PPAI SPARK events are designed with the next generation in mind. SPARK’s targeted education, social responsibility, and networking opportunities help young professionals in the promotional products industry further their careers while engaging with, and learning from industry peers. Attendees range from age 21-35 years old and participants have anywhere from 1 week to 10 years in the industry experience, which brings fantastic conversations and new ideas to reality. SPARK is a mobile conference that incorporates our host city, San Antonio, TX, and the session format will include small group discussions, 1 on 1 partner dialog, breakout sessions and more!
This year’s topics will include:
- Best practices on sharing critical feedback
- Power of accountability
- Management basics
- Using all five of your senses for future campaigns
- The business of doing good and giving back
- Influential leadership best practices
- Trends in the industry and a look into the future
New this year: We hope that you enjoy our a-la-cart registration options this year. Please note each individual must be on their company roster and they must register themselves for the conference, the waiver forms, and add-on items.
Conference Registration Pricing: Conference registration includes amazing professional development sessions, Thursday breakfast, and lunch as well as Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Please note the SPARK Conference registration costs do not include the host hotel, the Omni La Mansion del Rio RiverWalk. The host hotel must be registered separately within the group block via our hotel link and not on their general website. Please book your hotel accommodations immediately following the SPARK Conference registration.
The complete schedule will be available in the next few months.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
1:30-2:30 pm Pre-SPARK Ticket: Private Tour of The Alamo to learn about US history including the weapons wielded by Crockett, Esparza, and all the brave Alamo Defenders with the Alamo’s first interactive living history tour.
6-8 pm SPARK Kick-Off Event: Network and Help Out With The SPARK Community Service Project
Thursday, July 16, 2020
9am-5:30 pm This action-packed education day will focus on leadership development, diversity, management and communication best practices.
7-8:30 pm Participants will split into small dine-around groups which will explore San Antonio and network along the way.* Please note the dine-around is not included in the SPARK Registration fee.
Friday, July 17, 2020
9 am-5 pm This action-packed day will include industry round table discussions led by the SPARK Work Group and sessions on innovation, sustainability and lessons learned.
Saturday, July 18, 2020
8:15 am-12 pm Optional Post-SPARK Activity: The group will have a private tour exploring the Natural Bridges Wildlife Safari Adventure (round-trip transportation included.)
When you mention SPARK online, don't forget to use #PPAI_SPARK
Special thanks to the volunteers who have contributed so much to the creation of SPARK!
John Peddy, CAS
Mason Linn, CAS
Stephen McFadden, CAS