Bryan Papé

Having inherited his grandfather’s entrepreneurial spirit, it wasn’t until a life-or-death ski accident at the age of 20 that Bryan Papé fully realized his vision to begin building a legacy of generosity. That clarity, coupled with design opportunity in active lifestyle products, led to MiiR’s launch in 2010.

A Product to ProjectTM company committed to trackable giving, MiiR gives 3% of revenue to partner organizations with an aim to empower people for a better future. Every product we design is built in-house with an emphasis on innovation, timelessness, simplicity and sustainability.

MiiR partners with some of the most respected nonprofits in the world to create sustainable giving projects in the clean water, health and food sectors that address both domestic and international issues. To date, we have given over $1 million dollars, empowered the lives of 115,000+ people worldwide, and invite customers to track the impact of their purchase through our Give CodeTM registration process.

Outside of MiiR, Bryan has many passions including teaching his daughter to explore, bird hunting with his vizsla and building his family’s cabin in the middle of nowhere. He enjoys skiing and mountaineering, and has successfully summited Mount Rainier on four occasions, two of them with his wife Rebecca. Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, he considers the Pacific Northwest home after having lived in Seattle for close to fifteen years.

In 2016, Bryan was named a 40 Under 40 business leader by the Puget Sound Business Journal, the same publication that named MiiR the third fastest-growing private company in Washington in the same year. He received the first Young Alum of the Year award from his alma mater Seattle Pacific University in 2009, and in 2015 was awarded the first Young Alum of the Year in the SPU School of Business and Economics. Bryan and Rebecca were honored as Supporters of the Year by One Day's Wages in 2013.

Building a Brand That Matters: The MiiR Story

Respected for their innovation, timelessness, simplicity, and sustainability, MiiR has transcended the commoditized drinkware category to create a unique experience through premium products that have led to dramatic growth. In this session, Bryan Papé will share his insights from how a life-or-death ski accident at age 20 put him on an entrepreneurial journey to begin a lifestyle products company with a passion for creating sustainable giving projects in the clean water, health and food sectors (MiiR has donated over $1 million dollars to empower the lives of over 115,000 people worldwide). Bryan will not only talk about his experience from start-up to success, and his passion for social responsibility, but he will also share:

  • Insights into how he positioned MiiR in a commoditized category that led to breakthrough growth
  • Why MiiR is passionate about social responsibility and its impact on their business through retail and corporate partnerships
  • Tips on well-designed merchandise and why attention to design details have never been more important
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Vicki Ostrom

As a Futurist and Trend Editor, Vicki Ostrom is a specialist in identifying societal trends and translating them into profitable products. With 20 years in the fashion industry, designing and traveling for companies such as SanMar, Eddie Bauer, Tommy Bahama and JCPenney, Vicki has honed her craft. A regular contributor to many industry magazines on trend topics, she has been featured in Counselor magazine’s “The 25 Hottest Movers and Shakers In The Industry” as well as their article, “5 Most Interesting People in Apparel & Design”.

Trendspotting: Four Macro Trends Driving Innovation Today

COLLECT, NOURISH, PROTECT and EXPERIENCE are four key macro trends born of the need to innovate our way out of the anxiety and stress associated with living in these current times. Anxiety is changing the way we live our lives, from the places we go, to the homes we inhabit, to the products we buy. Even though we’ve got a lot to cope with, we’re finding a way not just to survive, but thrive! In this solutions-oriented trend presentation, Vicki Ostrom will build a trend framework that can help you bridge the divide between information and action; between trend concept and merchandising magic.

In this session, you'll learn:

  • How the four key macro trends translate into product
  • How to build a bridge between macro trends and merchandise selection
  • Why trends in adjacent industries matter to your industry
  • How to build your trendspotting muscle!
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Memo Kahan

He was born in Mexico City and immigrated to the US as a teenager, in time, this young immigrant would someday build one of the most successful promotional products businesses in the industry. Today, Memo Kahan leads a team of over 100 employees, over 40 salespeople, over 1200 clients, and over 45+ million in revenue. Headquartered in Los Angeles with nine additional offices and four satellite sales teams spread throughout the U.S. and Canada, PromoShop is a promotional merchandise company with the marketing talent and creative culture of an advertising agency, earning the trust of some of the world’s best-known and loved brands.

Your World: Crossroads and Opportunities

Business is an adventure, and just like every journey we take, it's full of obstacles and opportunities. Though we all have a destination in mind, it's who you travel with, which road you take, what do to at difficult crossroads, and how to have the right frame of mind, that end up determining the joy in your journey. In this special skucon experience, Memo will lead a discussing, sharing from his own journey, how he grew from start-up to $50 million in revenue, and the key lessons learned along the way. From recruiting the right partners to cultivating a unique culture, join us for a wide-ranging discussion and a focus on the most essential gear needed for today's modern entrepreneur.

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Daryll Griffin

Daryll Griffin is the President of Accolades, Inc., a marketing firm she founded in 1990. And since 2015, Accolades, Inc. is a proud member of commonsku community. While building her 29-year-old firm, Griffin has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the promotional products industry and her community. An active member of PPAI and the Georgia Association of Promotional Products Professionals (GAPPP), Griffin has graciously served the industry since 2003 on countless PPAI committees, task forces, and advisory groups, including the Certification, Leadership and Membership Services committees. She is an industry advocate and speaker who was recognized in 2016 as a PPAI Fellow. Most recently Griffin has been recognized as the 2019 recipient of the PPAI Woman of Achievement Award and the PPAI H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award.

Griffin has a long history of dedicating her time and energy serving the community and mentoring others. Griffin served as Vice Chair of the Board of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta, where she was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers for her dedication to the YWCA and its mission. As a member of the Atlanta Business League (ABL) since 1993, she has served as chair of the Board of Directors and served as Board Secretary. ABL has honored her with the League’s Leadership Award for her service and in 2015 Accolades was inducted into the Atlanta Business League Hall of Fame where to date they are the only Promo Products company ever inducted. She served for a decade as secretary of the United Sisterhood of Wheat Street Baptist Church, and as director of Vacation Bible School at Wheat Street, where she is a lifelong member.

Griffin previously served on the boards of Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC), Callanwolde Arts Center Foundation, Hispanic Corporate Council of Atlanta and was a two-term president of NSAC Jack and Jill of America. She is currently President of her Chapter of Links, Incorporated and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is the mother of Michael Griffin, active in our industry, and formerly past President of our GAPPP, Regional Association.

skucon Stories

Big order fails. Brilliant client saves. Narrow margin orders that went south. Product disasters. Embarrassing client moments. We've all had them. Most of the stories in the industry are normal, the simple price we pay for being in a crazily-adventurous, anything-can-happen, deadline-driven business. But these stories? The best of the best of them. 10-minute promo tales to put a smile on your face. Make you think. And mostly, to remind you ... you are not alone. Join Brandon Pecharich, Daryll Griffin, Karie Cowden, Stacy Anderson Carter and Justin Carter, and Jenna Quaranta, as they share the harrowing and hilarious tales only they can tell.

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Lucas Guariglia

After spending 10 years as a touring musician, Lucas Guariglia started Rowboat Creative with his business partner and fellow musician, Joe Zangrilli, in a basement in Chicago, that basement would eventually grow to over 60,000 square feet of some incredibly creative and progressive work. In addition to being one of the most respected merch agencies for their ingenuity, they are also one of the fastest-growing and they are passionate about this intersection they work at between art+science.

With a relentless “we can find a way attitude” fueled by their DIY beginnings and their hands-on experimentation, their music experience gave them a relentless passion for the fans' experience, the end-users experience, which led to all types of experiential marketing. Rowboat Creative now designs, builds, and implements marketing experiences through tactile product for some of the largest corporations, and largest performing artists in the music industry.

Building Brand Buy-in, Ethos, and Experience

Is your brand an experience? Does your brand posture and vibe attract world-class clients, creators, and dreamers to your organization? Do all of your touchpoints amplify your unique vibe? Musicians and artists, Lucas and his business partner Joe, have built their brand, Rowboat Creative, through the lens of an experience, capitalizing on their performance background as touring musicians which attracts committed supporters rather than pass-through customers. Lucas will discuss the importance of crafting a unique brand along with strategies and tactics they’ve proven that get a strong signal in a world full of noise, including:

  • Building a brand ethos that is true to your passion
  • Investing intelligently in your brand via non-traditional avenues
  • Amplifying and unifying the brand through all stakeholders (employees, clients, community, supplier partners)
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Stacy Anderson Carter

Stacy Anderson Carter is a rule breaking, free spirited, fiery redhead from Houston Texas. After she graduated college from Texas A&M with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, she took a few years to ‘find herself’ by living in Hawaii, St. Thomas, Maine, Arkansas and eventually moved to the Vail Valley, Colorado in 2004 to pursue a lifestyle in extreme sports and mountain living. She now resides in a small town of 280 people, just south of Vail at 8,750 feet, with her husband Justin and Pomeranian, Kalalau.

Stacy started her career at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. After a few years, the founder of a private equity fund recruited Stacy to manage his Vail, Beaver Creek and Aspen properties. She oversaw the management of over $100 Million in properties, was the highest revenue producer in rental sales and took care of all the guest visits. This level of guest services and sales set the foundation for her success in the promotional products realm. However, after 10 years, and always being on call, she lost her focus ... and needed a change.

In October of 2016, Stacy joined her then fiancé, Justin, at the company he started, Avon Sticker Company. Soon after she joined Justin, they changed the name to Brand-On. In September 2017 (after getting married in July) Stacy and Justin left for their honeymoon in New Zealand for a month in a 1972 VW Kombi van. They traveled the country, lived in the van and had their biggest revenue month ever! This experience was the catalyst for the Brand-On Beast, aka the B.O.B. Stacy and Justin knew that they needed to grow their business but they also knew that being in nature and not being tied down to an office, was important for their souls. After years of being attached to her phone and forced to be in cell reception (which isn’t easy in the mountains!) Stacy welcomed the idea of van life...but with a little more comfort and while making money! Breaking all the rules in the promo space and paving their own way, they enjoy the freedom and luxury on wheels. Crafting a business they love, they choose clients they consider cool and fun (which shouldn’t be hard since their top clients are in cannabis, whiskey, and festivals). Their marketing budget is now spent on outfitting their massive truck, and attending their client's events hoping to grow the brand exposure and meet new clients. Marketing their way :).

skucon Stories

Big order fails. Brilliant client saves. Narrow margin orders that went south. Product disasters. Embarrassing client moments. We've all had them. Most of the stories in the industry are normal, the simple price we pay for being in a crazily-adventurous, anything-can-happen, deadline-driven business. But these stories? The best of the best of them. 10-minute promo tales to put a smile on your face. Make you think. And mostly, to remind you ... you are not alone. Join Brandon Pecharich, Daryll Griffin, Karie Cowden, Stacy Anderson Carter and Justin Carter, and Jenna Quaranta, as they share the harrowing and hilarious tales only they can tell.

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Justin Carter

California native Justin Carter has a passion for starting new companies and breathing life into innovative ideas. When he was 15 years old he started his first company, mowing lawns and installing sprinkler systems in the Napa Valley. He moved to Colorado for real estate, but the state of the economy quickly altered his path. He dabbled in a variety of start up companies before deciding to move to the Vail Valley to pursue a lifestyle of skiing regularly, where he started Avon Sticker Company in April of 2014 from his studio apartment. In 2016, his now wife Stacy joined him, and they saw a need to expand his product line and changed the name to Brand-On.

Justin quickly adapted to the mountain lifestyle and a balance of work and life was a focus. His passions include skiing, rock climbing and mountain biking. These hobbies led him to join Vail Mountain Rescue where he could save lives doing what he loves. He enjoys the flexibility that the promotional world offers, and often responds to emails from the tops of mountains.

skucon Stories

Big order fails. Brilliant client saves. Narrow margin orders that went south. Product disasters. Embarrassing client moments. We've all had them. Most of the stories in the industry are normal, the simple price we pay for being in a crazily-adventurous, anything-can-happen, deadline-driven business. But these stories? The best of the best of them. 10-minute promo tales to put a smile on your face. Make you think. And mostly, to remind you ... you are not alone. Join Brandon Pecharich, Daryll Griffin, Karie Cowden, Stacy Anderson Carter and Justin Carter, and Jenna Quaranta, as they share the harrowing and hilarious tales only they can tell.

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Jenna Quaranta

Jenna Quaranta is a Senior Outside Sales consultant with alphabroder. alphabroder is North America’s largest distributor of trade, private label, and retail apparel brands. Working her way up from inside sales to her current senior role, over the last ten years, Quaranta has worked with some of the largest accounts at alphabroder.

Known for her personality, entering every meeting with a smile, a few witty words, and respected for her out-of-the-box ways to help her customers sell apparel, Quaranta has been recognized by both Jack Nadel and PromoShop as the supplier sales rep of the year.

When Jenna isn’t working, she’s usually outside enjoying the beautiful weather in Newport Beach, CA. You can catch her on her skateboard, swinging kettlebells, or having a nerf gun battle with her daughter Grace.

IG: jq_alphabroder

skucon Stories

Big order fails. Brilliant client saves. Narrow margin orders that went south. Product disasters. Embarrassing client moments. We've all had them. Most of the stories in the industry are normal, the simple price we pay for being in a crazily-adventurous, anything-can-happen, deadline-driven business. But these stories? The best of the best of them. 10-minute promo tales to put a smile on your face. Make you think. And mostly, to remind you ... you are not alone. Join Brandon Pecharich, Daryll Griffin, Karie Cowden, Stacy Anderson Carter and Justin Carter, and Jenna Quaranta, as they share the harrowing and hilarious tales only they can tell.

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Brandon Mackay

Brandon Mackay, MAS, is the Owner and CEO/ President of SnugZ USA based in Salt Lake City, Utah. His laid back, employee-empowered leadership style has taken a small family business of six and transformed it into an industry powerhouse with $40 million in annual sales and over 500 employees. Brandon has served on various boards, committees, and work groups inside and outside the promotional products industry. He is Six Sigma Lean Certified and is a strong advocate for process improvement and employee development.

Brandon currently resides in Utah with his wife of twenty-two years, Liz, their four children, and two dogs. In his free time, you’ll find him outside enjoying all that Utah has to offer from skiing, biking, and running, to watching his children in their various sports. Passionate about life and an optimistic entrepreneur, Brandon enjoys the scenery ahead of him and the sun on his back.

Working Better Together: Reimagining Supplier-Distributor Collaboration

The supplier/distributor relationship has always been an interdependent model, but never before have suppliers and distributors faced challenges like today. With more custom demands from end clients, a white-hot economy that keeps distributors and suppliers at max capacity, misinformation and miscommunication, and unprecedented challenges with accuracy and on-time delivery: now is the time to reimagine how we can work better together. In this session, we’re gathering some of the most passionate thinkers who believe in the power of our supply chain and who each have worked tirelessly and conscientiously to build strong relationships with their supplier/distributor partners. In this panel, we’ll have a very direct and open discussion about the problems, the hidden solutions, and we’ll work toward a blueprint for today’s collaboration. Key insights will include:

  • Those dropped orders and missed shipments: How can we resolve these?
  • The demands made on suppliers today and their response to market forces
  • How distributors can work clearer with suppliers in a collaborative environment
  • Keys to the most effective communication between suppliers and distributors
  • What works in the most profitable relationships
  • What’s broken in the average transaction (and steps to fix it)
  • Dealing with project crisis: A discussion toward a better crisis management plan
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Kevin Felgate

Kevin Felgate founded Name Brand Promotions in 2014 and has quickly built a successful brand with a strong loyal following and a book of business with $6,000 order averages. As the former COO of A+ products (a supplier in the US and Canada), Kevin has been in the industry for over 18 years. Kevin is a consultant with multiple manufacturers and suppliers, is a frequent teacher at the Boise State Business School, part-owner of Rock of Ages at the Bourbon Room in LA, and in addition to being a world traveler, he also leads Name Brand Promotion’s efforts in producing Music on the Water, an annual concert event that raises over $100,000 each year for Make-A-Wish Idaho.

Working Better Together: Reimagining Supplier-Distributor Collaboration

The supplier/distributor relationship has always been an interdependent model, but never before have suppliers and distributors faced challenges like today. With more custom demands from end clients, a white-hot economy that keeps distributors and suppliers at max capacity, misinformation and miscommunication, and unprecedented challenges with accuracy and on-time delivery: now is the time to reimagine how we can work better together. In this session, we’re gathering some of the most passionate thinkers who believe in the power of our supply chain and who each have worked tirelessly and conscientiously to build strong relationships with their supplier/distributor partners. In this panel, we’ll have a very direct and open discussion about the problems, the hidden solutions, and we’ll work toward a blueprint for today’s collaboration. Key insights will include:

  • Those dropped orders and missed shipments: How can we resolve these?
  • The demands made on suppliers today and their response to market forces
  • How distributors can work clearer with suppliers in a collaborative environment
  • Keys to the most effective communication between suppliers and distributors
  • What works in the most profitable relationships
  • What’s broken in the average transaction (and steps to fix it)
  • Dealing with project crisis: A discussion toward a better crisis management plan
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Brenda Speirs

Brenda Speirs is the CEO and Queen Bee at Buzztag, a corporate gift and brand merchandising agency specializing in eCommerce company stores, warehousing, and global fulfillment. With over 30 years of experience in management, business development, and marketing, Brenda understands what it takes to create simple solutions to complicated challenges.

Utilizing her organizational and leadership skills she sits on several non-profit and governmental boards and facilitates mastermind groups locally and nationally. Most days you’ll find her working tirelessly to connect and inspire those around her.

Whether working with a Fortune 500 company looking to shake things up or a one-person shop trying to make a dent in the universe, Brenda provides creative solutions, strategies and inspiration that will take you to your next level.

Working Better Together: Reimagining Supplier-Distributor Collaboration

The supplier/distributor relationship has always been an interdependent model, but never before have suppliers and distributors faced challenges like today. With more custom demands from end clients, a white-hot economy that keeps distributors and suppliers at max capacity, misinformation and miscommunication, and unprecedented challenges with accuracy and on-time delivery: now is the time to reimagine how we can work better together. In this session, we’re gathering some of the most passionate thinkers who believe in the power of our supply chain and who each have worked tirelessly and conscientiously to build strong relationships with their supplier/distributor partners. In this panel, we’ll have a very direct and open discussion about the problems, the hidden solutions, and we’ll work toward a blueprint for today’s collaboration. Key insights will include:

  • Those dropped orders and missed shipments: How can we resolve these?
  • The demands made on suppliers today and their response to market forces
  • How distributors can work clearer with suppliers in a collaborative environment
  • Keys to the most effective communication between suppliers and distributors
  • What works in the most profitable relationships
  • What’s broken in the average transaction (and steps to fix it)
  • Dealing with project crisis: A discussion toward a better crisis management plan
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Kate Ivory

With a core belief of “if you do the right thing-good things happen” and a deep passion for great customer service, Kate has built a career out of “doing the right thing.”

Starting her career in retail, she learned that telling the truth builds trust. Moving into management for a popular restaurant group, followed by keeping the skies friendly as a flight attendant, Kate found she had the ability for handling stress and chaos with ease. Always one for a good challenge, sales seemed the next appropriate move, and with a philosophy of, “if you learn the hard stuff first, the rest will be easy” she tackled and sold air in 30 and 60 second increments, which led her to print and out of home sales and management. In several companies Kate was awarded, Employee of the Year, voted on by her peers for her ability to work “both sides of the fence,” bringing sales and operations together as a team to exceed goals year after year.

In 2003, looking for something new, and not wanting to throw away everything she had learned about advertising, she started GIDI Promotions. With nothing more than a high school degree and a simple mission of hearing the customer say, “Glad I Did it”, Kate has built a successful multimillion-dollar distributorship in Portland, OR.

She has served on the NWPMA Regional board, is a PPAI Fellow, and currently the RAC liaison for NWPMA. She is deeply devoted to her husband Michael, and son Jack. Loves hiking, baking pies and cooking, learning, soulful talks with friends and most of all great big belly laughs. Kate is looking forward to enrolling in College when she turns 70!

Working Better Together: Reimagining Supplier-Distributor Collaboration

The supplier/distributor relationship has always been an interdependent model, but never before have suppliers and distributors faced challenges like today. With more custom demands from end clients, a white-hot economy that keeps distributors and suppliers at max capacity, misinformation and miscommunication, and unprecedented challenges with accuracy and on-time delivery: now is the time to reimagine how we can work better together. In this session, we’re gathering some of the most passionate thinkers who believe in the power of our supply chain and who each have worked tirelessly and conscientiously to build strong relationships with their supplier/distributor partners. In this panel, we’ll have a very direct and open discussion about the problems, the hidden solutions, and we’ll work toward a blueprint for today’s collaboration. Key insights will include:

  • Those dropped orders and missed shipments: How can we resolve these?
  • The demands made on suppliers today and their response to market forces
  • How distributors can work clearer with suppliers in a collaborative environment
  • Keys to the most effective communication between suppliers and distributors
  • What works in the most profitable relationships
  • What’s broken in the average transaction (and steps to fix it)
  • Dealing with project crisis: A discussion toward a better crisis management plan
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Brian Gill

Brian Gill is the Vice President of Sales and thumbprint, “Guardians of the Brand,” who use cloud-based, variable data-tech to build memorable experiences for their customers. Experts in branded products proficiency, and crossing the chasm between digital marketing and physical marketing, thumprint uses data and analysis to uncover trends and develop new marketing potential through global scalable tech. Brian began his career in the industry building the tech that powers their multi-million dollar enterprise and now leads a team of brand heroes who guide their clients through sophisticated solutions that enhance the personalized experience through the most difficult logistical challenges.

The Real Tech Talk: How Traditional Companies Revolutionize

The market’s velocity is extreme and there is a constant demand from clients for product innovation plus tech solutions that dare to dream big and make a huge impact on the bottom line. Brian Gill’s company is a decades old business that has constantly risen to the challenge of evolving their brand and their products and services and to lead their clients to global solutions. From actual augmented reality campaigns to wayfinding apps and more, they’re not just providing innovative tech for tech’s sake: they’re developing solutions for clients that are meaningful and impactful. In Brian’s session, you’ll learn about the primacy technology has had on their evolution as a brand plus:

  • A walk through client-developed tech campaigns that work
  • Reimaging your brand through the lens of innovative merch + technology
  • Developing the right partnerships to build a robust agency solution
  • Reinvesting in people, power, and processes to sell forward
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Karie Cowden

Karie Cowden, MAS accidentally fell into the promo world in 1996. Promo Journey: Support person for Holt Marketing Group, LLC now Geiger. Regional Sales Manager for AZ, CA, WA, OR, NV for Barlow, now Bic Graphic…I think. Regional Sales Manager for Vantage Custom Classics, now Vantage Apparel covering AZ and So Cal. Account Executive for Team Shop Premiums, now HDS and finally…founded Connect the Dots Promotions, LLC in 2008. Connect the Dots was just named #6 in fastest growing promotional products distributors by Promo Marketing Magazine for 2019.

In the 23+ years Karie has experienced this industry she has served as AZPPA president, RAC president and in 2008 the PPAI Board of Directors. All the volunteering, all of the fun, all of the people and all of the changes!

skucon Stories

Big order fails. Brilliant client saves. Narrow margin orders that went south. Product disasters. Embarrassing client moments. We've all had them. Most of the stories in the industry are normal, the simple price we pay for being in a crazily-adventurous, anything-can-happen, deadline-driven business. But these stories? The best of the best of them. 10-minute promo tales to put a smile on your face. Make you think. And mostly, to remind you ... you are not alone. Join Brandon Pecharich, Daryll Griffin, Karie Cowden, Stacy Anderson Carter and Justin Carter, and Jenna Quaranta, as they share the harrowing and hilarious tales only they can tell.

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Brandon Pecharich

To say that Brandon loves the promotional products industry would be an understatement. He has excelled in Promo by immersing himself in the industry, learning everything it has to offer, and has made the industry his passion for over 15 years. Brandon has moved all over the country working in Distributor, Supplier, and Service Provider roles.

Born in Denver, CO, Brandon began his career in the Promo Industry by running multi-head embroidery machines. Once his foot was in the door, he went to work for Tropico Imports where he gained experience in International shipping and learned the balance of work travel. In 2014, he moved to Austin, TX as the SW Region Manager for Jetline. During his time in Texas, he also served on the board of the Houston Promotional Product Association (HPPA) as their Membership Committee Chair. After 13 years within the Distributor and Supplier side of the industry, he made the transition to PromoCorner in Nashville, TN as their Digital Media Manager.

Leveraging video for business is a must and Brandon is one of the trending leaders in the medium for the Promo Industry. What started out as a passion project, “PromoErrday” has turned into a socially relevant way to highlight the far reaches of the industry. After the success of “PromoErrday”, how could Brandon not keep going? Serving as the creator, director, photographer, editor, and narrator, Brandon brought to life “How Promo Is Made” at PromoCorner.com. Additionally, he runs post-production for “The Promo Effect” with Dana Zezzo and “A. Madl’s Closet” with Amelia Madl.

Come see Brandon at Skucon in 2020 and learn how you can Tell Your Story in a new way!

skucon Stories

Big order fails. Brilliant client saves. Narrow margin orders that went south. Product disasters. Embarrassing client moments. We've all had them. Most of the stories in the industry are normal, the simple price we pay for being in a crazily-adventurous, anything-can-happen, deadline-driven business. But these stories? The best of the best of them. 10-minute promo tales to put a smile on your face. Make you think. And mostly, to remind you ... you are not alone. Join Brandon Pecharich, Daryll Griffin, Karie Cowden, Stacy Anderson Carter and Justin Carter, and Jenna Quaranta, as they share the harrowing and hilarious tales only they can tell.

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Catherine Graham

Catherine Graham is the President of RIGHTSLEEVE and CEO of commonsku. RIGHTSLEEVE has received numerous industry awards including ASI Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year, PPAI Web Award, Counselor’s Best Places to Work. Catherine has been named PPB’s Best Boss and an ASI Rising Star. RIGHTSLEEVE received the Dell Small Business Excellence Award in 2009 for its technological innovations, the foundation of which became commonsku in 2011.

Catherine has played a variety of roles prior to RIGHTSLEEVE and commonsku. She spent several years doing financial planning for fast-track individuals and entrepreneurs at TD Bank. She then went on to pursue an MBA at the Rotman School of Management during which time she joined the fledgling eBay Canada as employee #4 and launched two categories in the Canadian marketplace. After leaving eBay, Catherine worked as a management consultant at A.T. Kearney, working with Fortune 100 companies in a wide variety of areas including merger integration, marketing strategy and operational efficiencies.

Outside of work, Catherine is a mother to 3 children ranging in age from 11 to 6 years old and sits on a variety of boards and committees in the non-profit space, including the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation. She is also involved in a variety of initiatives and organizations in the entrepreneurial space, including serving on Dell’s Global Entrepreneur in Residence Advisory Board and acting as a mentor for Futurepreneur.

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Mark Graham

Mark Graham is the founder of RIGHTSLEEVE, one of the industry’s leading creative promotional products agencies. Mark is also the co-founder of commonsku, a business software application designed specifically for the promotional products industry. Mark is one of the founding chefs of PromoKitchen and is the host of the popular PromoKitchen podcast where he interviews industry thought leaders as well as business luminaries such as Seth Godin and Dan Pink. Recognized with multiple honors in the industry, including ASI's Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year, ASI’s Hot List, and PPAI’s Rising Stars, Mark has been featured in several major media publications (PPB, Counselor Magazine, Stitches, and Advantages). An innovative leader, Mark frequently mentors promotional entrepreneurs through writing, speaking, and training, and shares his technology expertise with promotional professionals across North America (PPAI Expo, ASI Chicago, ASI San Diego, PPPC, MAPPA, SPPA, Promo East, Partnering Group, NALC, ASI Power Summit).

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Bobby Lehew

Bobby Lehew is the Chief Content Officer at commonsku, a cloud-based CRM, order management, and social collaboration platform designed for the promotional products industry by promotional product experts. A 25-year industry veteran, Bobby was formerly the CEO at Robyn, a branded products fulfillment company that specialized in private-label, e-commerce company stores. A PPAI Gold Pyramid Award winner, a PPAI Silver Technology recipient, an Addy Award recipient, and recognized (in his work with Robyn) three years in a row by Inc. Magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S., Bobby is a national speaker on topics related to B2B marketing, company stores, productivity, and storyselling. Featured in ASI’s Counselor magazine as one of “41 people who are shaking up the market with new and innovative approaches” (2010) and in OKC Biz magazine’s “Forty Under 40″ (2009), Bobby is an ardent bibliophile and loves working at the intersection of art and commerce.

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