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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.

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  • Leader Insights from PPB's Greatest Companies to Work For

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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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  • Prop 65 Demystified

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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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  • DEI Roundtable Discussion

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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

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    Cindy discovered the promo industry after 20 years of Corporate Sales. She identifies as a 2.5 generation Japanese America born and raised in San Diego. A world traveler and endurance athlete has completed a half marathon on all seven continents. Lived in Japan four years after graduating from San Diego State University.  Survived the Kobe Earthquake and now resides in Kirkland, WA. Passionate about D E + I, committed to see a more diverse and inclusive Promo Industry of the future.

    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

    Hugh Lawson

    Staples Promotional Products

    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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  • Building Business Through Self Promotions

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join PPAI as we discuss building your business through self-promotion. Learn about self-promotion programs that have worked for many industry company’s and why self-promotion can help you in growing your business. Join our panel in learning the What, How, and Why of self-promotions.

    Join PPAI as we discuss building your business through self-promotion. Learn about self-promotion programs that have worked for many industry companies and why self-promotion can help you in growing your business. Join Tom Carpenter, MAS, with Fey Promo; Danny Rosin, CAS, with Brand Fuel; Hillary Feder, MAS, with Hillary's, LLC; and Roger Burnett, CAS, with Social Good Promotions, Inc. to learn the what, how and why of self-promotions. This session is sponsored by Kaeser & Blair.

    Tom Carpenter, MAS (Moderator)

    National Accounts Manager

    Fey Promo

    Tom Carpenter, MAS, national accounts manager at Minnesota-based Fey Promo. Carpenter is currently serving as the treasurer for the Promotional Products Association Southwest (PPAS) regional association. Along with his service to PPAS, Carpenter has volunteered in many capacities for PPAI and was the RAC delegate on the PPAI Board from 2013-2015, exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism and dedication to the promotional products industry at every level.

    Danny Rosin, CAS

    Co-owner

    Danny Rosin, CAS is co owner of Brand Fuel, Inc. He is the co‐founder of PromoKitchen, PromoCares, Reciprocity Road and Operation Smile’s Student Groups. He serves on the board of A Place at The Table, a “pay what you can” café and is the active co‐founder of Band Together, a nonprofit that has donated $10 million to 18 nonprofits through live music experiences. He has served on the PPAI and American Marketing Association Boards. He is former President of Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP).

    Rosin is a tireless community builder who likes starting organizations doing things that matter.  He is married with two daughters and has come to grips with the idea that well‐behaved
    women rarely make history.

    Hillary Feder, MAS

    Founder, Hillary's LLC

    Hillary Feder, MAS, president and founder, Hillary’s LLC. Feder is a leader in strategic plan design, program planning, and branded product design to support enterprise engagement (employee, client, vendor, board, etc) initiatives. Her innovative, analytical, and practical approach shapes company cultures that demonstrate recognition and appreciation in meaningful, relevant ways and that align with a company’s values, brand, and business objectives. 

    Hillary is also deeply committed to supporting the community with her leadership. She serves on numerous boards with a deep commitment to each organization’s work. Outside of work, you can find her baking, playing with her grandchildren, speed walking, and re‐energizing at the lake.

    Roger Burnett, CAS

    Roger Burnett, CAS, is co-owner of Social Good Promotions, Inc. As a 25-year sales veteran who leads and participates in high-performing teams, Burnett has made it his life’s work to share his accumulated knowledge and experience behind competitive differentiation and the ways successful sales organizations create meaningful value. As co-founder of PromoCares and PromoKitchen, host of the So, You’re in Sales? podcast, executive producer of the PromoCares Radio podcast, and co-author of the book Red Goldfish; Promotional Marketing Edition, Roger offers a unique perspective on the many values of organizational alignment and the ways purpose capably serves as the fifth “P” of marketing

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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.

  • Basic Introduction to Business Owners Insurance

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/27/2021

    A high-level introduction to the basics of business owner's coverage, including workers’ compensation. The session will focus on the various components of the coverage and how small-business owners should address their own insurance needs.

    A high-level introduction to the basics of business owner's coverage, including workers’ compensation. The session will focus on the various components of the coverage and how small-business owners should address their own insurance needs.

    Mary Whisenand

    Sr Relationship Manager

    Mercer Affinity

    Mary Whisenand, senior relationship manager with Mercer Affinity, has more than 25 years of industry experience in property and casualty insurance products. She is a Registered Professional Liability Underwriter and holds an Associate in Underwriting designation for the Insurance Institute of America. 

    Peggy Crawford

    Field Sales Specialist

    C.N.A.

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  • The Impact of a Volunteer

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Volunteers are the core of the Association, and PPAI wouldn’t be where it is today without their feedback and efforts. Join us for a conversation with PPAI staff liaisons as we discuss how volunteers impact their work and ultimately better the Association in many ways.

    Volunteers are the core of the Association, and PPAI wouldn’t be where it is today without their feedback and efforts. Join us for a conversation with PPAI staff liaisons as we discuss how volunteers impact their work and ultimately better the Association in many ways.

    Kathlene Brethowr (Moderator)

    Volunteer Programs Coordinator

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

    Maurice Norris

    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.

    Sara Besly

    Foundation Manager

    Sara Besly is foundation manager for the Promotional Products Education Foundation, a position she has held since December 2004. She works closely with PPEF's 18-member Board of Trustees and oversees the scholarship program and fundraising efforts for PPEF. Besly has 15+ years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience.

    Bob McLean

    Interim President

    Bob is PPAI’s Interim President. He was hired in June 2008 as CFO and was responsible for finance & administration, information technology and the Promotional Products Education Foundation. In October 2011, Bob was promoted to EVP and now also has responsibility for Expo, Expo East and Membership sales and retention.

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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.

  • Introduction to ASTM’s New Face Mask Standard

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/06/2021

    This webinar will explain the details of the new ASTM Standard for Barrier Face Coverings. For suppliers, it will provide a basis to decide whether or not to have their cloth face coverings tested to the new ASTM standard. For distributors, it will provide a basis to know if they should be seeking ASTM 3502-21 compliant face coverings for their customers, and what the ratings mean. Background As face coverings have become first-line protection for everyone since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, consumers have not had an objective, scientific and standard way to know how protective one type of face covering is versus another. During the past several months, a committee of mask and respirator experts has been collaborating with CDC experts to develop such a standard. Working within ASTM, the standards development organization, the committee published the first version of its standard on February 17. The standard is titled, ASTM F3502-21 Standard Specification for Barrier Face Coverings and is available at no charge during the pandemic from ASTM. This new standard establishes minimum care, design, labeling, and performance requirements for reusable barrier face coverings such as those sold in the promotional industry. Rick Brenner, MAS+, of Product Safety Advisors will moderate the webinar, which will be presented by Jeffrey Stull. Mr. Stull is a world-renown expert in respirators of all types. Stull has served as co-chair of the ASTM F23-65 committee that developed the standard.

    This webinar will explain the details of the new ASTM Standard for Barrier Face Coverings.  For suppliers, it will provide a basis to decide whether or not to have their cloth face coverings tested to the new ASTM standard.  For distributors, it will provide a basis to know if they should be seeking ASTM 3502-21 compliant face coverings for their customers, and what the ratings mean.

    Background
    As face coverings have become first-line protection for everyone since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, consumers have not had an objective, scientific and standard way to know how protective one type of face covering is versus another.   During the past several months, a committee of mask and respirator experts has been collaborating with CDC experts to develop such a standard.  Working within ASTM,  the standards development organization, the committee published the first version of its standard on February 17.   The standard is titled, ASTM F3502-21 Standard Specification for Barrier Face Coverings and is available at no charge during the pandemic from ASTM.  This new standard establishes minimum care, design, labeling, and performance requirements for reusable barrier face coverings such as those sold in the promotional industry.

    Rick Brenner, MAS+, of Product Safety Advisors will moderate the webinar, which will be presented by Jeffrey Stull.  Mr. Stull is a world-renown expert in respirators of all types.  Stull has served as co-chair of the ASTM F23-65 committee that developed the standard. 

    Alan Christopher

    Multi-Line Rep

    Alan Christopher, MAS, is a 30 year veteran of the promotional products industry. He has worked as a supplier sales manager managing multi-line reps, and is currently a multi-line rep based in Texas.

    He is a 6 time PPAI Speaker of the Year, a recipient of the Veteran Facilitator Award, PPB Multi-Line Rep of the Year, and was honored by PPAI in 2002 with the Distinguished Service Award. He has developed and taught over 40 classes in 7 different business categories over the years for PPAI as a speaker at Expo, several of the PPAI Management Seminars, and has spoken for many regional associations around the country. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Marketing with an emphasis on B2B2C Social Media, and is an on-line adjunct instructor in Marketing.

    Cliff Quicksell, MAS+

    Cliff Quicksell, Jr., MAS+ has been involved in the promotional marketing and sportswear industries for 32 years. During this time he has achieved the MAS+ certification and has been actively involved in PPAI as a volunteer. Cliff’s He has served five terms as the education chairperson for the Chesapeake Promotional Products Association and is the recpient of several PPAI Pyramid Awards and PPAI Ambassador Speaker of the Year Awards. Cliff consults for and directs the marketing efforts for distributor iPROMOTEu.

    Rick Brenner, MAS+ (Moderator)

    Rick Brenner is a president of Product Safety Advisors, a training and consulting firm dedicated to consumer product safety and regulatory compliance.   He spent 12 years as president and CEO of top 40 supplier Prime Line, was a founder and board member of QCA – the Quality Certification Alliance – and chaired QCA’s compliance committee for 7 years.  He is a past president of ICPHSO, the International Product Health and Safety Organization and for ten years he has co-chaired PPAI’s annual Product Responsibility Summit.   In January 2020, Brenner was honored with PPAI’s Distinguished Service Award.

    Jeffrey Stull

    International Personnel Protection, Inc.

    Jeffrey O. Stull is President of International Personnel Protection, Inc., which has
    provided expertise, research, and testing on the design, evaluation, selection, and use of
    personnel protective equipment (PPE) to end-users and manufacturers since 1993. He
    further has been instrumental in developing and promoting PPE standards for the
    improvements of PPE. He was one of the two Ebola grand challenge winners to develop
    PPE for West Africa in 2014. Mr. Stull has been very active in specific standards related
    to healthcare products including ASTM standards on medical gowns, medical face
    masks, and barrier face coverings as well as the NFPA 1999 standard on emergency
    medical protective clothing and equipment.

    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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    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.

  • DEI Series - Women's History Month

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This dynamic panel of business leaders will discuss various aspects of being a woman in the promotional products industry. Join PPAI in commemorating Women’s History Month. As we celebrate the vital contributions women have made in business and to society at large, this session will also explore and discuss the remarkable and essential responsibilities women have taken on as they successfully balance work and home life. Moderator, Cindy Tsuji from Image Source Team will be leading the panel that includes Andrea Pereira of Rocket Science Branding, Marcia Tarnoff of Blank2Branded, Taylor Borst of American Solutions for Business, and Michelle Chen of Fossa Apparel.

    This dynamic panel of business leaders will discuss various aspects of being a woman in the promotional products industry. Join PPAI in commemorating Women’s History Month. As we celebrate the vital contributions women have made in business and to society at large, this session will also explore and discuss the remarkable and essential responsibilities women have taken on as they successfully balance work and home life.  Moderator, Cindy Tsuji from Image Source Team will be leading the panel that includes Andrea Pereira of Rocket Science Branding, Marcia Tarnoff of Blank2Branded, Taylor Borst of American Solutions for Business, Michelle Chen of Fossa Apparel, and Meg Erber of S&S Activewear.

    Cindy Tsuji (Moderator)

    Senior Account Executive

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    Cindy discovered the promo industry after 20 years of Corporate Sales. She identifies as a 2.5 generation Japanese America born and raised in San Diego. A world traveler and endurance athlete has completed a half marathon on all seven continents. Lived in Japan four years after graduating from San Diego State University.  Survived the Kobe Earthquake and now resides in Kirkland, WA. Passionate about D E + I, committed to see a more diverse and inclusive Promo Industry of the future.

    Andrea Pereira

    Rocket Science Branding

    After over 10 years in marketing, Andrea Pereira started Rocket Science Branding in 2019 to help organizations cultivate their communities through branded merchandise. Her team takes a true marketing approach to understand an organization's goals, people, and purpose and then translates this into the tangible touchpoints. A team of marketers for marketers, Rocket Science Branding telling a brand's story through strategic ideas and creative design to create lasting engagement. Rocket Science Branding, located in Garden Grove, CA, is a certified ethnic minority-owned & woman-owned small business.

    Marcia Tarnoff

    Blank 2 Branded

    Marcia’s innovative approach to customer objectives is unsurpassed. From idea creation to execution, Marcia strives to bring measurable results using creative sourcing outlets from around the globe. She leads a team of smart, seasoned individuals that are hand-selected to extend the enthusiasm and passion for Blank2Branded.

    Taylor Borst

    Head of Communications and Public Relations

    Joining the industry in 2015, Taylor Borst is head of communications & public relations for American Solutions for Business. Currently, she’s a contributing writer for PromoCorner, Sous Chef with PromoKitchen, and on the Board of Directors for regional association, Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals.  Additionally, she has served on the PPAI SPARK workgroup and was named a 2019 PPB Rising Star.

    Michelle Chen

    Fossa Apparel

    Meg Erber

    S&S Activewear

    Meg Erber of S&S Activewear (PPAI 256121) is a 17 year industry vet and a US Navy veteran. She is also a nerdy news podcast host on the #IndustryInsider, a PromoCares Do-Gooder, a BJJ purple belt and yogi. She is passionate about teaching women’s self defense and empowerment through jiu jitsu, especially to the women of our industry.

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  • What are Pyramid Judges Looking For?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Let’s dig into the PPAI Pyramids! Join us as we cover eligibility requirements and go over what the judges are looking for to help you create a successful award entry.

    Let’s dig into the PPAI Pyramids!  Join us as we cover eligibility requirements and go over what the judges are looking for to help you create a successful award entry. 

     

    Christina Sanders

    PPAI

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  • Promotional Products Education Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    PPEF is an educational, charitable, nonprofit organization that awards college scholarships to students who have a parent working in the promotional products industry or who are working for a company in the industry. Since 1989, PPEF has awarded over $2.4M in college scholarships to 1,358 students. Join Sara Besly, with PPEF as she covers the program and scholarship opportunities for 2021.

    PPEF is an educational, charitable, nonprofit organization that awards college scholarships to students who have a parent working in the promotional products industry or who are working for a company in the industry. Since 1989, PPEF has awarded over $2.4M in college scholarships to 1,358 students. Join Sara Besly, with PPEF as she covers the program and scholarship opportunities for 2021.

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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.