Leadership and technology keep coming closer together in the promotional products industry, and now they're going to be in a lock-up together.
The 2016 PPAI North American Leadership Conference sponsored by Essent is August 14-16 in San Francisco, a technology hub of the world. It's also co-locating with the Essent-sponsored PPAI Technology Summit for a second consecutive year.
"Co-locating the NALC and Technology Summit will continue to build bridges that are critical to making us more efficient as a supply chain."
PPAI NALC Workgroup Co-Leader Catherine Graham said the location is allowing organizers to draw on thought leadership in Silicon Valley and at Stanford University to speak to NALC attendees on innovation and technological change.
"Last year was a huge success co-locating NALC and the Tech Summit together and resulted in networking and collaborations that would not have happened otherwise. The overlapping sessions elevated the discussion and really brought the role of technology in business to the forefront. The co-locating will continue to build bridges that are critical to making us more efficient as a supply chain," said Graham, who is also CEO of commonsku and President of RIGHTSLEEVE.
Mrs. Graham also said organizers have arranged a private tour of Alcatraz as a closing-night treat for NALC attendees.
Mrs. Graham revealed those and other details about the 2016 PPAI North American Leadership Conference in the following interview with Platinum NALC and Tech Summit sponsor Essent.
PPAI has continued to keep the content fresh year after year, tailoring it to the key issues that are on the minds of leaders in the industry. Given all the changes happening in the industry currently, we are particularly excited about hosting it in San Francisco where we can leverage the local thought leadership in Silicon Valley and Stanford to speak on topics such as innovation and technological change.
Last year was a huge success co-locating NALC and the Tech Summit together and resulted in networking and collaborations that would not have happened otherwise. The overlapping sessions elevated the discussion and really brought the role of technology in business to the forefront. The co-locating will continue to build bridges that are critical to making us more efficient as a supply chain.
We have organized a private tour of Alcatraz for the closing night which will be an experience not to be missed!. We are also taking advantage of the exceptional restaurant scene in San Franciso to create some great dining experiences.
Technology is as a critical component of how we as an industry will remain competitive into the future which makes it a very hot topic with executives. In addition, with the location being San Francisco, it was a perfect fit to leverage the location and have technology be a big focus of the conference.
I think people will be talking about the innovation content and how to bring that back and drive the thinking into their organization. We have Duncan Logan of Rocketspace lined up to speak who is an expert in this space and will bring a very interesting perspective.
My co-chair David Nicholson (PCNA) and I have a fantastic work group this year - , Rod Brown (MadetoOrder), Nate Robson (Raining Rose), Bill Petrie (Brandivate), Scott Pearson (Logomark), Jeff Batson (Next Products), Nancy Hoffman (Geiger), Lee Strom (SanMar) and Nikki Stella (Promomarketing). Jonathan Issacson (Gemline) has provided invaluable advice on content and speakers, and the team at PPAI has been amazing - Rachel Robichaud, Bob MacLean, Stacy Riddler and of course Paul Bellantone.
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