Why Join Us At Summit

Why Join Us At Summit

Overview & Agenda

Sunday, September 16

  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Registration Open · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

  • 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

    General Session—Welcome · Edison Ballroom · Second Level

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    General Session: Social Compliance · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Frank Vasquez, Hanes

    What drives social responsibility initiatives? What are the key issues our clients need answered?

  • 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

    General Session: Intellectual Property · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Justin Miller, Esq., Patent Attorney, Larson and Larson

    What does it really take to protect your intellectual property and defend your rights? Copyrights, trademarks, patents abound – the tangible creations we humans want to protect from infringement and misuse are virtually endless. Lessons learned from a real-life experience will make you better prepared should you need to defend your IP rights.

  • 3:15 PM - 3:35 PM

    Networking Break · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

  • 3:35 PM - 4:30 PM

    General Session: End Buyer Panel · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Moderator: Lenny Polakoff, Exec. Vice President, Zagwear
    · Anj Holland, Supplier Quality and Safety, Product Safety. Chic Fil A
    · Brett Berry, Quality Manager, General Mills

    What keeps our customers up at night? What do our customers expect when sourcing promotional products? We all know what the client needs in order to rest assured when they hand out promotional products to their own customers…or do we? We’ll start with some general insight questions, venture a bit more in-depth, and then let participants ask the questions we may not have considered. Get the inside dish as a panel of end buyers shares their perspectives during this moderated discussion.

  • 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

    General Session: Closing the gaps · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Patrick Donovan, Sunrise Identity
    · Shamini Peter, Axis Promotions

    This session will walk attendees through the process of conducting a gap analysis on their individual product responsibility policies and procedures. The event workbook provided will serve as a collection point for ideas and act as an outline to framework and implement the necessary processes. The content is designed to deliver actionable tools to improve compliance efforts.

  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Opening Night Dinner Cruise · Potomac River Cruise · Offsite

    Join us as we wrap up the first day with a Potomac river cruise where guests will enjoy cocktails and dinner during a three-hour private charter. Board the Cherry Blossom, an authentic re-creation of a 19th century Victorian riverboat, complete with a paddle wheel at the stern and an abundance of antique charm. Take in sunset views from any of the three decks, including the charming open-air topside deck, as you connect with other attendees. 6:15PM board; 6:30PM departure

Monday, September 17

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

    Networking Breakfast · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

  • 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

    Welcome Remarks · Edison Ballroom · Second Level

  • 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

    General Session: CA Prop 65 is here. Are you Ready? · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Moderator: Gene Geiger, MAS+, Geiger
    · Kim Bakalyar, PromoShop
    · Dana Porter, SAGE
    · Nathan Cotter, HIT Promotional Products
    · Jill Ann Rogoz, alphabroder/Prime

    The new regulations are effective September 2018. Are you prepared for your company’s next move? What are the practical steps companies must consider in order to comply with the new rules? Are there reliable resources available? A list of best practices to cover the basics? Perhaps go-to website companies shouldn’t be without? How does a company prepare when they must establish internal guidelines to meet new regulations? This session is an opportunity for suppliers and distributors alike to share tips, tricks and tactics for compliance.

  • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

    General Session: Social Responsibility, The Business of Doing Good · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Emily Gigot, SanMar

    The promotional products industry has a responsibility to deliver goods, created in an ethical and responsible way, by people in this country and around the world. Has your company taken key steps and committed to being socially responsible? This session will address the business imperatives of making a difference in the communities where we source, sell and ship our products. By working within industry guidelines and with international labor organizations, as well as building measurable compliance and social programs, we all can make a difference. Making social responsibility a cornerstone of a company’s strategy means key decisions about sourcing, partnerships and product design are all heavily influenced by the company’s commitment to doing the right thing. Lead your organization down the path to social responsibility.

  • 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

    Networking Break · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

    General Session: Hazard Identification And New Product Development · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Dr. George Borlais, CPSC
    · David Tai, TQAChecked

    Using wireless charging devices as a case study, this session will examine the hazard identification process when taking a new product to market.

  • 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

    Networking Lunch · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

  • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

    Keynote CPSC Update Regarding The Perspective, Realities And Priorities Of This Independent Federal Agency. · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Ann Marie Buerkle, CPSC Acting Chair

  • 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

    General Session: International Shipping Challenges · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Bernadette Corrado, FedEx

    It’s not enough to just get it there…how do you get products into the hands of your international customers?

  • 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

    Networking Break · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

  • 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

    General Session: Blockchain, What Is It And What Does It Mean For Promo? · Edison Ballroom · Second Level

    This session will address the practical implications and applications for blockchain in the promotional products marketplace.

  • 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

    General Session: Social Media And Product Misuse: How Can We Shut That Down? · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Moderator: Karolyn Helda, AsiaInspection
    · Joseph Galbo, CPSC
    · Neal Cohen, Neal Cohen Law

    There are countless examples of content on social media showing people promoting the misuse of consumer goods, from clothes baskets used as baby baths to toothpick crossbows. Don’t let misguided humor ruin the marketing potential for your line of promotional products. This panel discussion will present specific cases of product misuse, promoted via social media, and offer suggested and necessary steps to help shut it down. Take away ideas to limit the impact on consumer safety and your brand with swift action and sensible responses.

  • 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

    Day Two Wrap Up and Reception · Edison Ballroom · Second Level

  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Mix and Mingle Offsite Dinner · Various Restaurants · Offsite

    The Mix and Mingle Dinner is an optional, unconventional and exciting dining experience featuring great local food and good company 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. This dinner is included with your registration fee. Restaurant selections will be made with attendee preferences in mind.

Tuesday, September 18

  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

    Networking Breakfast · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

  • 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

    Welcome Remarks · Edison Ballroom · Second Level

  • 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

    General Session: What Really Happens During An Audit? · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Terri Olano, AsiaInspection
    · Nathan Cotter, HIT Promotional Products
    · Andy Blahnik, Gem Group

    A professional auditor and industry veterans will share the real story behind factory audits. She will review what is involved in performing social and safety audits as well as tips on how to make those corrective actions stick.

  • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

    General Session: Emerging Regulatory Challenges · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Emily Leongini, Arent Fox

    As more states and countries legalize medical and recreational cannabis, where can you turn for legal and regulatory guidance related to both drug paraphernalia and marketing support for this growing market?

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    General Session: What You Need To Know Now About IOT · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, Hexoskin

    What are the trends and applications for the internet of things? Where is the intersection between IOT and promo?

  • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

    Closing Remarks and Networking Lunch · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

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