Overview & Agenda

Overview & Agenda

15Tuesday

  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Registration · Ballroom Foyer · Lake Level

  • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Experience Austin! Networking Event with NALC Attendees · Offsite Venue

    Sponsored by: Essent

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

16Wednesday

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

    Networking Breakfast · Ballroom D · Lake Level

    Sponsored by: Geiger

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

    Registration Final Check-In · Ballroom Foyer · Lake Level

  • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

    Business Intelligence: Making Big Data Small · Ballroom AB · Lake Level
    · Mark Moore ( Microsoft )

    Learn what big data is and how businesses are using it to improve sales, manufacturing and targeting the right customers. This session will introduce you to what big data is, how to obtain your business’s big data and what to do with it to gain better insights about your business.

  • 9:40 AM - 10:40 AM

    Lean Into Digital Disruption · Ballroom AB · Lake Level
    · Frank Wiggins ( Gemline )

    Technology continues to disrupt markets, forcing companies to transform their products, services and internal business processes in order to remain competitive. Learn how to respond to this disruption by using Lean IT to create a flexible, responsive and engaged IT team. This session will cover how Lean IT leverages Lean thinking to reduce waste, increase productivity and become more responsive to the changing needs of the business.

  • 10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

    Networking Break · Ballroom Foyer · Lake Level

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Tech Debate Panel Discussion · Ballroom AB · Lake Level
    · Dale Denham, MAS+ ( Geiger )
    · Jon Norris ( Starlilne USA, Inc. )

    With so many technologies available to IT professional, we often rely on what we know best. Relying on only what you know, or are comfortable with, can lead to missing out on tools and techniques that others are capitalizing on. Our panelists will take sides and debate several technology topics giving you a chance to see multiple sides of each technology. Topics will range from very technical topics such as Linux vs Microsoft and Java vs .NET, to broader topics such as how IOT might affect our industry and the future of self-driving cars. The audience will join in and add their voices to the debate along with asking their own questions. Like all good debates, we will limit answers and give equal time to respond. You’ll leave this session with a lot of information to help you think differently and better plan for your organizations IT future.

  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

    Networking Lunch with Awards Presentation · Ballroom D · Lake Level

  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Peer to Peer Roundtables · Ballroom AB · Lake Level
    · Paul Elfstrom ( PPAI )

    Network with your colleagues. Discuss trends, projects, strategies, current tech, future tech, and other topics. We’ll introduce you to individuals that have the same interests to maximize your networking experience. Engage and learn!

  • 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

    Networking Break · Ballroom Foyer · Lake Level

  • 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

    Building Successful Web Stores · Lake Level
    · Eric Granata ( ROBYN Promotions )

    If they aren’t already, web stores should be a part of your service offering. Fortunately, with the increasing amount of service providers in this space, building a web store for your client is easier than ever. But where should you start? How do you determine which platform is the best? How can you squeeze the most profit from a company store and what innovations are on the horizon? In this panel discussion, distributors, suppliers and platform providers come together to discuss these questions and more.

  • 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

    Privacy Matters: Legal Issues Affecting Promotional Products Companies · Lake Level
    · Mike Wilkos ( Vantage Apparel )

    This session will address often-overlooked legal issues related to privacy and personal information. Learn how your website’s privacy policy may jeopardize your business, discover how to comply with emerging laws covering personally identifiable information, and determine how to monitor employees without violating their rights.

  • 3:40 PM - 4:20 PM

    An Integrated Industry · Ballroom AB · Lake Level
    · Jon Norris ( Starline USA, Inc )
    · Eric Natinsky ( SAGE )
    · Dan Kroymann ( Staples )
    · Eric Shonebarger ( Hit Promotional Products )
    · Eric Alessi ( Essent )

    The industry is on the verge of an integration breakout; some may call it an arms race. We all hope that the future of the Promotional Products Industry is a utopian integrated industry where suppliers, distributors and service providers seamlessly exchange meaningful data. This panel focuses on where we are now, where we need to be and how we can get there. Join panelist: Eric Shonebarger, CIO Hit Promotional Products, Eric Natinsky CEO SAGE, Eric Alessi, CEO Essent, Dan Kroymann, Director Information Technology, Staples Promotional Products. Moderated by Jon Norris, VP of Operations, Starline.

  • 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    Best Practices And Tech Tips · Ballroom AB · Lake Level
    · Dale Denham, MAS+ ( Geiger )
    · Paul Elfstrom ( PPAI )

    We'll explore the top tech tips of the year. Everyone will have an opportunity to submit a tip but only the top 30 will be presented. Antyhing can be submitted. Tell us about great utilities, new services, etcf.

  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Mix & Mingle Dine Around Dinners · Lake Level

    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.

17Thursday

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

    Networking Breakfast · Ballroom D · Lake Level

  • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

    Being Agile: Prioritize Your People · Ballroom AB · Lake Level
    · Angie Lintott ( Hitachi Consulting )

    People, how do we put People back into the Agile process? We want our teams to feel empowered, to be able to self-organize, and to embrace continuous change and improvement. To achieve this, a mind-shift and cultural adoption is required. Where is your organization and its people in adopting this cultural change? Come learn about how People drive our Agile organizations forward. We’ll explore: • The three-way trust handshake • The importance of defining the Agile team relationships and communication plan • Why the Retrospective alone isn’t enoug

  • 9:40 AM - 10:40 AM

    Managing Remote Employees Or Contractors · Lake Level
    · Mike Knapick ( SanMar )
    · Eric Shonebarger ( Hit Promotional Products )
    · Rebekah Ellis ( SanMar )
    · Eric Alessi ( Essent )

    Allowing your people to work remotely, either full-time or part-time, can be a valuable perk for them which enhances their job satisfaction. Managing remote workers requires different techniques than you use with your staff in the office. During this session, we will hear from a panel of your peers who have figured out how to get the most out of their remote staff. Learn what to do, and what not to do when managing remote workers.

  • 9:40 AM - 10:40 AM

    Practical Security On A Budget · Lake Level
    · Bob Wallis ( Edwards Garment Company )

    Join this session to learn practical steps you can take to improve security in your business without breaking the budget.

  • 10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

    Networking Break · Ballroom Foyer · Lake Level

  • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

    Cloud Deployments · Lake Level
    · Dino Bangiorno ( HALO Branded Solutions )

    This panel discussion will feature persons from both distributor & supplier companies, large & small, who have implemented a variety of cloud-based solutions including email, ERP, backup/disaster recovery and other cloud-based solutions. Hear about the benefits, costs, and pitfalls of moving an application to the cloud.

  • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

    SAGE · Lake Level

    As the most popular provider of information to the industry and PPAI’s technology partner, SAGE is already providing a lot of information about your company and products to distributors and end buyers. But through a direct integration using the SAGE Supplier Integration Toolkit, suppliers can provide additional valuable data to distributors and their clients, including inventory levels, order status, product data, and more. During this session, you’ll learn why providing this data will help your business and the ins and outs of how to get started.

  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Networking Lunch · Ballroom D · Lake Level

  • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

    PromoStandards - Product Data · Lake Level

    Join the founders of PromoStandards discuss and walk through in depth the three PromoStandards services that enable the most comprehensive set of product data standards in the industry. PromoStandards is an industry group that collaborate to create industry-leading open standards that enable industry participants to improve customer experience, reduce transactional friction, and effectively execute their digital strategy.

  • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

    Rock Stars - Practical Suggestions for Finding and Developing Talent · Lake Level
    · Bob Wallis ( Edwards Garment Company )

    It’s often said that people are the most important asset in any organization. Helping employees develop can increase employee engagement and retention and build valuable skills within your organization. Do you have a development plan in place for your employees or is it on the to-do list right after you finish the DRP? Do you frequently discuss and execute on the plan or is it shelf-ware that gets revisited at the annual review and seems to look the same every year? Is the content specific and actionable? For many managers, the desire to develop talent is there but the execution needs support. Join this session to get practical tips to help you develop rock star talent.

  • 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

    Networking Break · Ballroom Foyer · Lake Level

  • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

    Creating A Technology Road Map · Lake Level
    · Ken Phu ( Hub Pen Company )

    As leaders, we are frequently challenged to balance our tactical responsibilities with our strategic ones. Our days get swallowed up in a never-ending cycle of reacting to the immediate problems and short term needs of our business. If we can make time to do strategic work, what should we do with that time? Building a Technology Strategy Roadmap enables you to have strategic conversations with your business partners about what their plans are and enables you to determine how technology will support them for the next 3-5 years. During this session, we’ll go through the most common steps IT leaders take to engage with their business partners to define and document a Technology Strategy Roadmap.

  • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

    Hands On: Five Security Tools That Kick Butt · Lake Level
    · Dana Morrow ( Digital Defense )

    Join this session to learn about 5 tools that should be in your bag, why they’re awesome, and when to use them.

  • 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

    AI And Employment: The Future Of Work · Ballroom AB · Lake Level
    · Byron Reese ( Gigaom )

    What skills are useful to have? Which technologies should we adopt? How will technology affect the workplace, the home and society in general? In this empowering talk, Byron suggests that the future is not going to be a frightening place where humans become displaced, but rather “one in which the things that makes us human become incredibly valuable. We are entering a world of more choice and more opportunity than ever before. The best response is to expand our dreams and expectations, not our fears and concerns.

  • 4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

    Event Wrap-Up · Ballroom AB · Lake Level