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  • How To Secure A Job In The Promo Industry After Your Internship

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered Recorded On: 08/01/2018

    How can you advance your career in the promotional products industry? Where is the next opportunity? Join Patrick McHargue for an insightful look at how the promotional products industry talent market works. Learn how to properly evaluate your current job, how to conduct a strategic job search, and how to land your dream job.

    How can you advance your career in the promotional products industry? Where is the next opportunity? Join Patrick McHargue for an insightful look at how the promotional products industry talent market works. Learn how to properly evaluate your current job, how to conduct a strategic job search, and how to land your dream job.


    Patrick McHargue

    Director of Talent

    Patrick McHargue is a promo industry innovator and co-founder of PromoPlacement, the industry's leading search and placement firm. He grew up in the promotional product industry, earned an MBA in International Business, and managed a $35 million sales territory before focusing on the development of tools and services to benefit the promotional product industry.

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  • CAS: Working With Multi-Line Reps

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 07/30/2018

    Have you wondered how to work with a multi-line rep? Are you a supplier wondering why you should hire a multi-line rep for a territory? Are you a distributor wondering what value a multi-line rep can bring to you if you give them time to come into your office? This seminar will focus on the value that a multi-line rep brings to the relationship between suppliers and distributors.

    Join Alan Christopher for this session on working with multi-line reps. Have you wondered how to work with a multi-line rep? Are you a supplier wondering why you should hire a multi-line rep for a territory? Are you a distributor wondering what value a multi-line rep can bring to you if you give them time to come into your office? This seminar will focus on the value that a multi-line rep brings to the relationship between suppliers and distributors.

    Alan Christopher

    Multi-Line Rep

    Alan Christopher, MAS, is a 30 year veteran of the promotional products industry. He has worked as a supplier sales manager managing multi-line reps, and is currently a multi-line rep based in Texas.

    He is a 6 time PPAI Speaker of the Year, a recipient of the Veteran Facilitator Award, PPB Multi-Line Rep of the Year, and was honored by PPAI in 2002 with the Distinguished Service Award. He has developed and taught over 40 classes in 7 different business categories over the years for PPAI as a speaker at Expo, several of the PPAI Management Seminars, and has spoken for many regional associations around the country. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Marketing with an emphasis on B2B2C Social Media, and is an on-line adjunct instructor in Marketing.

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  • Certified Advertising Specialist Package

    Contains 27 Product(s) 22 new product(s) added recently

    Get all your sessions registered in one-stop shopping style and complete at your own pace!

    Get all your sessions registered in one-stop shopping style and complete at your own pace! 

    Please 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

    Please note in order to start working on your CAS please make sure you have completed the TAS Certificate program first.

  • Take A Step Toward Diversity

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/27/2018

    In this podcast, Julie Kwan and Brittany David, MAS, discuss the definition of diversity, how it benefits the workplace and how promotional products companies can take the first step toward fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. Diversity starts by taking one step, which leads to the next step, then the next, and so on.

    In this podcast, Julie Kwan and Brittany David, MAS, discuss the definition of diversity, how it benefits the workplace and how promotional products companies can take the first step toward fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. Diversity starts by taking one step, which leads to the next step, then the next, and so on.

    Brittany David, MAS

    Vice President of Sales, PPAI Board Member

    Brittany David, MAS, vice president of sales at West Jordan, Utah-based supplier SnugZ USA, is a 10-year veteran of the promotional products industry. She has been with SnugZ USA for five years. Prior to that, she was the trade show management services manager at SAGE Quick Technologies Inc., Addison, Texas. David currently is serving on the PPAI Board of Directors and Expo East Advisory Board, is board liaison to the Supplier Committee and member of the Power Meeting advisory group, and she continues to serve as co-chair of the PPAF Expo Committee for the third year. David also volunteers for the Utah Food Bank, Primary Children's Hospital and various community service projects with the SnugZ GiveZ community service committee.

    Julie Kwan (Moderator)

    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.

    This session is for informational purposes. Certification credit will not be given for completing this podcast.

    Register and listen to the podcast on your mobile device or desktop. 

  • MAS: In Depth Look At How To Handle A Recall

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 07/25/2018

    ​Join Susan DeRagon for this session on How To Handle A Recall. This session will guide you through the development of recall policies and procedures. It will address decisions and essential issues relevant to the requirements of an appropriate recall response. 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. ​

    Join Susan DeRagon for this session on How To Handle A Recall. This session will guide you through the development of recall policies and procedures. It will address decisions and essential issues relevant to the requirements of an appropriate recall response. 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. 

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is senior technical consultant at AsiaInspection. With over 30 years of experience, DeRagon is a leading quality and safety expert on toys, children’s products, and promotional and licensed goods. She works closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of regulatory compliance, product testing, quality control and assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    DeRagon is an active member of The Toy Association and ASTM International, participating on several toy and children’s product standards committees. She is also a previous member of the Board of Directors for the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO).

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  • WLC 2018: How to Stay Positive and Focused in Uncertain Times

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    The ability to stay positive and productive in the face of change, challenges and uncertain times is essential for career success. In this session, learn the necessary steps to cope with workplace situations that are beyond your control. Discover how to communicate concerns in a way that will get the results you desire but most importantly, learn how to stay motivated, respond to workplace challenges and rekindle passion for your career.

    The ability to stay positive and productive in the face of change, challenges and uncertain times is essential for career success. In this session, learn the necessary steps to cope with workplace situations that are beyond your control. Join Sarita Maybin for this session and discover how to communicate concerns in a way that will get the results you desire but most importantly, learn how to stay motivated, respond to workplace challenges and rekindle passion for your career.

    Sarita Maybin

    International Speaker, Communication Exert and Author

    Maybin is an international speaker, communication expert and author whose audiences have fun learning how to stay positive, constructively confront tough communication situations and work together better.  During her 20-year speaking career, Sarita has spoken in ALL 50 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Jamaica, Canada, England, Asia, Iceland…and on the prestigious TEDx stage.  Sarita is a former university Dean of Students with a Master’s degree in Counseling, a Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest winner and a Past President of the National Speakers Association, San Diego chapter.  She has also been interviewed by the media about her book "If You Can't Say Something Nice, What DO You  Say?"

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  • WLC 2018: State of the Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    Dale Denham, MAS+, Charirman of the Board of PPAI will present State of the Industry update covering the current and key issues and opportunities facing the promotional products industry and the association.

    Dale Denham, MAS+, Charirman of the Board of PPAI will present State of the Industry update covering the current and key issues and opportunities facing the promotional products industry and the association.  Topics to include: the challenges facing our industry, and opportunities for industry and member business growth and the importance of creating value and differentiation in a crowded and commoditized marketplace.

    Dale Denham, MAS+

    Chief Information Officer

    Dale Denham, MAS+, is the CIO for top 40 distributor Geiger and previously served as Senior Vice President of ASI. Recognized as the industry's top technologist, Dale has continued to deliver innovative, helpful products and solutions during his 20 years in the industry.

    Among the first 10 people certified as a Master Advertising Specialist+ by PPAI., Dale was also recognized by ASI Counselor Magazine as one of “40 under 40" and named one of Corporate Logo's Most Influential People in 2004.

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  • WLC 2018: Tech Tips And Tricks For Getting Organized

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    With as much as we have to accomplish in our business and personal lives, it is imperative we use technology effectively. It starts by using simple technology to remove time-wasters from your day. By leveraging tools and methods strategically, you’ll gain time to play or work more. This session will cover the top technologies anyone can use to make their day more efficient.

    With as much as we have to accomplish in our business and personal lives, it is imperative we use technology effectively. It starts by using simple technology to remove time-wasters from your day. By leveraging tools and methods strategically, you’ll gain time to play, or work more. This session will cover the top technologies anyone can use to make their day more efficient.

    Dale Denham, MAS+

    Chief Information Officer

    Dale Denham, MAS+, is the CIO for top 40 distributor Geiger and previously served as Senior Vice President of ASI. Recognized as the industry's top technologist, Dale has continued to deliver innovative, helpful products and solutions during his 20 years in the industry.

    Among the first 10 people certified as a Master Advertising Specialist+ by PPAI., Dale was also recognized by ASI Counselor Magazine as one of “40 under 40" and named one of Corporate Logo's Most Influential People in 2004.

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  • WLC 2018: The Power Of Accountability

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    Show up ready to learn the power of having an accountability partner to take your goals to new heights.  In this session, you will be given the foundation for choosing an accountability partner, hear examples of partnerships plus the steps to keep both of you on course with tips and tricks for continued success. Experience the power of having a partner that knows the industry like you do and will push you personally and professionally to new levels of success.

    Show up ready to learn the power of having an accountability partner to take your goals to new heights.  Join Kelli Denes and Jenny Straub for this session, you will be given the foundation for choosing an accountability partner, hear examples of partnerships plus the steps to keep both of you on course with tips and tricks for continued success.   Experience the power of having a partner that knows the industry like you do and will push you personally and professionally to new levels of success.

    Kelli Denes

    Large Account Sales Representative

    Kelli Denes has been in the promotional products industry for 15 years and serves as the Large Account Sales Representative at Raining Rose in Cedar Rapids, IA. Originally from California, she moved to Iowa for fun about 17 years ago, starting with Raining Rose as the 13th employee as a soap maker. She knows the products inside and out! She’s been in sales in some capacity ever since and loves the industry because it’s quirky and exciting, with no two days alike.  Kelli is a Small Networking Team Coordinator where she oversees 15 accountability groups at Mount Mercy University.  In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, baking, and spending time with her family, which includes keeping up with her three kids and remembering to slow down and take it all in.

    Jenny Straub

    Senior Director of Marketing and Product Development

    Jenny Straub is the Senior Director of Marketing and Product Development for IMAGEN Brands.        With over 15 years of Industry experience, Straub has seen the industry and IMAGEN Brands grow by leaps and bounds.     She leads a team of talented individuals who are responsible for trend hunting, development of products as well as the marketing and graphic design for Crown and Vitronic.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing tennis, and brewery hopping.  But mostly, she loves going on adventures in and around Cincinnati with her husband and their 8-year-old son.    Jenny has attended the Women’s Leadership Conference since 2011.  

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  • WLC 2018: Mergers And Acquisitions Simplified

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    The mergers and acquisitions market is booming but what does that mean to you?  How do you know when it is time to sell your company?  What do you need to know to streamline the process and transition your company to a new owner?  How do you get the most value for the company you have built?  These questions and more will be answered by a panel of your peers who have been through the process and understand the complexities that can exist in the choppy waters of marketing and advertising.

    The mergers and acquisitions market is booming but what does that mean to you?  How do you know when it is time to sell your company?  What do you need to know to streamline the process and transition your company to a new owner?  How do you get the most value for the company you have built?  These questions and more will be answered by a panel of your peers including Jamie Watson, MAS, Lindsey Davis, MAS, Lori Kates, Jo-an Lantz, MAS and Dawn Olds. They have been through the process and understand the complexities that can exist in the choppy waters of marketing and advertising. 

    Jamie Watson, MAS, CPA

    Senior Financial Analyst for Certified Marketing Consultants, LLC

    Jamie Watson, MAS, CPA is Senior Financial Analyst for Certified Marketing Consultants, LLC. Jamie has been involved various aspects of Finance and Accounting for over 12 years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Business Administration from Stetson University and then earned her Masters of Accountancy from Manchester College. She qualified as a CPA in the state of Indiana where she worked for the regional accounting firm of Alerding & Co., LLC. Jamie has been involved in the consulting of both supplier and distributor companies in the Promotional Products Industry for over 7 years. Jamie has earned the CAS designation from PPAI and the BASI designation from ASI.

    Lindsey Davis, MAS

    National Sales Representative

    Lindsey Davis, MAS, is a national sales representative at Raining Rose, Inc., where she focuses her time on business development and implementation of strategic branding programs. Her love of all things promotional products started when her parents founded Solar Advertising, an early lip balm supplier, in 2003, Lindsey became President of Solar Advertising and led the company through a successful purchase by Raining Rose in 2016. She is currently serving as the immediate past president of The Rocky Mountain Region Promotional Products Association and the president of the Regional Association Council (RAC) Board at PPAI. Lindsey has a bachelor’s degree in international business from Johnson & Wales University in Denver.

    Lori Kates

    President

    Lori Kates, most recently served as President of Top 40 Supplier IMAGEN Brands. A 23-year industry veteran, Lori’s background has been in providing strategic direction, overseeing daily operations and financials. She has experienced five, buy side, acquisitions to date. Lori is a member of PPAI’s Board of Directors. Lori currently serves as the board liaison and co-chair for the PPAI Supplier Committee and the board liaison for PPAI’s Certification Committee.  She served on the PPAI Professional Development Committee, 2017, and has previously served on the PPAI Market Research Committee and PromoKitchen’s mentor program.  Lori was recognized in 2013 by being named ASI’s Supplier Woman of Distinction.   She has been listed on the Counselor Power 50 for the past five years. Lori has a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Communications from Ohio Northern University.  She resides in Liberty Township, Ohio, with her husband of 23 years, Rick, and teenage sons, Jacob and Drew.  She enjoys baseball, hiking and biking.

    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.

    Dawn Olds

    Senior VP of Operations

    Dawn Olds has held senior executive positions with HALO Branded Solutions throughout her 30 year career, becoming HALO's Senior VP of Operations in 2010. She has responsibility for the Billing, Order Processing, Customer Service, Distribution, Sales Onboarding, Program Operations, and general Operations of the organization. Ms. Olds has been involved in several industry committees and organizations focused on technology and operational improvement. She holds a BA in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix.  In addition, she is a frequent volunteer and mentor for local business education initiatives in Sterling, Illinois, HALO’s operational headquarters.

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