Overview & Agenda

Overview & Agenda

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Tuesday, August 14

  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Registration · Oriental Registration Desk

  • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Experience Washington DC! Networking Event with NALC Attendees · Off Site - Artechouse

    Join NALC attendees for a true Washington DC experience and networking opportunity as they end their event and you begin your Tech Summit experience!

Wednesday, August 15

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

    Networking Breakfast · Grand Ballroom A

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

    Registration Final Check-In · Oriental Registration Desk

  • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    General Session - Creating Value In A Transformational World · Grand Ballroom BC
    · Ian Khan

    Today we live in quickly changing times. Just a decade ago, smartphones were just emerging, and we were far from ideas such as connected homes, AI and other things that have rapidly emerged as faces of technology. In this era dominated by technology we will face even greater changes affecting the way we work, live and plan our lives. It will also cause a dramatic change in the things we are passionate about. To help explain the main forces that shape this era, including key technologies, keynote speaker Ian Khan will share how the promotional industry will change as cryptocurrency, connected devices and smart cities gain traction with consumers, while providing inspirational, insightful and actionable strategies that are a must for personal and business success.

  • 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

    Networking Break · Grand Ballroom Foyer

  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

    Breakout Session - State of the Cloud: The Latest in Cloud Computing Trends in the Promotional Products Industry · Oriental Ballroom BC
    · David Jackson, Sweda
    · Paul Fleischman, PCNA
    · Steve Luisser, Essent Corporation

    · Moderator: David Shultz

    The adoption of cloud technologies continues to grow as companies focus on scalability, security and cost savings. Recent surveys show that across all industries upwards of 90% of enterprises have adopted some form of cloud computing technology and that adoption continues to trend upwards. A large percentage of suppliers, distributors and business service providers in the promotional products have made the adoption of cloud technologies a priority on their infrastructure roadmaps. This session will touch on the current state of cloud technologies, look at some of the available options and discuss how they might apply to your business. We’ll also hear from a panel of industry experts who will talk about how their companies have adopted various platforms, what went right and what went wrong, and gain some insight into what you should be looking for as your company pushes more of your IT infrastructure to the cloud.

  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

    Breakout Session - Swiping Left or Right When Choosing a Software/Consulting Partner · Grand Ballroom BC
    · Eric Alessi, Essent Corporation
    · Dino Bangiorno, HALO
    · Ken Phu, Hub Pen
    · Anish Varghese, Binated

    · Moderator: Mike Knapick

    At some point in everyone’s IT career they need to choose some software to help them meet a business need, or partner with a consulting company to get a project done when the business wants. During this panel we’ll explore some of the criteria that you can use to help make sure your decision is the start of a beautiful friendship and not a wrong turn to splitsville.

  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    General Session - Leveraging SAGE—The Promotional Products Industry’s API Toolkit · Grand Ballroom BC
    · Eric Natinsky, SAGE

    As the most popular provider of information to the promotional products industry, over 45,000 distributors use SAGE services for research and business management. And as PPAI’s exclusive technology partner, SAGE is the only industry integration that brings suppliers’ data to all PPAI distributor members! By connecting to SAGE’s APIs, suppliers can provide valuable and timely data to distributors and their clients such as real-time inventory levels, order status, product data and more. SAGE also provides suppliers with industry metrics and analytics to better understand their client base; distributor verification services; direct consumption of orders from the SAGE order management system; and much more. In this session you’ll learn hands-on how to start leveraging all of these valuable tools today.

  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    Networking Lunch · Grand Ballroom A

  • 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

    Peer to Peer Roundtables - Networking Circles · Grand Ballroom BC

    This session is designed to share experiences and exchange knowledge with fellow attendees. Prior to the session we’ll poll attendees to see what their top IT concerns may be. From there we’ll set topics and match you to individuals with common interests.

  • 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

    Networking Break · Grand Ballroom Foyer

  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Breakout Session - Building A Technology Roadmap · Grand Ballroom BC
    · David Jackson, Sweda

    It is not unusual for companies to lose sight of all the important initiatives going on in an organization. A Technology Roadmap is an easy way to centrally visualize your strategy as well as communicate to internal stakeholders, business owners, and other department leaders, the short-term & long-term strategies and solutions being developed.

  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Breakout Session - Pick Your Poison: Third Party vs. Internal Development Case Studies by PPAI Development Team · Oriental Ballroom BC
    · Trent Grandey
    · Micah Matteson
    · Humayoon Mohammad

    · Moderator: Paul Elfstrom

    Join the PPAI development team in this interactive session. We’ll discuss internal and external development pro’s and con’s. How to handle development projects and workgroups big and small. Developing through technology change and infrastructure obstacles. Learn from our success and failure. Let’s share experiences and enjoy some developer to developer dialog.

  • 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

    General Session - Tech Tips 30 in 30 Day 1 Wrap Up · Grand Ballroom BC
    · Dale Denham, MAS+, Geiger
    · Paul Elfstrom, PPAI

    In this 30 minute session you’ll discover cool tools, tips, and best practices from your industry peers. We’ll poll attendees prior to the event to find the top 30 tips of the year to share with the group. This session will fly by to wrap up day 1.

  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Mix & Mingle Dine Around Dinners · Off Site Local Restaurants

    The Mix & 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. Attendees must cover their own dinner expenses. Restaurant selections will be made with attendee preferences in mind.

Thursday, August 16

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

    Networking Breakfast · Grand Ballroom A

  • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

    General Session - Defending Your Company Against Data Breaches · Grand Ballroom BC
    · Scott Augenbaum

    Why would transnational criminal enterprises and foreign intelligence services want to target your organization's data or intellectual property? Are you prepared, or are you the next victim? During retired FBI Special Agent Scott Augenbaum’s career, almost all his hundreds of victims never expected to become victims, because they didn't believe they had anything worth stealing. Augenbaum has responded to hundreds of data breaches and will share with attendees the commonalities in almost all incidents, and he will provide several takeaways to prevent your organization from becoming the next victim.

  • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

    Breakout Session - Are You GDPR Ready? · Oriental Ballroom BC
    · Mike Wilkos, Vantage Apparel

    This session will provide a concise overview of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Discover why you should be familiar with these new regulations, even if you don’t regularly do business in Europe, and learn how the top companies in our industry have prepared for these significant changes.

  • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

    Breakout Session - The State of PromoStandards: The Industry's Leading Integration Standard · Grand Ballroom BC
    · Jon Norris, Starline

    It’s been 4 years since the PromoStandards project started. In the past year, PromoStandards has nearly double the number of endpoints and developed configured order full cycle standards. This session brings you up to date with the progress of PromoStandards as well as provides a look into the future formalization of the organization.

  • 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

    Networking Break · Grand Ballroom Foyer

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    General Session - Threat Detection, Resolution and Recovery · Grand Ballroom BC
    · Tim Nale, BIC Graphic USA
    · Ken Phu, Hub Pen
    · Doug Andreasen, PPAI

    · Moderator: Eric Shonebarger

    In 2018 industry targeted malware targeted a number of suppliers and distributors. As the threat security landscape continues to increase in complexity, these types of attacks will continue to rise. In this session, the panel will share their firsthand experience on how they detect and remediate threats in an increasing hostile environment.

  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Networking Lunch · Grand Ballroom A

  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Breakout Session - eCommerce · Grand Ballroom BC
    · Stewart Switzer, The Executive Advertising
    · Scott Johnson, Web Jaguar
    · Steven Stanley, ePromos

    · Moderator: Michael Conway

    A perspective on the challenges and decisions that we all face in the future of eCommerce in our industry.

  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Breakout Session - Recruiting IT Talent · Oriental Ballroom BC
    · Jennifer Crowfoot, PPAI

    Do you ever find yourself conducting an interview and you think to yourself this is the perfect person and you want to hire them on the spot? Then two months later you start to feel this person is a total stranger? Imagine the impact poor selection has on customer care, irritated coworkers, possible litigation, rehiring costs, a damaged reputation, and let’s not mention, lost sleep. The bad news about interviewing is we often only scratch the surface, not being able to dig deep during a 45-minute period. Therefore, we rely on resumes, appearance, LinkedIn endorsements and references. The good news is there’s a way to dig deep using a behavioral interview technique that allows the candidate to tell you what past accomplishments they want to talk about. Yep, you let them set the agenda. And you drive the conversation further to find out what the candidate did, said, thought, and/or felt to achieve the accomplishment. Past behaviors are the best predictor of future behaviors.

  • 2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

    Networking Break · Grand Ballroom Foyer

  • 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

    Breakout Session - Easy Money With Web2Print · Oriental Ballroom BC
    · Eric Granata, ROBYN

    Print is not dead. In fact, it's a $75bn industry in the US and if you're not playing in this space, then what's holding you back? In this session, we'll show you how to easily offer print products to your clients, share case studies and discuss the future of Web2Print.

  • 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

    Breakout Session - Proving the Power of PromoStandards · Grand Ballroom BC
    · David Gallant, The Gem Group
    · Amy Rabideau, MAS, Summit Group
    · David Shultz, DistributorCentral, LLC

    · Moderator: Dino Bangiorno, CAS

    In this panel discussion, hear testimonials from suppliers, distributors and service providers about how PromoStandards is fostering positive change in our supply chain. Whether you’re still building your business case or are just looking to hear how others in the industry are reaping the rewards, join us for this informational discussion about the PromoStandards value proposition.

  • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    Closing General Session - Storytelling with Data Visualization · Grand Ballroom BC
    · Scott Berinato, Harvard Business Review

    In this talk, Berinato will lay out the case for why making good charts is a need-to-have skill and he’ll explain the principles that will help anyone turn prosaic charts into Good Charts. With plenty of examples of chart transformations, he’ll show the techniques that turn typical dataviz into compelling stories, and he’ll offer tips that make presentations of good charts dynamic and engaging.

  • 4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

    Event Wrap-Up · Grand Ballroom BC

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