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Tech Summit

The PPAI Technology Summit brings technology leaders from the promotional products industry together to tackle the challenges facing our field. It is designed for IT professionals, decision makers and executives responsible for their organization’s technology environment.

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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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    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.

  • 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: Tech Tips 30 in 30

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

    In this 30 minute session you’ll discover cool tools, tips, and best practices from your industry peers. We’ll poll attendees prior to the event to find the top 30 tips of the year to share with the group. This session will fly by to wrap up day 1.

    In this 30 minute session you’ll discover cool tools, tips, and best practices from your industry peers. We’ll poll attendees prior to the event to find the top 30 tips of the year to share with the group. This session will fly by to wrap up day 1.

    Dale Denham, MAS+

    Chief Information Officer

    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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  • 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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  • Tech Summit 2017: An Integrated Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    The industry is on the verge of an integration breakout; some may call it an arms race. We all hope that the future of the Promotional Products Industry is a utopian integrated industry where suppliers, distributors and service providers seamlessly exchange meaningful data. This panel focuses on where we are now, where we need to be and how we can get there. Join panelist: Eric Shonebarger, CIO Hit Promotional Products, Eric Natinsky CEO SAGE, Eric Alessi, CEO Essent, Dan Kroymann, Director Information Technology, Staples Promotional Products. Moderated by Jon Norris, VP of Operations, Starline.

    The industry is on the verge of an integration breakout; some may call it an arms race.  We all hope that the future of the Promotional Products Industry is a utopian integrated industry where suppliers, distributors and service providers seamlessly exchange meaningful data.  This panel focuses on where we are now, where we need to be and how we can get there.  Join panelist: Eric Shonebarger, CIO Hit Promotional Products, Eric Natinsky CEO SAGE, Eric Alessi, CEO Essent, Dan Kroymann, Director Information Technology, Staples Promotional Products. Moderated by Jon Norris, VP of Operations, Starline.

    Jon Norris (Moderator)

    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.

    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.

    Eric Alessi

    Essent Corporation, President & CEO

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

    Dan Krowmann

    Director of Global Technology

    Dan Kroymann is Director, Global Technology for Staples Promotional Products.

    Eric Shonebarger

    Chief Information Officer

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

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  • Tech Summit 2017: Lean Into Digital Disruption

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    Learn what big data is and how businesses are using it to improve sales, manufacturing and targeting the right customers. This session will introduce you to what big data is, how to obtain your business’s big data and what to do with it to gain better insights about your business.

    Join Frank Wiggins for this session on big data and how businesses are using it to improve sales, manufacturing and targeting the right customers.  This session will introduce you to what big data is, how to obtain your business’s big data and what to do with it to gain better insights about your business.

    Frank Wiggins

    Chief Information Officer

    Frank is Chief Information Officer at The Gem Group, the promotional product industry's premier supplier of bags, business accessories, drinkware, gifts and writing instruments. A member of the senior executive team, Frank is responsible for leveraging Information Technology resources in order to transform the organization and drive business value as the industry is disrupted by digital technologies. Prior to the Gem Group, Frank spent thirteen years in charge of developing and scaling the Information Technology discipline at The Boston Beer Company during the company’s rapid growth from $180 million to $750 million in revenue. Frank’s earlier career includes roles with Breakaway Solutions, M&M/Mars and Nabisco. Frank holds a Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science and Economics as well as an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers University.

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  • Tech Summit 2017: Privacy Matters: Legal Issues Affecting

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    This session will address often-overlooked legal issues related to privacy and personal information. Learn how your website’s privacy policy may jeopardize your business, discover how to comply with emerging laws covering personally identifiable information, and determine how to monitor employees without violating their rights.

    Mike Wilkos will address often-overlooked legal issues related to privacy and personal information. Learn how your website’s privacy policy may jeopardize your business, discover how to comply with emerging laws covering personally identifiable information, and determine how to monitor employees without violating their rights.

    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 2017: Building Successful Web Stores

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    If they aren’t already, web stores should be a part of your service offering. Fortunately, with the increasing amount of service providers in this space, building a web store for your client is easier than ever. But where should you start? How do you determine which platform is the best? How can you squeeze the most profit from a company store and what innovations are on the horizon? In this panel discussion, distributors, suppliers and platform providers come together to discuss these questions and more.

    If they aren’t already, web stores should be a part of your service offering. Fortunately, with the increasing amount of service providers in this space, building a web store for your client is easier than ever. But where should you start? How do you determine which platform is the best? How can you squeeze the most profit from a company store and what innovations are on the horizon? Eric Granata moderates a panel that tackles these questions and more.

    Eric Granata (Moderator)

    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 2017: Best Practices and Tech Tips

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered

    We'll explore the top tech tips of the year. Everyone will have an opportunity to submit a tip but only the top 30 will be presented. Anything can be submitted. Tell us about great utilities, new services, etc.

    Dale Denham, MAS+ will help us explore the top tech tips of the year. Everyone will have an opportunity to submit a tip but only the top 30 will be presented. Antyhing can be submitted. Tell us about great utilities, new services, etcf.

    Dale Denham, MAS+

    Chief Information Officer

    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.

    Paul Elfstrom

    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.

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  • Tech Summit 2017: Practical Security On A Budget

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    Join this session to learn practical steps you can take to improve security in your business without breaking the budget.

    Join Bob Willis in this session to learn practical steps you can take to improve security in your business without breaking the budget.

    Bob Wallis

    Vice President of IT

    Bob Wallis is VP IT for Edwards Garment, a highly-rated, Top 25 apparel and program services provider to the promotional products industry.  Bob is passionate about developing talent, improving processes, sharing knowledge, and solving problems.  In addition to IT leadership roles, he has held technical roles in IT infrastructure, security, and audit as well as working in global IT talent management.  He has worked with companies and customers in small business, education, medium enterprise, and the Fortune 500.

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  • Tech Summit 2017: Managing Remote Employees and Contractors

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    Allowing your people to work remotely, either full-time or part-time, can be a valuable perk for them which enhances their job satisfaction. Managing remote workers requires different techniques than you use with your staff in the office. During this session, we will hear from a panel of your peers who have figured out how to get the most out of their remote staff. Learn what to do, and what not to do when managing remote workers.

    Allowing your people to work remotely, either full-time or part-time, can be a valuable perk for them which enhances their job satisfaction.  Managing remote workers requires different techniques than you use with your staff in the office.  During this session, we will hear from a panel of your peers who have figured out how to get the most out of their remote staff.  Learn what to do from Mike Knapick, Eric Shonebarger, Rebekah Ellis, and Eric Alessi on what not to do when managing remote workers.

    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 Shonebarger

    Chief Information Officer

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

    Rebekah Ellis

    Sr. IT Manager

    Rebekah Ellis has been the Senior IT Manager at SanMar since 2014.

    Eric Alessi

    Essent Corporation, President & CEO

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

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  • Tech Summit 2017: Supercharge The Data You're Providing Distributors Through SAGE

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    As the most popular provider of information to the industry and PPAI’s technology partner, SAGE is already providing a lot of information about your company and products to distributors and end buyers. But through a direct integration using the SAGE Supplier Integration Toolkit, suppliers can provide additional valuable data to distributors and their clients, including inventory levels, order status, product data, and more. During this session, you’ll learn why providing this data will help your business and the ins and outs of how to get started.

    As the most popular provider of information to the industry and PPAI’s technology partner, SAGE is already providing a lot of information about your company and products to distributors and end buyers.  But through a direct integration using the SAGE Supplier Integration Toolkit, suppliers can provide additional valuable data to distributors and their clients, including inventory levels, order status, product data, and more.  During this session with Eric Natinsky, you’ll learn why providing this data will help your business and the ins and outs of how to get started.

    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 2017: Cloud Deployments

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    This panel discussion will feature persons from both distributor & supplier companies, large & small, who have implemented a variety of cloud-based solutions including email, ERP, backup/disaster recovery and other cloud-based solutions. Hear about the benefits, costs, and pitfalls of moving an application to the cloud.

    This panel discussion will feature persons from both distributor & supplier companies, large & small, who have implemented a variety of cloud-based solutions including email, ERP, backup/disaster recovery and other cloud-based solutions.  Hear from Dino Bangiorn and the panel about the benefits, costs, and pitfalls of moving an application to the cloud.

    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.

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  • Tech Summit 2017: PromoStandards - Product Data

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    Join the founders of PromoStandards discuss and walk through in depth the three PromoStandards services that enable the most comprehensive set of product data standards in the industry. PromoStandards is an industry group that collaborate to create industry-leading open standards that enable industry participants to improve customer experience, reduce transactional friction, and effectively execute their digital strategy.

    Join Jon Norris, one of the founders of PromoStandards discuss and walk through in depth the three PromoStandards services that enable the most comprehensive set of product data standards in the industry. PromoStandards is an industry group that collaborate to create industry-leading open standards that enable industry participants to improve customer experience, reduce transactional friction, and effectively execute their digital strategy.

    Jon Norris

    Vice President

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

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  • Tech Summit 2017: Building Rock Stars - Practical Advice to Develop Talent

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    It’s often said that people are the most important asset in any organization. Helping employees develop can increase employee engagement and retention and build valuable skills within your organization. Do you have a development plan in place for your employees or is it on the to-do list right after you finish the DRP? Do you frequently discuss and execute on the plan or is it shelf-ware that gets revisited at the annual review and seems to look the same every year? Is the content specific and actionable? For many managers, the desire to develop talent is there but the execution needs support. Join this session to get practical tips to help you develop rock star talent.

    It’s often said that people are the most important asset in any organization.  Helping employees develop can increase employee engagement and retention and build valuable skills within your organization.  Do you have a development plan in place for your employees or is it on the to-do list right after you finish the DRP?  Do you frequently discuss and execute on the plan or is it shelf-ware that gets revisited at the annual review and seems to look the same every year?  Is the content specific and actionable?  For many managers, the desire to develop talent is there but the execution needs support.  Join Bob Wallis in this session to get practical tips to help you develop rock star talent.

    Bob Wallis

    Vice President of IT

    Bob Wallis is VP IT for Edwards Garment, a highly-rated, Top 25 apparel and program services provider to the promotional products industry.  Bob is passionate about developing talent, improving processes, sharing knowledge, and solving problems.  In addition to IT leadership roles, he has held technical roles in IT infrastructure, security, and audit as well as working in global IT talent management.  He has worked with companies and customers in small business, education, medium enterprise, and the Fortune 500.

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  • Tech Summit 2017: Hands On - Five Security Tools That Kick Butt

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    Join this session to learn about 5 tools that should be in your bag, why they’re awesome, and when to use them.

    Join Dana Morrow in this session to learn about 5 tools that should be in your bag, why they’re awesome, and when to use them.

    Dana Morrow

    Manager

    Dana joined the Digital Defense team in May 2007.  He manages a team of analysts conducting various security assessments, i.e., penetration testing, wireless security testing, physical security reviews, social engineering and enterprise security assessments.  Before that, he worked for Texas Health and Human Services and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Dana retired from the U.S. Air Force after honorably serving for 20 years. He previously served as the Communications Director for the Alamo Chapter ISSA board. Dana has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal regarding social engineering. He volunteers time speaking and teaching at local universities, and industry security conferences."

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  • Tech Summit 2017: Creating A Technology Road Map

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    As leaders, we are frequently challenged to balance our tactical responsibilities with our strategic ones. Our days get swallowed up in a never-ending cycle of reacting to the immediate problems and short term needs of our business. If we can make time to do strategic work, what should we do with that time? Building a Technology Strategy Roadmap enables you to have strategic conversations with your business partners about what their plans are and enables you to determine how technology will support them for the next 3-5 years. During this session, we’ll go through the most common steps IT leaders take to engage with their business partners to define and document a Technology Strategy Roadmap.

    As leaders, we are frequently challenged to balance our tactical responsibilities with our strategic ones.  Our days get swallowed up in a never-ending cycle of reacting to the immediate problems and short term needs of our business.  If we can make time to do strategic work, what should we do with that time? Building a Technology Strategy Roadmap enables you to have strategic conversations with your business partners about what their plans are and enables you to determine how technology will support them for the next 3-5 years.  During this session, go through the most common steps IT leaders take to engage with their business partners to define and document a Technology Strategy Roadmap.

    Frank Kania

    Manager

    Frank is a Manager within the Technology Infrastructure Advisory Team. He is a highly experienced information technology (IT) Consultant with 24 years working in the IT Industry. Frank has extensive knowledge in the design and deployment of systems and network architectures to support both Web and traditionally based business applications and services. He has a proven track record acquired through continual client engagement and delivery of leading edge infrastructures, all of which have delivered positive results for end-clients, including IT cost reduction, expansion of service capability and increased revenues Prior to joining RSM, Frank was a principle solutions architect and chief technical officer where he served government and defense, agriculture, financial services, health, manufacturing and service sector clients. Frank has worked in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim, helping clients embrace best practices in operations, security, and IT infrastructure.

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  • Tech Summit 2017: Tech Debate

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    Join Dale Denham, MAS+ and Jon Norris for this tech debate. With so many technologies available to IT professional, we often rely on what we know best. Relying on only what you know, or are comfortable with, can lead to missing out on tools and techniques that others are capitalizing on. Our panelists will take sides and debate several technology topics giving you a chance to see multiple sides of each technology. Topics will range from very technical topics such as Linux vs Microsoft and Java vs .NET, to broader topics such as how IOT might affect our industry and the future of self-driving cars. The audience will join in and add their voices to the debate along with asking their own questions. Like all good debates, we will limit answers and give equal time to respond. You’ll leave this session with a lot of information to help you think differently and better plan for your organizations IT future.

    Join Dale Denham, MAS+ and Jon Norris for this tech debate. With so many technologies available to IT professional, we often rely on what we know best. Relying on only what you know, or are comfortable with, can lead to missing out on tools and techniques that others are capitalizing on. Our panelists will take sides and debate several technology topics giving you a chance to see multiple sides of each technology. Topics will range from very technical topics such as Linux vs Microsoft and Java vs .NET, to broader topics such as how IOT might affect our industry and the future of self-driving cars. The audience will join in and add their voices to the debate along with asking their own questions. Like all good debates, we will limit answers and give equal time to respond. You’ll leave this session with a lot of information to help you think differently and better plan for your organizations IT future.

    Dale Denham, MAS+ (Moderator)

    Chief Information Officer

    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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  • Tech Summit 2016: Big Data

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 09/01/2016

    What exactly is “Big Data” and what distinguishes it from Data Warehousing and other things that have been going on for years? Example use cases relevant to the Promotional Products Industry will be presented along with a survey of some of the products currently available in this space.

    Join Sherry Yazdi for this session on big data. What exactly is “Big Data" and what distinguishes it from Data Warehousing and other things that have been going on for years? Example use cases relevant to the Promotional Products Industry will be presented along with a survey of some of the products currently available in this space.

    Sherry Yazdi

    Global Manager

    Sherry Yazdi has been with IBM since 1984. She has held many job titles including systems engineering, sales rep, sales performance executive, and the Global Manager with IBM Analytics.

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    Sherry Yazdi and Kanal Jain, IBM

  • Tech Summit 2016: Cybersecurity-Protect Your Enterprise

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/31/2016

    Promotional products companies care too little about security and provide very limited budgets to address security and disaster recovery.

    Join Anne Marie Chun and Gus Anagnos for this session on cybersecurity. Promotional products companies care too little about security and provide very limited budgets to address security and disaster recovery.

    Gus Anagnos

    VP of Strategy and Business Operations

    Mr. Gus Anagnos has been Vice President of Strategy and Business Operations at Synack, Inc. since July 23, 2014. Mr. Anagnos is driving the overall business strategy and working closely with customers to provide a thorough understanding of the current security landscape and offer new ideas, tools and services to ensure customers are aware of the latest threats and how to best protect against them. He has over 18 years of invaluable experience working in information security and enterprise risk. He joined an executive team of former Senior National Security Agency analysts focused on addressing the evolving security needs of the enterprise. Mr. Anagnos served as Director of Information Risk and Security at PayPal and ebay. As the developer and leader of the PayPal Bug Bounty Program, he built on his experience developing, implementing and leading global corporate programs, including Bug Bounty, Information Security, Enterprise Risk, Enterprise Resiliency and Crisis Management programs.

    Anne-Marie Chun

    Sr. Product Marketing Manager

    Anne-Marie is a market hacker focused on Synack strategy, positioning, and GTM for new growth markets, including Synack Government and Business Executives.

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    Anne Marie Chun and Gus Anagnos

  • Tech Summit 2016: Electronic Standards And How They Will Change The Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/31/2016

    What does the future of electronic communication mean to the promotional products industry and how will we get there? In this session, you will see a clear road map for electronic communication in the industry and leave with a plan to utilize to help your company become significantly more efficient.

    Join this session with panelists Ajay Kaul, Eric Alessi, Eric Shonebarger, Irwin Goldstein on electronic standards. What does the future of electronic communication mean to the promotional products industry and how will we get there? In this session, you will see a clear road map for electronic communication in the industry and leave with a plan to utilize to help your company become significantly more efficient.

    Ajay Kaul

    Application Support Manager

    As a seasoned Product Manager, Ajay Kaul, has had proven success managing entire product line lifecycle and delivering a variety of time-critical solutions including Integration solutions, E-commerce solutions, Microsoft ecosystem marketing launches, and a mobile network construction solution. Experience managing onshore and offshore software development and support teams. Substantial Business Analyst experience includes building requirements specifications from user needs, creating functional and testing specifications.

    Eric Alessi

    Essent Corporation, President & CEO

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

    Eric Shonebarger

    Chief Information Officer

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

    Irwin Goldstein

    Director of Application Development

    Irwin Goldstein has been the Director of Application Development at HALO Branded Solutions since 2005.

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    · Moderator: Dale Denham, MAS+ (Geiger)

    · Panelists: Ajay Kaul (San Mar)
    · Eric Alessi (Essent Corporation)
    · Eric Shonebarger (HIT Promotional Products)
    · Irwin Goldstein (HALO Branded Solutions)


  • Tech Summit 2016: ERPs in the Promotional Products Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/31/2016

    This panel discussion will feature ERP team members from both distributors and suppliers who have implemented a variety of solutions including custom built in-house, open source, commercial, on premises, hosted, cloud-based and industry specific. Issues such as initial customization and implementation, on-going development, integration and support will be discussed.

    Join this session with panelists Daniel Becker, David Jackson, Patrick Elliott, Tim Nale for a discussion on ERPs. Team members from both distributors and suppliers have implemented a variety of solutions including custom built in-house, open source, commercial, on premises, hosted, cloud-based and industry specific. Issues such as initial customization and implementation, on-going development, integration and support will be discussed.

    Daniel Becker

    VP of Technology

    Daniel has been with Kotis Design since 2002 as the VP of Technology.

    David Jackson

    Director of IT

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

    Patrick Elliott

    Director of IT

    Patrick has been at Snugz USA since 2004 as the Director of IT.

    Tim Nale

    North American Director of IT

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

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    Panel Speakers:

    · Moderator: Jon Norris (Starline)
    · Panelists: Daniel Becker (Kotis Design)
    · David Jackson (Sweda)
    · Patrick Elliott (SnugZUSA)
    · Tim Nale (BIC Graphic North America)

  • Tech Summit 2016: Hands on Promostandards Web Services For Suppliers

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/31/2016

    Live demonstration of building a web service by a supplier using PromoStandards. Highly interactive session. At the end of the session, it will be demonstrated how once built for one distributor, and now the supplier is integrated with other distributors.

    Live demonstration of building a web service by a supplier using PromoStandards. Highly interactive session with Eric Alessi and Paul Fleischman. At the end of the session, it will be demonstrated how it was once built for one distributor, and now the supplier is integrated with other distributors.

    Eric Alessi

    Essent Corporation, President & CEO

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

    Paul Fleischman

    Technical Lead

    Paul Fleischman is the Technical Lead at Polyconcept North America.

    Stephen Luisser

    VP of Research

    Stephen Luisser has been the Vice President at Essent Corporation since 1993.

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    · Eric Alessi (Essent Corporation)

    · Paul Fleischman (Polyconcept)

  • Tech Summit 2016: Integrating With SAGE

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/31/2016

    Learn how to implement real-time data exchange between suppliers and distributors through SAGE. Suppliers will see how to feed product information, live inventory, and order status to all distributors in the industry to improve efficiency, reduce customer service calls, and sell more product. Distributors will learn about how to consume this data using a live data stream to power their websites and other internal applications.

    Join Eric Natinsky for this session integrating with SAGE. Learn how to implement real-time data exchange between suppliers and distributors through SAGE. Suppliers will see how to feed product information, live inventory, and order status to all distributors in the industry to improve efficiency, reduce customer service calls, and sell more product. Distributors will learn about how to consume this data using a live data stream to power their websites and other internal applications.

    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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    Eric Natinsky, SAGE

  • Tech Summit 2016: Moving to 365

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/31/2016

    Office 365 is becoming more popular both for the productivity suite as well as email hosting. Using Microsoft to host your email is becoming more popular as the prices dropped and time is at a premium. We’ll explore how industry people justified the decision to move to hosted email and what they would do differently. We’ll also learn from those who have made the switch to the full Office 365 suite.

    Join as panelists Doug Andreasen, Crystal Hafford, Chris Schlemmer discuss Office 365. It is becoming more popular both for the productivity suite as well as email hosting. Using Microsoft to host your email is becoming more popular as the prices dropped and time is at a premium. We'll explore how industry people justified the decision to move to hosted email and what they would do differently. We'll also learn from those who have made the switch to the full Office 365 suite.

    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).

    Crystal Hafford

    IT Manager

    Crystal has been the IT Department Manager for Prime Line since 2005.

    Chris Schlemmer

    VP of Technology

    Chris Schlemmer is the Vice President of Technology at DistributorCentral LLC.

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    · Moderator: Dale Denham, MAS+ (Geiger)
    · Panelists: Doug Andreasen (PPAI)
    · Crystal Hafford (Prime Resources Corp.)
    · Chris Schlemmer (DistributorCentral LLC)
  • Tech Summit 2016:Project Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/31/2016

    From the minute the project begins, the project begins to change and disasters await. In this session, we will describe what really happens in the project management world.

    Join Joel Bancroft-Connors for this session on project management. From the minute the project begins, the project begins to change and disasters await. In this session, we will describe what really happens in the project management world.

    Joel Bancroft-Connors

    Former Agile Coach

    Joel Bancroft-Connors has been the Principle Program Manager for EMC, Enterprise Agile Coach for LeadingAgile, and the Principle Agile Goach for AOL.

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    Joel Bancroft-Connors (AOL)
  • Tech Summit 2016: Role Of Mobile In Promotional Products

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/31/2016

    The conventional wisdom is to create a “mobile-friendly” website. But how exactly do promotional-products consumers browse and interact on mobile? Does anyone in the industry have a successful app? How should you design for mobile? During this session, our panelists will answer these questions and share success stories, traffic statistics, and predictions about the future of mobile.

    Join this session as panelists Jason Nokes, Jim Franklyn, Rebekah Ellis discuss the role of mobile. The conventional wisdom is to create a “mobile-friendly" website. But how exactly do promotional-products consumers browse and interact on mobile? Does anyone in the industry have a successful app? How should you design for mobile? During this session, our panelists will answer these questions and share success stories, traffic statistics, and predictions about the future of mobile.

    Jason Nokes

    President

    Jason Nokes has been the President at DistributorCentral LLC since 2012.

    Jim Franklin

    VP of Sales

    Jim Franklin has been the VP of Sales at Inkhead Promotional Products since 2009.

    Rebekah Ellis

    Sr. IT Manager

    Rebekah Ellis has been the Senior IT Manager at SanMar since 2014.

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    · Moderator: Mike Knapick, SanMar

    · Panelists: Jason Nokes, DistributorCentral, LLC

    · Jim Franklyn, InkHead, Inc.

    · Rebekah Ellis, SanMar

  • Tech Summit 2016: What’s Working With Search Engine Optimization

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/31/2016

    What’s working with Search Engine Optimization?

    Join Jason McDonald for this session on what's working with Search Engine Optimization?

    Jason McDonald

    Tech Summit Speaker

    Jason McDonald was a PPAI Tech Summit speaker in 2016.

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    Jason McDonald

  • Tech Summit 2016: Technology Tips

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/31/2016

    With so many different technology products available, which ones should you use? In this session, participants will learn a key technology tips.

    Join Dale Denham, MAS+ for this session on technology tips. With so many different technology products available, which ones should you use? In this session, participants will learn a key technology tips.

    Dale Denham, MAS+

    Chief Information Officer

    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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  • Tech Summit 2015: How Promo People Are Moving to the Cloud

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    Moderated by Catherine Graham, Sam Hornstein will explain Netsuite, Jason Nokes will talk about Amazon, and Garret Ausfeldt to discuss move away from AZ to Azure.

    Moderated by Catherine Graham, Sam Hornstein will explain Netsuite, Jason Nokes will talk about Amazon, and Garret Ausfeldt to discuss move away from AZ to Azure.

    Sam Hornstein

    Tech summit speaker

    Speaker: Sam Hornstein

    Jason Nokes

    President

    Jason Nokes has been the President at DistributorCentral LLC since 2012.

    Garet Ausfeldt

    Tech summit speaker

    Garet Ausfeldt

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    1 Point

  • Tech Summit 2015: Agile Development

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    This session will explain why did Fedex start using agile development. It will also discuss where they are and how it relates to the promotional products side of the business.

    Join Xuan Liu for this session on why Fedex started using agile development. It will also discuss where they are and how it relates to the promotional products side of the business.

    Xuan Liu

    Speaker

    Speaker: Xuan Liu

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    1 Point

  • Tech Summit 2015: Design First Development

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    Design is about collaboration and learning to fail early. This session will explain the process and some tips that have been learned along the way.

    Join Joshua Grippo for this session on why design is about collaboration and learning to fail early. This session will explain the process and some tips that have been learned along the way.

    Joshua Grippo

    Tech summit speaker

    Speaker: Joshua Grippo

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    1 Point

  • Tech Summit 2015: Industry Integrations

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    This session is moderated by Jon Norris. This webinar will demonstrate the success with inventory from 2014 presentations including order status discussions. Eric Alessi will discuss EPSA order status, Irwin Goldstein will discuss Email order status, and Eric Shoneberger will explain web service order status including order entry and product data with Dale Denham.

    This session is moderated by Jon Norris. This webinar will demonstrate the success with inventory from 2014 presentations including order status discussions. Eric Alessi will discuss EPSA order status, Irwin Goldstein will discuss Email order status, and Eric Shoneberger will explain web service order status including order entry and product data with Dale Denham.

    Eric Alessi

    Tech summit speaker

    Eric Alessi

    Irwin Goldstein

    Director of Application Development

    Irwin Goldstein has been the Director of Application Development at HALO Branded Solutions since 2005.

    Eric Shonebarger

    Chief Information Officer

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

    Dale Denham, MAS+

    Chief Information Officer

    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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    1 Point

  • Tech Summit 2015: KickA$$ Software Development

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    KickA$$ Software Development

    Join Sven Peters for this session on kickA$ software development.

    Sven Peters

    Tech summit speaker

    Sven Peters

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    1 Point