Product recalls have shaken public confidence. At the same time there is constant demand for the development of new and innovative consumer products. As organizations grapple with meeting demands they now face more stringent product safety standards than ever before. Learn how to manage expectations and rick by identifying hazards throughout the supply chain. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.
Anne Stone is the director of public affairs for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). She brings her background in public relations and communications to driving member advocacy and communicating product safety issues. Prior to joining PPAI, she worked with Conner Peripherals, then a Fortune 500 manufacturer of data storage solutions, where she managed media relations, special events and creative services. She also managed corporate communications for a manufacturer of high-performance visual display equipment, and was a senior account executive for a public relations agency. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Action Council and the Product Responsibility Action Council.
Susan DeRagon is the Associate Director of the Toys and Premiums Group at UL-STR,
formerly known as Specialized Technology Resources (STR). Ms. DeRagon
has over 25 years of experience in the toy and premiums industry, and
has worked with PPAI as a technical consultant since 2008. Ms. DeRagon
has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars, and works
closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service
in the areas of product testing, quality assurance, safety evaluations
Ms. DeRagon is an active member of the Toy Industry Association and the American Society for Testing and Materials, participating on several toy and children’s product standards committees. She is also on the Board of Directors for ICPHSO, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.