Update from the annual symposium featuring prominent product safety experts and the CPSC Chairman.
Target Audience: Supplier, Distributor
Tim Brown, MAS is the Product Responsibility Manager for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). In 2013 he brought his background in supplier relations, sourcing, and vendor compliance to his role at PPAI with the intent of driving member advocacy and communicating product safety issues throughout the industry.
Prior to joining PPAI, Brown worked at Cintas Promotional Products, as the supplier relationship manager where he implemented industry leading supplier management best practices. He has served on the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) Distributor Advocacy Council, as well as on the board of directors for Tri-State Promotional Products Association (TSPPA) as the 2012 president. He also served as a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG). Because of his leading efforts in product safety and supply chain best practices, Brown was named one of the 2012 PPB Rising Stars.
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.