Setting the stage for product safety issues facing the promotional products industry and how to effectively deal with them.
Key Learning Objectives:
- Compliance today
- Identify key challenges
- Discuss best practices with experts and peers
- Improve company initiatives
Paul Bellantone, CAE, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Promotional Products Association International, the not-for-profit association for more than 10,600 member companies of the 17.7 billion promotional products industry. He is committed to the advancement of the promotional products industry through visibility, viability, credibility and community. As President and CEO of Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), Bellantone is responsible for successfully executing the strategies and vision of the PPAI Board of Directors and advocating for the industry and its professional practitioners. His focus on delivering compelling member value and business-building products and services, combined with his commitment to active and meaningful member communication, has helped PPAI achieve marked growth in the past two years.
Bellantone holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and an MBA from the School of Management at Texas Woman’s University. He is a Certified Association Executive and is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives, the American Marketing Association, the Dallas/Fort Worth AMA and a board trustee for The Forum: Business Results Through People.
Rick Brenner, MAS is CEO of top 40 supplier Prime Line (www.primeline.com). A 15 year veteran of the promotional products industry, Mr. Brenner has been long been an advocate for product safety and responsible sourcing. He is a founding board member of Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), chair of QCA’s compliance committee and a member of QCA’s governance committee. In January 2013 Brenner was appointed to the Board of Directors of ICPHSO.org, the preeminent global product safety organization. Brenner is also a board member and chair-elect for 2014 of the 11,000 member Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), a founding member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) and co-chair of PPAI’s annual Product Safety Summit. An avid author and speaker at industry events, Rick Brenner writes the My Two Cents blog at www.rickbrenner.com
Gene Geiger, MAS is CEO of Geiger, a five generation family business based in Maine. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he has twice served on the PPAI Board of Directors, is currently chair of PPAI's Product Responsibility Action Group, and has served as chair of the ePromoStandards Alliance 2000. He has been recognized as Counselor magazine's Person of the year (1994) and is the recipient of PPAI Distinguished Service Award (2002).