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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 2018: Social Responsibility, The Business Of Doing Good

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 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.

    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.

    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), 1.00 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), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    How can you determine if something is a children’s product with confidence?

    How can you determine if something is a children’s product with confidence? 

    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), 1.00 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 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.

    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), 1.00 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.

    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.

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 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.

    Using wireless charging devices as a case study, this session will examine the hazard identification process when taking a new product to market.

    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), 1.00 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?

    It’s not enough to just get it there…how do you get products into the hands of your international customers? 

    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), 1.00 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.

    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. 

    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), 1.00 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.

    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. 

    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 AsiaInspection. With a degree in textile engineering, Terri 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, Terri 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. Terri estimates to have completed around 2500 audits over a 20-year period and continues to perform audits as needed. Terri 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 which allows her to creatively find ways to get from A to B, when traditional means are unable to achieve results.  Her technical expertise helps to get answers and results to clients 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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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Emerging Regulatory Challenges

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 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?

    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? 

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 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?

    What are the trends and applications for the internet of things? Where is the intersection between IOT and promo?

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 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.

    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. 

    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), 1.00 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.

    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. 

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 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.

    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.  

    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), 1.00 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.

    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. 

    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), 1.00 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.

    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. 

    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: End Buyer Panel

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 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.

    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. 

    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 2016: Lithium-Ion: Dirty, Dangerous Secrets

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 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), 1.00 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), 1.00 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), 1.00 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), 1.00 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), 1.00 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), 1.00 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), 1.00 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), 1.00 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), 1.00 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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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2015: Who's The Regulator? What's The Rule?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    How can you ensure you have all your regulatory bases covered? This session will address each of those challenges and provide best practices to guide your compliance efforts moving forward. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Cheryl Falvey for this session on what the rules are.  How can you ensure you have all your regulatory bases covered? Who oversees those regulations? How do you manage products that fall under multiple jurisdictions? This session will address each of those challenges and provide best practices to guide your compliance efforts moving forward.This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Recommended Pre-Requisites:

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

    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.

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