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  • The Future of Print

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/28/2020

    Join this session with Stephanie Drago and a panel of print experts including Sadie Whiting, Amanda Vogel, and Mark Kral, as they discuss where print is headed what the future may look like. This panel session will give you tips and ideas on how to profit with print and drive your sales growth. This session will touch on three key areas: 1. Where are the print opportunities? 2. How do you get started selling print? We will discuss ideas on who to approach and how to ask. 3. Who is buying print? We will talk about the three top industries buying print. This session is sponsored by Navitor.

    Join this session with Stephanie Drago and a panel of print experts including Sadie Whiting, Amanda Vogel, and Mark Kral, as they discuss where print is headed what the future may look like. This panel session will give you tips and ideas on how to profit with print and drive your sales growth.  This session will touch on three key areas:
    1.    Where are the print opportunities?  
    2.    How do you get started selling print?  We will discuss ideas on who to approach and how to ask.
    3.    Who is buying print?  We will talk about the three top industries buying print.

    This session is sponsored by

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    Stephanie Drago

    Director of Marketing

    Stephanie Drago, Director of Marketing.  Stephanie has 20 years in marketing, ecommerce, and all things digital. She’s a visionary and energetic leader with strong background in results-driven marketing and data analysis to promote innovation in product design.



    Amanda Vogel

    Senior Account Executive

    Amanda Vogel, Senior Account Executive at Navitor. Amanda has been with Navitor for 12 years and helps with education initiatives to ensure understanding and access across all of Navitor and its Affiliates. She helps our distributors identify new customer opportunities utilizing multiple product options to implement mutually profitable programs.

    Sadie Whiting

    Senior Strategic Account Manager

    Sadie Whiting, Senior Strategic Account Manager and a Label Expert with over 17 years of experience with Label Works in the industry. She is passionate about helping resellers and manufacturers achieve sales growth by providing consultative expertise.

    Mark Kral

    Stationary Sales Manager

    Navitor Stationery Sales Manager.  Mark has 14 years of various experience with Navitor, from Operations, Product Management to Sales there is very little that he doesn’t know about print.

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  • Creating A Change Agent Network Virtual Session Sponsored By SPARK 2020

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/27/2020

    The rate of change is higher today than ever before, people across all industries are finding themselves in change-saturated organizations. Add to that the pressure to achieve return on investment for projects and initiatives and it can fill overwhelming. What you need is a team to help understand how the change is perceived across the organization and industry, what people need and want to know, and where resistance to the change needs to be managed. You're also going to need to create help creating communications, coaching leaders and influencers on their next steps. This session with Carla Howard is designed for young professionals of the promo industry. Participants will network with peers while learning how to create a change agent network, why you need that network, and how to help lead change going forward. Leading change is hard—make it easier by building a change agent network!

    The rate of change is higher today than ever before, people across all industries are finding themselves in change-saturated organizations. Add to that the pressure to achieve return on investment for projects and initiatives and it can fill overwhelming. What you need is a team to help understand how the change is perceived across the organization and industry, what people need and want to know, and where resistance to the change needs to be managed. You're also going to need to create help creating communications, coaching leaders and influencers on their next steps. This session with Carla Howard is designed for young professionals of the promo industry. Participants will network with peers while learning how to create a change agent network, why you need that network, and how to help lead change going forward. Leading change is hard—make it easier by building a change agent network!

    Carla Howard

    Owner and Change Management Expert

    Carla Howard is a Keynote Speaker and a Transformational Change Leader. She is an advocate for professional women, supporting them through her work as speaker, online course creator, and mentor. Carla’s goal is to help professional women become more Influential and Promotable so they can Rise with Confidence and Grace! Carla spent 25+ years building a corporate career before stepping into her speaking, coaching, and consulting business full time in 2019. Her experience includes successfully coaching professionals on how to successfully lead change, and how to achieve their personal definition of career success. She is a results-oriented leader who values kindness, accountability, celebrating mistakes, and remembering to have fun in the workplace. Carla believes that all of us have the ability to create our dream careers while finding joy in the journey!

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  • PPB Presents: Innovation: Why It’s Vital For A Thriving Business

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/07/2020

    In this week's episode of the PPAI PromoTalks podcast, "PPB Presents Innovation: Why It’s Vital For A Thriving Business," experts discuss the power innovation has to transform a business and disrupt an industry. Director of publications and editor at PPAI Tina Berres Filipski moderates this conversation with special guests, Vicki Ostrom, trend editor at SanMar Corporation and author of the new trends blog, Trendependent, and Jason Lucash, senior vice president marketing and innovation at HPG Brands. In this forward-thinking 45-minute discussion, guests dive into how businesses can benefit from innovation, why innovation should be a priority and where inspiration can come from. Listeners will leave with actionable first steps to cultivate and encourage more innovation in their companies.

    In this week's episode of the PPAI PromoTalks podcast, "PPB Presents Innovation: Why It’s Vital For A Thriving Business," experts discuss the power innovation has to transform a business and disrupt an industry. Director of publications and editor at PPAI Tina Berres Filipski moderates this conversation with special guests, Vicki Ostrom, trend editor at SanMar Corporation and author of the new trends blog, Trendependent, and Jason Lucash, senior vice president marketing and innovation at HPG Brands. In this forward-thinking 45-minute discussion, guests dive into how businesses can benefit from innovation, why innovation should be a priority and where inspiration can come from. Listeners will leave with actionable first steps to cultivate and encourage more innovation in their companies.

    Vicki Ostrom

    Trend Editor

    In her nine years working at SanMar, Trend Editor Vicki Ostrom has held two jobs. For the first four years, she was a senior designer working on apparel and then five years ago, she transitioned into her current role as full-time trend editor. She knows what it means when things are forecast to be the next big thing in style and fashion. Vicki is also the author of a new trends blog, Trendependent. Vicki Ostrom speaks the language of trends. She tells people where to look for inspiration and she gives advice to consumers and fellow employees alike on staying ahead of what will appeal to our customers.

    Jason Lucash

    Senior Vice President

    At 10 years old, Jason Lucash started his first business. Today, Lucash is the senior vice president of marketing and innovation at HPG Brands. Lucash is the founder and CEO of Origaudio, eventually leading the company to acquisition by HPG Brands in 2018. He has been featured as Entrepreneur Magazine's "Entrepreneur of the Year,” on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies list five times and Time Magazine's "50 Best Inventions."

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  • PPAI Townhall: Getting To Know Your Supplier Board Nominee 2020

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/01/2020

    The Supplier Board nominee, Andrew Spellman, will be answering questions that reflect his skill sets which align with the Board’s current focus and strategic plan. This webinar has been set up for all PPAI members to participate live or to access on-demand. Please email your questions in advance to annes@ppai.org and they will be asked during the session.

    The Supplier Board nominee, Andrew Spellman, will be answering questions that reflect his skill sets which align with the Board’s current focus and strategic plan. This webinar has been set up for all PPAI members to participate live or to access on-demand. Please email your questions in advance to annes@ppai.org and they will be asked during the session.

    Andrew Spellman

    Senior Vice President and General Manager of The Magnet Group

    Andrew Spellman is the senior vice president and general manager of Magnet, LLC, the magnet division of The Magnet Group.  For over 35 years, Magnet, LLC has been the world’s leading manufacturer of promotional magnets and has won numerous awards for their products, service and innovation.  Spellman joined Magnet, LLC at the beginning of his promotional products career in 1992 as the company’s sixth sales representative, and after many years working in the promotional merchandise industry, he returned to Magnet, LLC in early 2017 to his current position. During his 28-Spellmanyear promotional products industry career Andrew has held other positions, including over 14 years as the vice president of corporate markets for Victorinox Swiss Army. Spellman served on the Board of Directors of Guardian Angel Settlement Association in several different roles, including being chairman of their golf committee, vice chairman, and then escalating to the role of chairman of the board.  Guardian Angel has provided Childcare Services as well as Social Services in the city of St. Louis for over 150 years; providing a hand-up, not a hand-out to the poor of St. Louis as they make an effort to improve their lives.  In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of the St. Vincent De Paul Mission of Waterbury during his brief time in Connecticut. Spellman received his BS in business administration from the University of Missouri in St. Louis.  He lives in Wildwood, Missouri, with his two teenage daughters.


    Ira Neaman, MAS

    Founder and President of Vantage Apparel

    Ira Neaman, MAS, founder and president of supplier Vantage Apparel, has joined the PPAI Board of Directors, effective immediately, to fill the seat vacated by Lori Kates, who has stepped down. He was appointed by PPAI Board Chair Dale Denham, MAS+, and approved by the board to fill the remainder of Kates's term, which ends at The PPAI Expo 2022. Neaman graduated from Syracuse University in 1974 and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard in 1976. He founded Vantage in 1977. An active volunteer in the promotional products industry for more than 40 years, Neaman has served on several PPAI committees, including the Leadership Advisory Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Marketing and Research Committee, as well as the Promotional Products Education Foundation Board and several industry task forces. In 2002, he became the inaugural recipient of the PPAI Education Lifetime Achievement Award, and Counselor magazine named him its Person of the Year in 2003 and has included him in its Power 50 since 2008.

    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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  • PPB Presents: Dynamic Changes

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/01/2020

    In this week's episode of the PPAI PromoTalks podcast, "PPB Presents: The Dynamics That Are Changing Buyers’ Businesses," listeners will hear firsthand from buyers about what’s impacting their business and how they’re adapting in the COVID-19 era.In this eye-opening 54-minute conversation, buyers explore how they’ve adapted to this new environment, the biggest challenges they’ve faced and the future of their marketing programs. Listeners will get an inside look into the reality’s buyers face and gain new ideas on how to help buyers boost business with promotional products.

    In this week's episode of the PPAI PromoTalks podcast, "PPB Presents: The Dynamics That Are Changing Buyers’ Businesses," listeners will hear firsthand from buyers about what’s impacting their business and how they’re adapting in the COVID-19 era. Director of publications and editor at PPAI Tina Berres Filipski moderates this conversation with special guests, Kelli Denes, MAS, director of business development and Nicole Van Vleck, MAS, account executive, both with The Vernon Company, and their clients Keith, who is marketing services manager and director of community relations at a construction material and contracting company in Northern California, and Jeff, president and chief operating officer for a family-owned sustainable winery with vineyards in several locations in Northern California. In this eye-opening 54-minute conversation, buyers explore how they’ve adapted to this new environment, the biggest challenges they’ve faced and the future of their marketing programs. Listeners will get an inside look into the reality’s buyers face and gain new ideas on how to help buyers boost business with promotional products.

    Kelli Denes, MAS

    Director of Business Development

    Kelli Denes has been in the promotional products industry for 15 years and serves as the Director of Business Development at the Vernon Company. Originally from California, she moved to Iowa for fun about 17 years ago, starting with Raining Rose as the 13th employee as a soap maker. She knows the products inside and out! She’s been in sales in some capacity ever since and loves the industry because it’s quirky and exciting, with no two days alike.  Kelli is a Small Networking Team Coordinator where she oversees 15 accountability groups at Mount Mercy University.  In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, baking, and spending time with her family, which includes keeping up with her three kids and remembering to slow down and take it all in.

    Nicole Van Vleck, MAS

    Account Executive

    Nicole Van Vleck, MAS, has been with The Vernon Company for 16 years. Nicole is currently the senior global account executive, partnering with businesses to support their efforts in brand recognition, corporate communication and employee retention using tangible promotional products, excellent customer service and secure buying power. 


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  • PPAI Townhall: Getting To Know Your Board Nominees 2020

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/28/2020

    This is a great opportunity to hear from the Board Slate Nominees for the 2020 Election. Each Board nominee will be answering questions that reflect their skill sets that align with the Board’s current focus and strategic plan. This webinar has been set up for all PPAI members to participate live or to access on-demand.

    This is a great opportunity to hear from the Board Slate Nominees for the 2020 Election. Each Board nominee will be answering questions that reflect their skill sets that align with the Board’s current focus and strategic plan. This webinar has been set up for all PPAI members to participate live or to access on-demand.

    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.

    Ira Neaman, MAS

    Founder and President of Vantage Apparel

    Ira Neaman, MAS, founder and president of supplier Vantage Apparel, has joined the PPAI Board of Directors, effective immediately, to fill the seat vacated by Lori Kates, who has stepped down. He was appointed by PPAI Board Chair Dale Denham, MAS+, and approved by the board to fill the remainder of Kates's term, which ends at The PPAI Expo 2022. Neaman graduated from Syracuse University in 1974 and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard in 1976. He founded Vantage in 1977. An active volunteer in the promotional products industry for more than 40 years, Neaman has served on several PPAI committees, including the Leadership Advisory Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Marketing and Research Committee, as well as the Promotional Products Education Foundation Board and several industry task forces. In 2002, he became the inaugural recipient of the PPAI Education Lifetime Achievement Award, and Counselor magazine named him its Person of the Year in 2003 and has included him in its Power 50 since 2008.

    Todd Pottebaum, MAS+

    President of Quality Resource Group

    Todd Pottebaum, MAS+, is president of Quality Resource Group (QRG), a branded merchandise and print distributor headquartered in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area that utilizes technology to cut complexities, streamline processes and gain market share. An aspiring expert in systems, efficiencies and process planning, Pottebaum speaks regionally and nationally at industry events.

    Prior to his election to the PPAI Board of Directors in 2017, Pottebaum served the promotional products industry in a wide variety of roles, most notably as president of Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals, and as chair of the PPAI Marketing Information And Research Committee.

    Pottebaum studied at the University of Northern Colorado and earned a degree in international trade and relations with an emphasis in economics. His greatest treasures are his wife, Sheri, daughter Savannah, and sons, Jax and Jaeger. He’s a proud Minnesotan who enjoys spending time on the lake with his family.

    Alan Tabasky

    Vice President and General Manager of Bel USA

    Alan Tabasky has been involved in the promotional products industry for over 25 years. He was the co-owner of Hurricane Line, an A-rated and five-star industry supplier from 1994-2010 with his wife Heidi, until they merged Hurricane Line with BEL Promo over 11 years ago. Tabasky is currently the vice president and general manager of BEL USA, the parent company of BEL Promo and Discount Mugs. Tabasky was also president of GCPPA for two terms and has volunteered on various PPAI committees over the years.  Tabasky has been married for 29 years to Heidi, and they still work together after all these years. They have two wonderful children, both recently graduating college and both with psychology degrees. 


    Noah Lapine

    President and Co-Owner of Lapine

    Noah Lapine is president and co-owner of the Consumer Engagement Agency, Lapine (www.lapineinc.com), a 58-year-old third-generation family business. Lapine works with some of the world’s most-recognized brands, connecting brand strategy with merchandise to enable transformative consumer engagement and drive powerful business results. By offering end-to-end solutions built on the innovative combination of meaningful insights, scalable technology and quantifiable process efficiencies, Lapine has become an essential partner to the clients they serve. In 2020 Lapine became a 1% for the Planet company furthering their commitment to protecting our planet through the support of environmental causes. He joined Lapine in 1996 and has subsequently been involved in all phases of the agency’s development.  In 2017 Noah co-founded Effectus Partners (www.effectuspartners.com), a Miami-based Business Process Innovation company that architects and implements process efficiencies and solutions for major corporations. Effectus Partners earned the rank of No. 117 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Lapine serves as chairman of Effectus Partners. Before joining Lapine, he served as a corps member in Teach for America where he taught seventh grade English to students in rural Georgia. Lapine serves on the Board of Directors for Children’s Learning Centers, Connecticut’s third-largest early childhood education provider, and the Mill River Park Collaborative. He was a founding board member and board chair of Stamford, Connecticut’s first charter high school, Stamford Academy. He is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and a Corporator for First County Bank.  Lapine received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, and his Masters of Public Policy from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service as a dean’s scholar. He lives in Stamford with his wife and three children.

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  • Your Business Vaccine Virtual Session

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/29/2020

    ​In today’s climate, we are all searching and hoping for the quick fix to get back to normal. We all want that one shot to inject our organizations with success. But just as a vaccine takes time, you must take the steps today to create immunity from business illness including what you need to do daily, weekly, monthly and annually to get yourself on the path to success. In this session with Sara Webb, we’ll discuss the steps to prevent your business from sickness even in this climate.

    In today’s climate, we are all searching and hoping for the quick fix to get back to normal.  We all want that one shot to inject our organizations with success. But just as a vaccine takes time, you must take the steps today to create immunity from business illness including what you need to do daily, weekly, monthly and annually to get yourself on the path to success.  In this session with Sara Webb, we’ll discuss the steps to prevent your business from sickness even in this climate. 

    Sara Webb

    Owner - InTandem Promotions

    Sara Webb has more than 20 years of industry experience. With previous experiences as a buyer in a completely different industry, she became hooked on promotional products and its possibilities for branding organizations. In 1999, Sara began working in the promotional product industry where her true love for this industry flourished. 

    In 2013, Sara built InTandem Promotions. In her words, “Ever since I can remember, I have been a juggler. Juggling activities, career, family, friends and volunteering. I have learned through all of this juggling that I can do it myself. But it's far easier (not to mention more fun) to juggle with a partner.” And it was on that premise that the InTandem Promotions brand was created.     In owning InTandem, Sara has built not only a personal brand but also the brand of her organization. She is looking forward to sharing her experiences in developing as well as continually building the InTandem Brand Story.

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  • Culture Of Rebuilding Virtual Session

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/08/2020

    There’s no question that 2020 has been the year that turned our world upside down. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had no choice but to pivot and reassess the way we approach everything from how we socialize, how we communicate, and especially how we work. As we ease into the next normal, organizations are approaching a crossroads, a rare opportunity to choose: do they go back to the way things were, or do they rebuild their workplace culture for the better? This session will help you seize that chance to create something that surpasses what’s been left behind. Lisa Walden will present mindset-shifting insights on the future of work, and identify opportunities to improve your company’s culture so that your employees’ default mode is engaged, motivated, and thriving. Through this highly interactive session, Lisa will help you explore, in real time, the cultural strategies best suited for you and the future of your organization.

    There’s no question that 2020 has been the year that turned our world upside down. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had no choice but to pivot and reassess the way we approach everything from how we socialize, how we communicate, and especially how we work. As we ease into the next normal, organizations are approaching a crossroads, a rare opportunity to choose: do they go back to the way things were, or do they rebuild their workplace culture for the better? This session will help you seize that chance to create something that surpasses what’s been left behind. Lisa Walden will present mindset-shifting insights on the future of work, and identify opportunities to improve your company’s culture so that your employees’ default mode is engaged, motivated, and thriving. Through this highly interactive session, Lisa will help you explore, in real time, the cultural strategies best suited for you and the future of your organization.

    Lisa Walden

    Co-founder and Speaker

    Lisa X. Walden is a speaker, author, and consultant dedicated to helping people create authentic, empowering workplaces that don’t cause the dreaded Sunday scaries. As co-founder of Good Company Consulting, she’s delivered her message to organizations nationwide, and strives to create deep mindset shifts that help people better collaborate, communicate, and prepare for the workplace of the future. Lisa's work is centered on the (strangely revolutionary) concept that people and strategy don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Her presentations focus on how to wield the generational lens at work, best-practices for maintaining thriving cultures, and tactics for nurturing the single most important component of a healthy work environment—trust. By weaving together case-studies, stories, statistics, and the latest research, her content lays the groundwork for meaningful change that means more awesome workplaces.

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  • SPARK 2020: Innovation, Design Thinking, And Getting Others On Board Series

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    This three part series from SPARK 2020 includes Innovation -The Future Of Your Business: Design Thinking Can Help!, Innovation Bootcamp and Getting Others On Board. These sessions all include brainstorming activities throughout the sessions. To get the most out of these sessions please pause the on-demand session, complete the activity, and the resume the session. And most importantly don't be afraid to start implementing those innovative changes!

    This three part series from SPARK 2020 includes Innovation -The Future Of Your Business: Design Thinking Can Help!, Innovation Bootcamp and Getting Others On Board. These sessions all include brainstorming activities throughout the sessions. To get the most out of these sessions please pause the on-demand session, complete the activity, and the resume the session. And most importantly don't be afraid to start implementing those innovative changes!

  • SPARK 2020: Getting Others On Board With Your Innovative Idea

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/16/2020

    Join this session with Julia Maddox as she helps explain best practices in how to get others on board with you innovative idea. Participants will learn how to get stakeholder buy-in and talk through proto-typing their solutions. To get the most out of this session, please pause the on-demand session and complete the brainstorming activities.

    Join this session with Julia Maddox as she helps explain best practices in how to get others on board with you innovative idea. Participants will learn how to get stakeholder buy-in and talk through proto-typing their solutions. To get the most out of this session, please pause the on-demand session and complete the brainstorming activities. This session is the third session in a series of sessions with Julia Maddox; her first session that creates a foundation of design thinking is entitled Innovation - The Future Of Your Business: Design Thinking Can Help! and her second session was entitled SPARK 2020: Innovation Bootcamp And How To Apply It To Real Life Challenges.

    For this on-demand view, please pause the recording and participate in the activities. Once you've completed the activities then press play and continue with the session, this will ensure you are able to get the most out of this session.

    Julia Maddox

    Founder, Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries

    Julia Maddox is a consultant, campaign strategist, and educator who helps teams build their capacity for creative problem solving. She’s also the founder of the Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries, an innovation center that helps students explore ideas for addressing the world’s toughest problems. Julia has over a decade of experience leading high-performing teams and is a popular presenter on the topic of creativity and innovation. Julia Maddox is recognized as an expert in community-centered innovation, public affairs, sustainable community development, program design, change management, and stakeholder engagement.

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  • SPARK 2020: Innovation Bootcamp And How To Apply It To Real Life Challenges

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/16/2020

    In this session with Julia Maddox participants will learn how to turn challenges into opportunities for innovation. In this fast-paced workshop, participants will rapidly expand their ability to identify problems and generate creative, human-centered solutions. This session builds upon Julia's previous session Innovation - The Future of Your Business: Design Thinking Can Help! that provided the foundation for design thinking. This Innovation Bootcamp will implement that design thinking and put it into practice and apply it to your business. For this on-demand view, please pause the recording and participate in the activities. Once you've completed the activities then press play and continue with the session, this will ensure you are able to get the most out of this session.

    In this session with Julia Maddox participants will learn how to turn challenges into opportunities for innovation. In this fast-paced workshop, participants will rapidly expand their ability to identify problems and generate creative, human-centered solutions. This is the second session with Julia Maddox that builds upon her previous session Innovation - The Future of Your Business: Design Thinking Can Help! provides the foundation for design thinking. This Innovation Bootcamp will implement that design thinking and put it into practice and apply it to your business. The third session in this series of sessions by Julia Maddox is SPARK 2020: Getting Others On Board With Your Innovative Idea.

    For this on-demand view, please pause the recording and participate in the activities. Once you've completed the activities then press play and continue with the session, this will ensure you are able to get the most out of this session.

    Julia Maddox

    Founder, Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries

    Julia Maddox is a consultant, campaign strategist, and educator who helps teams build their capacity for creative problem solving. She’s also the founder of the Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries, an innovation center that helps students explore ideas for addressing the world’s toughest problems. Julia has over a decade of experience leading high-performing teams and is a popular presenter on the topic of creativity and innovation. Julia Maddox is recognized as an expert in community-centered innovation, public affairs, sustainable community development, program design, change management, and stakeholder engagement.

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  • The Power Of Mindfulness To Achieve Your Dreams Sponsored By WLC 2020

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/24/2020

    How you show up at work and the choices you make every day elevate you toward your personal success. When you flourish, you contribute to the success of the people around you, as well as your company's culture and its bottom line. Regardless of your role, this session with Sydra Newell will teach you the wisdom and tools to harness the power of mindfulness and fuel your personal success.

    How you show up at work and the choices you make every day elevate you toward your personal success. When you flourish, you contribute to the success of the people around you, as well as your company's culture and its bottom line. Regardless of your role, this session with Sydra Newell will teach you the wisdom and tools to harness the power of mindfulness and fuel your personal success.

    Sydra Newell

    Business Development Manager

    Sydra Newell has 20 years of industry experience, which she began working as a sales executive at Handstands. She then moved to SnugZ USA as the national sales manager—most importantly, because she asked for the opportunity. She was promoted to vice president of sales, serving in that position for five years before being appointed to business development manager. She has served on the WLC planning committee and will join the PPEF board in 2020. Sydra incorporates her passions for kundalini yoga and traveling the world into her work environment to create an authentic experience for her customers and work associates.

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  • PPB Presents: Company Rebranding Podcast

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/15/2020

    In this episode, PPB Presents: Company Re-branding – How To Get It Right with special guests, Anna Branch, marketing and brand strategist at Creative and Carson Roncketto, chief operating officer at Creative, along with moderator Tina Berres Filipski, editor of PPB Magazine. Are you excited about your brand? Listen as two experts discuss when it’s time to re-brand, how to spot the indicators of a much-needed revamp, the steps it takes to re-imagine your brand and how to know when you’ve got it right.

    In this episode, PPB Presents: Company Re-branding – How To Get It Right with special guests, Anna Branch, marketing and brand strategist at Creative and Carson Roncketto, chief operating officer at Creative, along with Tina Berres Filipski, editor of PPB Magazine. Are you excited about your brand? Listen as two experts discuss when it’s time to rebrand, how to spot the indicators of a much-needed revamp, the steps it takes to re-imagine your brand and how to know when you’ve got it right.

    Carson Roncketto

    CEO

    Carson Roncketto is the chief operating officer at Creative, an award-winning, design-based branded merchandise agency located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Through her leadership, Roncketto has helped re-engineer a 20-year brand to become a trend-forward, design-centric boutique agency serving clients from multi-billion-dollar retail giants to franchised organizations, tech start-ups and ad agencies. Bringing to Creative a fresh and ambitious vision, she expanded its service offerings to encompass a wide range of solutions that impact businesses such as developing essential core values and branding with purpose. In addition to her work with Creative, she is on the board of PromoKitchen, the industry’s only entrepreneurial, grassroots nonprofit led exclusively by business leaders in the promotional marketing industry. Prior to Creative, Roncketto was the chief learning officer of Circles USA, a national nonprofit committed to helping families move out of poverty and towards economic stability through intentional relationships across class and cultural lines.

    Anna Branch

    Marketing and Brand Strategist

    Anna Branch is a marketing and brand strategist at Creative, a design-based promotional marketing agency and 2020 PPAI Gold Pyramid winner located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Branch has helped re-engineer a 20-year brand to become a fashion-forward, design-centric boutique agency serving clients from multi-billion-dollar retail giants to franchised organizations, tech start-ups and ad agencies. With 10-plus years in marketing, brand and creative for independent fashion and beauty brands, Branch brings her experience and eye for design and trend to Creative, elevating its brand and helping clients tell their story through enriching experiences and products with purpose.

    Tina Filipski

    Editor of PPB

    Tina Filipski is Editor of PPB and heads up PPAI's publications team which is responsible for producing PPB, PPB Newslink, The Expo Daily and Expo East Daily. She's also staff liaison to the Distributors Committee.

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  • A Road Map To Successful Transactions

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/27/2020

    This webinar presented by Rama Beerfas, MAS, CTSM will give distributors a progression of steps they can take in the order process to ensure the best possible results on each and every order. The process & steps can be tailored to fit your needs and the software systems you are using.

    It’s easy to believe that all we have to do as distributors is give the client product options, take the order and send it to the supplier. After that, we can just sit back and relax with our favorite beverage, right? Wrong! There are so many pieces of information involved in making sure that what is delivered to the client is the right product with the right imprint and on time for their needs. What can we do to make sure that we get the order right so that the client comes back again, and the supplier wants to continue doing business with us? This webinar presented by Rama Beerfas, MAS, CTSM will give distributors a series of steps they can take in the order process to ensure the best possible results on each and every order. The process & steps can be tailored to fit your needs and the software systems you are using.  

    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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  • 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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  • Innovation - The Future Of Your Business: Design Thinking Can Help! Presented By SPARK 2020

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/20/2020

    In this 60 minute virtual session, Julia Maddox will describe the design thinking process and the positive impact on innovation. This session will be designed for small business with content that has creative and human centered solutions at is core. Participants will learn steps that can be applied immediately after the session. Throughout the session there will be brainstorming activities. In order to get the most out of this session please pause the video to complete each exercise before continuing to play the session.

    In this 60 minute virtual session, Julia Maddox will describe the design thinking process and the positive impact on innovation. This session will be designed for small business with content that has creative and human centered solutions at is core. Participants will learn steps that can be applied immediately after the session. Throughout the session there will be brainstorming activities. In order to get the most out of this session please pause the video to complete each exercise before continuing to play the session.

    Julia Maddox

    Founder, Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries

    Julia Maddox is a consultant, campaign strategist, and educator who helps teams build their capacity for creative problem solving. She’s also the founder of the Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries, an innovation center that helps students explore ideas for addressing the world’s toughest problems. Julia has over a decade of experience leading high-performing teams and is a popular presenter on the topic of creativity and innovation. Julia Maddox is recognized as an expert in community-centered innovation, public affairs, sustainable community development, program design, change management, and stakeholder engagement.

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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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  • Cyber Security Best Practices

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

    Phishing, Ransomware, Breaches, Exploits, Viruses, and Malware. These are all terms that you've probably heard when someone is talking about IT, Network, and Cyber Security. With the rapid increase in technology and data storage, so too comes the rise in data breaches. The Promotional Products and many other industries continue to be targeted by cyber criminals who are finding ways to gain access to business systems and drop malicious content or attempt to extort business of all sizes for money through ransomware. This webinar presented by David Jackson (GSEC), Director of Information Technology for Sweda Company (Supplier) and Mike Pfeiffer, VP of Technology for American Solutions for Business (Distributor) will cover Cyber Security best practices and help provide some high-level insight into online threats to businesses so that they can better understand and manage the risk. It will also review several measures that will help companies prepare for and respond to data security incidents to protect their businesses from financial and reputation harm.

    Phishing, Ransomware, Breaches, Exploits, Viruses, and Malware.  These are all terms that you've probably heard when someone is talking about IT, Network, and Cyber Security.  With the rapid increase in technology and data storage, so too comes the rise in data breaches. The Promotional Products and many other industries continue to be targeted by cyber criminals who are finding ways to gain access to business systems and drop malicious content or attempt to extort business of all sizes for money through ransomware.
     
    This webinar presented by David Jackson (GSEC), Director of Information Technology for Sweda Company (Supplier) and Mike Pfeiffer, VP of Technology for American Solutions for Business (Distributor) will cover Cyber Security best practices and help provide some high-level insight into online threats to businesses so that they can better understand and manage the risk. It will also review several measures that will help companies prepare for and respond to data security incidents to protect their businesses from financial and reputation harm.

    David Jackson

    Director of IT, Sweda Company

    David Jackson serves as the Director of Information Technology for Sweda, an ASI Top 20 Supplier. Prior to joining the Sweda team in 2015, David worked in Executive Management and Technical Services for a number of top-tier firms in the Los Angeles area including: Rutan & Tucker, Stradling, Yocca, Carson, & Rauth, Orange Police Department, EB Bradley Company, and Exemplis Office Seating.

    With a passion for cyber security and education, David previously taught Network Security, Cisco, Novell, and Microsoft Certified courses for over 11 years at Coastline and Orange Coast Colleges. Outside of the office David’s creative endeavors include filmmaking, photography, and woodworking. You can find David on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube as @booyajoe.

    Mike Pfeiffer

    VP of Technology, American Solutions For Business

    Mike Pfeiffer is a technology executive who specializes in developing technical leaders and helping non-technical people understand complex technical concepts. He has over 30 years of experience, having served at a data and marketing solutions vendor, a consumer packaged goods company, a trade and expense management solutions provider, and Mayor.

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  • Considerations For Re-Opening Workplaces & COVID-19 Q&A

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

    ​While many companies have remained open as "essential" businesses, many have closed and are eager to reopen. With states and locals contemplating plans to open their economies back up, businesses have turned their attention to ways to structure and/or stagger a safe return to work. This session will help answer your questions and give best practices.

    While many companies have remained open as "essential" businesses, many have closed and are eager to reopen. With states and locals contemplating plans to open their economies back up, businesses have turned their attention to ways to structure and/or stagger a safe return to work. This session will review how best to layout and sanitize the workplace. As well as safe practices for managing potentially exposed, sick and recovered employees according to CDC guidelines To discuss these issues, and to get answers to your ongoing COVID-19 questions, join Claudia St. John, president of Affinity HR Group. 

    Claudia St John, SHRM-SCP,SPHR

    President of Affinity HR Group, LLC

    Claudia St. John, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is the founder and president of Affinity HR Group, Inc., a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring and recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement. Affinity HR Group is PPAI’s endorsed HR partner and resource.  As a consultant and frequent speaker, St. John has given hundreds of presentations and workshops on such topics as how to recruit like a pro, common management mistakes, employee engagement and multi-generational workplace challenges. She is the author of the Amazon bestselling book Transforming Teams – tips for improving collaboration and building trust.  Her weekly HR Minute emails and monthly articles are followed by thousands of business leaders nationwide. 


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  • PPB Presents Podcast: Leadership In A New Reality

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/21/2020

    ​In this episode, PPB presents Leadership In A New Reality with our guests, Jo-an Lantz, MAS, president and CEO of Geiger and Norm Hullinger, CAS, CEO of Alphabroder. Our moderator is Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI.

    In this episode, PPB presents Leadership In A New Reality with our guests, Jo-an Lantz, MAS, president and CEO of Geiger and Norm Hullinger, CAS, CEO of Alphabroder. Our moderator is Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI.


    Jo-an Lantz, MAS

    Chief Operating Officer, EVP and a member of the Board of Directors for Geiger

    Jo-an Lantz, MAS is Chief Operating Officer, EVP and a member of the Board of Directors for Geiger.  She represents Geiger as the sole US member of the international group WAGE (World Advertising Gift Exchange) serving on their Presidium as Secretary / Treasurer. She served as President for 6 years. WAGE is a 60 year organization with 21 members from 20 different countries.  She has served on a variety of different industry groups and associations including former Chair of the Board of Directors of PPAI.  Jo-an was inducted in the PPAI Hall of Fame in 2009. She is a former ASI International Person of the Year (2004), and a member of ASI Power 50, and the 2014 PPB Woman of Distinction.  Jo-an is an avid Fund Raiser serving on the PPEF Board twice, once as Chair.  She also works with a number of non-profits in training fund raisers in endurance events.

    Norm Hullinger, CAS

    President and CEO

    Norm Hullinger, CAS, is CEO of supplier Alphabroder. Since joining the company in 2003, Hullinger has led it through significant milestones, including the 2017 acquisition of supplier Prime Line. He currently serves on the PPAI board of directors.

    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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