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

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/02/2020 at 1:00 PM (CST)

    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 President of WS & Co., one of Canada's leading full-service apparel manufacturers, and the founder of its in-stock promotional apparel line, Redwood Classics Apparel. In addition to producing past Olympic apparel programs, Cheng’s high-quality apparel can be found at upscale, internationally renowned retailers across North America. With a growing presence in Japan and Europe, WS & Co. has combated offshore competition, putting Canada on the map as a leading destination for premium apparel manufacturing.


    Cheng has been named as an honouree of Inc. Magazine #FemaleFounders 100 for 2020! A longtime champion of North American manufacturing, in 2016 Cheng received two honours that recognized and celebrated this fact: she was selected as a Supplier Woman of Distinction by the Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) and named to the MBE’s Who Rock list by Minority Business Entrepreneur Magazine. The recipient of CAMSC’s 2015 Supplier of the year award, Cheng was also one of three Canadians inducted into the 2014 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program. In 2013, she was named as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winners. Finally, Cheng focuses on paying it forward to the next generation of Canadian designers with her role as a mentor and member of the Board of Directors for Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI).

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  • Navigating Coaching: The Core of Management

    Contains 3 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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  • Sales Best Practices For New Promo Managers

    Contains 3 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. 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.

  • The Future of Print

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/28/2020

    Join this session with Stephanie Drago and a panel of print experts including Sadie Whiting, Amanda Vogel, and Mark Kral, as they discuss where print is headed what the future may look like. This panel session will give you tips and ideas on how to profit with print and drive your sales growth. This session will touch on three key areas: 1. Where are the print opportunities? 2. How do you get started selling print? We will discuss ideas on who to approach and how to ask. 3. Who is buying print? We will talk about the three top industries buying print. This session is sponsored by Navitor.

    Join this session with Stephanie Drago and a panel of print experts including Sadie Whiting, Amanda Vogel, and Mark Kral, as they discuss where print is headed what the future may look like. This panel session will give you tips and ideas on how to profit with print and drive your sales growth.  This session will touch on three key areas:
    1.    Where are the print opportunities?  
    2.    How do you get started selling print?  We will discuss ideas on who to approach and how to ask.
    3.    Who is buying print?  We will talk about the three top industries buying print.

    This session is sponsored by

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    Stephanie Drago

    Director of Marketing

    Stephanie Drago, Director of Marketing.  Stephanie has 20 years in marketing, ecommerce, and all things digital. She’s a visionary and energetic leader with strong background in results-driven marketing and data analysis to promote innovation in product design.



    Amanda Vogel

    Senior Account Executive

    Amanda Vogel, Senior Account Executive at Navitor. Amanda has been with Navitor for 12 years and helps with education initiatives to ensure understanding and access across all of Navitor and its Affiliates. She helps our distributors identify new customer opportunities utilizing multiple product options to implement mutually profitable programs.

    Sadie Whiting

    Senior Strategic Account Manager

    Sadie Whiting, Senior Strategic Account Manager and a Label Expert with over 17 years of experience with Label Works in the industry. She is passionate about helping resellers and manufacturers achieve sales growth by providing consultative expertise.

    Mark Kral

    Stationary Sales Manager

    Navitor Stationery Sales Manager.  Mark has 14 years of various experience with Navitor, from Operations, Product Management to Sales there is very little that he doesn’t know about print.

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    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.

  • Creating A Change Agent Network Virtual Session Sponsored By SPARK 2020

    Contains 3 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. 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

    Cindy Tsuji has been the Senior Account Executive with Image Source. She discovered the promo industry after 20 + years of Corporate Sales. 2.5 generation Japanese American.  Born and raised in San Diego. The only Asian family in the predominantly white, upper middle-class community of Pt Loma. Proud daughter of a Seamstress and Gardener who was interned in the Poston, AZ Concentration camp for those of Japanese Ancestry. A Passionate World traveler and Endurance Athlete. Completed a half marathon on all 7 continents. (Yes, that includes Antarctica) Moved to Japan after graduating from SDSU. Stayed and travelled throughout Southeast Asia 4 years until the Kobe earthquake of 1995 changed life forever. In full self-discovery/education mode. Trying my best to be a better human.

    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. 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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

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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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  • Future of Incentives & Recognition Programs

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​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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  • Marketing The Day After Tomorrow

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/05/2020

    This webinar with Joel Schaffer, MAS, looks at marketing strategies for a “whole new world” as the current epidemic abates, and business reopens. Participants will learn how to identify new markets, how to prepare marketing tools, strategies for rebuilding your business. Participants will learn the foundations of relationship marketing and how to be a promotional consultant. This session is sponsored by Tango Card.

    This webinar with Joel Schaffer, MAS, looks at marketing strategies for a “whole new world” as the current epidemic abates, and business reopens. Participants will learn how to identify new markets, how to prepare marketing tools, strategies for rebuilding your business. Participants will learn the foundations of relationship marketing and how to be a promotional consultant.

    This session is sponsored by Tango Card!

    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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  • The PPAI Diversity Equity And Inclusion Forum

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/23/2020

    From COVID-19 to racial inequity, murder hornets and everything in between, life is teaching us the importance of change and adaptability. Join this session with Julie Kwan, Maurice Norris, and Kathlene Brethowr as they discuss diversity, equity and inclusion in the promo products industry. As you move your business forward with new ways of operating, there are many diversity, equity and inclusion-related questions being asked. What can you do to reach a more diverse client base? When it comes to working remotely or returning to an office, what accommodations do you make to meet the needs of your diverse employees? When it comes to racial inequity, what business practices need to change to increase diversity and help everyone feel included and valued?​ ​

    From COVID-19 to racial inequity, murder hornets and everything in between, life is teaching us the importance of change and adaptability. Join this session with Julie Kwan, Maurice Norris, and Kathlene Brethowr as they discuss diversity, equity and inclusion in the promo products industry. As you move your business forward with new ways of operating, there are many diversity, equity and inclusion-related questions being asked. What can you do to reach a more diverse client base? When it comes to working remotely or returning to an office, what accommodations do you make to meet the needs of your diverse employees? When it comes to racial inequity, what business practices need to change to increase diversity and help everyone feel included and valued?

    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.

    Maurice Norris

    Public Affairs Manager

    Maurice is the public affairs manager for PPAI. He monitors legislative and regulatory developments affecting the promotional products industry. Maurice also assists members with compliance challenges facing their businesses and helps them advocate for their companies with various aspects and levels of government. Maurice also serves on the board of the Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition.

    Kathlene Brethowr

    Volunteer Programs Coordinator

    As the Volunteer Programs Coordinator, Kathlene Brethowr works to create opportunities for professional development through volunteering. Prior to joining PPAI, Kathlene was an Account Manager and Event Coordinator for MOJ Consulting LLC for three years where she received direct experience serving associations in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Kathlene graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies with a focus in Business, Sociology, and Kinesiology. 

    Seth Weiner, MAS

    President

    Seth Weiner, MAS, is President of Sonic Promos, a promotional marketing firm based in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  He has been active in the promotional marketing industry for 27 years, including what will be 23 years with Sonic in 2020.  As President of Sonic Promos, he has helped the company to perform in the top 15% of all promotional marketing firms nationwide.  He attended Ithaca College, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication and minors in writing, advertising and public relations. Seth earned his MAS in 2010. He actively lectures at various symposiums, conferences and educational institutions, and has been published in many professional publications.


    Latria Graham

    President

    Known as a game changer, Latria Graham, is a branding expert with over 20 years of credible and results driven experience. Latria is the President of GLB which mission is to help clients drive brand awareness and revenue through innovative marketing strategies and promotional products. GLB primarily services professional athletes, sports & entertainment properties, non-profits, and large corporations. Latria led her company to receive the 2019 Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise of the Year by the Florida State Minority Supplier Diversity Council. She now serves on the 2020 Minority Business Enterprise Committee and is the Immediate Past Chairwoman of Habitat for Humanity of Orange and Osceola County.

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  • SPARK 2020: Innovation Bootcamp And How To Apply It To Real Life Challenges

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/16/2020

    In this session with Julia Maddox participants will learn how to turn challenges into opportunities for innovation. In this fast-paced workshop, participants will rapidly expand their ability to identify problems and generate creative, human-centered solutions. This session builds upon Julia's previous session Innovation - The Future of Your Business: Design Thinking Can Help! that provided the foundation for design thinking. This Innovation Bootcamp will implement that design thinking and put it into practice and apply it to your business. For this on-demand view, please pause the recording and participate in the activities. Once you've completed the activities then press play and continue with the session, this will ensure you are able to get the most out of this session.

    In this session with Julia Maddox participants will learn how to turn challenges into opportunities for innovation. In this fast-paced workshop, participants will rapidly expand their ability to identify problems and generate creative, human-centered solutions. This is the second session with Julia Maddox that builds upon her previous session Innovation - The Future of Your Business: Design Thinking Can Help! provides the foundation for design thinking. This Innovation Bootcamp will implement that design thinking and put it into practice and apply it to your business. The third session in this series of sessions by Julia Maddox is SPARK 2020: Getting Others On Board With Your Innovative Idea.

    For this on-demand view, please pause the recording and participate in the activities. Once you've completed the activities then press play and continue with the session, this will ensure you are able to get the most out of this session.

    Julia Maddox

    Founder, Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries

    Julia Maddox is a consultant, campaign strategist, and educator who helps teams build their capacity for creative problem solving. She’s also the founder of the Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries, an innovation center that helps students explore ideas for addressing the world’s toughest problems. Julia has over a decade of experience leading high-performing teams and is a popular presenter on the topic of creativity and innovation. Julia Maddox is recognized as an expert in community-centered innovation, public affairs, sustainable community development, program design, change management, and stakeholder engagement.

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  • SPARK 2020: Getting Others On Board With Your Innovative Idea

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/16/2020

    Join this session with Julia Maddox as she helps explain best practices in how to get others on board with you innovative idea. Participants will learn how to get stakeholder buy-in and talk through proto-typing their solutions. To get the most out of this session, please pause the on-demand session and complete the brainstorming activities.

    Join this session with Julia Maddox as she helps explain best practices in how to get others on board with you innovative idea. Participants will learn how to get stakeholder buy-in and talk through proto-typing their solutions. To get the most out of this session, please pause the on-demand session and complete the brainstorming activities. This session is the third session in a series of sessions with Julia Maddox; her first session that creates a foundation of design thinking is entitled Innovation - The Future Of Your Business: Design Thinking Can Help! and her second session was entitled SPARK 2020: Innovation Bootcamp And How To Apply It To Real Life Challenges.

    For this on-demand view, please pause the recording and participate in the activities. Once you've completed the activities then press play and continue with the session, this will ensure you are able to get the most out of this session.

    Julia Maddox

    Founder, Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries

    Julia Maddox is a consultant, campaign strategist, and educator who helps teams build their capacity for creative problem solving. She’s also the founder of the Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries, an innovation center that helps students explore ideas for addressing the world’s toughest problems. Julia has over a decade of experience leading high-performing teams and is a popular presenter on the topic of creativity and innovation. Julia Maddox is recognized as an expert in community-centered innovation, public affairs, sustainable community development, program design, change management, and stakeholder engagement.

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  • SPARK 2020: Innovation, Design Thinking, And Getting Others On Board Series

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    This three part series from SPARK 2020 includes Innovation -The Future Of Your Business: Design Thinking Can Help!, Innovation Bootcamp and Getting Others On Board. These sessions all include brainstorming activities throughout the sessions. To get the most out of these sessions please pause the on-demand session, complete the activity, and the resume the session. And most importantly don't be afraid to start implementing those innovative changes!

    This three part series from SPARK 2020 includes Innovation -The Future Of Your Business: Design Thinking Can Help!, Innovation Bootcamp and Getting Others On Board. These sessions all include brainstorming activities throughout the sessions. To get the most out of these sessions please pause the on-demand session, complete the activity, and the resume the session. And most importantly don't be afraid to start implementing those innovative changes!

  • PPB Presents: A Look At Race And Diversity In The Promo Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/14/2020

    In this episode, PPB Presents: A Look At Race And Diversity In The Promo Industry with special guests, Esmeralda Anaya, marketing manager at Terry Town, and Bryan James, co-owner of distributor Corporate Specialty Insignia, along with moderator Kristina Valdez, associate editor of PPB. In this thoughtful 50-minute episode, PromoTalks dives into the issues of race and diversity. Listen as guests share their experiences with everyday discrimination and offer their insights into how the industry can become more diverse.

    In this episode, PPB Presents: A Look At Race And Diversity In The Promo Industry with special guests, Esmeralda Anaya, marketing manager at Terry Town, and Bryan James, co-owner of distributor Corporate Specialty Insignia, along with moderator Kristina Valdez, associate editor of PPB. In this thoughtful 50-minute episode, PromoTalks dives into the issues of race and diversity. Listen as guests share their experiences with everyday discrimination and offer their insights into how the industry can become more diverse.

    Esmeralda Anaya

    Marketing Manager

    Esmeralda Anaya is the marketing manager at Terry Town. Throughout her five years of experience in the promotional industry, she has created and executed advertising and content strategies to position Terry Town as a leader in the industry. As a recipient of numerous industry accolades and an active participant in industry conferences and events, she is a proud, bi-cultural professional who strives to create a positive impact in the world. She was named a PPB Rising Star in 2016.

    Bryan James

    Co-Owner

    Bryan James, a native of the great state of Louisiana, is co-owner of Corporate Specialty Insignia. Bryan has lived in Atlanta for the past 31 years with wife and business partner Kelly Brown James, daughter, Sydney, and son, Justin.   On May 1, 1993, Bryan James began his entrepreneurial walk of faith by focusing on client outcomes, solving problems, delivering value, exceeding client expectations layered with focusing on client experience in delivering measurable solutions. The James’s have survived the 9/11 impact on economy, the economic recession, a pandemic, industry changes and other business organizational restructuring. Corporate Specialty Insignia focuses on branding solutions and employee recognition. While known by the clients they keep, their focus remains on relationships.


    Kristina Valdez (Moderator)

    Associate Editor

    Kristina Valdez is the associate editor of publications at PPAI since 2019. Kristina graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas where she worked with numerous publications to create compelling stories.

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  • PPB Presents: Women Of Achievement: A Conversation With Three Who’ve Inspired The Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/30/2020

    In this episode, PPB Presents: Women Of Achievement: A Conversation With Three Who’ve Inspired The Industry with special guests, Paula Shulman, CAS, president of PMS Consulting; Daryll Griffin, MAS, president and CEO of Accolades, Inc.; and Roni Wright, MAS, vice president of The Book Company, along with moderator Tina Berres Filipski, PPAI’s director of publications and editor. PromoTalks spoke with three trailblazing women in our industry who, through their successes, have paved the way for the next generation of industry women. Listen as these powerhouse leaders give advice, discuss navigating failures and hurdles, and share how they’ve seen the industry evolve.

    In this episode, PPB Presents: Women Of Achievement: A Conversation With Three Who’ve Inspired The Industry with special guests, Paula Shulman, CAS, president of PMS Consulting; Daryll Griffin, MAS, president and CEO of Accolades, Inc.; and Roni Wright, MAS, vice president of The Book Company, along with moderator Tina Berres Filipski, PPAI’s director of publications and editor. PromoTalks spoke with three trailblazing women in our industry who, through their successes, have paved the way for the next generation of industry women. Listen as these powerhouse leaders give advice, discuss navigating failures and hurdles, and share how they’ve seen the industry evolve. 

    Paula Shulman, CAS

    President

    With a career spanning more than 40 years in the promotional products industry, Shulman was one of the first women to climb the corporate ladder to become the vice president of sales at supplier Prime Line. She is now involved in the consultancy, PMS Consulting, and primarily focuses on strategic guidance for trade shows, sales transition, industry events and new product development. She also holds positions on several industry boards. Shulman is the recipient of the PPAI 2020 Woman of Achievement award.

    Daryll Griffin, MAS

    President and CEO

    Daryll Harris Griffin, MAS, is a native Atlantan and is president and CEO of Accolades, Inc., a marketing firm she founded in 1990. Prior to entrepreneurship, Griffin was a sales executive with Xerox Corporation, earning both Xerox’s Distinguished Service and Xerox Achievement Awards. She was also a public-school teacher in Dekalb County, Georgia and in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Griffin holds a bachelor’s degree from Stephens College, and a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision and a reading specialists’ certification from Washington University. Griffin completed further graduate study at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University through a scholarship from United Parcel Service (UPS), and at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University through a scholarship from Georgia Power Company.

    Griffin has been an active member of PPAI and the Georgia Association of Promotional Products Professionals (GAPPP), and has served on numerous PPAI committees, task forces and advisory groups, including the Certification, Leadership and Membership Services committees. She is an industry advocate and speaker, and in 2016 she was recognized as a PPAI Fellow.

    In her home city of Norcross, Georgia, Griffin is on the board of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta, where she was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers for her dedication to the YWCA and its mission. As a member of the Atlanta Business League (ABL) since 2000, she has served as chair for the board of directors and is currently the board secretary. ABL has honored her with the League’s Leadership Award for her service and in 2015 Accolades was inducted into the Atlanta Business League Hall of Fame. Griffin also served for a decade as secretary of the United Sisterhood of Wheat Street Baptist Church, and as director of Vacation Bible School at Wheat Street, where she is a lifelong member.

    She was honored with the PPAI H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award in 2019 and was also presented with the PPAI Woman of Achievement award that same year.

    Roni Wright, MAS

    Vice President

    Roni Wright, MAS, is an accomplished executive with more than 33 years in the promotional products industry, is an integral part of The Book Company’s success as its vice president of sales.

    Wright’s volunteerism in support of the promotional products industry includes exemplary service on the PPAI Board of Directors (2007-2011); Regional Association Council (2013-2015); Leadership Advisory Committee (2011-2014); Promotional Products Education Foundation (2008-2011) and as PPEF board chair in 2010; as well as many committees, advisory groups and task forces. She was also recognized as a PPAI Fellow, was recipient of the 2013 PPAI Woman of Achievement and honored with the PPAI Distinguished Service Award in 2007, as well as the YESSA Young Executive of the Year and TRASA Volunteer of the Year and MVP.

    Wright’s dedication and enthusiasm for the promotional products industry is demonstrated through her ability to inspire others to take action. In 2010, when Wright was the chair of PPEF, she figured out how to raise money and face her fears. She established the “PPEF I’ll Do Anything Challenge” and stated that if the initiative reached its campaign goal of $10,000, she would go parasailing despite being terrified of heights. As you would expect, Wright helped PPEF achieve their goal and she, indeed, went up in the sky and posted her experience on YouTube.

    In addition, Wright is a highly sought-after writer and speaker, facilitating numerous presentations, workshops and webinars, as well as editorial contributions to PPB magazine, and many other industry blogs, newsletters and periodicals.

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  • The Power Of Mindfulness To Achieve Your Dreams Sponsored By WLC 2020

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/24/2020

    How you show up at work and the choices you make every day elevate you toward your personal success. When you flourish, you contribute to the success of the people around you, as well as your company's culture and its bottom line. Regardless of your role, this session with Sydra Newell will teach you the wisdom and tools to harness the power of mindfulness and fuel your personal success.

    How you show up at work and the choices you make every day elevate you toward your personal success. When you flourish, you contribute to the success of the people around you, as well as your company's culture and its bottom line. Regardless of your role, this session with Sydra Newell will teach you the wisdom and tools to harness the power of mindfulness and fuel your personal success.

    Sydra Newell

    Business Development Manager

    Sydra Newell has 20 years of industry experience, which she began working as a sales executive at Handstands. She then moved to SnugZ USA as the national sales manager—most importantly, because she asked for the opportunity. She was promoted to vice president of sales, serving in that position for five years before being appointed to business development manager. She has served on the WLC planning committee and will join the PPEF board in 2020. Sydra incorporates her passions for kundalini yoga and traveling the world into her work environment to create an authentic experience for her customers and work associates.

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