Kim R. Todora
PPAI Presents Inaugural Product Safety Summit
Featuring Keynote Speaker, Mary Toro, Director of Regulatory Enforcement Division at the Office of Compliance and Field Operations with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
WHAT: Promotional Production Association International (PPAI) – 2011 Product Safety Summit
Event co-chairs: Gene Geiger, CEO, Geiger; Rick Brenner, CEO, Prime
PPAI will host its inaugural Product Safety Summit (PSS). The first of its kind for the promotional products industry, this day-long, education and awareness conference will explore product safety in terms all can understand and, more importantly, implement.
Facilitated by industry leaders, representatives from product-safety labs and product-certification groups, this ground-breaking, eye-opening event will not only explore the latest developments and emerging trends, but also address the ways many industry professionals have turned a cost-burden into a strategic advantage.
“Attending the Product Safety Summit is essential for those who care about product safety, those with customers who care about product safety, or those who simply believe that they need to understand why product safety is becoming such a big deal. The fact that Mary Toro from the CPSC will be there attests to the fact that this is a 'must be there' event for the industry.” Jonathan Isaacson, Gemline
WHO: Promotional Products Association International and
Gene Geiger, CEO, Geiger; Rick Brenner, CEO, Prime Line
WHEN: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: PPAI Product Safety Summit – held in conjunction with the PPAI North American Leadership Conference and PPEF Glen Holt Scholarship Golf Tournament
Omni Interlocken Hotel, 500 Interlocken Boulevard, Denver, CO 80021
OPS: Photo/Video: Subject matter experts according to scheduled noted below.
Interviews: Upon request.
B-Roll: Available upon request.
8:15 - 9:45 am CPSIA Overview
This session will offer an overview of the legal and practical ramifications of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)—a critical, complicated and for most of us, confusing set of regulations.
Presenters: Rick Brenner, CEO, Prime Line; Tom Harney, Specialized Technology Resources; Jennifer Karmonick, Arnold & Porter, LLP
9:45 – 10:00 am Break
10:00 – 11:00 am Hands-On Evaluation of Product Safety Challenges
This panel discussion will address the process of hazard identification. Using the lessons learned during the CPSIA Overview, PSS attendees will evaluate various types of promotional products and discuss their findings.
11:00 am – 12:00 noon Business Implications of Product Safety
This lively panel discussion will identify the business implications of product safety on the promotional products industry. The panel will address specific steps you can take now that turn a cost burden into a strategic advantage.
Presenters: Gene Geiger, CEO, Geiger; Rick Brenner, CEO, Prime Resources; Jennifer Karmonick, Arnold & Porter, LLP; Jonathan Isaacson, CEO, Gemline
Noon-1:30 pm Keynote Luncheon
Mary Toro, director of Regulatory Enforcement Division at the Office of Compliance and Field Operations with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), will discuss regulatory elements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), industry challenges and potential resolutions—information that’s key to protecting our businesses and our bottom lines.
1:30 – 1:40 pm Break
1:40 – 2:40 pm Supplier/Distributor Challenges
This panel will speak to the unique challenges of the supplier and distributor communities and lessons learned over the past few years. Suppliers will address the supply chain process, risk assessment, best sourcing practices and “ah ha” moments emerging from the day’s sessions. Distributors will identify ways to sell product safety, transforming the process from a price-driven to value-driven sale.
2:40-3:00 pm Wrap-Up
PPAI representatives will provide reactions from the day’s events and seek input regarding the Association’s future role in providing product safety education and support resources.