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Content and subjects related to the mechanics and management of the sales process, sales presentations, prospecting, program selling, and penetrating markets.

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  • Diversity Opens Doors: Selling To Major Corporations And The Fortune 500

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/02/2020 at 1:00 PM (CST)

    Today more than ever before, companies both large and small are realizing the value of buying their ad specialty products from distributorships that embody diversity. In fact, many Fortune 500 corporations are tasked with developing business relationships with under-represented ownership groups, including women, veterans, visible minorities, LGBT and others. To get in front of these potential buyers and take advantage of the huge growth opportunity, it’s vital to have your business officially certified. During this session with Kathy Cheng, you’ll discover the tools you need to have a fair opportunity to be considered for contracts and other purchasing requirements. Plus, you’ll hear why your choice of supplier partners that exemplify diversity can help your distributorship thrive in the years to come.

    Today more than ever before, companies both large and small are realizing the value of buying their ad specialty products from distributorships that embody diversity. In fact, many Fortune 500 corporations are tasked with developing business relationships with under-represented ownership groups, including women, veterans, visible minorities, LGBT and others. To get in front of these potential buyers and take advantage of the huge growth opportunity, it’s vital to have your business officially certified. During this session with Kathy Cheng, you’ll discover the tools you need to have a fair opportunity to be considered for contracts and other purchasing requirements. Plus, you’ll hear why your choice of supplier partners that exemplify diversity can help your distributorship thrive in the years to come.

    Kathy Cheng

    President and Founder

    Kathy Cheng is President of WS & Co., one of Canada's leading full-service apparel manufacturers, and the founder of its in-stock promotional apparel line, Redwood Classics Apparel. In addition to producing past Olympic apparel programs, Cheng’s high-quality apparel can be found at upscale, internationally renowned retailers across North America. With a growing presence in Japan and Europe, WS & Co. has combated offshore competition, putting Canada on the map as a leading destination for premium apparel manufacturing. A longtime champion of North American manufacturing, in 2016 Cheng received two honours that recognized and celebrated this fact: she was selected as a Supplier Woman of Distinction by the Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) and named to the MBE’s Who Rock list by Minority Business Entrepreneur Magazine. The recipient of CAMSC’s 2015 Supplier of the year award, Cheng was also one of three Canadians inducted into the 2014 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program. In 2013, she was named as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winners. Finally, Cheng focuses on paying it forward to the next generation of Canadian designers with her role as a mentor and member of the Board of Directors for Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI).

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  • Sales Best Practices For New Promo Managers

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/04/2020 at 1:00 PM (CST)

    Are you a new manager in the promo industry? If so, this is the right place for you! Tony Morris will explain sales best practices when overseeing sales staff for the first time. For those that aren't overseeing sales staff, he will have some best practices for your own direct sales as well.

    Are you a new manager in the promo industry? If so, this is the right place for you! Tony Morris will explain sales best practices when overseeing sales staff for the first time. For those that aren't overseeing sales staff, he will have some best practices for your own direct sales as well.

    Tony Morris

    Author and International Speaker

    Tony Morris is the Founder of TMI Training Academy, International Sales Speaker, author of 5 books and an acclaimed sales trainer to over 26,000 sales professionals. Having been in sales from the age of 18, Tony knows sales as well as he knows life and more importantly, he knows what it takes to lead a successful business! He has the ability to translate his hands-on experience into a coherent, compelling and exciting philosophy, which has made him an inspiring speaker and a powerful sales trainer to over 26,000 sales professionals.

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  • Inexpensive Ways To Market Your Business

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/05/2020

    In the current times, every promotional product business owner like you has the same marketing questions: “Where do I start to be a socially distant, but still personal business?” and “Am I using the right tactics?” Getting to the core of what you can be using, this webinar will give you ‘Inexpensive Methods to Market Your Business While Social Distancing.’ Business has changed, but why wait for the pendulum to swing back to make sales? Beginning with demographic targeting we all need to do in order to better serve our most desired (and profitable) client base, you will learn how to easily improve the marketing path you, as an promotional products professional can travel.

    In the current times, every promotional product business owner like you has the same marketing questions: “Where do I start to be a socially distant, but still personal business?” and “Am I using the right tactics?”  Getting to the core of what you can be using, this webinar will give you ‘Inexpensive Methods to Market Your Business While Social Distancing.’ Business has changed, but why wait for the pendulum to swing back to make sales?  Beginning with demographic targeting we all need to do in order to better serve our most desired (and profitable) client base, you will learn how to easily improve the  marketing path you, as an promotional products professional can travel.

    Hank Yuloff

    Co-Owner

    Hank Yuloff is the co-owner of Yuloff Creative Marketing Solutions, which he co-owners with his wife, Sharyn. Yuloff Creative Marketing Solutions is a business coaching firm delivering traditional and technological marketing plans for small companies. Their company strives to find solutions for everything, from discovering the most profitable demographics to creating effective messaging and tactics, to solving employee headaches several times as year, as well as hold small-business breakthrough bootcamp intensives for audiences of up to 250. The couple has co-authored five best-selling books on marketing and human resources, and has co-hosted a weekly marketing podcast for more than four years. 

    Sharyn Yuloff

    Co-Founder

    When it comes to getting expert business help, Sharyn Yuloff offers a one-of-a-kind perspective. She is an online marketing and human resources expert, and is the co-founder of Yuloff Creative Marketing Solutions, a business coaching firm delivering traditional and technological marketing plans for small companies, which she owns with her husband, Hank. Their company strives to find solutions for everything, from discovering the most profitable demographics to creating effective messaging and tactics, to solving employee headaches several times ayear, as well as hold small-business breakthrough bootcamp intensives for audiences of up to 250. The couple has co-authored five best-selling books on marketing and human resources, and has co-hosted a weekly marketing podcast for more than four years. 

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  • PPB Presents Podcast: Selling In A Post COVID-19 Environment

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/21/2020

    In this episode, PPB Presents: Selling in a Post-Coronavirus World with special guests, Jeremy Lott, president of SanMar and Greg Muzzillo, founder of Proforma, along with moderator Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI. Listen as the conversation takes a deep dive into the challenges these owners and their businesses are facing, how the lockdown has affected their sales and teams, what their strategy has been over the past few months, their quick pivot to PPE, how sales practices have changed, the future for meetings between suppliers and distributors and where trade shows will fit into the mix, among other topics.

    In this episode, PPB Presents: Selling in a Post-Coronavirus World with special guests, Jeremy Lott, president of SanMar and Greg Muzzillo, founder of Proforma, along with moderator Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI. Listen as the conversation takes a deep dive into the challenges these owners and their businesses are facing, how the lockdown has affected their sales and teams, what their strategy has been over the past few months, their quick pivot to PPE, how sales practices have changed, the future for meetings between suppliers and distributors and where trade shows will fit into the mix, among other topics.

    Greg Muzzillo

    Founder

    Greg Muzzillo founded Proforma in 1978 as an industry distributor. Within five years he built the company from zero to several million in sales. By the mid 1980's Proforma had been recognized by Inc. magazine as an Inc. 500 fastest growing company three years in a row as Muzzillo grew his distributorship to more than $25 million in annual sales.

    In the late 1980's Proforma introduced its membership program to enable distributors to retain their business ownership and independence. This enabled them to share in sales and marketing resources, purchasing power with industry suppliers, one back office including all billing, accounting, vendor payments, cash flow, computer systems and more.

    Today, Proforma has more than 750 members with more than $400 million in sales. Proforma has more than 100 members of its Million Dollar Club and more than 40 members of its Multi-Million Dollar Club. In 2012, eight Proforma Owners earned a spot on Inc. magazine's list of the 5000 fastest-growing, private companies in America.

    Jeremy Lott

    President

    Today, as President of the family-owned business, Jeremy works in partnership with his father, Marty and his brother, Jordan. Over the years Jeremy learned the business from the inside out, from pulling orders to purchasing. After college and a stint studying in Hong Kong, he launched his career as an analyst for investment bank Piper Jaffray's technology team. Jeremy moved to Chicago in 2001 to earn his MBA, and then joined SanMar full-time. Adding strategy to vision, he continues to steward the company toward long-term growth and health. Proud of the opportunities given to so many tenured staff members to thrive, he often spends time "table-hopping" at the company's on-site café. He learns a lot during those casual conversations because, he says, employees have the pulse on what's really going on in their arenas. The father of six young children, Jeremy discovered that a work/life balance holds the key to maximum productivity. He enjoys spending time outdoors — skiing, hiking, boating and generally staying active.

    Paul Bellantone, CAE

    President and Chief Executive Officer of the Promotional Products Association International

    Paul Bellantone, CAE, is president and CEO of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the not-for-profit association for more than 16,000 member companies in the $24.7 billion-dollar promotional products industry. Bellantone is responsible for executing the strategies and vision of the PPAI Board of Directors and advocating for the industry and its professional practitioners. His focus on delivering compelling member value and business-building products and services, combined with his commitment to active and meaningful member communication, has helped PPAI achieve marked growth. Bellantone holds a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a master’s in business administration from the School of Management at Texas Woman's University. He is a Certified Association Executive and is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives, the American Marketing Association, the Dallas/Fort Worth AMA and a board trustee for The Forum: Business Results Through People.

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  • How To Create Promotions That Make A Difference

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/13/2020

    Not only can promotional products be used to create a stellar campaign, but they can also change the world. David Betke shares with attendees how his company, Do Better Marketing, has used promotional products to help save a 65,000-acre forest, reduce carbon emissions in a city measurably, increase funding for women’s shelters and call attention to the global amphibian extinction crisis. During this seminar, you will see many examples of how Betke has used promotional products in conscious campaigns, and how you can create incredibly loyal fans—and employees—while making a difference in the world.

    Not only can promotional products be used to create a stellar campaign, but they can also change the world. David Betke shares with attendees how his company, Do Better Marketing, has used promotional products to help save a 65,000-acre forest, reduce carbon emissions in a city measurably, increase funding for women’s shelters and call attention to the global amphibian extinction crisis. During this seminar, you will see many examples of how Betke has used promotional products in conscious campaigns, and how you can create incredibly loyal fans—and employees—while making a difference in the world.

    David Betke

    Principal, Do Better Marketing

    David Betke is the principal of Do Better Marketing, a division of Avatar Brand Management Inc., a full-service, promotional marketing agency that helps clients define their difference, improve their pitch, and provide the moving parts of a campaign to promote magic. He is dedicated to helping those who give back, make a bigger difference. Betke’s campaigns have, thus far, helped save a 65,000-acre forest, reduce carbon emissions in a city measurably and helped recruit three senior-level engineers durign the height of a labor crisis. One campaign even generated a 4,000 percent return within six months, and recruited a couple of lifelong customers. Betke has personally been recognzied with seven national marketing awards for his work.

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  • Keeping Your Business 'Socially Connected' During Physical Distancing On LinkedIn

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/08/2020

    In this webinar, Bill McCormick of Social Sales Link will talk about how we can stay socially connected (while practicing physical distancing!) with the power of LinkedIn! We'll take a look how to 'socially surround' our clients and prospects, how to engage with your existing relationships. The live session will be limited to a max of 100 participants, however the on-demand version will be available within 24 hours of the live session.

    We've all heard the new term "Social Distancing" and have felt the impact on our businesses.  With more of us (as well as our clients) working from home, it's become even harder to remain connected to our clients. In this webinar, Bill McCormick of Social Sales Link will talk about how we can stay socially connected (while practicing physical distancing!) with the power of LinkedIn! We'll take a look how to 'socially surround' our clients and prospects, how to engage with your existing relationships: clients, referral partners, prospects and COI's (centers of influence), and finally why a value-centric profile is so important in the current situation we find ourselves in.

    Bill McCormick

    Co-Owner

    Bill McCormick is co-owner of Team Creative Connections, and started in promotional products sales when he and his wife founded their company in 2013. McCormick quickly found the value of LinkedIn, first as a lead generator, and then to increase sales. Since then, they have attributed over $350,000 in sales to utilizing LinkedIn as part of their sales cycle. McCormick is passionate about the power of LinkedIn, and how, when coupled with the power of promotional products, can help distributors find leads and generate sales. McCormick recently joined the team of Social Sales Link, helping both individuals and sales teams leverage the power of social selling to attract, teach and engage targeted buyers.

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  • Ramp Your Business Mightily with “Give Back” University Engagement

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/19/2020

    This webinar will detail how “giving back” can become “getting back” in a surprising way. David Tate will detail the multiple ways that engaging with your local universities, or even prep schools and public high schools, can be a win-win for your business and will give you step by step “how to”.

    This webinar will detail how “giving back” can become “getting back” in a surprising way.  David Tate will detail the multiple ways that engaging with your local universities, or even prep schools and public high schools, can be a win-win for your business and will give you step by step “how to”.

    David Tate

    President and Chief Operations Officer, Signet Inc.

    David Tate is President and Chief Operations Officer for Signet, Inc., a promotional products industry outsource provider of branded merchandise and apparel specializing in designing and managing corporate “company store” programs and associated support services including a in house graphics and web team.  

    David was one of the founding members of PeerNet and has served on the board for the majority of PeerNet’s existence.  

    David’s industry involvement includes the PPEF Board of Directors and the PPAI Leadership Advisory Committee. He is a regular attendee of NALC and Product Responsibility Summit.  

    Signet is an active member of PPAMS and PeerNet as well as a member of the Distributor Advisory Council of QCA. Signet has repeatedly been placed in ASI and PPAI best places to work. Signet is a donor to the University of Memphis Tiger Scholarship Fund and sponsors a University of Memphis Fogelman School of Business needs-based scholarship. 

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  • Choosing Promotional Products For Trade Shows: Beyond Giving Out “Stuff”

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/19/2019

    ​As promotional product professionals, we don’t always realize the impact that a “giveaway” can have for a trade-show exhibitor. After all, when we walk through a show floor, the items featured are not “promotions,” they’re samples, and the rules are different. This presentation is an overview for trade-show exhibitors on best practices for choosing and distributing promotional products for. Join Rama Beerfas, MAS, CTSM for this webinar that will briefly cover four areas to consider when choosing promotional products to increase booth traffic during a trade show for maximum impact on ROI/ROO. Whether you’re exhibiting or you’re recommending products to a client, and whether it’s an international trade show or your local Chamber’s tabletop show, this presentation will help you choose more wisely and overcome the “must give out stuff to everyone” mindset that many exhibitors have.

    As promotional product professionals, we don’t always realize the impact that a “giveaway” can have for a trade-show exhibitor. After all, when we walk through a show floor, the items featured are not “promotions,” they’re samples, and the rules are different. This presentation is an overview for trade-show exhibitors on best practices for choosing and distributing promotional products for. Join Rama Beerfas, MAS, CTSM for this webinar that will briefly cover four areas to consider when choosing promotional products to increase booth traffic during a trade show for maximum impact on ROI/ROO. Whether you’re exhibiting or you’re recommending products to a client, and whether it’s an international trade show or your local Chamber’s tabletop show, this presentation will help you choose more wisely and overcome the “must give out stuff to everyone” mindset that many exhibitors have.


    Key Takeaways:
    1.    Rama’s five rules for trade-show promotional products.
    2.    Read the contract—make sure your promotion is show-approved.
    3.    ROI/ROO with promo products at trade shows—yes, it’s possible!
    4.    Gamification of promo products in a trade-show/event venue.

    Rama Beerfas, MAS, CTSM

    Chief Solutions Specialist, Lev Promotions

    Rama Beerfas, MAS, CTSM, is the chief solutions specialist of San Diego, California-based Lev Promotions, a promotional marketing consulting company founded in 2002. Lev Promotions' three areas of expertise include promotional products, trade-show marketing and event marketing. The recommended products and services integrate client branding, goals and target market demographics using a holistic marketing approach.

    Beerfas’ professional background includes extensive work in retail, banking, hospitality management and the nonprofit sectors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Cal State, Northridge, and a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Beerfas also earned her Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) certification from PPAI in 2017 and is received her CTSM (Certified Trade Show Marketer) through Exhibitor in 2019.

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  • Promo Industry and Pantone—What is Color?

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    What is color, and, more specifically, how is it used in the promotional products industry? This webinar discusses the ins and outs of our industry’s many imprint methods, basic color theory and the science behind color perception, and the best Pantone tools to achieve your client’s color throughout the production process.

    What is color, and, more specifically, how is it used in the promotional products industry? This webinar discusses the ins and outs of our industry’s many imprint methods, basic color theory and the science behind color perception, and the best Pantone tools to achieve your client’s color throughout the production process.

    Kari Banner

    Affinity Program Manager

    As PPAI’s Affinity Program associate manager, Kari works closely with PPAI’s Trusted Affinity Partners to ensure PPAI members receive best-in-class service and preferred pricing for the promotional products industry. 

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  • Developing An Entrepreneurial Spirit And A Loyal Following

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    Origaudio has a legacy of creating unique products and a culture of innovation. Join Jason Lucash as he shares the unique story behind the company’s founding and how their innovate products are conceived and designed. Lucash will share tips on building your own unique company culture and the importance of experiential marketing in client satisfaction.

    Origaudio has a legacy of creating unique products and a culture of innovation. Join Jason Lucash as he shares the unique story behind the company’s founding and how their innovate products are conceived and designed. Lucash will share tips on building your own unique company culture and the importance of experiential marketing in client satisfaction. 

    Jason Lucash

    Co-Founder, OrigAudio

    Jason Lucash caught the entrepreneurial bug early, having launched his first business as a third-grader in the San Francisco suburb of Danville, California—and he’s had the same entrepreneurial spirit for innovation ever since. In his early career, Lucash successfully ran various marketing campaigns for Major League Soccer and later JanSport, where he increased the company’s collegiate business by 50 percent in three years. In August 2009, Lucash and his business partner Mike Szymczak launched Origaudio, which is now recognized worldwide. Lucash appeared on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, where the company received an investment from billionaire businessman, investor and TV personality Robert Herjavec. Most recently Lucash was named Entrepreneur magazine’s “Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year” and has seen Origaudio named to Inc. magazine’s  prestigious “500 Fastest Growing Companies in America” list five times. Lucash, a UC Davis graduate, spends the majority of his time traveling the world speaking about entrepreneurship, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. 

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  • Expo East 2019: Attrition Control And Forecasting

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    Did you know that in technical sales, 25 to 40 percent of the revenue you enjoyed last year will not be repeated this year? Regardless of the underlying reason, sales attrition happens. But unless you become aware of, accurately measure and account for and manage sales attrition, you will never achieve forecasting excellence. Join Vince DiCecco of Your Personal Business Trainer, Inc. as he introduces and discusses why attrition awareness and control is vital to the growth of your business.

    Did you know that in technical sales, 25 to 40 percent of the revenue  you enjoyed last year will not be repeated this year? Regardless of the underlying reason, sales attrition happens. But unless you become aware of, accurately measure and account for and manage sales attrition, you will never achieve forecasting excellence. Join Vince DiCecco of Your Personal Business Trainer, Inc. as he introduces and discusses why attrition awareness and control is vital to the growth of your business.

    Vince DiCecco

    Business Coach, Founder, and Owner

    Vince DiCecco is a dynamic and sought-after business coach and seminar leader with a unique yet practical perspective on the art and science of selling, strategic planning, business development, and leadership and management subjects. As the founder and owner of the metro Atlanta-based consultancy, Your Personal Business Trainer, Inc., Vince sparks the kind of passion within his client business owners and sales professionals that creates customer delight and loyalty, sharpens their competitive edge and delivers double-digit gains in profitability to an organization’s bottom line.

    As an award-winning professional with over 36 years of roll-up-your-sleeves experience in training, sales and marketing, Vince has made significant contributions to the success of two Fortune 200 companies, the United States Coast Guard and numerous small- to mid-sized businesses. He has been a presenting speaker at many industry expos—including SGIA—and is a monthly columnist and featured author for several trade publications—including Awards & Engraving magazine.

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  • Expo East 2019: Going Out For Business

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    A major difference between a salesperson and a sales professional is their approach to the sales process. Salespeople have been perceived as pushy, self-centered and even dishonest. With that in mind, many good-intentioned people in sales often restrain their actions when communicating with prospects to avoid being overly aggressive. Consequently, many underdeveloped sales superstars entirely forgo opportunities that could and should be initiated by being satisfied with sales that come to them exclusively via inbound calls and long-term clients with whom they have an existing relationship. Successful sales professionals master the art of assertiveness without aggression, particularly in opening sales conversation and follow-up, which is precisely the message in this module presented from both a conceptual and proven-effective, technique-based perspective. With a focus on comfortable skills refinement tips that drive incremental revenue in addition to incoming revenue, this presentation with Diane Ciotta results in improved confidence levels that impact overall success.

    A major difference between a salesperson and a sales professional is their approach to the sales process. Salespeople have been perceived as pushy, self-centered and even dishonest. With that in mind, many good-intentioned people in sales often restrain their actions when communicating with prospects to avoid being overly aggressive. Consequently, many underdeveloped sales superstars entirely forgo opportunities that could and should be initiated by being satisfied with sales that come to them exclusively via inbound calls and long-term clients with whom they have an existing relationship. Successful sales professionals master the art of assertiveness without aggression, particularly in opening sales conversation and follow-up, which is precisely the message in this module presented from both a conceptual and proven-effective, technique-based perspective. With a focus on comfortable skills refinement tips that drive incremental revenue in addition to incoming revenue, this presentation with Diane Ciotta results in improved confidence levels that impact overall success.

    Diane Ciotta

    Author, speaker and sales trainer

    Diane Ciotta established Training Classics in 1989 as a sales refinement company committed to teaching integrity-based selling techniques. Since then, she has influenced thousands of sales professionals through her high-energy skills enhancement seminars, and has diversified her company as the Keynote Effect. Ciotta is the author of Shut-up & Sell!, and has contributed to numerous publications.

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  • Expo East 2019: Defeating Marketplace Disruptors

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    How to defeat marketplace disruptors, earn more sales and win more business. The barbarians of disruption are at the gate and they want your customers and market share. So, what are you going to do? In this program, discussions include marketing strategies that will defeat marketplace disruptors, prevent competitors from stealing your customers and ways to capitalize and profit from new marketplace changes.

    How to defeat marketplace disruptors, earn more sales and win more business. The barbarians of disruption are at the gate and they want your customers and market share. So, what are you going to do? In this program, discussions include marketing strategies that will defeat marketplace disruptors, prevent competitors from stealing your customers and ways to capitalize and profit from new marketplace changes.

    Johnny Campbell, DTM, AS

    Promotional Product Profits

    Johnny Campbell, keynote speaker, author and founder of Promotional Product Profits an organization that helps people turn their personal challenges into breakthroughs, and their products and services into profits. Johnny gained his expertise in the insurance industry, where he worked as a corporate trainer and participated in leading hundreds of people through massive organizational changes. He is the past president of the National Speaker Association for the state of Illinois, and is an Accredited Speaker, a designation presented by Toastmasters International for excellence in public speaking. It is held by only Less than 100 professional speakers in the world. Johnny is also the bestselling author of the audio series “The Power of Resiliency,” and a TEDx speaker. His TED talk is called “How an Enemy Can Improve Your Life.” Based on Johnny’s sales results, experiences, and his ability to help clients overcome their challenges, as well as succeed in their businesses and life, he is called: “The Transition Man.”

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  • VIDEO + PRINT +PROMO - Your Complete Guide to Video Books and Brochures

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn about video brochures—the latest trend in promotions and marketing. In this session hosted by Robert Kenehan, president of Digital Book Printers, you will learn how video brochures combine the top features of video, printing and promotional product technologies, and how to effectively market this video brochures to your clients. During this session, you will become knowledgeable on how video brochures work, the standard options available and the enhancements that can be added. You will become an expert on screen and carrier size, navigation, capacity, loading, packaging and cover options, and will become familiarized with how video brochures are used in B2B and B2C applications, along with future trends and the environmental impact. Numerous product photos and examples will be shown throughout, followed by a Q&A session.

    Learn about video brochures—the latest trend in promotions and marketing. In this session hosted by Robert Kenehan, president of Digital Book Printers, you will learn how video brochures combine the top features of video, printing and promotional product technologies, and how to effectively market this video brochures to your clients. 

    During this session, you will become knowledgeable on how video brochures work, the standard options available and the enhancements that can be added. You will become an expert on screen and carrier size, navigation, capacity, loading, packaging and cover options, and will become familiarized with how video brochures are used in B2B and B2C applications, along with future trends and the environmental impact. Numerous product photos and examples will be shown throughout, followed by a Q&A session.

    Robert Kenehan

    President, Digital Book Printers

    Robert Kenehan, President of Digital Book Printers has been active in commercial printing and promotional products throughout his career. Upon graduating from Northern Illinois University in 1983 with a marketing degree, he started in print sales with Wallace Computer Services, now a division of RR Donnelley. In 1987, Kenehan received his Certified Forms Consultant designation and joined Design Business Forms, a Chicago-based commercial printing and business forms distributor. Over the years, Kenehan helped grow the business as their vice president of sales. In 2001, Kenehan purchased the company and DBP Communications was formed, which later grew to include full graphic design, direct mail, fulfillment and promotional products capabilities. 
    Starting in 2010, Kenehan and his team developed a line of proprietary, high security, printed checks, which have virtually eliminated counterfeit fraud within money services businesses issuing more than 20 million money orders annually. In the past few years he witnessed the global trend toward video-based custom printed promotional products, and in 2017,the Digital Book Printers division was formed to provide factory-direct, custom-printed video brochures exclusively through PPAI, ASI and other printing resellers.   
    In his spare time, Kenehan enjoys volunteering with his local rotary club, is active on nonprofit boards and performs in several musical groups, including Lake County Symphony Orchestra, Waukegan Symphony and Lake Forest Civic Orchestras.  

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  • Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Package

    Contains 16 Product(s)

    The Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Program requires the following: Have a current CAS Certification Complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes Complete 35 MAS elective credits Re-certification every three years (by earning 30 additional CAS or MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application)

    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) 



  • Best of Expo 2019: In Brands We Trust

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/08/2019

    It’s no secret that having a great brand can give can give you a competitive edge when promoting your business in the marketplace. The real question is, how do distributors really build brands that are memorable, marketable and profitable? Join Johnny Campbell to discuss the four most profitable brand-building strategies that top distributors are using to attract the best clients and dominate their marketplace.

    It’s no secret that having a great brand can give can give you a competitive edge when promoting your business in the marketplace. The real question is, how do distributors really build brands that are memorable, marketable and profitable? Join Johnny Campbell to discuss the four most profitable brand-building strategies that top distributors are using to attract the best clients and dominate their marketplace.

    Johnny Campbell, DTM, AS

    Promotional Product Profits

    Johnny Campbell, keynote speaker, author and founder of Promotional Product Profits an organization that helps people turn their personal challenges into breakthroughs, and their products and services into profits. Johnny gained his expertise in the insurance industry, where he worked as a corporate trainer and participated in leading hundreds of people through massive organizational changes. He is the past president of the National Speaker Association for the state of Illinois, and is an Accredited Speaker, a designation presented by Toastmasters International for excellence in public speaking. It is held by only Less than 100 professional speakers in the world. Johnny is also the bestselling author of the audio series “The Power of Resiliency,” and a TEDx speaker. His TED talk is called “How an Enemy Can Improve Your Life.” Based on Johnny’s sales results, experiences, and his ability to help clients overcome their challenges, as well as succeed in their businesses and life, he is called: “The Transition Man.”

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  • Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) Package

    Contains 27 Product(s)

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

    Register for all your CAS required courses in one step.  You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package.

    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.

  • Customer Lifecycle Marketing – Navigating Your Customers To The Target

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/06/2019

    Join Matt Wagner to discover the concept of Customer Lifecycle Marketing. This webinar will teach you how to target-market more efficiently, detailing key concepts that will lead to fewer abandoned sales and greater customer loyalty.

     Join Matt Wagner to discover the concept of Customer Lifecycle Marketing. This webinar will teach you how to target-market more efficiently, detailing key concepts that will lead to fewer abandoned sales and greater customer loyalty.

    Matt Wagner

    Vice President of Sales

    Matt Wagner is the Vice President of Sales at industry supplier Fields Manufacturing. With a background in marketing, graphic arts and music business, Wagner carries with him a creative perspective on customer engagement to keep brands in the spotlight. Specializing in strategic planning, communication and tactical sales, Wagner is a national, award-winning sales representative with a passion for helping others succeed.  A Minnesota native, Wagner currently lives in St. Cloud, Minnesota with his wife of 10 years, Alicia, and his daughter Emma. In his spare time, Wagner enjoys playing music, home brewing, camping and hiking.

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  • How the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wayfair Decision Impacts the Promotional Products Industry

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/20/2019

    What was the decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair and what does this ruling mean for businesses? Which states do I have to collect sales tax for and when do I have to start collecting? What are some options for complying with the numerous state and local sales tax collection requirements? Receive answers to these questions and more during this webinar delivered by Craig Johnson, executive director of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board and Patrick J. Reynolds and Fred Nicely from the Council on State Taxation, an organization comprised of some of the largest multistate businesses nationwide.

    What was the decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair and what does this ruling mean for businesses? Which states do I have to collect sales tax for and when do I have to start collecting?  What are some options for complying with the numerous state and local sales tax collection requirements? Receive answers to these questions and more during this webinar delivered by Craig Johnson, executive director of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board and Patrick J. Reynolds and Fred Nicely from the Council on State Taxation, an organization comprised of some of the largest multistate businesses nationwide.

    Craig Johnson

    Executive Director, Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, Inc.

    Craig Johnson is the executive director of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, Inc. In this position, which he has held since January 2013, Johnson functions as the chief operating officer for an organization that currently includes 24 different state governments. He is responsible for the day-to-day needs of the Governing Board and its committees. Johnson has been involved with the Streamlined Sales Tax Project since 2006, serving as one of Wisconsin’s representatives.

    Prior to this position, Johnson worked at the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for over 20 years.  During that time, he held the titles of revenue field auditor and a sales and use tax specialist in the Administration Technical Services Unit. Johnson was a frequent speaker on Wisconsin sales and use tax issues and is a certified public accountant.

    Patrick J. Reynolds

    Senior Tax Counsel, Council On State Taxation (COST)

    Patrick J. Reynolds is a Senior Tax Counsel with the Council On State Taxation (COST).  He is part of the COST advocacy team, where he is staff liaison to the Unclaimed Property Committee and the Sales Tax Committee, and he contributes to tax policy development, drafting, and legislative advocacy. 

    He received his JD from Creighton University School of Law and his BSBA – Accounting from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  He is a member of the Nebraska and Texas state bars and is a licensed CPA.  

    Fred Nicely

    Senior Tax Counsel, Council On State Taxation (COST)

    Fred Nicely is a Senior Tax Counsel at COST.  His role as Senior Tax Counsel extends to all aspects of the COST mission statement:  “to preserve and promote equitable and nondiscriminatory state and local taxation of multijurisdictional business entities.”  Before joining COST, Fred served in the Ohio Department of Taxation for four years as Deputy Tax Commissioner over Legal and for the prior seven years as the Department’s Chief Counsel.  Fred’s undergraduate degree in psychology (with a concentration in accounting) is from the Ohio State University.  He obtained his MBA and JD from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.  

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  • Best of Expo 2019: Big Game Hunting

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/22/2019

    In selling, large accounts are a different animal. Like big game, they are at once exhilarating and frightening. The tactics you use to sell to small clients might cause your death if you try them on the big game. In this session, Paul Kiweiet, MAS+ will share the strategies and tactics that can give you a chance to bag the big client and keep it from killing you. The rules are different. From prospecting, to pre-approach, then getting started and keeping them happy; profitable large accounts are rare and take a great deal of care and feeding. The payoffs can be huge but require patience, persistence and commitment. Not everyone can do it, but if you want to go for it – go in prepared.

    In selling, large accounts are a different animal. Like big game, they are at once exhilarating and frightening. The tactics you use to sell to small clients might cause your death if you try them on the big game. In this session, Paul Kiweiet, MAS+ will share the strategies and tactics that can give you a chance to bag the big client and keep it from killing you. The rules are different. From prospecting, to pre-approach, then getting started and keeping them happy; profitable large accounts are rare and take a great deal of care and feeding. The payoffs can be huge but require patience, persistence and commitment. Not everyone can do it, but if you want to go for it – go in prepared.

    Paul Kiewiet, MAS+

    Paul Kiewiet, MAS+ is an international speaker, writer, coach and facilitator. He earned the Master Advertising Specialist Plus from PPAI and the Certified Incentive Professional designation from the Association of Incentive Marketing and Certified Life Coach from Fowler Wainwright International Institute of Professional Coaching. He's the winner of nine Pyramid Awards from PPAI for creativity and results and has received two ASI Spirit Awards including Marketer of the Year. His magazine articles were recognized with the EXCEL Award from the Society of Non-Profit Association Publications He's the recipient of a Golden Key Award from the Incentive Manufacturers Representatives Association, President's Award from National Premium Sales Executives, and has been inducted into the Michigan Promotional Professionals Association Hall of Fame. Prior to founding Promotion Concepts, Inc. in 1982, Paul worked in the point of purchase merchandising, outdoor advertising and radio advertising and production disciplines. He has created sales promotion, marketing, incentive and merchandising campaigns for some of America's finest and most valuable brands including Kellogg's, Coca-Cola, Whirlpool, Kitchen Aid, Borden, Elmer's, Krylon, Kroger, Wal-Mart, Dow Brands, Tobler-Suchard, Andes Candies, Mentos, Soup Starter, Wyler's, Realemon, Hush Puppies, Rocky Shoes and Boots and RainDance. He sold Promotion Concepts in 2005 and has focused on people performance, leadership, corporate social responsibility and industry growth issues. His articles have appeared in numerous business publications and podcasts of his presentations have been featured on CBS Radio, the American Marketing Association, and on US Airways Sky Radio. He has been quoted in Fortune, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, B2B Magazine, Kipplinger Newsletter and Wired magazine. He is a member of the National Speakers Association, a lifetime member of the Promotional Products Association International, The Incentive Marketing Association, and Promotional Products Association of Chicago, Michigan Promotional Professionals Association. He has been trained in Gallup University on positive emotions and Marcus Buckingham-trained for strength-based alignment. He has served as a trustee, board member and/or officer of the Forum for People Performance Management and Measurement at Northwestern University, National Premium Sales Executives, Association of Incentive Marketing and the Promotional Products Association International. Paul lives in Grand Rapids, MI and enjoys biking, running, music, arts and Lake Michigan. He has completed twenty 26.2 mile marathons, climbed 103 stories to the top of Willis Tower, climbed Mt Ararat, summited Mt Kilimanjaro, dove the Great Barrier Reef, survived a Warrior Dash, and standup paddle boarded all five of the Great Lakes. In 2015, we was inducted into the PPAI Hall of Fame.

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