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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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  • Expo 2021: Diversity, Let's Get To Work!

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Johanna Gottlieb, Sonja Smith, and Quianne Perrin Savoy will discuss diversity, inclusion, and allyship in the promotional product industry and how individuals, business owners, and community members can do more to be a part of the solution.

    Johanna Gottlieb, Sonja Smith, and Quianne Perrin Savoy will discuss diversity, inclusion, and allyship in the promotional product industry and how individuals, business owners, and community members can do more to be a part of the solution.

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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 2021: Pivoting Your Company's Marketing Plan

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this session with Sharyn and Hank Yuloff, you will learn the four questions you must address to truly resonate with your clients. With those answers in hand, you will have a better sense of your client’s needs and be able to reset your marketing plan. You will leave this session prepared to update your plan and launch messaging that will reconnect you and your clients.

    In this session with Sharyn and Hank Yuloff, you will learn the four questions you must address to truly resonate with your clients. With those answers in hand, you will have a better sense of your client’s needs and be able to reset your marketing plan. You will leave this session prepared to update your plan and launch messaging that will reconnect you and your clients.

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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.

  • Canadian Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Package

    Contains 16 Product(s)

    In our Canadian MAS version, the U.S.-specific courses have been replaced with different content. Register for all your required courses here. You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package. 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 earn your MAS please make sure you have completed the CAS Certification first.

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

    1. Have a current CAS Certification 
    2. 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
    3. Complete 35 MAS elective credits 
    4. Re-certification every three years (by earning 30 additional CAS or MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application) 



  • Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Package

    Contains 16 Product(s)

    Register for all your required courses here. You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package. 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 earn your MAS please make sure you have completed the CAS Certification first.

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

    1. Have a current CAS Certification 
    2. 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
    3. Complete 35 MAS elective credits 
    4. Re-certification every three years (by earning 30 additional CAS or MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application) 



  • Canadian Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) Package

    Contains 26 Product(s)

    In our Canadian CAS version, the U.S.-specific courses have been replaced with different content. Register for all your required courses here. You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package. 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.

    Register for all your CAS required courses in one step.  You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package.

    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.

  • Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) Package

    Contains 26 Product(s)

    Register for all your required courses here. You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package. 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.

    Register for all your CAS required courses in one step.  You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package.

    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.

  • Expo 2021: Differentiating With Purpose and Promo

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Dramatic upheavals in the world economy have created the most uncertain of selling environments. As the United States economy re-opens, much consideration and attention will be given to the ways our national and international economies are shaped as a result of our worldwide health risk. Expectations abound that consumers and purchasers of products in their businesses will give new consideration to the ways their dollars determine the success or failure of the businesses they choose to spend them with. This intensified curiosity should lead to even greater demands for transparency and responsibility from businesses.

    Dramatic upheavals in the world economy have created the most uncertain of selling environments. As the United States economy re-opens, much consideration and attention will be given to the ways our national and international economies are shaped as a result of our worldwide health risk. Expectations abound that consumers and purchasers of products in their businesses will give new consideration to the ways their dollars determine the success or failure of the businesses they choose to spend them with. This intensified curiosity should lead to even greater demands for transparency and responsibility from businesses.

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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.

  • Distributor Sneak Peek: PPAI Expo Direct-2-You

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/06/2021

    How do you D2U? Take a guided tour through the PPAI Expo Direct-2-You platform with Ellen Tucker, Director of Expositions and Business Development, as she shares how-to's, tips & tricks. You'll learn how to navigate the platform, exhibitor search tools and more. PPAI knows your time is valuable, and this quick tour will ensure you maximize your virtual trade show experience.

    How do you D2U? Take a guided tour through the PPAI Expo Direct-2-You platform with Ellen Tucker, Director of Expositions and Business Development, as she shares how-to's, tips & tricks. You'll learn how to navigate the platform, exhibitor search tools and more. PPAI knows your time is valuable, and this quick tour will ensure you maximize your virtual trade show experience.

    Ellen Tucker

    Business Development Director

    PPAI

    Ellen Tucker is the Business Development Director at PPAI. Ellen oversees the business development sales team who sell on behalf of Expo, Expo East, all PPAI Publications as well as North American Leadership Conference, Tech Summit, Women's Leadership Conference, and Product Responsibility Summit.

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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.

  • MAS: Diversity Opens Doors: Selling To Major Corporations And The Fortune 500

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Today more than ever before, companies both large and small are realizing the value of buying their ad specialty products from distributorships that embody diversity. In fact, many Fortune 500 corporations are tasked with developing business relationships with under-represented ownership groups, including women, veterans, visible minorities, LGBT and others. To get in front of these potential buyers and take advantage of the huge growth opportunity, it’s vital to have your business officially certified. During this session with Kathy Cheng, you’ll discover the tools you need to have a fair opportunity to be considered for contracts and other purchasing requirements. Plus, you’ll hear why your choice of supplier partners that exemplify diversity can help your distributorship thrive in the years to come.

    Today more than ever before, companies both large and small are realizing the value of buying their ad specialty products from distributorships that embody diversity. In fact, many Fortune 500 corporations are tasked with developing business relationships with under-represented ownership groups, including women, veterans, visible minorities, LGBT and others. To get in front of these potential buyers and take advantage of the huge growth opportunity, it’s vital to have your business officially certified. During this session with Kathy Cheng, you’ll discover the tools you need to have a fair opportunity to be considered for contracts and other purchasing requirements. Plus, you’ll hear why your choice of supplier partners that exemplify diversity can help your distributorship thrive in the years to come.

    Kathy Cheng

    President and Founder

    Kathy Cheng is the President of WS & Co., one of Canada’s leading full-service apparel manufacturers, and the founder of its in-stock apparel line, Redwood Classics Apparel, which provides promotional and retail resellers with high-quality garments that are handcrafted in North America. 

    With the innumerable recognitions and awards that Kathy has been accredited for over the years, she was most notably named on Inc. Magazine’s 100 Female Founders List and was recognized for her significant contributions in Supplier Diversity, receiving the WBE President’s Award and the LGBTQ+ Ambassador of the Year Award for 2020. 

    As a result of Kathy’s contributions to women-focused efforts, she was presented with the prestigious Counselor Supplier Woman of Distinction Award by ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute®) in 2016, was one of three Canadians inducted into The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program in 2014, and was on WXN (Women’s Executive Network)’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada list in 2013.

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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.

  • Navigating Coaching: The Core of Management

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    If you’re a new manager, the chances are good that the only things you’ve been taught how to do are: hire, dictate and fire. The truth is that being a great manager is far more than that. Great management is the art and skill of producing profitable behavior change in your people—the kind of behavior change that raises their level and the level of your staff. This session with Troy Harrison will show you how!

    If you’re a new manager, the chances are good that the only things you’ve been taught how to do are: hire, dictate and fire. The truth is that being a great manager is far more than that. Great management is the art and skill of producing profitable behavior change in your people—the kind of behavior change that raises their level and the level of your staff. This session with Troy Harrison will show you how!

    We’ll cover:

    1. Understanding your employees’ needs
    2. Why persuasion works better than dictation
    3. How to have an effective coaching meeting
    4. Following up and ensuring commitment
    5. And more!

    Troy Harrison

    Sales Manager

    Troy Harrison & Associates is owned and operated by Troy Harrison. Troy has been a top salesperson and sales manager for over fifteen years, and has turned around territories and entire sales forces. While working for a national managed services provider, he turned one of the company's worst sales forces into a two-time consecutive National Champion, with six President's Club salesperson awards and two National Champion Sales Manager awards. From there, he has worked as a “turnaround specialist," producing dramatic annual growth in sales and profitability. A track record of consistent overachievement against quota, and a thirst for selling knowledge, has produced one of America's finest sales consultants and trainers.


    In 2008, Troy authored “Sell Like You Mean It! – Outselling Your Competitors by Understanding Your Customers," which has sold over 5,000 copies nationwide and was a nominee for the 2008 Axiom Business Book of the Year Award. Troy has become a recognized leader in the sales training profession. He is sought out by leading publications such as Selling Power Magazine, Sales and Marketing Magazine, as well as high profile websites like CareerBuilder.com and the Wall Street Journal's digital network for advice and insight as to the state of the selling profession.

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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.

  • CAS: Industry Essentials Overview

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/13/2020

    This twenty minute session, designed for distributors and suppliers who are new to the promotional products industry, provides a broad overview of how the industry was established, how it’s structured, who participates in it and what they do—many of the basics for skillfully navigating the industry. If you are new or work in the promotional products industry, join Tina Filipski for this session and it will help you build a stronger foundation. This session is one of the Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) required courses for the CAS Certification.

    This twenty minute session, designed for distributors and suppliers who are new to the promotional products industry, provides a broad overview of how the industry was established, how it’s structured, who participates in it and what they do—many of the basics for skillfully navigating the industry. If you are new or work in the promotional products industry, join Tina Filipski for this session and it will help you build a stronger foundation. This session is one of the Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) required courses for the CAS Certification.

    Tina Filipski

    Director of Publications/Editor, PPAI

    Tina Berres Filipski heads up PPAI's publications team, which is responsible for producing PPB, PPB Newslink, Promotional Consultant Today and PromoTalks podcasts. She's also staff liaison to the Editorial Advisory Committee.

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    0.5 Points

    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.

  • Sales Best Practices For New Promo Managers

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/04/2020

    Are you a new manager in the promo industry? If so, this is the right place for you! Tony Morris will explain sales best practices when overseeing sales staff for the first time. For those that aren't overseeing sales staff, he will have some best practices for your own direct sales as well.

    Are you a new manager in the promo industry? If so, this is the right place for you! Tony Morris will explain sales best practices when overseeing sales staff for the first time. For those that aren't overseeing sales staff, he will have some best practices for your own direct sales as well.

    Tony Morris

    Author and International Speaker

    Tony Morris is the Founder of TMI Training Academy, International Sales Speaker, author of 5 books and an acclaimed sales trainer to over 26,000 sales professionals. Having been in sales from the age of 18, Tony knows sales as well as he knows life and more importantly, he knows what it takes to lead a successful business! He has the ability to translate his hands-on experience into a coherent, compelling and exciting philosophy, which has made him an inspiring speaker and a powerful sales trainer to over 26,000 sales professionals.

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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.

  • CAS: Creating A Change Agent Network Virtual Session

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/27/2020

    The rate of change is higher today than ever before, people across all industries are finding themselves in change-saturated organizations. Add to that the pressure to achieve return on investment for projects and initiatives and it can fill overwhelming. What you need is a team to help understand how the change is perceived across the organization and industry, what people need and want to know, and where resistance to the change needs to be managed. You're also going to need to create help creating communications, coaching leaders and influencers on their next steps. This session with Carla Howard is designed for young professionals of the promo industry. Participants will network with peers while learning how to create a change agent network, why you need that network, and how to help lead change going forward. Leading change is hard—make it easier by building a change agent network!

    The rate of change is higher today than ever before, people across all industries are finding themselves in change-saturated organizations. Add to that the pressure to achieve return on investment for projects and initiatives and it can fill overwhelming. What you need is a team to help understand how the change is perceived across the organization and industry, what people need and want to know, and where resistance to the change needs to be managed. You're also going to need to create help creating communications, coaching leaders and influencers on their next steps. This session with Carla Howard is designed for young professionals of the promo industry. Participants will network with peers while learning how to create a change agent network, why you need that network, and how to help lead change going forward. Leading change is hard—make it easier by building a change agent network!

    Carla Howard

    Owner and Change Management Expert

    Carla Howard is a Keynote Speaker and a Transformational Change Leader. She is an advocate for professional women, supporting them through her work as speaker, online course creator, and mentor. Carla’s goal is to help professional women become more Influential and Promotable so they can Rise with Confidence and Grace! Carla spent 25+ years building a corporate career before stepping into her speaking, coaching, and consulting business full time in 2019. Her experience includes successfully coaching professionals on how to successfully lead change, and how to achieve their personal definition of career success. She is a results-oriented leader who values kindness, accountability, celebrating mistakes, and remembering to have fun in the workplace. Carla believes that all of us have the ability to create our dream careers while finding joy in the journey!

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    1 Point

    1. Please use Chrome as your browser, once you have registered do not close the session launch page. Please note the session will open in a new window, please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off.

    2. For those attending the live virtual session: Please use your computer webcam and computer microphone to participate in the breakout activities throughout this session.

    3. For those attending the on-demand session: please pause the session to complete each of the activities throughout the session.

    4. 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.

  • DEI Forum: Driving Change On Reciprocity Road

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/22/2020

    In the height of this summer’s passionate call for change and equality, two women began their diversity, equity and inclusion journeys: Cindy Tsuji of Image Source and Renee Holmes of Brand Fuel. They connected during a DEI Forum. Realizing their companies are both members of Reciprocity Road, Cindy and Renee have joined forces to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within their organizations. With accountability and collaboration, these women are making an impact. Join this DEI Forum to learn about what they’re working on, converse with your industry peers and be inspired on your journey!

    In the height of this summer’s passionate call for change and equality, two women began their diversity, equity and inclusion journeys: Cindy Tsuji of Image Source and Renee Holmes of Brand Fuel. They connected during a DEI Forum. Realizing their companies are both members of Reciprocity Road, Cindy and Renee have joined forces to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within their organizations. With accountability and collaboration, these women are making an impact. Join this DEI Forum to learn about what they’re working on, converse with your industry peers and be inspired on your journey!

    Cindy Tsuji

    Senior Account Executive

    Image Source

    Cindy Tsuji is a senior account executive with Image Source in Kirkland, Washington, who discovered the promo industry after 20 years in corporate sales. Tsuji has a passion and love for hospitality, healthcare, being of service to others and spreading joy through thoughtfully crafted merchandise experiences. Committed to seeing a more diverse and inclusive promo industry in the future, Tsuji is a Promo-Kitchen volunteer, PPAI DEI Task Force member, and she leads Image Source’s DEI Council. A passionate global traveler and endurance athlete, she has completed a half marathon on all seven continents. If not traveling, running or in hot yoga studio, she enjoys time with her dog Emi and supporting causes dear to her heart.

    Renee Holmes

    Sales Coordinator

    After attending college at UNC Greensboro, Renee began her career on the supplier side of the wedding & gift Industry, designing for and repping a boutique stationery line. From there, she got into deco with a local screen printer, where she learned just exactly how much work goes into a printed t-shirt.   With customer service, sales and deco experience under her belt, she is now all promo and a Sales Coordinator with Brand Fuel.  Renee has happily agreed to lead the charge for the recently established Brand Fuel DEI Board, where she is focusing on creative ways to implement company-wide DEI education and personal accountability, and she's not scared to ruffle a few feathers along the way.

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    1 Point

    1. Once you have registered for the session, please add the calendar reminder for the live virtual session. When you go to open the session on the event day and time, please note it will open in a new zoom window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please turn on your webcam and your computer mic since you will be in small group discussions the entire time to discuss the topic with your industry peers.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the session window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit.

  • PPB Presents: Innovation: Why It’s Vital For A Thriving Business

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/07/2020

    In this week's episode of the PPAI PromoTalks podcast, "PPB Presents Innovation: Why It’s Vital For A Thriving Business," experts discuss the power innovation has to transform a business and disrupt an industry. Director of publications and editor at PPAI Tina Berres Filipski moderates this conversation with special guests, Vicki Ostrom, trend editor at SanMar Corporation and author of the new trends blog, Trendependent, and Jason Lucash, senior vice president marketing and innovation at HPG Brands. In this forward-thinking 45-minute discussion, guests dive into how businesses can benefit from innovation, why innovation should be a priority and where inspiration can come from. Listeners will leave with actionable first steps to cultivate and encourage more innovation in their companies.

    In this week's episode of the PPAI PromoTalks podcast, "PPB Presents Innovation: Why It’s Vital For A Thriving Business," experts discuss the power innovation has to transform a business and disrupt an industry. Director of publications and editor at PPAI Tina Berres Filipski moderates this conversation with special guests, Vicki Ostrom, trend editor at SanMar Corporation and author of the new trends blog, Trendependent, and Jason Lucash, senior vice president marketing and innovation at HPG Brands. In this forward-thinking 45-minute discussion, guests dive into how businesses can benefit from innovation, why innovation should be a priority and where inspiration can come from. Listeners will leave with actionable first steps to cultivate and encourage more innovation in their companies.

    Vicki Ostrom

    Trend Editor

    In her nine years working at SanMar, Trend Editor Vicki Ostrom has held two jobs. For the first four years, she was a senior designer working on apparel and then five years ago, she transitioned into her current role as full-time trend editor. She knows what it means when things are forecast to be the next big thing in style and fashion. Vicki is also the author of a new trends blog, Trendependent. Vicki Ostrom speaks the language of trends. She tells people where to look for inspiration and she gives advice to consumers and fellow employees alike on staying ahead of what will appeal to our customers.

    Jason Lucash

    Senior Vice President

    At 10 years old, Jason Lucash started his first business. Today, Lucash is the senior vice president of marketing and innovation at HPG Brands. Lucash is the founder and CEO of Origaudio, eventually leading the company to acquisition by HPG Brands in 2018. He has been featured as Entrepreneur Magazine's "Entrepreneur of the Year,” on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies list five times and Time Magazine's "50 Best Inventions."

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    1. Register, download 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 podcast and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit.

  • Link Business Strategy, Business Results and Culture For Future Success

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/07/2020

    There are many ways to measure the keys to a company’s success beyond the P&L statements. Employee engagement, talent optimization, and diversity & inclusion are just some of the ways to describe success in a business. Join this session with Isabella Zaczek to learn how to plan for the future and implement a people strategy that is based on data, science, heart and skills.

    There are many ways to measure the keys to a company’s success beyond the P&L statements. Employee engagement, talent optimization, and diversity & inclusion are just some of the ways to describe success in a business. Join this session with Isabella Zaczek to learn how to plan for the future and implement a people strategy that is based on data, science, heart and skills.

    Isabella Zaczek

    Founder and Consultant

    Isabella Zaczek believes that it takes an uncomfortable analysis and serious commitment to change to create legacy and greatness. Having worked for a Fortune 500 telecommunication company for 18 years in Europe and the USA, supporting over 250 global companies across 5 continents, Isabella believes that global companies have made an art out of complicating global relationships and workflows. Certified in a variety of cutting-edge leadership and team performance tools, Isabella helps organizations untangle the complexities of people, processes, and metrics, to create stronger bottom-lines, more engaged employees and customer devotion.

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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.

  • PPAI Townhall: Getting To Know Your Supplier Board Nominee 2020

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/01/2020

    The Supplier Board nominee, Andrew Spellman, will be answering questions that reflect his skill sets which align with the Board’s current focus and strategic plan. This webinar has been set up for all PPAI members to participate live or to access on-demand. Please email your questions in advance to annes@ppai.org and they will be asked during the session.

    The Supplier Board nominee, Andrew Spellman, will be answering questions that reflect his skill sets which align with the Board’s current focus and strategic plan. This webinar has been set up for all PPAI members to participate live or to access on-demand. Please email your questions in advance to annes@ppai.org and they will be asked during the session.

    Andrew Spellman

    Senior Vice President and General Manager of The Magnet Group

    Andrew Spellman is the senior vice president and general manager of Magnet, LLC, the magnet division of The Magnet Group.  For over 35 years, Magnet, LLC has been the world’s leading manufacturer of promotional magnets and has won numerous awards for their products, service and innovation.  Spellman joined Magnet, LLC at the beginning of his promotional products career in 1992 as the company’s sixth sales representative, and after many years working in the promotional merchandise industry, he returned to Magnet, LLC in early 2017 to his current position. During his 28-Spellmanyear promotional products industry career Andrew has held other positions, including over 14 years as the vice president of corporate markets for Victorinox Swiss Army. Spellman served on the Board of Directors of Guardian Angel Settlement Association in several different roles, including being chairman of their golf committee, vice chairman, and then escalating to the role of chairman of the board.  Guardian Angel has provided Childcare Services as well as Social Services in the city of St. Louis for over 150 years; providing a hand-up, not a hand-out to the poor of St. Louis as they make an effort to improve their lives.  In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of the St. Vincent De Paul Mission of Waterbury during his brief time in Connecticut. Spellman received his BS in business administration from the University of Missouri in St. Louis.  He lives in Wildwood, Missouri, with his two teenage daughters.


    Ira Neaman, MAS

    Founder and President of Vantage Apparel

    Ira Neaman, MAS, founder and president of supplier Vantage Apparel, has joined the PPAI Board of Directors, effective immediately, to fill the seat vacated by Lori Kates, who has stepped down. He was appointed by PPAI Board Chair Dale Denham, MAS+, and approved by the board to fill the remainder of Kates's term, which ends at The PPAI Expo 2022. Neaman graduated from Syracuse University in 1974 and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard in 1976. He founded Vantage in 1977. An active volunteer in the promotional products industry for more than 40 years, Neaman has served on several PPAI committees, including the Leadership Advisory Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Marketing and Research Committee, as well as the Promotional Products Education Foundation Board and several industry task forces. In 2002, he became the inaugural recipient of the PPAI Education Lifetime Achievement Award, and Counselor magazine named him its Person of the Year in 2003 and has included him in its Power 50 since 2008.

    Paul Bellantone, CAE

    President and Chief Executive Officer of the Promotional Products Association International

    Paul Bellantone, CAE, is president and CEO of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the not-for-profit association for more than 16,000 member companies in the $24.7 billion-dollar promotional products industry. Bellantone is responsible for executing the strategies and vision of the PPAI Board of Directors and advocating for the industry and its professional practitioners. His focus on delivering compelling member value and business-building products and services, combined with his commitment to active and meaningful member communication, has helped PPAI achieve marked growth. Bellantone holds a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a master’s in business administration from the School of Management at Texas Woman's University. He is a Certified Association Executive and is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives, the American Marketing Association, the Dallas/Fort Worth AMA and a board trustee for The Forum: Business Results Through People.

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  • Hat Personalization Trends: 3D Logos And More

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/30/2020

    Hats, hat, hats – they are everywhere with even more style and decoration options than ever before. Alison Zuccaro will take you through a quick how-to on hat decoration to keep your business ahead of the trends. Participants will learn the right decoration method for different fabrics, how to print an entire hat, and get dimensional with 3D logos.

    Hats, hat, hats – they are everywhere with even more style, personalization and decoration options than ever before. Alison Zuccaro will take you through a quick how-to on hat decoration to keep your business ahead of the trends. Participants will learn the right decoration method for different fabrics, how to print an entire hat, and get dimensional with 3D logos. 

    Alison Zuccaro

    Strategic Production Manager and Decorator Network Manager

    Alison Zuccaro has worked in the decorated apparel industry for over 25 years, starting as a customer service representative. In customer service, Alison realized her love for solving customer problems. Here she grew her knowledge of custom artwork and decorating processes. After customer service, she took on roles in training and management. She has presented at tradeshows and workshops throughout her career. In her current role as Strategic Production Manager/Stahls’ Decorator Network Manager, Alison influences new product development and execution, using customer feedback to drive company improvement.

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  • PPAI Townhall: Getting To Know Your Board Nominees 2020

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/28/2020

    This is a great opportunity to hear from the Board Slate Nominees for the 2020 Election. Each Board nominee will be answering questions that reflect their skill sets that align with the Board’s current focus and strategic plan. This webinar has been set up for all PPAI members to participate live or to access on-demand.

    This is a great opportunity to hear from the Board Slate Nominees for the 2020 Election. Each Board nominee will be answering questions that reflect their skill sets that align with the Board’s current focus and strategic plan. This webinar has been set up for all PPAI members to participate live or to access on-demand.

    Paul Bellantone, CAE

    President and Chief Executive Officer of the Promotional Products Association International

    Paul Bellantone, CAE, is president and CEO of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the not-for-profit association for more than 16,000 member companies in the $24.7 billion-dollar promotional products industry. Bellantone is responsible for executing the strategies and vision of the PPAI Board of Directors and advocating for the industry and its professional practitioners. His focus on delivering compelling member value and business-building products and services, combined with his commitment to active and meaningful member communication, has helped PPAI achieve marked growth. Bellantone holds a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a master’s in business administration from the School of Management at Texas Woman's University. He is a Certified Association Executive and is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives, the American Marketing Association, the Dallas/Fort Worth AMA and a board trustee for The Forum: Business Results Through People.

    Ira Neaman, MAS

    Founder and President of Vantage Apparel

    Ira Neaman, MAS, founder and president of supplier Vantage Apparel, has joined the PPAI Board of Directors, effective immediately, to fill the seat vacated by Lori Kates, who has stepped down. He was appointed by PPAI Board Chair Dale Denham, MAS+, and approved by the board to fill the remainder of Kates's term, which ends at The PPAI Expo 2022. Neaman graduated from Syracuse University in 1974 and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard in 1976. He founded Vantage in 1977. An active volunteer in the promotional products industry for more than 40 years, Neaman has served on several PPAI committees, including the Leadership Advisory Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Marketing and Research Committee, as well as the Promotional Products Education Foundation Board and several industry task forces. In 2002, he became the inaugural recipient of the PPAI Education Lifetime Achievement Award, and Counselor magazine named him its Person of the Year in 2003 and has included him in its Power 50 since 2008.

    Todd Pottebaum, MAS+

    President of Quality Resource Group

    Todd Pottebaum, MAS+, is president of Quality Resource Group (QRG), a branded merchandise and print distributor headquartered in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area that utilizes technology to cut complexities, streamline processes and gain market share. An aspiring expert in systems, efficiencies and process planning, Pottebaum speaks regionally and nationally at industry events.

    Prior to his election to the PPAI Board of Directors in 2017, Pottebaum served the promotional products industry in a wide variety of roles, most notably as president of Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals, and as chair of the PPAI Marketing Information And Research Committee.

    Pottebaum studied at the University of Northern Colorado and earned a degree in international trade and relations with an emphasis in economics. His greatest treasures are his wife, Sheri, daughter Savannah, and sons, Jax and Jaeger. He’s a proud Minnesotan who enjoys spending time on the lake with his family.

    Alan Tabasky

    Vice President and General Manager of Bel USA

    Alan Tabasky has been involved in the promotional products industry for over 25 years. He was the co-owner of Hurricane Line, an A-rated and five-star industry supplier from 1994-2010 with his wife Heidi, until they merged Hurricane Line with BEL Promo over 11 years ago. Tabasky is currently the vice president and general manager of BEL USA, the parent company of BEL Promo and Discount Mugs. Tabasky was also president of GCPPA for two terms and has volunteered on various PPAI committees over the years.  Tabasky has been married for 29 years to Heidi, and they still work together after all these years. They have two wonderful children, both recently graduating college and both with psychology degrees. 


    Noah Lapine

    President and Co-Owner of Lapine

    Noah Lapine is president and co-owner of the Consumer Engagement Agency, Lapine (www.lapineinc.com), a 58-year-old third-generation family business. Lapine works with some of the world’s most-recognized brands, connecting brand strategy with merchandise to enable transformative consumer engagement and drive powerful business results. By offering end-to-end solutions built on the innovative combination of meaningful insights, scalable technology and quantifiable process efficiencies, Lapine has become an essential partner to the clients they serve. In 2020 Lapine became a 1% for the Planet company furthering their commitment to protecting our planet through the support of environmental causes. He joined Lapine in 1996 and has subsequently been involved in all phases of the agency’s development.  In 2017 Noah co-founded Effectus Partners (www.effectuspartners.com), a Miami-based Business Process Innovation company that architects and implements process efficiencies and solutions for major corporations. Effectus Partners earned the rank of No. 117 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Lapine serves as chairman of Effectus Partners. Before joining Lapine, he served as a corps member in Teach for America where he taught seventh grade English to students in rural Georgia. Lapine serves on the Board of Directors for Children’s Learning Centers, Connecticut’s third-largest early childhood education provider, and the Mill River Park Collaborative. He was a founding board member and board chair of Stamford, Connecticut’s first charter high school, Stamford Academy. He is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and a Corporator for First County Bank.  Lapine received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, and his Masters of Public Policy from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service as a dean’s scholar. He lives in Stamford with his wife and three children.

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  • CAS: Future of Incentives & Recognition Programs

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/19/2020

    ​Prepare now for the unique challenges and opportunities you are likely to encounter in the coming year. Learn how to increase your sales by taking advantage of the changes and the trends in the marketplace.Topics that will be covered include: where to find information regarding trends and the latest incentive research, how to apply the information to improve your business performance, and how to find the products and services you need. This session is intended for distributors that are interested in adding corporate gifts and incentive programs into their business. This session is sponsored by Tango Card!

    Prepare now for the unique challenges and opportunities you are likely to encounter in the coming year. Learn how to increase your sales by taking advantage of the changes and the trends in the marketplace.Topics that will be covered include: where to find information regarding trends and the latest incentive research, how to apply the information to improve your business performance, and how to find the products and services you need. This session is intended for distributors that are interested in adding corporate gifts and incentive programs into their business.

    This session is sponsored by Tango Card!

    Cindy Mielke, CPIM

    Director of Channel Marketing

    Cindy Mielke, CPIM, is Tango Card’s Director of Channel Marketing - Incentives and has spent more than 20 years working with clients and partners on their incentive and recognition program rewards. A strong advocate for the incentive industry, Mielke is president emeritus of the Incentive Marketing Association and past president of the Incentive Gift Card Council. She currently serves on the board of the Incentive and Engagement Solutions Providers council, where she has also served as president.  

    Stephanie Harris

    President

    Stephanie Harris is President of the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF). In her role she directs the efforts of the IRF, an organization that funds and promotes research to increase the understanding, effective use, and benefits of non-cash incentives to businesses globally. Harris is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of the IRF, working closely with the IRF Board of Trustees.  Prior to joining the IRF, Harris was part of the American Express Meetings & Events leadership team, leading their global event strategy, thought leadership, and marketing efforts. During her tenure, Harris created the Global Meetings Industry Forecast which has become an industry bellwether. She received the American Express Chairman’s Award for Excellence and was a 2015 Pacesetter at American Express GBT.  Harris also spent eight years at Maritz, as Division Vice President, Brand Strategy & Marketing, working across the Motivation, Rewards, and Travel business units where she developed an understanding of, and passion for, the incentives business. She received the Maritz Innovation Award for her work on Travel Insight, a conjoint research-based approach to incentive travel program design.  Harris has served on the Meeting Professionals International Foundation Board and the Travel + Leisure Business Travel Advisory Board. Currently, she represents the IRF on the Events Industry Council and serves on the Incentive Federation Board of Directors. Harris resides in St. Louis with her husband, four children, Labrador and two miniature donkeys.  

    Brian Galonek, CPIM

    President

    Brian Galonek, is a Certified Professional of Incentive Management (CPIM) and the President of All Star Incentive Marketing, a 45 year old company that helps its customers focus on improving the safety, health, and wellness of workers by first improving employee engagement. He is a member of the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) and other strategic industry groups and a board member of the Incentive Foundation. He has produced countless articles and white papers, and presented dozens of seminars and webinars on these, and related topics, to HR, safety, and operations leaders around the world. 

    David Gould, CPIM

    CEO

    David Gould, CPIM, is CEO of CR Worldwide, headquartered in the UK. He spent 23 years in the IT channel in various senior leadership roles before changing industries and joining CR Worldwide in 2014. As CEO, he is responsible for developing and growing the business to support new and existing clients. Since David moved to the incentive marketing industry, he has been an active member of the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA). In February 2018, he was appointed to the Board of Incentive and Engagement Solutions providers (IESP), an IMA Strategic Industry Group (SIG). In July 2018, he was appointed Vice President, IESP, and separately, studied and qualified for the Incentive Professional (IP) designition. In July 2019, he gained the Certified Professional of Incentive Management designation and was appointed President, IESP, and was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the IMA. David has a passion for outdoor life, especially skiing, travel, technology, and quality family time. 

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