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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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  • Virtual Product Responsibility Summit 2020

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/23/2020

    The PPAI Product Responsibility Summit offers education focused on the most-pressing business implications, challenges and opportunities associated with compliance, now conveniently located anywhere you are. Like our past live events, Summit will be facilitated by industry thought leaders, subject matter experts and leaders in compliance. This year we will focus on vetting supply chains in a flash, introducing new product categories while remaining compliant, and everything related to personal protective equipment (PPE).

    The PPAI Product Responsibility Summit offers education focused on the most-pressing business implications, challenges and opportunities associated with compliance, now conveniently located anywhere you are. Like our past live events, Summit will be facilitated by industry thought leaders, subject matter experts and leaders in compliance.   This year we will focus on vetting supply chains in a flash, introducing new product categories while remaining compliant, and everything related to personal protective equipment (PPE).

    With the registration fee, every attendee will receive a free digital resource manual, access to optional 101 education sessions (prior to event), MAS level education credits and PSA designation or designation renewal.

      For more information beyond registration, please check out our event site.

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    To register for any of PPAI's live education events, individuals must be listed the company roster of a business in The PPAI Directory. Each registration requires an individual login. For assistance logging in, contact Membership at 888-426-7724 ext. 3900 or email Membership@ppai.org.

    For Group Registrations, contact Kathlene Brethowr at KathleneB@ppai.org

    Questions Regarding Same Company Registrations: Please contact Kathlene Brethower at KathleneB@ppai.org

    For Registration Site Questions, contact Shannon Johnson at shannnonj@ppai.org

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    Who may attend this event? To be eligible to attend any PPAI event, you must be a PPAI Member or Associate, meaning you own or are employed by a company that manufactures, imports or resell promotional products. 

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    Approximately 10 MAS Points

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    For the event agenda or our sponsorship list please check out our event site.

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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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    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.