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  • Expo 2019: Build Your Business Selling Exhibits And Displays

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 01/13/2019

    Learn the basic tools and techniques needed to win the sale for exhibit and display solutions. From asking the right questions to doing research and knowing your customer as well as the competition, Bill Roman will show attendees how to win the sale over the competition.

    Learn the basic tools and techniques needed to win the sale for exhibit and display solutions. From asking the right questions to doing research and knowing your customer as well as the competition, Bill Roman will show attendees how to win the sale over the competition.

    Bill Roman

    Senior Field Sales Representative

    Bill Roman is a senior field sales representative at Orbus Exhibit & Display Group. Roman has a master’s degree in communications from Western Illinois University. He began his career at Orbus in 2011 as the East Coast business development representative and now leads the Las Vegas team as the West Coast field sales representative.

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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.

  • Expo 2019: People Skills For Promo Products Professionals

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 01/13/2019

    This session will explain how to sell more, enhance productivity and achieve success. Industry veteran, Conrad Franey, provides real life stories "from the trenches" with recommendations for both the distributor and supplier professional. Franey presents on time management, interpersonal skills, best practices and the keys to elevating your career. Whether you're brand new to this bewildering industry or a multi-decade professional, you will leave this presentation with new skills to achieve greater success, starting tomorrow!

    This session will explain how to sell more, enhance productivity and achieve success. Industry veteran, Conrad Franey, provides real life stories "from the trenches" with recommendations for both the distributor and supplier professional. Franey presents on time management, interpersonal skills, best practices and the keys to elevating your career. Whether you're brand new to this bewildering industry or a multi-decade professional, you will leave this presentation with new skills to achieve greater success, starting tomorrow! 

    Conrad Franey

    Managing Director

    Conrad Franey was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, attending De Smet Jesuit High School and earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri - Columbia. Franey worked as a foreign correspondent for The Stars & Stripes in Darmstadt, Germany before returning to the States to continue his journalism career for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Sporting News and other publications. He joined Maritz in 1984 and enjoyed ten years in the international travel field, spending the last five years with Maritz located in the New York City area selling incentive and travel programs. In 1994, Franey returned to St. Louis to become the sixth employee of GatewayCDI, a promotional products distributor, as the vice president, sales. Franey eventually earned an equity position. At its peak, GatewayCDI employed 100 people with revenue of $35 million. GatewayCDI was purchased by Brand Addition in January 2016. In 2018, Franey launched his consulting company: Elements of Success Consulting Group. He also self-published his first book. He earned a master’s degree in classical history from Washington University in 2006. His interests include reading, travel, exercise and spending time with friends and family. Franey served as Chair of both the Annual Catholic Appeal and Catholic Charities of St. Louis. Of greatest importance, on January 31, 2014, Franey married Stephanie Re and is currently living happily ever after.

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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.

  • Expo 2019: You Can't Skip This Ad

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 01/13/2019

    It’s more important now that businesses must start using promotional products effectively to help create brand touch experiences in this era of ad avoidance and ad blockers. Learn how to position promotional products effectively with traditional advertising medium adding value to marketing campaigns and helping to extend their life -driving ROI for the advertiser. Learn how to utilize case studies so that you can tell great stories of how a promotional product motivated and drove an action.

    It’s more important now that businesses must start using promotional products effectively to help create brand touch experiences in this era of ad avoidance and ad blockers. Learn how to position promotional products effectively with traditional advertising medium adding value to marketing campaigns and helping to extend their life -driving ROI for the advertiser. Learn how to utilize case studies so that you can tell great stories of how a promotional product motivated and drove an action.

    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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    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.

  • Expo 2019: Solution Selling For Your Clients

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered Recorded On: 01/13/2019

    Are you new to the industry and want to increase sales by offering incentives campaigns to your customers? Join Ryan Sauers and he will give you greater insight into designing awards, safety/wellness and recognition incentive program. This session will explain which of your accounts would be good candidates for these programs, which department you should talk to about these programs and more!

    Are you new to the industry and want to increase sales by offering incentives campaigns to your customers? Join Ryan Sauers and he will give you greater insight into designing awards, safety/wellness and recognition incentive program. This session will explain which of your accounts would be good candidates for these programs, which department you should talk to about these programs and more!

    Ryan Sauers

    President

    Ryan T. Sauers is president/CMO of Sauers Consulting Strategies. Sauers’s key consulting focus areas include sales growth, brand positioning, organizational strategy and customized marketing plans. Sauers is a national speaker and blogs for Printing Impressions and Print and Promo. He has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top 80 CMOs in the world. Sauers is an adjunct university professor teaching leadership and marketing to business leaders. Sauers is a Certified Marketing Executive and is the author of two best-selling books, Everyone is in Sales and Would You Buy from You?  

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    0.5 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.

  • Expo 2019: The Quintessential Quote 

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 01/13/2019

    Many opportunities to close a customer are missed because a quote has not been considered. Join Gordon Glenister for this session on increasing sales by refining your quote for your campaigns.

    Many opportunities to close a customer are missed because a quote has not been considered. Join Gordon Glenister for this session on increasing sales by refining your quote for your campaigns.

    Gordon Glenister

    Director General of the British Promotional Merchandise Association

    Gordon Glenister is a director general of the British Promotional Merchandise Association and has had over 20 years of experience in the promotional products industry. He has also run his own distributor business and worked with major international brands. Gordon believes passionately in the power of promotional products and its relevance to the marketing mix. Gordon launched the BPMA academy many years ago, an online education platform for industry professionals, this has now been superseded by a top-class development program. Gordon’s sessions will be lively and illuminating.

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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.

  • Become A Tradeshow Superhero With SAGE Mobile

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered Recorded On: 01/09/2019

    The key to the ultimate tradeshow experience is in your very own hands! Join Ryan Hanchey, CAS to discover how SAGE Mobile, the PPAI Expo’s official show planner, can help you get more out of the industry’s largest tradeshow.

    The key to the ultimate tradeshow experience is in your very own hands! Discover how SAGE Mobile, the PPAI Expo’s official show planner, can help you get more out of the industry’s largest tradeshow. See the newly added features, like the discussion group area where you can connect with other PPAI Expo attendees throughout the show. You’ll also see how to add a preference group of your favorite suppliers to your show walk list and easily search for products from exhibitors that are at the show.

    Ryan Hanchey

    Sr. Sales Manager - Distributor Sales

    Ryan Hanchey joined SAGE in 2010 after selling technology services for a firm in Dallas, Texas. Hanchey was named a 2016 Rising Star by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). He has a bachelor’s degree in emergency management from the University of North Texas. When Hanchey is away from the office, you can find him spending time with his wife, Grace, and their son, Theo, or working on restoring his dad’s 1975 Ford Bronco.

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    0.5 Credits

    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.

  • 10 Tips for New Managers 

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 12/05/2018

    Without question, managing people is one of the most challenging professional experiences. While some people are born with great management skills, others must learn them. From conducting critical conversations to providing feedback, and from documenting interactions to conducting safe terminations, this session provides some golden nuggets for professionals looking to develop new management skills or for seasoned managers who just want a refresher. Learn to recognize common management pitfalls and how to avoid them; learn new communication skills and techniques, and understand how to safely and effectively manage a diverse workforce.

    Without question, managing people is one of the most challenging professional experiences. While some people are born with great management skills, others must learn them. From conducting critical conversations to providing feedback, and from documenting interactions to conducting safe terminations, Claudia St. John provides some golden nuggets for professionals looking to develop new management skills or for seasoned managers who just want a refresher. Learn to recognize common management pitfalls and how to avoid them; learn new communication skills and techniques; and understand how to safely and effectively manage a diverse workforce.

    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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  • How The Section 301 Tariffs Are Affecting The Promotional Products Industry

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 12/04/2018

    PPAI has enlisted the help of an experienced trade counsel to translate the Section 301 tariff list into a plain language guide about the items that are on the list. The third group of products that were named in the Section 301 investigation listed several items that are prevalent in the promotional products industry, specifically. This session will offer an in-depth look at the products listed and offer best practices for managing the effect of the tariffs.

    PPAI has enlisted the help of an experienced trade counsel to translate the Section 301 tariff list into a plain language guide about the items that are on the list. The third group of products that were named in the Section 301 investigation listed several items that are prevalent in the promotional products industry, specifically. This session will offer an in-depth look at the products listed and offer best practices for managing the effect of the tariffs. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative. 

    Josh Teitelbaum

    Counsel, Public Law & Policy

    Joshua Teitelbaum serves as counsel in the public law and policy practice and advises clients across diverse industries on issues related to trade and health policy, among others.

    Practice & Background

    Prior to joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Teitelbaum served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials with the International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). While serving in this role, Teitelbaum was a policymaker for and public advocate of the Obama administration’s highest international trade priorities. His work included substantial contributions to the development of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the DOC’s implementation of the conflict minerals provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, among other multilateral, regional and bilateral trade initiatives. His work spanned a broad cross section of U.S. industries, including textiles, apparel, home furnishings, processed foods, distilled spirits, recreational transportation, cosmetics, chemicals and building materials. Teitelbaum also served as the chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, which supervises the negotiation and implementation of textile and apparel contracts.

    Prior to his role at the DOC, Teitelbaum served as staff director for the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Children & Families; as legislative assistant to Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC); and as legislative counsel to Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), where he advised on a range of issues, including health care, education and financial services.  Teitelbaum’s experience with health care policy, in support of members of both the House and Senate, includes navigating the passage and subsequent implementation of the Affordable Care Act, as well as the FDA Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 to reauthorize and modify the review processes for drugs, devices and biologics. He worked closely with constituent health care providers, including nursing and physician practices, hospital systems and patient advocates.

    Teitelbaum received his law degree. from The George Washington University Law School in 2008 and his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 2005.

    Suzanne Kane

    Counsel, International Trade

    Suzanne E. Kane is a member of the international trade practice.

    Practice & Background

    Suzanne Kane counsels clients on U.S. laws and policies affecting international trade and business, including customs and import control laws.

    Prior to joining Akin Gump, Kane served for over six years as a Senior Attorney Advisor at the Office of International Trade, Regulations and Rulings of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In that capacity, she served in the Penalties, Trade and Commercial Regulations; Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) & Restricted Merchandise; and Valuation & Special Programs branches. She issued binding rulings, advisory opinions, internal advice and other agency decisions to various importers and other businesses regarding penalty determinations; the eligibility for NAFTA and other duty preference programs; the proper methods of customs valuation (covering transfer pricing and additions to, or deductions from, transaction value); and country of origin marking and other origin determinations, among other issues.

    Kane played a key role in the administration of CBP’s enforcement of IPR at U.S. borders; for example, she drafted and issued agency decisions regarding seizures of merchandise-infringing trademarks and copyrights and International Trade Commission patent exclusions orders. Kane also conducted IPR enforcement training for CBP officers at various U.S. ports of entry.

    Kane also has experience in CBP’s enforcement of consumer product safety laws. In 2008, the Commissioner of CBP awarded her the Commissioner’s Award for her role in drafting the Importer Self-Assessment Product Safety Pilot Program, which is a trade partnership program jointly administered by CBP and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    Kane received her law degree from American University Washington College of Law in 2007, where she was a senior staff member of the Administrative Law Review.

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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.

  • Add On: SPARK 2019 Conference Optional Pre-Event Panthers Stadium Tour

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    If you are coming into town on Wednesday, July 17 before SPARK: come meet some of your peers before the conference starts and enjoy a tour of the Charlotte Panthers Stadium!

    If you are coming into town on Wednesday, July 17 before SPARK: come meet some of your peers before the conference starts and enjoy a tour of the Charlotte Panthers Stadium! Please make sure you have registered for the conference before adding this on.

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

    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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