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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.

6 Results

  • Tech Week 2020: Remote Workers: Now And Into The Future Panel

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/25/2020

    Join David Jackson, Javier Franco, Mike Pfeiffer, Raj Mukherjee and Steven Stanley for a discussion on remote employees and their impacts on IT. Hear from distributors and suppliers on what they did to send everyone home with stay at home orders, hot to manage a remote team, what issues does IT run into with remote employees, and a discussion on what lies in the future or remote vs office employees.

    Join David Jackson, Javier Franco, Mike Pfeiffer, Raj Mukherjee and Steven Stanley for a discussion on remote employees and their impacts on IT. Hear from distributors and suppliers on what they did to send everyone home with stay at home orders, hot to manage a remote team, what issues does IT run into with remote employees, and a discussion on what lies in the future or remote vs office employees. 

    David Jackson (Moderator)

    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.

    Javier Franco

    IT Director, Edwards Garment

    IT leader with over 20 years of experience implementing and supporting enterprise solutions, leading teams and projects. Extensive experience working with remote teams, supporting multibillion dollar organization with facilities worldwide. Experience with ERP, MES, PLM, CRM, quality systems, systems integration, project/program management, people management

    Mike Pfeiffer

    VP of Technology, American Solutions For Business

    Mike Pfeiffer is a technology executive who specializes in developing technical leaders and helping non-technical people understand complex technical concepts. He has over 30 years of experience, having served at a data and marketing solutions vendor, a consumer packaged goods company, a trade and expense management solutions provider, and Mayor.

    Raj Mukherjee

    Integration Team Lead

    Data Science Enthusiast, with master’s degree in Business Analytics and Electrical Engineering I have a passion for solving real world business problems. I am part of the standards Committee for Promostandards and part of the PPAI tech committee. Experienced Integration Director with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Skilled in machine learning, business intelligence, project management and ERP migrations.

    Steven Stanley

    Director of Technology for ePromos Promotional Products, Inc.

    Steven Stanley is the Director of Technology for ePromos Promotional Products, Inc.. With over 20 years of software development experience, Steven has spent the last 12 years building internal and external tools for distributors, with a focus on ecommerce and data structures. He is currently a volunteer member of the PPAI Tech Committee.

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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.

  • Tech Week 2020: Product Compliance Panel

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/25/2020

    Join this panel session as Raj Mukherjee, Nathan Cotter, Michael Plourde, MAS, Nat Bullock, MAS, Allen Casey, Jackie Yount, MAS discuss the latest in product compliance and how IT is an integral department to ensuring product compliance is at the core of your company systems.

    Join this panel session as Raj Mukherjee, Nathan Cotter, Michael Plourde, MAS, Nat Bullock, MAS, Allen Casey, Jackie Yount, MAS discuss the latest in product compliance and how IT is an integral department to ensuring product compliance is at the core of your company systems. 

    Raj Mukherjee (Moderator)

    Integration Team Lead

    Data Science Enthusiast, with master’s degree in Business Analytics and Electrical Engineering I have a passion for solving real world business problems. I am part of the standards Committee for Promostandards and part of the PPAI tech committee. Experienced Integration Director with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Skilled in machine learning, business intelligence, project management and ERP migrations.

    Nathan Cotter

    Vice President of Compliance, Hit Promotional Products, Inc.

    Nathan Cotter is the vice president of compliance at Hit Promotional Products, Inc., ranked among the top 5 promotional product suppliers in the nation.  The compliance team at Hit is comprised of 5 full-time members responsible for product safety, regulatory compliance, and social responsibility throughout a diverse supply chain.  Nathan holds a BA from Monmouth College, is a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group and also serves on the QCA Compliance Committee.  

    Michael Plourde, MAS

    Director, Data and Analytics, Geiger

    As a senior business executive, Mike embraces technologies to help companies improve productivity, grow revenues, mitigate risks, and improve customer satisfaction.

    Specifically, he has worked to change the way people and organizations harness technology, e-commerce, leverage data, and integrate customers and vendors.

    As Geiger’s IT Director of Data & Analytics, Mike is responsible for all databases, data analytics, software development, quality assurance, and using technology to create new opportunities for growth. He provides leadership for key technical infrastructure projects
    to help the company stay ahead of its rapid growth expectations in global accounts, creating worldwide promotional programs by working with strategic partnerships to increase global sales while reducing costs and improving client’s experience.

    Nat Bullock, MAS

    Product Responsibility and Global Services Manager, Geiger

    Nat Bullock is the product responsibility and global services manager for Geiger.  Nat is a 2001 graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration on operations management and was the winner of the 2001 Southern Maine Entrepreneurship Business Plan competition.                                            

    Prior to joining Geiger, Nat was the logistics and purchasing manager for a Fortune 500 manufacturer of technical fabrics where he oversaw production planning for multiple manufacturing locations in the U.S. as well as the purchasing of raw materials from sources in Canada, Asia, Europe, and South America.           

    Nat joined Geiger in 2011 as planning and logistics manager for their manufacturing division and has also held the position of project manager in their IT department before taking on the compliance roll in 2015.  Nat oversees the areas of product compliance as well as logistical compliance for international shipping and hazardous goods shipping and develops compliance related education programs for their sales partners and internal staff.

    Allen Casey

    Manager of Web Services, HALO

    Allen Casey manages the Web Services team at HALO Branded Solutions.  With over 30 years of software development experience, Allen has been with HALO for 7 years focusing on Incentive solutions as well as other web-based platforms supporting the ASI Top 10 Distributor.

    Prior to joining HALO, Allen led development teams at Midas and McDonald’s.  He is a member of the PPAI Technology Committee.

    Jackie Yount, MAS

    Sr. Business Operations Specialist, HALO

    Jackie Yount joined HALO in 2013 and currently serves in the role of Sr. Business Operations Specialist. Her key area of focus is managing product and customer specific compliance requirements for HALO’s diverse client base. Prior to joining HALO, she spent 26 years with the second largest media print fulfillment company in the position of Operations Manager. She holds an A.S. in Business from Sauk Valley College.

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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.

  • Tech Week 2020: Machine Learning Techniques On Real World Problems

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/25/2020

    Join Raj Mukherjee, Integration Team Lead, Hit Promotional Products as we build a real-world Data Science Model on forecasting time in transit (the time it will take to get the goods on the factory floor) for overseas vendors; Discuss some of the fundamentals of regressions, decision trees and neural networks; Show an application that can detect faces on a video; Show an application using Reinforcement learning that can learn and play a game on its own; Discuss how to deploy some of these models on the cloud and be used as an API.

    Join Raj Mukherjee, Integration Team Lead, Hit Promotional Products as we build a real-world Data Science Model on forecasting time in transit (the time it will take to get the goods on the factory floor) for overseas vendors; Discuss some of the fundamentals of regressions, decision trees and neural networks; Show an application that can detect faces on a video; Show an application using Reinforcement learning that can learn and play a game on its own; Discuss how to deploy some of these models on the cloud and be used as an API.

    Raj Mukherjee

    Integration Team Lead

    Data Science Enthusiast, with master’s degree in Business Analytics and Electrical Engineering I have a passion for solving real world business problems. I am part of the standards Committee for Promostandards and part of the PPAI tech committee. Experienced Integration Director with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Skilled in machine learning, business intelligence, project management and ERP migrations.

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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.

  • Tech Week 2020: Are Your Email Campaigns Working? Analyzing the Numbers

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/25/2020

    It’s incredibly important to understand your email campaign’s numbers, but especially right now. As the most effective way to reach your customers when you can’t meet face-to-face, email analytics help you see what is working and where adjustments are needed. Join Bille Forman, Director of Marketing, SAGE, as you learn the best way to analyze and track your emails so you can develop a formula that ensures a successful campaign - every single time you click on send.

    It’s incredibly important to understand your email campaign’s numbers, but especially right now. As the most effective way to reach your customers when you can’t meet face-to-face, email analytics help you see what is working and where adjustments are needed. Join Bille Forman, Director of Marketing, SAGE, as you learn the best way to analyze and track your emails so you can develop a formula that ensures a successful campaign - every single time you click on send. 

    Bille Forman (Moderator)

    Director of Marketing

    Bille began at SAGE in 2007 where she is responsible for the development and execution of marketing and public relations initiatives as well as all corporate tradeshows and events. She graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA with a degree in business administration. She has been a PPAI volunteer for many years and is currently serving on the PPAI Research Committee. She is a lover of technology, marketing, creative people, and being inspired through travel, hard work, coffee and dogs.  

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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.

  • Tech Week 2020: Leading in Turbulent Times in the IT World

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/25/2020

    There is no doubt that most of us find ourselves in unchartered territory right now with the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on our families, communities, businesses, and the world. The unknown can be unnerving and fear-inducing if we let it. Join Jeff Tobe as he leads us through the opportunities for heightened creative thinking, more authentic connection, and courageous leadership for IT professionals in the promotions world.

    There is no doubt that most of us find ourselves in unchartered territory right now with the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on our families, communities, businesses, and the world. The unknown can be unnerving and fear-inducing if we let it. Join Jeff Tobe as he leads us through the opportunities for heightened creative thinking, more authentic connection, and courageous leadership for IT professionals in the promotions world. 

    Jeff Tobe (Moderator)

    Speaker and Author

    Jeff Tobe is a Certified Professional Speaker and author, known for his popular book, Coloring Outside the Lines, and for co-author of best-sellers, The Sales Coach and The Communication Coach. Over the past 20 years, Tobe has traveled the world as a speaker, trainer and business consultant, educating professionals on practices to improve the customer experience. He prides himself on presenting up-to-the-minute, cutting-edge material as it relates to designing the ideal customer experience by engaging people more in their day-to-day tasks. He was named one of the top 15 speakers in North America by Convention & Meetings magazine, and has spoken to clients, including PNC Bank, Microsoft, RE/MAX International, Erickson Living, The Dubai Water Authority and Pepsi Cola International.

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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.

  • Tech Week 2020: Zero Day Attack Case Study (Cyber Incident in Progress)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn what it is like to experience a cyber-attack as it happened with  Mike Pfeiffer, Vice President of Technology, American Solutions for Business. Walkthrough the event timeline, what protective measures were effective and how proper response strategies were deployed to enable response and recovery within published services levels.

    Learn what it is like to experience a cyber-attack as it happened with  Mike Pfeiffer, Vice President of Technology, American Solutions for Business. Walkthrough the event timeline, what protective measures were effective and how proper response strategies were deployed to enable response and recovery within published services levels.

    Mike Pfeiffer

    VP of Technology, American Solutions For Business

    Mike Pfeiffer is a technology executive who specializes in developing technical leaders and helping non-technical people understand complex technical concepts. He has over 30 years of experience, having served at a data and marketing solutions vendor, a consumer packaged goods company, a trade and expense management solutions provider, and Mayor.

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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.