Product Responsibility Summit 2016: Lithium-Ion: Dirty, Dangerous Secrets

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+


Rick Brenner, MAS+ is CEO of top 40 supplier Prime Line ( 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, 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

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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