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Content and subjects related to doing business electronically including internet training, camera–ready artwork, sales automation, multi-media and catalog creation. This topic area will also include recordings from Tech Summit.

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  • Expo East 2019: LinkedIn: Connecting Across Demographics

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Did you know that LinkedIn use is pretty evenly distributed across ages?  In this session, Bill McCormick will discuss the who and how of connecting as well as how to make sure you're connecting across the generations.

    Did you know that LinkedIn use is pretty evenly distributed across ages?  In this session, Bill McCormick will discuss the who and how of connecting as well as how to make sure you're connecting across the generations.

    Bill McCormick

    Co-Owner

    Bill McCormick is co-owner of Team Creative Connections (PPAI 624673), and started in promotional products sales when he and his wife started their company in 2013.  Bill quickly found the value of LinkedIn, first as a lead generator, and then to increase sales.  Since then, they can attribute over $350K in sales to utilizing LinkedIn as part of their sales cycle.  
    Bill is passionate about the power of LinkedIn and combing that with the power of promotional products to help distributors find leads and generate sales.
    Bill recently joined the team of Social Sales Link, helping both individuals and sales teams leverage the power of social selling to attract, teach and engage targeted buyers.
    Bill lives with his wife Sue in Catskill, NY.

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  • Expo East 2019: What’s New And Coming Soon At SAGE

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

    Class is in session for distributors who are curious as to what we’ve been up to in the SAGE labs. Andy Evans will show you the latest developments and give you a look into what’s new and what’s coming soon at SAGE.

    Class is in session for distributors who are curious as to what we’ve been up to in the SAGE labs. Andy Evans will show you the latest developments and give you a look into what’s new and what’s coming soon at SAGE.

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  • Expo East 2019: Secrets To A Successful Website

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this session, Andy Evans will explain the new content library in SAGE Website Professional Plus, which is filled with original content for you to keep your website fresh. From industry-relevant blogs to videos, we’ll teach you how to utilize that content to convert leads into customers. You’ll also learn about another turn-key solution, SAGE Company Stores, where you can provide your clients with custom online stores, so they can sell more of their branded merchandise on the web.

    In this session, Andy Evans will explain the new content library in SAGE Website Professional Plus, which is filled with original content for you to keep your website fresh. From industry-relevant blogs to videos, we’ll teach you how to utilize that content to convert leads into customers. You’ll also learn about another turn-key solution, SAGE Company Stores, where you can provide your clients with custom online stores, so they can sell more of their branded merchandise on the web.

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  • Expo East 2019: SEO Separating Fact From Fiction

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Selling promotional products online is not for the faint of heart. Maintaining a website, keeping content fresh, getting your site to appear in applicable search results; there is an art and a science (and some luck) to optimizing your online presence. In the old days it was easy enough to slap a few keywords and meta tags onto your site and you'd magically appear in the search results. These days, with thousands of sites selling essentially the same products, it takes a lot more work to be successful in an ecommerce-driven world. If you've historically used your website as a portfolio or a simple product research solution and are interested in pushing more customers to place their own orders electronically, there are a few key facts to consider. In this session David Shultz will discuss the basics of optimizing your website, including “good” content and proper URL/page structure, how to narrow the focus of your site so you aren't displaying the same products as your competitors, how to choose categories or niche industries that will allow you to more easily compete, and how to leverage social media, video and blogs to optimize your website's rank. Shultz will also take a look at the tools available to help you analyze your efforts and retool your strategy where necessary.

    Selling promotional products online is not for the faint of heart. Maintaining a website, keeping content fresh, getting your site to appear in applicable search results; there is an art and a science (and some luck) to optimizing your online presence. In the old days it was easy enough to slap a few keywords and meta tags onto your site and you'd magically appear in the search results. These days, with thousands of sites selling essentially the same products, it takes a lot more work to be successful in an ecommerce-driven world. If you've historically used your website as a portfolio or a simple product research solution and are interested in pushing more customers to place their own orders electronically, there are a few key facts to consider. In this session David Shultz will discuss the basics of optimizing your website, including  “good” content and proper URL/page structure, how to narrow the focus of your site so you aren't displaying the same products as your competitors, how to choose categories or niche industries that will allow you to more easily compete, and how to leverage social media, video and blogs to optimize your website's rank. Shultz will also take a look at the tools available to help you analyze your efforts and retool your strategy where necessary.

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  • Outsource Like A Supplier All-Star

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/24/2019

    A webinar for Suppliers only, this presentation by Scott Nussinow, MAS will remove much of the mystery about outsourcing, and provide a better understanding of what it is and how it could help your company. Once considered only for large Suppliers, outsourcing back-office functions is now preferred for even Small-to-Medium sized companies. Learn how outsourcing allows you to focus on proactive, sales-centric efforts, while a professional team manages many of the routine back-office functions, including: artwork validation & manipulation (vectorizing, digitizing, redrawing, etc.), proofing & approval process (prepare & send proofs, manage approvals, etc.) order entry (in real-time, directly into your system), printer file preparation (specific to your print processes), mailbox and communications management, with virtually seamless process integration. With real-world anecdotes and practical insights, the presentation illustrates how the process would work for virtually any Supplier company.

    A webinar for Suppliers only, this presentation by Scott Nussinow, MAS will remove much of the mystery about outsourcing, and provide a better understanding of what it is and how it could help your company. Once considered only for large Suppliers, outsourcing back-office functions is now preferred for even Small-to-Medium sized companies. Learn how outsourcing allows you to focus on proactive, sales-centric efforts, while a professional team manages many of the routine back-office functions, including: artwork validation & manipulation (vectorizing, digitizing, redrawing, etc.), proofing & approval process (prepare & send proofs, manage approvals, etc.) order entry (in real-time, directly into your system), printer file preparation (specific to your print processes), mailbox and communications management, with virtually seamless process integration.  With real-world anecdotes and practical insights, the presentation illustrates how the process would work for virtually any Supplier company. 

     Key Takeaway 1: Provide attendees with a self-examination checklist of qualifying indicators (whether outsourcing is a viable consideration in any given area) 
     Key Takeaway 2: Provide a better understanding of the rolls and responsibilities in an outsourcing relationship 
     Key Takeaway 3: Provide a checklist of best practices and considerations for partner selection

    Scott Nussinow, MAS

    Executive Vice President

    Scott A. Nussinow, MAS, is the executive vice president for industry services provider ArtworkServices USA. His experience includes serving in multiple senior-level positions for industry suppliers since 1977. A PPAI® Fellow, he served on the PPAI board of directors as well as on many Association committees. He also served on the executive board of the SAAGNY Foundation, the PPEF board, the YESAA/YEPPA boards, the CAS/MAS board and others. Nussinow has been an industry speaker for PPAI, as well as for regionals, and co-facilitated a PPAI President's Forum. He was on the Technology Task Force that lead to the creation of ePSA and served as a vice president for industry tech start-up iservcorp. 

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  • Best of Expo 2019: Networking And Prospecting On LinkedIn For Business

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/15/2019

    With over 100 million business users in the U.S., LinkedIn is one of the best sources for leads. Of course, with over 100 million leads, finding the right people to meet with is like finding a needle in a haystack. In this session Bill McCormick will show attendees how to use the free search function on LinkedIn to find specific people; how to use the “Jobs” section to get into new companies; how to use the search function of Sales Navigator; and how to use LinkedIn in networking situations.

    With over 100 million business users in the U.S., LinkedIn is one of the best sources for leads. Of course, with over 100 million leads, finding the right people to meet with is like finding a needle in a haystack. In this session Bill McCormick will show attendees how to use the free search function on LinkedIn to find specific people; how to use the “Jobs” section to get into new companies; how to use the search function of Sales Navigator; and how to use LinkedIn in networking situations. 

    Bill McCormick

    Co-Owner

    Bill McCormick is co-owner of Team Creative Connections (PPAI 624673), and started in promotional products sales when he and his wife started their company in 2013.  Bill quickly found the value of LinkedIn, first as a lead generator, and then to increase sales.  Since then, they can attribute over $350K in sales to utilizing LinkedIn as part of their sales cycle.  
    Bill is passionate about the power of LinkedIn and combing that with the power of promotional products to help distributors find leads and generate sales.
    Bill recently joined the team of Social Sales Link, helping both individuals and sales teams leverage the power of social selling to attract, teach and engage targeted buyers.
    Bill lives with his wife Sue in Catskill, NY.

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  • Technology And The Future Of Our Industry

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

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

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

    David Shultz

    Vice President of Supplier Partnerships

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

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  • Managing Your Finances In The Cloud With QuickBooks Online

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

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

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

    John Meaney

    Key Accounts Manager

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

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  • Expo 2019: Marketing Your Business Online

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/15/2019

    Everybody wants to drive business online, but few know how to do it, let alone correctly. In this hand-on class with Chris Jenkin, attendees will learn foundational things every business, no matter the size, must do to succeed online.

    Everybody wants to drive business online, but few know how to do it, let alone correctly. In this hand-on class with Chris Jenkin, attendees will learn foundational things every business, no matter the size, must do to succeed online.

    Chris Jenkin

    CEO

    Chris Jenkin is a visionary and innovator. In 2011, he founded and launched gotcha! Chris also developed a large sales channel of marketing distributors to bring digital solutions to businesses across the U.S. He began by introducing gotcha!Apps™, some of the first progressive web apps powered by a platform of his own design. Since the launch of gotcha!, Chris and his team have built hundreds of websites, over 150 mobile apps, built custom software solutions, ran social media campaigns, AdWords and Facebook campaigns, SMS messaging campaigns, and created two proprietary SEO products;  gotcha!LocalSEO™ and his latest product gotcha!Stream™, both designed to drive traffic to websites for conversions. Through his sales channel, Chris and his team have taken care of small and large businesses alike such as Orbitz, Apartment Guide, Catalent, Horiba, Bombgar, Purolator, Eyemart, Intuit, Allstate, and many many more. Today, Chris is a leading expert on SEO and knows what works and what doesn’t. He knows and understands how to navigate the digital landscape, business development, product innovation, sales, and strategy. Chris, his team, and suite of SEO products can deliver results other agencies only dream of.

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  • Expo 2019: Tour Of The LinkedIn Mobile App

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

    Over 50 percent of LinkedIn users access the platform via the mobile app, and if you’ve used it, you know there are several differences between the mobile and desktop version, including features and functions. Join Bill McCormick as he addresses the major differences between the two platforms, how to use app-only features, and native video and video best practices.

    Over 50 percent of LinkedIn users access the platform via the mobile app, and if you’ve used it, you know there are several differences between the mobile and desktop version, including features and functions. Join Bill McCormick as he addresses the major differences between the two platforms, how to use app-only features, and native video and video best practices.

    Bill McCormick

    Co-Owner

    Bill McCormick is co-owner of Team Creative Connections (PPAI 624673), and started in promotional products sales when he and his wife started their company in 2013.  Bill quickly found the value of LinkedIn, first as a lead generator, and then to increase sales.  Since then, they can attribute over $350K in sales to utilizing LinkedIn as part of their sales cycle.  
    Bill is passionate about the power of LinkedIn and combing that with the power of promotional products to help distributors find leads and generate sales.
    Bill recently joined the team of Social Sales Link, helping both individuals and sales teams leverage the power of social selling to attract, teach and engage targeted buyers.
    Bill lives with his wife Sue in Catskill, NY.

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  • Expo 2019: Productivity For Profitability

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/13/2019

    Being busy doesn’t always mean results will be produced. Join Lindsay Anvik in this session to learn the difference between organization and productivity by mastering skills and tasks to move through the day with efficiency. Attendees will learn use smartphone applications to do more of the work, freeing up time to spend thinking, creating and working with customers; how to find holes in the day and fill them with the things that make a difference to the bottom line; and understand how to run meetings quickly and efficiently.

    Being busy doesn’t always mean results will be produced. Join Lindsay Anvik in this session to learn the difference between organization and productivity by mastering skills and tasks to move through the day with efficiency. Attendees will learn use smartphone applications to do more of the work, freeing up time to spend thinking, creating and working with customers; how to find holes in the day and fill them with the things that make a difference to the bottom line; and understand how to run meetings quickly and efficiently.

    Lindsay Anvik

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

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  • Become A Tradeshow Superhero With SAGE Mobile

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits 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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    0.5 Credits

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2018: Blockchain, What Is It And What Does It Mean For Promo?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/16/2018

    This session will address the practical implications and applications for blockchain in the promotional products marketplace.

    This session will address the practical implications and applications for blockchain in the promotional products marketplace. 

    Brian Garback

    Brian represents IBM's portfolio of disruptive technologies including AI and Blockchain to major US Retail, Consumer Products, and Travel and Transportation companies. His roots are in computer science (UVA), strategy consulting (IBM), and small-business hustling (New Signature). He overheated his laptop mining bitcoin in 2013 and has been gaming-out enterprise uses for blockchain ever since. Brian grew up in Alexandria, VA and lives in the Burleith neighborhood of Washington, DC.

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  • Try Instagram For Your Next Promo Marketing Campaign!

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits 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), Includes Credits 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), Includes Credits 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), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2018

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

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

    Jennifer Crowfoot

    Professional Development Director

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

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  • Tech Summit 2018: Easy Money With Web2Print

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits 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), Includes Credits 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), Includes Credits 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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