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Product Responsibility

78 Results

  • Turning Waste Into Viable Products

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 06/19/2019 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

    Join us for a conversation on how one company is working towards sustainability by converting recycled plastic bottles into apparel. Did you know plastic bottles can be recycled into quality apparel? Recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET) is a type of polyester that can provide environmentally responsible solutions for your business, and extraordinary value for your clients. Learn about the process from HTT’s Vice President of Sales Bill Patterson, who will share how the company has helped prevent millions of plastic bottles from ending up in the world’s oceans. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join us for a conversation on how one company is working towards sustainability by converting recycled plastic bottles into apparel. Did you know plastic bottles can be recycled into quality apparel? Recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET) is a type of polyester that can provide environmentally responsible solutions for your business, and extraordinary value for your clients. Learn about the process from HTT’s Vice President of Sales Bill Patterson, who will share how the company has helped prevent millions of plastic bottles from ending up in the world’s oceans. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Bill Patterson

    Vice President of Sales, HTT

    Bill Patterson is an industry veteran, having been in the apparel business for more than 30 years, 15 of which have been with HITT as the vice president of sales. He is a leader in how sustainability can benefit the apparel industry .

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  • EU Market Expansion

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    In the promotional products industry, there is a high awareness of how national legislation applies to the goods that are both made and sold. But how does compliance translate into expanding your market to include European countries? This presentation by Jennifer Barbarisi and Melanie Schubert is designed to look into the applicable EU legislation for toys and children’s products, common promotional product categories and will include chemical requirements like REACH, including SVHC and RoHS. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    In the promotional products industry, there is a high awareness of how national legislation applies to the goods that are both made and sold. But how does compliance translate into expanding your market to include European countries? This presentation by Jennifer Barbarisi and Melanie Schubert is designed to look into the applicable EU legislation for toys and children’s products, common promotional product categories and will include chemical requirements like REACH, including SVHC and RoHS. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Jennifer Barbarisi

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Jennifer Barbarisi is part of TÜV Rheinland’s North America retail team. In her role as a senior regulatory and product compliance consultant, Barbarisi supports clients based in North America with compliance to national and international regulations affecting the toy and promotional products industries. In addition, Barbarisi works closely with TÜV’s global laboratories on alignment and interpretation of U.S. federal and state regulations. Barbarisi has over 10 years of hands-on technical experience in product safety and compliance for consumer products. Formerly working for UL and STR, Barbarisi held the position of North American toy technical lead and has served as the global account manager for several toy companies. Barbarisi has been involved with committees, including the ASTM F15.22 subcommittees, ASTM F15 juvenile product subcommittees, Safety Standards and Technical Committee (SSTC) and TS TAG to ISO/TC 181 on Toy Safety. Barbarisi 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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  • ICPHSO 2019 Recap: United for Safety

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Join Susan DeRagon for this session, where she will share information from the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s 2019 annual meeting and training symposium. This year’s conference included tutorials on social media and consumer product misuse as well as concerns over product safety and privacy in an interconnected world. Some of the breakout sessions included topics such as mitigation strategies related to foreign body hazards and proactive safety engineering. The plenary topics of the sessions included ensuring the safety of products sold online and evolving approaches for innovation and technology. The annual CPSC day included updates on the impact of the new makeup of the Commission and some of the commissioners’ policy views regarding education campaigns, voluntary vs. mandatory standards and a variety of other issues that come before the Commission. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Susan DeRagon for this session, where she will share information from the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s 2019 annual meeting and training symposium. This year’s conference included tutorials on social media and consumer product misuse as well as concerns over product safety and privacy in an interconnected world. Some of the breakout sessions included topics such as mitigation strategies related to foreign body hazards and proactive safety engineering. The plenary topics of the sessions included ensuring the safety of products sold online and evolving approaches for innovation and technology. The annual CPSC day included updates on the impact of the new makeup of the Commission and some of the commissioners’ policy views regarding education campaigns, voluntary vs. mandatory standards and a variety of other issues that come before the Commission. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is the senior technical consultant for Qima. She has over 25 years of experience in the toy and premiums industry and has worked with PPAI as a technical consultant since 2008. DeRagon has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars and closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of product testing, quality assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    DeRagon is an active member of the Toy Industry Association and the American Society for Testing and Materials, participating on several toy and children's product standards committees. She is also on the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s Board of Directors. 

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  • It Pays To Prepare: Know Your State’s Chemical Regulations To Mitigate Risk

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 01/23/2019

    Increased regulations of chemicals and consumer products containing regulated chemicals continues to significantly impact all industries. This session by Jennifer Barbarisi and Danielle Iverson will focus on state chemical regulations impacting key sectors in the promotional product industry and will provide chemical management strategies that manufacturers can take to mitigate risk. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Increased regulations of chemicals and consumer products containing regulated chemicals continues to significantly impact all industries. This session will focus on state chemical regulations impacting key sectors in the promotional product industry and will provide chemical management strategies that manufacturers can take to mitigate risk. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Jennifer Barbarisi

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Jennifer Barbarisi is part of TÜV Rheinland’s North America retail team. In her role as a senior regulatory and product compliance consultant, Barbarisi supports clients based in North America with compliance to national and international regulations affecting the toy and promotional products industries. In addition, Barbarisi works closely with TÜV’s global laboratories on alignment and interpretation of U.S. federal and state regulations. Barbarisi has over 10 years of hands-on technical experience in product safety and compliance for consumer products. Formerly working for UL and STR, Barbarisi held the position of North American toy technical lead and has served as the global account manager for several toy companies. Barbarisi has been involved with committees, including the ASTM F15.22 subcommittees, ASTM F15 juvenile product subcommittees, Safety Standards and Technical Committee (SSTC) and TS TAG to ISO/TC 181 on Toy Safety. Barbarisi completed Saint Louis University’s Advanced Product Safety Management course in September 2017. 

    Danielle Iverson

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Danielle Iverson, Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant with TÜV Rheinland of North America, provides guidance and recommendations to clients regarding testing and quality assurance programs. Iverson also helps to implement protocols designed to protect clients’ brands, ensure compliance with national and international compliance regulations and minimize risk for apparel, textiles and footwear. Before joining TUV Rheinland, Iverson was the Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Iverson also served as Director of Government Affairs with the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). She received a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and Japanese language and literature from George Washington University and an associate’s degree in fashion design from Parsons School of Design.

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  • Expo 2019: Blockchain Supply Chain Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered Recorded On: 01/14/2019

    Blockchain was a buzzword in 2018, attend this session with Anne Stone to understand what it is, how it works and why more and more retailers are adopting this model to manage supply chain transparency. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Blockchain was a buzzword in 2018, attend this session with Anne Stone to understand what it is, how it works and why more and more retailers are adopting this model to manage supply chain transparency. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.  

    Anne Stone

    Director of Public Affairs

    Anne Stone is the director of public affairs at PPAI, responsible for guiding PPAI's legislative and government relations efforts, which includes taking a contingent of PPAI members to Washington, D.C., to advocate directly to U.S. lawmakers on issues important to the promotional products industry. Stone also oversees the Association's product responsibility programs, including the development of industry best practices and the PPAI Product Safety Summit, a two-day education event focused specifically on product responsibility issues. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Advisory Council and the Product Responsibility Advisory Group.

    Maurice Norris

    Public Affairs Manager

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

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    .5 Point

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  • How The Section 301 Tariffs Are Affecting The Promotional Products Industry

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 12/04/2018

    PPAI has enlisted the help of an experienced trade counsel to translate the Section 301 tariff list into a plain language guide about the items that are on the list. The third group of products that were named in the Section 301 investigation listed several items that are prevalent in the promotional products industry, specifically. This session will offer an in-depth look at the products listed and offer best practices for managing the effect of the tariffs.

    PPAI has enlisted the help of an experienced trade counsel to translate the Section 301 tariff list into a plain language guide about the items that are on the list. The third group of products that were named in the Section 301 investigation listed several items that are prevalent in the promotional products industry, specifically. This session will offer an in-depth look at the products listed and offer best practices for managing the effect of the tariffs. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative. 

    Josh Teitelbaum

    Counsel, Public Law & Policy

    Joshua Teitelbaum serves as counsel in the public law and policy practice and advises clients across diverse industries on issues related to trade and health policy, among others.

    Practice & Background

    Prior to joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Teitelbaum served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials with the International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). While serving in this role, Teitelbaum was a policymaker for and public advocate of the Obama administration’s highest international trade priorities. His work included substantial contributions to the development of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the DOC’s implementation of the conflict minerals provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, among other multilateral, regional and bilateral trade initiatives. His work spanned a broad cross section of U.S. industries, including textiles, apparel, home furnishings, processed foods, distilled spirits, recreational transportation, cosmetics, chemicals and building materials. Teitelbaum also served as the chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, which supervises the negotiation and implementation of textile and apparel contracts.

    Prior to his role at the DOC, Teitelbaum served as staff director for the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Children & Families; as legislative assistant to Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC); and as legislative counsel to Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), where he advised on a range of issues, including health care, education and financial services.  Teitelbaum’s experience with health care policy, in support of members of both the House and Senate, includes navigating the passage and subsequent implementation of the Affordable Care Act, as well as the FDA Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 to reauthorize and modify the review processes for drugs, devices and biologics. He worked closely with constituent health care providers, including nursing and physician practices, hospital systems and patient advocates.

    Teitelbaum received his law degree. from The George Washington University Law School in 2008 and his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 2005.

    Suzanne Kane

    Counsel, International Trade

    Suzanne E. Kane is a member of the international trade practice.

    Practice & Background

    Suzanne Kane counsels clients on U.S. laws and policies affecting international trade and business, including customs and import control laws.

    Prior to joining Akin Gump, Kane served for over six years as a Senior Attorney Advisor at the Office of International Trade, Regulations and Rulings of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In that capacity, she served in the Penalties, Trade and Commercial Regulations; Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) & Restricted Merchandise; and Valuation & Special Programs branches. She issued binding rulings, advisory opinions, internal advice and other agency decisions to various importers and other businesses regarding penalty determinations; the eligibility for NAFTA and other duty preference programs; the proper methods of customs valuation (covering transfer pricing and additions to, or deductions from, transaction value); and country of origin marking and other origin determinations, among other issues.

    Kane played a key role in the administration of CBP’s enforcement of IPR at U.S. borders; for example, she drafted and issued agency decisions regarding seizures of merchandise-infringing trademarks and copyrights and International Trade Commission patent exclusions orders. Kane also conducted IPR enforcement training for CBP officers at various U.S. ports of entry.

    Kane also has experience in CBP’s enforcement of consumer product safety laws. In 2008, the Commissioner of CBP awarded her the Commissioner’s Award for her role in drafting the Importer Self-Assessment Product Safety Pilot Program, which is a trade partnership program jointly administered by CBP and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    Kane received her law degree from American University Washington College of Law in 2007, where she was a senior staff member of the Administrative Law Review.

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  • Closing The Gaps

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered Recorded On: 11/28/2018

    This session will walk you through the process of conducting a gap analysis on your company’s product responsibility policies and procedures. The architects of PPAI’s 2018 Product Responsibility Summit workbook will provide an outline the framework and implement the necessary processes to close the gaps in your compliance program. The content of this session is designed to deliver actionable tools to improve your company’s compliance efforts.

    This session will walk you through the process of conducting a gap analysis on your company’s product responsibility policies and procedures. An architect of PPAI’s 2018 Product Responsibility Summit workbook, Shamini Peter will provide an outline the framework and implement the necessary processes to close the gaps in your compliance program. The content of this session is designed to deliver actionable tools to improve your company’s compliance efforts. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative. 

    Shamini Peter

    Chief Operating Officer

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

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  • Country Risk Assessments In Responsible Sourcing

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 10/31/2018

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

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

    Tom van Haaren

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

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

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 10/05/2018

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

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

    Emily Gigot

    Social Responsibility Specialist

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

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

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

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

    Brian Garback

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

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: End Buyer Panel

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    How can you determine if something is a children’s product with confidence? This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    How can you determine if something is a children’s product with confidence? This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Lenny Polkakoff

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

    Anj Holland

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

    Brett Berry

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

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Closing The Gaps

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

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

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

    Patrick Donovan

    Director of Import and Compliance

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

    Shamini Peter

    Chief Operating Officer

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

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

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

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

    Dana Porter, CAS

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

    Kim Bakalyar

    PromoShop Inc Chief Compliance Officer

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

    Nathan Cotter

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

    JillAnn Rogoz

    Senior Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance

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

    Tabatha Bauer

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

    Gene Geiger, MAS+

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

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    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.

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    Using wireless charging devices as a case study, this session will examine the hazard identification process when taking a new product to market. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Using wireless charging devices as a case study, this session will examine the hazard identification process when taking a new product to market. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    David Tai

    Founder and CEO of TQAChecked

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

    George Borlase

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

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

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    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.

  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: International Shipping Challenges

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    It’s not enough to just get it there…how do you get products into the hands of your international customers? This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    It’s not enough to just get it there…how do you get products into the hands of your international customers? This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Bernadette Corrado

    Managing Director

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

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    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.

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

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

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

    Karolyn Helda

    Managing Director

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

    Neal Cohen

    Attorney

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

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

    Joseph Galbo

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

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    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.

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    A professional auditor will share the real story behind factory audits. She will review what is involved in performing social and safety audits as well as tips on how to make those corrective actions stick. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    A professional auditor will share the real story behind factory audits. She will review what is involved in performing social and safety audits as well as tips on how to make those corrective actions stick. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Brian Campbell

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

    Terri Olano

    Terri Olano is a senior business development manager with Qima, an onsite supplier of audit programs, product inspections and laboratory tests for international brands, retailers and importers. With a degree in textile engineering, Olano has over 27 years of experience in manufacturing, quality, inspections and facility audits, both through apparel companies and third-party service providers.  
    Introduced to factory audits in 1996, Olano fell in love with the idea of reviewing the complexities of the manufacturing processes while also verifying the safety, quality and capabilities of the factory. This led to additional training and expansion of her internal audit scope to include social accountability and responsible sourcing and C-TPAT audits. The audits have varied across different industries including softlines, hardlines, food facilities, filling locations, paper facilities and more. Olano estimates to have completed around 2,500 audits over a 20-year period and continues to perform audits as needed.   
    Olano has used her experience to work in many arenas, including customized program development, customized audit programs, project management, consultation, training, sales, business development and account management. She has a thorough understanding of processes and programs that allow her to find creative solutions when traditional means do not provide results. Using her technical expertise, she provides clients with answers and results in an expedited manner. 

    Nathan Cotter

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

    Andy Blahnik

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

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    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.

  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Emerging Regulatory Challenges

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    As more states and countries legalize medical and recreational cannabis, where can you turn for legal and regulatory guidance related to both drug paraphernalia and marketing support for this growing market? This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    As more states and countries legalize medical and recreational cannabis, where can you turn for legal and regulatory guidance related to both drug paraphernalia and marketing support for this growing market? This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Emily Leongini

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

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    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.

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    What are the trends and applications for the internet of things? Where is the intersection between IOT and promo? This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    What are the trends and applications for the internet of things? Where is the intersection between IOT and promo? This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Pierre-Alexandre Fournier

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

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    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.

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered Recorded On: 08/30/2018

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

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

    Maurice Norris

    Public Affairs Manager

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

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    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.

  • SAGE Show 2018: New Prop 65 Requirements

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered Recorded On: 08/30/2018

    Big changes to Prop 65 take effect in August, and those changes could affect your company’s bottom line. This session will examine the new standards for Prop 65 compliance and provide essential tools to protect your business. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Big changes to Prop 65 take effect in August, and those changes could affect your company’s bottom line. This session will examine the new standards for Prop 65 compliance and provide essential tools to protect your business. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative. 

    Maurice Norris

    Public Affairs Manager

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

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  • MAS: Hazard Identification In The Product Life Cycle

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 08/22/2018

    Product safety is a challenging issue in the promotional products industry because the ultimate use and users of the product are not always known at the time of manufacture. This session will address vital considerations that could help you avoid potential hazards for your business.

    Product safety is a challenging issue in the promotional products industry because the ultimate use and users of the product are not always known at the time of manufacture. For example, promotional products that are intended for use by adults are given out at trade shows and in workplaces and may end up in the hands of children. This does not mean that every promotional product must be designed as safe for children of all ages, but it does mean that a determination about its appeal and foreseeable use by children needs to be considered when manufacturing or distributing a promotional product. Join Sue DeRagon for this session and she will address vital considerations that could help you avoid potential hazards for your business.

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is the Senior Technical Consultant for Asia Inspection. Ms. DeRagon has over 25 years of experience in the toy and premiums industry, and has worked with PPAI as a technical consultant since 2008. Ms. DeRagon has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars, and works closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of product testing, quality assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    Ms. DeRagon is an active member of the Toy Industry Association and the American Society for Testing and Materials, participating on several toy and children's product standards committees. She is also on the Board of Directors for ICPHSO, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.

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  • Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Package

    Contains 16 Product(s)

    The Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Program requires the following: Have a current CAS Certification Complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes Complete 35 MAS elective credits Re-certification every three years (by earning 25 additional CAS or MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application)

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

    Have a current CAS Certification 

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

    Complete 35 MAS elective credits 

    Re-certification every three years (by earning 25 additional CAS or MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application) 



  • MAS: In Depth Look At How To Handle A Recall

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 07/25/2018

    ​Join Susan DeRagon for this session on How To Handle A Recall. This session will guide you through the development of recall policies and procedures. It will address decisions and essential issues relevant to the requirements of an appropriate recall response. This course qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program. This webinar will focus on product safety, identifying hazards, product responsibility resources, and an overview on recalls and compliance standards. ​

    Join Susan DeRagon for this session on How To Handle A Recall. This session will guide you through the development of recall policies and procedures. It will address decisions and essential issues relevant to the requirements of an appropriate recall response. This course qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program. This webinar will focus on product safety, identifying hazards, product responsibility resources, and an overview on recalls and compliance standards. 

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is the senior technical consultant for Qima. She has over 25 years of experience in the toy and premiums industry and has worked with PPAI as a technical consultant since 2008. DeRagon has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars and closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of product testing, quality assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    DeRagon is an active member of the Toy Industry Association and the American Society for Testing and Materials, participating on several toy and children's product standards committees. She is also on the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s Board of Directors. 

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  • Practical Quality Considerations for Audits and Sourcing

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 06/20/2018

    Join us for an advanced focus on quality audits. During this in-depth learning session, Andy Church will take viewers on a deep dive into what to look for during an audit, and provide practical takeaways for implementation.

    Join us for an advanced focus on quality audits. During this in-depth learning session, Andy Church will take viewers on a deep dive into what to look for during an audit, and provide practical takeaways for implementation. Please note this session qualifies as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative. 

    Andy Church

    Founder

    Andy Church founded Insight Quality in 2014 after 12 years living in Shenzhen, China and working in the quality assurance testing and supply chain support industry. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas with Chinese operations in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Yiwu, and Qingdao, Insight provides companies sourcing in Asia with a well-supported team that can take care of overseas sourcing and quality inspection needs.  Whether it’s a short-term emergency or a long-term QA strategy, Andy and his team can serve as your boots on the ground and partner in Asia. He has over 20 years of experience with the ins and outs of product development, manufacturing, social accountability, and quality assurance. 

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  • Expo East 2018: Product Responsibility: What You Need To Know To Source And Sell With Confidence

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 06/11/2018

    This session will address the top product safety issues for the promotional products industry, and it will focus specifically on children’s products and new warning requirements for California Prop 65. This session will qualify for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    This session will address the top product safety issues for the promotional products industry, and it will focus specifically on children’s products and new warning requirements for California Prop 65. Join Anne Stone for this session and it will qualify for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Anne Stone

    Director of Public Affairs

    Anne Stone is the director of public affairs for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). She brings her background in public relations and communications to driving member advocacy and communicating product safety issues. Prior to joining PPAI, she worked with Conner Peripherals, then a Fortune 500 manufacturer of data storage solutions, where she managed media relations, special events and creative services. She also managed corporate communications for a manufacturer of high-performance visual display equipment, and was a senior account executive for a public relations agency. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Action Council and the Product Responsibility Action Council.

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  • Certified Advertising Specialist Package

    Contains 27 Product(s)

    Get all your sessions registered in one-stop shopping style and complete at your own pace!

    Get all your sessions registered in one-stop shopping style and complete at your own pace! 

    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.

  • CAS: How To Communicate Compliance To An End Buyer

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 05/09/2018

    Join Anne Stone for this session on how to communicate compliance to end buyers. A session designed to help you engage your customers in the compliance conversation. It covers how you can start the conversation, what questions to ask and the best practices necessary to back up your compliance talk. At the end you will understand how to use the tools provided in order to deliver the compliance message with confidence. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Anne Stone for this session on how to communicate compliance to end buyers. A session designed to help you engage your customers in the compliance conversation. It covers how you can start the conversation, what questions to ask and the best practices necessary to back up your compliance talk. At the end you will understand how to use the tools provided in order to deliver the compliance message with confidence. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Anne Stone

    Director of Public Affairs

    Anne Stone is the director of public affairs for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). She brings her background in public relations and communications to driving member advocacy and communicating product safety issues. Prior to joining PPAI, she worked with Conner Peripherals, then a Fortune 500 manufacturer of data storage solutions, where she managed media relations, special events and creative services. She also managed corporate communications for a manufacturer of high-performance visual display equipment, and was a senior account executive for a public relations agency. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Action Council and the Product Responsibility Action Council.

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  • PSA Required: Prop 65 and State Regulations

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 04/11/2018

    Big changes are coming to Cal Prop 65 that could cost you and your business. In addition to the federal regulations that affect the promotional products industry, individual states have passed laws that can affect your company as well. This session is a must for navigating your interstate deals, not just by knowing the rules, but by having strategies in place to manage them.

    Join Anne Stone for this session on Prop 65 and State Regulations. Big changes are coming to Cal Prop 65 that could cost you and your business. In addition to the federal regulations that affect the promotional products industry, individual states have passed laws that can affect your company as well. This session is a must for navigating your interstate deals, not just by knowing the rules, but by having strategies in place to manage them. This course is a required element of the Product Safety Aware program. This course contains information regarding United States regulations, laws and standards, specifically. 

    Recommended Pre-Requisite: CAS Required: Product Safety Basics

    Anne Stone

    Director of Public Affairs

    Anne Stone is the director of public affairs at PPAI, responsible for guiding PPAI's legislative and government relations efforts, which includes taking a contingent of PPAI members to Washington, D.C., to advocate directly to U.S. lawmakers on issues important to the promotional products industry. Stone also oversees the Association's product responsibility programs, including the development of industry best practices and the PPAI Product Safety Summit, a two-day education event focused specifically on product responsibility issues. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Advisory Council and the Product Responsibility Advisory Group.

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  • Product Safety Awareness Package

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    The Product Safety Awareness Program is an earned certification by completed each component of this package. Once completed you will be able to print your Product Safety Awareness Ambassador certificate.

    Take The Following Free Education Opportunities:

    • CAS Required Product Safety Basics (90 minutes)
    • PSA Required: Prop 65 and State Regulation (60 minutes)
    • PSA Required: Undue Influence Training (30 minutes)
    • Social Responsibility: Why Should We Care? (60)

    Upon Completion of the program: 

    • You will receive notice of credit for the course.
    • You will receive notification of your status and receive the "We Are Product Safety Aware" logos to be used in your marketing materials
    • You will be added to the list of Product Safety Aware companies on the PPAI website.
    • Make your plans to attend the Product Safety Summit, Expo & Expo East in the future
    • Adopt the PPAI Code of Conduct
    • Keep Your Product Safety Awareness Current 
    • Complete two hours of products safety education every two years in order to continue in the program.
  • ICPHSO 2018 Recap: Accelerated Change In The Exponential Age

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 03/21/2018

    This webinar shares information from the 25th annual ICPHSO product safety symposium, whose theme was "Accelerated Change in the Exponential Age: Learning from History to Make Safer Products in the Future". With new products continually being developed, this webinar will explore ways to identify potential product hazards and how to mitigate them, how to use emerging technologies to accelerate product safety, and how to make retailers (brands) happy. This webinar will include updates on CPSC programs as well as Prop 65, and how to use social media and technology to reach and protect your customers. This session qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Karolyn Helda for this webinar as she shares information from the 25th annual ICPHSO product safety symposium, whose theme was "Accelerated Change in the Exponential Age: Learning from History to Make Safer Products in the Future".  With new products continually being developed, this webinar will explore ways to identify potential product hazards and how to mitigate them, how to use emerging technologies to accelerate product safety, and how to make retailers (brands) happy.  This webinar will include updates on CPSC programs as well as Prop 65, and how to use social media and technology to reach and protect your customers.  This session qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Karolyn Helda

    Managing Director

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

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  • Structural Safety: The Life-And-Death Question of Your Supply Chain

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 02/28/2018

    Despite many initiatives to improve structural safety in global supply chains, factory fires and building collapses still plague low-cost manufacturing countries, destroying property, infrastructure and human lives. Most of these losses are preventable through proactive assessment, corrective action and education. This webinar, presented by David Feig of AI, focuses on the- current state of structural, fire and electric safety in global manufacturing; the leading causes of safety failures; and best practices for using structural audits to create a safer supply chain. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Despite many initiatives to improve structural safety in global supply chains, factory fires and building collapses still plague low-cost manufacturing countries, destroying property, infrastructure and human lives. Most of these losses are preventable through proactive assessment, corrective action and education. This webinar, presented by David Feig of AI, focuses on the- current state of structural, fire and electric safety in global manufacturing; the leading causes of safety failures; and best practices for using structural audits to create a safer supply chain. This session will count as an elective for the product safety awareness initiative. 

    David Feig

    Senior Key Account Manager

    David Feig is a 45 year veteran of the global supply chain.  He spent 37 years functioning as a foreign buying agent, specializing in apparel. He spent much of that career traveling and sourcing on behalf of brands and retail clients throughout Asia, with a short stint sourcing from South America.

    For the past eight years, Mr. Feig has served in his current role as a senior key account manager at Asiainspection, Ltd (AI), performing supplier audit programs, product inspections and lab testing. AI is a global quality control and compliance service provider that partners with brands, retailers and importers around the world to secure, manage and optimize their global supply chain.

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  • PSA Required: Undue Influence Updated

    Contains 5 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered Recorded On: 11/08/2017

    Undue influence training is an essential element in any product responsibility program and is required by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The session will help you understand what undue influence is and how to avoid it, as well as provide you with tools and resources that are easily shared with the rest of your team. This course is a required element of the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join Anne Stone for this session on Undue Influence. Undue influence training is an essential element in any product responsibility program and is required by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The session will help you understand what undue influence is and how to avoid it, as well as provide you with tools and resources that are easily shared with the rest of your team. This course is a required element of the Product Safety Aware program. This course contains information regarding United States regulations, laws and standards, specifically. 

    Recommended Pre-Requisite: CAS Required Product Safety Basics

    Anne Stone

    Director of Public Affairs

    Anne Stone is the director of public affairs for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). She brings her background in public relations and communications to driving member advocacy and communicating product safety issues. Prior to joining PPAI, she worked with Conner Peripherals, then a Fortune 500 manufacturer of data storage solutions, where she managed media relations, special events and creative services. She also managed corporate communications for a manufacturer of high-performance visual display equipment, and was a senior account executive for a public relations agency. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Action Council and the Product Responsibility Action Council.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2017: End Buyer Panel

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    What keeps our customers up at night? What do our customers expect when sourcing promotional products? A panel of end buyers will share their perspectives during this moderated discussion. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    What keeps our customers up at night? What do our customers expect when sourcing promotional products? End buyers such as Joe Michael and Joan Lawrence, will share their perspectives during this moderated discussion. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Joe Michael

    End Buyer

    Joe Michael is a Sr. Manager for The Walt Disney Company and a Cast Member of the International Labor Standards (ILS) group, a department responsible for fostering safe and inclusive workplaces wherever Disney products are made.

    Joe and his team support the Company’s efforts to determine if working conditions in facilities manufacturing Disney-branded products are consistent with Disney's Code of Conduct for Manufacturers. In addition, his team administers the facility authorization process while providing education and guidance to internal Disney business units and associated licensees and vendors.

    Prior to joining Disney, Joe served as a U.S. Marine and is a Gulf War veteran. He holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Redlands and an MBA from the University of Lavern.

    Joan Lawrence

    Senior Vice President

    Joan Lawrence is senior vice president of standards and regulatory affairs for The Toy Association.  A 25-year veteran of The Toy Association, Lawrence's role includes managing the association's product safety programs—including leading efforts in the development of U.S. and international safety standards for toys, and industry and consumer safety education programs to ensure safe play. Lawrence is also chairperson of the Subcommittee on Toy Safety of ASTM International, which oversees the U.S. federal toy safety standard ASTM F963.  Lawrence lectures on toy safety to students in the baccalaureate Toy Design Program at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and has authored several articles on toy safety and standards.     

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2017:What's The Real Story Behind Factory Audits?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    What is involved in performing social and safety audits? How do you make corrective actions stick? This panel of experienced auditors will share their secrets. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    What is involved in performing social and safety audits? How do you make corrective actions stick? This panel of experienced auditors, Andy Church, David Feig, Andre Reich, and Bobby Yu, will share their secrets.  This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    David Feig (Moderator)

    Senior Key Account Manager

    David Feig is a 45 year veteran of the global supply chain.  He spent 37 years functioning as a foreign buying agent, specializing in apparel. He spent much of that career traveling and sourcing on behalf of brands and retail clients throughout Asia, with a short stint sourcing from South America.

    For the past eight years, Mr. Feig has served in his current role as a senior key account manager at Asiainspection, Ltd (AI), performing supplier audit programs, product inspections and lab testing. AI is a global quality control and compliance service provider that partners with brands, retailers and importers around the world to secure, manage and optimize their global supply chain.

    Andy Church

    Founder

    Andy Church founded Insight Quality in 2014 after 12 years living in Shenzhen, China and working in the quality assurance testing and supply chain support industry. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas with Chinese operations in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Yiwu, and Qingdao, Insight provides companies sourcing in Asia with a well-supported team that can take care of overseas sourcing and quality inspection needs.  Whether it’s a short-term emergency or a long-term QA strategy, Andy and his team can serve as your boots on the ground and partner in Asia. He has over 20 years of experience with the ins and outs of product development, manufacturing, social accountability, and quality assurance. 

    Andrew Reich

    Co-Founder

    Andrew Reich has been living in China and working in the field of quality control for over 16 years.  After managing a sourcing office for major promotional products player, Lapine, Andrew went on to start his own quality control firm, InTouch Services, which focuses on product inspection and factory auditing.  

    In 2012, Andrew co-founded China Manufacturing Consultants, also based in China, that works with factories to reduce costs and improve quality, through consulting, good management, and lean manufacturing techniques.  While a more Chinese client-base has been challenging at times, this new company continues to grow, and has brought with it the great experiences of working with manufacturing gurus in fields such as automotive, electronics, and other areas.  Most recently, Andrew has been working with private equity in both the US and Australia on a new initiative that will purchase under performing factories in China and turn them around.  

    Bobby Yu

    Quality Auditor

    Bobby Yu has fifteen years of experience in quality management and social auditing of factories throughout China and Asia. Beginning in 1998, Mr. Yu worked as a quality assurance manager for PREL, the exclusive worldwide agent for Wal-Mart Global Procerument. In 2002, he was hired directly by Wal-Mart Global Procurement, where he worked side by side with Dee Fenton in creating the Wal-Mart quality auditing program. In 2008, Mr.Yu founded his own company, SPLD Consulting, headquartered in Hong Kong, which specializes in quality inspection (20%), social audits (50%) and consulting (30%). Since 2008, SPLD has serviced more than 1,000 factories, conducting 600 audits and 500 inspections each year and has significant experience working with PPAI suppliers in the promotional industry. 

    Mr. Yu holds an MBA degree from Tong Ji University in Shanghai City. He and his wife have two children and live in Shenzhen.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2017: Addressing Risk Through The Product Life Cycle

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    What do you need to consider at each step in the process? This session will address the role the event binder can play in helping you better manage risk considerations. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    What do you need to consider at each step in the process? Leeton Lee and Patrick Donovan will address the role the event binder can play in helping you better manage risk considerations. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Leeton Lee

    Attorney

    As an attorney for 28 years, Leeton Lee has extensive experience in regulatory compliance, product safety and testing of a wide variety of consumer products, including toys, children’s products, promotional products, premiums and apparel. He got his start in product safety more than 23 years ago, when he was hired in 1993 as an in-house attorney in the consumer products legal department at The Walt Disney Company, where he worked for seven years managing the business and legal affairs for The Disney Store worldwide, prepared and negotiated Disney’s tie-in promotional contracts for its entertainment features and programs, and helped establish Disney’s highly-respected product safety/compliance program. In his first week at Disney, he inherited 5 major product safety recalls from his predecessor, so, in addition to his other duties, Mr. Lee had to quickly form a small team to create Disney’s product safety and compliance program to protect consumer safety and Disney’s valuable reputation and brand.

    Patrick Donovan

    Director of Import and Compliance

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

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2017: How Do You Put A Quality Process In Place?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    How do you go about managing a quality process from start to finish? How can you effectively monitor that process from afar? Our auditing experts will share best practices related to quality. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    How do you go about managing a quality process from start to finish? How can you effectively monitor that process from afar? Our auditing experts, Andy Church, David Feig, Andrew Reich, and Bobby Yu, will share best practices related to quality. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    David Feig

    Senior Key Account Manager

    David Feig is a 45 year veteran of the global supply chain.  He spent 37 years functioning as a foreign buying agent, specializing in apparel. He spent much of that career traveling and sourcing on behalf of brands and retail clients throughout Asia, with a short stint sourcing from South America.

    For the past eight years, Mr. Feig has served in his current role as a senior key account manager at Asiainspection, Ltd (AI), performing supplier audit programs, product inspections and lab testing. AI is a global quality control and compliance service provider that partners with brands, retailers and importers around the world to secure, manage and optimize their global supply chain.

    Andy Church

    Founder

    Andy Church founded Insight Quality in 2014 after 12 years living in Shenzhen, China and working in the quality assurance testing and supply chain support industry. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas with Chinese operations in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Yiwu, and Qingdao, Insight provides companies sourcing in Asia with a well-supported team that can take care of overseas sourcing and quality inspection needs.  Whether it’s a short-term emergency or a long-term QA strategy, Andy and his team can serve as your boots on the ground and partner in Asia. He has over 20 years of experience with the ins and outs of product development, manufacturing, social accountability, and quality assurance. 

    Andrew Reich

    Co-Founder

    Andrew Reich has been living in China and working in the field of quality control for over 16 years.  After managing a sourcing office for major promotional products player, Lapine, Andrew went on to start his own quality control firm, InTouch Services, which focuses on product inspection and factory auditing.  

    In 2012, Andrew co-founded China Manufacturing Consultants, also based in China, that works with factories to reduce costs and improve quality, through consulting, good management, and lean manufacturing techniques.  While a more Chinese client-base has been challenging at times, this new company continues to grow, and has brought with it the great experiences of working with manufacturing gurus in fields such as automotive, electronics, and other areas.  Most recently, Andrew has been working with private equity in both the US and Australia on a new initiative that will purchase under performing factories in China and turn them around.  

    Bobby Yu

    Quality Auditor

    Bobby Yu has fifteen years of experience in quality management and social auditing of factories throughout China and Asia. Beginning in 1998, Mr. Yu worked as a quality assurance manager for PREL, the exclusive worldwide agent for Wal-Mart Global Procerument. In 2002, he was hired directly by Wal-Mart Global Procurement, where he worked side by side with Dee Fenton in creating the Wal-Mart quality auditing program. In 2008, Mr.Yu founded his own company, SPLD Consulting, headquartered in Hong Kong, which specializes in quality inspection (20%), social audits (50%) and consulting (30%). Since 2008, SPLD has serviced more than 1,000 factories, conducting 600 audits and 500 inspections each year and has significant experience working with PPAI suppliers in the promotional industry. 

    Mr. Yu holds an MBA degree from Tong Ji University in Shanghai City. He and his wife have two children and live in Shenzhen.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2017: Who Really Produces the Products We Sell

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Who Really Produces The Products We Sell? What are the working conditions like? What sort of expectations should we have of our production partners? An experienced auditor will share the realities and challenges of managing social responsibility obligations. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Who Really Produces The Products We Sell? What are the working conditions like? What sort of expectations should we have of our production partners? Rachelle Jackson, an experienced auditor, will share the realities and challenges of managing social responsibility obligations. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Rachelle Jackson

    Director of Sustainability & Innovation

    Rachelle Jackson has nearly two decades experience working on labor, human rights and traceability issues in global supply chains. In this time, she has worked in over 80 countries and conducted more than 1,500 compliance assessments across a range of industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, food processing and extractives. Ms. Jackson has worked with Fortune 500 companies and industry initiatives on such issues as CSR policy development, code of conduct implementation and monitoring protocols. Ms. Jackson has led field assessments with multi-national corporations and NGOs focusing on child labor and forced labor in agriculture in Latin America, Africa and Asia as well as projects examining migrant worker vulnerabilities in the Caribbean, Asia and Mid-East. She recently served on the USDA Consultative Group to Eliminate Child Labor and Forced Labor on Imported Agricultural Products. She is currently a member of the United Nations Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability and the Outdoor Industry Association's Down Traceability Task force. Rachelle has conducted over 30 corporate trainings, vendor seminars and supplier trainings in more than 10 countries covering issues such as human trafficking, social auditing and code compliance. She has been a featured speaker on social compliance and human rights at conferences in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia. She has published numerous articles and contributed to book compilations on supply chain labor standards and social compliance. She has an MA in CSR, Social Auditing and Accountability from the Universitat de Barcelona.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2017: Import Surveillance

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Why do products get stopped and how do you get them released? This session will review the current state of port surveillance operations and deliver clear guidance on what you need to start doing, stop doing and the resources to keep products moving through the ports efficiently. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Why do products get stopped and how do you get them released? Jim Joholske and Steve Gardner will review the current state of port surveillance operations and deliver clear guidance on what you need to start doing, stop doing and the resources to keep products moving through the ports efficiently. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Jim Joholske

    Deputy Director

    Jim Joholske began his career at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in July 2000 in the agency's Office of Compliance and Field Operations. While in the Office of Compliance and Field Operations, he primarily focused on enforcement of mandatory regulations governing consumer fireworks and cigarette lighters.

    Jim joined CPSC's newly formed Office of Import Surveillance in 2008 and currently serves as the Office's Deputy Director. The Office of Import Surveillance co-locates CPSC investigators at the largest ports of entry across the country. CPSC staff work side-by-side with U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel to identify and examine imported shipments that may contain hazardous merchandise.

    CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years. Jim and his wife live in Silver Spring, MD with their daughter, Emma, and son, Jake.

    Steve Gardner

    Compliance Investigator

    Steve Gardner is a compliance investigator at the port of Long Beach for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Import Surveillance Division.  As part of the import surveillance team, Steve is tasked with protecting the public against unreasonable risks of injury associated with the use of consumer products.  He accomplishes this by screening cargo at the port of entry prior to its introduction to commerce.  Steve previously worked as a Consumer Safety Officer for the FDA and has over 15 years of experience in screening hazardous products.

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  • CAS: Social Responsibility: Why Should We Care?

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/13/2017

    As corporate responsibility continues its rise in prevalence as a major factor in today’s business world, buyers and clients increasingly require their suppliers and business partners to put codes of conduct in place as a condition of doing business. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    As corporate responsibility continues its rise in prevalence as a major factor in today’s business world, buyers and clients increasingly require their suppliers and business partners to put codes of conduct in place as a condition of doing business. Codes of conduct are an articulation of a company’s social compliance expectations at the factory level, regardless of whether those factories are owned or contracted by the company. Understanding why social responsibility is on the rise and why companies need codes of conduct can help you better navigate your social compliance-related business requirements and have more productive conversations with others within your company and with potential customers. During this hour-long session, Fair Labor Association staff, Heeral Coleman, will examine the evolving landscape and explore with you the reasons why you should develop a code of conduct and, more broadly, why your company should take a proactive approach to corporate responsibility. This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective.

    Marissa Morgan

    Program Manager

    Marissa is currently the Program Manager for Business Affiliates in the Americas at the Fair Labor Association, where she works on on-boarding and training with Participating Companies and Participating Suppliers based in the western hemisphere, and Category B licensees. Previously, she served as the FLA’s Licensee Program Manager, where she worked with collegiate licensees on building social compliance program. She holds an MA from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and a BA from Boston University.

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  • MAS: Declaration Of Independent Contractors: Pillars And Pitfalls

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 08/30/2017

    Join Cory Halliburton for this session on the pillars of independent contractor classification. This session will also discuss the legal and tax pitfalls that may arise in the event of misclassification. This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective.

    Join Cory Halliburton for this session on the pillars of independent contractor classification. This session will also discuss the legal and tax pitfalls that may arise in the event of misclassification. This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective.%

    Cory Halliburton

    Attorney At Law

    Cory Halliburton is an attorney with the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber. He has served as General Counsel for PPAI since May 2014 and since that time he has participated in just about every PPAI Board meeting and strategic planning session and has reviewed hundreds of contracts for PPAI. He also supports in-house counsel of publicly traded companies and executives in the tax-exempt organizations space in their drafting and negotiation of substantial vendor agreements. 

    Cory Halliburton graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2003 and, among other accolades, was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.

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  • MAS: To Exempt Or Not To Exempt, That Is The FLSA Question

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 08/09/2017

    A dive into the factors, requirements and other business and legal matters affecting employee classifications under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective.

    Join Cory Halliburton for this webinar on the factors, requirements and other business and legal matters affecting employee classifications under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective.

    Cory Halliburton

    Attorney At Law

    Cory Halliburton is an attorney with the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber. He has served as General Counsel for PPAI since May 2014 and since that time he has participated in just about every PPAI Board meeting and strategic planning session and has reviewed hundreds of contracts for PPAI. He also supports in-house counsel of publicly traded companies and executives in the tax-exempt organizations space in their drafting and negotiation of substantial vendor agreements. 

    Cory Halliburton graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2003 and, among other accolades, was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.

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  • MAS: Go-Go Bananas: Challenges of Product Liability and Indemnification Up and Down the Stream of Commerce

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 07/19/2017

    Promotional products industry professionals should understand how liability for product defects may arise and flow within the stream of commerce, and how the players in the stream may allocate (or may be statutorily required to allocate) risk through indemnity and other arrangements. This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective.

    Promotional products industry professionals should understand how liability for product defects may arise and flow within the stream of commerce, and how the players in the stream may allocate (or may be statutorily required to allocate) risk through indemnity and other arrangements. 

    The existence or scope of liability and indemnity in a particular product stream depends on common law principles, statutory law and state reforms, contractual agreements and public policy. In this presentation, we will consider the various moving parts within the concept of product liability and indemnity with the hope that we will all gain good knowledge that will improve your individual businesses and the promotional products industry as a whole.This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective. 

    Cory Halliburton

    Attorney At Law

    Cory Halliburton is an attorney with the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber. He has served as General Counsel for PPAI since May 2014 and since that time he has participated in just about every PPAI Board meeting and strategic planning session and has reviewed hundreds of contracts for PPAI. He also supports in-house counsel of publicly traded companies and executives in the tax-exempt organizations space in their drafting and negotiation of substantial vendor agreements. 

    Cory Halliburton graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2003 and, among other accolades, was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.

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  • Making Your Import Compliance Manual Work for You

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 07/12/2017

    ​Do you have an import compliance manual that works for your company? This webinar will help you address the regulatory compliance of your products before you produce and distribute them. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Do you have an import compliance manual that works for your company?  In this session Michelle Schulz will explore how to develop a practical import compliance manual that satisfies US government expectations while taking into account your business goals.  This webinar will help you address the regulatory compliance of your products before you produce and distribute them. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Michelle Schulz

    Partner and Co-Founder

    Michelle Schulz is co-founder and co-chair of Gardere’s International Trade Practice. In addition, she co-chairs the firm’s broader International Practice Group, which provides end-to-end solutions for global business transactions and litigation worldwide. As a leading authority in international trade law, Schulz represents a range of corporate clients in matters relating to U.S. trade regulations such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the U.S. Export Administration Regulations, and the various sanctions and embargoes administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. She also routinely represents clients in government investigations, audits, disclosures, fines, penalties, and forfeitures. She also guides corporate clients on export and import policies and procedures, export licensing, duty savings, and other trade compliance matters.

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  • Legislation And Agencies That Regulate The Use of Promotional Products

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 05/31/2017

    Promotional products fall under the jurisdiction of a variety of government agencies and their regulations. Learn which agencies and which regulations apply to your product. This webinar will help you address the regulatory compliance of your products before you produce and distribute them. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Promotional products fall under the jurisdiction of a variety of government agencies and their regulations. Join Ben Kornblet for this overview, and learn which agencies and which regulations apply to your product. This webinar will help you address the regulatory compliance of your products before you produce and distribute them. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Ben Kornblet

    Manager of Global Consumer Regulatory Affairs

    Ben Kornblet is the Program Manager for Global Regulatory Affairs Manager in UL’s Consumer and Retail Services division where he leads a team that advises clients on how global legislative and regulatory activity might impact a client’s supply chain. Prior to joining UL in 2015, Mr. Kornblet was the Principal of BKC Group where he provided regulatory and business consulting services to clients with interests in the regulatory developments at the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Food and Drug Administration. In total, he has spent 15 years in Washington working on legislative and regulatory policy on a variety of issues including product safety and the environment.  Mr. Kornblet holds a JD from Syracuse University, a Master in Public Administration from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Public Citizenship, and a BA from Tulane University. 


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  • Creating A Functional Export Manual

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 05/17/2017

    How is your export manual working for you? Drafting an export compliance manual can be daunting and time-consuming, but the real challenge is often in making it functional. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    How is your export manual working for you?  Drafting an export compliance manual can be daunting and time-consuming, but the real challenge is often in making it functional.  In this interactive session, Michelle Schulz will discuss day-to-day challenges and tested solutions for creating a functional export manual.  Using case examples, Schulz will venture beyond the “legalese” into the implementation phase in a global business environment. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.   

    Michelle Schulz

    Partner and Co-Founder

    Michelle Schulz is co-founder and co-chair of Gardere’s International Trade Practice. In addition, she co-chairs the firm’s broader International Practice Group, which provides end-to-end solutions for global business transactions and litigation worldwide. As a leading authority in international trade law, Schulz represents a range of corporate clients in matters relating to U.S. trade regulations such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the U.S. Export Administration Regulations, and the various sanctions and embargoes administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. She also routinely represents clients in government investigations, audits, disclosures, fines, penalties, and forfeitures. She also guides corporate clients on export and import policies and procedures, export licensing, duty savings, and other trade compliance matters.

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  • Exploring The New Toy Safety Standard ASTM F963-16

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 04/26/2017

    The new edition of the U.S. Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, ASTM F963-16, was published on October 20, 2016 and supersedes ASTM F963-11. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join Sue DeRagon for this session on the new toy standard. The new edition of the U.S. Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, ASTM F963-16, was published on October 20, 2016 and supersedes ASTM F963-11. The updated standard includes numerous changes, including significant new requirements for battery-operated toys, expanding materials, toys with magnets, and projectile toys. Compliance to ASTM F963-16 will be mandatory per CPSC’s final rule for products manufactured on or after April 30, 2017. Many retailers are already requiring compliance. Learn details about the changes in ASTM F963-16 to assess your products’ compliance. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is the Senior Technical Consultant for Asia Inspection. Ms. DeRagon has over 25 years of experience in the toy and premiums industry, and has worked with PPAI as a technical consultant since 2008. Ms. DeRagon has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars, and works closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of product testing, quality assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    Ms. DeRagon is an active member of the Toy Industry Association and the American Society for Testing and Materials, participating on several toy and children's product standards committees. She is also on the Board of Directors for ICPHSO, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.

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  • Technology: Know The Rules And Dangers When Shipping Electronics 2017

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 04/12/2017

    Join George Kerchner for this session on Knowing the rules and dangers of transporting batteries. If you ship batteries and other technology products this session is a must for you to attend. Shipping regulations, intended to protect against hazards, are different for air, land and sea, international and domestic transportation. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join George Kerchner for this session on Knowing the rules and dangers of transporting batteries. If you ship batteries and other technology products this session is a must for you to attend. Shipping regulations, intended to protect against hazards, are different for air, land and sea, international and domestic transportation. These regulations have often been regarded as complex and difficult to understand for many shippers. To complicate matters even more, as of April 2016, when shipped alone, Lithium-ion power banks carry more stringent shipping regulations than in the past. Learn first-hand what your obligations are under these complex regulations as we attempt to break it all down in plain language. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    George Kerchner

    Executive director

    George  Kerchner has served as the executive director of PRBA-The Rechargeable Battery Association (www.prba.org) since 2006.  He represents PRBA at domestic and international transportation forums such as the United Nations Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel.  

    Kerchner is also a senior regulatory analyst with the law firm of Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C.  He provides dangerous goods consulting services and regularly conducts dangerous goods training programs for shippers of lithium batteries and other dangerous goods.

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  • U.S. Customs Incentive Programs: C-TPAT and ISA

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 03/08/2017

    If your company is currently an importer or exporter, you’ll want to attend this webinar. Our featured speaker, Michael Laden, will discuss two incentive-based partnership programs offered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    If your company is currently an importer or exporter, you’ll want to attend this webinar. Our featured speaker will discuss two incentive-based partnership programs offered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) was created in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. C-TPAT is a supply chain security program that rewards member-companies with benefits in return for tightening up supply chain security protocols. Participants are granted incentives such as fewer CBP cargo examinations and front of line privileges in the event an exam is required. C-TPAT is also open to U.S. exporters. Our speaker will also discuss the Importer Self-Assessment Program (ISA). Qualified participants in the ISA program are removed from CBP audit pools. Participation in C-TPAT is a prerequisite to applying for ISA. This webinar is ideally suited for any company engaged in importing or exporting and for any person involved in international trade compliance, logistics or security. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Michael Laden

    Founder and CEO

    Michael Laden is the Founder and CEO of Trade Innovations and specializes in customs compliance and supply chain security consulting. Mr. Laden has more than 35 years of experience in the international trade industry. 

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  • The Next Wave of California Regulations: Priority Products

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 01/25/2017

    Just when you thought you had a handle on all of your compliance obligations, you've got more on your hands. In 2018 new rules go into effect that will change how and where you must post Prop 65 warnings. Key to this update, you now need to warn the purchaser prior to purchase, that means online and catalog warnings will be required. This session will help you get prepared to comply with these new rules. This session qualifies as an elective course under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Just when you thought you had a handle on all of your compliance obligations, you've got more on your hands. In 2018 new rules go into effect that will change how and where you must post Prop 65 warnings. Key to this update, you now need to warn the purchaser prior to purchase, that means online and catalog warnings will be required. This session will help you get prepared to comply with these new rules. This session qualifies as an elective course under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Recommended Pre-Requisite: CAS Required: Product Safety Basics and Prop 65 & State Regulations

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is the senior technical consultant for Qima. She has over 25 years of experience in the toy and premiums industry and has worked with PPAI as a technical consultant since 2008. DeRagon has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars and closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of product testing, quality assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    DeRagon is an active member of the Toy Industry Association and the American Society for Testing and Materials, participating on several toy and children's product standards committees. She is also on the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s Board of Directors. 

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  • Technology: What Power Bank Standard UL 2056 Means to Your Business

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Tech products are one of the hottest categories in the promo industry—and the most dangerous. UL 2056 is a new product safety standard for power banks that was developed to protect consumers from physical harm and property damage. This advanced session will dive deep into the intricacies of UL 2056 and provide steps for what industry members need to do to ensure compliance.This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join LaTanya Schwalb for this session on Power Bank Standard UL 2056. Tech products are one of the hottest categories in the promo industry—and the most dangerous. UL 2056 is a new product safety standard for power banks that was developed to protect consumers from physical harm and property damage. Manufacturers, industry suppliers and distributors must be aware of the standards and what their obligations are under the law in order to avoid expensive recalls and damage to brand reputations. This advanced session will dive deep into the intricacies of UL 2056 and provide steps for what industry members need to do to ensure compliance. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    LaTanya Schwalb

    Senior Project Engineer

    LaTanya Schwalb is a Senior Project Engineer at UL LLC. She has been with the company for fifteen years and her work in product safety and compliance has spanned from household products to high tech products. For the last 2-1/2 years she has been focusing more of her work in the small battery industry. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and was achieved Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze with Toastmasters International.

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  • Technology: What You Must Know For Selling Promotional Tech Products

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 10/24/2016

    Tech products are one of the industry’s hottest product categories, but what do you really know about sourcing them? Here you will learn about the critical need for safety and certification when sourcing technology products. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join LaTanya Schwalb for this session on tech products. Tech products are one of the industry's hottest product categories, but what do you really know about sourcing them? Here you will learn about the critical need for safety and certification when sourcing technology products. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    LaTanya Schwalb

    Senior Project Engineer

    LaTanya Schwalb is a Senior Project Engineer at UL LLC. She has been with the company for fifteen years and her work in product safety and compliance has spanned from household products to high tech products. For the last 2-1/2 years she has been focusing more of her work in the small battery industry. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and was achieved Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze with Toastmasters International.

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  • Technology: Lithium Ion Batteries

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 10/10/2016

    This course will address the critical need for safety and certification when sourcing lithium batteries. Learn what you need to look out for to keep you and your channel partners on the right side of compliance. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join LaTanya Schwalb for this session as she addresses the critical need for safety and certification when sourcing lithium batteries. Learn what you need to look out for to keep you and your channel partners on the right side of compliance. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    LaTanya Schwalb

    Senior Project Engineer

    LaTanya Schwalb is a Senior Project Engineer at UL LLC. She has been with the company for fifteen years and her work in product safety and compliance has spanned from household products to high tech products. For the last 2-1/2 years she has been focusing more of her work in the small battery industry. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and was achieved Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze with Toastmasters International.

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  • Hot Topics In International Trade Legislation That Will Directly Impact You

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/27/2016

    This webinar provides a breakdown of recent trade legislation and free trade agreements affecting the promotional products industry. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Robert Stang for this presentation on international trade legislation. This webinar provides a breakdown of recent trade legislation and free trade agreements affecting the promotional products industry. Highlights include cost savings and compliance provisions in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015; updates on the newly proposed Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) providing post savings on imported materials and components for U.S. manufacturers; and a pre-election update on passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Robert D. Stang

    Partner

    Robert Stang is a partner in the international trade and supply chain practice at Husch Blackwell. Bob focuses his practice on customs and brings over 30 years of experience to a wide range of issues affecting inbound and outbound goods, including tariff classification, valuation, country of origin and marking matters, free trade agreements, and special trade programs, including the GSP. A member of the firm's Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team, Bob works with importers and exporters proactively to achieve cost savings and structure programs that meet CBP “reasonable care" requirements. He handles supply chain security issues, including Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) matters and regularly assists importers facing Customs and Border Protection audits, penalties, seizures and other agency enforcement activities. Bob has particular experience with a variety of soft goods and hard goods, including textiles and apparel, footwear, consumer electronics and home appliances. Before joining the firm, he was a member of the global trade practice at an Am Law 100 firm. He also was a director for a company that sourced apparel for U.S. distributors and a senior manager with the international trade practice of a “big four" accounting firm.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2016: Lithium-Ion: Dirty, Dangerous Secrets

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Tech products are one of the industry’s hottest product categories, but how much do you really know about them? The session will address the critical need for safety and certification when sourcing lithium-ion batteries. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join Rick Brenner, MAS and John Copeland for this session on lithium-ion batteries. Tech products are one of the industry's hottest product categories, but how much do you really know about them? The session will address the critical need for safety and certification when sourcing lithium-ion batteries. Learn what you need to look out for to keep yourself and your channel partners on the right side of compliance. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Rick Brenner, MAS+

    CEO

    Rick Brenner, MAS+ is CEO of top 40 supplier Prime Line (www.primeline.com). A 15 year veteran of the promotional products industry, Mr. Brenner has been long been an advocate for product safety and responsible sourcing. He is a founding board member of Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), chair of QCA's compliance committee and a member of QCA's governance committee. In January 2013 Brenner was appointed to the Board of Directors of ICPHSO.org, the preeminent global product safety organization. Brenner is also a board member and chair-elect for 2014 of the 11,000 member Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), a founding member of PPAI's Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) and co-chair of PPAI's annual Product Safety Summit. An avid author and speaker at industry events, Rick Brenner writes the My Two Cents blog at www.rickbrenner.com

    John Copeland

    Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

    John Copeland is Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Energy Assurance, LLC. Prior to establishing Energy Assurance with Cindy Millsaps, he acquired extensive experience at Motorola Energy Systems Group where he held a number of engineering and business roles over 17 years, including Manufacturing Quality Engineer, Failure Analysis Engineer (Power Electronics & Batteries), Reliability Assurance Engineer and Supplier Auditor. John transitioned to become the initial Program Manager for the startup of Motorola Product Testing Services (MPTS) where he was responsible for business management and project delivery for multiple third-party testing accounts. With his extensive knowledge of battery testing, John was selected to represent Motorola as a subcommittee chair for the development of IEEE 1725 (Standard for Rechargeable Batteries for Cellular Telephones) and led the follow-up-efforts as Committee Chair of the CTIA Battery Certification Program based upon IEEE 1725. For these efforts, John twice received an award for excellence in standards development from Motorola. (CTIA-THE WIRELESS ASSOCIATION®, is an international non-profit membership organization representing the wireless communications industry).

    John's most recent role with Motorola was as the Senior Quality Manager for Warranty & Service, responsible for management of post-shipment quality for all of Motorola Mobility's cellular accessories. In this position John also led multiple product and process improvement activities as a Six-Sigma Black Belt and was responsible for coordination of anti-counterfeit support for accessory products. John holds independent certifications as an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer and ASQ Certified Quality Auditor.

    John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Quality Assurance from Southern Polytechnic State University. His initial career was as a Marine Officer working in tactical communications serving in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2016: There's Nothing Voluntary About Voluntary Standards

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    This panel discussion will address how voluntary standards impact safety and considerations when selecting a new product that may not have established voluntary standards.This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join this panel discussion with Gibs Mullins, Neal Cohen, and Patti Edwards on how voluntary standards impact safety and considerations when selecting a new product that may not have established voluntary standards.This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Patti Edwards

    Senior executive for voluntary Standards at CPSC

    Patti serves as the CPSC's senior executive for voluntary standards and voluntary standards development activities. The VSC acts as the agency's conduit and focal point for the full range of voluntary standards activities for all product areas.

    Neal Cohen

    Attorney

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

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

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2016: Best Practices Sharing For Mitigating Risk and Managing Communication

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    This interactive session will identify solutions to some of the most daunting product responsibility issues that face this industry. This session will address product, social, environmental, supply chain and quality control issues. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join Rick Brenner, MAS+, Gene Geiger, MAS+ and Anne Stone for this session that will identify solutions to some of the most daunting product responsibility issues that face this industry. This session will address product, social, environmental, supply chain and quality control issues. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Rick Brenner, MAS+

    CEO

    Rick Brenner, MAS+ is CEO of top 40 supplier Prime Line (www.primeline.com). A 15 year veteran of the promotional products industry, Mr. Brenner has been long been an advocate for product safety and responsible sourcing. He is a founding board member of Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), chair of QCA's compliance committee and a member of QCA's governance committee. In January 2013 Brenner was appointed to the Board of Directors of ICPHSO.org, the preeminent global product safety organization. Brenner is also a board member and chair-elect for 2014 of the 11,000 member Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), a founding member of PPAI's Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) and co-chair of PPAI's annual Product Safety Summit. An avid author and speaker at industry events, Rick Brenner writes the My Two Cents blog at www.rickbrenner.com

    Anne Stone

    Director of Public Affairs

    Anne Stone is the director of public affairs for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). She brings her background in public relations and communications to driving member advocacy and communicating product safety issues. Prior to joining PPAI, she worked with Conner Peripherals, then a Fortune 500 manufacturer of data storage solutions, where she managed media relations, special events and creative services. She also managed corporate communications for a manufacturer of high-performance visual display equipment, and was a senior account executive for a public relations agency. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Action Council and the Product Responsibility Action Council.

    Gene Geiger, MAS+

    CEO

    Gene Geiger, MAS+ is CEO of Geiger, a five generation family business based in Maine. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he has twice served on the PPAI Board of Directors, is currently chair of PPAI's Product Responsibility Action Group, and has served as chair of the ePromoStandards Alliance 2000. He has been recognized as Counselor magazine's Person of the year (1994) and is the recipient of PPAI Distinguished Service Award (2002).

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2016: How Do You Set Up a Compliance Program That Stands Up To Scrutiny?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    If you’ve been watching the news, you already know that not having a robust compliance program in place will cost you a lot of money. Learn about new standards ISO 10377:2013 and how they will have a significant impact on the entire supply chain, suppliers, distributors and consumers. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join Robert Pollack for this session on how to set up a compliance program. If you've been watching the news, you already know that not having a robust compliance program in place will cost you a lot of money. Learn about new standards ISO 10377:2013 and how they will have a significant impact on the entire supply chain, suppliers, distributors and consumers. This session will focus on practical lessons on how to build safety into products beginning at the design phase, and hopefully keep you out of regulatory hot water. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Robert Pollock

    Director, Market Surveillance

    Robert Pollock is the Director of Market Surveillance at Underwriters Laboratories.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2016: Update on Regulatory Issues - Emerging Issues that Will Cost Us Money and Time?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Just when you thought you had a handle on all of your compliance obligations, we've got more on our hands. This session will cover changes to California Proposition 65, updates to green chemistry, reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act and much more. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join Dan Herling and Tom Lewandowski for this session on regulator issues. Just when you thought you had a handle on all of your compliance obligations, we've got more on our hands. This session will cover changes to California Proposition 65, updates to green chemistry, reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act and much more. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Dan Herling

    Consumer Product Litigation Attorney

    Daniel Herling, member attorney at Mintz Levin, is focused on product liability issues relating to consumer products. Specific to consumer class action lawsuits, Herling has successfully defended clients in class actions alleging false or misleading labeling or advertising of foods, cosmetics, over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements and homeopathic products. These claims have involved probiotics, “natural” ingredients, “clinically-proven” results, lack of efficacy, lack of substantiation and failure to disclose.

    He has served as defense counsel in more than 3,000 product liability cases and represented companies in both state (California) and federal courts. He routinely advises clients on regulatory matters as well as the selection of local counsel and lead trial attorneys. His commercial litigation practice has covered a wide spectrum of issues and included representation of several international companies based in Italy, Mexico, India, United Kingdom, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, Australia and Switzerland.

    Thomas A. Lewandowski, Ph.D., DABT, ERT, ATS

    Toxicologist and chemist

    Dr. Lewandowski is a toxicologist and chemist working in Gradient's Seattle, Washington office. He has over 25 years of experience in the areas of product safety evaluation, pharmacokinetics, metals toxicology, and developmental toxicology. He is currently leading Gradient's efforts in the emerging area of green chemistry. He is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington School of Public Health, where he lectures on toxicology and risk assessment. In 2012-2013, he served as chair of the Society of Toxicology's Education Committee, which works to increase science literacy and public knowledge of toxicology. He is an author of numerous book chapters and manuscripts relating to the practice of risk assessment, occupational health and consumer product toxicology. He is a board certified in toxicology in the US as well as Europe.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2016: Remarks by CPSC Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Remarks by CPSC Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Remarks by CPSC Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Joseph Mohorovic

    Commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

    Joseph P. Mohorovic has been sworn in as a Commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Mohorovic on October 13, 2013, and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 28, 2014, to a term that expires in October 2019.

    “I extend a warm welcome to Commissioner Mohorovic on his return to the CPSC,” said Chairman Kaye. “Mr. Mohorovic has extensive public policy, product manufacturing, and product testing experience. I commend Mr. Mohorovic's stated commitment to advancing the cause of consumer safety, in areas such as furniture and TV tip-overs, and I look forward to working with him.”

    Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Mohorovic was Senior Vice President of Intertek, a global leader in product testing, where he was responsible for all aspects of performance, growth and strategic management in the North American region. Before joining Intertek, Mohorovic's public service included two terms as State Representative for New Mexico's 28th District before resigning elected office to serve in the CPSC administration of former Chairman Hal Stratton from 2002 through 2007.

    “It truly is an honor to be joining an agency with such a distinguished and proud history of protecting American consumers,” said Mr. Mohorovic. “Although the CPSC has accomplished much, there are many complex issues and challenges that lie ahead, not the least of which is an increasingly complex global supply chain. I have no doubt that with the leadership of Chairman Kaye, and working in concert with my other outstanding colleagues on the Commission as well as all agency stakeholders, we will be able to ensure that the CPSC continues to be one of the most responsive and cost-effective investments for American taxpayers in the Federal government.”

    Mr. Mohorovic graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and he holds an M.B.A from the University of New Mexico. He and his wife, Royelle, have three daughters.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2016: A Voice of Experience Give Tips For Small Business Compliance

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Neal Cohen, the former small business ombudsman for the CPSC, will wrap up the program by providing guidance on how to stay on the right side of compliance even if you don’t have a team of compliance professionals. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Neal Cohen, the former small business ombudsman for the CPSC, will wrap up the program by providing guidance on how to stay on the right side of compliance even if you don't have a team of compliance professionals. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Neal Cohen

    Attorney

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

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

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2016: CPSC Commissioner Robert Adler

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    Remarks from CPSC Commissioner Robert Adler. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Remarks from CPSC Commissioner Robert Adler. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Robert Adler

    Commissioner at the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

    Robert S. Adler is a Commissioner at the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). He began serving as a Commissioner August 18, 2009. He was renominated by President Obama on May 14, 2014 and confirmed by the senate on December 2, 2014. His term runs through October 2021.

    Prior to Commissioner Adler's appointment, he served on the Obama Transition Team and co-authored a report on the CPSC for the Obama administration.

    Bob was previously a professor of Legal Studies at the University of North Carolina as the Luther Hodges Jr., Scholar in Ethics and Law at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School. At the University of North Carolina, he served as the Associate Dean of the MBA Program and as Associate Dean for the School's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Program. Bob was a professor, he taught courses in business law, business ethics, business-government relations and negotiation. He won a university-wide teaching award, the Tanner Award, in 1996, and the undergraduate program's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1990. In 2004, he received the Gerald Barrett Faculty Award for outstanding teaching and service to the MBA Program.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2016: Social Compliance - What Do Our Customers Want

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    What are today’s social compliance hot buttons? What’s garnering additional scrutiny in the auditing process? What is the end buyer demanding and are you prepared to deliver?

    Join Rachelle Jackson for this session on what are today's social compliance hot buttons. What's garnering additional scrutiny in the auditing process? What is the end buyer demanding and are you prepared to deliver?

    Rachelle Jackson

    Director of Sustainability & Innovation

    Rachelle Jackson has nearly two decades experience working on labor, human rights and traceability issues in global supply chains. In this time, she has worked in over 80 countries and conducted more than 1,500 compliance assessments across a range of industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, food processing and extractives. Ms. Jackson has worked with Fortune 500 companies and industry initiatives on such issues as CSR policy development, code of conduct implementation and monitoring protocols. Ms. Jackson has led field assessments with multi-national corporations and NGOs focusing on child labor and forced labor in agriculture in Latin America, Africa and Asia as well as projects examining migrant worker vulnerabilities in the Caribbean, Asia and Mid-East. She recently served on the USDA Consultative Group to Eliminate Child Labor and Forced Labor on Imported Agricultural Products. She is currently a member of the United Nations Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability and the Outdoor Industry Association's Down Traceability Task force. Rachelle has conducted over 30 corporate trainings, vendor seminars and supplier trainings in more than 10 countries covering issues such as human trafficking, social auditing and code compliance. She has been a featured speaker on social compliance and human rights at conferences in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia. She has published numerous articles and contributed to book compilations on supply chain labor standards and social compliance. She has an MA in CSR, Social Auditing and Accountability from the Universitat de Barcelona.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2016: Recall Crisis! It Finally Happened! Now What?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered

    This highly interactive panel session simulates real world actions and reactions as a fictional national product safety recall unfolds. These scenarios address crisis management from regulatory, legal and public perception perspectives. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join this panel discussion with Cheryl Falvey, Carol Cave, Ryan Cudney, on real world actions and reactions as a fictional national product safety recall unfolds. These scenarios address crisis management from regulatory, legal and public perception perspectives.This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Cheryl Falvey

    Former General Counsel of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission

    Cheryl Falvey was previously the General Counsel of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. The General Counsel is the Commission's chief legal officer and advisor. The office's major functions are representing the Commission in court and providing legal counsel to the Commission and its operating divisions. Ms. Falvey advises the Commission on all legal issues arising under the statutes it administers and has been particularly involved in the interpretation and implementation of the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Ms. Falvey also helps assure Commission compliance with such statues and regulations as the Administrative Procedure Act, the Government in Sunshine Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Civil Service Reform Act, the Ethics in Government Act, and the Commission's own internal rules and directives. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Falvey was a partner in the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, where she was the head of the litigation practice group in Washington, D.C.

    Carol Cave

    Director, Import Surveillance and Investigation

    Carol Cave is the Director of the Office of Import Surveillance and Inspection for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. She is actively involved in developing the agency's Risk Assessment Methodology for Imported Products and serves as the agency representative on the Border Interagency Executive Committee. Mrs. Cave has an extensive career with the CPSC. Prior to becoming the Director, she had the vital role as the Director for the Field Investigations Division. She worked in the Office of Compliance on the Special Investigations Unit identifying hazards not previously reported to the CPSC and solving technically complex product investigations. She works with other Federal government agencies to identify unique approaches and solutions to flush out potentially defective consumer products. Mrs. Cave has spoken before many trade groups to explain new import enforcement authorities as required under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and has received numerous awards and honors. Mrs. Cave received the World Customs Organization Award for the Importer Self Assessment Product Safety Pilot Program.

    Ryan Cudney

    Senior VP of Corporate Reputation and Risk Management

    A Senior Vice President with Edelman's Corporate Reputation & Risk Management practice, Ryan Cudney serves as a strategic counselor to senior decision makers across an array of industries, including technology, financial services, health, education, industrial equipment, retail, energy and consumer packaged goods.

    Ryan has worked with companies around the globe to assess and create integrated global issues management and crisis preparedness capabilities. He has provided communications counsel to companies facing significant enterprise risks, including international product recalls, social media backlash, facility closures and unauthorized access of personally identifiable information. Additionally, Ryan has assisted clients with communications in the wake of enforcement actions brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Serious Fraud Office and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    Prior to joining Edelman, Ryan was a US political staffer; most recently, serving as the Executive Director of the Illinois Republican State Senate Campaign Committee (RSSCC). As Executive Director, Ryan worked on a range of issues at the intersection of political strategy, communications and public policy.

    Prior to joining the RSSCC, Ryan served as a Senior Consultant for a boutique Chicago-based public affairs firm, where he developed and implemented communications and grassroots engagement campaigns for political action committees, candidates and corporate clients. Ryan directed an issue advocacy campaign for an Illinois retail association and executed a successful communications plan for a global retailer that assisted its expansion into the Chicago marketplace.

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  • TSCA Reform Changes Everything Federally And Pre-Empts On Some State Regulations

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/12/2016

    Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has finally happened. We will outline testing authority and tiers, the process for the introduction of new chemicals, define what is considered confidential information under the Act, and more.This sessions is more focused for suppliers. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Stacie Abraham for the session in regards to the Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Passed in 1976, it is the primary chemical regulation law within the US. An overhaul has taken place and now the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority it previously lacked to enforce chemical regulations. This session will delve into the complexity of the Act by identifying state and federal authority parameters based on complicated provisions. In addition, we will outline testing authority and tiers, the process for the introduction of new chemicals, define what is considered confidential information under the Act, and more. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program. This sessions is more focused for suppliers.

    Recommended Pre-Requisites:

    • CAS Required: Product Safety Basics
    • Prop 65 & State Regulations

    Stacie Abraham

    Senior Regulatory Specialist

    Stacie Abraham is a senior regulatory specialist with the Chemicals & Formulated Products group, UL Supply Chain & Sustainability. With over 30 years of combined regulatory and chemistry experience, she is an expert in global chemical control regulations, the GHS and region-specific hazard communication regulations, and in toxicology data analysis. Her experience includes design and implementation of global regulatory compliance management systems for a diverse product base, and assessing complex regulatory chemistry scenarios for compliance with global chemical inventory regulations. Abraham holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.

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  • Deep Dive Into State Regulations

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 08/02/2016

    So you’ve go the whole CPSIA thing down and you are fairly comfortable with Prop 65. But are you aware that there are 250-plus laws and rules across 38 states regulating the use of toxic substances? In addition, 20 state legislatures are considering nearly 75 new proposed chemical safety policies. This session will take a deep dive into the laws and rules that have the most impact on the promotional products industry. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join Andrew Farhat and Brian Grochal for this session on diving deep into state regulations. So you've go the whole CPSIA thing down and you are fairly comfortable with Prop 65. But are you aware that there are 250-plus laws and rules across 38 states regulating the use of toxic substances? In addition, 20 state legislatures are considering nearly 75 new proposed chemical safety policies. This session will take a deep dive into the laws and rules that have the most impact on the promotional products industry. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Recommended Pre-Requisites:
    • CAS Required: Product Safety Basics
    • Prop 65 & State Regulation

    Andrew Farhat

    Global Toy Leader

    Actively involved in the quality assurance industry for over 10 years, Andrew has experience in a broad range of consumer products including toys, textiles and apparel, and general merchandise on both the laboratory and manufacturing/retail sides of the industry. As the Global Toy Leader, Andrew oversees and directs UL's global toy business. By defining and executing the global toy strategy in all areas including technical, operations and relationship development, he is responsible for influencing and coordinating activities related to operations, marketing, commercial, pricing, and overall strategy. In his previous role, Andrew served as a Regulatory Affairs Manager where he worked with clients to implement value-added solutions to meet the requirements of evolving global legislations.

    Brian Grochal

    Technical Lead, Juvenile Products Consumer and Retail Services

    Speaker: Brian Grochal, UL

    BRIAN GROCHAL is a juvenile-product expert with extensive manufacturing experience. His knowledge encompasses U.S., Canadian, European, Australian, Brazilian, and Chinese standards, global compliance systems, product lifecycle management, traceability systems and risk assessment. He most recently served as compliance manager for Maclaren, with heavy involvement in product development and quality. Prior to joining Maclaren, he led global regulatory matters for 4moms, a high-tech childcare article manufacturer, during a period of massive expansion into new product categories and new international markets. Brian is also an active participant in the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) subcommittees for juvenile products, is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), and a member of Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO).

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  • CPSC Recalls and The Current State of Civil Penalties: The Case for a Robust Compliance Program

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 07/26/2016

    The regulated community has seen the CPSC levy large civil penalties with more frequency. In this webinar, we will dive into some recent CPSC recalls and civil penalties, and explore some of the factors that the CPSC utilizes when determining the civil penalty action and amount. By better understanding these cases, you will identify some best practices that can be used when building your compliance program.This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Andrew Farhat for the session CPSC Recalls and The Current State of Civil Penalties. The regulated community has seen the CPSC levy large civil penalties with more frequency. With the passage of the CPSIA in 2008, the maximum penalty for each violation increased from $8,000 to $100,000, with maximum penalty amounts for a series of violations increased from $1.8 million to $15 million. In this webinar, we will dive into some recent CPSC recalls and civil penalties, and explore some of the factors that the CPSC utilizes when determining the civil penalty action and amount. By better understanding these cases, you will identify some best practices that can be used when building your compliance program.This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Andrew Farhat

    Global Toy Leader

    Actively involved in the quality assurance industry for over 10 years, Andrew has experience in a broad range of consumer products including toys, textiles and apparel, and general merchandise on both the laboratory and manufacturing/retail sides of the industry. As the Global Toy Leader, Andrew oversees and directs UL's global toy business. By defining and executing the global toy strategy in all areas including technical, operations and relationship development, he is responsible for influencing and coordinating activities related to operations, marketing, commercial, pricing, and overall strategy. In his previous role, Andrew served as a Regulatory Affairs Manager where he worked with clients to implement value-added solutions to meet the requirements of evolving global legislations.

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  • The Art of Testing: A Tour Through Testing Methods for Promotional Products

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 07/18/2016

    We frequently talk about the requirements for compliance testing related to consumer promotional products, but what does it entail? This is a must-attend session for suppliers and a huge opportunity for distributors looking to stay on the right side of compliance. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Jessica Pyle for the Art of Testing. We frequently talk about the requirements for compliance testing related to consumer promotional products,but what does it entail? What kinds of testing need to be done? What are the different types? How are tests performed and which one is best for your product and/or situation? This session delves into the complexity of product safety testing for heavy metals, how it affects the products you make and sell, how specific types of testing are done and the differences between them. This is a must-attend session for suppliers and a huge opportunity for distributors looking to stay on the right side of compliance. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Recommended Pre-Requisites:

    • CAS Required: Product Safety Basics
    • Prop 65 & State Regulations

    Jessica Pyle, XOS

    Senior Applications Engineer

    Jessica Pyle is a senior applications engineer at XOS, a manufacturer of high definition x-ray fluorescence (HDXRF®) heavy metal analyzers. She has more than 10 years of progressive experience in laboratory research and advanced technology applications. Most recently, her focus is on the use of HDXRF technology for the purpose of detecting regulated elements in consumer products. She works closely with XOS customers—leading laboratories and manufacturers around the world— to help them meet their testing and regulatory needs. Mrs. Pyle earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from The University of New York at Buffalo, and a master's degree in materials science and engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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  • What Do You Need To Know To Stay On The Right Side Of Regulations When Decorating Apparel

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 07/11/2016

    This session will answer your questions for apparel decorators and distributors regarding CPSIA regulations and keeping yourself on the right side of compliance. This session is appropriate for distributors and third-party apparel decorators. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join Sue DeRagon, Mary Poissant, and Anne Stone for the session, What Do You Need to Know To Stay on the Right Side of Regulations When Decorating Apparel.This session will answer your questions for apparel decorators and distributors regarding CPSIA regulations and keeping yourself on the right side of compliance. Find out what your obligations are and who is responsible for ensuring CPSIA compliance when a distributor enlists the services of a third-party decorator to embellish youth apparel? Learn the regulations and how they apply to both parties. Decorators will receive hands-on tips for implementing best practices on the shop floor. Distributors will receive best practices on managing the process and completing the necessary documentation.This session is appropriate for distributors and third-party apparel decorators.This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is the senior technical consultant for Qima. She has over 25 years of experience in the toy and premiums industry and has worked with PPAI as a technical consultant since 2008. DeRagon has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars and closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of product testing, quality assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    DeRagon is an active member of the Toy Industry Association and the American Society for Testing and Materials, participating on several toy and children's product standards committees. She is also on the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s Board of Directors. 

    Mary Poissant

    Director of Sales

    Mary Poissant has been in the promotional products industry for 26 years. Mary started in the industry working for a local screen print shop in Buffalo, NY. In 1994 she began her distributorship including silkscreen print services as Ad Impressions. She partnered with Apple Imprints apparel on large projects for several years and in 2005 formally closed her distributorship and took on Director of Sales and Marketing of Apple Imprints Apparel, a top-rated wholesale, contract decorating company supplier.

    Enforcement of CPSIA laws in 2009 changed the direction of Apple Imprints apparel with printing youth apparel. Embracing the new requirements, the next three years, Mary helped turn their 30000 sq foot facility into one of the number one referrals for silkscreen printed infant/youth apparel. Today Apple Imprints Apparel is well known throughout the industry as a trusted source for contract silkscreen printed apparel.

    Anne Stone

    Director of Public Affairs

    Anne Stone is the director of public affairs for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). She brings her background in public relations and communications to driving member advocacy and communicating product safety issues. Prior to joining PPAI, she worked with Conner Peripherals, then a Fortune 500 manufacturer of data storage solutions, where she managed media relations, special events and creative services. She also managed corporate communications for a manufacturer of high-performance visual display equipment, and was a senior account executive for a public relations agency. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Action Council and the Product Responsibility Action Council.

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  • What You Need To Know About the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Anti-Bribery Regulations

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 06/14/2016

    Do you know what constitutes bribery of a public official? When conducting international business it is important to understand world-wide anti-corruption legislation which addresses the bribery of foreign public officials. This session will address components of the law, how it is enforced, who it applies to and what can be done to protect yourself and your company.This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Larry Whitney and Tony Migliavacca for this session on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Bribery Regulations. Do you know what constitutes bribery of a public official? When conducting international business it is important to understand world-wide anti-corruption legislation which addresses the bribery of foreign public officials. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) was enacted in 1977 for the purpose of making it unlawful for certain individuals or companies to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business. This session will address components of the law, how it is enforced,who it applies to and what can be done to protect yourself and your company. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Larry Whitney

    Director, Global Compliance

    Larry Whitney is director, global compliance for Polyconcept, and directs PCNA's Import Logistics department. He is president of the board of directors for Quality Certification Alliance and also serves on PPAI's Product Responsibility Action Group. Whitney has participated in PPAI's Legislative Education and Action Day in Washington, D.C. for five years.

    Whitney is a Certified Supply Chain Professional through APICS, and has a Certificate in Product Safety Management from the John Cook School of Business at St. Louis University. He has spoken on issues related to product safety and regulations governing imported products at events held by the International Product Health & Safety Organization, the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones and PPAI.

    Tony Migliavacca

    Environmental and Social Responsibility Representative

    Tony Migliavacca joined AsiaInspection's environmental and social responsibility representative team in September 2015 and is instrumental in the design, onboarding and development of AI customers' sustainability programs, focusing on partnership and transparency within supply chains and the results of environmental and social impacts. Before joining AI, Migliavacca spent nearly 10 years working with major brands and retailers to define or improve their corporate social responsibility programs and keep them abreast of emerging issues, solutions and best practices.

    Migliavacca received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry and mathematics from Sam Houston State University and attended the Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville for three years.

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  • Social Responsibility Implementation for Suppliers

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 05/24/2016

    Regardless of its size, every supplier organization can make gradual changes within its operations that will contribute to a more socially responsible business model. There is no one size-fits-all strategy. Every organization is different and each has its own unique challenges. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Tony Migliavacca for this session on social responsibility implementation for suppliers. Regardless of its size, every supplier organization can make gradual changes within its operations that will contribute to a more socially responsible business model.There is no one size-fits-all strategy. Every organization is different and each has its own unique challenges. This session will provide insight into current industry challenges,explain how audit programs are a necessary part of an ethical compliance program, and demonstrate how audit programs are an efficient solution for social responsibility management while underlining how transparency,cooperation and continuous improvement result in more successful social responsibility programs. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Recommended Pre-Requisites:

    • Principles of Fair Labor and Responsibility Sourcing
    • Social Compliance and Global Supply Chains
    • Monitoring the Supply Chain

    Tony Migliavacca

    Environmental and Social Responsibility Representative

    Tony Migliavacca joined AsiaInspection's environmental and social responsibility representative team in September 2015 and is instrumental in the design, onboarding and development of AI customers' sustainability programs, focusing on partnership and transparency within supply chains and the results of environmental and social impacts. Before joining AI, Migliavacca spent nearly 10 years working with major brands and retailers to define or improve their corporate social responsibility programs and keep them abreast of emerging issues, solutions and best practices.

    Migliavacca received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry and mathematics from Sam Houston State University and attended the Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville for three years.

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  • Social Responsibility Implementation for Distributors

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 05/10/2016

    As part of the supply chain, distributors have a responsibility and an obligation to ensure the products they place in the market are made in socially compliant factories. Compliance is about more than just product safety. This session provides in-depth guidance for what distributors can do to ensure their suppliers are using socially compliant factories. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Dory Lanenter for this session on social responsibility implementation for distributors. As part of the supply chain,distributors have a responsibility and an obligation to ensure the products they place in the market are made in socially compliant factories. Compliance is about more than just product safety. This session provides in-depth guidance for what distributors can do to ensure their suppliers are using socially compliant factories. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Recommended Pre-Requisites:

    • Principles of Fair Labor and Responsibility Sourcing
    • Social Compliance and Global Supply Chains
    • Monitoring the Supply Chain

    Dory Lanenter

    Corporate Social Responsibility and Product Integrity Consultan

    Dory is the Corporate Social Responsibility and Product Integrity Consultant for AsiaInspection. Dory Lanenter brings his expertise in corporate social responsibility and product integrity to the supplier audit programs team of AsiaInspection, a global quality control and compliance services provider. As a certified social compliance auditor, Dory supports AsiaInspection's North American operations, helping AI's clients ensure ethics and sustainability throughout their supply chains.

    Tim Brown, MAS

    Executive Director - Operations

    Tim Brown, MAS is the Executive Director - Operations at Quality Certification Alliance (QCA).

    Tim is the former product responsibility manager for PPAI. In 2013 he brought his background in supplier relations, sourcing, and vendor compliance to his role at PPAI with the intent of driving member advocacy and communicating the product responsibility subject throughout the industry. Brown worked at Cintas Promotional Products, as the supplier relationship manager where he implemented industry leading supplier management best practices. He has served on the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) Distributor Advocacy Council, as well as on the board of directors for Tri-State Promotional Products Association (TSPPA) as the 2012 president. He also served as a member of PPAI's Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG). Because of his leading efforts in product safety and supply chain best practices, he was named one of the 2012 PPB Rising Stars.

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  • Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing Best Practices

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 04/26/2016

    Understanding the environmental footprint of promotional products is essential to having a truly environmentally sustainable business. In this session we will delve into sustainable manufacturing processes and how these processes impact at the footprint left behind by a product centric industry. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Mark Trotzuk for this session about environmentally responsible manufacturing best practices. Understanding the environmental footprint of promotional products is essential to having a truly environmentally sustainable business. In this session we will delve into sustainable manufacturing processes and how these processes impact a the footprint left behind by at product centric industry. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Recommended Pre-Requisite: Going Green and FTC Guide Updates

    Mark Trotzuk

    Founder and Chief Operating Officer

    Mark Trotzuk is both the founder and chief operating officer of Boardroom -Eco Apparel, a clothing design and manufacturing company based in Vancouver BC, Canada. Mark holds an economics/agriculture degree from The University of British Columbia and after playing one season of professional Hockey in Germany, returned to Canada in 1989 and was employed by The Royal Bank as a financial risk advisor for Agricultural and Corporate Real-estate Loans.

    In 1996, Mark's wanted to get involved in something that allowed him to be more creative and he opened a Clothing Design and Manufacturing Business called “Boardroom Custom Clothing" which is now in its 14thyear of operation. In 2005, shortly after his daughter Rio Raine was born, Mark initiated a big change in operations and product development at Boardroom by launching ECO-Apparel (ecoapparel.ca); a clothing brand made exclusively from environmentally friendly materials that is committed to environment, health, and safety at every level of manufacturing; from raw materials to distribution.

    In April of 2008, Mark's passion for the environment brought him the opportunity to train with Al Gore as a presenter for The Climate Project; a Canadian initiative to increase awareness of Global Warming and Climate Change. Mark is also an “Ambassador" for the David Suzuki Foundation where Mark delivers interactive workshops to workplaces interested in greening their business.

    Mark continues to take his Eco Apparel business to a whole new level; expanding sales to established international corporations and government partners; opened a state-of-the-art 20,000 square foot factory, showroom and distribution center in East Vancouver; launched a Woman's Boutique Apparel Collection “Echo Rain"; was one of the first companies to join “blue sign – technologies" as a Brand Member (bluesign.com); joined 1% For The Planet (www.onepercentfortheplanet.org); and owns the American and Canadian Trade Marks for the brand “eco" for “class 25" apparel category.

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  • Rethinking Green: Distributor Best Practices For Environmentally Responsible Sourcing

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 04/12/2016

    This webinar provides practical steps and how-to guides for distributors to source responsibly as it relates to environmental responsibility. Find out what it means to be green and what questions to ask clients and suppliers. See the impact our industry has on the environment and what can be done to improve the footprint left behind by our products.This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Denise Taschereau for this webinar on rethinking green. This session provides practical steps and how-to guides for distributors to source responsibly as it relates to environmental responsibility. Find out what it means to be green and what questions to ask clients and suppliers. See the impact our industry has on the environment and what can be done to improve the footprint left behind by our products.This course is a required element of the Product Safety Aware program.

    Recommended Pre-Requisites: Going Green and FTC Guide Updates

    Denise Taschereau

    CEO and cofounder of Fairware

    Denise Taschereau is CEO and cofounder of Fairware in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she is responsible for business development and product sourcing as well as Fairware's ethical sourcing and sustainability programs.

    The idea to launch Fairware came to Denise when she noticed how difficult it was to source promotional merchandise that reflected the social and environmental priorities of many of the brands and organizations she admired.

    Prior to starting Fairware, Denise spent seven years as the director of sustainability and community for Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada's largest outdoor retailer. At MEC, she oversaw the national environmental programs, community grant-making and ethical sourcing programs, and wrote the company's award-winning, first Sustainability Report.

    Denise is a member of the PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) Green Product Task Force, and a board member of the Green Meeting Industry Council

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  • How to Use the PPAI Corporate Responsibility Website to Your Advantage

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 03/09/2016

    Are you overwhelmed by the volume of product safety information and unsure where to find information related to social and environmental responsibility? PPAI has the tools and resources you need to make sense of all the rules, regulations and expectations.

    Join Tim Brown for this session on how to use the PPAI Corporate Responsibility website. Are you overwhelmed by the volume of product safety information and unsure where to find information related to social and environmental responsibility? PPAI has the tools and resources you need to make sense of all the rules, regulations and expectations. We have developed materials that break down the complex regulations in manageable and understandable guides. This webinar will show you how to get the most out of PPAI's Corporate Responsibility website so that you can efficiently meet your obligations while staying focused on your day-to-day business. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Tim Brown, MAS

    Executive Director - Operations

    Tim Brown, MAS is the Executive Director - Operations at Quality Certification Alliance (QCA).

    Tim is the former product responsibility manager for PPAI. In 2013 he brought his background in supplier relations, sourcing, and vendor compliance to his role at PPAI with the intent of driving member advocacy and communicating the product responsibility subject throughout the industry. Brown worked at Cintas Promotional Products, as the supplier relationship manager where he implemented industry leading supplier management best practices. He has served on the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) Distributor Advocacy Council, as well as on the board of directors for Tri-State Promotional Products Association (TSPPA) as the 2012 president. He also served as a member of PPAI's Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG). Because of his leading efforts in product safety and supply chain best practices, he was named one of the 2012 PPB Rising Stars.

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  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 05/31/2015

    Increasingly, consumers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other consumer groups are pressuring some organizations to offer transparency into their supply chains. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Please join Loretta Tam for this session on corporate social responsibility and sustainability reporting. Increasingly, consumers,non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other consumer groups are pressuring some organizations to offer transparency into their supply chains. Environmental, social and product safety regulations along with other factors including consumer and employee trust,customer loyalty,community support and enhanced credibility, are driving some organizations to develop and release sustainability reports. A sustainability report is how an organization publicly communicates the economic, environmental and social impact of its everyday operations. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Recommended Pre-Requisites:

    • Principles of Fair Labor and Responsibility Sourcing
    • Social Compliance and Global Supply Chains
    • Monitoring the Supply Chain

    Loretta Tam

    Manager

    Loretta Tam guides clients in the development and improvement of supply chain responsibility programs. With her knowledge of international and industry best practices regarding sustainability and social responsibility, Tam advises organizations on topics including supply chain standards, audit protocols, and management systems. As a manager on her company's business development and innovation team, Tam leads the development, implementation and execution of new products and services. She has participated as a technical advisor on multiple international sustainability committees, has designed and implemented industry-wide product sustainability programs, and developed materials and executed trainings on environmental responsibility and product sustainability for senior executives and staff in procurement, quality, and design.

    Loretta holds a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology from University of California-Los Angeles and a M.S. in environmental science and management from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California-Santa Barbara. She speaks English and Cantonese and has a working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.

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  • CAS: How To Read A Test Report

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 07/16/2014

    Test reports and compliance certificates are as complex as they are necessary. Learn how to read and understand these essential documents. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Test reports andcompliance certificates are as complex as they are necessary. Learn how to readand understand these essential documents. This webinar will explain the difference between a good and bad test report. Participants will learn what to look for to confirm a valid test report and explain the red flags and other warnings that invalidate a compliance document. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.


    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is the senior technical consultant for Qima. She has over 25 years of experience in the toy and premiums industry and has worked with PPAI as a technical consultant since 2008. DeRagon has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars and closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of product testing, quality assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    DeRagon is an active member of the Toy Industry Association and the American Society for Testing and Materials, participating on several toy and children's product standards committees. She is also on the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s Board of Directors. 

    Haley Will

    Account Executive

    Haley Will is an Account Executive for UL Verification Services focusing primarily on the Premiums and Promotional Products industries. Haley supports new and existing UL clients by developing and enhancing their Quality Assurance Programs. Haley also manages UL's relationship with PPAI and serves as a proactive point of contact for members to provide technical expertise in areas of global compliance, industry standards and brand specifications. Previously, Haley worked in Client Services as a global account manager focusing on promotional products, toys and children's products. Responsibilities included daily management of domestic and global accounts, review of technical data and test results, and acting as the primary liaison between clients and labs. Haley has been with UL (formerly STR) since 2009 and holds a Bachelor's degree from Springfield College in Marketing and Business Management.

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  • Distributor - Supplier Communication With Compliance In Mind

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 05/26/2014

    We have a remarkable opportunity to demonstrate the value our supply chain creates. Virtually every leading industry company or salesperson will say that suppliers and distributors need to improve trust and transparency, and product safety is the platform on which we can build that trust. It's time to work together to walk the talk so that we can increase the value of every industry member and organization. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Jim Socci for this session on distributor and supplier communication best practices. We have a remarkable opportunity to demonstrate the value our supply chain creates. Virtually every leading industry company or salesperson will say that suppliers and distributors need to improve trust and transparency, and product safety is the platform on which we can build that trust. It's time to work together to walk the talk so that we can increase the value of every industry member and organization. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Tim Brown, MAS (Moderator)

    Executive Director - Operations

    Tim Brown, MAS is the Executive Director - Operations at Quality Certification Alliance (QCA).

    Tim is the former product responsibility manager for PPAI. In 2013 he brought his background in supplier relations, sourcing, and vendor compliance to his role at PPAI with the intent of driving member advocacy and communicating the product responsibility subject throughout the industry. Brown worked at Cintas Promotional Products, as the supplier relationship manager where he implemented industry leading supplier management best practices. He has served on the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) Distributor Advocacy Council, as well as on the board of directors for Tri-State Promotional Products Association (TSPPA) as the 2012 president. He also served as a member of PPAI's Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG). Because of his leading efforts in product safety and supply chain best practices, he was named one of the 2012 PPB Rising Stars.

    Jim Socci, CAS

    President

    Jim Socci is the President and owner of Artistic Toy in Allentown, PA. He joined the field of marketing after a career in finance and accounting. While working at PricewaterhouseCoopers auditing financial statements and earning his CPA; he learned how promotional products support a brand of professionals who are the best and brightest. After five years of public accounting, he moved into a corporate finance role at Penn Treaty Insurance Company. As Vice President of Finance he reined in budgets, prepared forecasts, and performed ROI calculations on marketing initiatives. After 3 years at Penn Treaty Jim decided to bring his lifelong entrepreneurial dreams into reality, so he purchased Artistic Toy, formerly Art's Toy. Jim has put Artistic Toy on a mission to help corporations build character that create lasting brand impressions. Jim has presented several educational webinars on strategies to increase sales, comply with product safety, and improve brand awareness. In 2007, he served on the PPAI International Committee. In 2008, Jim published the Artistic Toy Sales Playbook to introduce the branding strategy of Character Marketing™. In 2009, Jim developed the Interactive Toy ™ to turn stuffed toys into lead generation tools. In 2012, Jim was the recipient of PPAI's Boss of the Year Award. In 2013, Jim pioneered a distribution agreement with Aurora Gift to offer a new line of stuffed animals into the promotional products industry. In 2014, Jim became the Treasurer of the Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association board of directors.

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