Michigan Leadership Conference

  • Monday, August 06, 2018
  • 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, August 07, 2018
  • 2:30 PM
  • Howell, MI



Industry thought leaders and forward thinkers join to discuss the changes affecting us all. Learn Strategic Foresight, how to use the newest tools for connecting with the new generations of buyers and ask the questions and share the answers to the big questions around "What's Next?" Limited to 50 attendees.

A Look To The Future from a Classic from the Past...

Get away to a place where Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone retreated to plan the future. Join top industry thought leaders and share ideas on how we can best address the massive changes and opportunities facing our industry.

In addition to each other's company, you will discover a 40 acre spring fed lake with a walk path around it, 400 acres of woods, water sports, campfires and the perfect place to relax, create and think strategically.

Learn from each other and from some of the top minds in the business. Limited to the first fifty registrants.

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When: Monday, August 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT -to- Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 2:30 PM EDT

Where: Waldenwoods Resort and Conference Center 2975 Old US-23 Howell, MI 48855

Round Table Discussions

"MED" Talks (Our version of TED Talks) MIPPA Educational Discoveries - provide introductions to discussion worthy topics of challenges and opportunities facing our industry.

Tentative Schedule - still being developed.

Monday, August 6

12:00 - 1:30 pm: Check-in

1:30 pm: Conference Open and Introductions

2:00 pm: Paul Bellantone CAE on "Strategic Foresight"

2:45 - 5:30 pm: Round Table Discussions and MED Talks.

5:30 - 6:30 pm: Cocktail Reception

6:30 - 7:30 pm: Picnic Dinner (weather permitting)

Free Time for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, camp fires and networking.

Tuesday, August 7

7:00 - 8:00 am: Breakfast

8:15 - Noon: Keynote on the Distributor of Tomorrow with Joe Scott, MED Talks, Round Tables and vibrant discoveries led by top industry professionals.

Noon - 1:00 Lunch

1:15 - 2:30: Reasons For Optimism and Actions and Takeaways.

2:30: Conference Conclusion

Optional Golf Outing on The Majestic at Lake Walden.

Topics of Discussion and Discovery

Addressing the Changes that Affect Us All

  • The Amazon Effect
  • Industry Consolidation
  • Can Artificial Intelligence Replace Human Creativity?
  • How Will or How Is Venture Capital Change the Industry?
  • What Will The Industry Look Like in 2025?
  • What are the Top Five Challenges Facing Our Industry?
  • What will be the Top Five Opportunities for us in the Future?

The Accommodations

Think of this as Adult Summer Camp. Don't expect the Ritz — Waldenwoods was build in 1924 and retains that Roaring Twenties Charm. The lodging is historic overlooking Walden Lake which provides cooling breezes, open windows and ceiling fans. The rooms are assigned as registrations are received and are double occupancy. The Sunshine Lodge has 17 rooms with private baths. The Friendship Lodge has 19 rooms with four shared bathrooms with showers. Both have a wonderful commons area for getting to know each other and having those incredible pop-up conversations that often make your entire experience even more awesome. The commons also have a refrigerator so you can bring your own snacks and beverages of choice. If you prefer single accommodation, it is an extra $100.00. Local hotels are in the area, but greatly diminish the shared "camp retreat" experience.

Is the Sun Rising Or Setting?

What would you have done differently ten years ago if you had imagined Amazon, Artificial Intelligence, Globalization, Generational Changes and the effects they would have on our industry?

Take some time to discuss the current and future challenges coming at our industry, our businesses and our lives.

Meet Some of the Speakers and Facilitators

Paul Bellantone CAS, President and CEO of PPAI opens our conference with the presentation of Strategic Foresight - how to envision and plan for the changes all around us.

Paul Kiewiet MAS+, MiPPA Executive Director and PPAI Hall of Fame inductee on how new generations are coming to dominate the buyers' desks and what that means for how and when you communicate and craft your marketing in the future.

Gary Schultz, President and CEO of Edwards Garment Company, Mary Jo Tomasini MAS+, Immediate Past Chair of PPAI and President of Competitive Edge providing insights and leading round table facilitation.

Anne Stone, Director of Public Affairs for PPAI will have the latest information on Government Affairs and Product Safety and Compliance. How will tax policies and potential trade wars affect your business?

Just some of the other Speakers, Attendees and Facilitators:

Cliff Quicksell MAS+, renowned industry speaker and consultant.

Roger Burnett - co-founder of PromoCares, PromoKitchen Chef and VP of Branded Logistics

Mary Jo Tomasini MAS+ - CEO Competitive Edge and Past Chairman of PPAI

Steven Meyer MAS - RiteLine Pen and Past Chairman of PPAI

Paul A Kiewiet MAS+ - PPAI Hall of Fame, Past Chairman of PPAI, Executive Director MiPPA

Gary Schultz - CEO of Edwards Garment Company

Bill Petrie - President of PromoCorner

Jim McCollough - Sr Vice President - Edwards Garment Company

Joe Scott MAS is an expert on expanding from selling promotional products to becoming a full service marketing and advertising agency. Scott & Associates, Inc is a Google Certified Partner and offers clients much more than promotional products — website development, video production, Lead Generation Services, Social Media Presence.

This former PPAI board member, Distinguished Service Award Winner and bit of a rock star will share ideas on ways you can get out of the commodity business and offer more relevant services to your clients.

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