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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 Web2Paint

    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

    As a member of the executive team responsible for overall day-to-day operational performance of industry-leading technology firm, DistributorCentral, LLC, I provide leadership and strategic support to our software development, sales, marketing and customer support teams and serve as key technical contact for many of our enterprise-level customers and partners. Innovation and collaboration are two of our basic tenets at DistributorCentral, and the ones that allow us to help our clients focus on their key strengths in order to drive revenue growth.

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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: Creating Value In A Transnational 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

    As a member of the executive team responsible for overall day-to-day operational performance of industry-leading technology firm, DistributorCentral, LLC, I provide leadership and strategic support to our software development, sales, marketing and customer support teams and serve as key technical contact for many of our enterprise-level customers and partners. Innovation and collaboration are two of our basic tenets at DistributorCentral, and the ones that allow us to help our clients focus on their key strengths in order to drive revenue growth.

    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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  • NALC 2018: Culture Is More Than A Ping Pong Table

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

    The buzz around great corporate culture is more acute than ever, yet it remains elusive for some. So how is it achieved? It’s not as simple as putting ping pong tables in the lunchroom, providing bean bag chairs, and supplying your staff with free snacks. Great culture stems from leadership—plain and simple. Beliefs and values are the core of your company and enforcing them is key. Chris Sinclair will share his leadership experiences and the importance of transparency, which has allowed him and his business partner to grow Brand Blvd, a successful company with an award winning culture.

    The buzz around great corporate culture is more acute than ever, yet it remains elusive for some. So how is it achieved? It’s not as simple as putting ping pong tables in the lunchroom, providing bean bag chairs, and supplying your staff with free snacks. Great culture stems from leadership—plain and simple. Beliefs and values are the core of your company and enforcing them is key. Chris Sinclair will share his leadership experiences and the importance of transparency, which has allowed him and his business partner to grow Brand Blvd, a successful company with an award winning culture.

    Chris Sinclair

    Vice President

    Chris Sinclair has spent 13 years working in the promotional products industry. In 2007 he opened the doors to Brand Blvd alongside his business partner, Shaun Lichtenberger. This company’s unique culture permeates through everything they do. Their team of 25 and counting works with clients to help build their brands.


    After making the move to the Niagara region, Chris completed marketing degree at Niagara College. He is a member of the Entrepreneurs Organization, co-founder of Niagara Business Group, and sits on several local charity committees.

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  • NALC 2018: Catch, Keep & Capture: The Simple Formula Brilliant Brands Use To Turn Attention Into Retention

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/13/2018

    Our customers, clients, prospects and leads have no time to read our emails or watch our videos. They tell us our target audience has got the attention span of a goldfish—nine seconds. So how is it that those same customers can binge-watch 18 hours of Game of Thrones in one weekend? It turns out, some of the most successful businesses in the world have not just captured but retained their audience's attention, for more than just a few seconds. And they do it by following a simple formula designed to keep their audience chasing answers. In this gripping 45-minute keynote presentation, former television producer and best-selling author Andrew Davis will teach the elegantly simple formula for retaining your audience's interest.

    Our customers, clients, prospects and leads have no time to read our emails or watch our videos. They tell us our target audience has got the attention span of a goldfish—nine seconds. So how is it that those same customers can binge-watch 18 hours of Game of Thrones in one weekend? It turns out, some of the most successful businesses in the world have not just captured but retained their audience's attention, for more than just a few seconds. And they do it by following a simple formula designed to keep their audience chasing answers. In this gripping 45-minute keynote presentation, former television producer and best-selling author Andrew Davis will teach the elegantly simple formula for retaining your audience's interest.

    Andrew Davis

    Andrew Davis is a bestselling author & keynote speaker. He's built and sold a digital marketing agency, produced for NBC and worked for The Muppets. Today, Andrew Davis teaches business leaders how to grow their businesses, transform their cities, and leave their legacy.

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    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • NALC 2018: Pink Goldfish Strategy

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/13/2018

    True differentiation in business is rare. We are now living in an age of equivalency. Business leaders need to find ways to stand out. This keynote will cover the seven principles of the F.L.A.W.S.O.M. strategy in order to defy the ordinary, exploit imperfection and captivate your customers. Attendees will learn actionable ways to achieve competitive separation in the marketplace.

    True differentiation in business is rare. We are now living in an age of equivalency. Business leaders need to find ways to stand out. This keynote will cover the seven principles of the F.L.A.W.S.O.M. strategy in order to defy the ordinary, exploit imperfection and captivate your customers. Attendees will learn actionable ways to achieve competitive separation in the marketplace.

    Stan Phelps

    Keynote Speaker and Workshop Facilitator

    Stan Phelps, JD/MBA is the founder of 9 INCH, a consultancy that helps clients win customers that are up to four times as valuable as those acquired through traditional marketing. His 20-year marketing background includes leadership roles with adidas, International Management Group, the PGA of America and Synergy Events. Stan has created award-winning campaigns and larger than life events. Those programs, although successful, weren't scalable or sustainable. He now focuses on how brands can create meaningful differentiation and advocacy. Helping brands get closer to the hearts of their customers and employees.

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    1 Point

    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • NALC 2018: Automation & AI: How To Leverage Technology To Create A More Profitable Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/13/2018

    In this session we will uncover opportunities where technology can replace expensive human touch, enabling people to add more value. By laying out touchpoints across the supply chain we will highlight opportunities for introducing tools such as automation and AI.

    In this session we will uncover opportunities where technology can replace expensive human touch, enabling people to add more value. By laying out touchpoints across the supply chain we will highlight opportunities for introducing tools such as automation and AI.

    Catherine Graham

    CEO

    Catherine Graham is the CEO of commonsku and the President of RIGHTSLEEVE. Commonsku is a cloud-based CRM, order management and supply chain collaboration platform for the promotional products industry. RIGHTSLEEVE is a promotional products agency and has been the recipient of numerous industry awards including ASI Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year, PPAI Web Award and Counselor's Best Places to Work. Catherine has previously been named as a PPB's Best Boss and ASI Rising Star.

    Prior to RIGHTSLEEVE and commonsku, Catherine worked for TD Bank, eBay and A.T. Kearney and obtained an MBA. Outside of work, Catherine is a mother to 3 children ranging in age from 9 to 4 years old. She has a passion for learning and is an avid sports enthusiast playing ice hockey, squash and running.

    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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    1 Point

    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • NALC 2018: Pink Goldfish Implementation

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/13/2018

    This breakout session will examine the 4A’s of the implementation process. Attendees will learn how to effectively market their products/services and create signature customer experiences. This breakout session will use both assessments and exercises to help attendees apply the principles.

    This breakout session will examine the 4A’s of the implementation process. Attendees will learn how to effectively market their products/services and create signature customer experiences. This breakout session will use both assessments and exercises to help attendees apply the principles.

    Stan Phelps

    Keynote Speaker and Workshop Facilitator

    Stan Phelps, JD/MBA is the founder of 9 INCH, a consultancy that helps clients win customers that are up to four times as valuable as those acquired through traditional marketing. His 20-year marketing background includes leadership roles with adidas, International Management Group, the PGA of America and Synergy Events. Stan has created award-winning campaigns and larger than life events. Those programs, although successful, weren't scalable or sustainable. He now focuses on how brands can create meaningful differentiation and advocacy. Helping brands get closer to the hearts of their customers and employees.

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    1 Point

    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • SPARK 2018: Change Is The Only Constant

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered Recorded On: 08/10/2018

    Change is all around us – we are changing all the time. We change our minds. Our circumstances change. The people and world around us change. Everyone has a different threshold for change. So, when change happens, what is your response? Join Julie Kwan as she presents an approach to help you stay fully present in times of change and to take ownership of your part in that change.

    Change is all around us – we are changing all the time. We change our minds. Our circumstances change. The people and world around us change. Everyone has a different threshold for change. So, when change happens, what is your response? Join Julie Kwan as she presents an approach to help you stay fully present in times of change and to take ownership of your part in that change.

    Julie Kwan

    Diversity and Learning Engagement Manager

    Julie is the manager of diversity and learning engagement at PPAI. She has over 10 years of experience in learning and development as a program manager, instructional designer, training facilitator, and webinar producer. Julie earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University and her Master of Science in Instructional & Performance Technology from Boise State University. Through her academic work, Julie published a case study in the textbook Cases on Human Performance Improvement Technologies, as well as two articles for ISPI’s online publication PerformanceXpress.

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  • SPARK 2018: Be The Culture Change You Wish To See

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered Recorded On: 08/08/2018

    In this short session, Jessica Gibbons-Rauch, CAS will explain through case studies how to help push the industry through company culture change for the next generation.

    In this short session following the PPAI SPARK 2018 Conference, Jessica Gibbons-Rauch, CAS will explain through case studies how to help push the industry through company culture change for the next generation.

    Jessica Gibbons-Rauch, CAS

    Director of Program Development

    Jessica has been in the industry for over 11 years at a few different distributors always looking for the right fit. She fell into this industry after graduating with a degree in sales and spending a year selling office equipment. After years of being in various sales roles she had the opportunity to create a new department at Club Colors where she can own the brand and affect change with the clients and company. Currently, she is the Director of Program Development at Club Colors and focuses on marketing, merchandising, graphics and vendor relations. 

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    0.5 Points

  • WLC 2018: How to Stay Positive and Focused in Uncertain Times

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    The ability to stay positive and productive in the face of change, challenges and uncertain times is essential for career success. In this session, learn the necessary steps to cope with workplace situations that are beyond your control. Discover how to communicate concerns in a way that will get the results you desire but most importantly, learn how to stay motivated, respond to workplace challenges and rekindle passion for your career.

    The ability to stay positive and productive in the face of change, challenges and uncertain times is essential for career success. In this session, learn the necessary steps to cope with workplace situations that are beyond your control. Join Sarita Maybin for this session and discover how to communicate concerns in a way that will get the results you desire but most importantly, learn how to stay motivated, respond to workplace challenges and rekindle passion for your career.

    Sarita Maybin

    International Speaker, Communication Exert and Author

    Maybin is an international speaker, communication expert and author whose audiences have fun learning how to stay positive, constructively confront tough communication situations and work together better.  During her 20-year speaking career, Sarita has spoken in ALL 50 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Jamaica, Canada, England, Asia, Iceland…and on the prestigious TEDx stage.  Sarita is a former university Dean of Students with a Master’s degree in Counseling, a Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest winner and a Past President of the National Speakers Association, San Diego chapter.  She has also been interviewed by the media about her book "If You Can't Say Something Nice, What DO You  Say?"

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  • WLC 2018: Channeling Your Grit For Greatness

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    If you could do anything during your lifetime, what would it be? What actions are you taking today to get you there? Many of us imagine a list of goals we want to achieve, but sometimes they don’t get put into motion. Jess says there are two things that stand between us and our lifetime bucket list: the courage to try and the belief that we can.

    If you could do anything during your lifetime, what would it be? What actions are you taking today to get you there? Many of us imagine a list of goals we want to achieve, but sometimes they don’t get put into motion. Jess says there are two things that stand between us and our lifetime bucket list: the courage to try and the belief that we can. In this inspiring keynote, Jess Ekstrom challenges you to build your bucket list with a personal plan and timeline for making it happen. She captivates the audience by incorporating personal stories from when she was young and auditioned for the show All That, to when she went to college and started a million-dollar business from her dorm room. Jess explains in detail how to move forward with our passions, even when we have moments of uncertainty or are afraid to fail. An honest, humorous and inspiring tale of taking a leap, going for it and learning that failures are not opposite of success, they’re part of success!

    Jess Ekstrom

    CEO

    Jess is the founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company she started as a junior in college in 2012. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer. The company has been featured on the TODAY Show, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Good Morning America and more. But more importantly, they've donated over 200,000 headbands to every children's hospital in the United States and 15 countries. Jess is also a professional speaker, author, and writer for Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post.

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