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Monday, February 20


Breakout Session # 3: Advanced Topics in Managing Product safety Risk Arising in the Supply Chain

Product conformity and risk associated with product safety can be affected by decisions about where to source manufacturing of that product. This panel will discuss vendor qualification, transparency in the supply chain and detection of unauthorized subcontracting. Product continuity and substitution of unapproved raw materials will be examined as symptoms of unauthorized subcontracting. The panel will explore methods for detecting and prevention of unauthorized subcontracting.


Charles Coletta

Senior Vice President, Quality, Fourstar Group
Charles Coletta has spent over thirty years in the field of product and materials testing, quality assurance and regulatory compliance.  He began his career as a test engineer and laboratory manager with Law Engineering in Atlanta, GA.  At that time, he began working with a small... Read More →
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Dr. Raymond Lui

Global Service Line Manager of Non-Food Chemical Laboratories, Product Service Division/Vice President of Global Business Line Manager, Toys and Childrens Products, Product Service Division, TUV SUD
Dr. Raymond  Lui is currently the Global Service Line Manager of Non-Food Chemical Laboratories in Product Service Division and concurrently appointed as the Vice President of Global Business Line manager, Toys and Children’s products in Product Service Division.  His key responsibilities... Read More →
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Fred Waelter

Global Business Lead, Responsible Sourcing, UL Consumer and Retail Services, UL LLC
Fred Waelter is the Global Business Lead for UL’s Responsible Sourcing group. Fred has over 12 years of experience in responsible sourcing, having conducted more than 500 social audits and 200 C-TPAT security audits in 13 countries and territories in Asia, Europe, and the Middle... Read More →

Monday February 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Grand Cypress C


Breakout Session # 1: The Year In Review - A Civil Penalty Overview In The Wake of Gree, Spectrum Brands and Zen Magnets

Mark your calendar and attend this breakout session to explore important civil penalty developments.  Within the last year, we have seen many developments in the civil penalty world, including the Gree maximum civil penalty, the Spectrum Brands and Zen Magnets court opinions, and multiple statements from Commissioners.  In addition, as of January 1, 2017, the maximum civil penalty for a related series of knowing violations under the Consumer Product Safety Act became $16,025,000.  Get the latest information at this breakout session. 

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Sarah Carlson

Senior Managing Associate, Dentons US LLP
Sarah Carlson is a senior managing associate at Dentons, where she focuses on consumer products and advertising law.  Sarah is a member of ICPHSO and presented at the 2016 International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization Annual Meeting & Training Symposium (presentation... Read More →

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Jennifer W. Feinberg

Senior Counsel, Office of Commissioner Robert Adler, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Jen Feinberg is Senior Counsel to Commissioner Robert Adler at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.  In this role she serves as a strategic advisor to the Commissioner on all legal and policy matters before the Commission with a frequent focus on compliance, enforcement... Read More →
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Mike Gentine

Senior Counsel, Office of Commissioner Joseph P. Mohorovic, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Mike Gentine is Senior Counsel to Commissioner Joseph P. Mohorovic, a role he has been in since 2014. Mike serves Commissioner Mohorovic as both chief legal counsel and lead speechwriter, and he has spearheaded efforts in a number of policy areas, including regulatory reform, Commission... Read More →
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Rachel Weintraub

Legislative Director and General Counsel, Consumer Federation of America (CFA)
Rachel Weintraub is the Legislative Director and General Counsel for Consumer Federation of America (CFA). Previously, she was the Director of Product Safety. Rachel has worked with Consumer Federation of America since 2002.  Her primary focus is advocacy on product safety issues... Read More →

Monday February 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Grand Cypress D- I


Breakout Session # 2: Managing Speed to Market in an Ever-Chaging Regulatory Landscape

The market is changing, consumer behavior is changing.  Demand and Supply has replaced Supply and Demand. Speed  and efficiency are the dominant drivers in the process. Retailers, brands and manufacturers continue to be challenged with complying with the ever-changing, and complex, regulatory environment (federal, state and local).   The “need for speed” and the necessity to be compliant is putting stress on the entire supply chain.  This panel discussion will cover the associated risk factors and present measures to manage those risks at an upstream level in the supply chain to minimize cost and address speed to market.

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Rick Horwitch

Vice President, Global Strategy and Supply Chain Solutions, Bureau Veritas - Consumer Products Services
Rick Horwitch is Vice President, Global Strategy and Supply Chain Solutions, for Bureau Veritas – Consumer Products Services.  Bureau Veritas is the world’s oldest and one of the largest providers of Quality, Healthy, Safety, Environmental and Sustainability (QHSES) services... Read More →

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Claudette D. Hunter

Senior Director of Global Regulatory Affairs, Abercrombie & Fitch
Claudette Hunter is known in the retail industry for her expertise in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs. During her career at Abercrombie & Fitch, Claudette established the Quality Assurance Department for all brands including Hollister Co, Gilly Hicks and abercrombie kids... Read More →
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Larry Whitney

Director, Global Compliance, Polyconcept
Larry Whitney has been with Polyconcept since 2005.  Polyconcept is one of the world’s largest supplier of promotional products, operating around the globe. With offices in the US, Europe, Hong Kong, Canada and China, the company supplies a wide range of promotional, lifestyle... Read More →

Monday February 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Poinciana A-D


Breakout Session # 4: Potential Safety Hazards Associated with Counterfeit Goods

Product counterfeiting is a billion dollar industry that negatively affects the global economy. Once thought to be a crime associated with luxury knock offs, counterfeiting has become a sophisticated realm leaving virtually no brand or product untouched.  Poor workmanship and lack of concern for standards jeopardizes the health and safety of unknowing consumers.

This panel will give the attendee an insightful view of how counterfeiting is being combatted on the frontlines.  Through working with numerous government and private entities, companies can work together to negate this criminal act.

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Jason Daniels

Senior Investigation Manager, UL
Jason Daniels is the Senior Investigation Manager with Underwriters Laboratories’ Global Security & Brand Protection Unit.  His primary responsibility is to facilitate intellectual property theft investigations in the Americas.  Mr. Daniels has focused his efforts on combatting... Read More →

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Aaron Aguilar

Investigation Manager, Global Security & Brand Protection Unit, UL LLC
Aaron Aguilar is the Investigation Manager with Underwriters Laboratories’ Global Security & Brand Protection Unit.  He is assigned to oversee and manage anti-counterfeiting investigations in Latin America.  Mr. Aguilar works closely with government agencies at all levels, providing... Read More →
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Colette Durst

Senior Corporate Counsel, IP, Tyco/Johnson Controls
Colette Durst has over 20 years of experience in the field of intellectual property law, as both a paralegal and an attorney. Colette is based in Boca Raton, Florida and leads the trademark team for Johnson Controls. Colette’s primary responsibilities encompass all aspects of brand... Read More →
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Sanjiv D. Sarwate

Counsel, Senior Consultant, Dell Inc.
Sanjiv D. Sarwate is Counsel, Senior Consultant with Dell Inc. Prior to joining Dell in April 2011, he spent fourteen years in private practice in Chicago, specializing in trademark and copyright law. His duties at Dell include all aspects of trademark practice, with a particular... Read More →

Monday February 20, 2017 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Grand Cypress C


Breakout Session # 5: Raising Risk Assessment to the Highest Levels

All product manufacturers need to understand risk and reward before introducing products into the marketplace but those within a company may view the importance of risk assessment differently. Compliance and quality assurance departments understand the obligation a company has to analyze, alter and improve products throughout the risk assessment process. However, not all companies fully understand how detailed or complex a risk assessment program should be and the placement and where the reporting structure should sit within the company.

This panel discussion about the creation of risk assessment programs, the commitment companies should have for a fully vetted and executional program and why the C-Suite should be fully invested and support quality assurance and risk assessment programs and departments.

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Lisa Trofe

Director, Product Safety & Certification, Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA)
Lisa Trofe is the Director of Product Safety & Certification for the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA).  In this role, she oversees the trade association’s product safety programming, including the Certification 2.0 program, which certifies 2,000+ juvenile products... Read More →

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Patrica Edwards

Voluntary Standards Coordinator, CPSC
Patricia (Patty) Edwards is the Voluntary Standards Coordinator for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Patty received her B.S. degree in Materials Engineering from Va Tech and her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to her career... Read More →

Antonio Fernandes

Director, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Dorel Juvenile
Antonio Fernandes is the Director of QA and Regulatory Affairs and Compliance for Dorel Juvenile USA’s Design and Development Center’s Quality Management System.   Mr. Fernandes has over 20 years of experience in product development and regulatory affairs.  He oversees Quality... Read More →
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Brian Grochal

Global Technical Lead - Juvenile Products, UL
Brian Grochal is the Global Technical Lead for Juvenile Products at UL, working closely with UL’s global labs to ensure accuracy and consistency, and supporting clients by developing innovative solutions to complex challenges. Brian’s knowledge encompasses US, Canadian, European... Read More →

Steve Marton

Partner, VisioCap, LLC
Steve Marton is currently a Partner in VisioCap, LLC a lower middle market private equity firm that focuses on business in the consumer products category. In addition, Steve provides consulting and advisory services to companies and investors in the consumer package goods industry... Read More →

Monday February 20, 2017 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Poiniana A-D


Breakout Session # 6: Discussion of Policy Views on Consumer Misuse of Products

CPSC Commissioners Adler and  Mohorovic discuss their views on what the Commission’s policy should be with respect to regulating products in which much of the risk to consumers arises from their misuse of products.

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Mike Gentine

Senior Counsel, Office of Commissioner Joseph P. Mohorovic, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Mike Gentine is Senior Counsel to Commissioner Joseph P. Mohorovic, a role he has been in since 2014. Mike serves Commissioner Mohorovic as both chief legal counsel and lead speechwriter, and he has spearheaded efforts in a number of policy areas, including regulatory reform, Commission... Read More →

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Honorable Robert Adler

Commissioner, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Hon. Robert (Bob) S. Adler is a Commissioner at the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). He began serving as a Commissioner August 18, 2009. He was renominated by President Obama on May 14, 2014 and confirmed by the senate on December 2, 2014. His term runs through October... Read More →
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Honorable Joseph P. Mohorovic

Commissioner, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Hon. Joseph P. Mohorovic has been sworn in as a Commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Mohorovic on October 13, 2013, and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 28, 2014, to a term that expires in October 2019. Prior... Read More →

Monday February 20, 2017 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Grand Cypress D- I
Tuesday, February 21


Breakout Session # 7: Peer-to-Peer Workshop: Shared Tips, Tools, and Horror Stories to Help Navigate the Imperfect Supply Chain

Is there really such a thing as a perfect supply chain? What happens when the ivory tower of rules and regulations comes face to face with the harsh realities of overseas production? How do you balance competing priorities of product safety, price and time to market? While some larger firms may have the know-how and resources to implement robust supply chain programs, the honest truth is that many companies are simply not big enough or have not dedicated the necessary resources to properly manage their supply chain. 

You, compliance professionals, are not alone in navigating these difficult decisions. This engaging, interactive session is designed for compliance professionals to learn from one another and from the panelists.  This is a great session for first-time attendees and those new to compliance as well as seasoned veterans willing to share their experiences. 



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Neal Cohen

Principal, Neal Cohen Law - Consumer Product Safety
A former CPSC official, Neal Cohen is a product safety attorney who brings a wealth of experience in representing companies before the CPSC. Lead author of CPSC's Regulatory Robot, Neal works with Fortune 500 companies and many small and medium size companies to customize compliance... Read More →
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Anne Stone

Director, Public Affairs, Promotional Products Association International (PPAI),
Anne Stone is the director of public affairs for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). In this role, she is responsible for guiding PPAI’s legislative and government relations efforts—including taking a contingent of PPAI members to Washington, D.C. to advocate... Read More →

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Andy Blahnik

Quality and Compliance Manager, Gemline
Andy Blahnik is the Quality and Compliance Manager at Gemline, a premier supplier in the promotional products industry. In his role he is responsible for ensure the quality and compliance of products and ensuring the factories used meet local and international standards. Andy travels... Read More →
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Chin Kuay

Senior Manager of Product Compliance, Office Depot
Chin Kuay is a frequent speaker in product safety and regulatory compliance symposiums around the country. He has participated in the 2015 and 2016 ICPHSO sessions as a panelist. He is currently the senior manager of product compliance in Office Depot. Prior to the current position... Read More →

Tuesday February 21, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Grand Cypress D- I


Breakout Session # 8: Toy Safety: Revised ASTM F-963 Standard and Strategies to Manage Emerging Hazards
This panel will feature an overview of the recently adopted changes to the ASTM F963 Toy Safety Standard. In addition, panelists will discuss new and emerging toy safety issues and hazards, as well as best practices and strategies to manage those risks in the supply chain.  Specific toy testing strategies and practices will also be discussed, as will recent CPSC and other international recall and compliance activities and how manufacturers, importers and retailers of toys can best anticipate and avoid negative compliance actions

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Al Kaufman

Senior Vice President, Technical Affairs, Toy Industry Association, Inc.
Alan P. Kaufman is a toy industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience addressing product safety, quality assurance, regulatory compliance and product testing issues for toy companies and retailers.  Mr. Kaufman is currently Senior Vice President, Technical Affairs at... Read More →

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Nancy Cowles

Executive Director, Kids In Danger
Nancy Cowles is the Executive Director of Kids In Danger (KID), a nonprofit dedicated to protecting children by improving children’s product safety. Nancy has over 30 years experience conceiving, building and directing organizations to investigate a wide variety of consumer issues... Read More →
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Andrew Farhat

Vice President of Product Integrity, Kids II
Andrew Farhat has been actively involved in the quality assurance industry for over 15 years with experience in many phases of the globalized supply chain, including retail, laboratory and manufacturing.  In his current role, he is the Vice President of Product Integrity for Kids... Read More →
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Pratik Ichhaporia, Ph.D.

Director of Technical Services (Toys, Hardlines and Softlines), Intertek
Dr. Pratik Ichhaporia is a frequent speaker and author on quality, safety and environmental issues affecting the textiles, toys, and hardlines industries. In his capacity as Director of Technical Services, Dr. Ichhaporia provides counsel to Intertek customers about compliance with... Read More →

Tuesday February 21, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Grand Cypress B/C


Breakout Session # 9: We Feel Your Pain! Explore The Gaps And Solutions For Better Chemicals Management in Consumer Products

This breakout session will be an interactive exploration of consumer product chemicals management processes, discussion of needs/gaps, and overview of available solutions to close gaps. Participants will contribute perspective on chemicals management “pain points” and priorities for improving results. We will discuss available tools and frameworks for evaluating chemicals as well as seek input and share the business value prospect of an enhanced chemicals management program. The workshop will culminate with a “sprint” to show how participants can quickly enhance a current chemicals management program toward business value.

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Pam Eliason

Senior Associate Director and Industry Research Program Manager, Toxics Use Reduction Institute
Pam Eliason is the Senior Associate Director and Industry Research Program Manager at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute. Since 2000 she has managed several programs, including the Academic Research program, which provides funding for University of Massachusetts researchers to conduct... Read More →
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Bob Kerr

Co-Founder and Principal, Pure Strategies
Bob Kerr is Co-founder and Principal of Pure Strategies.  During the last three decades he has advised businesses, government agencies and NGOs on approaches to promote sustainability for products, services and programs.  His work has included support for green chemical initiatives... Read More →
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Joe Rinkevich

Founder & President, SciVera LLC
Joe Rinkevich is Founder & President of Scivera LLC. Scivera provides its state of the art chemicals management software platform, Scivera Lens, to companies of all sizes to support compliance, product stewardship, and supply chain optimization efforts worldwide. Many of the world’s... Read More →

Tuesday February 21, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Grand Cypress A
Wednesday, February 22


Breakout Session # 10: Practical Lessons In Identifying Risk, Using Effective Tools to Manage it, and Using Data to Meet Regulatory Reporting Obligations - In Otherwords, How To Stay Out Of Trouble!

Under the Consumer Product Safety Act, manufacturers, retailers and importers are required to report certain product safety information to CPSC.  What guidance and tools exist to assist industry in identifying reportable safety issues at the earliest possible moment to avoid late reporting and exposing consumers to an avoidable risk?

Through this panel of industry representatives and a practicing attorney we will discuss the following: 1) Development of a comprehensive internal compliance program to identify risks/defects before they can do harm to your customer; 2) Use of available systems to assist you in identifying risks/defects; and 3) Understanding what data to collect and review to assist in making appropriate determinations and when to actually report information to CPSC.

This panel consists of experienced product safety professionals, who also have one common element among them - they (and the moderator) all previously worked at CPSC - so with this panel you get both the industry perspective as well as insights from the panelists based upon their experiences at CPSC on what you might expect from the regulatory agency responsible for product safety.

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Marc Schoem

Executive Director, ICPHSO
Marc J. Schoem assumed the position of Executive Director of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) on October 15, 2015, after more than forty years at the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  His last position at CPSC was in a senior... Read More →

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Cheryl A. Falvey

Co Chair Advertising & Product Risk Management Group,Crowell & Moring, Crowell & Moring
Cheryl A. Falvey is co-chair of Crowell & Moring's Advertising & Product Risk Management Group, a member of the firm's Management Board, and the former general counsel of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). An experienced trial lawyer, she defends class actions, unfair... Read More →
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Ken Hinson

Senior Director, U.S. Product Safety & Compliance - U.S., Walmart Stores, Inc.
Kenneth R. Hinson joined Walmart Stores, Inc. in October of 2013, and serves as Senior Director for U.S. Product Safety and Compliance.  In this role, Ken is responsible for leading the development, implementation and execution of strategies, goals and objectives related to the Product... Read More →
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Richard Stern

Techtronics Industries, Hunt Valley, MD
Richard Stern received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1990. Since then he has specialized in evaluating and developing management systems and processes intended to incorporate safety into the design, manufacture, importation, distribution, and... Read More →

Wednesday February 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Grand Cypress D- I


Breakout Session # 11: Practical Issues In Managing Product Safety In China

For more than four decades the majority of consumer products sold were imported from China. In the last decade due to the huge increase in the Chinese middle class, China has become a major importer of consumer products. 

The panel will discuss an overview of the product liability and quality regime in China including the major pieces of legislation at issue, the types of liability that may arise, how China defines and treats defects, the key agencies likely to be encountered, and touch briefly on issues like recalls, product inspections, and product certifications. 

The panelists will discuss details on how various products are categorized in China, various national and local government and industry standards, and certification and inspection processes. 

A major retailer presently selling in China will focus on issues related to implementation of the legal and regulatory regime, with personal company experiences. 

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Rod Freeman

Partner, Product Law Team, Hogan Lovells International LLP
Rod Freeman is an International Products Lawyer. He works alongside the world's leading global companies to help them solve their product-related issues, protect their reputations, defend their products and build more successful businesses. With more than twenty years devoted to... Read More →
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David Schmeltzer

Product Safety Consultant, Consumer Product Safety Consultant
David Schmeltzer is a product safety consultant who specializes in matters involving the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. He joined the Commission shortly after it was formed in 1973 and remained with the Commission working with seven different Chairmen. First as Deputy General... Read More →

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Eugene Chen

Partner, Litigation Team, Hogan Lovells International LLP
Eugene Chen is a partner in Hogan Lovells' Shanghai office.  With over 18 years of combined litigation experience in the US and China, Eugene helps clients navigate the complexities of China-related product disputes. With a deep understanding of the Chinese regulatory and business... Read More →
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David Kosnoff

Director World Wide Compliance, Amazon
David Kosnoff serves as the Director of Worldwide Product Compliance for Amazon, overseeing the safety and compliance of over 1 billion unique items through his teams based in Seattle, Mexico City, Luxembourg, Bangalore, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo. Prior to joining Amazon, David... Read More →
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Francis Yuk

Senior Vice President, Center Testing International (CTI)
Francis Yuk, Senior Vice President of Center Testing International (CTI) with 30 plus years veteran of consumer product manufacturing, retail sourcing, quality assurance and laboratory testing with various international organizations. Much of his career involved direct dealings and... Read More →

Wednesday February 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Grand Cypress B/C


Breakout Session # 12: Evaluating and Mitigating Risk Associated With Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are a desirable choice as an energy source in a broad range of applications due to the many advantages over other battery chemistries. However, using these batteries in applications requires managing and mitigating risk in a different way. The overview will provide regulatory requirements including current gaps and strengths along with a view from engineering and human behavioral contributions.

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Melissa Williams

Director of Global Retail, Commercial & Industrial Division, UL LLC
Melissa Williams is the current Director of Global Retail for the Commercial & Industrial Division of Underwriters Laboratories headquartered in Northbrook IL. Melissa has been with UL for a two years but has more than 15 years’ experience dealing with Retailers, Distributors,   e-commerce... Read More →

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Ken Boyce

Principal Engineer Director, Energy & Power Technologies, UL LLC
Ken Boyce is Principal Engineer Director, Energy & Power Technologies at UL LLC. Ken has decades of experience in safety engineering across many sectors.  Most recently he has served as UL’s technical leader for the energy and power sectors, overseeing standards development and... Read More →
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Tim Cassidy

Director of Product Compliance and Safety, Best Buy Co.
Tim Cassidy is director of product compliance and safety for Best Buy Co., Inc., the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer.   In this role, Tim oversees the company’s product safety programs including compliance with voluntary and mandatory product safety standards... Read More →
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Daren Slee, PE, CFEI

Senior Electrical Engineer, Case Forensics
Daren Slee specializes in the failure analysis and reliability of lithium ion batteries, and low, medium, and high voltage electrical power circuits and components. He has 16 years of experience in design evaluation and testing of battery management and switching power supply circuits... Read More →
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Gavin Huntley-Fenner, Ph.D

Human Factors and Safety Consultant, Huntley-Fenner Advisors, Inc.
Gavin Huntley-Fenner, Ph.D. is a human factors and safety consultant with more than 20 years in the field as a researcher, author, educator and business advisor. His doctorate is in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Huntley-Fenner Advisors, Inc. guides corporate and law firm clients on... Read More →

Wednesday February 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Grand Cypress A


Breakout Session # 13: Safety Provisions and Risk Assessment Around the Globe - How Regulators Promote Fair and Consistent Product Safety Practices Across Markets
We are living in an increasingly globalised world where markets are getting closer to each other. This means that consistency across markets becomes a key factor to protect customers. Regulators from Europe and Canada will present their forward-looking methods in risk assessment and share their approaches (including use of safety provisions and standards) to addressing product safety fairly and consistently. Likewise, an industry representative will share their complimentary experiences with risk assessment in various jurisdictions and the challenges that business faces in that context – a case study will be used to frame these interconnected perspectives."

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Matthias Honnacker

Senior Ministerial Officer, Bavarian Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection
Dr. rer. sec. Dipl.-Ing. Matthias Honnacker has been employed as Senior Ministerial Officer at the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection since December 2013. In the unit responsible for Technical Consumer Protection and Market Surveillance, he deals with fundamental... Read More →

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Katie Greenwood

Director, Risk Assessment Bureau, Consumer Product Safety Directorate, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch, Health Canada
Katie Greenwood is the Director of the Risk Assessment Bureau of Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Directorate (CPSD) where she is responsible for information and data management including mandatory incident reporting and cosmetic notification; triage; surveillance and monitoring... Read More →
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Fabian Gwosdz

Senior Function Manager Product Integrity and Quality, Andrea Stihl AG & Co
Fabian Gwosdz is a Senior Function Manager of Product Integrity and Quality at ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG (“STIHL”).  STIHL develops, manufactures, and sells handheld outdoor power equipment, including forestry, garden, and construction equipment.  In his current role, Fabian... Read More →

Wednesday February 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Grand Cypress B/C


Breakout Session # 14 - How Much Are Non-Manufacturers Responsible for Trying to Reduce the Risk of Products They Sell?

While manufacturers are expected to participate in developing voluntary standards, what is expected of distributors and retailers?  Are non-manufacturers expected to develop their own safety requirements where voluntary standards are not adequate? What risks are non-manufacturers assuming when they get involved in setting safety standards or in specifying safety components when industry-wide standards don't exist? What are the  tensions between manufacturers and downstream firms that sell their products? All firms are responsible for reporting defects, but what are the respective responsibilities and liabilities of setting and meeting safety standards? The panel represents several perspectives on these issues and our roundtable welcomes comments and questions from the audience.

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Roy Deppa

Partner, Marchica & Deppa
Roy Deppa is a partner in Marchica & Deppa, a product safety consulting firm established in 2005, providing services to manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers as well as to law firms and trade associations.  M&D has worked with a number of companies setting up safety... Read More →


Greg Knott

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Outdoor Power Equiment Institute, Inc. (OPEI)
Greg Knott is the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc. (OPEI).  OPEI is an international trade association representing 100 small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers.  As an ANSI accredited... Read More →
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Kathleen McGuigan

Senior Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
Kathleen McGuigan handles regulatory and compliance matters and oversees RILA's Compliance Council and Product Safety Committee.  McGuigan joined RILA after 11 years as senior counsel for JCPenney, where she was responsible for providing legal advice on international, trade, product... Read More →
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Len Morrissey

Director, Technical Committee Operations Division, ASTM International
Len Morrissey is a director in the Technical Committee Operations Division of ASTM International, one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world.  In his role, he leads a team that coordinates the standardization activities of over 50 ASTM Technical... Read More →
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Cheryl Possenti

Partner, Goldberg Segalla
Cheryl Possenti is a founding partner of the firm and has more than 30 years’ experience in the defense of complex personal injury actions. With a practice that focuses on product liability matters and related litigation — and whose extensive experience includes defending high-profile... Read More →
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Eric Rubel

Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Eric Rubel focuses on product safety matters and related litigation. He was General Counsel to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from 1994 to 1997.  Mr. Rubel has extensive experience helping companies assess their compliance with CPSC regulations, in developing effective... Read More →

Wednesday February 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Grand Cypress D- I


Breakout Session # 15: 50 States-Managing Risk in a Patchwork of Laws and Regulations

While most consumer product categories are regulated at the Federal level, more and more states (not just California) are passing statutes and enacting regulations that directly impact doing business.  All aspects of the supply chain face the challenges of compliance and the failure to do so.  A panel discussion, comprised of effected constituencies, will address “real-world” scenarios and provide “take-aways” to successfully deal with the risks that arise from the ever increasing landscape of state requirements.

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Daniel Herling

Partner, Mintz Levin
Dan Herling's practice is focused on product liability issues relating to consumer products.  Specific to consumer class action lawsuits, Dan has successfully defended clients in class actions alleging false or misleading labeling or advertising of foods, cosmetics, over-the-counter... Read More →
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Julie Vallese

Managing Director, Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)
julie Vallese is the Managing Director of Public and Government Affairs for the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA).  As Managing Director, Vallese manages the public affairs, government relations and communications strategies that position JPMA as a leader on significant... Read More →

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Mark S. Fellin

World Wide Regulatory Intelligence Manager, Amazon
Mark S. Fellin serves as the Worldwide Regulatory Intelligence Manager for Amazon Global Trade Services. Mark is responsible for leading the development, promotion, and implementation of regulatory policies for Amazon Direct Imports  Prior to joining Amazon, Fellin served as the... Read More →
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Andy R. Hackman

Serlin Haley LLP
Mr. Andy Hackman works to achieve success for clients at the legislative, executive, and regulatory levels across the country on a diverse set of issues. Mr. Hackman is involved in analyzing the political landscape facing client companies, creating comprehensive 360° strategies... Read More →
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William Kitzes

Principal, Consumer Safety Associates
Bill Kitzes is a Board Certified Product Safety Manager and Hazard Control Manager and has been a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society since 1983.  He holds an Executive Certificate in Safety Management from the American Society of Safety Engineers and a Certificate... Read More →
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Lyn Pesterfield

Regulatory Compliance Manager, Prym Consumer USA
Lyn Pesterfield's current responsibilities as Regulatory Compliance Manager are to ensure the safety and compliance of seven brands and 28 product lines made and or distributed by Prym Consumer to retailers in the craft and hobby markets in the Americas and Canada. This includes... Read More →

Wednesday February 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Grand Cypress A