Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Package

The Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Program requires the following:

  1. Have a current CAS Certification 
  2. 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
  3. Complete 35 MAS elective credits 
  4. Re-certification every three years (by earning 30 additional CAS or MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application) 



 

  • MAS: Hazard Identification In The Product Life Cycle

    Contains 6 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/22/2018

    Product safety is a challenging issue in the promotional products industry because the ultimate use and users of the product are not always known at the time of manufacture. This session will address vital considerations that could help you avoid potential hazards for your business.

    Product safety is a challenging issue in the promotional products industry because the ultimate use and users of the product are not always known at the time of manufacture. For example, promotional products that are intended for use by adults are given out at trade shows and in workplaces and may end up in the hands of children. This does not mean that every promotional product must be designed as safe for children of all ages, but it does mean that a determination about its appeal and foreseeable use by children needs to be considered when manufacturing or distributing a promotional product. Join Sue DeRagon for this session and she will address vital considerations that could help you avoid potential hazards for your business.

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is the Senior Technical Consultant for Qima. Ms. DeRagon has over 25 years of experience in the toy and premiums industry, and has worked with PPAI as a technical consultant since 2008. Ms. DeRagon has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars, and works closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of product testing, quality assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    Ms. DeRagon is an active member of the Toy Industry Association and the American Society for Testing and Materials, participating on several toy and children's product standards committees. She is also on the Board of Directors for ICPHSO, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.

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  • MAS: Developing A Marketing Plan, Your Roadmap For Success©

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/12/2018

    The vast majority of us have no strategic marketing plan, and many have no plan at all. Would you hop in your car with no destination in mind, no direction, no map or GPS to get you where you want to go? Many feel trapped and constrained because they feel they task of developing a marketing plan is daunting; it’s not.

    The vast majority of us have no strategic marketing plan, and many have no plan at all. Would you hop in your car with no destination in mind, no direction, no map or GPS to get you where you want to go? Many feel trapped and constrained because they feel they task of developing a marketing plan is daunting; it’s not. Join Cliff Quicksell, MAS+, to learn how to create your own road map to success.

    Cliff Quicksell, MAS+

    CEO

    Cliff Quicksell, Jr., MAS+ has been involved in the promotional marketing and sportswear industries for 32 years. During this time he has achieved the MAS+ certification and has been actively involved in PPAI as a volunteer. Cliff’s He has served five terms as the education chairperson for the Chesapeake Promotional Products Association and is the recipient of several PPAI Pyramid Awards and PPAI Ambassador Speaker of the Year Awards. Cliff consults for and directs the marketing efforts for distributor iPROMOTEu.

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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.

  • MAS: Vision, Passion And Energy To Serve: Customer Service Training Is Strategic 

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/11/2018

    Customer service training is strategic. It is a process aimed at improving the single most important resource in an organization: people. Nothing affects customer loyalty more than the behaviors and competences of employees. Training is the most effective way to communicate the correct behaviors and competencies that will keep customers coming back. This session will provide participants with best practices and tips to implement.

    Customer service training is strategic. It is a process aimed at improving the single most important resource in an organization: people. Nothing affects customer loyalty more than the behaviors and competences of employees. Training is the most effective way to communicate the correct behaviors and competencies that will keep customers coming back. In this session Margaret Lanese will provide participants with best practices and tips to implement.

    Margaret Lanese

    Director of Customer Care

    Margaret Lanese, director of customer care for alphabroder/Prime, has worked for Prime Line for 34 years. Her previous roles include production liaison, customer service rep, sample department manager, director of administration, marketing director, regional sales manager and inside sales manager. Lanese’s breadth of experience has helped her develop a thorough understanding of the industry and what suppliers and distributors need to know to ensure the best customer service for a true partnership.

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  • MAS: In Depth Look At How To Handle A Recall

    Contains 6 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/25/2018

    ​Join Susan DeRagon for this session on How To Handle A Recall. This session will guide you through the development of recall policies and procedures. It will address decisions and essential issues relevant to the requirements of an appropriate recall response. This course qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program. This webinar will focus on product safety, identifying hazards, product responsibility resources, and an overview on recalls and compliance standards. ​

    Join Susan DeRagon for this session on How To Handle A Recall. This session will guide you through the development of recall policies and procedures. It will address decisions and essential issues relevant to the requirements of an appropriate recall response. This course qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program. This webinar will focus on product safety, identifying hazards, product responsibility resources, and an overview on recalls and compliance 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.


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  • MAS: The Changing Landscape Of The Promotional Products Industry

    Contains 6 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/23/2018

    Join Larry Cohen for this session on the industry's changing landscape. What does the future hold for the promotional products industry? A convergence of factors—changing demographics, shifting consumer behaviors, new technologies—is transforming industries and redefining competitive advantage. The pace of change is only accelerating and will undoubtedly require businesses to adapt to a new and different landscape. Come hear about the trends that are likely to influence and reshape our industry in the coming years, and prepare your business for the changes ahead.

    Join Larry Cohen for this session on the industry's changing landscape. What does the future hold for the promotional products industry? A convergence of factors—changing demographics, shifting consumer behaviors, new technologies—is transforming industries and redefining competitive advantage. The pace of change is only accelerating and will undoubtedly require businesses to adapt to a new and different landscape. Come hear about the trends that are likely to influence and reshape our industry in the coming years, and prepare your business for the changes ahead.

    Larry Cohen

    President and CEO

    Larry has been President and CEO of Axis since he founded it in 1991.  A graduate of Duke University and The University of Pennsylvania Law School, Larry quickly realized that his entrepreneurial spirit and creative energies were not being harnessed working in law-related fields.  With a few good ideas, a lot of enthusiasm and a share of naiveté, Larry began Axis with a mission to develop a full-service promotional products company that focused on delivering creative solutions and not merely selling products. It is all about the strategy behind the products.  Our tag line says a lot about what drives us - 180 Degrees From Ordinary. At Axis, we are passionate about helping the best brands in the world tell stories.  Stories that solve problems.  Stories that change behaviors.  Stories that are told on tangible products that leave a lasting impression.  From humble beginnings around his kitchen table, Axis’ has grown to over 70 employees with offices in New York City, White Plains, New York, Boston, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois. AXIS’ client base covers an exceptionally broad cross-section of industries (Pharmaceutical, Entertainment, Financial, Beauty and Fashion, Publishing and Sports) including companies such as American Express (under contract nationally).  Axis has been named Counselor Magazine’s Top 40 Distributors five years in a row, Promo Marketing Magazine Top 40 Distributor, 4 Gold 2015 PPAI Awards, SAAGNY Distributor of the Year, and PPB’s Greatest Companies to Work For. Axis now ranks as one of the top promotional merchandising agencies in the United States. When Larry is not busy growing Axis, he is lending his expertise serving on the board of the Promotional Products Association International, PromoKitchen Advisory Board, Peernet Marketing Committee, and former chair of the North American Leadership Conference.

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  • MAS: Marketing Strategies That Eliminate Price Resistance And Increase Sales Revenue

    Contains 6 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/09/2018

    The promotional products industry is changing and currently is in a state of mass disruption regarding how business is done. Suppliers are now going direct, the demographics of buyers are changing and the internet is now where buyers search first for promotional items. It is also how they determine who to trust and buy from.

    The promotional products industry is changing and currently is in a state of mass disruption regarding how business is done. Suppliers are now going direct, the demographics of buyers are changing and the internet is now where buyers search first for promotional items. It is also how they determine who to trust and buy from. In this program, Johnny Campbell will explain the seven marketing strategies that eliminate price traps, increase referrals and double sales.

    Johnny Campbell

    Rise-Up and Win International

    Million dollar sales producer, trainer and author, Johnny helps clients turn their products and services into profits. Johnny is CEO of Rise-Up and Win International, the publisher of the “Promotional Product Sales Confidential Newsletter" and the video pitchman of “Just Sell It", an online WebTV show that educates distributors on the newest promotional products & the most profitable ways to sell them to prospects and clients using social media.

    Johnny's business expertise is in team management, lead generation and sales conversion methods for revenue enhancement. He is also an Accredited Speaker a designation presented by Toastmaster International and is held by only 65 professional speakers in the world for excellence in public speaking. Based Johnny's sales results, experiences and his ability to help business owners make changes in their businesses that boost sales and increase profits he is called: “The Transition Man"

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  • MAS: Stand Out! Selling From A Position Of Power

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/18/2018

    Why should I buy from you? In a world where buyers want to commoditize suppliers, your brand has to stand out from the crowd as a different and better option. And, your salespeople have to present your company and your products accordingly. In this session, we'll take a hard look at branding and positioning as they apply to the business-to-business sales process.

    Why should I buy from you? In a world where buyers want to commoditize suppliers, your brand has to stand out from the crowd as a different and better option. And, your salespeople have to present your company and your products accordingly. In this session, we'll take a hard look at branding and positioning as they apply to the business-to-business sales process. You'll use Larry's Brand Ladder to walk prospects step-by-step, from total stranger to customer to evangelist (They blog, tweet and tell their colleagues about you.). You'll use the Four Market Positions to position your business versus the other options they might consider. Then you'll get the Five Traits of a Sales Superstar. Whether you hire and train a sales team, or you ARE your sales team, this segment alone will be worth the trip to Las Vegas! Start getting the return on investment you deserve from your marketing budget and sales activities.

    Larry Mersereau

    Author and Differentiation Specialist

    Smart business owners, marketers and sales professionals know who to turn to for the ideas and insights they need to grow their sales and profits; Larry Mersereau, CTC. Niched as a differentiation specialist, he is the author of four books on the topic and a professional speaker who addresses dozens of audiences, in a broad range of industries every year. He’s the only speaker who shares the simple, doable… effective growth strategies and tactics that made his books so popular and have helped so many businesses and sales professionals succeed.

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  • MAS: Selling Schemes Around The World

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/18/2018

    The world is getting smaller. Globalization means that your customers are trading on a global scale. More and more buyers are looking at cutting cost out of the supply chain while retaining product choice and quality. You don’t have to be a big player to trade internationally. Knowledge is power, and this session will help you understand how best to approach and sell merchandise internationally.

    The world is getting smaller. Globalization means that your customers are trading on a global scale. More and more buyers are looking at cutting cost out of the supply chain while retaining product choice and quality. You don’t have to be a big player to trade internationally. Knowledge is power, and this session will help you understand how best to approach and sell merchandise internationally. Join Gordon Glenister as he explains the opportunities of trading internationally, how to have a strategy to win more international clients and revisit how best you promote schemes.

    Gordon Glenister

    Director General of the British Promotional Merchandise Association

    Gordon Glenister is a director general of the British Promotional Merchandise Association and has had over 20 years of experience in the promotional products industry. He has also run his own distributor business and worked with major international brands. Gordon believes passionately in the power of promotional products and its relevance to the marketing mix. Gordon launched the BPMA academy many years ago, an online education platform for industry professionals, this has now been superseded by a top-class development program. Gordon’s sessions will be lively and illuminating.

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  • MAS: Three Essential Ingredients To Scale Your Business

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/18/2018

    At some point in time, many companies hit a wall in their growth. This could be due to a lack of resources and process, or simply not knowing how to take the next step in structuring a team. Who do you hire first? How do you put in place processes to allow the company to grow beyond you or your original core team? In this session, attendees will learn three essential ingredients required to push past this wall and position for growth.

    At some point in time, many companies hit a wall in their growth. This could be due to a lack of resources and process, or simply not knowing how to take the next step in structuring a team. Who do you hire first? How do you put in place processes to allow the company to grow beyond you or your original core team? In this session, attendees will learn three essential ingredients required to push past this wall and position for growth.

    Catherine Graham

    CEO

    Catherine Graham is the CEO of commonsku and the President of RIGHTSLEEVE. Commonsku is a cloud-based CRM, order management and supply chain collaboration platform for the promotional products industry. RIGHTSLEEVE is a promotional products agency and has been the recipient of numerous industry awards including ASI Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year, PPAI Web Award and Counselor's Best Places to Work. Catherine has previously been named as a PPB's Best Boss and ASI Rising Star.

    Prior to RIGHTSLEEVE and commonsku, Catherine worked for TD Bank, eBay and A.T. Kearney and obtained an MBA. Outside of work, Catherine is a mother to 3 children ranging in age from 9 to 4 years old. She has a passion for learning and is an avid sports enthusiast playing ice hockey, squash and running.

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  • MAS: Code of Conduct Adoption and Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/27/2017

    ​The journey from understanding why your company needs a code of conduct to adopting and implementing code standards in your supply chain presents both challenges and opportunities for your company to grow and learn. This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective.​

    The journey from understanding why your company needs a code of conduct to adopting and implementing code standards in your supply chain presents both challenges and opportunities for your company to grow and learn. Identifying the realities and challenges that can accompany code adoption and implementation will help you better address these challenges when you face them. Conversely, the code adoption journey can also present some excellent opportunities for your company that go beyond satisfying your clients and buyers’ business expectations. During this hour-long session, FLA staff, Melissa Morgan will walk through some realities and challenges companies face, as well as opportunities your company can seize, as you go through the process of adopting and implementing a code of conduct.  This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective.

    Heeral Coleman

    Director, Stakeholder Services and Communications

    Over the past ten years at the Fair Labor Association, Heeral Coleman has assumed a range of responsibilities in service of the FLA’s mission of improving working conditions worldwide. Currently, she oversees the Stakeholder Services and Communications departments. In this role, she is responsible, along with her team of program managers, for comprehensive on-boarding of new brand and supplier affiliates, providing training and capacity-building guidance to affiliated companies and universities, and communicating the progress and thought leadership of the FLA and its stakeholders in the social responsibility and compliance arenas. Heeral brings to the FLA a decade of professional experience from her native India, and holds Master’s degrees in International Policy and Public Communication from the George Washington University and American University respectively. She is based in the FLA headquarters in Washington, D.C. 


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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.