Distributor - Supplier Communication With Compliance In Mind

Recorded On: 05/26/2014

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

Tim Brown, MAS (Moderator)

Executive Director - Operations

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

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

Jim Socci, CAS


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


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