Overview And Agenda

Find The Next Great Idea At North American Leadership Conference

A strong results-driven, multi-national program, led by an elite group of recognized leaders and innovators, the PPAI North American Leadership Conference (NALC) delves into the most relevant, top-of-mind business issues and idea impacting the promotional products industry with an emphasis on networking events, emerging business issues, trends and best practices.

“Attending NALC provides a wonderful opportunity to get a pulse on the industry,” said Bob Levitt, PromoShop. “Having key leaders from many markets and vantage points provides global understanding of the state of the industry.”

20 MAS Points

The following is the 2013 agenda. The 2014 agenda will be updated as soon as possible.

Sunday 8/11/2013 top
7:00 AM - 8:00 AMDepart for Golf Outing · Lobby · Lobby
9:00 AM - 3:00 PMOptional Golf Outing · Harborside Golf Course
1:00 PM - 4:00 PMCertification Exam · 3rd Floor · Marquette Park
1:00 PM - 6:00 PMRegistration · 2nd Floor · Michigan Ballroom Foyer
6:00 PM - 9:00 PMPPB Rising Stars Reception and Dinner · 2nd Floor · Michigan Ballroom
Dinner will begin at 7 pm
Office Beacon
Monday 8/12/2013 top
7:30 AM - 8:30 AMNetworking Breakfast · 2nd Floor · Michigan Ballroom
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMNinja Innovation: Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses · 2nd Floor · Great Lakes Ballroom · Gary Shapiro (Consumer Electronics Association)
In light of the recession and dramatic decrease in sales, the industry is faced with international producers who are making available inexpensive imports. Since, the downturn companies have engaged in diversification, seeking to increase income in other ways. The question they have to ask themselves is what is their vision of the future? How can they plan for future? What ninja qualities can they apply to their jobs and industry?
AIA Corporation
10:00 AM - 10:15 AMNetworking Break · 2nd Floor · Great Lakes Foyer
Hit! Promotional Products
10:15 AM - 11:15 AMTrends in Marketing For the Digital Era · 2nd Floor · Great Lakes Ballroom · Frank Mulhern (Medill Northwestern University)
11:15 AM - 12:15 PMGrow Business With Employee Engagement · 2nd Floor · Great Lakes Ballroom · Frank Mulhern (Medill Northwestern)
Facilis Group
How To Sell To Distributors To Be Creative Strategic Partners · 2nd Floor · Ontario · Larry Cohen (Axis)
Facilis Group
12:15 PM - 1:30 PMNetworking Lunch: Association Update · 2nd Floor · Michigan Ballroom · Paul Bellantone, CAE (PPAI) · Anne Lardner Stone (PPAI)
Norwood BIC Graphic
1:30 PM - 3:30 PMPerspectives on the Promotional Products Industryx · 2nd Floor · Great Lakes Ballroom · Jonathan Isaacson (Gemline)
The Promotional Products industry continues to evolve on many different dimensions. Understanding the nature of this change is critical in order to be able plan for the future. PPAI has conducted an exclusive survey of suppliers attending NALC. Combining this data with other sources, we will attempt to examine and analyze some of the critical performance metrics of a range of suppliers. We will supplement this with some data from inside and outside the industry to draw a fuller picture. We will then work to draw some conclusions in order to help us better understand where the industry may be going from here.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PMNetworking Break · 2nd Floor · Great Lakes Foyer
Hit! Promotional Products
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMMergers and Acquisitions in the Promotional Products Industry · 2nd Floor · Great Lakes Ballroom · Jeffry Meyer, MAS, CPA (Certified Marketing Consultants, LTD.) · Marc Simon (HALO Branded Solutions)
This session will be a Q&A session with Jeff Meyer, MAS, CPA, moderated by Marc Simon. Topics to be discussed will include current mergers and acquisitions marketplace, activity levels, valuation trends, typical deal terms, how to manage the process for maximum value and more.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PMMix & Mingle Dinner · Various Restaurants
Walking into a room of strangers might seem intimidating, but for NALC attendees it’s a prime networking opportunity. The Mix & Mingle Dinner is an unconventional and exciting dining experience designed to introduce you to people you wouldn’t otherwise have met. Attendees will attend dinner in randomly assigned networking groups of 8-10 people. Don’t forget to bring your business cards. Attendees must cover their own dinner expenses. Restaurant selections will be made with attendee preferences in mind.
Tuesday 8/13/2013 top
7:30 AM - 8:30 AMNetworking Breakfast · 2nd Floor · Michigan Ballroom
Premier Group
8:45 AM - 10:15 AMEconomic Outlook · 2nd Floor · Great Lakes Ballroom · Austan Goolsbee (The University of Chicago)
10:15 AM - 10:45 AMNetworking Break · 2nd Floor · Great Lakes Foyer
Bodek & Rhodes
10:45 AM - 12:15 PMMake a Tradeshow Successful - Supplier & Distributor · 2nd Floor · Great Lakes Ballroom · Robert McLean, Jr., CPA (PPAI) · Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+ (AIA Corporation) · Bob Stoltz (Gemline)
12:15 PM - 1:15 PMNetworking Lunch · 2nd Floor · Michigan Ballroom
Promotional Professionals Association of Chicago
1:15 PM - 2:15 PMDoing Business Internationally · 2nd Floor · Great Lakes Ballroom · Hans Poulis (EPPA)
Promotional Product Professionals of Canada
2:15 PM - 2:30 PMNetworking Break · 2nd Floor · Great Lakes Foyer
Bodek & Rhodes
2:30 PM - 3:30 PMBreakout Session: Doing Business Internationally Discussion Group · 2nd Floor · Great Lakes Ballroom · Hans Poulis (EPPA)
Follow-up conversation from "Doing Business Internationally" general session.
Breakout Session: How the Economic Outlook Impacts the Industry and Your Business · 2nd Floor · Ontario · Tom Goos (Image Source, Inc.)
Follow-up from "Economic Outlook" general session - What will companies be doing differently in the next 6 months.
3:30 PM - 4:30 PMClosing General Session: Where Will Our Industry Be in 5 Years? 10 Years? · 2nd Floor · Great Lakes Ballroom · Paul Bellantone, CAE
4:30 PM - 4:45 PMNALC Wrap-Up and Conclusion · 2nd Floor · Great Lakes Ballroom
5:30 PM - 10:00 PMClosing Networking Event: Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs Baseball Game, Rooftop Venue · Wrigley Field
Depart hotel at 5:30 pm, Doors open at 6 pm, Game starts at 7 pm



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