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Product Responsibility Summit

The PPAI Product Responsibility Summit (PRS) event recordings focus on the most pressing product safety issues, as well as business implications, challenges and opportunities associated with the various aspects of compliance.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: It’s Not Easy Being The Compliance Officer—How Not To Be The Bad Guy

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This panel discussion will take a frank look at the challenges of being a compliance officer. Panelists will share tips on how to build consensus; how to say no without damaging relationships; how to get buy-in from the top; and how to build a culture of product responsibility.

    This panel discussion will take a frank look at the challenges of being a compliance officer. Panelists will share tips on how to build consensus; how to say no without damaging relationships; how to get buy-in from the top; and how to build a culture of product responsibility. 

    Kim Bakalyar

    Chief Compliance Officer, PromoShop Inc.

    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).

    Chris Pearson

    Director of Compliance, Spector & Co.

    Chris Pearson is the director of compliance for Spector & Co. Chris joined Spector 2017 after a long career in the highly regulated juvenile products industry.  

    Throughout his 20-year career within the Juvenile products industry, Chris specialized in Infant safety and security, and in the development and certification of infant restraints. He worked closely with regulatory bodies, manufacturers,  sales and marketing teams, as well as directly with clients—giving him exposure and an in-depth understanding of many facets of the business.  

    In August 2018, Spector appointed Chris as director of compliance and overseas operations—adding oversight of the company’s China operations to his portfolio. Chris travels abroad several times a year to personally review procedures with manufacture owners, local government and the Spector team to ensure that compliance standards are met and maintained.

    JillAnn Rogoz

    Senior Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance, Prime Line

    Jill Rogoz is an 12-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.  

    Kyle Earing

    Director of Quality and Operations, Blink Marketing, Inc.

    Kyle Earing is the director of quality and operations at Blink Marketing, Inc. in Franklin, Tennessee. In his role, Kyle works to enhance the quality program at Blink Marketing and establish key partnerships within the supply chain to ensure quality, conformance and performance for their client’s products.    Kyle has over a decade of experience working within the quality and the promotional products arena. Kyle is a certified FSSC 22000 lead auditor. Under Kyle’s leadership, Blink Marketing achieved a significant accomplishment by recently becoming Mar’s Global’s highest rated premium and promotional products supplier.  

    Nat Bullock

    Product Responsibility and Global Services Manager, Geiger

    Nat Bullock is the product responsibility and global services manager for Geiger.  Nat is a 2001 graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration on operations management and was the winner of the 2001 Southern Maine Entrepreneurship Business Plan competition.                                            

    Prior to joining Geiger, Nat was the logistics and purchasing manager for a Fortune 500 manufacturer of technical fabrics where he oversaw production planning for multiple manufacturing locations in the U.S. as well as the purchasing of raw materials from sources in Canada, Asia, Europe, and South America.           

    Nat joined Geiger in 2011 as planning and logistics manager for their manufacturing division and has also held the position of project manager in their IT department before taking on the compliance roll in 2015.  Nat oversees the areas of product compliance as well as logistical compliance for international shipping and hazardous goods shipping and develops compliance related education programs for their sales partners and internal staff.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Intellectual Property

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    What does it really take to protect your intellectual property and defend your rights? Copyrights, trademarks, patents abound – the tangible creations we humans want to protect from infringement and misuse are virtually endless. Lessons learned from a real-life experience will make you better prepared should you need to defend your IP rights.

    What does it really take to protect your intellectual property and defend your rights? Copyrights, trademarks, patents abound – the tangible creations we humans want to protect from infringement and misuse are virtually endless. Lessons learned from a real-life experience will make you better prepared should you need to defend your IP rights.

    Justin Miller

    Patent Attorney, Larson and Larson

    Justin Miller is a patent attorney with Larson and Larson concentrating on patent prosecution with an emphasis on mechanical devices. He also prepares infringement and non-infringement opinions in a multitude of fields, including medical devices and nutraceuticals. Justin has experience with challenging pending patent applications using third-party submissions and foreign filing options and strategy. His professional experience is in the field of petrochemicals, particularly liquefied natural gas. He now applies his piping skills to home improvements, with plans to build additional boats and fine furniture. He was fortunate enough to meet his wife Trista, whom he married in 2014.

    Justin is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stetson University College of Law and is board certified in intellectual property law by the Florida Bar. 

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Keynote: Modern Slavery And Human Trafficking—What Are Your Obligations?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Michael R. Littenberg, an attorney and partner with Ropes and Gray, will review why this issue is still relevant and who is at risk. Littenberg will review what is required to comply with the UK Modern Slavery Act, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, as well as emerging regulations in Australia, Canada and other countries.

    Michael R. Littenberg, an attorney and partner with Ropes and Gray, will review why this issue is still relevant and who is at risk. Littenberg will review what is required to comply with the UK Modern Slavery Act, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, as well as emerging regulations in Australia, Canada and other countries.

    Michael Littenberg

    Senior Partner, Ropes & Gray

    Michael Littenberg is a senior partner at Ropes & Gray.  As part of his practice, for almost 30 years, Michael has been active in advising leading public and private companies, asset managers and asset owners on ESG, corporate social responsibility and supply chain compliance matters, and he is widely viewed as a leading practitioner in this emerging area.  Michael advises clients on, among other things: compliance with a wide range of enacted, pending and proposed regulatory requirements, “soft law” instruments and industry and NGO codes of conduct, standards, frameworks and guidance; due diligence; risk and impact assessments; structuring and implementing tailored compliance policies, procedures, programs and codes of conduct; public benefit corporations; impact and socially responsible investing; green bonds; training; benchmarking; regulatory and voluntary disclosures and other communications; stakeholder engagement; crisis management; and grievance mechanisms.  Michael has authored over 100 articles and other thought leadership pieces on ESG, corporate social responsibility and supply chain compliance, is highly ranked on numerous top influencer lists and has been a member of numerous advisory panels on a range of issues in this subject area.  Michael can be contacted at michael.littenberg@ropesgray.com.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Voluntary Standards

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    A panel of standards experts will address how voluntary standards affect safety. It will address how standards are formalized; the struggle to harmonize international standards and the considerations that must be made when selecting a new product that may not have established voluntary standards.

    A panel of standards experts will address how voluntary standards affect safety. It will address how standards are formalized; the struggle to harmonize international standards and the considerations that must be made when selecting a new product that may not have established voluntary standards.

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is Senior Technical Consultant at QIMA (formerly AsiaInspection).  With over 30 years of experience, she is a leading quality and safety expert on toys, children’s products, and promotional and licensed goods.  She has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars globally.  She works closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of regulatory compliance, product testing, quality control and assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    Ms. DeRagon is an active member of The Toy Association and ASTM International, participating on several toy and children’s product standards committees.  She is also a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) and a previous member of the Board of Directors for ICPHSO, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.

    Ms. DeRagon received a B.S degree in business administration from Bay Path College, Magna Cum Laude.


    Leonard Morrissey

    Director of Global Business Development and Strategy, ASTM International

    Len Morrissey is the director of global business development and strategy with ASTM International, one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world. 

    Len is responsible for the identification and development of new business opportunities and ventures across ASTM’s full spectrum of products and services.  He leads a team that creates and executes innovative, strategic organizational initiatives based on market trends, national/international priorities, emerging technologies, marketplace challenges and innovation.  

    Since joining ASTM in 1995, Len has served in a number of leadership roles in the Standards Development Division, ultimately directing a team that managed the standards activities for diverse portfolio of over 50 global industry sectors.  From 2007-2018, he oversaw all operational, strategic and regulatory initiatives related to the safety of consumers for a wide range of product categories. In this capacity, he worked closely with lawmakers, industry, regulators and consumer stakeholders to develop needed solutions to complex international trade and regulatory challenges. 

    He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Consumer Product Safety Organization (ICPHSO) and sits on the Standards Development Organization Advisory Committee under the auspices of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).   

    A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Len holds a bachelor of arts degree in Letters, Arts and Sciences with additional concentrations in Business and History and a masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Villanova University.

    Tom Blewitt

    Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, UL Connected Technologies

    Tom Blewitt is vice president and chief technical officer for UL's connected technologies businesses. He is based in New York and has spent the majority of his 40+ year career in engineering and engineering management roles involving product safety. 

    A William Henry Merrill Society member and corporate fellow, Tom is responsible for technical consistency, integrity and engineering quality for UL's standards and certification activities. He has extensive experience in the development of US, regional and international safety standards and was recognized with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Meritorious Service Award and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) "1906 Award."  He has been Convener of IEC TC61 WG31 (“Batteries”) and a member of the IEC Advisory Committee on Safety (ACOS).

    Tom has published numerous articles and has regularly presented to trade association and government audiences on product safety, standardization and international safety standards harmonization.  He holds a BSEE and MS Mgt. from Polytechnic Institute of NY.  He is also a licensed professional engineer in the State of New York and a member of the U.S. National Fire Protection Association. 

    Dana Baiocco

    CPSC Commissioner

    Dana Baiocco joined the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on June 1, 2018. She was confirmed by the Senate on May 22, 2018. Ms. Baiocco’s appointment by President Donald Trump is for a seven-year term, retroactively beginning on October 27, 2017.

    Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Baiocco was a partner at Jones Day, where she was a member of the firm’s Business and Tort Litigation Practice. She joined Jones Day’s Pittsburg Office in 1998 and, in 2011, she was among the first partners to join the Firm’s Boston Office when it opened. While at Jones Day, Ms. Baiocco provided strategic business advice for clients in high-intensity trials involving mass torts, consumer and industrial products, and medical devices at the federal, state, and international level. She counseled clients on risk mitigation, compliance with regulatory and reporting obligations, warranties, and product recalls. And she litigated on behalf of clients in antitrust, construction, and bankruptcy matters.


    Prior to joining Jones Day, Ms. Baiocco served as a federal law clerk to The Honorable Gustave Diamond, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
    Ms. Baiocco served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates, (2009-2011), during which she presided over all discussions, debates, votes, and the adoption of resolutions by this policy making arm of the Association and also held other bar association roles.


    Ms. Baiocco earned her law degree from Duquesne University, cum laude, and was awarded the Justice Louis Mandarino Honor Society for Achievement in Trial and Appellate Advocacy. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from Ohio University. Ms. Baiocco also holds a private pilot certificate.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: The Problem With Plastics

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This plastics pioneer will address not only the global problem with plastics, but will lay out solutions as well. Mike Biddle has patented a series of techniques for separating and refining plastic waste to produce quality materials for reuse in the industry. His innovative recycling process diverts plastic waste from landfills and the ocean while negating the need for new oil-based plastics.

    This plastics pioneer will address not only the global problem with plastics, but will lay out solutions as well. Mike Biddle has patented a series of techniques for separating and refining plastic waste to produce quality materials for reuse in the industry. His innovative recycling process diverts plastic waste from landfills and the ocean while negating the need for new oil-based plastics.

    Michael Biddle, PhD

    Managing Director, Ekok Innovations

    Dr. Mike Biddle is the managing director of Evok Innovations, an entrepreneur-led CleanTech venture fund that aims to increase the scale, diversity and quality of early-stage innovations focused on clean energy, reducing the time it takes to commercialize technologies. Evok accomplishes this by connecting entrepreneurs with flexible capital, mentors and industry partners. 

    Before Evok, Mike founded MBA Polymers—literally from his garage. He grew MBA to the world’s leading multi-national company recovering plastics from end-of-life durable goods, such as computers, electronics, appliances, automobiles and now household waste. When the company was sold, it had a processing capacity of over 300 million lbs/yr in Europe and China.  Some of the largest manufacturers in the world have used MBA’s plastics to replace virgin plastics in their new products.   

    Mike worked for several large companies, namely General Electric, Cummins Engine Company and Dow Chemical, before striking out on his own in 1992.  Mike received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, both with high honors.  He was also a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, graduating with an MS in Management Science.

    Mike, who is often called the “Garbage Man” for his groundbreaking work in extracting valuable resources from highly complex waste streams around the world, has won numerous international awards.  In fact, he just picked up both the 2017 SME Circulars Award and the Davos Prize at this years’ World Economic Forum for the company he founded 

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Designing For Vulnerable Consumers—A Focus On Senior Safety

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Special safety considerations must be made when designing for vulnerable audiences. As Boomers age, the senior market will expand and with it so will the particular safety and accessibility issues for this demographic. CPSC Commissioner Adler will address the unique challenges and responsibilities associated with senior safety.

    Special safety considerations must be made when designing for vulnerable audiences. As Boomers age, the senior market will expand and with it so will the particular safety and accessibility issues for this demographic. CPSC Commissioner Adler will address the unique challenges and responsibilities associated with senior safety.

    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 2019: California Proposition 65—What Do The Last 12 Months Tell Us?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    It’s been a little over 12 months since the new CA Prop 65 regulations went into effect. What can we learn from the notices, settlements and trends? Dan Herling will share what you need to do to ensure your internal procedures and practices continue are keeping up with recent litigation trends.

    It’s been a little over 12 months since the new CA Prop 65 regulations went into effect. What can we learn from the notices, settlements and trends? Dan Herling will share what you need to do to ensure your internal procedures and practices continue are keeping up with recent litigation trends.

    Dan Herling

    Consumer Product Litigation Attorney

    Dan Herling is a leading defense attorney focused on product liability issues relating to consumer products. Dan has successfully defended clients in class actions alleging false or misleading labeling or advertising of foods, cosmetics, over the counter drugs and dietary supplements. These claims have involved probiotics, “natural” ingredients, “clinically-proven” results, lack of efficacy, lack of substantiation, and failure to disclose. His trial work also encompasses defense of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, commercial litigation and privacy and data security. Dan advises international companies in the pharmaceutical, medical device, food, over-the-counter drugs, homeopathic remedies, and dietary supplement industries. He has served as defense counsel in over 3,000 product liability cases and represented companies in both state and federal courts in California and the U.S. Dan 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.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Button Cell Batteries And Other Choking Hazards

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Many electronic products contain button batteries in the household setting, and these pose a serious risk if placed in the ear canal, nasal cavity, or swallowed. When lodged within the body, they can cause severe, potentially life-threatening injury in a matter of hours. In this session, participants will learn about the spectrum of button battery injuries and mitigation strategies. Medical evaluation and management of other types of foreign bodies of the ear canal, nasal cavity, aerodigestive tract will also be discussed in this session by Dr. Kris Jatana.

    Many electronic products contain button batteries in the household setting, and these pose a serious risk if placed in the ear canal, nasal cavity, or swallowed.  When lodged within the body, they can cause severe, potentially life-threatening injury in a matter of hours. In this session, participants will learn about the spectrum of button battery injuries and mitigation strategies.  Medical evaluation and management of other types of foreign bodies of the ear canal, nasal cavity, aerodigestive tract will also be discussed in this session by Dr. Kris Jatana.

    Dr. Kris Jatana

    associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital

    Dr. Kris Jatana is an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Jatana has been an author on more than 80 manuscripts and book chapters, and in excess of 100 presentations at scientific meetings.  Since 2012, Dr. Jatana has served a leadership role on the National Button Battery Task Force. Dr. Jatana is the Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology Quality Improvement at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and he has served in surgical subspecialty leadership role for the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program-Pediatric.  He is a recognized medical expert and consultant for consumer product safety.  Over the years, numerous national and international media outlets have interviewed Dr. Jatana, which has had an impact on consumer education.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Remarks by CPSC Acting Chair Ann Marie Buerkle

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Keynote CPSC update by CPSC Acting Chair Anne Marie Buerkle regarding the perspective, realities and priorities of this independent Federal agency.

    Keynote CPSC update by CPSC Acting Chair Anne Marie Buerkle regarding the perspective, realities and priorities of this independent Federal agency.

    CPSC Acting Chair Anne Marie Buerkle

    Acting Chair at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

    Ann Marie Buerkle has served as a Commissioner at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) since July of 2013. She was named Acting Chairman of the agency on February 9, 2017. On July 24, 2017, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Ms. Buerkle to be permanent Chairman and to an additional seven year term to the Commission.

    Prior to joining the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Ms. Buerkle served the people of Upstate New York’s 25th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. During her time in Congress, Ms. Buerkle served on the Oversight & Government Reform, Foreign Affairs, and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. She served as Chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health. While in Congress, Ms. Buerkle was also appointed by President Obama to serve as a United States Representative to the 66th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.


    While in Congress, Ms. Buerkle strived to work across party lines on policies that would improve the nation’s economy, reduce wasteful government spending, provide tax relief to the middle class, and ensure veterans had access to the resources and care that they earned.


    Prior to being elected to Congress, Ms. Buerkle was appointed, in 1997 by then Attorney General Dennis Vacco, as an Assistant New York State Attorney General representing the State of New York on behalf of Upstate Medical University, a role she held for 13 years.


    Ms. Buerkle graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1972 and in 1977 she graduated from Le Moyne College with a Bachelor of Science Degree. In 1991, Ms. Buerkle attended Syracuse University College of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1994.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Sourcing Beyond China

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The recent focus on tariffs has driven many companies to seek new sources for product manufacturing, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. This panel will address the many issues you’ll need to consider including the regulatory climate of the country, logistics, known human rights issues, availability of raw materials and much, much more.

    The recent focus on tariffs has driven many companies to seek new sources for product manufacturing, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. This panel will address the many issues you’ll need to consider including the regulatory climate of the country, logistics, known human rights issues, availability of raw materials and much, much more.

    Nathan Cotter

    Vice President of Compliance, Hit Promotional Products, Inc.

    Nathan Cotter is the vice president of compliance at Hit Promotional Products, Inc., ranked among the top 5 promotional product suppliers in the nation.  The compliance team at Hit is comprised of 5 full-time members responsible for product safety, regulatory compliance, and social responsibility 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.  

    Cassi Wright

    Training and Capacity Manager, FLA

    Cassi Wright is the training and capacity building manager for FLA. Cassi joined the FLA in 2017 to build and develop the training and capacity building program for the FLA’s 2,500+ affiliates. Her goal is to help companies implement and sustain higher labor standards through various forms of guidance, training, resources, and tools. She focuses on identifying supply chain gaps in order to employ capacity building where the risk is greatest to workers. Previously, Cassi worked as a CSR/Sustainability consultant at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), a global non-profit, where she advised global Fortune 500 companies on strategy, remediation, and integration efforts focused on manufacturing and sourcing, labor rights, supplier engagement, and human rights impact assessments. Prior to that, she was a management consultant at Mars & Co., working in multiple industries and markets to develop high-level strategies for multi-national companies. Cassi served as rotary ambassador in the Dominican Republic and was a business Fulbright-Garcia Robles scholar in Mexico, where she worked at Scotiabank. She obtained her B.A. in organizational development and spanish from Claremont Mckenna College in 2003 and her M.B.A. from The Peter F. Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University in 2004.

    Larry Whitney

    Director, Global Compliance, PCNA

    Larry Whitney has been with Polyconcept since 2005. As director, global compliance, he provides guidance to Polyconcept’s business units – PCNA in North America, PFCI in Europe and Polyconcept GBS in Asia—on issues related to corporate social responsibility, product safety, and import regulations.   Larry also manages PCNA’s North American import operations, including the logistics teams moving cargo to the US from over a dozen countries around the world.

    Larry is a past president of the Board of Directors for Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), and serves on QCA’s compliance committee.   He also serves on PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group. In addition, for a number of years he has participated in PPAI’s L.E.A.D. meetings on Capitol Hill, educating members of Congress on key issues related to the promotional products industry.
    Larry 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 and Safety Organization, National Association of Foreign Trade Zones and PPAI.

    Oliver Knack

    CEO, Asia Quality Focus (AQF)

    Oliver Knack is the CEO of Asia Quality Focus (AQF), a quality control solutions company offering product inspection, factory audit and lab testing to clients importing promotional products and other consumer goods from Asia. Originally from Australia, Oliver has worked in manufacturing, sourcing and quality control in various capacities and visited and worked in hundreds of factories in the Asia Pacific region.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Social Responsibility

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    What drives social responsibility initiatives? What are the key issues our clients need answered?

    What drives social responsibility initiatives? What are the key issues our clients need answered?

    Frank Vasquez

    Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Hanesbrand, Inc.

    Frank Vasquez is the director of corporate social responsibility for Hanesbrands Inc. He received his B.S. in systems design engineering from ITESM (Monterrey Technological Institute) In Monterrey, Mexico. He started his career with Hanes (Sara Lee at the time) 20 years ago as an engineer at the Dominican Republic operations. In 2003, he was moved to the corporate headquarters to lead the underwear operations in the safety and environmental areas. In 2006 when Hanes spun from Sara Lee, Frank was part of the team that started the corporate social responsibility initiative for the new company. As global director of CSR, Frank leads the company initiatives in ethics, compliance sustainability and community relations. Since 2010, he has led Hanes’ global community relations flagship program Green for Good with the implementation of life changing programs in the areas health, environmental sustainability and education in the communities where Hanes is located around the globe. In Winston Salem, where he resides, he is actively involved with the Hispanic League sitting on their education committee working with youngster to stay in school.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: End Buyer Panel

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    What keeps our customers up at night? What do our customers expect when sourcing promotional products? We all know what the client needs in order to rest assured when they hand out promotional products to their own customers…or do we? We’ll start with some general insight questions, venture a bit more in-depth, and then let participants ask the questions we may not have considered. Get the inside dish as a panel of end buyers shares their perspectives during this moderated discussion.

    What keeps our customers up at night? What do our customers expect when sourcing promotional products? We all know what the client needs in order to rest assured when they hand out promotional products to their own customers…or do we? We’ll start with some general insight questions, venture a bit more in-depth, and then let participants ask the questions we may not have considered. Get the inside dish as a panel of end buyers shares their perspectives during this moderated discussion.

    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). 

    Cathy Choffin

    McDonald's Corp.

    Cathy Choffin is part of the global safety and security department at McDonald’s Corp. and is focused on safety in the areas of  consumer products, restaurant (employee and customer), packaging, seating & decor and PlayPlace. Additionally, she has responsibility for standards development and emergency response preparation coordination.

    In this role, Cathy is responsible for assessing safety risks from a global and US perspective, developing strategies and safety standards, and communicating best practices designed to protect people, customers and the brand.  She strongly believes in the need for collaboration, sharing best practices and getting to a better “yes.”  

    Manny Grace

    Associate General Counsel, The Walt Disney Company

    Manuel G. Grace is associate general counsel to The Walt Disney Company, the world’s largest entertainment company. Manny is head of the environmental, health and safety practice group, which is part of the Corporate Legal Department.  Manny’s responsibilities include a broad array of legal matters including, products liability, environmental compliance and occupational safety. Manny supports Disney’s product integrity team, which is charged with reviewing the safety of all Disney-branded products sold or distributed to the public by Disney to confirm that those products meet all applicable requirements.  

    Prior to joining Disney in December of 1992, Manny was with the New York law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, where he was head of the environmental law group since 1990. At Milbank, Manny specialized in the environmental aspects of energy development as well as the representation of multinational companies and banks with regard to environmental matters. Prior to that, he was associated with the law firm of Sidley & Austin where his experience included environmental work on federal, state and local levels since 1986.  

    Manny graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1979 with a B.A. in Psychology. He earned his law degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1982, where he was Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.  Manny also clerked in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the Hon. Lawrence W. Pierce.

    Manny is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Notre Dame University Alumni Association and a current board member of the California State Parks Foundation. He is also a former Chairman of the Board of the Society of Product Licensor’s Committed to Excellence (SPLiCE). Manny is a member of the Environmental Law Committee of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. In addition, he is a member of the Environmental Law Committee of the California Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.  Manny is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section.  

    Rick Brenner, MAS+

    President/CEO, Logical Advisors

    Rick Brenner, MAS+, is president/CEO of Logical Advisors which provides advisory services to leading industry distributors and suppliers. This year marks the seventh year Rick has co-chaired PPAI’s Product Responsibility Summit. A 19-year veteran of the promotional products industry, 12 as president and CEO of industry supplier Prime Resources, he has long history of industry leadership as well as advocacy for product safety and responsible sourcing. He is a former chairman of PPAI. He was a founder of the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), a member of QCA’s governance committee and served for seven years as chair of QCA’s compliance committee. Rick has also served as president of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization, the preeminent global product safety organization.

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits 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), Includes Credits 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), Includes Credits 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), Includes Credits 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), Includes Credits 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

    Chief Compliance Officer, PromoShop Inc.

    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

    Vice President of Compliance, Hit Promotional Products, Inc.

    Nathan Cotter is the vice president of compliance at Hit Promotional Products, Inc., ranked among the top 5 promotional product suppliers in the nation.  The compliance team at Hit is comprised of 5 full-time members responsible for product safety, regulatory compliance, and social responsibility 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, Prime Line

    Jill Rogoz is an 12-year industry veteran and the senior director of compliance and quality assurance at Prime Line, Hard Goods Division of alphabroder, and a Top 10 supplier in the promotional products industry.  As senior director of compliance and quality assurance, she oversees the safety, compliance and quality assurance programs at multiple manufacturing facilities at Prime Line.  Prime is a founding member of QCA and Jill is the team leader for Prime’s QCA program.  

    Tabatha Bauer

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

    Gene Geiger, MAS+

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

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits 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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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: International Shipping Challenges

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits 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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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Social Media And Project Misuse: How Can We Shut That Down?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits 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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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: What Really Happens During An Audit?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits 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

    Vice President of Compliance, Hit Promotional Products, Inc.

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

    Andy Blahnik

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

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Emerging Regulatory Challenges

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits 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. 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), Includes Credits 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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    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 2017: End Buyer Panel

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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), Includes Credits

    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), Includes Credits

    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), Includes Credits

    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), Includes Credits

    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), Includes Credits

    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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