Schedule

NEW for 2018! We have three registration packages this year. Each includes different items. To determine if an event is included in a particular package, see the accompanying icons below.

To see the full list of what is included in each package, click here to visit our registration overview page.
To register for a complete package or to purchase events a la carte, click here to begin the registration process.



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 Tuesday, August 14
 
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Registration Open



We are offering registration through both entrances this year! Come through the Pacific Arena or the Promenade Lobby and we will get you checked in quickly.
Long Beach Convention Center
 
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Young/New Professionals Bootcamp



Based on member requests, we're adding a four-hour Young/New Professionals Bootcamp as an optional pre-conference session. Topics and speakers will be crowdsourced to offer these emerging professionals the opportunity to grow their knowledge of and networks within the promotional products industry.

Faciliators:

 
RJ Hagel
Marketing Manager | Goldstar Pens
Monique Nigorizawa-Salvatier
Director of Sales and Marketing | Pinnacle Designs
 
A pre-conference networking event designed around discussing:
  1. Growing a new business in the industry
  2. Non-traditional paths to business success
  3. Opportunities for professional growth in the industry
  4. Learning how to build and maintain industry relationships
New and experienced professionals will be asked to share their perspectives on these topics in order to:
  • Do a deeper dive on growing your knowledge and network
  • Get specialized tips and tricks on navigating your way to success in the promotional products industry
  • Network with new, experienced and seasoned professionals.
5:30pm – 7:00pm - Complimentary happy hour at Congregation Ale House
Room 204 - Long Beach Convention Center
 
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM    Pre-Conference Social Event




For those who arrive early, we're once again planning a ticketed event to jumpstart the SAAC Convention & Expo on Tuesday evening. Get a head start on networking and establishing business leads before the main conference begins.

Venue: Congregation Ale House

Congregation Ale House
 
 Wednesday, August 15
 
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM    WEDNESDAY DAILY DISTRIBUTOR DRAWING!
Visit and get your badge scanned Wednesday at our four main pavilions - Professional Development (sponsored by SanMar), Technology, Holiday, and Health & Wellness - plus the centrally located SAAC Booth.
At the end of the day, we’ll draw a distributor"s name to win!
Our WEDNESDAY WINNER receives a 2019 VIP Attendee Registration Package plus a special prize.
 
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Registration Open

        

We are offering registration through both entrances this year! Come through the Pacific Arena or the Promenade Lobby and we will get you checked in quickly.
Long Beach Convention Center
 
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Networking/Welcome Brunch

    

A platform for suppliers and distributors to have multiple, facilitated roundtable discussions about improving supplier/ distributor relationships, using technology to increase sales, starting & growing a business and career advancement in the promotional products industry.
 
Some topics we will discuss are:
- Supplier/distributor relationships and communication
- Industry changes/trends
- Hiring, retaining and motivating employees
- Advancing personal knowledge, skills and career

*Breakfast will be provided for this session. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Room 104 - Long Beach Convention Center
 
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM    Lunch available on the expo floor



Wednesday lunch included for VIP attendees; Premier and Executive attendees may purchase lunch for $20.

We are bringing food to the floor! Check out our expo floor pit-stop, serving a delicious variety of stir fry bowls - Mongolian beef, sweet and spicy chicken, savory sesame pork, and soy glazed tofu - all served on rice with stir fry veggies, toasted sesame seeds, and scallion garnish.

 
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Help us open the redesigned and enhanced exhibit hall in style!
Promenade Lobby (Pine St Side) - Long Beach Convention Center
 
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM    Expo Hall Open

        

Our reinvented floor plan puts exhibitors at the center of attention wherever distributors find themselves. We have pavilions focusing on technology, health and wellness, professional development, holiday products, along with a New Product Showcase, entertainment stage and VIP lounge.
 
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM    Core Decorating Methods and What's Hot
This session takes place on the expo show floor at the Professional Development Pavilion, Powered by SanMar.
 
This creative and engaging pavilion area will also host fashion shows in addition to various short education presentations on apparel trends. Attendees will also have the opportunity to touch and experience SanMar products first-hand. Snacks and beverages will be provided in this area of the expo hall floor.
Booth #915 - Long Beach Convention Center
 
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM    Trending Decoration Locations
This session takes place on the expo show floor at the Professional Development Pavilion, Powered by SanMar.

This creative and engaging pavilion area will also host fashion shows in addition to various short education presentations on apparel trends. Attendees will also have the opportunity to touch and experience SanMar products first-hand. Snacks and beverages will be provided in this area of the expo hall floor.
Booth #915 - Long Beach Convention Center
 
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM    Outfitting Today's Workforce in New Office Workwear
This session takes place on the expo show floor at the Professional Development Pavilion, Powered by SanMar.

This creative and engaging pavilion area will also host fashion shows in addition to various short education presentations on apparel trends. Attendees will also have the opportunity to touch and experience SanMar products first-hand. Snacks and beverages will be provided in this area of the expo hall floor.
Booth #915 - Long Beach Convention Center
 
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM    Displays and Presentations for Increased Sales
This session takes place on the expo show floor at the Professional Development Pavilion, Powered by SanMar.

This creative and engaging pavilion area will also host fashion shows in addition to various short education presentations on apparel trends. Attendees will also have the opportunity to touch and experience SanMar products first-hand. Snacks and beverages will be provided in this area of the expo hall floor.
Booth #915 - Long Beach Convention Center
 
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM    Good, Better, Best: How to choose the Right Product for Your Customer
This session takes place on the expo show floor at the Professional Development Pavilion, Powered by SanMar.

This creative and engaging pavilion area will also host fashion shows in addition to various short education presentations on apparel trends. Attendees will also have the opportunity to touch and experience SanMar products first-hand. Snacks and beverages will be provided in this area of the expo hall floor.
Booth #915 - Long Beach Convention Center
 
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM    Opening Reception in the Cove

        

Join other attendees at this highly attended event - this year we will entertain in The Cove, the newly renovated function space at the Long Beach Convention Center. Enjoy a drink or two, a bite to eat, entertainment, friendship, and fun!
The Cove - Long Beach Convention Center
 
 Thursday, August 16
 
7:00 AM - 2:30 PM    THURSDAY DAILY DISTRIBUTOR DRAWING!
Visit and get your badge scanned each day at our four main pavilions - Professional Development (sponsored by SanMar), Technology, Holiday, and Health & Wellness - plus the centrally located SAAC Booth.
At the end of the day, we’ll draw a distributor"s name to win!
Our THURSDAY WINNER receives a one-night stay at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego during the 2019 convention plus a special prize!
 
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM    Registration Open

        

We are offering registration through both entrances this year! Come through the Pacific Arena or the Promenade Lobby and we will get you checked in quickly.
Long Beach Convention Center
 
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM    Hot Continental Breakfast & Keynote Speaker Erik Wahl


        

Get your creative juices flowing early on Thursday... We are excited to bring Erik Wahl to the stage for a mesmorizing session - an Artist and Consultant on the Creative Process. (See our Keynote page for more information.)



*Breakfast provided for this session. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Room 104 - Long Beach Convention Center
 
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM    The Power of Storytelling in Selling (Concurrent)

        

Stories are a powerful tool that connects us to our products and clients. When we share our own real-life stories or the stories of others, our clients begin to see us as human peers instead of salesmen. In this session, you’ll hear three industry professionals tell real-life stories about their clients or products and how they've used storytelling to seal the deal. Attendees will leave understanding the components of a good story and how to implement storytelling tactics to improve their selling skills.

Speakers:
 

 
Paul Kiewiet, MAS+ (Facilitator)
Industry Consultant | Executive Director of MIPPA

 
Charity Gibson (Master Storyteller)
National Account Coordinator | Peerless Umbrella Co.

 
Rick Greene, MAS (Master Storyteller)
Regional Vice President | Halo Branded Solutions

 
Melissa Deckelman (Master Storyteller)
Western Field Sales Manager | Gemline
Jim Ristuccia (Master Storyteller)
COO | A+ Wine Designs
Room 204 - Long Beach Convention Center
 
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM    The Top 10 Things Every Supplier & Distributor Should Know About Prop. 65 (Concurrent)

        

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act is intended to help Californians make informed decisions about protecting themselves from chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. There have been many changes to this act over the past year that promotional product business should be aware of. Attendees will learn the most recent changes to Prop. 65 and the requirements for their businesses to remain compliant.

Speaker:
Kim Bakalyar, CAS
Chief Compliance Officer/Director Vendor Relations | Promoshop
Room 202 - Long Beach Convention Center
 
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM    Women and Business: The Importance of Representation in Changing Cultural Norms (Concurrent)

        

Women’s empowerment is widely recognized as a critical pillar of sustainable business development, and evidence is mounting that investing in women can also improve business performance. In this session, attendees will hear a woman’s story about climbing the ranks of the industry to become one of the most accomplished industry professionals of our time. Participants will leave this session being able to identify ways their company can leverage its full value, peers, and strategic partners to make the greatest contribution to women in order to grow their careers and businesses.

Speaker:
 
Carol DeVille
President | The Branding Company
Room 203 - Long Beach Convention Center
 
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM    Expo Hall Open

        

Our reinvented floor plan puts exhibitors at the center of attention wherever distributors find themselves. We have pavilions focusing on technology, health and wellness, professional development, holiday products, along with a New Product Showcase, entertainment stage and VIP lounge.
 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Meet & Greet with Keynote Speaker Erik Wahl




An exclusive opportunity to have some one-on-one time with our Keynote Speaker, Erik Wahl! This is a great opportunity to tap into his creative spirit and network with others looking to make a change.

Long Beach Convention Center
 
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM    Displays and Presentations for Increased Sales
This session takes place on the expo show floor at the Professional Development Pavilion, Powered by SanMar.

This creative and engaging pavilion area will also host fashion shows in addition to various short education presentations on apparel trends. Attendees will also have the opportunity to touch and experience SanMar products first-hand. Snacks and beverages will be provided in this area of the expo hall floor.
Booth #915 - Long Beach Convention Center
 
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM    Core Decorating Methods and What's Hot / Trending Decoration Locations
This session takes place on the expo show floor at the Professional Development Pavilion, Powered by SanMar.

This creative and engaging pavilion area will also host fashion shows in addition to various short education presentations on apparel trends. Attendees will also have the opportunity to touch and experience SanMar products first-hand. Snacks and beverages will be provided in this area of the expo hall floor.
Booth #915 - Long Beach Convention Center
 
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM    Outfitting Today's Workforce in new Office Workwear
This session takes place on the expo show floor at the Professional Development Pavilion, Powered by SanMar.

This creative and engaging pavilion area will also host fashion shows in addition to various short education presentations on apparel trends. Attendees will also have the opportunity to touch and experience SanMar products first-hand. Snacks and beverages will be provided in this area of the expo hall floor.
Booth #915 - Long Beach Convention Center
 
11:00 PM - 3:00 PM    Lunch available on the expo floor
    

Thursday lunch included for Executive and VIP attendees; Premier attendees may purchase lunch for $20.

We are bringing food to the floor! Check out our expo floor pit-stop, serving a delicious variety of stir fry bowls - Mongolian beef, sweet and spicy chicken, savory sesame pork, and soy glazed tofu - all served on rice with stir fry veggies, toasted sesame seeds, and scallion garnish.
Long Beach Convention Center


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