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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: 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, Sweda Company

    David Jackson serves as the Director of Information Technology for Sweda, an ASI Top 20 Supplier. Prior to joining the Sweda team in 2015, David worked in Executive Management and Technical Services for a number of top-tier firms in the Los Angeles area including: Rutan & Tucker, Stradling, Yocca, Carson, & Rauth, Orange Police Department, EB Bradley Company, and Exemplis Office Seating.

    With a passion for cyber security and education, David previously taught Network Security, Cisco, Novell, and Microsoft Certified courses for over 11 years at Coastline and Orange Coast Colleges. Outside of the office David’s creative endeavors include filmmaking, photography, and woodworking. You can find David on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube as @booyajoe.

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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: 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: 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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    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: 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: The State of PromoStandards: The Industry's Leading Integration Standard

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits 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: Pick Your Poison: Third Party vs. Internal Development Case Studies

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits 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: 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: Creating Value In A Transformational World

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits 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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