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Master Advertising Specialist (MAS)

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THE MASTER ADVERTISING SPECIALIST (MAS) PROGRAM REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Have a current CAS Certification
  2. Complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes
  3. Complete 35 MAS elective credits
  4. Minimum of 1.0 Industry Service Credit* (a maximum of 15 Industry Service credits are allowed)
  5. Re-certification every three years (by earning 25 additional MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application)

*Industry Service Credits are defined as volunteer service you provide on behalf of the promotional products industry. This can mean serving on a Regional Association Committee, PPAI Committee or Board, presenting a program at your local Chamber of Commerce, presenting a PPAI webinar, etc. See the ppai.org/certification online for more information on certification and industry service credit to be applied to your transcript.

Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Package

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The Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Program requires the completion of all of the MAS Required courses.

Once you choose the MAS Package, it will register you for all the required courses at one time and it includes your MAS application as well.  

  • Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Package

    Contains 16 Product(s)

    The Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Program requires the following: Have a current CAS Certification Complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes Complete 35 MAS elective credits Minimum of 1.0 Industry Service Credit* (a maximum of 15 Industry Service credits are allowed) Re-certification every three years (by earning 25 additional MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application) *Industry Service Credits are defined as volunteer service you provide on behalf of the promotional products industry. This can mean serving on a Regional Association Committee, PPAI Committee or Board, presenting a program at your local Chamber of Commerce, presenting a PPAI webinar, etc. See the ppai.org/certification online for more information on certification and industry service credit to be applied to your transcript.

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

    Have a current CAS Certification 

    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

    Complete 35 MAS elective credits 

     Minimum of 1.0 Industry Service Credit* (a maximum of 15 Industry Service credits are allowed) Re-certification every three years (by earning 25 additional MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application) 

    *Industry Service Credits are defined as volunteer service you provide on behalf of the promotional products industry. This can mean serving on a Regional Association Committee, PPAI Committee or Board, presenting a program at your local Chamber of Commerce, presenting a PPAI webinar, etc. See the ppai.org/certification online for more information on certification and industry service credit to be applied to your transcript.

Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Electives

Please select your electives from the following list: 

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  • Country Risk Assessments In Responsible Sourcing

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 10/31/2018

    Are there any practical steps for responsible sourcing and ensuring compliance with the new rules surrounding social responsibility? Yes! This session will cover the realities and challenges of managing social responsibility obligations and help inform key decisions about partnerships and sourcing. This course qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program. This webinar will focus on product safety, identifying hazards, product responsibility resources, and an overview on recalls and compliance standards.

    Are there any practical steps for responsible sourcing and ensuring compliance with the new rules surrounding social responsibility? Yes! This session will cover the realities and challenges of managing social responsibility obligations and help inform key decisions about partnerships and sourcing. This course qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program. This webinar will focus on product safety, identifying hazards, product responsibility resources, and an overview on recalls and compliance standards. 

    Tom van Haaren

    Tom van Haaren is the program manager for Business Affiliates (EMEA) at the Fair Labor Association. Van Haaren is responsible for supporting the Fair Labor Association’s Participating Companies and Suppliers in the strategic implementation of the FLA Principles. He also works to raise awareness of the FLA and drive collaboration wherever possible. He is committed to the protection and advancement of worker’s rights throughout the global supply chain.

    Prior to joining the FLA, he served as the senior advisor for Responsible Sourcing at ICTI CARE. Van Haaren also held several positions that included working for the National Labor Relations Board as well as Calvert Investments, a socially responsible investment firm, where evaluated how companies can generate value from addressing risks in their global supply chains. He was also the senior account manager for North America at Sedex where he worked directly with companies to develop and implement effective responsible sourcing practices.
     
    He received a BA in History from Cornell University and a Master’s of Industrial and Labor Relations from the ILR school also at Cornell.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Social Responsibility, The Business Of Doing Good

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 10/05/2018

    The promotional products industry has a responsibility to deliver goods, created in an ethical and responsible way, by people in this country and around the world. Has your company taken key steps and committed to being socially responsible? This session will address the business imperatives of making a difference in the communities where we source, sell and ship our products. By working within industry guidelines and with international labor organizations, as well as building measurable compliance and social programs, we all can make a difference. Making social responsibility a cornerstone of a company’s strategy means key decisions about sourcing, partnerships and product design are all heavily influenced by the company’s commitment to doing the right thing. Lead your organization down the path to social responsibility.

    The promotional products industry has a responsibility to deliver goods, created in an ethical and responsible way, by people in this country and around the world. Has your company taken key steps and committed to being socially responsible? This session will address the business imperatives of making a difference in the communities where we source, sell and ship our products. By working within industry guidelines and with international labor organizations, as well as building measurable compliance and social programs, we all can make a difference. Making social responsibility a cornerstone of a company’s strategy means key decisions about sourcing, partnerships and product design are all heavily influenced by the company’s commitment to doing the right thing. Lead your organization down the path to social responsibility.

    Emily Gigot

    Social Responsibility Specialist

    As a Social Responsibility Specialist, Emily works to ensure that all SanMar products are produced in compliance with the highest social and environmental standards. She believes that business done well has the power to do good, and joined SanMar in 2016 to see that vision through. Her mission is to improve worker well-being and minimize environmental impacts in the apparel supply chain. With diverse experience spanning apparel, international community development and sustainability, she’s a Pacific Northwesterner who’s as at home in the rain as she is in the streets of Bangkok. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot and a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Blockchain, What Is It And What Does It Mean For Promo?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    This session will address the practical implications and applications for blockchain in the promotional products marketplace.

    This session will address the practical implications and applications for blockchain in the promotional products marketplace. 

    Brian Garback

    Brian represents IBM's portfolio of disruptive technologies including AI and Blockchain to major US Retail, Consumer Products, and Travel and Transportation companies. His roots are in computer science (UVA), strategy consulting (IBM), and small-business hustling (New Signature). He overheated his laptop mining bitcoin in 2013 and has been gaming-out enterprise uses for blockchain ever since. Brian grew up in Alexandria, VA and lives in the Burleith neighborhood of Washington, DC.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: End Buyer Panel

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    How can you determine if something is a children’s product with confidence?

    How can you determine if something is a children’s product with confidence? 

    Lenny Polkakoff

    Lenny Polakoff is the executive vice president of Zagwear, a global merchandise and custom premium agency with offices across the United States, London and Hong Kong servicing multinational clients in more than 40 markets. Over the past 20 years, Lenny has developed and implemented Zagwear’s internal product and factory compliance program and currently oversees and ensures adherence to the more than 15 client specific Zagwear programs. Lenny has also played an integral role in the procedural development of several Fortune 500 premium compliance programs.  Lenny holds a BA in psychology from Quinnipiac University and is a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group.  

    Anj Holland

    Anj Holland oversees supplier quality and safety programs for non-food products distributed by Chick-fil-A. This includes all Kid’s Meal premiums/toys, plush, promotional and branded merchandise, items used in local marketing events, sponsorships and activation, apparel and team member uniforms—all that are distributed at the chain’s more than 2,200 restaurants across the U.S.  Prior to Chick-fil-A, Anj served as an international communications and brand strategist for more than two decades, helping protect well recognized multinational brands like Delta Airlines, UPS and AT&T. As a customer and brand advocate, Anj is relentlessly committed to product and consumer safety. She, her husband and daughter currently reside in Atlanta, GA.

    Brett Berry

    Brett Berry is a quality manager at General Mills, Inc., a Minneapolis-based multinational manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer packaged foods. The company markets many well-known brands including Gold Medal, Annie's, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Totino's, Pillsbury, Progresso, Old El Paso, Häagen-Dazs, Cheerios and Lucky Charms. Its brand portfolio includes more than 90 other leading brands around the world – with annual consolidated net sales exceeding $15 billion. Brett has global risk-management responsibility for the General Mills premiums program – to ensure the safety and regulatory-compliance of all non-food items distributed by the company – including toys, clothing, drinkware, office products, etc. given to consumers, customers, employees and influencers.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Closing The Gaps

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    This session will walk attendees through the process of conducting a gap analysis on their individual product responsibility policies and procedures. The event workbook provided will serve as a collection point for ideas and act as an outline to framework and implement the necessary processes. The content is designed to deliver actionable tools to improve compliance efforts.

    This session will walk attendees through the process of conducting a gap analysis on their individual product responsibility policies and procedures. The event workbook provided will serve as a collection point for ideas and act as an outline to framework and implement the necessary processes. The content is designed to deliver actionable tools to improve compliance efforts.

    Patrick Donovan

    Director of Import and Compliance

    Patrick Donovan is the compliance director for Sunrise Identity. Donovan joined Sunrise in 2012 and has since assumed responsibility for managing the operational and strategic direction of the company’s import program and compliance initiatives, including ethical sourcing, product safety, product quality, and environmental stewardship. Prior to joining Sunrise, Donovan served a wide range of clients as an environmental consultant specializing in sustainable development strategies and air and water pollution abatement programs. Donovan holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and an MBA from Western Washington University.

    Shamini Peter

    Chief Operating Officer

    Shamini Peter currently serves as chief operating officer for Axis Promotions and continues to also head product safety and compliance. She has worked with the Axis for 11 years. Her area of expertise is in supply chain and logistics. She oversees the vetting of suppliers, product testing and the logistics of Axis’s large, custom orders. Peter interfaces directly with Axis Promotions Inc. clients as needed throughout the production cycle, including pre and post-delivery. Peter attended The University of Western Australia where she graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree in accounting and finance, with a minor in law.  After graduation she returned to Malaysia where she worked for a large Australian manufacturer before joining her family’s freight forwarding business in New York, gaining her first hands-on experience in international commerce and logistics.  She currently is a member on PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG).

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: CA Prop 65 Is Here. Are You Ready?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    The new regulations are effective September 2018. Are you prepared for your company’s next move? What are the practical steps companies must consider in order to comply with the new rules? Are there reliable resources available? A list of best practices to cover the basics? Perhaps go-to website companies shouldn’t be without? How does a company prepare when they must establish internal guidelines to meet new regulations? This session is an opportunity for suppliers and distributors alike to share tips, tricks and tactics for compliance.

    The new regulations are effective September 2018. Are you prepared for your company’s next move? What are the practical steps companies must consider in order to comply with the new rules? Are there reliable resources available? A list of best practices to cover the basics? Perhaps go-to website companies shouldn’t be without? How does a company prepare when they must establish internal guidelines to meet new regulations? This session is an opportunity for suppliers and distributors alike to share tips, tricks and tactics for compliance.

    Dana Porter, CAS

    Dana joined SAGE in 2001 after graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in business management.  Dana started out as the Information Services Manager and was promoted to Director of Information Services in 2010. In addition to making sure SAGE is up to speed on everything to do with Prop 65, Dana enjoys being active in the industry. She currently serves on the Promotional Product Education Foundation (PPEF) Board of Trustees as the vice-chair of the fundraising committee and the Government Relations Action Council (GRAC). She has also participated in Legislative Education Action Day (LEAD) multiple years, has served as chair of the PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference, has been awarded the PPAI Volunteer of the Month Award and severed on several other committees over the years.

    Kim Bakalyar

    PromoShop Inc Chief Compliance Officer

    Kim Bakalyar, PromoShop Inc’s Chief Compliance Officer, started work in the promotional products industry in 1980 on the distributor side and joined forces with PromoShop, Inc. in 2004 as director of supplier relations. Kim has worked in all aspects on the distributor side while focusing primarily on research, sourcing, vendor relations and product safety and responsibility. Kim is a past president of SAAC and has previously volunteered on the PPAI Promotional Apparel Advisory Council and PPAI Distributors Committee. She is a current member of the PPAI Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG).

    Nathan Cotter

    Nathan Cotter is the Compliance Manager at Hit Promotional Products, Inc., ranked among the top 5 promotional product suppliers in the nation.  The Compliance Team at Hit is comprised of 3 full-time members responsible for product safety, regulatory compliance, and social accountability throughout a diverse supply chain.  Nathan holds a BA from Monmouth College, is a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group and also serves on the QCA Compliance Committee.  

    JillAnn Rogoz

    Senior Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance

    Jill Rogoz is an 11-year industry veteran and the senior director of compliance and quality assurance at Prime Line, Hard Goods Division of alphabroder, and a Top 10 supplier in the promotional products industry.  As senior director of compliance and quality assurance, she oversees the safety, compliance and quality assurance programs at multiple manufacturing facilities at Prime Line.  Prime is a founding member of QCA and Jill is the team leader for Prime’s QCA program.  

    Tabatha Bauer

    Tabatha Bauer is the Director of Logistics & Compliance for Staples Promotional Products, one of the largest distributors in the promotional products industry.  She is responsible for managing a North American expanded team who oversee logistics operations, product safety, social responsibility, C-TPAT compliance, import and export trade compliance for both the US and Canada.  Tabatha interacts with clients who are some of the most well-known brands in the world to learn of their unique compliance needs and implements those throughout the supply chain. Tabatha has been in the promotional products industry since 2000 and has worked both on the manufacturer and distributor sides of the business.  She is on the Board of Directors for ICPHSO (International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization), a member of PPAI PRAG (Product Responsibility Action Group) and the ICPA (International Compliance Professional Association). 

    Gene Geiger, MAS+

    Gene Geiger, MAS+, is CEO of Geiger, a five-generation family business based in Maine. A graduate of Notre Dame, he has sat on the PPAI Board of Directors and has chaired PPAI's Product Responsibility Action Group. Geiger has been recognized by PPAI with its Distinguished Service Award, PPAI Volunteer of the Month and as a PPAI Fellow. He has served twice on the PPAI Board of Directors and has served in the roles of Vice Chair of Financial Services and Vice Chair of Technology. He has been an ardent champion of the industry’s product safety initiatives and served as both member and chair of the Product Responsibility Advisory Group. He has been heavily involved in the industry’s ecommerce standards. Currently he is co-chair of the annual PPAI Product Responsibility Summit. 

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Hazard Identification And New Product Development

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    Using wireless charging devices as a case study, this session will examine the hazard identification process when taking a new product to market.

    Using wireless charging devices as a case study, this session will examine the hazard identification process when taking a new product to market.

    David Tai

    Founder and CEO of TQAChecked

    David Tai is the founder and CEO of TQAChecked.  He serves the promotional industry with wireless and semiconductor expertise that is built upon years of design and product management experience. This experience spans across companies such as IBM, Motorola, Intel, Samsung, and Conexant (formerly Rockwell Semiconductors). David holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and MS is electrical engineering from M.I.T. TQAChecked specializes in high power products that serve the mobile ecosystem, with a focus on the Asia supply chain. Through its network of engineering and supply chain practitioners, TQAChecked serves the promotional industry in product design validation, factory in-line test system and data management, product sourcing, field crisis management, and compliance certification.

    George Borlase

    Assistant Executive Director for Hazard Identification and Reduction at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

    Dr. George Borlase currently serves as the Assistant Executive Director for Hazard Identification and Reduction at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  He and his staff are responsible for responsible for managing efforts to identify and mitigate the risk of injury associated with consumer products, including the development of new mandatory safety regulations and new voluntary standards, conducting product safety assessments and product testing in support of compliance actions, and monitoring research for consumer products in a broad array of disciplines. e previously served at CPSC as the Associate Executive Director for Engineering Sciences.  He worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; served at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as an American Society of Mechanical Engineers Federal Government Fellow; worked at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; and served 10 years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: International Shipping Challenges

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    It’s not enough to just get it there…how do you get products into the hands of your international customers?

    It’s not enough to just get it there…how do you get products into the hands of your international customers? 

    Bernadette Corrado

    Managing Director

    Bernadette Corrado is the managing director responsible for compliance and government affairs related to US customs brokerage for FedEx Trade Networks.  FedEx Trade Networks is the global air and ocean freight forwarder and customs broker operating company of FedEx Corporation.   Bernadette began her career as a US Customs Inspector in Boston and has been with FedEx Trade Networks for 29 years.  She started her tenure in brokerage operations, then serving as senior counsel in the legal department, and most recently in Regulatory.   She is a licensed customs broker and attorney.  Bernadette graduated from Providence College and Suffolk University Law School.    

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Social Media And Project Misuse: How Can We Shut That Down?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    There are countless examples of content on social media showing people promoting the misuse of consumer goods, from clothes baskets used as baby baths to toothpick crossbows. Don’t let misguided humor ruin the marketing potential for your line of promotional products. This panel discussion will present specific cases of product misuse, promoted via social media, and offer suggested and necessary steps to help shut it down. Take away ideas to limit the impact on consumer safety and your brand with swift action and sensible responses.

    There are countless examples of content on social media showing people promoting the misuse of consumer goods, from clothes baskets used as baby baths to toothpick crossbows. Don’t let misguided humor ruin the marketing potential for your line of promotional products. This panel discussion will present specific cases of product misuse, promoted via social media, and offer suggested and necessary steps to help shut it down. Take away ideas to limit the impact on consumer safety and your brand with swift action and sensible responses. 

    Karolyn Helda

    Managing Director

    Karolyn Helda is the managing director of AI's North American operations and has more than 25 years of experience in the consumer products quality assurance industry with 15 years of direct experience with promotional products. Her knowledge spans toys and children's products, textiles and general merchandise, as well as consumable consumer goods such as over-the-counter drugs, health and beauty items, and food. She has previously held roles in laboratory management, global compliance program development and management, and protocol development according to international testing requirements.

    Neal Cohen

    Attorney

    Neal S. Cohen practices law in the area of consumer product safety before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    A former CPSC official, Neal brings a wealth of experience in representing companies before the CPSC. Not only does Neal have extensive knowledge of CPSC's safety requirements, he also understands how the CPSC and its staff really think when investigating a consumer product. With this knowledge and the relationships he has built in the product safety community, Neal works hard to represent the best interests of his clients in seeking a fair and favorable outcome.

    Joseph Galbo

    Joe Galbo joined the Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Communication in June 2016 as a Social Media Specialist. In this role, he coordinates the digital content and strategy behind all CPSC social media platforms and websites. Previously, Joe held a similar position at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ where he revitalized the institution’s digital media strategy and honed an appreciation for blowing things up (safely) in the name of informal STEM education. This is his second year at ICPHSO.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: What Really Happens During An Audit?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    A professional auditor will share the real story behind factory audits. She will review what is involved in performing social and safety audits as well as tips on how to make those corrective actions stick.

    A professional auditor will share the real story behind factory audits. She will review what is involved in performing social and safety audits as well as tips on how to make those corrective actions stick. 

    Brian Campbell

    A professional auditor will share the real story behind factory audits. She will review what is involved in performing social and safety audits as well as tips on how to make those corrective actions stick. 

    Terri Olano

    Terri Olano is a senior business development manager with AsiaInspection. With a degree in textile engineering, Terri has over 27 years of experience in manufacturing, quality, inspections and facility audits, both through apparel companies and third-party service providers. Introduced to factory audits in 1996, Terri fell in love with the idea of reviewing the complexities of the manufacturing processes while also verifying the safety, quality and capabilities of the factory. This led to additional training and expansion of her internal audit scope to include social accountability and responsible sourcing and C-TPAT audits. The audits have varied across different industries including softlines, hardlines, food facilities, filling locations, paper facilities and more. Terri estimates to have completed around 2500 audits over a 20-year period and continues to perform audits as needed. Terri has used her experience to work in many arenas including customized program development, customized audit programs, project management, consultation, training, sales, business development and account management. She has a thorough understanding of processes and programs which allows her to creatively find ways to get from A to B, when traditional means are unable to achieve results.  Her technical expertise helps to get answers and results to clients in an expedited manner. 

    Nathan Cotter

    Nathan Cotter is the Compliance Manager at Hit Promotional Products, Inc., ranked among the top 5 promotional product suppliers in the nation.  The Compliance Team at Hit is comprised of 3 full-time members responsible for product safety, regulatory compliance, and social accountability throughout a diverse supply chain.  Nathan holds a BA from Monmouth College, is a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group and also serves on the QCA Compliance Committee.  

    Andy Blahnik

    Andy Blahnik is the Quality and Compliance Manager at Gemline, a premier supplier in the promotional products industry. In his role, he is responsible for ensuring the quality and compliance of products and ensuring the factories meet local and international standards. Andy travels to overseas factories frequently to review processes and products and also work closely with local teams. Prior to his role at Gemline, Andy was stationed in China working for a provider of inspection, audits, and testing and before that for a company providing sourcing solutions. Andy has experience on the ground working with factories both on the quality of the product and compliance of their facilities.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Emerging Regulatory Challenges

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    As more states and countries legalize medical and recreational cannabis, where can you turn for legal and regulatory guidance related to both drug paraphernalia and marketing support for this growing market?

    As more states and countries legalize medical and recreational cannabis, where can you turn for legal and regulatory guidance related to both drug paraphernalia and marketing support for this growing market? 

    Emily Leongini

    Emily is member of the FDA practice group in Arent Fox’s Washington D.C. office.  Emily focuses her practice on a variety of highly-regulated products including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements, foods, alcoholic beverages, and cannabis. She counsels clients on matters affecting the cannabis industry, such as licensing and permitting requirements, labeling and promotional review,  good manufacturing practices, and supply chain management. Before joining Arent Fox, Emily worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for nearly six years. She has followed the legalized cannabis industry since 2004 when, while earning a master’s degree in public health policy, Emily worked with a major county health department to implement the requirements of California’s Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program. She also speaks and writes regularly on current regulatory issues facing the cannabis industry.  Emily earned her JD from American University, Washington College of Law, Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California, and BA from the University of Texas at Austin. 

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: What You Need To Know Now About IOT

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    What are the trends and applications for the internet of things? Where is the intersection between IOT and promo?

    What are the trends and applications for the internet of things? Where is the intersection between IOT and promo?

    Pierre-Alexandre Fournier

    Pierre-Alexandre Fournier is co-founder and CEO of Hexoskin, a Montreal-based company focused on high-end wearable sensors and AI software for health and performance. Hexoskin was founded in 2006 and launched in 2013 the first iPhone-compatible smart clothing for health monitoring, which won several international awards. Hexoskin smart shirts are used for a broad range of applications, from elite sports and clinical research to military training and space medicine: at the end of 2018 the International Space Station will be equipped with Hexoskin technology for remote health monitoring of astronauts. Pierre-Alexandre is also an advocate for patient empowerment and healthcare innovation through design.

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  • SAGE Show 2018: Strategies To Up Your Sales Game In The Promo Products Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered Recorded On: 08/30/2018

    Learn how to up the sales ante using tools that are right at your fingertips. Join Carol Gauger, MAS, PPAI Director of Member Engagement and Regional Relations, for this informative session and learn how using case studies, vertical market strategy and industry research can work for you to deliver sales inspiration, a new level of consultative selling, customer confidence and sales success.

    Learn how to up the sales ante using tools that are right at your fingertips. Join Carol Gauger, MAS, PPAI Director of Member Engagement and Regional Relations, for this informative session and learn how using case studies, vertical market strategy and industry research can work for you to deliver sales inspiration, a new level of consultative selling, customer confidence and sales success.

    Carol Gauger, MAS

    Director of Member Engagement

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

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    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • SAGE Show 2018: Tax Reform And What It Means For The Promo Products Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered Recorded On: 08/30/2018

    The stepped-up basis, incentives, and treatment for pass-through entities were all hot topics while Congress debated legislation to change the Internal Revenue Act in 2017. Join Maurice Norris for this session and find out what the biggest overhaul of the tax code in the past 30 years means for your business. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    The stepped-up basis, incentives, and treatment for pass-through entities were all hot topics while Congress debated legislation to change the Internal Revenue Act in 2017. Join Maurice Norris for this session and find out what the biggest overhaul of the tax code in the past 30 years means for your business. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative. 

    Maurice Norris

    Public Affairs Manager

    Maurice manages both product responsibility and the government relations program for the Association. A recent transplant from Atlanta to Fort Worth, Maurice is a graduate of Herzing University and Keller Graduate School.

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Building a Technology Roadmap

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

    It is not unusual for companies to lose sight of all the important initiatives going on in an organization. A Technology Roadmap is an easy way to centrally visualize your strategy as well as communicate to internal stakeholders, business owners, and other department leaders, the short-term & long-term strategies and solutions being developed.

    It is not unusual for companies to lose sight of all the important initiatives going on in an organization. A Technology Roadmap is an easy way to centrally visualize your strategy as well as communicate to internal stakeholders, business owners, and other department leaders, the short-term & long-term strategies and solutions being developed.

    David Jackson

    Director of IT

    David has been with Sweda Company since 2015 as the Director of IT.

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Pick Your Poison: Third Party vs. Internal Development Case Studies

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

    Join the PPAI development team in this interactive session.  We’ll discuss internal and external development pro’s and con’s.  How to handle development projects and workgroups big and small.  Developing through technology change and infrastructure obstacles.  Learn from our success and failure.  Let’s share experiences and enjoy some developer to developer dialog.

    Join the PPAI development team in this interactive session.  We’ll discuss internal and external development pro’s and con’s.  How to handle development projects and workgroups big and small.  Developing through technology change and infrastructure obstacles.  Learn from our success and failure.  Let’s share experiences and enjoy some developer to developer dialog.

    Paul Elfstrom (Moderator)

    IT Director

    Paul Elfstrom is the director of information technology for PPAI and is responsible for the management, strategy and execution of IT infrastructure for the Association. He also oversees technical projects that align with PPAI’s strategic plan to ensure effective delivery of Association programs. Currently, he serves as staff liaison to the Technology Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys family activities and playing guitar.

    Trent Grandey

    .Net Developer

    Trent is a .Net Developer with over twenty years of programming experience and over 10 years with the .Net platform. Trent builds mostly web based business solutions for PPAI, including the PPAI Call Center and Administrative sites for various departments. Trent spent more than 9 years as a third-party contractor at PPAI before deciding to come on full-time as an employee. When Trent is not at PPAI, he is usually still in front of a computer. When not in front of a computer, he can usually be found watching MMA events, MLB and college baseball or NFL and college football. Trent is married and has 3 children, Mallory, 20, Gates, 18 and Briar, 14. He also bleeds purple for his beloved TCU Horned Frogs.

    Micah Matteson

    .Net Developer

    Micah is a .Net Developer with almost twenty years of programming experience and over 10 years with the .Net platform. Micah works on system integrations as well as web sites for PPAI. Micah came to PPAI from the travel and hospitality industry where he worked on middleware solutions in the travel industry.

    Humayoon Mohammad

    .Net Developer

    Humayoon is .NET developer for PPAI. He graduated from Texas Wesleyan with bachelor’s in Computer Science, prior to joining PPAI he worked for Toluna USA where he held various roles as web and sql developer and worked his way up to application developer. He enjoys wood working as hobby and is also a huge Dallas cowboys fan. 

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  • Tech Summit: Tech Tips 30 in 30

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

    In this 30 minute session you’ll discover cool tools, tips, and best practices from your industry peers. We’ll poll attendees prior to the event to find the top 30 tips of the year to share with the group. This session will fly by to wrap up day 1.

    In this 30 minute session you’ll discover cool tools, tips, and best practices from your industry peers. We’ll poll attendees prior to the event to find the top 30 tips of the year to share with the group. This session will fly by to wrap up day 1.

    Dale Denham, MAS+

    Chief Information Officer

    Dale Denham, MAS+, is the CIO for top 40 distributor Geiger and previously served as Senior Vice President of ASI. Recognized as the industry's top technologist, Dale has continued to deliver innovative, helpful products and solutions during his 20 years in the industry.

    Among the first 10 people certified as a Master Advertising Specialist+ by PPAI, Dale was also recognized by ASI Counselor Magazine as one of “40 under 40" and named one of Corporate Logo's Most Influential People in 2004.

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  • Tech Summit 2018: The State of PromoStandards: The Industry's Leading Integration Standard

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

    It’s been 4 years since the PromoStandards project started. In the past year, PromoStandards has nearly double the number of endpoints and developed configured order full cycle standards. This session brings you up to date with the progress of PromoStandards as well as provides a look into the future formalization of the organization.

    It’s been 4 years since the PromoStandards project started. In the past year, PromoStandards has nearly double the number of endpoints and developed configured order full cycle standards. This session brings you up to date with the progress of PromoStandards as well as provides a look into the future formalization of the organization.

    Jon Norris

    Vice President

    Jon Norris is the vice president of operations for Starline USA Inc, located in Grand Island, New York, where he oversees manufacturing, warehousing, customer service and technology functions. Norris is currently the chair of the PPAI Technology Committee. Norris is currently helping drive an industry data integrations project, labeled PromoStandards, that believes that this is the future of our industry long term sustainability.He also is a PromoKitchen volunteer and Chef. As an industry Millennial, he is involved in numerous millennial initiatives industrywide to help drive the awareness of the changing workplace.

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Are You GDPR Ready?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

    This session will provide a concise overview of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Discover why you should be familiar with these new regulations, even if you don’t regularly do business in Europe, and learn how the top companies in our industry have prepared for these significant changes.

    This session will provide a concise overview of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Discover why you should be familiar with these new regulations, even if you don’t regularly do business in Europe, and learn how the top companies in our industry have prepared for these significant changes.

    Mike Wilkos

    National Sales Manager

    Mike Wilkos is the National Sales Manager for Vantage Apparel. Mike is also an attorney, licensed in New Jersey and New York. Before joining Vantage, Mike practiced law for several years in the areas of employment law, government law, and civil litigation. Mike attended Seton Hall University School of Law, where he served on the Seton Hall Law Review, and prior to that he attended the University of Delaware, from where he graduated magna cum laude. Mike is also a website and mobile app developer and has created several successful niche business, education, and reference apps that routinely rank on the App Store’s top US charts.

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Threat Detection, Resolution and Recovery

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

    In 2018 industry targeted malware targeted a number of suppliers and distributors. As the threat security landscape continues to increase in complexity, these types of attacks will continue to rise. In this session, the panel will share their firsthand experience on how they detect and remediate threats in an increasing hostile environment.

    In 2018 industry targeted malware targeted a number of suppliers and distributors. As the threat security landscape continues to increase in complexity, these types of attacks will continue to rise. In this session, the panel will share their firsthand experience on how they detect and re-mediate threats in an increasing hostile environment.

    Eric Shonebarger (Moderator)

    Chief Information Officer

    Eric has been the Chief Information Officer at Hit Promotional Products since 2004.

    Tim Nale

    North American Director of IT

    Tim Nale has been the North American Director of I.T. at BIC Graphic USA since 2012.

    Ken Phu

    Vice President of Technology for Hub Promotional Group

    Ken Phu is Vice President of Technology for Hub Promotional Group (Hub Pen, Beacon Promotions, Best Promotions and most recently DebCo Promotions) and has over 15 years of experience in Information Technology and Operations. He’s a hands-on IT leader who can define and develop systems architecture and operational processes. Ken was responsible for Hub Pen’s technology transformation since 2013 and is a current member of the PPAI Technology Committee. He also serves on the board of directors for his local Boston NetSuite User Group. Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and a Masters of Business Administration with a Minor in Information Technology from Suffolk University. Prior to joining Hub Pen, he has worked for Accenture and Boston Scientific. 

    Doug Andreasen

    Senior IT Manager

    Doug is a senior IT manager, serving in a network engineer role overseeing PPAI's network and server infrastructure as well as managing the IT desktop support team for staff. Doug previously held technical consulting roles with THG/Trendec, MCI Systemhouse, and EDS. Doug received a bachelors degree in business administration with a major in business computer information systems from Midwestern State University (including an early stint at Texas A&M).

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