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On-Demand Education Sessions

PPAI delivers the best-of-the-best in online learning opportunities to thousands in the promotional products industry. The PPAI Online Education platform is a growing database of hundreds of event recordings, podcasts sessions and on-demand webinars offering a wide range of content.

PPAI Online Education can be accessed anytime and from anywhere. Almost all on-demand education sessions are complimentary to PPAI Members, PPAI Associates can access the sessions for an additional fee for each session.

275 Results

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/16/2021

    We live in a fast-changing world, and companies selling products globally are subject to ever-expanding regulations both at home and abroad. Staying abreast and assuring compliance is more challenging than ever for manufacturers and suppliers. This webinar will introduce you to chemical regulations mainly in the United States, but it also includes EU regulations. The content will start with an introduction to the types of chemicals regulated in promotional products, discuss U.S. federal and state law regulations including California Proposition 65 and some information about global chemical legislation in the EU market. Join us to understand how all of the existing regulations on chemicals can impact your business.

    We live in a fast-changing world, and companies selling products globally are subject to ever-expanding regulations both at home and abroad. Staying abreast and assuring compliance is more challenging than ever for manufacturers and suppliers. This webinar will introduce you to chemical regulations mainly in the United States, but it also includes EU regulations. The content will start with an introduction to the types of chemicals regulated in promotional products, discuss U.S. federal and state law regulations including California Proposition 65 and some information about global chemical legislation in the EU market. Join us to understand how all of the existing regulations on chemicals can impact your business. 

    Jennifer Barbarisi

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Jennifer Barbarisi has been part of TÜV Rheinland’s North America Retail team since 2018 and within the product safety field since 2008. In her role, Jennifer supports North American-based retailers and major brands with compliance to national and international regulations covering categories such as toys, children’s products, juvenile products, textile/apparel and promotional products. As the North America Regulatory & Compliance manager, Jennifer provides technical support to help manage retailers’ compliance programs focusing on US federal and state regulations.

    Jennifer works closely with TUV’s global laboratories on alignment and interpretation of US federal and state-level regulations. Part of her role includes ensuring that TUV Rheinland is up to date with consumer product US state regulations and global retail programs are updated accordingly. 

    Jennifer participates on technical committees such as the ASTM subcommittee F15.22 on toy safety, ASTM F15.24 on jewelry, ASTM F15 juvenile product subcommittees, US TAG to ISO/TC 181 on Toy Safety, US TAG to ISO 310 on Child Care Articles, AAFA Product Safety Council and AAFA RSL Task Force. Jennifer completed Saint Louis University’s Advanced Product Safety Management course in September 2017.

    Melanie Schubert

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Melanie Schubert is a board-approved food chemist, who received her master's degree from a leading German University. She has been responsible for food contact material services at the TÜV Rheinland Shanghai lab for five years. In 2015, she joined the North America retail team as a regulatory and compliance manager for food contact articles and other chemical services.

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    1 Point

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

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

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

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    This highly engaging discussion will focus on the importance of building diverse strategic alliances. The panelists will explore the process for building engagement that meets the business needs of communities of color in the promotional products industry. Ethnic minorities are growing in the U.S. and they will represent up to $6.1 trillion in purchasing power by the year 2045 (U.S. Small Business Administration, 2007). This discussion will highlight the challenges of breaking through systematic barriers and share best practices for creating a diverse network while leveraging resources for successful engagement.

    This highly engaging discussion will focus on the importance of building diverse strategic alliances. The panelists will explore the process for building engagement that meets the business needs of communities of color in the promotional products industry.  Ethnic minorities are growing in the U.S. and they will represent up to $6.1 trillion in purchasing power by the year 2045 (U.S. Small Business Administration, 2007). This discussion will highlight the challenges of breaking through systematic barriers and share best practices for creating a diverse network while leveraging resources for successful engagement.

    June Jenkins

    Owner

    CFJ Legacy Group

    June Jenkins, has been in the promotional products industry since 1997. She is owner and chief idea officer at CFJ Legacy Group, a promotional marketing agency based in Plano, Texas. Jenkins enjoys working with clients on identifying the best solutions for their branding strategy. She thrives on creating connections and building strong relationships in the community and with her customers. 

    Jenkins has a degree in math and computer science, and many consider her a nerd, but she begs to differ. Prior to starting her business, Jenkins spent more than 19 years in the IT industry as an engineer. She is currently president of the Collin County NAACP, a member of the Junior League of Collin County and the Plano Metro Rotary Club. 

    She is a mom, friend and community advocate. When she’s not closing a deal, you may find her advocating at City Hall for businesses in the community or mixing up a new cocktail at home with her friends.


    Cindy Tsuji

    Senior Account Executive

    Image Source

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

    Bob McLean, CPA (Moderator)

    Executive Vice President

    PPAI

    Bob McLean, CPA, is PPAI's executive vice president. He was hired in June 2008 as chief financial officer and is responsible for finance and administration, information technology and the Promotional Products Education Foundation. In October 2011, Bob was promoted to EVP and assumed responsibility for all revenue-producing products and services at PPAI. These include the business development, membership sales, trade shows, publications, and education and certification departments. Bob has an MBA in finance from the University of Miami in Florida and a bachelor's degree in accounting from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is a member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events and serves on its budget and finance committee. He is also a member of the American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants.

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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.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar will focus on exploring and understanding different aspects of diversity and intersectionality. Participants will reflect upon the influences of diversity on their own identity. This session will explore the definition of diversity and intersectionality, personal identities, and aspects of diversity through an interactive discussion and conclude with reflections on how diversity and intersectionality play an essential role in engagement. In this workshop, diversity will include exposure to many different types including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender, nationality, religion, and sexual orientation.

    This webinar will focus on exploring and understanding different aspects of diversity and intersectionality. Participants will reflect upon the influences of diversity on their own identity. This session will explore the definition of diversity and intersectionality, personal identities, and aspects of diversity through an interactive discussion and conclude with reflections on how diversity and intersectionality play an essential role in engagement. In this workshop, diversity will include exposure to many different types including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender, nationality, religion, and sexual orientation.

    Charita McClellan

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager

    Alteryx

    Charita McClellan’s career has been primarily centered in the finance/accounting world. It was through her volunteer work within employee resource groups while working at Bank of America that she found her passion for DEI. In the past Charita has served as the Professional Development Chair for the Black Professionals Group as well as the Community Engagement Chair and Richardson and Dallas site leads for North Texas LGBT+ Pride. Additionally, Charita had the privilege of presenting a product, “Bi, POC and Womxn – 3 Strikes” at the 2020 Out and Equal Workplace Summit.


    Charita has the privilege of being the first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion manager at Alteryx, a data analytics software company. She is responsible for creating and implementing plans as well as leading efforts to promote DEI within all areas of the organization. This includes collaborating with Talent Acquisition to ensure the talent pool is diverse and the organization maintains equitable hiring practices, working with leaders to create an inclusive workspace and assisting learning and development to incorporate DEI elements into the fabric of the training modules. Additionally, Charita leads the ERG efforts ensuring all associates have a place to belong.


    Charita has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of North Texas, a Masters of Business Administration from New York Institute of Technology and a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.

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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.

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    Many organizations get caught up in how to solve for the “right now” DE&I challenges but fail to think about the long-game and how to sustain their DE&I efforts into the future. This session will explore how to move beyond “right now” thinking and reactive responses to DE&I and help you determine the right-fit strategy, framework, and structures to future-proof your DE&I journey. Sponsored by Kaeser & Blair

    Many organizations get caught up in how to solve for the “right now” DE&I challenges but fail to think about the long-game and how to sustain their DE&I efforts into the future. This session will explore how to move beyond “right now” thinking and reactive responses to DE&I and help you determine the right-fit strategy, framework, and structures to future-proof your DE&I journey.

    Sponsored by Kaeser & Blair

    Nickoria Johnson

    Chief Diversity Officer

    Credera

    Nickoria Johnson is a strategic, results-oriented professional with 25+ years of experience in Technology Leadership, Management Consulting and Portfolio Management. She has a proven track record for leading digital and cloud transformation efforts, optimizing multi-million dollar technology portfolios, defining and implementing change management initiatives, and establishing deep partnerships with business teams and vendor partners. Nickoria brings to the table a “people first” approach to leading teams, investing in culture and diversity, and building collaborative environments. In her current role as Chief Diversity Officer at Credera, she is responsible for accelerating the mission of amplifying voices of underrepresented groups and synergizing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts toward unified goals to ensure accessibility, focus, and visibility of DE&I for the firm. 

    Nickoria is a respected speaker on both DE&I issues and in the technology strategy space, speaking on the topics of leadership, business transformation, and career development across the country. Johnson is a national board member for High Tech High Heels, on the advisory board for Tomorrow's Scientists, Technicians, and Managers (TSTM), and an advisor for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Johnson attended Howard University and completed her bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in management and organizational behavior from Benedictine University.

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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.

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    Join Dale Denham and Todd Pottebaum as they introduce this year's nominees, Chris Anderson and Denise Taschereau, for Class of 2026 Board Member positions.


    Join Dale Denham and Todd Pottebaum as they introduce this year's nominees, Chris Anderson and Denise Taschereau, for Class of 2026 Board Member positions. 

    Dale Denham, MAS+

    President & CEO

    PPAI

    Dale Denham, MAS+, has more than 25 years of experience in the promotional products industry.  Before joining PPAI as president and CEO in August 2021, Denham spent 10 years at distributor Geiger as senior vice president and CIO. As a member of the executive team, he was responsible for significant growth, including international growth, and successfully led the organization’s digital transformation. Prior to Geiger, Denham was a member of the ASI executive team for 10 years where he was responsible for growth, including all technology, strategic partners and publications. His first experience in the industry came in the 1990s as president of Impact, a company that provided numerous resources to the industry. Before joining Impact, Denham was general manager for several consulting and sales organizations.

    Denham served on the PPAI Board of Directors from 2015-2020, including as chair in 2018.  He has served on numerous other industry boards and has been a consistent volunteer for PPAI and other industry organizations, as well as a sought-after speaker. Denham graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s in business and a minor in economics.  

    Todd Pottebaum, MAS+

    President

    Quality Resource Group, Inc.

    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. 

    Chris Anderson

    CEO

    HandStands

    Chris Anderson joined the promotional products industry in 2002 with supplier HandStands and became president of the company in 2009 and CEO in 2010. Under his leadership, HandStands expanded its distribution into 138 countries and closed multiple strategic acquisitions, including the sale of the business to HPG in 2018. Anderson became CEO of HPG in 2019.

    Denise Taschereau

    CEO

    Denise Taschereau launched Fairware after realizing how difficult it was to source promotional merchandise that reflected the social and environmental priorities of many of the brands and organizations she admired. Previously, Taschereau oversaw the Mountain Equipment Co-op’s national environmental programs, community grant-making, and ethical sourcing programs, and wrote their award-winning first Sustainability Report. She is currently a board member of PromoCares, an industry group driving awareness and education around sustainability issues in the promotional products industry.

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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.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This conversation series will create a community for industry professionals who are interested in various DEI-related topics. Instead of another lecture, each group discussion will provide a safe space to share experiences and ask questions we may be hesitant to ask elsewhere. The sessions will be facilitated by members of PPAI’s DEI Task Force. We invite everyone from all diverse categories to join - including demographic diversity, experiential diversity, and cognitive diversity. The conversations will provide opportunities for mutual support through shared knowledge and resources. Of course, there will also be plenty of occasions for networking with our peers who are trying to navigate the DEI space. Some of the topics we will discuss during these sessions include: • Supplier diversity • Unconscious bias • Inclusive workplaces • Breaking down barriers • Making DEI initiatives compulsory

    This conversation series will create a community for industry professionals who are interested in various DEI-related topics. Instead of another lecture, each group discussion will provide a safe space to share experiences and ask questions we may be hesitant to ask elsewhere. The sessions will be facilitated by members of PPAI’s DEI Task Force. We invite everyone from all diverse categories to join-including demographic diversity, experiential diversity, and cognitive diversity. The conversations will provide opportunities for mutual support through shared knowledge and resources. Of course, there will also be plenty of occasions for networking with our peers who are trying to navigate the DEI space. Some of the topics we will discuss during these sessions include:
    • Supplier diversity
    • Unconscious bias
    • Inclusive workplaces
    • Breaking down barriers
    • Making DEI initiatives compulsory

    Cindy Tsuji

    Senior Account Executive

    Image Source

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

    Ed Hammer

    Owner

    Howling Print and Promo

    Ed Hamner, CAS is the owner of Howling Print and Promo, an independent distributor based outside of Cleveland, Ohio.  He has been in the industry for approximately 10 years, however can trace his Print and Promo origin story back to the 5th grade.

    As the owner of a certified LGBT business enterprise, Ed is a proponent of DEI initiatives in supply chains and corporate HR. In his free time, you’ll probably catch him hiding away at the local coffee shop (pre-covid) with his ear pods in, book in hand.

    Johanna Gottlieb

    VP of Sales, Midwest

    Axis

    Johanna, a New Yorker at heart, lives in Chicago with her husband (who she met through work) and proudest accomplishments, her daughters, Olivia Bella and Lola Grace. Johanna, known as Jo, loves working out, family time, and practicing gratitude and a positive mindset daily. Her unwavering belief in the importance of connections and work ethic have helped mold her career into a love of hers, as well.

    Over 15 years ago, Johanna began at Axis, an award-winning promotional products agency, as an associate account manager. With her enthusiastic, fun-loving attitude and in-depth understanding of account management, she rose to her current role as VP of Sales, Midwest. Her impressive work ethic and love of her industry have opened the doors to key roles in many projects, such as new business development at Axis and opening and heading the Axis Chicago office. Named to Advertising Specialty Institute’s “Hot List” in 2017, Johanna’s optimistic worldview and love of her work earned her the identifier of, “who we all want as the spokesperson for the promo industry”.  

    Despite her incredibly busy, rewarding work at Axis, Johanna makes time to chair two teams that are important to her values: PromoKitchen (2019) and the PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force (2021). Johanna is involved in speaking engagements nationwide to discuss two topics near to her heart: best business practices and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Her passion for promotional products and persistence for excellence have created genuinely fulfilling career opportunities for years with no sign of slowing down in the future.

    Hugh Lawson

    Staples Promotional Products

    Hugh Lawson is the Director of Business Development for Staples Promotional Products (SPP), a subsidiary of Staples Inc. with offices in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States. 

    He has over 20 years of experience helping clients globally drive brand engagement and improved business results by designing and executing custom merchandise, incentive, recognition, gifting, uniform and promotional programs involving their employees, channel partners, and customers. 

    Hugh currently manages and leads strategic teams for Global new business prospecting, RFP responses, proactive proposals, competitive intelligence, future-trends identification, and business enhancement initiatives.

    He is also a Member of SPP’s Senior Leadership team that oversees organizational strategic plans, succession planning, process improvements, and growth objectives for the Canadian division.

    Maurice Norris (Moderator)

    PPAI

    Maurice Norris is the public affairs manager for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). Currently, Maurice manages the government relations and product responsibility programs at PPAI. In these roles, 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.

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    1 Point

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

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

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

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This conversation series will create a community for industry professionals who are interested in various DEI-related topics. Instead of another lecture, each group discussion will provide a safe space to share experiences and ask questions we may be hesitant to ask elsewhere. The sessions will be facilitated by members of PPAI’s DEI Task Force. We invite everyone from all diverse categories to join - including demographic diversity, experiential diversity, and cognitive diversity. The conversations will provide opportunities for mutual support through shared knowledge and resources. Of course, there will also be plenty of occasions for networking with our peers who are trying to navigate the DEI space. Some of the topics we will discuss during these sessions include: • Supplier diversity • Unconscious bias • Inclusive workplaces • Breaking down barriers • Making DEI initiatives compulsory

    This conversation series will create a community for industry professionals who are interested in various DEI-related topics. Instead of another lecture, each group discussion will provide a safe space to share experiences and ask questions we may be hesitant to ask elsewhere. The sessions will be facilitated by members of PPAI’s DEI Task Force. We invite everyone from all diverse categories to join-including demographic diversity, experiential diversity, and cognitive diversity. The conversations will provide opportunities for mutual support through shared knowledge and resources. Of course, there will also be plenty of occasions for networking with our peers who are trying to navigate the DEI space. Some of the topics we will discuss during these sessions include:
    • Supplier diversity
    • Unconscious bias
    • Inclusive workplaces
    • Breaking down barriers
    • Making DEI initiatives compulsory

    Kathy Cheng

    President and Founder

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

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

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

    Cindy Tsuji

    Senior Account Executive

    Image Source

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

    Ed Hammer

    Owner

    Howling Print and Promo

    Ed Hamner, CAS is the owner of Howling Print and Promo, an independent distributor based outside of Cleveland, Ohio.  He has been in the industry for approximately 10 years, however can trace his Print and Promo origin story back to the 5th grade.

    As the owner of a certified LGBT business enterprise, Ed is a proponent of DEI initiatives in supply chains and corporate HR. In his free time, you’ll probably catch him hiding away at the local coffee shop (pre-covid) with his ear pods in, book in hand.

    Johanna Gottlieb

    VP of Sales, Midwest

    Axis

    Johanna, a New Yorker at heart, lives in Chicago with her husband (who she met through work) and proudest accomplishments, her daughters, Olivia Bella and Lola Grace. Johanna, known as Jo, loves working out, family time, and practicing gratitude and a positive mindset daily. Her unwavering belief in the importance of connections and work ethic have helped mold her career into a love of hers, as well.

    Over 15 years ago, Johanna began at Axis, an award-winning promotional products agency, as an associate account manager. With her enthusiastic, fun-loving attitude and in-depth understanding of account management, she rose to her current role as VP of Sales, Midwest. Her impressive work ethic and love of her industry have opened the doors to key roles in many projects, such as new business development at Axis and opening and heading the Axis Chicago office. Named to Advertising Specialty Institute’s “Hot List” in 2017, Johanna’s optimistic worldview and love of her work earned her the identifier of, “who we all want as the spokesperson for the promo industry”.  

    Despite her incredibly busy, rewarding work at Axis, Johanna makes time to chair two teams that are important to her values: PromoKitchen (2019) and the PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force (2021). Johanna is involved in speaking engagements nationwide to discuss two topics near to her heart: best business practices and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Her passion for promotional products and persistence for excellence have created genuinely fulfilling career opportunities for years with no sign of slowing down in the future.

    Nenette Gray

    Lemonade Creative Marketing

    Nenette Gray is the Founder/CEO of Lemonade Creative Marketing, LLC, a branded promotional merchandise agency. Her company focuses on helping businesses excite, engage and inspire while maximizing their brand. Nenette spent nearly 20 years working with Fortune 500 companies in Marketing Management and as an award-winning sales consultant.

     

    In 2010, the pharmaceutical company she worked for laid off her along with 1,400 colleagues. At that time, she decided to turn the lemons of losing her pharmaceutical career into lemonade! In September 2010, she founded Lemonade Creative Marketing, LLC where she brings her positive energy and zest for marketing to her clients.

     

    Nenette was most recently named by Women’s Enterprise Magazine 2021 Nationally as a Top 50 WBE CEO. Nenette has a commitment to helping foster diversity equity & inclusion not only in the promotional products industry but in business overall.  Outside of the office she can be found traveling, experiencing new cuisine, and exploring the great outdoors, hiking and kayaking. 

    Hugh Lawson

    Staples Promotional Products

    Hugh Lawson is the Director of Business Development for Staples Promotional Products (SPP), a subsidiary of Staples Inc. with offices in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States. 

    He has over 20 years of experience helping clients globally drive brand engagement and improved business results by designing and executing custom merchandise, incentive, recognition, gifting, uniform and promotional programs involving their employees, channel partners, and customers. 

    Hugh currently manages and leads strategic teams for Global new business prospecting, RFP responses, proactive proposals, competitive intelligence, future-trends identification, and business enhancement initiatives.

    He is also a Member of SPP’s Senior Leadership team that oversees organizational strategic plans, succession planning, process improvements, and growth objectives for the Canadian division.

    Maurice Norris (Moderator)

    PPAI

    Maurice Norris is the public affairs manager for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). Currently, Maurice manages the government relations and product responsibility programs at PPAI. In these roles, 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.

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    1 Point

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

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

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

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    Fifty-two industry companies were named to this year’s list of PPB’s Greatest Companies To Work For based on nominations and survey ratings from their employees. What does it take to create a work environment that breeds such a high level of employee satisfaction and ensures workers are productive, happy and thriving—even through a pandemic? Top leaders from four of this year’s winning companies will discuss what works for them and share their secrets to creating a workplace culture where employees feel valued, engaged and satisfied. Sponsored by Kaeser & Blair

    Fifty-two industry companies were named to this year’s list of PPB’s Greatest Companies To Work For based on nominations and survey ratings from their employees. What does it take to create a work environment that breeds such a high level of employee satisfaction and ensures workers are productive, happy and thriving—even through a pandemic? Top leaders from four of this year’s winning companies will discuss what works for them and share their secrets to creating a workplace culture where employees feel valued, engaged and satisfied.  Sponsored by Kaeser & Blair

    Joshua White

    SVP, Strategic Growth

    BAMKO

    Joshua White is BAMKO’s SVP of Strategic Growth. In this role, he focuses on the long-term strategic initiatives that contribute to BAMKO’s top-line revenue growth. These efforts include M&A, strategic partnerships, talent acquisition, expansion into new business verticals and markets, oversight of PR and marketing efforts, development of brand strategy, and strategic sales communication. In 2018, White was named a PPB Rising Star and to Counselor magazine’s Hot List. Since joining the company in 2013, BAMKO has grown from $20 million in sales to over $200 million in 2020, becoming the fastest growing Top 10 Distributor in the industry during that time. A passionate advocate for BAMKO’s unique culture, White takes a particular interest in the preservation and continuous improvement of that culture, describing it as BAMKO’s “core competency.”  

    Alan Vaught

    President

    Evans Manufacturing, Inc.

    Alan Vaught is president and co-founder of Evans Manufacturing, Inc. in Garden Grove, California. He has led the company for the past 26 years. Evans manufactures a large percentage of the products they sell and operates in two manufacturing facilities, one in Southern California, and one in Nogales, Mexico. When not working, Vaught enjoys sailing, skiing and other outdoor activities. 

    Laura Ward

    CEO/President

    Ward Promotional Marketing Solutions, Inc.

    Laura Ward is CEO/President of distributor Ward Promotional Marketing Solutions in Modesto, California. She has spent 35 years in the promotional industry for 35 years, working as an independent contractor for 15 years before launching the company with her husband, Jay, in 2001.

    Nigel Harris

    CEO

    Powerstick

    Nigel Harris is CEO and co-founder of PowerStick.com based in Ottawa, Canada. PowerStick was founded to design and develop unique tech products for the promotional industry. As CEO, his business goals have all been centered around the creation of teams and the art of exceeding expectations. PowerStick employs a culture that fosters complete transparency and a commitment to quality and fairness for both employees and customers.

    Tina Filipski (Moderator)

    Director of Publications/Editor

    PPAI

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

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    California’s Proposition 65 is one of the most misunderstood regulations in the US. With over 800 chemicals on the Proposition 65 list and hundreds of enforcement actions each year, figuring out how to address it within your compliance program can be extremely challenging. In this session with Matthew Nudell from TÜV Rheinland, we will clarify what the law actually requires, as well as the most common approaches that companies can take to mitigate their risk of being involved in Prop 65 enforcement actions. Special attention will be given to new labeling requirements that have come into effect in recent years, and the recently proposed changes to those warning requirements that California is seeking to enact.

    California’s Proposition 65 is one of the most misunderstood regulations in the US. With over 800 chemicals on the Proposition 65 list and hundreds of enforcement actions each year, figuring out how to address it within your compliance program can be extremely challenging. In this session with Matthew Nudell from TÜV Rheinland, we will clarify what the law actually requires, as well as the most common approaches that companies can take to mitigate their risk of being involved in Prop 65 enforcement actions. Special attention will be given to new labeling requirements that have come into effect in recent years, and the recently proposed changes to those warning requirements that California is seeking to enact.

    Matthew Nudell

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant at TÜV Rheinland North America

    Matthew Nudell is a Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance consultant that works with major
    consumer products companies and retailers to develop custom-tailored approaches for complying with
    chemical regulations for consumer products. Matthew has spent over a decade monitoring and
    advising companies about US chemical regulations such as California Proposition 65, CPSIA, US
    state reporting requirements for children’s products and various US state chemical restrictions. He is
    currently, a member of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) restricted substances
    list (RSL) task force, which developed and maintains a list of all global chemical regulatory restrictions
    for apparel, apparel accessory, and footwear products. Matthew has also worked extensively with
    companies in developing and maintaining chemical management and restricted substances (RS)
    programs and related restricted substances lists (RSL) in order to ensure that products meet all global
    chemical restrictions and can therefore be sold anywhere in the world.

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    Join us for a facilitated discussion on the importance of trust in the workplace sponsored by PPAI’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce. Taskforce members Kathy Cheng, Cindy Tsuji, Ed Hammer, Nenette Gray, Hugh Lawson. and Johnanna Gottlieb will guide discussions within small groups to address the critical questions related to DEI and the workplace.

    Join us for a facilitated discussion on the importance of trust in the workplace sponsored by PPAI’s Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Taskforce.
    Taskforce members Kathy Cheng, Cindy Tsuji, Ed Hammer, Nenette Gray, Hugh Lawson. and Johnanna Gottlieb will guide discussions within small groups to address the critical questions related to DEI and the workplace.

    Kathy Cheng

    President and Founder

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

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

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

    Cindy Tsuji

    Senior Account Executive

    Image Source

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

    Ed Hammer

    Owner

    Howling Print and Promo

    Ed Hamner, CAS is the owner of Howling Print and Promo, an independent distributor based outside of Cleveland, Ohio.  He has been in the industry for approximately 10 years, however can trace his Print and Promo origin story back to the 5th grade.

    As the owner of a certified LGBT business enterprise, Ed is a proponent of DEI initiatives in supply chains and corporate HR. In his free time, you’ll probably catch him hiding away at the local coffee shop (pre-covid) with his ear pods in, book in hand.

    Nenette Gray

    Lemonade Creative Marketing

    Nenette Gray is the Founder/CEO of Lemonade Creative Marketing, LLC, a branded promotional merchandise agency. Her company focuses on helping businesses excite, engage and inspire while maximizing their brand. Nenette spent nearly 20 years working with Fortune 500 companies in Marketing Management and as an award-winning sales consultant.

     

    In 2010, the pharmaceutical company she worked for laid off her along with 1,400 colleagues. At that time, she decided to turn the lemons of losing her pharmaceutical career into lemonade! In September 2010, she founded Lemonade Creative Marketing, LLC where she brings her positive energy and zest for marketing to her clients.

     

    Nenette was most recently named by Women’s Enterprise Magazine 2021 Nationally as a Top 50 WBE CEO. Nenette has a commitment to helping foster diversity equity & inclusion not only in the promotional products industry but in business overall.  Outside of the office she can be found traveling, experiencing new cuisine, and exploring the great outdoors, hiking and kayaking. 

    Hugh Lawson

    Staples Promotional Products

    Hugh Lawson is the Director of Business Development for Staples Promotional Products (SPP), a subsidiary of Staples Inc. with offices in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States. 

    He has over 20 years of experience helping clients globally drive brand engagement and improved business results by designing and executing custom merchandise, incentive, recognition, gifting, uniform and promotional programs involving their employees, channel partners, and customers. 

    Hugh currently manages and leads strategic teams for Global new business prospecting, RFP responses, proactive proposals, competitive intelligence, future-trends identification, and business enhancement initiatives.

    He is also a Member of SPP’s Senior Leadership team that oversees organizational strategic plans, succession planning, process improvements, and growth objectives for the Canadian division.

    Johanna Gottlieb (Moderator)

    VP of Sales, Midwest

    Axis

    Johanna, a New Yorker at heart, lives in Chicago with her husband (who she met through work) and proudest accomplishments, her daughters, Olivia Bella and Lola Grace. Johanna, known as Jo, loves working out, family time, and practicing gratitude and a positive mindset daily. Her unwavering belief in the importance of connections and work ethic have helped mold her career into a love of hers, as well.

    Over 15 years ago, Johanna began at Axis, an award-winning promotional products agency, as an associate account manager. With her enthusiastic, fun-loving attitude and in-depth understanding of account management, she rose to her current role as VP of Sales, Midwest. Her impressive work ethic and love of her industry have opened the doors to key roles in many projects, such as new business development at Axis and opening and heading the Axis Chicago office. Named to Advertising Specialty Institute’s “Hot List” in 2017, Johanna’s optimistic worldview and love of her work earned her the identifier of, “who we all want as the spokesperson for the promo industry”.  

    Despite her incredibly busy, rewarding work at Axis, Johanna makes time to chair two teams that are important to her values: PromoKitchen (2019) and the PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force (2021). Johanna is involved in speaking engagements nationwide to discuss two topics near to her heart: best business practices and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Her passion for promotional products and persistence for excellence have created genuinely fulfilling career opportunities for years with no sign of slowing down in the future.

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