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  • Expo 2020: The Future of Corporate Sustainability

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/12/2020

    Join Yalmaz Siddiqui for this session on the future of corporate sustainability and what action items you can start to implement for your company. Yalmaz is a subject matter expert on sustainable purchasing and has been leading the conversation since 2016. He is responsible for developing an advanced sustainability strategy framework for MGM Resorts, including metrics and targets, project accountability and roles, and reporting strategy.

    Join Yalmaz Siddiqui for this session on the future of corporate sustainability and what action items you can start to implement for your company. Yalmaz is a subject matter expert on sustainable purchasing and has been leading the conversation since 2016. He is responsible for developing an advanced sustainability strategy framework for MGM Resorts, including metrics and targets, project accountability and roles, and reporting strategy. 

    Yalmaz Siddiqui

    Vice President, Corporate Sustainability - MGM Resorts International

    Yalmaz Siddiqui is Vice President, Corporate Sustainability at MGM Resorts International. He leads the company’s overall Environmental Management Program including policy, goals and reporting, and manages a number of specific initiatives including sustainable events, food waste reduction, environmentally preferable purchasing, and circular economy. Prior to MGM, Yalmaz was Senior Director, Sustainability at Office Depot where he set strategy and led a number of industry-leading social and environmental programs. He helped the company reduce total carbon emissions 40%, grow sales of environmentally preferable products from $1.2B to $3.2B, and reach a ranking of #1 greenest large retailer in America in Newsweek’s green rankings, for three consecutive years. Before Office Depot, Yalmaz was a management consultant at PwC and IBM Consulting where he focused on business-to-business customer strategy and operational performance improvement. A global expert in sustainable purchasing, Yalmaz was the Founding Chair of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, He also serves on the Board of Impact NV, Nevada’s leading sustainability non-profit. Yalmaz has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill in Canada. He also completed a Master’s in Environment & Development in 1994 at Cambridge in England. His thesis focused on industrial ecology, biomimicry, materials reutilization, and life cycle analysis.

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    1 Credit

    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 2020: Forging Ahead With Strategic Foresight

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/12/2020

    Are you a seasoned distributor that is starting to plan 10 years out? Have you finished reading the Strategic Foresight Playbook, and feel ready to start putting together a plan for the future? In this session Dennis Klum will explain how to take the next steps in making your company more resilient for the future. This session will provide a guide to which action items start conversations within your company and the areas to focus on implementing first.

    Are you a seasoned distributor that is starting to plan 10 years out? Have you finished reading the Strategic Foresight Playbook, and feel ready to start putting together a plan for the future? In this session Dennis Klum will explain how to take the next steps in making your company more resilient for the future. This session will provide a guide to which action items start conversations within your company and the areas to focus on implementing first.

    Dennis Klum, CAS

    Vice President of Programs, BrandVia Alliance, Inc.

    With over 25 years as a distributor in our industry, Dennis Klum, CAS brings a wealth of perspective on how to be successful and enjoy the promotional products industry. Currently vice president of programs for BrandVia Alliance, Inc., he has served as an executive board member for his regional association, the Promotional Marketing Association of Northern California, and acted as an advocate for the industry worldwide. Klum has led interactive seminars, facilitated workshops and panels and led dozens of presentations supporting industry newcomers, seasoned sales executives and all audiences in between. His focus is to facilitate interactive workshops/discussions that draw out attendee perspectives and lead to renewed energy and a wider perspective.

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    1 Credit

    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.

  • Secret Weapons For The First Time Exhibitor

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar, led by Lisa DeJong, MAS, vice president of sales for Competitive Edge, will guide first-time exhibitors through The PPAI Expo experience, as seen through the eyes of a distributor sales rep. From understanding the alphabet soup of the industry pricing model to co-op advertising and marketing support, new suppliers will gain key insights to aid in successfully accessing the 20,000+ sales force of the promotional products industry. A few simple tips and tricks from the distributor perspective will go a long way in helping new suppliers navigate the overwhelming response they will receive as first-time Expo exhibitors.

    This webinar, led by Lisa DeJong, MAS, vice president of sales for Competitive Edge, will guide first-time exhibitors through The PPAI Expo experience, as seen through the eyes of a distributor sales rep. From understanding the alphabet soup of the industry pricing model to co-op advertising and marketing support, new suppliers will gain key insights to aid in successfully accessing the 20,000+ sales force of the promotional products industry. A few simple tips and tricks from the distributor perspective will go a long way in helping new suppliers navigate the overwhelming response they will receive as first-time Expo exhibitors.

    Lisa DeJong, MAS

    Vice President of Sales, Competitive Edge

    Lisa DeJong, MAS, began her career in Iowa’s automotive accessory industry in the fields of human resources and credit management. She joined Stevensville, Michigan-based Competitive Edge in 2002 as a part-time account executive, where her newfound passion for the promotional products industry helped her launch a successful sales career. As vice president of sales, DeJong’s now focuses on sales leadership, vendor relations and key account management. From conceptualization to product creation to project fulfillment, her top priority is always customer satisfaction. She recognizes the intricacies of the supplier/distributor relationship and is committed to partnering with suppliers for the best possible outcome on each project. She is committed to promoting excellence in the industry and has achieved both CAS and MAS certifications.

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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.

  • Add On: SPARK 2020 Conference: Post-Event Optional Six Flags Fiesta Ticket

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    If you are planning on staying the weekend after the SPARK Conference, come join us at Six Flags Fiesta

    If you are planning on staying the weekend after the SPARK Conference join us for a half-day trip to Six Flags Fiesta. Tickets are $68 per person and includes round trip transportation. Space is limited.

  • Add On: SPARK 2020 Conference: Post-Event Optional Six Flags Fiesta Guest Ticket

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    If you are planning on staying the weekend after the SPARK Conference, come join us at Six Flags Fiesta

    If you are planning on staying the weekend after the SPARK Conference join us for a half-day trip to Six Flags Fiesta. Tickets are $68 per person and includes round trip transportation. Space is limited.

  • Add On: SPARK 2020 Conference Pre-Event Optional Tour of the Alamo

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    If you are coming into town on Wednesday, July 15 before SPARK, network with other participants before the SPARK Conference begins while enjoying a tour of the Alamo. You’ll hear the exciting stories and history from the past 300+ years.

    If you are coming into town on Wednesday, July 15 before SPARK, network with other participants before the SPARK Conference begins while enjoying a tour of the Alamo. You’ll hear the exciting stories and history from the past 300+ years. Please make sure you have registered for the conference before adding this on. Please plan to meet in the lobby at 2:00 pm.

  • Add On: SPARK 2020 Conference Pre-Event Optional Tour of the Alamo Guest Ticket

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    If you are coming into town on Wednesday, July 15 before SPARK, network with other participants before the SPARK Conference begins while enjoying a tour of the Alamo. You’ll hear the exciting stories and history from the past 300+ years.

    If you are coming into town on Wednesday, July 15 before SPARK, network with other participants before the SPARK Conference begins while enjoying a tour of the Alamo. You’ll hear the exciting stories and history from the past 300+ years. Please make sure you have registered for the conference before adding this on. Please plan to meet in the lobby at 2:00 pm. 

  • Add On: SPARK 2020 Conference Optional Ghost Tour

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    On this 90-minute walking tour, you'll join our talented guides and explore the haunted streets in the oldest parts of San Antonio. Murder, suicides, the ghosts of famous people, battles, and more are covered in the Ghosts of San Antonio Tour.

    On this 90-minute walking tour, you'll join our talented guides and explore the haunted streets in the oldest parts of San Antonio. Murder, suicides, the ghosts of famous people, battles, and more are covered in the Ghosts of San Antonio Tour.  Please plan to meet in the lobby at 8:15 pm.

  • Add On: SPARK 2020 Conference Optional Ghost Tour Guest Ticket

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    On this 90-minute walking tour, you'll join our talented guides and explore the haunted streets in the oldest parts of San Antonio. Murder, suicides, the ghosts of famous people, battles, and more are covered in the Ghosts of San Antonio Tour.

    On this 90-minute walking tour, you'll join our talented guides and explore the haunted streets in the oldest parts of San Antonio. Murder, suicides, the ghosts of famous people, battles, and more are covered in the Ghosts of San Antonio Tour.  Please plan to meet in the lobby at 8:15 pm. 

  • Add On: SPARK 2020 Conference: Self Defense Class

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The self-defense program, with 6th degree Black Belt Master Rodney Ball, will consist of basic self-defense teachings to include wrist releases, bear hug defense, lapel grab defense, choke holds, basic pressure point and awareness training. The goal of this class will be to give the attendees a basic understanding and application of self-defense that they will be able to utilize after the class. Please wear comfortable athletic attire since this will be a very active session.

    The self-defense program, with 6th degree Black Belt Master Rodney Ball, will consist of basic self-defense teachings to include wrist releases, bear hug defense, lapel grab defense, choke holds, basic pressure point and awareness training. The goal of this class will be to give the attendees a basic understanding and application of self-defense that they will be able to utilize after the class. Please wear comfortable athletic attire since this will be a very active session.