Overview And Agenda

The inaugural PPAI Technology Summit brings technology leaders from the promotional products industry together to tackle the challenges facing our field.

See the complete schedule below.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

PPAI Expo East Tradeshow

3:30 – 3:45 pm

Opening General Session / Association Update

3:45  – 5:30 pm

Best Practices Sharing – Moderated by Dale Denham

  • Open Discussion and Idea Generation
  • Each attendee will share 1 best practice that has helped in their business (favorite software, process, IT management tip, etc.; Maximum 2 minutes per person)

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Opening Night Reception

5:30  – 6:30 pm

Tabletop Booths Open

Thursday, May 22, 2014

7:30  – 8:15 am

Networking Breakfast

7:30  – 8:15 am

Tabletop Booths Open

8:30  – 10:00 am

Industry Electronic Communication, Part 1

Michael Conway, Leeds
Jon Norris, Starline, USA, Inc. – Case Study
Ken Phu, Hub Pen Company – Case Study
Eric Shonebarger, Hit Promotional Products - Panelist
Tim Nale, BIC Graphic USA - Panelist
Paul Weller, AIA Corporation- Panelist

Electronic communication is essential for this industry to thrive.  Hear case studies from promotional products distributors and suppliers who have “solved” the order status problem and learn how easy it is to implement for any industry company.  Eliminating the headaches of complex integrations between suppliers and distributors of all sizes is the key to success.  This will lead into an open discussion on how to make further improvements in industry electronic communications.

10:00 – 10:15 am


10:00 – 10:15 am

Tabletop Booths Open

10:15 am – 12:15 pm

Industry Electronic Communication, Part 2

Irwin Goldstein, HALO Branded Solutions
Dana Shinn, Evans Manufacturing, Inc.
During this session, promotional products industry IT people will work together to learn what others are doing.  Whether you are looking to automate: order status notification, inventory checks, proof routing, or invoices, this is the place to learn how to get things done and without spending a lot of money.

Business Leader Panel

Catherine Graham, Commonsku
Chuck Fandos, Facilis Group
Rod Brown, Made To Order
Ginny Semrow,  American Ad Bag, Co

12:15 – 1:15 pm

Networking Lunch

12:15 – 1:15 pm

Tabletop Booths Open

1:15 – 2:30 pm

Cloud Computing

Scott Kinka, Evolve IP
It is becoming increasingly evident that having cloud play a role in your IT strategy is a necessity. Learn what big picture cloud options are available to your business while also gaining specific case studies on how your peers are using the cloud. Get ahead of this trend and position your infrastructure to meet this need.

2:30 – 3:15 pm

Open Source

Eric Natinsky, SAGE
With so many niche players developing best in class software, there will be an increasing need to have systems talk to each other and this is not currently done well.  This discussion will include architecture, APIs, leveraging open source and more. 

3:15 – 3:30 pm

Wrap Up

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Tabletop Booths Open



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