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  • Grow Your Sales With ADA-Compliant Products!

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered Recorded On: 11/14/2018

    Although 56 million Americans are currently living with disabilities, ADA-compliant braille products remain a largely untapped market in the promotional products industry. When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 28 years ago, the act reaffirmed our nation’s commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities have the right to live, work, and fully participate in the community alongside their fellow citizens. Join us to learn about ADA compliance, braille products, and simple questions you can ask to uncover these opportunities within your client base!

    Although 56 million Americans are currently living with disabilities, ADA-compliant braille products remain a largely untapped market in the promotional products industry.  When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 28 years ago, the act reaffirmed our nation’s commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities have the right to live, work, and fully participate in the community alongside their fellow citizens. Join us to learn about ADA compliance, braille products, and simple questions you can ask to uncover these opportunities within your client base!

    Alexandra Eppel

    Sales and Marketing

    Alexandra started in the promotional products industry working part time through high school and college. Following graduation she spent four years at a large tech company to gain formal sales training. Two years ago she was reintroduced into the promotional products industry and currently works to gain new distributor partnerships. She is focusing on better connecting GMCline with distributors through revamping the website, traveling to regional and smaller shows, reaching out on social media platforms, and more.

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  • Collections Best Practices

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 11/07/2018

    If you’re a business owner, or an employee in your company’s credit department, you already know how difficult debt collection can be. How do you know when a customer is on the verge of becoming a debtor? Do you have a collection policy? Should you have one? Throughout this presentation you will be introduced to some key elements of the best practices in collections, how to use these practices and how to manage your time most effectively.

    If you’re a business owner, or an employee in your company’s credit department, you already know how difficult debt collection can be. How do you know when a customer is on the verge of becoming a debtor? Do you have a collection policy? Should you have one? These are just some of the many questions that arise when working in the credit department. The most valuable tool in accounts receivable is time. Quick answers to these questions mean better results for your debt recovery efforts. The sooner your debts are handled, the quicker you can recover! Throughout this presentation you will be introduced to some key elements of the best practices in collections, how to use these practices and how to manage your time most effectively.

    Randy Frazee

    CEO

    With more than 20 years in the commercial credit industry, Randy Frazee, CEO of BARR Credit Services, Inc., focuses on strategic planning and continued growth through innovations and involved leadership. BARR has become an industry expert across all facets of the commercial recovery process and was recently recognized by the Tucson Metro Chamber as the Best Place to Work, with awards for Innovation Through Technology and Business Growth.  

    Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, Randy is the proud father of two daughters. In his spare time, Randy enjoys golf, football, and volunteering. He serves on the advisory board of The Salvation Army and enjoys supporting company employees who also give their time to various charitable activities. Randy appreciates representing the company in community-service opportunities as well as associations. A member and former president of International Association of Commercial Collectors (IACC), Randy received the IACC Leadership and Distinguished Service Award in 2015 for his dedication and commitment to bettering the association and industry. For Randy, the best part of being a member of the team at BARR Credit Services is the people. “My core value is appreciation and honoring my employees. My people are my assets. I am proud that I can positively impact 80+ families through BARR Credit Services.”

    Tom Barrett

    Tom Barrett works with the marketing department at BARR Credit Services developing strategic marketing initiatives. Barrett has over 30 years of experience in marketing and marketing communications.

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  • SAGE Show 2018: Be More Competitive And Add Value With Safety Performance Improvement Programs

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/30/2018

    Many of your customers are realizing the impact of safety performance improvement programs on their bottom-line results. By focusing on safety behaviors, incorporating safety training reinforcement and recognizing employees for improving safety performance, Companies are able to increase safety compliance and awareness on the job. This session shares tips for creating a safety program that produces significant results.

    Many of your customers are realizing the impact of safety performance improvement programs on their bottom-line results. By focusing on safety behaviors, incorporating safety training reinforcement and recognizing employees for improving safety performance, Companies are able to increase safety compliance and awareness on the job. This session shares tips for creating a safety program that produces significant results.

    Roger Thomas

    Vice President of Business Development

    Roger Thomas is vice president of business development for Partners For Incentives. Thomas has extensive experience in employee recognition, safety, and sales and marketing of recognition and award programs with large and small companies. Thomas has delivered presentations to safety associations and groups, as well as organizations in the mining and construction industries. Thomas has also served on the board of Promotional Products Association Southwest.

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  • SAGE Show 2018: Strategies To Up Your Sales Game In The Promo Products Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered Recorded On: 08/30/2018

    Learn how to up the sales ante using tools that are right at your fingertips. Join Carol Gauger, MAS, PPAI Director of Member Engagement and Regional Relations, for this informative session and learn how using case studies, vertical market strategy and industry research can work for you to deliver sales inspiration, a new level of consultative selling, customer confidence and sales success.

    Learn how to up the sales ante using tools that are right at your fingertips. Join Carol Gauger, MAS, PPAI Director of Member Engagement and Regional Relations, for this informative session and learn how using case studies, vertical market strategy and industry research can work for you to deliver sales inspiration, a new level of consultative selling, customer confidence and sales success.

    Carol Gauger, MAS

    Director of Member Engagement

    Carol Gauger, MAS, was introduced to the promotional products industry in 1984 and has worked on both the supplier and distributor sides of the business prior to re-joining PPAI in 2010. Carol combines her industry knowledge and her association experience in membership, recognition, engagement and overall association management to direct the key initiatives in support of members at-large and the regional association community. She is also available to work with regional associations on volunteer and program development, strategic planning and Board optimization.

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  • SAGE Show 2018: Sales Is A Contact Sport: Are You Top Of Mind With Your Client?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered Recorded On: 08/30/2018

    In today’s highly competitive promotional products industry you need to be the first person your client thinks of when they have a project. Being top of mind with them can be the difference between being good and being a superstar sales professional. Learn techniques on how to always be on top of your client’s mind.

    In today’s highly competitive promotional products industry you need to be the first person your client thinks of when they have a project. Being top of mind with them can be the difference between being good and being a superstar sales professional. Learn techniques on how to always be on top of your client’s mind.

    Danny Friedman

    Sales Trainer

    Danny Friedman has over 25 years of sales experience and is a multi-million-dollar producer. Friedman's clientele include some of the top companies in the Fortune 500. Friedman combines his promotional products industry experience with other industries he has been in, including office products, real estate and being a multi-line representative in the sporting goods industry. He has been a sales manager and sales trainer for the past 12 years.

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  • SAGE Show 2018: Stuck in a Rut? Get Your Business Re-energized Fast!

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered Recorded On: 08/30/2018

    Whether you’ve been in the promotional products industry for one year or 20 years, it’s easy to get complacent and even worse a slump. Being able to re-energize, reinvent yourself and get that success train back on track is imperative in today’s industry. Learn techniques to get your business back on track.

    Whether you’ve been in the promotional products industry for one year or 20 years, it’s easy to get complacent and even worse a slump. Being able to re-energize, reinvent yourself and get that success train back on track is imperative in today’s industry. Learn techniques to get your business back on track.

    Danny Friedman

    Sales Trainer

    Danny Friedman has over 25 years of sales experience and is a multi-million-dollar producer. Friedman's clientele include some of the top companies in the Fortune 500. Friedman combines his promotional products industry experience with other industries he has been in, including office products, real estate and being a multi-line representative in the sporting goods industry. He has been a sales manager and sales trainer for the past 12 years.

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  • SAGE Show 2018: Maximize Your Sales Activity: Accomplishing Sales Objectives Through High Payout Activities

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered Recorded On: 08/30/2018

    Selling is developing and nurturing relationships. Participants will learn how to remove the psychological shield that keeps the prospect from buying and learn how to change their focus to results and activity.

    Selling is developing and nurturing relationships.  Participants will learn how to remove the psychological shield that keeps the prospect from buying and learn how to change their focus to results and activity. 

    Steve A. Klein

    Owner, Author and Speaker

    Steve Klein speaks and facilitates internationally about the psychology of professional performance, productivity and results. He conducts high-energy, high-impact sessions designed to engage participants with leadership, sales and success skills to take away and use immediately.

    Klein is a regular contributor to Fox News Radio and has produced televised leadership training. Steve is also the author of Sell When You See the Whites of Their Eyes, serves as CEO of the Professional Development Center and is the host of PlayMakers Talk Show on Dallas/Fort Worth's 770 KAAM radio.

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Building a Technology Roadmap

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

    It is not unusual for companies to lose sight of all the important initiatives going on in an organization. A Technology Roadmap is an easy way to centrally visualize your strategy as well as communicate to internal stakeholders, business owners, and other department leaders, the short-term & long-term strategies and solutions being developed.

    It is not unusual for companies to lose sight of all the important initiatives going on in an organization. A Technology Roadmap is an easy way to centrally visualize your strategy as well as communicate to internal stakeholders, business owners, and other department leaders, the short-term & long-term strategies and solutions being developed.

    David Jackson

    Director of IT

    David has been with Sweda Company since 2015 as the Director of IT.

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Pick Your Poison: Third Party vs. Internal Development Case Studies

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

    Join the PPAI development team in this interactive session.  We’ll discuss internal and external development pro’s and con’s.  How to handle development projects and workgroups big and small.  Developing through technology change and infrastructure obstacles.  Learn from our success and failure.  Let’s share experiences and enjoy some developer to developer dialog.

    Join the PPAI development team in this interactive session.  We’ll discuss internal and external development pro’s and con’s.  How to handle development projects and workgroups big and small.  Developing through technology change and infrastructure obstacles.  Learn from our success and failure.  Let’s share experiences and enjoy some developer to developer dialog.

    Paul Elfstrom (Moderator)

    IT Director

    Paul Elfstrom is the director of information technology for PPAI and is responsible for the management, strategy and execution of IT infrastructure for the Association. He also oversees technical projects that align with PPAI’s strategic plan to ensure effective delivery of Association programs. Currently, he serves as staff liaison to the Technology Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys family activities and playing guitar.

    Trent Grandey

    .Net Developer

    Trent is a .Net Developer with over twenty years of programming experience and over 10 years with the .Net platform. Trent builds mostly web based business solutions for PPAI, including the PPAI Call Center and Administrative sites for various departments. Trent spent more than 9 years as a third-party contractor at PPAI before deciding to come on full-time as an employee. When Trent is not at PPAI, he is usually still in front of a computer. When not in front of a computer, he can usually be found watching MMA events, MLB and college baseball or NFL and college football. Trent is married and has 3 children, Mallory, 20, Gates, 18 and Briar, 14. He also bleeds purple for his beloved TCU Horned Frogs.

    Micah Matteson

    .Net Developer

    Micah is a .Net Developer with almost twenty years of programming experience and over 10 years with the .Net platform. Micah works on system integrations as well as web sites for PPAI. Micah came to PPAI from the travel and hospitality industry where he worked on middleware solutions in the travel industry.

    Humayoon Mohammad

    .Net Developer

    Humayoon is .NET developer for PPAI. He graduated from Texas Wesleyan with bachelor’s in Computer Science, prior to joining PPAI he worked for Toluna USA where he held various roles as web and sql developer and worked his way up to application developer. He enjoys wood working as hobby and is also a huge Dallas cowboys fan. 

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  • Tech Summit 2018: The State of PromoStandards: The Industry's Leading Integration Standard

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

    It’s been 4 years since the PromoStandards project started. In the past year, PromoStandards has nearly double the number of endpoints and developed configured order full cycle standards. This session brings you up to date with the progress of PromoStandards as well as provides a look into the future formalization of the organization.

    It’s been 4 years since the PromoStandards project started. In the past year, PromoStandards has nearly double the number of endpoints and developed configured order full cycle standards. This session brings you up to date with the progress of PromoStandards as well as provides a look into the future formalization of the organization.

    Jon Norris

    Vice President

    Jon Norris is the vice president of operations for Starline USA Inc, located in Grand Island, New York, where he oversees manufacturing, warehousing, customer service and technology functions. Norris is currently the chair of the PPAI Technology Committee. Norris is currently helping drive an industry data integrations project, labeled PromoStandards, that believes that this is the future of our industry long term sustainability.He also is a PromoKitchen volunteer and Chef. As an industry Millennial, he is involved in numerous millennial initiatives industrywide to help drive the awareness of the changing workplace.

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Are You GDPR Ready?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

    This session will provide a concise overview of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Discover why you should be familiar with these new regulations, even if you don’t regularly do business in Europe, and learn how the top companies in our industry have prepared for these significant changes.

    This session will provide a concise overview of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Discover why you should be familiar with these new regulations, even if you don’t regularly do business in Europe, and learn how the top companies in our industry have prepared for these significant changes.

    Mike Wilkos

    National Sales Manager

    Mike Wilkos is the National Sales Manager for Vantage Apparel. Mike is also an attorney, licensed in New Jersey and New York. Before joining Vantage, Mike practiced law for several years in the areas of employment law, government law, and civil litigation. Mike attended Seton Hall University School of Law, where he served on the Seton Hall Law Review, and prior to that he attended the University of Delaware, from where he graduated magna cum laude. Mike is also a website and mobile app developer and has created several successful niche business, education, and reference apps that routinely rank on the App Store’s top US charts.

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Threat Detection, Resolution and Recovery

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

    In 2018 industry targeted malware targeted a number of suppliers and distributors. As the threat security landscape continues to increase in complexity, these types of attacks will continue to rise. In this session, the panel will share their firsthand experience on how they detect and remediate threats in an increasing hostile environment.

    In 2018 industry targeted malware targeted a number of suppliers and distributors. As the threat security landscape continues to increase in complexity, these types of attacks will continue to rise. In this session, the panel will share their firsthand experience on how they detect and re-mediate threats in an increasing hostile environment.

    Eric Shonebarger (Moderator)

    Chief Information Officer

    Eric has been the Chief Information Officer at Hit Promotional Products since 2004.

    Tim Nale

    North American Director of IT

    Tim Nale has been the North American Director of I.T. at BIC Graphic USA since 2012.

    Ken Phu

    Vice President of Technology for Hub Promotional Group

    Ken Phu is Vice President of Technology for Hub Promotional Group (Hub Pen, Beacon Promotions, Best Promotions and most recently DebCo Promotions) and has over 15 years of experience in Information Technology and Operations. He’s a hands-on IT leader who can define and develop systems architecture and operational processes. Ken was responsible for Hub Pen’s technology transformation since 2013 and is a current member of the PPAI Technology Committee. He also serves on the board of directors for his local Boston NetSuite User Group. Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and a Masters of Business Administration with a Minor in Information Technology from Suffolk University. Prior to joining Hub Pen, he has worked for Accenture and Boston Scientific. 

    Doug Andreasen

    Senior IT Manager

    Doug is a senior IT manager, serving in a network engineer role overseeing PPAI's network and server infrastructure as well as managing the IT desktop support team for staff. Doug previously held technical consulting roles with THG/Trendec, MCI Systemhouse, and EDS. Doug received a bachelors degree in business administration with a major in business computer information systems from Midwestern State University (including an early stint at Texas A&M).

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Recruiting IT Talent

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

    Do you ever find yourself conducting an interview and you think to yourself this is the perfect person and you want to hire them on the spot? Then two months later you start to feel this person is a total stranger? Imagine the impact poor selection has on customer care, irritated coworkers, possible litigation, rehiring costs, a damaged reputation, and let’s not mention, lost sleep. The bad news about interviewing is we often only scratch the surface, not being able to dig deep during a 45-minute period. Therefore, we rely on resumes, appearance, LinkedIn endorsements and references. The good news is there’s a way to dig deep using a behavioral interview technique that allows the candidate to tell you what past accomplishments they want to talk about. Yep, you let them set the agenda. And you drive the conversation further to find out what the candidate did, said, thought, and/or felt to achieve the accomplishment. Past behaviors are the best predictor of future behaviors.

    Do you ever find yourself conducting an interview and you think to yourself this is the perfect person and you want to hire them on the spot? Then two months later you start to feel this person is a total stranger? Imagine the impact poor selection has on customer care, irritated coworkers, possible litigation, rehiring costs, a damaged reputation, and let’s not mention, lost sleep. The bad news about interviewing is we often only scratch the surface, not being able to dig deep during a 45-minute period. Therefore, we rely on resumes, appearance, LinkedIn endorsements and references. The good news is there’s a way to dig deep using a behavioral interview technique that allows the candidate to tell you what past accomplishments they want to talk about. Yep, you let them set the agenda. And you drive the conversation further to find out what the candidate did, said, thought, and/or felt to achieve the accomplishment. Past behaviors are the best predictor of future behaviors.

    Jennifer Crowfoot

    Professional Development Director

    Jennifer Crowfoot has joined PPAI as the Director of Professional Development. Jennifer comes to PPAI with over 19 years of learning and professional development experience in a variety of industries focusing on facilitation, curriculum development, adult learning, communications and change management. Jennifer has been recognized by the learning and development community by participating as a speaker and panelist at a number of learning conferences.  At the 2008 Perspectives Learning Conference she was the recipient of the Learning Leader of the Year Award, and in 2010 she led her team to receive the Learning in Emerging Business Achievement Award.  Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in speech communication and master’s degree in educational human development from Texas A&M University. Outside of work Jennifer enjoys spending time as a Girl Scout Leader and running with Team in Training to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Easy Money With Web2Print

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

    Print is not dead. In fact, it's a $75bn industry in the US and if you're not playing in this space, then what's holding you back? In this session, we'll show you how to easily offer print products to your clients, share case studies and discuss the future of Web2Print.

    Print is not dead. In fact, it's a $75bn industry in the US and if you're not playing in this space, then what's holding you back? In this session, we'll show you how to easily offer print products to your clients, share case studies and discuss the future of Web2Print.

    Eric Granata

    Vice President of Business Development

    Eric Granata is the VP of Business Development and resident geek at ROBYN, a branded products fulfillment company that creates and distributes promotional products, corporate apparel, and collateral printed materials through private-label, ecommerce company stores. ROBYN is a PPAI Gold Pyramid Award winner, a PPAI Silver Technology recipient, an Addy Award recipient, and was recognized three years in a row by Inc. Magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S., plus, has twice been featured in ASI’s Counselor magazine as one of the Best Places to Work. As the founder of Screen Four Solutions, Eric has been at the forefront of ecommerce and technology, building a variety of apps, B2C and B2B stores, as well as a variety of digital solutions for brand asset management.

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Proving The Power of PromoStandards

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

    In this panel discussion, hear testimonials from suppliers, distributors and service providers about how PromoStandards is fostering positive change in our supply chain. Whether you’re still building your business case or are just looking to hear how others in the industry are reaping the rewards, join us for this informational discussion about the PromoStandards value proposition.

    In this panel discussion, hear testimonials from suppliers, distributors and service providers about how PromoStandards is fostering positive change in our supply chain. Whether you’re still building your business case or are just looking to hear how others in the industry are reaping the rewards, join us for this informational discussion about the PromoStandards value proposition.

    Dino Bangiorn (Moderator)

    Application Development Team Lead

    Dino Bangiorno is the Application Development Team Lead at HALO Branded Solutions. For more than 15 years, Dino has provided technical leadership for HALO's software development team helping to support the company's continued growth.  Realizing the importance of a having deep understanding of the business he serves, Dino has also attained PPAI's Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) and Product Safety Ambassador designations.

    Amy Rabideau, MAS

    Director of Purchasing at Summit Group

    Amy Rabideau, MAS, is the Director of Purchasing at Summit Group where her current focus is compliance and product responsibility.  With her 20+ years in the industry on the supplier and distributor sides of business, supplier integration is a passion of hers.  Amy’s volunteer work includes Board service with Georgia Association of Promotional Product Professionals (GAPPP) and service on the PPAI Professional Development Committee.  She currently resides in Atlanta, GA, with her husband and two dogs.

    David Gallant

    Chief Information Officer at The Gem Group (Gemline)

    David Gallant is the Acting Chief Information Officer at The Gem Group (Gemline) where he provides leadership and technical direction for all IT department initiatives within the organization. Prior to this role, as Chief Architect, David was responsible for driving the technical strategy; overseeing software design and engineering for new projects. David has a diverse range of previous IT work experience from Verizon’s cloud innovation team and with the US Department of Defense. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in Software Engineering from Brandeis University.

    David Shultz

    Vice President of Supplier Partnerships

    David Shultz is the vice president of supplier partnerships for commonsku. Shultz has more than 17 years of experience in the promotional products industry and is the former vice president of operations at Distributor Central. A recent PPAI Fellow inductee and recipient of PPAI's Industry Collaborator award, he is the incoming president of the Promotional Products Association Midwest (PPAM) and serves as a member of PPAI's Professional Development Committee. In his new role, Shultz will work with suppliers to help them connect with distributors more effectively, as well as help them integrate with Promo Standards to achieve better operational efficiency.

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Creating Value In A Transformational World

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/15/2018

    Today we live in quickly changing times. Just a decade ago, smartphones were just emerging, and we were far from ideas such as connected homes, AI and other things that have rapidly emerged as faces of technology. In this era dominated by technology we will face even greater changes affecting the way we work, live and plan our lives. It will also cause a dramatic change in the things we are passionate about. To help explain the main forces that shape this era, including key technologies, keynote speaker Ian Khan will share how the promotional industry will change as cryptocurrency, connected devices and smart cities gain traction with consumers, while providing inspirational, insightful and actionable strategies that are a must for personal and business success.

    Today we live in quickly changing times. Just a decade ago, smartphones were just emerging, and we were far from ideas such as connected homes, AI and other things that have rapidly emerged as faces of technology. In this era dominated by technology we will face even greater changes affecting the way we work, live and plan our lives. It will also cause a dramatic change in the things we are passionate about. To help explain the main forces that shape this era, including key technologies, keynote speaker Ian Khan will share how the promotional industry will change as cryptocurrency, connected devices and smart cities gain traction with consumers, while providing inspirational, insightful and actionable strategies that are a must for personal and business success.

    Ian Khan

    CNN Featured Futurist, Forbes contributor, 3 Time TEDx Speaker, Author & Filmmaker, Ian Khan is a Technology Futurist on a mission to help organizations find a clear vision for technology powered tomorrow. Ian's insights deal with how technology is affecting our personal lives and businesses, the path to adapt to these rapid changes and why the convergence of Internet of Things, Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence will completely redefine our lives in the future. 

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  • Tech Summit 2018: State Of The Cloud: The Latest In Cloud Computing Trends In The Promotional Products Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/15/2018

    The adoption of cloud technologies continues to grow as companies focus on scalability, security and cost savings. Recent surveys show that across all industries upwards of 90% of enterprises have adopted some form of cloud computing technology and that adoption continues to trend upwards. A large percentage of suppliers, distributors and business service providers in the promotional products have made the adoption of cloud technologies a priority on their infrastructure roadmaps. This session will touch on the current state of cloud technologies, look at some of the available options and discuss how they might apply to your business. We’ll also hear from a panel of industry experts who will talk about how their companies have adopted various platforms, what went right and what went wrong, and gain some insight into what you should be looking for as your company pushes more of your IT infrastructure to the cloud.

    The adoption of cloud technologies continues to grow as companies focus on scalability, security and cost savings. Recent surveys show that across all industries upwards of 90% of enterprises have adopted some form of cloud computing technology and that adoption continues to trend upwards. A large percentage of suppliers, distributors and business service providers in the promotional products have made the adoption of cloud technologies a priority on their infrastructure roadmaps. This session will touch on the current state of cloud technologies, look at some of the available options and discuss how they might apply to your business. We’ll also hear from a panel of industry experts who will talk about how their companies have adopted various platforms, what went right and what went wrong, and gain some insight into what you should be looking for as your company pushes more of your IT infrastructure to the cloud.

    David Shultz (Moderator)

    Vice President of Supplier Partnerships

    David Shultz is the vice president of supplier partnerships for commonsku. Shultz has more than 17 years of experience in the promotional products industry and is the former vice president of operations at Distributor Central. A recent PPAI Fellow inductee and recipient of PPAI's Industry Collaborator award, he is the incoming president of the Promotional Products Association Midwest (PPAM) and serves as a member of PPAI's Professional Development Committee. In his new role, Shultz will work with suppliers to help them connect with distributors more effectively, as well as help them integrate with Promo Standards to achieve better operational efficiency.

    Paul Fleischman

    Technical Lead

    Paul Fleischman is the Technical Lead at Polyconcept North America.

    Steve Luisser

    Technical Lead

    Paul is the Technical Lead at PCNA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has worked in the promotional products industry for the last 10 years, coming from mortgage industry. His primary development background is .NET. He also has Azure experience dating back to 2015 using SaaS, PaaS and IaaS.

    Some of Paul’s hobbies include home projects, weekend getaways, and enjoying the closest pool or beach with his family.

    David Jackson

    Director of IT

    David has been with Sweda Company since 2015 as the Director of IT.

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Leveraging SAGE- The Promotional Products Industry's API Toolkit

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/15/2018

    As the most popular provider of information to the promotional products industry, over 45,000 distributors use SAGE services for research and business management. And as PPAI’s exclusive technology partner, SAGE is the only industry integration that brings suppliers’ data to all PPAI distributor members! By connecting to SAGE’s APIs, suppliers can provide valuable and timely data to distributors and their clients such as real-time inventory levels, order status, product data and more. SAGE also provides suppliers with industry metrics and analytics to better understand their client base; distributor verification services; direct consumption of orders from the SAGE order management system; and much more. In this session you’ll learn hands-on how to start leveraging all of these valuable tools today.

    As the most popular provider of information to the promotional products industry, over 45,000 distributors use SAGE services for research and business management. And as PPAI’s exclusive technology partner, SAGE is the only industry integration that brings suppliers’ data to all PPAI distributor members! By connecting to SAGE’s APIs, suppliers can provide valuable and timely data to distributors and their clients such as real-time inventory levels, order status, product data and more. SAGE also provides suppliers with industry metrics and analytics to better understand their client base; distributor verification services; direct consumption of orders from the SAGE order management system; and much more. In this session you’ll learn hands-on how to start leveraging all of these valuable tools today.

    Eric Natinsky

    Co-founder and CEO

    Eric Natinsky is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of SAGE. He has been working with computers all his life and has extensive experience in computer science. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, double-majoring in Management and Marketing, from Washington University in St. Louis and a JD from The University of Texas at Austin. Eric is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is also a licensed patent attorney. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family as well as supporting the arts in Austin through his position on the Board of Directors for ZACH Theatre.

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Swiping Left Or Right When Choosing A Software/Consulting Partner

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/15/2018

    At some point in everyone’s IT career they need to choose some software to help them meet a business need, or partner with a consulting company to get a project done when the business wants. During this panel we’ll explore some of the criteria that you can use to help make sure your decision is the start of a beautiful friendship and not a wrong turn to splitsville.

    At some point in everyone’s IT career they need to choose some software to help them meet a business need, or partner with a consulting company to get a project done when the business wants.  During this panel we’ll explore some of the criteria that you can use to help make sure your decision is the start of a beautiful friendship and not a wrong turn to splitsville.  

    Mike Knapick (Moderator)

    IT Leader

    After heading IT departments and projects of varying scope and size at posts including Accenture, EMC and Expedia, where he launched the company’s inaugural CRM system, Mike joined SanMar in 2014. Today, he leads SanMar’s IT group who are implementing major software upgrades and process improvements. When it comes to leadership, Mike says he empowers his team with plenty of opportunities to learn and grow.

    Eric Alessi

    Essent Corporation, President & CEO

    Eric has been the President and CEO of the Essent Corporation since 1989.

    Dino Bangiorn

    Application Development Team Lead

    Dino Bangiorno is the Application Development Team Lead at HALO Branded Solutions. For more than 15 years, Dino has provided technical leadership for HALO's software development team helping to support the company's continued growth.  Realizing the importance of a having deep understanding of the business he serves, Dino has also attained PPAI's Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) and Product Safety Ambassador designations.

    Ken Phu

    Vice President of Technology for Hub Promotional Group

    Ken Phu is Vice President of Technology for Hub Promotional Group (Hub Pen, Beacon Promotions, Best Promotions and most recently DebCo Promotions) and has over 15 years of experience in Information Technology and Operations. He’s a hands-on IT leader who can define and develop systems architecture and operational processes. Ken was responsible for Hub Pen’s technology transformation since 2013 and is a current member of the PPAI Technology Committee. He also serves on the board of directors for his local Boston NetSuite User Group. Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and a Masters of Business Administration with a Minor in Information Technology from Suffolk University. Prior to joining Hub Pen, he has worked for Accenture and Boston Scientific. 

    Anish Varghese

    Founder & CEO of Binated Inc.

    As the Founder & CEO of Binated Inc., Anish has years of hands-on experience applying innovative technology strategies to generate business results via process improvements and quick & agile support systems which have been tailor made for the Promotional Industry.

    His experience has helped companies to better understand the relationship between the evolution of technology and its impact on businesses. He leads Binated's development and strategy in global innovation, investment and new business creation.

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  • NALC 2018: Change Management: Creating A Culture Of Innovation

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/14/2018

    Even the most successful modern corporations, associations and professional groups must continually reinvent their products, processes and operations to remain relevant, given the pace at which the modern marketplace evolves. You can empower both individuals and teams to more effectively embrace paradigm shifts, improve organizational learning and boost productivity with these proven new approaches to leadership, technology and time management. Bestselling business author and consultant Scott Steinberg explains how the market’s most innovative firms are embracing change management, and best practices and leadership pillars you can implement to breed a culture in which innovation thrives.

    Even the most successful modern corporations, associations and professional groups must continually reinvent their products, processes and operations to remain relevant, given the pace at which the modern marketplace evolves. You can empower both individuals and teams to more effectively embrace paradigm shifts, improve organizational learning and boost productivity with these proven new approaches to leadership, technology and time management. Bestselling business author and consultant Scott Steinberg explains how the market’s most innovative firms are embracing change management, and best practices and leadership pillars you can implement to breed a culture in which innovation thrives.

    Scott Steinberg

    Scott Steinberg is one of the world’s best-known trend experts and strategic innovation consultants, and the CEO of TechSavvy Global, a management consulting and market research firm which helps clients more effectively connect, communicate with and create lasting value for all audiences. A strategic advisor to Fortune 500 firms, non-profits, schools and startups, he aids partners with identifying emerging opportunities and developing powerful leadership, marketing and content strategies designed to capitalize on rising business, social and technology trends.

     As an industry consultant, Steinberg has helped top corporations from Microsoft, Sony and Intel to ESPN and MTV adapt to changing consumer, high-tech and social trends. Hailed as a top technology futurist by leading media outlets including NPR, BusinessWeek and The Wall St. Journal, his advisory work enables clients to identify emerging cultural and technological forces and create powerful business strategies that meet changing market needs. This eye for business analysis has led to his work as a strategic insider for 400+ publications from CNN to The New York Times and Fast Company, and pioneer in the field of digital publishing. A nationally-syndicated columnist who routinely explores topics including change, innovation and connecting generations, he’s also the creator and host of Gear Up, Rolling Stone’s first dedicated blog and video series devoted to consumer technology. A regular guest on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, he serves as a featured expert for Fast Company, Inc., Entrepreneur, The Huffington Post and more.


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