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CAS Complimentary Sessions For PPAI Members

These are CAS level session and all of them are complimentary for PPAI members, although they are not filtered by topic.

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  • Managing Your Finances In The Cloud With QuickBooks Online

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 01/30/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    This webinar will focus on the benefits of using QuickBooks Online to manage your business finances. Learn how Intuit is powering the prosperity of small businesses by creating a product that requires zero data entry. Find out how to reclaim up to 11 hours per month by maximizing the functionality of cloud-based accounting with QuickBooks Online.

    This webinar will focus on the benefits of using QuickBooks Online to manage your business finances. Learn how Intuit is powering the prosperity of small businesses by creating a product that requires zero data entry. Find out how to reclaim up to 11 hours per month by maximizing the functionality of cloud-based accounting with QuickBooks Online.

    John Meaney

    Key Accounts Manager

    John Meaney manages the Key Accounts Team at Intuit. He’s been with the company for 13 years holding a variety of roles with a focus on empowering Small Businesses for financial success. In 2015 Meaney obtained the Certified Franchise Executive designation from the IFA and has helped some of the nation’s largest franchise organizations convert and standardize on the QuickBooks Online cloud-based product line. Meaney is a graduate of Texas Christian University and currently lives in McKinney, Texas with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time, he likes to run—a lot.

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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.

  • Overview Of PPAI Certification Programs

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 12/12/2018 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Interested in earning your PPAI certifications? Walk through the requirements with our professional development team. We will discuss the step-by-step process of earning your TAS, CAS, MAS, and MAS+ to assure you gather the most from your experience. Learn how to renew your certifications, apply for our Fast Track options, and more.

    Interested in earning your PPAI certifications? Walk through the requirements with our professional development team. We will discuss the step-by-step process of earning your TAS, CAS, MAS, and MAS+ to assure you gather the most from your experience.  Learn how to renew your certifications, apply for our Fast Track options, and more.

    Alexis Moreno

    Professional Development Coordinator

    Alexis is the PPAI Professional Development Coordinator with experience in association events, customer service, project management, and education development. She graduated from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, with a bachelor’s in marketing and a minor in business and technical writing. She  oversees PPAI’s online education, certifications, and events.

    Emery Colbert

    Professional Development Coordinator

    Emery is the PPAI Professional Development Coordinator. She graduated from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She brings customer service and project management experience to PPAI, and assists with PPAI’s annual  education conferences, online education, and certification programs.

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  • 10 Tips for New Managers 

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 12/05/2018 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    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 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 12/04/2018 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    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. 

    Jean-Rene Broussard

    Jean-Rene Broussard counsels clients on a variety of international trade issues including customs compliance, trade policy and market access. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Broussard was an attorney with the United States Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Regulations and Rulings, where he authored numerous rulings on the tariff classification and country of origin for a wide range of products, including numerous chemical, textile and consumer electronic products. Broussard also assisted in the technical review of a number of legislative proposals and drafted CBP’s comments on the legislation. Before joining CBP,  Broussard served on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, where he worked on a range of trade issues such as customs and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill. Broussard received his J.D. from Tulane University Law School in 2006, where he was a member of the Tulane Moot Court Board and was Treasurer of the Student Bar Association.

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    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.

  • Closing The Gaps

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 11/28/2018 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    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 3 Component(s), 0.50 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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    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), 1.00 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) 1 new product(s) added recently

    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), 1.00 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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    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), 1.00 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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  • Ship Like A Pro

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 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

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

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.50 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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    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.

  • Try Instagram For Your Next Promo Marketing Campaign!

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 09/12/2018

    Join Jace Vernon for this session on how to add Instagram into your promo products marketing campaigns! Get more views into your new products launches, give a personalized view into your company culture and increase visibility with the new buying market. This session will give an overview of some ways to utilize Instagram and how to calculate the ROI of the campaign.

    Join Jace Vernon for this session on how to add Instagram into your promo products marketing campaigns! Get more views into your new products launches, give a personalized view into your company culture and increase visibility with the new buying market. This session will give an overview of some ways to utilize Instagram and how to calculate the ROI of the campaign. 

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  • PPAI Distributor Board of Directors Elections

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/23/2018

    PPAI has announced two candidates for the PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2023 election. Distributor candidates are R. Renée Jones, MAS+, CEO of A Creative Touch, Inc., and Craig Reese, senior vice president of Jack Nadel International. Join this session for more information on both candidates as we get closer to the election.

    PPAI has announced two candidates for the PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2023 election. Distributor candidates are R. Renée Jones, MAS+, CEO of A Creative Touch, Inc., and Craig Reese, senior vice president of Jack Nadel International. Join this session for more information on both candidates as we get closer to the election. 

    R. Renée Jones, MAS+

    CEO

    R. Renée Jones, MAS+, is CEO of distributor A Creative Touch, Inc. She has worked in the promotional products industry for more than 15 years and is an active PPAI volunteer. Jones is also an active member of the Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP).

    Prior to working in promotional products, Jones worked as a marketing director for an automotive parts manufacturer, purchasing promotional items for motorsports teams participating in NASCAR and Indy Car races.

      Outside the industry, Jones is an active volunteer for several local nonprofits, including Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, for which she was the youngest volunteer ever to assume the role. Jones 

    Craig Reese

    Senior Vice President

    Craig Reese is senior vice president of distributor Jack Nadel International. He has worked in the industry for more than 20 years and has served on the PPAI Distributor Committee as well as with the volunteer project pool. He has been an active participant in several regional associations, including Specialty Advertising Association of California, for which he is a current SAAC Foundation board member and a past president.

    In his free time, Reese enjoys skiing, fly fishing, running and mountain biking. He holds an associate degree from Pasadena City College.

    This session is for informational purposes and therefore no education credit will be given for attending. 

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  • PPAI Supplier Board of Directors Elections

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/20/2018

    ​PPAI has announced two candidates for the PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2023 election. Supplier candidates are Dan Edge, director of sales for Peerless Umbrella Company, and Bill Mahre, president of ADG Promotional Products. Join this session for more information on both candidates as we get closer to the election.

    PPAI has announced two candidates for the PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2023 election. Supplier candidates are Dan Edge, director of sales for Peerless Umbrella Company, and Bill Mahre, president of ADG Promotional Products. Join this session for more information on both candidates as we get closer to the election. 

    Dan Edge

    Director of Sales

     Dan Edge is director of sales, North America, for supplier Peerless Umbrella Co. He has worked in the promotional products industry for more than 15 years and has served on the PPAI Supplier Committee as well as through the volunteer project pool. He is an active participant in regional association activities and is part of the Promo Kitchen Mentor Program.

     Outside the industry, Edge has worked in retail, sales management and buying, and grew up in the family business—running a children’s day camp—assisting in all facets, including staff director, counselor and sales. He volunteers with St. James Church and local athletic organizations. Edge has coached local youth sports for more than 12 years.

     In his free time, Edge enjoys running and taking kickboxing classes. His latest passion is boating, and he cherishes the time with his friends and family. Edge has been married to his wife, Elaine, for 24 years. They have two children: Abby, 20, and Connor, 18. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Syracuse University.

    Bill Mahre

    President

    Bill Mahre is president of supplier ADG Promotional Products. He has worked in the promotional products industry for more than 10 years, and has assisted with multiple startups and turnaround ventures throughout his career. Prior to his promotional products work, Mahre worked with Procter & Gamble, Minnesota Twins Baseball Business Operations, HealthEast Care System and Minnesota Diversified Industries.

    A member of the Product Responsibility Advisory Group (PRAG), Mahre is an active member of Upper Midwest Promotional Professionals (UMAPP) and also lends leadership and volunteer skills to a number of community organizations. He is past president of the board of trustees for Merrick Inc., which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities; is on the board of directors for the Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association; is a youth sports coach and board member in the White Bear Lake community; has led the fundraising auction and events for the St. Odilia Fall Festival Committee.

    Mahre holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. Thomas University. He has been married for 39 years to his junior high sweetheart, and they have two children and three granddaughters. In his spare time he enjoys golf, fishing, basketball and boating.

    Please note this session is for informational purposes only and there will not be any education credit granted for attending. 

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    3. Please note live webinars must be watched on your desktop. On-Demand webinars and event recordings can be viewed on mobile devices or on desktops. 

  • SPARK 2018: The Shifting Environment Of Sales

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/17/2018

    The ever-changing nature of sales pushes our industry forward and forces salespeople and companies to evolve. Long gone are the days when product selling provided a strong bottom line. Today, effective salespeople differentiate themselves through consultative selling, adding value through increased understanding. But, if you are not looking forward, you are likely to fall behind.

    The ever-changing nature of sales pushes our industry forward and forces salespeople and companies to evolve. Long gone are the days when product selling provided a strong bottom line. Today, effective sales people differentiate themselves through consultative selling, adding value through increased understanding. But, if you are not looking forward, you are likely to fall behind. This session by Lindsey Davis, MAS, will provide strategic insight into the Shifting Environment of Sales and explore the next key sales differentiator: perspective selling; moving beyond consulting to become a trusted expert.

    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.

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  • SPARK 2018: Change Is The Only Constant

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered Recorded On: 08/10/2018

    Change is all around us – we are changing all the time. We change our minds. Our circumstances change. The people and world around us change. Everyone has a different threshold for change. So, when change happens, what is your response? Join Julie Kwan as she presents an approach to help you stay fully present in times of change and to take ownership of your part in that change.

    Change is all around us – we are changing all the time. We change our minds. Our circumstances change. The people and world around us change. Everyone has a different threshold for change. So, when change happens, what is your response? Join Julie Kwan as she presents an approach to help you stay fully present in times of change and to take ownership of your part in that change.

    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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    0.5 Points

  • The ARTS Of Diversity And Inclusion In The Promo Products Industry

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered Recorded On: 08/08/2018

    To grow your business and stay relevant with today’s culture, your strategy should include building and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce. What does it take to do this? It takes the ARTS of Diversityand Inclusion! Join Julie Kwan as she discusses strategies for Attracting, Recruiting, Training, and Sustaining (ARTS) a diverse and inclusive workforce.

    To grow your business and stay relevant with today’s culture, your strategy should include building and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce. What does it take to do this? It takes the ARTS of Diversity and Inclusion! Join Julie Kwan as she discusses strategies for Attracting, Recruiting, Training, and Sustaining (ARTS) a diverse and inclusive workforce.

    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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    0.5 Points

  • SPARK 2018: Be The Culture Change You Wish To See

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered Recorded On: 08/08/2018

    In this short session, Jessica Gibbons-Rauch, CAS will explain through case studies how to help push the industry through company culture change for the next generation.

    In this short session following the PPAI SPARK 2018 Conference, Jessica Gibbons-Rauch, CAS will explain through case studies how to help push the industry through company culture change for the next generation.

    Jessica Gibbons-Rauch, CAS

    Director of Program Development

    Jessica has been in the industry for over 11 years at a few different distributors always looking for the right fit. She fell into this industry after graduating with a degree in sales and spending a year selling office equipment. After years of being in various sales roles she had the opportunity to create a new department at Club Colors where she can own the brand and affect change with the clients and company. Currently, she is the Director of Program Development at Club Colors and focuses on marketing, merchandising, graphics and vendor relations. 

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    0.5 Points

  • Promo Products Industry Boot Camp

    Contains 12 Component(s), 2.50 credits offered Recorded On: 08/01/2018

    This program includes three webinars that provide an industry overview and is designed to be used for participants that are not in the industry and would like to learn more about it. This program is designed for all ages and once completed participants will receive a Promotional Products Trainee Certificate.

    This program includes three webinars that provide an industry overview and is designed to be used for participants that are not in the industry and would like to learn more about it. This certificate program incorporates online education content in addition to a required case study report to give context to the practical knowledge gained throughout the program. This program is designed for all ages and once completed participants will receive a Promo Products Boot Camp Certificate. 

    Christopher Duffy, MAS

    Senior Vice President of Marketing

    Christopher Duffy, MAS is the Director of Marketing for Top 40 Supplier Ariel Premium Supply. A 25 year industry veteran, Christopher is a long-time award winning speaker for PPAI on a variety of key industry and business topics, including supplier/distributors relations, time management, business writing and strategic planning. Christopher has been honored with PPAI’s Distinguished Service Award, served on the PPEF Board of Trustees and holds 2 masters degrees.

    Carol Gauger, MAS

    Director of Member Engagement

    Carol Gauger, MAS, was introduced to the promotional products industry in 1984 and has worked on both the supplier and distributor sides of the business prior to re-joining PPAI in 2010. Carol combines her industry knowledge and her association experience in membership, recognition, engagement and overall association management to direct the key initiatives in support of members at-large and the regional association community. She is also available to work with regional associations on volunteer and program development, strategic planning and Board optimization.

    Kim Todora

    Public Relations and Buyer Outreach Manager for PPAI

    Kim R. Todora is responsible for the direction of comprehensive integrated communications and public relations strategies and implementation, buyer-targeted industry branding, media relations, social media, collegiate and buyer outreach, trade-shows and industry awareness programs such as Promotional Products Work! Week, the ADvocate program and promotionalproductswork.org (dot org). Kim is an active member of the American Marketing Association (AMA), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and represents PPAI on the organizing committee for Advertising Week and the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. Prior to PPAI, Kim owned a marketing communications agency specializing in advertising, branding, public relations and cause marketing for more than 11 years. As a creative marketing strategist with more than 33 years' experience in advertising and public relations with Bozell, J. Walter Thompson and The Todora Group, she has created communications, branding and sales success for a variety of clients including American Airlines, Chili's, Don Pablo's, Texas Tornado Hockey, The Arena Group, Williams Communications, Doskocil Pet Products, BusyBody Home Fitness, Larry's Shoes, Mariner Health, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, E-Systems/Raytheon, March of Dimes, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Ronald McDonald House, and many others.

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    2.5 Points

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