced by the company’s commitment to doing the right thing. Lead your organization down the path to social responsibility.

    The promotional products industry has a responsibility to deliver goods, created in an ethical and responsible way, by people in this country and around the world. Has your company taken key steps and committed to being socially responsible? This session will address the business imperatives of making a difference in the communities where we source, sell and ship our products. By working within industry guidelines and with international labor organizations, as well as building measurable compliance and social programs, we all can make a difference. Making social responsibility a cornerstone of a company’s strategy means key decisions about sourcing, partnerships and product design are all heavily influenced by the company’s commitment to doing the right thing. Lead your organization down the path to social responsibility.

    Emily Gigot

    Social Responsibility Specialist

    As a Social Responsibility Specialist, Emily works to ensure that all SanMar products are produced in compliance with the highest social and environmental standards. She believes that business done well has the power to do good, and joined SanMar in 2016 to see that vision through. Her mission is to improve worker well-being and minimize environmental impacts in the apparel supply chain. With diverse experience spanning apparel, international community development and sustainability, she’s a Pacific Northwesterner who’s as at home in the rain as she is in the streets of Bangkok. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot and a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.

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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 Importance Of Retail And Brands: Trends And Their Impact On Promotional Products Innovation

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered Recorded On: 10/03/2018

    If you’re looking for products that resonate with clients, retail brands provide the quality and recognition that make a great impression. This webinar from Melissa Ralston, vice president, marketing at BIC Graphic USA, explores the value that retail brands bring to the promo industry—from high perceived value to additional confidence in product safety. Learn why branded products are important to customers, which vertical markets and demographics are most interested in retail brands, and how to capitalize on retail brand recognition to increase sales.

    If you’re looking for products that resonate with clients, retail brands provide the quality and recognition that make a great impression. This webinar from Melissa Ralston, vice president, marketing at BIC Graphic USA, explores the value that retail brands bring to the promo industry—from high perceived value to additional confidence in product safety. Learn why branded products are important to customers, which vertical markets and demographics are most interested in retail brands, and how to capitalize on retail brand recognition to increase sales.

    This session is sponsored by Bic Graphic

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    Melissa Ralston

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Melissa Ralston, chief marketing officer with BIC Graphic, has 17 years of brand management, communications and product development experience within promotional products, advertising and corporate settings. She began her career with BIC Graphic in 2003 and has been an integral member of the management team, guiding the definition of the BIC Graphic brand since 2015. 

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  • Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Package

    Contains 16 Product(s)

    The Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Program requires the following: Have a current CAS Certification Complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes Complete 35 MAS elective credits Re-certification every three years (by earning 25 additional CAS or MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application)

    The Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Program requires the following:

    Have a current CAS Certification 

    Complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org

    Complete 35 MAS elective credits 

    Re-certification every three years (by earning 25 additional CAS or MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application) 



  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Blockchain, What Is It And What Does It Mean For Promo?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    This session will address the practical implications and applications for blockchain in the promotional products marketplace.

    This session will address the practical implications and applications for blockchain in the promotional products marketplace. 

    Brian Garback

    Brian represents IBM's portfolio of disruptive technologies including AI and Blockchain to major US Retail, Consumer Products, and Travel and Transportation companies. His roots are in computer science (UVA), strategy consulting (IBM), and small-business hustling (New Signature). He overheated his laptop mining bitcoin in 2013 and has been gaming-out enterprise uses for blockchain ever since. Brian grew up in Alexandria, VA and lives in the Burleith neighborhood of Washington, DC.

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    1 Point

    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.

  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: End Buyer Panel

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    How can you determine if something is a children’s product with confidence?

    How can you determine if something is a children’s product with confidence? 

    Lenny Polkakoff

    Lenny Polakoff is the executive vice president of Zagwear, a global merchandise and custom premium agency with offices across the United States, London and Hong Kong servicing multinational clients in more than 40 markets. Over the past 20 years, Lenny has developed and implemented Zagwear’s internal product and factory compliance program and currently oversees and ensures adherence to the more than 15 client specific Zagwear programs. Lenny has also played an integral role in the procedural development of several Fortune 500 premium compliance programs.  Lenny holds a BA in psychology from Quinnipiac University and is a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group.  

    Anj Holland

    Anj Holland oversees supplier quality and safety programs for non-food products distributed by Chick-fil-A. This includes all Kid’s Meal premiums/toys, plush, promotional and branded merchandise, items used in local marketing events, sponsorships and activation, apparel and team member uniforms—all that are distributed at the chain’s more than 2,200 restaurants across the U.S.  Prior to Chick-fil-A, Anj served as an international communications and brand strategist for more than two decades, helping protect well recognized multinational brands like Delta Airlines, UPS and AT&T. As a customer and brand advocate, Anj is relentlessly committed to product and consumer safety. She, her husband and daughter currently reside in Atlanta, GA.

    Brett Berry

    Brett Berry is a quality manager at General Mills, Inc., a Minneapolis-based multinational manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer packaged foods. The company markets many well-known brands including Gold Medal, Annie's, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Totino's, Pillsbury, Progresso, Old El Paso, Häagen-Dazs, Cheerios and Lucky Charms. Its brand portfolio includes more than 90 other leading brands around the world – with annual consolidated net sales exceeding $15 billion. Brett has global risk-management responsibility for the General Mills premiums program – to ensure the safety and regulatory-compliance of all non-food items distributed by the company – including toys, clothing, drinkware, office products, etc. given to consumers, customers, employees and influencers.

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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.

  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Closing The Gaps

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    This session will walk attendees through the process of conducting a gap analysis on their individual product responsibility policies and procedures. The event workbook provided will serve as a collection point for ideas and act as an outline to framework and implement the necessary processes. The content is designed to deliver actionable tools to improve compliance efforts.

    This session will walk attendees through the process of conducting a gap analysis on their individual product responsibility policies and procedures. The event workbook provided will serve as a collection point for ideas and act as an outline to framework and implement the necessary processes. The content is designed to deliver actionable tools to improve compliance efforts.

    Patrick Donovan

    Director of Import and Compliance

    Patrick Donovan is the compliance director for Sunrise Identity. Donovan joined Sunrise in 2012 and has since assumed responsibility for managing the operational and strategic direction of the company’s import program and compliance initiatives, including ethical sourcing, product safety, product quality, and environmental stewardship. Prior to joining Sunrise, Donovan served a wide range of clients as an environmental consultant specializing in sustainable development strategies and air and water pollution abatement programs. Donovan holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and an MBA from Western Washington University.

    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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    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.

  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: CA Prop 65 Is Here. Are You Ready?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    The new regulations are effective September 2018. Are you prepared for your company’s next move? What are the practical steps companies must consider in order to comply with the new rules? Are there reliable resources available? A list of best practices to cover the basics? Perhaps go-to website companies shouldn’t be without? How does a company prepare when they must establish internal guidelines to meet new regulations? This session is an opportunity for suppliers and distributors alike to share tips, tricks and tactics for compliance.

    The new regulations are effective September 2018. Are you prepared for your company’s next move? What are the practical steps companies must consider in order to comply with the new rules? Are there reliable resources available? A list of best practices to cover the basics? Perhaps go-to website companies shouldn’t be without? How does a company prepare when they must establish internal guidelines to meet new regulations? This session is an opportunity for suppliers and distributors alike to share tips, tricks and tactics for compliance.

    Dana Porter, CAS

    Dana joined SAGE in 2001 after graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in business management.  Dana started out as the Information Services Manager and was promoted to Director of Information Services in 2010. In addition to making sure SAGE is up to speed on everything to do with Prop 65, Dana enjoys being active in the industry. She currently serves on the Promotional Product Education Foundation (PPEF) Board of Trustees as the vice-chair of the fundraising committee and the Government Relations Action Council (GRAC). She has also participated in Legislative Education Action Day (LEAD) multiple years, has served as chair of the PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference, has been awarded the PPAI Volunteer of the Month Award and severed on several other committees over the years.

    Kim Bakalyar

    PromoShop Inc Chief Compliance Officer

    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).

    Nathan Cotter

    Nathan Cotter is the Compliance Manager at Hit Promotional Products, Inc., ranked among the top 5 promotional product suppliers in the nation.  The Compliance Team at Hit is comprised of 3 full-time members responsible for product safety, regulatory compliance, and social accountability throughout a diverse supply chain.  Nathan holds a BA from Monmouth College, is a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group and also serves on the QCA Compliance Committee.  

    JillAnn Rogoz

    Senior Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance

    Jill Rogoz is an 11-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.  

    Tabatha Bauer

    Tabatha Bauer is the Director of Logistics & Compliance for Staples Promotional Products, one of the largest distributors in the promotional products industry.  She is responsible for managing a North American expanded team who oversee logistics operations, product safety, social responsibility, C-TPAT compliance, import and export trade compliance for both the US and Canada.  Tabatha interacts with clients who are some of the most well-known brands in the world to learn of their unique compliance needs and implements those throughout the supply chain. Tabatha has been in the promotional products industry since 2000 and has worked both on the manufacturer and distributor sides of the business.  She is on the Board of Directors for ICPHSO (International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization), a member of PPAI PRAG (Product Responsibility Action Group) and the ICPA (International Compliance Professional Association). 

    Gene Geiger, MAS+

    Gene Geiger, MAS+, is CEO of Geiger, a five-generation family business based in Maine. A graduate of Notre Dame, he has sat on the PPAI Board of Directors and has chaired PPAI's Product Responsibility Action Group. Geiger has been recognized by PPAI with its Distinguished Service Award, PPAI Volunteer of the Month and as a PPAI Fellow. He has served twice on the PPAI Board of Directors and has served in the roles of Vice Chair of Financial Services and Vice Chair of Technology. He has been an ardent champion of the industry’s product safety initiatives and served as both member and chair of the Product Responsibility Advisory Group. He has been heavily involved in the industry’s ecommerce standards. Currently he is co-chair of the annual PPAI Product Responsibility Summit. 

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Hazard Identification And New Product Development

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    Using wireless charging devices as a case study, this session will examine the hazard identification process when taking a new product to market.

    Using wireless charging devices as a case study, this session will examine the hazard identification process when taking a new product to market.

    David Tai

    Founder and CEO of TQAChecked

    David Tai is the founder and CEO of TQAChecked.  He serves the promotional industry with wireless and semiconductor expertise that is built upon years of design and product management experience. This experience spans across companies such as IBM, Motorola, Intel, Samsung, and Conexant (formerly Rockwell Semiconductors). David holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and MS is electrical engineering from M.I.T. TQAChecked specializes in high power products that serve the mobile ecosystem, with a focus on the Asia supply chain. Through its network of engineering and supply chain practitioners, TQAChecked serves the promotional industry in product design validation, factory in-line test system and data management, product sourcing, field crisis management, and compliance certification.

    George Borlase

    Assistant Executive Director for Hazard Identification and Reduction at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

    Dr. George Borlase currently serves as the Assistant Executive Director for Hazard Identification and Reduction at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  He and his staff are responsible for responsible for managing efforts to identify and mitigate the risk of injury associated with consumer products, including the development of new mandatory safety regulations and new voluntary standards, conducting product safety assessments and product testing in support of compliance actions, and monitoring research for consumer products in a broad array of disciplines. e previously served at CPSC as the Associate Executive Director for Engineering Sciences.  He worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; served at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as an American Society of Mechanical Engineers Federal Government Fellow; worked at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; and served 10 years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: International Shipping Challenges

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    It’s not enough to just get it there…how do you get products into the hands of your international customers?

    It’s not enough to just get it there…how do you get products into the hands of your international customers? 

    Bernadette Corrado

    Managing Director

    Bernadette Corrado is the managing director responsible for compliance and government affairs related to US customs brokerage for FedEx Trade Networks.  FedEx Trade Networks is the global air and ocean freight forwarder and customs broker operating company of FedEx Corporation.   Bernadette began her career as a US Customs Inspector in Boston and has been with FedEx Trade Networks for 29 years.  She started her tenure in brokerage operations, then serving as senior counsel in the legal department, and most recently in Regulatory.   She is a licensed customs broker and attorney.  Bernadette graduated from Providence College and Suffolk University Law School.    

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Social Media And Project Misuse: How Can We Shut That Down?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    There are countless examples of content on social media showing people promoting the misuse of consumer goods, from clothes baskets used as baby baths to toothpick crossbows. Don’t let misguided humor ruin the marketing potential for your line of promotional products. This panel discussion will present specific cases of product misuse, promoted via social media, and offer suggested and necessary steps to help shut it down. Take away ideas to limit the impact on consumer safety and your brand with swift action and sensible responses.

    There are countless examples of content on social media showing people promoting the misuse of consumer goods, from clothes baskets used as baby baths to toothpick crossbows. Don’t let misguided humor ruin the marketing potential for your line of promotional products. This panel discussion will present specific cases of product misuse, promoted via social media, and offer suggested and necessary steps to help shut it down. Take away ideas to limit the impact on consumer safety and your brand with swift action and sensible responses. 

    Karolyn Helda

    Managing Director

    Karolyn Helda is the managing director of AI's North American operations and has more than 25 years of experience in the consumer products quality assurance industry with 15 years of direct experience with promotional products. Her knowledge spans toys and children's products, textiles and general merchandise, as well as consumable consumer goods such as over-the-counter drugs, health and beauty items, and food. She has previously held roles in laboratory management, global compliance program development and management, and protocol development according to international testing requirements.

    Neal Cohen

    Attorney

    Neal S. Cohen practices law in the area of consumer product safety before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    A former CPSC official, Neal brings a wealth of experience in representing companies before the CPSC. Not only does Neal have extensive knowledge of CPSC's safety requirements, he also understands how the CPSC and its staff really think when investigating a consumer product. With this knowledge and the relationships he has built in the product safety community, Neal works hard to represent the best interests of his clients in seeking a fair and favorable outcome.

    Joseph Galbo

    Joe Galbo joined the Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Communication in June 2016 as a Social Media Specialist. In this role, he coordinates the digital content and strategy behind all CPSC social media platforms and websites. Previously, Joe held a similar position at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ where he revitalized the institution’s digital media strategy and honed an appreciation for blowing things up (safely) in the name of informal STEM education. This is his second year at ICPHSO.

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