Monday, April 20, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 2:30 PM EDT

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The Inn at Harbor Shores 
800 Whitwam Dr
St Joseph, MI 49085

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Paul A Kiewiet MAS+ 
Michigan Promotional Professionals Association 


Monday Keynote and Breakout: Start With Why! Presented by Heath Slawner,an Igniter with the Simon Sinek organization.

Heath is a passionate speaker whose gift lies in connecting people and ideas with creative energy. With his work at the intersection of leadership, influence and trust, Heath vividly shares insights and perspectives that help others take performance to the next level.

Ever optimistic, Heath believes that trust and purpose are at the center of it all. When we’re clear about why we’re here, where we’re going, who we serve and how we’re getting there, people start to feel valued and fulfilled. Consequently, we will choose to do our best work and collectively bring bold visions to reality.

Driven by the belief that people thrive when they are united by a shared sense of purpose, Heath joined the Start With Why team in 2015 and continues to work with organizations to drive performance, enhance leadership, and strengthen workplace culture.

Our gathering place

On the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan in the quaint village of St Joseph, you'll meet and network with top industry leaders as we create the future together. The resort features beautiful rooms with private balconies and full spa amenities as well. The Harbor Shores golf course is the home of a Senior PGA championship tournament. After our inspiring keynote workshop, we'll have an evening experience at The Shadowland Pavillion at Silver Beach for dinner and carousel rides. The beautiful resort is just $129.00 per night for conference attendees.


 MiPPA is able to make this high level education and networking event affordable due to the support and generosity of our sponsors.

Edwards Garment Company - the largest Michigan-based supplier in the industry bringing top level branded apparel and uniform programs and education on how to sell it. Our Platinum Level Sponsor!

BicGraphic - Gold Level Sponsor
Hit Promotional Products - Silver Sponsor
Geiger - Bronze Sponsor

Our Round Table Sponsors
Hub Promotional Products
Vantage Apparel
Goldstar Pens 


Vision 2020 - Michigan Leadership Conference 

The Power of a A National Conference Brought Close to Home and Affordable. This is for all leaders and future leaders — a two day conference bringing top speakers, talent and leaders together to network and discuss the major factors driving industry change. On the shores of Lake Michigan, two days of thinking new thoughts and creating the future.

Monday, April 20
1:00 pm:  Welcome, Introductions and Conference Opening
1:30 pm - 4:45 pm:  Heath Slawner - Igniter - Discover Your Why and Create an Organization of Purpose
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm:  Welcome Cocktail Reception
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm:  Dinner at the Shadowland Pavillion at Silver Beach
        Carousel and networking

Tuesday, April 21
7:00 am - 8:30 am:  Breakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 am:  Trendspotting - Trends in Apparel and Decorating: Ira Neaman CEO of Vantage Apparel      and 2020 Chairman of the Board of PPAI. 
9:15 am - 10:15 am: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Technologies That Will Transform Our Industry: Catherine Graham President and CEO of commonsku 
10:45 am - 11:45 am: Hybrid Selling - Combining Traditional Skills with Technology Tools: Dale Denham CIO of Geiger and former PPAI Board Chair 
12:00 Noon - 1:00 pm:  Lunch and Round Table Discussions
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: How to Transition from a Transactional to a Relational Organization: Paul Bellantone CEO   of PPAI 
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm:  Group Discussion - Key Takeaways and Commitments
2:30 pm:  Conference Adjournment 

Tuesday Speakers:

   Paul Bellantone CAE is the President and CEO of PPAI. Along with the PPAI board of directors, Paul has been transforming PPAI from a transactional organization to a relational one. In his presentation, he'll describe why this is important in the fast-changing, technology-driven environment and how it connects with the right-brain and left-brain functions. 
 Ira Neaman, Founder and President of Vantage Apparel and 2020 PPAI Chairman of the Board of Directors. Number 22 on ASI's Power 50 list of the most influential people in the industry, Neaman has built Vantage Apparel into a leading apparel supplier and the most awarded decorator in the industry. In his presentation, he will help us understand how to spot trends and also describe what he sees as the new trends in the apparel category.
  Catherine Graham, CEO and co-founder of commonsku. Catherine has more than 18 years of experience in banking, management consulting and growing businesses through her time at TD Bank, eBay, A.T. Kearney, RIGHTSLEEVE and commonsku. Commonsku takes the best of business software through CRM and order management and combines it with the power of collaborative social networking through collaboration and data sharing. The result is a powerful mix of business productivity and communication across the promotional supply chain. Ms Graham will show us how Artificial Intelligence and other technology advances may change the industry and what we can do to prepare for and direct it.
  Dale Denham CIO of Geiger and former chairman of PPAI, Denham is one of our industry's top technologists. As more and more promotional products sales move online, Dale offers actionable strategies and information that allows you to leverage your relationships while taking advantage of the online technology tools available to you.