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  • Tech Summit 2019

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    The PPAI Tech Summit delves into the most relevant, top-of-mind technology issues, challenges and ideas impacting the promotional products industry. It is designed for IT professionals, decision makers and executives responsible for their organization’s technology environment. Running August 15-16, Tech Summit will be held immediately following the North American Leadership Conference (NALC), which ends August 14. Tech summit begins on the evening of the 14th with a Welcome Event.

    The PPAI Tech Summit delves into the most relevant, top-of-mind technology issues, challenges and ideas impacting the promotional products industry. It is designed for IT professionals, decision makers and executives responsible for their organization’s technology environment. Running August 15-16, 2019 Tech Summit will be held immediately following the North American Leadership Conference (NALC), which ends August 14. Tech summit begins on the evening of the 14th with a Welcome Event. For more information beyond registration, please check out our event site.

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  • Technology And The Future Of Our Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 02/13/2019 at 1:00 PM (CST)

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

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

    David Shultz

    Vice President of Supplier Partnerships

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

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  • Become A Tradeshow Superhero With SAGE Mobile

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.5 credits offered Recorded On: 01/09/2019

    The key to the ultimate tradeshow experience is in your very own hands! Join Ryan Hanchey, CAS to discover how SAGE Mobile, the PPAI Expo’s official show planner, can help you get more out of the industry’s largest tradeshow.

    The key to the ultimate tradeshow experience is in your very own hands! Discover how SAGE Mobile, the PPAI Expo’s official show planner, can help you get more out of the industry’s largest tradeshow. See the newly added features, like the discussion group area where you can connect with other PPAI Expo attendees throughout the show. You’ll also see how to add a preference group of your favorite suppliers to your show walk list and easily search for products from exhibitors that are at the show.

    Ryan Hanchey

    Sr. Sales Manager - Distributor Sales

    Ryan Hanchey joined SAGE in 2010 after selling technology services for a firm in Dallas, Texas. Hanchey was named a 2016 Rising Star by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). He has a bachelor’s degree in emergency management from the University of North Texas. When Hanchey is away from the office, you can find him spending time with his wife, Grace, and their son, Theo, or working on restoring his dad’s 1975 Ford Bronco.

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  • Try Instagram For Your Next Promo Marketing Campaign!

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 09/12/2018

    Join Jace Vernon for this session on how to add Instagram into your promo products marketing campaigns! Get more views into your new products launches, give a personalized view into your company culture and increase visibility with the new buying market. This session will give an overview of some ways to utilize Instagram and how to calculate the ROI of the campaign.

    Join Jace Vernon for this session on how to add Instagram into your promo products marketing campaigns! Get more views into your new products launches, give a personalized view into your company culture and increase visibility with the new buying market. This session will give an overview of some ways to utilize Instagram and how to calculate the ROI of the campaign. 

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Are You GDPR Ready?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 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 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 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: Proving The Power of PromoStandards

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

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

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

    Dino Bangiorn (Moderator)

    Application Development Team Lead

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

    Amy Rabideau, MAS

    Director of Purchasing at Summit Group

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

    David Gallant

    Chief Information Officer at The Gem Group (Gemline)

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

    David Shultz

    Vice President of Supplier Partnerships

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

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Building a Technology Roadmap

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

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

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

    David Jackson

    Director of IT

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

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 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: Tech Tips 30 in 30

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

    In this 30 minute session with Dale Denham, MAS+ 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.

    In this 30 minute session with Dale Denham, MAS+ 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 and Senior Vice President

    Dale Denham, MAS+, is the CIO and senior vice president 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: The State of PromoStandards: The Industry's Leading Integration Standard

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 08/16/2018

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

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

    Jon Norris

    Vice President

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

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 08/15/2018

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

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

    David Shultz (Moderator)

    Vice President of Supplier Partnerships

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

    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 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 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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    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: Leading With Innovation

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 08/14/2018

    Even the most successful organizations must continually reinvent their products, processes and enterprises to remain market leaders in an age of growing change, connectivity and globalization. In this eye-opening presentation, audiences will learn how to thrive in the new operating reality, create competitive advantage and successfully leverage new leadership strategies to adapt to changing times. From more powerful ways to unleash innovation to solutions for better capitalizing on cutting-edge advancements, discover how you and your organization can flourish in tomorrow's world and effectively apply its most crucial success strategies and skills in context.

    Even the most successful organizations must continually reinvent their products, processes and enterprises to remain market leaders in an age of growing change, connectivity and globalization. In this eye-opening presentation, audiences will learn how to thrive in the new operating reality, create competitive advantage and successfully leverage new leadership strategies to adapt to changing times. From more powerful ways to unleash innovation to solutions for better capitalizing on cutting-edge advancements, discover how you and your organization can flourish in tomorrow's world and effectively apply its most crucial success strategies and skills in context.

    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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    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 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.

  • WLC 2018: Tech Tips And Tricks For Getting Organized

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    With as much as we have to accomplish in our business and personal lives, it is imperative we use technology effectively. It starts by using simple technology to remove time-wasters from your day. By leveraging tools and methods strategically, you’ll gain time to play or work more. This session will cover the top technologies anyone can use to make their day more efficient.

    With as much as we have to accomplish in our business and personal lives, it is imperative we use technology effectively. It starts by using simple technology to remove time-wasters from your day. By leveraging tools and methods strategically, you’ll gain time to play, or work more. This session will cover the top technologies anyone can use to make their day more efficient.

    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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  • Expo East 2018: Get Schooled In SAGE Solutions

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 06/11/2018

    Get introduced by Andy Evans to the industry’s most popular research and business management solution. We’ll unpack the most powerful features of SAGE Online, including our database of over one million products from nearly 4,300 suppliers, as well as the presentation publisher, order management, and the CRM module. Come see why SAGE is the No. 1 choice for 45,000 distributors.

    Get introduced by Andy Evans to the industry’s most popular research and business management solution. We’ll unpack the most powerful features of SAGE Online, including our database of over one million products from nearly 4,300 suppliers, as well as the presentation publisher, order management, and the CRM module. Come see why SAGE is the No. 1 choice for 45,000 distributors.

    Andy Evans

    Senior Strategic Account Lead

    Andy Evans is the Sr. Strategic Account Lead at SAGE. He earned a degree in management information systems from Texas A&M University. Andy has been at SAGE since 2009 and enjoys teaching people how to use SAGE. When he is away from the office, you can find him at home with his son, Sawyer, and his new baby girl, Perrie.

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  • Expo East 2018: Time-Saving Solutions For You And Your Clients

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 06/11/2018

    You’ll also see the new SAGE Website Professional Plus and the brand-new content library. We create original content for you to easily place on your SAGE Website. You’ll see examples of our packages that include industry-relevant blogs, videos and infographics to draw visitors to your website and help convert those leads into customers.

    You’ll also see the new SAGE Website Professional Plus and the brand-new content library. We create original content for you to easily place on your SAGE Website. You’ll see examples of our packages that include industry-relevant blogs, videos and infographics to draw visitors to your website and help convert those leads into customers.

    Andy Evans

    Senior Strategic Account Lead

    Andy Evans is the Sr. Strategic Account Lead at SAGE. He earned a degree in management information systems from Texas A&M University. Andy has been at SAGE since 2009 and enjoys teaching people how to use SAGE. When he is away from the office, you can find him at home with his son, Sawyer, and his new baby girl, Perrie.

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