Inside PPAI: PromoTalks' March Podcasts Examine What The PRO Act Could Mean For Promo, And The Effect Of Volunteerism On Leadership

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PPAI’s PromoTalks podcast series reached its first anniversary in March. Over the past year, it has brought industry thought leaders, business executives and subject matter experts together for insightful, engaging conversations important to promotional products professionals and their businesses. 

In the first of March 2021’s podcasts, PPAI’s D.C.-based lobbyist Cliff Andrews and PPAI’s Public Affairs Manager Maurice Norris discuss the implications of The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, H.R. 842, that makes significant changes to current labor law that will harm the promotional products industry by banning the independent contractor model. In “PPB Presents: Why The PRO Act Is Detrimental To the Promotional Products Industry,” PPB’s Associate Editor Kristina Valdez moderated the podcast, sponsored by Kaeser & Blair, as Andrews and Norris answer some of the most commonly asked questions and explain how industry members can take action to oppose it.  

The second March episode of PPAI PromoTalks welcomed three of PPAI’s Distinguished Service Award recipients to discuss how industry volunteerism helped them hone their leadership skills and expand their networks to be better leaders in their own businesses and, in turn, to share that expertise by mentoring others. Director of publications and editor at PPAI, Tina Berres Filipski, moderated the conversation,  “PPB Presents: The Exponential Effect Of Volunteerism,” with the 2021 DSA recipient Mark Abels, MAS, CEO and owner of Selco; and the 2020 DSA recipients Kippie Helzel, MAS, and Rick Brenner, MAS+, president of RFBrenner, LLC.

Tune in to listen to this 39-minute podcast and the full library of PromoTalks’ insightful and helpful discussions, available free on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, and at


Danielle Renda is associate editor of PPB.

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