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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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  • 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

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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.

  • 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

    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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    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.

  • 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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    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.

  • 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

    Image Source

    Cindy Tsuji, senior account executive with Image Source, discovered the promo industry after more than 20 years in corporate sales.  A second-generation Japanese American, Tsuji was born and raised in San Diego, where hers was the only Asian family in the predominantly white, upper-middle-class community of Point Loma. She is the proud daughter of a seamstress and gardener, who were interned in the Poston, Arizona concentration camp for those of Japanese ancestry during WWII.  A passionate world traveler and endurance athlete, she has completed a half marathon on all seven continents, including Antarctica.  Tsuji moved to Japan after graduating from San Diego State University and traveled throughout Southeast Asia for four years.  She now lives in Kirkland, Washington.

    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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    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.

  • 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.

  • How to Read a P&L Statement for Those New to the Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Revenue. Cost of goods sold. Interest expense. Taxes. These are just a few of the items that make up your company's profit and loss statement and are important facts to know as your build your company and grow your business. Jamie Watson, MAS, financial analyst at Certified Marketing Consultants, knows the ins and outs of both the financial and promo markets. If you're new to the industry or re-building your business, this session is for you.

    Revenue. Cost of goods sold. Interest expense. Taxes. These are just a few of the items that make up your company's profit and loss statement and are important facts to know as your build your company and grow your business. Jamie Watson, MAS, financial analyst at Certified Marketing Consultants, knows the ins and outs of both the financial and promo markets. If you're new to the industry or re-building your business, this session is for you.

    Jamie Watson, MAS, CPA

    Senior Financial Analyst for Certified Marketing Consultants, LLC

    Jamie Watson has been involved in various aspects of Finance and Accounting for over 20 years.  She qualified as a CPA in the state of Indiana in 2001 where she started her career in public accounting. She shifted to mergers and acquisitions when she came to work at Certified Marketing Consultants.  Jamie has been involved in the consulting of both supplier and distributor companies in the Promotional Products Industry for 14 years. Her passion is helping her clients meet or exceed their financial goals.  

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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.

  • Expo 2021: Leveraging AI Today

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join Dale Denham, MAS+, for this session as he takes you beyond the buzz of artificial intelligence (AI). He will demonstrate how AI will transform business as well as how it will likely transform our industry in the next several years. Participants will walk away with a richer understanding of what AI really is and how it works along with examples of how AI impacts your life beyond the promo world now and into the future. Participants will also learn how AI is likely to impact the promotional products industry and your business within the next few years helping you get ahead of competitors.

    Join Dale Denham, MAS+, for this session as he takes you beyond the buzz of artificial intelligence (AI). He will demonstrate how AI will transform business as well as how it will likely transform our industry in the next several years. Participants will walk away with a richer understanding of what AI really is and how it works along with examples of how AI impacts your life beyond the promo world now and into the future. Participants will also learn how AI is likely to impact the promotional products industry and your business within the next few years helping you get ahead of competitors.

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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.

  • Canadian Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Package

    Contains 16 Product(s)

    In our Canadian MAS version, the U.S.-specific courses have been replaced with different content. Register for all your required courses here. You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package. Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org Please note in order to earn your MAS please make sure you have completed the CAS Certification first.

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

    1. Have a current CAS Certification 
    2. Complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org
    3. Complete 35 MAS elective credits 
    4. Re-certification every three years (by earning 30 additional CAS or MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application) 



  • Canadian Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) Package

    Contains 26 Product(s)

    In our Canadian CAS version, the U.S.-specific courses have been replaced with different content. Register for all your required courses here. You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package. Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org Please note in order to start working on your CAS please make sure you have completed the TAS Certificate program first.

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

    Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org

    Please note in order to start working on your CAS please make sure you have completed the TAS Certificate program first.

  • Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) Package

    Contains 26 Product(s)

    Register for all your required courses here. You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package. Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org Please note in order to start working on your CAS please make sure you have completed the TAS Certificate program first.

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

    Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org

    Please note in order to start working on your CAS please make sure you have completed the TAS Certificate program first.