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Content and subjects related to strategic issues such as social responsibility, acquisition, reorganization and industry trends.

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  • Tips for Hiring and Retaining Top Talent In a Tight Labor Market

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 10/02/2019 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

    Where can you find top talent these days? What are the best screening and interviewing techniques? How can you avoid dreaded and costly mis-hires? What’s the best way to ensure that your new hire will be successful in his or her job? This presentation by Claudia St. John offers best-in-class recruiting strategies and people management practices to help companies be more successful in talent acquisition and retention. Outcomes – Session Attendees will: • Learn tips and tricks that recruiters use in finding and screening job candidates • Discover ways to improve their own interviewing skills • Gain insight and understanding to help improve employee engagement and retention, particularly during the critical first 45 days of employment

    Where can you find top talent these days? What are the best screening and interviewing techniques? How can you avoid dreaded and costly mis-hires? What’s the best way to ensure that your new hire will be successful in his or her job? This presentation by Claudia St. John offers best-in-class recruiting strategies and people management practices to help companies be more successful in talent acquisition and retention.

    Outcomes – Session Attendees will:
    • Learn tips and tricks that recruiters use in finding and screening job candidates
    • Discover ways to improve their own interviewing skills
    • Gain insight and understanding to help improve employee engagement and retention, particularly during the critical first 45 days of employment

    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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  • Business Transition and Succession Planning

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/25/2019 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

    This webinar is designed to help business owners achieve more successful transitions, such as changes in ownership and management. According to the Small Business Administration, over the next five years, more than 40 percent of privately-owned companies will transition, with poor planning as the main reason for doing so. Succession planning is an unfamiliar challenge for most business owners, especially when family is involved. Having a plan in place can be extraordinarily valuable in relieving the uncertainties caused by not knowing how to proceed, or the impact succession can have on employees, family relationships and even your own financial security. Webinar participants will learn valuable information to help business owners identify actions to begin minimizing their risks, increasing value and improving the outcome of their transition. You will learn what transition readiness is, why it matters and how to improve your personal and business outcomes.

    This webinar is designed to help business owners achieve more successful transitions, such as changes in ownership and management. According to the Small Business Administration, over the next five years, more than 40 percent of privately-owned companies will transition, with poor planning as the main reason for doing so.
    Succession planning is an unfamiliar challenge for most business owners, especially when family is involved. Having a plan in place can be extraordinarily valuable in relieving the uncertainties caused by not knowing how to proceed, or the impact succession can have on employees, family relationships and even your own financial security. Webinar participants will learn valuable information to help business owners identify actions to begin minimizing their risks, increasing value and improving the outcome of their transition. You will learn what transition readiness is, why it matters and how to improve your personal and business outcomes.

    Participants will be guided through several questions:

    •    What are your possible exit strategies and how will you get there?

    •    Why is succession planning a process, not an event?

    •    What are the major factors and long-term objectives that you, as a business owner, need to consider when transitioning your business?

    •    How do I ensure a business transition will provide you with an income stream during retirement?

    •    What is your business’s worth and why is an independent, objective valuation of your business important?

    •    Congratulations! You have successfully transitioned your business. What do you do now?

    Greg Lewis

    Family Business Consultant

    Greg Lewis is a family business consultant at The Tennessee Center for Family Business in Nashville, Tennessee. Lewis’s passion is helping one family at a time deal with the unique challenges of working together in a family business and planning for a successful transition. Lewis has over 25 years of experience working in his own family businesses. His personal experience in building and leading family businesses makes him a valuable resource to family business executives who want to become more effective leaders as they deal with the unique mix of family and non-family team members, values, culture and processes in which their family business operates.

    Drawing on his background as an entrepreneur and leadership trainer, Lewis has provided family business executives the opportunity to share their unique challenges in a secure and objective environment, helping them to lead well and maximize their potential. He has helped families create a climate where members of the family can do what they enjoy most and contribute to the success of their company. His clients work in a variety of industries including manufacturing, transportation, supply chain, nonprofit, retail, health care and farming.

    Lewis received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and holds leadership certifications from the Keller Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and the Center for Association Leadership in Washington, D.C. He is a certified trainer with the Ken Blanchard Companies in Situational Leadership II, the most-taught leadership model in the world.

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  • Developing An Entrepreneurial Spirit And A Loyal Following

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

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

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

    Jason Lucash

    Co-Founder, OrigAudio

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

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  • Expo East 2019: How To Achieve A Positive And Happy Life

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/05/2019

    What REALLY makes people happy? Just what are the secrets to living a happy life? This interactive session with Mary Ellen Sokalski, MAS, will have you understanding what these secrets are and how you can connect them to your life. You'll also have the chance to reflect on the big goals and dreams (and little ones, too) that you have in your life, and what you can do to make them a reality. When you leave this session, you will have a basic road map to living the life you always wanted, with a plan for your future happiness.

    What REALLY makes people happy? Just what are the secrets to living a happy life? This interactive session with Mary Ellen Sokalski, MAS, will have you understanding what these secrets are and how you can connect them to your life. You'll also have the chance to reflect on the big goals and dreams (and little ones, too) that you have in your life, and what you can do to make them a reality. When you leave this session, you will have a basic road map to living the life you always wanted, with a plan for your future happiness.

    Mary Ellen Sokalski, MAS

    Owner

    Mary Ellen Sokalski, MAS, is a 33-year industry veteran noted for her fun and interactive educational sessions which earned her the Promotional Products Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Education Excellence, PPAI’s Distinguished Service Award and its Facilitator Excellence Award. Currently the owner of The Scarlet Marketeer, a creative content marketing firm, she has presented hundreds of sessions on the topics of Marketing, Communications, Selling, Apparel, Direct Mail, Creativity, Promotional Programs, Supplier-Distributor Relations, and How to Have a Happy Life. A multi-winner of PPA’s Supplier Achievement Awards and the Golden Pyramid, ASI’s Distinguished Women in Promotional Products, one of ASI’s Women to Watch in Promotional Products in 2011, as well as numerous other communications awards, she has captured more marketing and speaking honors than any other industry professional. She is also a featured author in industry publications, and originator of the Promotional Apparel Advisory Council for PPAI. Past presidents of SACDV and PPNA, former Vice Chair of Marketing for PPAI, member of the PPAI Board of Directors, and inducted into the PAPPA Hall of Fame.

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  • Expo East 2019: Attrition Control And Forecasting

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

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

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

    Vince DiCecco

    Business Coach, Founder, and Owner

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

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

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  • Expo East 2019: 8 Steps To Capture Your Creativity

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/04/2019

    So, you have a handful of ideas, which have been scribbled onto about 87 sticky notes that are stuck onto the walls or tucked away in your office. How do you store those ideas in one area, so you can reference back to them when you've hit a roadblock in a project? This workshop will introduce eight key steps designed to help you take your ideas and mold them into something tangible and useful. You have six seconds to capture an idea, and once it’s gone, it’s gone. Learn the techniques that will make to you a marketing genius!

    So, you have a handful of ideas, which have been scribbled onto about 87 sticky notes that are stuck onto the walls or tucked away in your office. How do you store those ideas in one area, so you can reference back to them when you've hit a roadblock in a project? This workshop will introduce eight key steps designed to help you take your ideas and mold them into something tangible and useful. You have six seconds to capture an idea, and once it’s gone, it’s gone.  Learn the techniques that will make to you a marketing genius!

    Cliff Quicksell, MAS+

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

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  • Expo East 2019: Get in Touch! Content Marketing: Grow Your Business and Build Your Brand

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/03/2019

    Content is the new currency that drives brand engagement in a world of empowered buyers. It is about sharing information, rather than pitching products. Great content supports your efforts to reach and engage buyers at every stage in the buying process--whether that content is a helpful how-to video, a sleek infographic, or a well-crafted case study. Learn how to Get in Touch! by building an effective brand content marketing strategy. This workshop will focus on how to create and leverage the many forms of content to promote your business, retain customers, influence word of mouth, close the decision gap on prospects and leverage content as a brand differentiator. Learn to deliver great content in the right forms and places and in a way that is specifically mapped to your audience's information needs and buying stages. Studies indicate that companies that provide valuable content can generate more leads with higher ROI. Through this workshop, promotional professionals will learn how to create remarkable content that gets noticed and produces business results. Join Kim R. Todora, PPAI’s communications and branding strategist for this thought-provoking seminar.

    Content is the new currency that drives brand engagement in a world of empowered buyers. It is about sharing information, rather than pitching products. Great content supports your efforts to reach and engage buyers at every stage in the buying process--whether that content is a helpful how-to video, a sleek infographic, or a well-crafted case study. Learn how to Get in Touch! by building an effective brand content marketing strategy. 

    This workshop will focus on how to create and leverage the many forms of content to promote your business, retain customers, influence word of mouth, close the decision gap on prospects and leverage content as a brand differentiator. Learn to deliver great content in the right forms and places and in a way that is specifically mapped to your audience's information needs and buying stages. Studies indicate that companies that provide valuable content can generate more leads with higher ROI. Through this workshop, promotional professionals will learn how to create remarkable content that gets noticed and produces business results. 

    Join Kim R. Todora, PPAI’s communications and branding strategist for this thought-provoking seminar.

    Kim Todora

    Public Relations and Buyer Outreach Manager for PPAI

    Kim R. Todora is responsible for the direction of comprehensive integrated communications and public relations strategies and implementation, buyer-targeted industry branding, media relations, social media, collegiate and buyer outreach, trade-shows and industry awareness programs such as Promotional Products Work! Week, the ADvocate program and promotionalproductswork.org (dot org). Kim is an active member of the American Marketing Association (AMA), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and represents PPAI on the organizing committee for Advertising Week and the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. Prior to PPAI, Kim owned a marketing communications agency specializing in advertising, branding, public relations and cause marketing for more than 11 years. As a creative marketing strategist with more than 33 years' experience in advertising and public relations with Bozell, J. Walter Thompson and The Todora Group, she has created communications, branding and sales success for a variety of clients including American Airlines, Chili's, Don Pablo's, Texas Tornado Hockey, The Arena Group, Williams Communications, Doskocil Pet Products, BusyBody Home Fitness, Larry's Shoes, Mariner Health, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, E-Systems/Raytheon, March of Dimes, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Ronald McDonald House, and many others.

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  • EU Market Expansion

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In the promotional products industry, there is a high awareness of how national legislation applies to the goods that are both made and sold. But how does compliance translate into expanding your market to include European countries? This presentation by Jennifer Barbarisi and Melanie Schubert is designed to look into the applicable EU legislation for toys and children’s products, common promotional product categories and will include chemical requirements like REACH, including SVHC and RoHS. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    In the promotional products industry, there is a high awareness of how national legislation applies to the goods that are both made and sold. But how does compliance translate into expanding your market to include European countries? This presentation by Jennifer Barbarisi and Melanie Schubert is designed to look into the applicable EU legislation for toys and children’s products, common promotional product categories and will include chemical requirements like REACH, including SVHC and RoHS. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Jennifer Barbarisi

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Jennifer Barbarisi is part of TÜV Rheinland’s North America retail team. In her role as a senior regulatory and product compliance consultant, Barbarisi supports clients based in North America with compliance to national and international regulations affecting the toy and promotional products industries. In addition, Barbarisi works closely with TÜV’s global laboratories on alignment and interpretation of U.S. federal and state regulations. Barbarisi has over 10 years of hands-on technical experience in product safety and compliance for consumer products. Formerly working for UL and STR, Barbarisi held the position of North American toy technical lead and has served as the global account manager for several toy companies. Barbarisi has been involved with committees, including the ASTM F15.22 subcommittees, ASTM F15 juvenile product subcommittees, Safety Standards and Technical Committee (SSTC) and TS TAG to ISO/TC 181 on Toy Safety. Barbarisi completed Saint Louis University’s Advanced Product Safety Management course in September 2017. 

    Melanie Schubert

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Melanie Schubert is a board approved food chemist, who received her master's degree from a leading German University. She has been responsible for food contact material services at the TÜV Rheinland Shanghai lab for five years. In 2015, she joined the North America retail team as a regulatory and compliance manager for food contact articles and other chemical services.

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  • Finding Your Social Media Voice

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/27/2019

    Ever wondered how other distributors are using social media? Curious about the platforms they are using and the content they are posting? Join Sara Webb from InTandem Promotions as she shares some successful social media strategies to identify potential followers, provide content that matters and stay relevant in this competitive viewer space.

    Ever wondered how other distributors are using social media? Curious about the platforms they are using and the content they are posting? Join Sara Webb from InTandem Promotions as she shares some successful social media strategies to identify potential followers, provide content that matters and stay relevant in this competitive viewer space.

    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 had to learn social media. There is not an in-house team that manages the ever-evolving social media landscape. With the help and feedback of her team, Sara runs the social media platform for InTandem Promotions. Her experiences—both positive and lessons to learn—are what she is looking forward to sharing during this webinar. 

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

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

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

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

    Craig Johnson

    Executive Director, Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, Inc.

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

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

    Patrick J. Reynolds

    Senior Tax Counsel, Council On State Taxation (COST)

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

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

    Fred Nicely

    Senior Tax Counsel, Council On State Taxation (COST)

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

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  • Technology And The Future Of Our Industry

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/13/2019

    Virtual Reality. Augmented Reality. Unregulated Cryptocurrencies. Technology is evolving rapidly and there is no shortage of hype about the “Next Great Thing.” Join David Shultz as he shares the technology trends he believes will have the greatest impact on our industry in the near future.

    Virtual Reality. Augmented Reality. Unregulated Cryptocurrencies. Technology is evolving rapidly and there is no shortage of hype about the “Next Great Thing.”  Join David Shultz as he shares the technology trends he believes will have the greatest impact on our industry in the near future.

    David Shultz

    Vice President of Supplier Partnerships

    David Shultz is the vice president of supplier partnerships for commonsku. David 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 the Regional Association Council (RAC). In his new role, David 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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  • Best of Expo 2019: Leadership To Drive The Bottom Line

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/08/2019

    If you’re ready to drive change and innovation, and motivate your staff to make a lasting impact on your organization and profitability, let Lindsay Anvik show you how. Attendees at this session will learn how to manage middle management so that the company runs more efficiently; how to design days for delegation, automation and priority operations; and, how to hire people who help the leaders lead.

    If you’re ready to drive change and innovation, and motivate your staff to make a lasting impact on your organization and profitability, let Lindsay Anvik show you how. Attendees at this session will learn how to manage middle management so that the company runs more efficiently; how to design days for delegation, automation and priority operations; and, how to hire people who help the leaders lead.

    Lindsay Anvik

    Lindsay Anvik is a fourth-generation entrepreneur who has worked with high-profile celebrities and CEOs in music and film, and in the digital space. Her marketing and business development strategies that have led to coverage in The New York Times, InStyle magazine, the New York Post, Metro New York and many others.  She's been a featured contributor on MSNBC's Your Business.

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  • Courage To Change: An Enhanced Approach To PPAI’s Governance Structure

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/06/2019

    Market disruption, constant change and uncertainty challenge PPAI members and the promotional products industry. PPAI counts on its volunteer leaders, their diverse experiences and expertise to help us be nimble and succeed. To enhance its governance model and tap into the strengths of PPAI’s membership, new initiatives will be deployed in 2019 to expand the pool of leadership candidates and improve member experiences. In this webinar presented by Cathi Hight and Paul Bellantone, CAE, you’ll explore: 1. PPAI’s investment in strategic foresight and how it benefits members. 2. Four governance changes PPAI is deploying in 2019, why it matters and how it impacts you. 3. New leadership opportunities for PPAI members.

    Market disruption, constant change and uncertainty challenge PPAI members and the promotional products industry. PPAI counts on its volunteer leaders, their diverse experiences and expertise to help us be nimble and succeed. To enhance its governance model and tap into the strengths of PPAI’s membership, new initiatives will be deployed in 2019 to expand the pool of leadership candidates and improve member experiences.

    In this webinar presented by Cathi Hight and Paul Bellantone, CAE, you’ll explore: 
    1. PPAI’s investment in strategic foresight and how it benefits members.
    2. Four governance changes PPAI is deploying in 2019, why it matters and how it impacts you.
    3. New leadership opportunities for PPAI members.

    Cathi Hight

    President - Hight Performance Group

    Cathi Hight is a Kaizen consultant and the president of Hight Performance Group based in Austin, Texas. Considered an industry thought leader, she is the developer of The Member Retention Kit and A New Approach to Tiered Membership. Cathi helps associations manage constant change, meet the expectations of their members and effectively communicate the value of membership.

    With more than 20 years’ experience in performance improvement, Cathi helps clients identify their real problems and solve them. She shares Kaizen principles of continuous improvement, making small and incremental changes and improving customer experiences, which bring about “good change” for internal and external customers alike.

    Paul Bellantone, CAE

    President and Chief Executive Officer of the Promotional Products Association International

    Paul Bellantone is the president and CEO of PPAI, the not-for-profit association for more than 15,000 member companies of the $24.7 billion promotional products industry. Bellantone is committed to advancing the promotional products industry through visibility, viability and credibility. He is focused on delivering compelling member value and responsible for successfully executing the strategies and vision of the PPAI Board of Directors and advocating for the industry and its professional practitioners.

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  • Managing Your Finances In The Cloud With QuickBooks Online

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/30/2019

    This webinar by John Meaney will focus on the benefits of using QuickBooks Online to manage your business finances. Learn how Intuit is powering the prosperity of small businesses by creating a product that requires zero data entry. Find out how to reclaim up to 11 hours per month by maximizing the functionality of cloud-based accounting with QuickBooks Online.

    This webinar will focus on the benefits of using QuickBooks Online to manage your business finances. Learn how Intuit is powering the prosperity of small businesses by creating a product that requires zero data entry. Find out how to reclaim up to 11 hours per month by maximizing the functionality of cloud-based accounting with QuickBooks Online.

    John Meaney

    Key Accounts Manager

    John Meaney manages the Key Accounts Team at Intuit. He’s been with the company for 13 years holding a variety of roles with a focus on empowering Small Businesses for financial success. In 2015 Meaney obtained the Certified Franchise Executive designation from the IFA and has helped some of the nation’s largest franchise organizations convert and standardize on the QuickBooks Online cloud-based product line. Meaney is a graduate of Texas Christian University and currently lives in McKinney, Texas with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time, he likes to run—a lot.

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  • The Skill Set Of The Future

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The business world grows more competitive every day. To stay in demand in this tough environment, you need to perform at a level higher than ever before. You must achieve better results (and do so quickly), instantly recover from missteps and garner the confidence to thrive in times of uncertainty. To do this, you need a modern-day skill set that gives you an edge over competitors and helps you efficiently reach your goals. In addition to perfecting the hard skills you need for your industry, you must also focus on developing trust and engagement—two components lacking in many business interactions today. Join Paul Krasnow to learn the seven best practices that are necessary for success.

    The business world grows more competitive every day. To stay in demand in this tough environment, you need to perform at a level higher than ever before. You must achieve better results (and do so quickly), instantly recover from missteps and garner the confidence to thrive in times of uncertainty. To do this, you need a modern-day skill set that gives you an edge over competitors and helps you efficiently reach your goals. In addition to perfecting the hard skills you need for your industry, you must also focus on developing trust and engagement—two components lacking in many business interactions today. Join Paul Krasnow to learn the seven best practices that are necessary for success.

    Paul Krasnow

    Financial Representative - Northwestern Mutual

    Paul Krasnow is a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, where he has been a top producer for 40 years. He is known for providing innovative solutions for his clients’ personal and business needs. Paul has been named a Top 20 Agent 18 times and a Top 10 Western Regional Agent 25 times. Early in his career, Paul suffered a financially devastating bankruptcy with a line of clothing stores he owned, but went on to join Northwestern Mutual, where he has created an impressive block of business and a strong network of clients, many of whom have become lifelong friends. Paul enjoys teaching others about the mindset of resilience and the skill set it takes to prosper in any environment. He has published articles for insurance publications both locally and nationally and has served on a variety of boards. Paul regularly speaks for multiple life associations in the U.S. and has given seminars for law firms and CPA firms in the Southern California area. His book The Success Code: A Guide For Achieving Your Personal Best In Business And Life” can be found on Amazon.

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  • It Pays To Prepare: Know Your State’s Chemical Regulations To Mitigate Risk

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/23/2019

    Increased regulations of chemicals and consumer products containing regulated chemicals continues to significantly impact all industries. This session by Jennifer Barbarisi and Danielle Iverson will focus on state chemical regulations impacting key sectors in the promotional product industry and will provide chemical management strategies that manufacturers can take to mitigate risk. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Increased regulations of chemicals and consumer products containing regulated chemicals continues to significantly impact all industries. This session will focus on state chemical regulations impacting key sectors in the promotional product industry and will provide chemical management strategies that manufacturers can take to mitigate risk. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Jennifer Barbarisi

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Jennifer Barbarisi is part of TÜV Rheinland’s North America retail team. In her role as a senior regulatory and product compliance consultant, Barbarisi supports clients based in North America with compliance to national and international regulations affecting the toy and promotional products industries. In addition, Barbarisi works closely with TÜV’s global laboratories on alignment and interpretation of U.S. federal and state regulations. Barbarisi has over 10 years of hands-on technical experience in product safety and compliance for consumer products. Formerly working for UL and STR, Barbarisi held the position of North American toy technical lead and has served as the global account manager for several toy companies. Barbarisi has been involved with committees, including the ASTM F15.22 subcommittees, ASTM F15 juvenile product subcommittees, Safety Standards and Technical Committee (SSTC) and TS TAG to ISO/TC 181 on Toy Safety. Barbarisi completed Saint Louis University’s Advanced Product Safety Management course in September 2017. 

    Danielle Iverson

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Danielle Iverson, Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant with TÜV Rheinland of North America, provides guidance and recommendations to clients regarding testing and quality assurance programs. Iverson also helps to implement protocols designed to protect clients’ brands, ensure compliance with national and international compliance regulations and minimize risk for apparel, textiles and footwear. Before joining TUV Rheinland, Iverson was the Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Iverson also served as Director of Government Affairs with the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). She received a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and Japanese language and literature from George Washington University and an associate’s degree in fashion design from Parsons School of Design.

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  • Expo 2019: Turning Set-Backs Into Stepping Stones

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/16/2019

    Life doesn’t always follow our script. Learning how to live life fully and purposefully can help anyone turn set-backs into stepping stones to find more meaning, more purpose and more enjoyment out of life and more success out of business. Stay focused on the important and learn to live out your values.

    Life doesn’t always follow our script. Learning how to live life fully and purposefully can help anyone turn set-backs into stepping stones to find more meaning, more purpose and more enjoyment out of life and more success out of business. Stay focused on the important and learn to live out your values.

    Paul Kiewiet, MAS+

    Founder, Promotion Concepts, INC.

    Paul A Kiewiet MAS+ founded a sales promotion agency and sold consumer sales promotions, dealer incentives, years of service and other premium, incentive and recognition programs to companies such as Kellogg’s, Whirlpool, Borden and Coca-Cola. He was chairman of PPAI, inducted into the PPAI Hall of Fame and currently serves as the executive director of MiPPA.

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  • Expo 2019: Keynote Luncheon: PPAI Association Update

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/16/2019

    Join Dale Denham, MAS+, PPAI chair of the board, Brittany David, CAS incoming chair of the PPAI board and Paul Bellantone, CAE president and CEO of PPAI for this town hall-style meeting covering current issues and opportunities for the promotional products industry, the Association and its more than 15,000 member companies. The presentation will include Association initiatives designed to deliver compelling member value as well as to protect and grow the industry. Pre-registration and a ticket are required to attend this session. The first 150 people who register will be provided a complimentary lunch. Tickets to attend (no meal provided) will be available for any attendee.

    Join Dale Denham, MAS+, PPAI chair of the board, Brittany David, CAS incoming chair of the PPAI board and Paul Bellantone, CAE president and CEO of PPAI for this town hall-style meeting covering current issues and opportunities for the promotional products industry, the Association and its more than 15,000 member companies. The presentation will include Association initiatives designed to deliver compelling member value as well as to protect and grow the industry. Pre-registration and a ticket are required to attend this session. The first 150 people who register will be provided a complimentary lunch. Tickets to attend (no meal provided) will be available for any attendee.

    Paul Bellantone, CAE

    President and Chief Executive Officer of the Promotional Products Association International

    Paul Bellantone is the president and CEO of PPAI, the not-for-profit association for more than 15,000 member companies of the $24.7 billion promotional products industry. Bellantone is committed to advancing the promotional products industry through visibility, viability and credibility. He is focused on delivering compelling member value and responsible for successfully executing the strategies and vision of the PPAI Board of Directors and advocating for the industry and its professional practitioners.

    Brittany David, MAS

    Vice President of Sales, PPAI Board Chair

    Brittany David, MAS, is the vice president of sales at SnugZ USA, a top 40 supplier. She is a 13-year veteran of the promotional products industry and has been with SnugZ for eight years. Previously, David worked at SAGE Quick Technologies Inc. after her career in the hospitality industry. She currently serves as the Chair of the PPAI Board of Directors and has volunteered on numerous PPAI committees and regional events. 


    Dale Denham

    CIO

    Dale Denham, MAS+, is the CIO for top 40 distributor Geiger and previously served as Senior Vice President of ASI. Recognized as the industry's top technologist, Dale has continued to deliver innovative, helpful products and solutions during his 20 years in the industry.

    Among the first 10 people certified as a Master Advertising Specialist+ by PPAI., Dale was also recognized by ASI Counselor Magazine as one of “40 under 40” and named one of Corporate Logo's Most Influential People in 2004.

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  • Expo 2019: Keynote Luncheon: What If…

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/14/2019

    As a Hall of Fame international keynote speaker, author, comedian, and world-class guitarist, Mike Rayburn is an inspirational thought leader. Drawing from his success as an entrepreneur, Mike uses world-class guitar and hilarious comedy to teach the three simple, powerful tools which took him from playing empty bars, to headlining Carnegie Hall (eight times!). They work for anyone. And everyone. Always.

    As a Hall of Fame international keynote speaker, author, comedian, and world-class guitarist, Mike Rayburn is an inspirational thought leader. Drawing from his success as an entrepreneur, Mike uses world-class guitar and hilarious comedy to teach the three simple, powerful tools which took him from playing empty bars, to headlining Carnegie Hall (eight times!). They work for anyone. And everyone. Always.

    Mike Rayburn

    Mike Rayburn’s personal, business and career mission is simple: Transform communities. Whether that community is a business audience, an association, enrollees in his “What If…?” keynote experience, impoverished people world wide, or the lost in his hometown of Las Vegas, Mike’s daily efforts and life work are dedicated to transforming communities. Mike does this most often with his “What If…?” keynote presentations and breakouts, where he uses world-class guitar and hilarious comedy to teach the three simple, powerful tools which took him from playing empty bars, to headlining Carnegie Hall (eight times!). They work for anyone. And everyone. Always. When organizations need innovation and peak performance, where do they go? Usually it’s to business leaders, authors, or famous sports figures. Rarely do they go to artists! Yet for artists, creativity, innovation and peak performance are their life blood! Being a mega-successful artist, as well as a savvy entrepreneur and business owner, Mike Rayburn is uniquely qualified to teach artistic principles in a business context, to give businesses and organizations the edge they so desperately need to innovate and perform at peak “virtuoso” levels… and thus transform their success and significance. The measure of any speaker is the results they produce. Mike is consistently cited as “the hit of the conference,” and “what we needed and didn’t even know it.” More importantly, businesses regularly attribute significant, sometimes exponential increases in sales, impact and morale to the application of Mike’s keynote tools and breakout session content. Mike Rayburn’s personal, business and career mission is simple: Transform communities. Whether that community is a business audience, an association, enrollees in his “What If…?” keynote experience, impoverished people world wide, or the lost in his hometown of Las Vegas, Mike’s daily efforts and life work are dedicated to transforming communities. Mike does this most often with his “What If…?” keynote presentations and breakouts, where he uses world-class guitar and hilarious comedy to teach the three simple, powerful tools which took him from playing empty bars, to headlining Carnegie Hall (eight times!). They work for anyone. And everyone. Always. When organizations need innovation and peak performance, where do they go? Usually it’s to business leaders, authors, or famous sports figures. Rarely do they go to artists! Yet for artists, creativity, innovation and peak performance are their life blood! Being a mega-successful artist, as well as a savvy entrepreneur and business owner, Mike Rayburn is uniquely qualified to teach artistic principles in a business context, to give businesses and organizations the edge they so desperately need to innovate and perform at peak “virtuoso” levels… and thus transform their success and significance. The measure of any speaker is the results they produce. Mike is consistently cited as “the hit of the conference,” and “what we needed and didn’t even know it.” More importantly, businesses regularly attribute significant, sometimes exponential increases in sales, impact and morale to the application of Mike’s keynote tools and breakout session content.

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  • Expo 2019: Introduction To The Strategic Foresight Playbook

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/14/2019

    Strategic foresight offers the promise of continued business growth in a world of uncertainty. Whether yours is a small shop looking to grow beyond your current set of customers or a larger organization faced with ever-increasing demands for growth, strategic foresight can help. Join Paul Bellantone, CAE, and Anne Stone for coffee and this thought-provoking session. They will provide an introduction to the Strategic Foresight Playbook and discuss the new playbook’s real-world applications. 

    Strategic foresight offers the promise of continued business growth in a world of uncertainty. Whether yours is a small shop looking to grow beyond your current set of customers or a larger organization faced with ever-increasing demands for growth, strategic foresight can help. Join Paul Bellantone, CAE, and Anne Stone for coffee and this thought-provoking session. They will provide an introduction to the Strategic Foresight Playbook and discuss the new playbook’s real-world applications. 

    Paul Bellantone, CAE

    President and Chief Executive Officer of the Promotional Products Association International

    Paul Bellantone is the president and CEO of PPAI, the not-for-profit association for more than 15,000 member companies of the $24.7 billion promotional products industry. Bellantone is committed to advancing the promotional products industry through visibility, viability and credibility. He is focused on delivering compelling member value and responsible for successfully executing the strategies and vision of the PPAI Board of Directors and advocating for the industry and its professional practitioners.

    Anne Stone

    Director of Public Affairs

    Anne Stone is the director of public affairs at PPAI, responsible for guiding PPAI's legislative and government relations efforts, which includes taking a contingent of PPAI members to Washington, D.C., to advocate directly to U.S. lawmakers on issues important to the promotional products industry. Stone also oversees the Association's product responsibility programs, including the development of industry best practices and the PPAI Product Safety Summit, a two-day education event focused specifically on product responsibility issues. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Advisory Council and the Product Responsibility Advisory Group.

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