Tech Week 2020 Powered By PPAI Tech Summit

Tech Week 2020, powered by PPAI Tech Summit, is designed to keep you and your industry peers connected while enhancing your technical knowledge–all from the comfort of your couch. This virtual conference will keep you engaged through an array of thought-provoking, expert-led, interactive sessions exploring the most pertinent technology issues affecting the profession. Put on your favorite dress shirt and shorts combo, get comfy and turn on your webcam. Connect with your fellow attendees during the live Q&A and entertaining pop-ups. Then, level up by sharing your ideas and learning how other like-minded promotional products industry IT professionals, decision-makers and executives are leading their organizations’ technological health in our Tech Chat lounges. 

Keynote Speakers

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 Tinker Secor 

 Principal Security Consultant 

 (Ethical Hacker) 

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 Jeff Tobe 

 Professional Speaker and Author 

  

Event Speakers

 Allen Casey 

 Manager of Web Services 

 HALO 

 Bille Forman 

 Director of Marketing 

 SAGE 

 Brian Carothers 

 Chief Technology Officer 

 Proforma 

 David Jackson 

 Director of IT 

 SWEDA 

 Jackie Yount, MAS 

 Senior Business Operations Specialist 

 HALO 

 Javier Franco 

 IT Director 

 Edwards Garment 

 Jon Norris 

 Vice President of Operations 

 Starline USA 

 Mike Pfeiffer 

 VP of Technology 

 American Solutions for Business 

 Michael Plourde, MAS 

 Director, Data and Analytics 

 Geiger 

 Michael Roney 

 Product Manager 

 Proforma 

 Nat Bullock, MAS 

 Product Responsibility and Global Services Manager 

 Geiger 

 Nathan Cotter 

 Vice President of Compliance 

 Hit Promotional Products 

 Raj Mukherjee 

 Director of Integrations and ERP 

 Hit Promotional Products 

 Steven Stanley, MAS 

 VP of Technology 

 ePromos 

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Event Agenda

Monday, September 21, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Welcome and Keynote Session, Breach - Hacking into a Corporation

Speakers: David Jackson, SWEDA and Paul Elfstrom, PPAI

Speaker: Tinker Secor, Principal Security Consultant

Tinker Secor has built up, managed, and trained “red team” and penetration testing teams - ethical hackers who test how an organization and its systems will fare in the event of a real attack. He has conducted physical break-ins, logical hacks, and social engineering scenarios in the U.S., Canada and Europe. This session will center on stories of penetration tests and breaches and will walk the audience through how an actual hack is conducted. By stepping into the shoes of an attacker and seeing what it takes to breach corporate environments, the audience will better understand the practical and pragmatic defenses that stop these attacks. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with audience members at the end of the session.

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

CEO POP-UP

Paul Bellantone, CAE, President, PPAI

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Zero Day Attack Case Study (Cyber Incident in Progress)

Learn what it is like to experience a cyber-attack as it happened. Walkthrough the event timeline, what protective measures were effective and how proper response strategies were deployed to enable response and recovery within published services levels.

Speaker: Mike Pfeiffer, Vice President of Technology, American Solutions for Business

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Leading in Turbulent Times in the IT World 

There is no doubt that most of us find ourselves in unchartered territory right now with the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on our families, communities, businesses, and world. The unknown can be unnerving and fear-inducing if we let it. It can also be an opportunity for heightened creative thinking, more authentic connection and courageous leadership for IT professionals in the promotions world. 
Speaker: Jeff Tobe, Certified Professional Speaker and Author

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Roundtable Networking 1

Roundtable topics for discussion are listed below. You will have the opportunity to select your top roundtable topics during the registration.

  • Augmented Reality - We all view the world around us through our senses and our perceptions of objects we come into contact with. Augmented reality gives us the opportunities to alter or change some of the reality around us and have our brains respond to it. These changes, in reality, offer us the ability to visit and interact with objects that we may not normally have the opportunity to.  Moderator: Michael Roney, Proforma
  • COVID War Stories - From the first stay at home order to today, we all have gone through changes to our normal work environment. Let’s share our stories, the good, the bad, and the funny. Moderator: Michael Plourde, MAS, Geiger
  • ERP/CRM - ERP and CRM systems are core to business functionality throughout the industry. Discuss systems people are using, selection processes, migrations and more. Moderator: Steven Stanley, ePromos 
  • Preparing for the Future- Discuss changes that your business will face in the future and what it will mean to your technology plan.  Your future is whatever you make it.  So, make it a good one. - Doc Brown Moderator: David Natinsky, SAGE
  • On-Prem vs Cloud, what's the right balance for your organization? - Across all industries, discussion of migration to cloud services has become commonplace. An increasing number of enterprises view cloud computing as a key enabler of business transformationone that can help improve customer engagement, forge new partnerships and drive competitive advantage while ensuring compliance with standards and future-proofing solutions. Moderator: Vernon Eintracht, Logomark

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Are Your Email Campaigns Working? Analyzing the Numbers

It’s incredibly important to understand your email campaign’s numbers, but especially right now. As the most effective way to reach your customers when you can’t meet face-to-face, email analytics help you see what is working and where adjustments are needed. In this session, you’ll learn the best way to analyze and track your emails so you can develop a formula that ensures a successful campaign - every single time you click on send.

Speaker: Bille Forman, Director of Marketing, SAGE

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Machine Learning Techniques On Real World Problems

Build a real-world Data Science Model on forecasting time in transit (the time it will take to get the goods on the factory floor) for overseas vendorsDiscuss some of the fundamentals of regressions, decision trees and neural networksShow an application that can detect faces on a videoShow an application using Reinforcement learning that can learn and play a game on its ownDiscuss how to deploy some of these models on the cloud and be used as an API. 

Speaker: Raj Mukherjee, Integration Team Lead, Hit Promotional Products 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

PromoStandards: Standard Development, Membership, Formalization

In 2019, PromoStandards completed the full lifecycle of the order. This session will touch on what is happening in 2020. We still have a strong focus on improving the lifecycle of the order and provide updated standards to the industry that allow for supply-chain efficiencies. This session will also touch on our formalization updates and provide information on how you can get involved to help drive the volunteer organization forward.
Speaker: Jon Norris, Vice President Of Operations, Starline USA

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Roundtable Networking 2

Roundtable topics for discussion are listed below.  You will have the opportunity to select your top roundtable topics during the registration.

  • Industry Integrations - PromoStandards, Sage, ASI, and custom supplier APIs are all moving data in this industry. Service providers are trying to get more distributors and suppliers integrating all the time. Discuss this ever-growing and exciting topic that is changing the industry as we know it.Moderators: Javier Franco, Edwards Garment | Raj Mukherjee, Hit Promotional Products  
  • Preparing for the Future - Discuss changes that your business will face in the future and what it will mean to your technology plan.  Your future is whatever you make it.  So make it a good one. - Doc Brown  Moderator: Brian Carothers, Proforma
  • Product Compliance -  Discuss regulatory compliance of products as well as product safety and understand the regulations that products must comply with. Moderator: Allen Casey, HALO
  • Security Tools & Services - Discuss and share security tools and services your organization is using and how they can help others.  Moderator: David Jackson, SWEDA
  • Staff Training / Security Awareness - Discuss the staff training best practices and implementing a good security awareness program for your employees about corporate policies and procedures for working with information technology (IT). Moderator: Mike Pfeiffer, American Solutions for Business
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Mixology POP-UP

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Virtual Happy Hour

Friday, September 25, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Product Compliance Panel

Moderator:

Raj Mukherjee, Director of Integrations and ERP, Hit Promotional Products

Panel:
Michael Plourde, MAS, Director, Data and Analytics, Geiger

Nat Bullock, MAS, Product Responsibility and Global Services Manager, Geiger

Allen Casey, Manager of Web Services, HALO

Jackie Yount, MAS, Sr. Business Operations Specialist, HALO

Nathan Cotter, Vice President of Compliance, Hit Promotional Products

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Tech Tips POP-UP

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Remote Workers – Now And Into The Future Panel

Join us for a discussion on remote employees and their impacts on IT. Hear from distributors and suppliers on what they did to send everyone home with stay at home orders, hot to manage a remote team, what issues does IT run into with remote employees, and a discussion on what lies in the future or remote vs office employees.  

Moderator:
David Jackson, Director of IT, SWEDA 

Panel: 
Javier Franco, IT Director, Edwards Garment

Mike Pfeiffer, Vice President of Technology, American Solutions for Business 

Raj Mukherjee, Director of Integrations and ERP, Hit Promotional Products 

Steven Stanley, MAS, Vice President of Technology, ePromos Promotional Products 

All sessions are listed in Central Time

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Conference Fee Information

PPAI Member: $250

PPAI Associate: $300

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Tech Summit Work Group

 Allen Casey 

 Web Services Team Lead 

 HALO 

 Brian Pritchard 

 Director of IT 

 SAGE 

 David Jackson 

 Director of IT 

 SWEDA 

 David Natinsky, MAS 

 President 

 SAGE 

 Dale Denham, MAS+ 

 VP 

 Geiger 

 Javier Franco 

 Director of IT Solutions 

 Edwards Garment 

 Jon Norris 

 Vice President 

 Starline USA, Inc 

 Mike Pfeiffer 

 VP Technology 

 American Solutions for Business 

 Michael Plourde, MAS 

 Director of Data and Analytics 

 Geiger 

 Paul Elfstrom 

 Director of IT 

 PPAI 

 Raj Mukherjee 

 Integration Team Lead 

 Hit Promotional Products 

 Steven Stanley, MAS 

 Director of Technology 

 ePromos 

 Vera Muzzillo, CAS 

 Board Liaison 

 Proforma 

 Vernon Eintracht 

 CTO 

 Logomark, Inc. 

 Vicki Sypien 

 IT Project Manager 

 PPAI