Virtual Product Responsibility Summit 2020


We've Made The Move To Virtual

The PPAI Virtual Product Responsibility Summit offers education focused on the most-pressing business implications, challenges and opportunities associated with compliance, now conveniently located anywhere you are. Like our past live events, Summit will be facilitated by industry thought leaders, subject matter experts and leaders in compliance.

This year we will focus on vetting supply chains in a flash, introducing new product categories while remaining compliant, and everything related to personal protective equipment (PPE).



Why Attend Summit?


Staying up-to-date with state and federal product safety regulations can be exhausting at times. However, it's critical for you and your company to stay involved in the ever-changing discussion because it affects everyone in our industry.

The Summit helps you continue your product safety journey by bringing together business and compliance leaders from across the industry to discuss corporate responsibility issues and the business implications and challenges they face.

With the registration fee, every attendee will receive a free digital resource manual, access to optional 101 education sessions (prior to event), MAS level education credits and PSA designation or designation renewal. 

The first 100 registered attendees before August 22 will receive a Summit Survival Kit mailed to their home or office by the first day of the event. 

Event Speakers

 Robert Adler 


 U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 

 Kim Bakalyar 

 Chief Compliance Officer 


 Paul Bellantone, CAE 

 President & CEO 


 Eddie Blau 


 Innovation Line 

 Rick Brenner, MAS+ 

 President & CEO 

 Product Safety Advisors/Logical Advisors 

 Brian Campbell 

 Director Of Supply Chain Compliance 


 Neal Cohen 


 Neal Cohen Law 

 Nathan Cotter 

 Vice President 

 Hit Promotional Products, Inc. 

 Susan DeRagon  

 Senior Technical Consultant 


 E. Chase Dressman 


 Taft Law 

 Leslie Fair 


 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 

 Cheryl A. Falvey 


 Crowell & Moring 

 Emily Gigot 

 Sustainability Manager 


 Maurice Norris 

 Public Affairs Manager 


 Lenny Polakoff 



 Annette B. Santamaria PhD MPH DABT 


 J S Held 

 Kathleen Sanzo 


 Morgan Lewis and Bockius 

 Suzanne Schwartz, MD, MBA 

 Deputy Director 

 US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) 

 Anne Stone, CAE 

 Director of Advocacy and Member Engagement 


 Nury Turkel 


 United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 

Event Highlights

MAS/CAS Certification Credits

Earn 10 CEU Credits!

This Year's Topics

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Pre Event Sessions

To maximize your time during the Virtual Product Responsibility Summit event, we strongly suggest that you view these two on-demand PPAI webinars before the conference:

Product Safety 101—The consumer products market is becoming increasingly regulated and subject to scrutiny by many government agencies and consumer groups. This course introduces promotional products professionals to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), California Proposition 65, specific regulations concerning promotional products and other mandatory and voluntary standards

New To Compliance Panel Discussion— A panel of seasoned compliance professionals will share simple tips and techniques to help your organization stay up-to-date with all of your product responsibility obligations.

Event Agenda

Monday, September 14, 2020

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

Opening Remarks

Brian Campbell, 4imprint
Anne Stone, CAE, PPAI

11:10 am - 12:10 pm

Agency Alphabet Soup: CDC, CBP, CPSC, DOT, EPA, FDA, FTC, OSHA, TSA

The Who. The What. The Why.
This session will explain the various regulatory bodies that have some level of oversight on our businesses and identify what they do and how they interact with our industry. We will use the ever-popular PPE category to illustrate the challenges of multiple regulatory jurisdictions.


Moderator: Cheri Falvey, Crowell and Moring
Panelists: Lesley Fair, U.S. Fair Trade Commission; Dan Solis, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

12:10 PM - 12:25 PM

Regulator Round-up (Optional)

Acting CPSC Chairman Robert Adler will provide a brief update regarding the priorities and initiatives of this independent federal agency.

Presenter: Acting Commissioner Robert Adler, U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commissioner

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

What You Say Matters…

Marketing claims shape a company’s identity and can set it apart from the competition. If a claim is not truthful, you could be in trouble. The FTC will take action against companies making untruthful claims—particularly related to COVID-19 and greenwashing statements. In this session you will receive a seven-point checklist to help companies ensure marketing claims stand up to the principles enforced by the FTC.

Presenter: Leslie Fair, Attorney, Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Roundtable Chat (Optional)

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM

Opening Remarks

Brian Campbell, 4imprint
Anne Stone, CAE, PPAI

11:05 AM - 12:05 PM

Antimicrobial Products Present Their Own Challenges

As products with antimicrobial properties become increasingly common, it is important to understand your obligations related to claims, registration, testing and more. This session will address how to evaluate the antimicrobial qualities of a product, what kind of testing is required and challenges particular to this product category.

Moderator: Brian Campbell, 4imprint
Panelists:Chase Dressman, Taft Law; Annette Santamaria, J S Held

12:05 PM - 12:20 PM

State Of The Industry

Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Hand Sanitizer 101

This session will address the regulations and supply chain challenges surrounding hand sanitizer including compounding, storing, packaging and marketing claims.

Moderator: Rick Brenner, MAS+, Product Safety Advisors
Panelists: Rosanne Webster, Snugz; Eddie Blau, Innovation line; Heather Wunderlich, Staples

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Roundtable Chat (Optional)

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM

Opening Remarks

11:05 AM - 12:05 PM

FDA Audit Activity And cGMP Best Practices

This session will address best practices when importing, distributing and labeling products regulated by the FDA. It will address the do’s and don’ts related to supply chain compliance, registrations and facility obligations, as well as vetting the supply chain and executing audits of both foreign and domestic facilities.

12:05 PM - 12:20 PM

FDA Emergency Use Authorization - What does it mean to you?

What is the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)? What does it mean to you and what will happen when it expires?

Presenter: Dr. Suzanne Schwartz, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Recall Preparedness—What Do You Know About FDA Recalls?

Recall preparedness is a must, but with the recent pivot to PPE, it is essential that member companies are up to speed on not only CPSC recalls, but also FDA recalls. The session will identify best practices and tactics to ensure you are prepared in the case you are required to execute a recall.

Moderator: Neal Cohen, Neal Cohen Law 
Panelists:Kathleen Sanzo, Morgan Lewis and Bockius; Cecilia Wolyniak, U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Roundtable Chat (Optional)

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Supply Chain War Stories Happy Hour

Thursday, September 17, 2020

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM

Opening Remarks

Anne Stone, CAE, PPAI
Maurice Norris, PPAI

11:05 AM - 12:15 PM

Corporate Social Responsibility

This session will address corporate social responsibility—what it means to your business and your clients. Increasing, there is an expectation from brands that you have addressed CSR within your company, your community and your supply chain. This session will address the different categories of CSR and identity steps you can begin to implement now.

Panelist: Emily Gigot, SanMar; Denise Taschereau, Fairware

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Human Rights & Potential Forced Labor in the Supply Chain

Can you say for certain that there is no forced labor in your supply chain? Nury Turkel, Commission with the US Commission on International Religious Freedom will discuss this question as well as the practical implications of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection ban on cotton imported from the Xinjiang region of China. What happens internally in China could cause an impact beyond China’s borders and it is critical that you are aware of risks in your supply chain.

Panelist: Nury Turkel, Commission, US Commission on International Religious Freedom

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Social Responsibility

Presenter: Nury Turkle, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Roundtable Chat (Optional)

Friday, September 18, 2020

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM

Opening Remarks

Brian Campbell, 4imprint
Rick Brenner, MAS+, Product Safety Advisors

11:05 AM - 12:15 PM

Best Practices In Vetting The Supply Chain In A Flash

The first half of 2020 prompted this industry to shift focus, change production methods and focus on new product categories while maintaining product responsibility integrity. This session will identify lessons learned including how to identify minimum requirements for new factory or supplier relationships, minimum product testing and social responsibility requirements.

Moderator: Nathan Cotter, Hit Promotional Products
Panelists: Cheron Coleman, alphabroder; Kyle Earing, Blink Marketing; Pierre Montaubin, BIC.

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Where Do We Spend First As We Rebuild And What Are Our Priorities?

As we get comfortable in our new normal, we’re going to begin to plan with more confidence. This interactive session will assess trends, priorities and concerns related to product responsibility in the age of COVID-19.

Moderator: Kim Bakalyar, PromoShop
Panelists: Sandeep Jain, Imagen Brands; Lenny Polakoff, Zagwear

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Roundtable Chat (Optional)

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Closing Remarks

All times above are Central Standard Time.

Virtual Product Responsibility Summit 2020 Sponsorships

PPAI offers exhibit opportunities and an array of sponsorship levels at PPAI’s Virtual Product Responsibility Summit that are perfecting for reaching high-level industry executives, decision-makers and compliance experts.

See what sponsorship opportunities are still available. Find the perfect fit? Download the contract today. Need help finding the perfect fit? Contact your account manager today

Event Fee

Virtual Conference Registration Fees:
PPAI Members: $500 (bonus for members: $150 of the fee will be applied to the 2021 Summit event)
                       Additional attendees for the same member company: $350
PPAI Associates & Non-Members:  $700

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Included in the cost:

With your registration fee, every attendee will receive a free resource manual, access to optional 101 education sessions (prior to event), MAS level education credits and PSA designation or designation renewal. 

To register for any of PPAI's live education events, each attendee must be listed on the company roster of a business in The PPAI Directory. Each registration requires an individual login. For group registrations, contact Kathlene Brethowr at 972-258-3069 or email

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued, minus a $75 processing fee, up to and including September 10, 2020. After September 10, 2020, refunds will not be issued. Refunds will not be issued for conference no-shows. All cancellations must be emailed to Anne Stone.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who may register for and attend this event?

To register for any of PPAI’s live education events, you must be a PPAI Member or Associate, meaning that you own or are employed by a company that manufactures, imports or resells promotional products. Each registration requires an individual login.

What are the best technology practices for roundtable participants?

Please note for some sessions participants will be on video and speaking with each other during part of the session, therefore, it’s recommended that participants have a webcam and a headset/mic that connects to your computer for the best audio.

What happens after I register? 
Registered participants will get the unique login information one hour before the start of the virtual conference on September 14 from


By registering for the conference, you agree to have your basic information published on the official attendee list and to have your photo taken at the event. Please contact Kathlene Brethower should you wish to be removed from this list.

Consent To Use Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at and/or participation in the Virtual Product Responsibility Summit or any Association meetings or events constitute an agreement by the registrant to fully consent to PPAI’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant’s or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproduction and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Questions Regarding Membership
Please call 888-I-AM-PPAI (426-7724) or e-mail PPAI Membership.