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For more than a year PPAI’s PromoTalks podcast series has brought industry thought leaders, business executives and subject matter experts together for insightful, engaging conversations important to promotional products professionals and their businesses. 

In PromoTalks’ April episode, “PPB Presents: Giving Back By Paying It Forward,” two recent recipients of PPAI’s H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award—Rod Brown, CAS, founder and retired CFO of distributor MadeToOrder who won the award in 2020, and Bob Waldorf, CAS, founder of Idea Man and the 2021 recipient—talk about the organizations they support, how and why they got involved and how their lives have been changed through their connections with those groups. The conversation was moderated by Tina Berres Filipski, director of publications and editor at PPAI.

Tune in to listen to this 33-minute podcast and the full library of PromoTalks’ insightful and helpful discussions, available free on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, and at


Danielle Renda is associate editor of PPB.