Certified Advertising Specialist Package

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

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

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

 

  • CAS: 14 Ways To Manage The Time You Don't Have

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/18/2018

    In our business, it’s all about the details. So how do you keep them all straight, in a timely manner? Time seems to be the one thing we all wish we had more of, and we can generally agree it’s also the one thing we’re not always using effectively. In this session, we’ll identify the key things in our lives that steal our time, discuss three strategies for organization, and learn a host of practical tips to help us get the most out of our day.

    In our business, it’s all about the details. So how do you keep them all straight, in a timely manner? Time seems to be the one thing we all wish we had more of, and we can generally agree it’s also the one thing we’re not always using effectively. Join Christopher Duffy, MAS for this session, we’ll identify the key things in our lives that steal our time, discuss three strategies for organization, and learn a host of practical tips to help us get the most out of our day.

    Christopher Duffy, MAS

    Senior Vice President of Marketing

    Christopher Duffy, MAS is the Director of Marketing for Top 40 Supplier Ariel Premium Supply. A 25 year industry veteran, Christopher is a long-time award winning speaker for PPAI on a variety of key industry and business topics, including supplier/distributors relations, time management, business writing and strategic planning. Christopher has been honored with PPAI’s Distinguished Service Award, served on the PPEF Board of Trustees and holds 2 masters degrees.

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  • CAS: Business Ethics

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/31/2018

    This CAS-required course serves as the foundation for learning the fundamentals of the promotional products industry. Learn about the importance of ethical standards and the steps in ethical decision making. You'll also learn about trademarks, copyrights and intellectual property rights. This course is required to attain the CAS certification, but attendees do not need to pursue a CAS to attend this session.

    Join Cory Halliburton for this session on CAS Required: Business Ethics. This CAS-required course serves as the foundation for learning the fundamentals of the promotional products industry. Learn about the importance of ethical standards and the steps in ethical decision making. You'll also learn about trademarks, copyrights and intellectual property rights. This course is required to attain the CAS certification, but attendees do not need to pursue a CAS to attend this session. 

    Cory Halliburton

    Attorney At Law

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

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

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  • CAS: Creating Client Loyalty

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/14/2017

    In this session, join Ruth Verver to learn how to create a customized loyalty plan for your top clients. This enhances your relationship with them and solidifies future business. Through a combination of self-promos, customer loyalty techniques and VIP attention, you’ll find ways to innovate your business and take your business to the next level. Participants will walk away with three primary elements: new ideas for self-promos that will surprise and delight their customers, a unique and unexpected approach to building customer relationships, and a plan to execute that involves critical touch points for the important customers.

    In this session, join Ruth Verver to learn how to create a customized loyalty plan for your top clients. This enhances your relationship with them and solidifies future business. Through a combination of self-promos, customer loyalty techniques and VIP attention, you’ll find ways to innovate your business and take your business to the next level. Participants will walk away with three primary elements: new ideas for self-promos that will surprise and delight their customers, a unique and unexpected approach to building customer relationships, and a plan to execute that involves critical touch points for the important customers.

    Ruth Verver

    Co-founder, Paperclip Promotions

    Ruth Verver, CAS with over 15 years of marketing and operations experience. After graduating with a BA in marketing from Southwest Texas State (Now Texas State University), she worked for a promotional company as the operations manager where she assisted in growing its sales 400 percent in just 10 years. In 2007, she spread her wings and co-founded Paperclip Promotions, a distributorship in Austin. She served as vice president and membership chair for her regional association and she has served on a PPAI Action Group and Committee. She is married to her high school sweetheart, loves animals and believes we should all find a way to learn, love and laugh a little each day.

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  • CAS: Creating Opportunities With Co-Op Advertising

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/02/2018

    Your competition (radio, TV, newspapers, etc.) knows where to find the money to pay for advertising. You need to know, too. Co-op funds are still the greatest source of untapped funding for promotional products, and Joel Schaffer, MAS, will explain the opportunities that exist in the B2B market for the use of co-op advertising to fund promotional products.

    Your competition (radio, TV, newspapers, etc.) knows where to find the money to pay for advertising. You need to know, too. Co-op funds are still the greatest source of untapped funding for promotional products, and Joel Schaffer, MAS, will explain the opportunities that exist in the B2B market for the use of co-op advertising to fund promotional products. This webinar is aimed at distributors but can also provide suppliers with greater insight into their market and how to help distributors obtain a sale.

    Joel Schaffer, MAS

    CEO

    Joel D. Schaffer, MAS is CEO and founder of Soundline, LLC, the pioneering supplier to the promotional products industry of audio products. He is the only person to have received both the ASI's Marvin Spike Industry Lifetime Achievement Award (2002) and PPAI's Distinguished Service Award (2011). He is a past director of PPAI's Board of Directors and has chaired several PPAI committees and task forces. He was elected to the PPAI Hall of Fame in 2016. Now celebrating 50 years in our industry.

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    1 Point

  • CAS: Customer Engagement In A Digital World

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join David Shultz for this session on Customer Engagement In A Digital World. This session is designed for distributors interested in learning how to leverage their website and other digital properties to increase customer engagement. It will look at the elements of an effective website including overall design and usability, the importance of responsiveness/mobile usability when designing a website, product research and presentation tools, virtual sampling tools, social sharing tools, and the incorporation of video into your website. We will also explore ways to use blogs, social media and email marketing to build and grow relationships with your customers to keep them coming back for more as well as touch on the basics of search engine optimization (SEO) and ways to use analytics to help refine your digital efforts.

    Join David Shultz for this session on Customer Engagement In A Digital World. This session is designed for distributors interested in learning how to leverage their website and other digital properties to increase customer engagement. It will look at the elements of an effective website including overall design and usability, the importance of responsiveness/mobile usability when designing a website, product research and presentation tools, virtual sampling tools, social sharing tools, and the incorporation of video into your website. We will also explore ways to use blogs, social media and email marketing to build and grow relationships with your customers to keep them coming back for more as well as touch on the basics of search engine optimization (SEO) and ways to use analytics to help refine your digital efforts.

    David Shultz

    Vice President of Supplier Partnerships

    David Shultz is the vice president of supplier partnerships for commonsku. David has more than 17 years of experience in the promotional products industry and is the former vice president of operations at Distributor Central. A recent PPAI Fellow inductee and recipient of PPAI's Industry Collaborator award, he is the incoming president of the Promotional Products Association Midwest (PPAM) and serves as a member of the Regional Association Council (RAC). In his new role, David will work with suppliers to help them connect with distributors more effectively, as well as help them integrate with Promo Standards to achieve better operational efficiency.

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    1 Point

  • CAS: Distributor and Supplier Communications Best Practices

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/25/2018

    This session serves as the foundation for learning best practices in the promotional products industry and how suppliers and distributors work together. This session Christopher Duffy, MAS will explain the role of the distributor and supplier, the individual processes of order placing/processing, accounting, imprinting and delivery, marketing and customer service.

    This session serves as the foundation for learning best practices in the promotional products industry and how suppliers and distributors work together. This session Christopher Duffy, MAS will explain the role of the distributor and supplier, the individual processes of order placing/processing, accounting, imprinting and delivery, marketing and customer service. 

     

    Christopher Duffy, MAS

    Senior Vice President of Marketing

    Christopher Duffy, MAS is the Director of Marketing for Top 40 Supplier Ariel Premium Supply. A 25 year industry veteran, Christopher is a long-time award winning speaker for PPAI on a variety of key industry and business topics, including supplier/distributors relations, time management, business writing and strategic planning. Christopher has been honored with PPAI’s Distinguished Service Award, served on the PPEF Board of Trustees and holds 2 masters degrees.

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    1 Point

  • CAS: Dressing A Brand: Be The Apparel Expert Your Customers Need

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/21/2018

    Do you sell stuff, or create impression sessions? Become a value-added extension of your client’s marketing efforts with advanced apparel expertise and the ability to help them reach branding goals. After participating in this education session, you’ll gain tips and facts that will instantly set you apart.

    Do you sell stuff, or create impression sessions? Become a value-added extension of your client’s marketing efforts with advanced apparel expertise and the ability to help them reach branding goals. After participating in this education session, you’ll gain tips and facts that will instantly set you apart. Join Teresa Fudenburg and Doug Jackson for this session and you’ll help your customers make smart apparel buying decisions that drive greater brand awareness and ROI.

    Teresa Fudenberg

    CEO

    Teresa has a 25-year track record of helping growth companies carve their unique market space through highly efficient, on-the-mark business and marketing strategies. Serving the gamut of industries including transportation, professional services, pharmaceutical and consumer products – as well as her own start-up – Teresa takes aim at distinguishing an organization through results-oriented branding, marketing and sales strategy. 

     

    Teresa brought this passion to Storm Creek in 2014 with a vision to enhance brands through better apparel. As CEO and majority owner of Storm Creek, she is also the marketing strategist. She’s been instrumental in forging the company’s business model change away from wholesalers to working directly with distributors. 

    Doug Jackson

    President

    Doug has been making high-quality technical outdoor apparel for nearly three decades. After starting his apparel career in the skiwear and retail sectors, Doug noticed a need for high quality, high value outerwear in the promotional products industry – so that became his focus in 1995. Dubbed “Jacket Jackson” by his peers and customers, he demonstrates a relentless pursuit of apparel that fits, works, looks great and is priced right.

    Throughout his career, Doug has traveled the world finding the best technical fabrics and apparel innovations, along with building valuable factory partnerships. This masters-level knowledge of apparel from initial design/ideation to finished garments gives him a 360-degree understanding of what it takes to make best-in-class product. Over the years, he’s built many outdoor apparel brands as well as private label offerings, and in 2006 he launched the Storm Creek brand. As president of and co-owner of Storm Creek, he is the company’s product visionary and sourcing strategist. 

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  • CAS: Enchanting Secrets To Creative Storytelling

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/18/2018

    Storytelling is the magic by which we move people: prospects, buyers, employees, colleagues. Behind any successful sale, behind every successful business, there is a story. Learn to tell this story effectively and you’ll learn how to enchant your audience and attract more of the right kinds of customers.

    Storytelling is the magic by which we move people: prospects, buyers, employees, colleagues. Behind any successful sale, behind every successful business, there is a story. Learn to tell this story effectively and you’ll learn how to enchant your audience and attract more of the right kinds of customers. Join Bobby Lehew for this session on storytelling, we’ll walk through seven secrets and learn how to translate sales experiences into stories that are compelling.

    Bobby Lehew

    Chief Content Officer at commonsku

    Bobby Lehew is the Chief Content Officer at commonsku, a cloud-based CRM, order management, and social collaboration platform designed for the promotional products industry by promotional product experts. A 25-year industry veteran, Bobby was formerly the CEO at Robyn, a branded products fulfillment company that specialized in private-label, e-commerce company stores. A PPAI Gold Pyramid Award winner, a PPAI Silver Technology recipient, an Addy Award recipient, and recognized (in his work with Robyn) three years in a row by Inc. Magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S., Bobby is a national speaker on topics related to B2B marketing, company stores, productivity, and storyselling. Featured in ASI’s Counselor magazine as one of “41 people who are shaking up the market with new and innovative approaches” (2010) and in OKC Biz magazine’s “Forty Under 40″ (2009), Bobby is an ardent bibliophile and loves working at the intersection of art and commerce. 

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  • CAS: How To Communicate Compliance To An End Buyer

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/09/2018

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

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

    Anne Stone

    Director of Public Affairs

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

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  • CAS: How To Read A Test Report

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/16/2014

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

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


    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is 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.


    Haley Will

    Account Executive

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

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