Track: Corporate Responsibility
Connections Corner Roundtable Discussion: Is Your House In Order?
What kind of product responsibility program do you have in place? Are you missing any critical steps? This session from Anne Stone will guide you through a gap analysis to identify areas of improvement to strenghten your compliance program. Using the 2018 Product Responsibility Summit Workbook as a guide, attendees will review key areas for implementing compliance initiatives in their facilities, whether they are experts or just beginning to put these programs in place.This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.
Speakers: (click image for details)
Lenny Polakoff Zagwear View speaker details
Executive Vice President
Lenny Polakoff is the executive vice president of Zagwear, a global merchandise and custom premium agency with offices across the United States, London and Hong Kong servicing multinational clients in more than 40 markets. Over the past 20 years, Lenny has developed and implemented Zagwear’s internal product and factory compliance program and currently oversees and ensures adherence to the more than 15 client specific Zagwear programs. Lenny has also played an integral role in the procedural development of several Fortune 500 premium compliance programs. Lenny holds a BA in psychology from Quinnipiac University and is a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group.
Leeton Lee ComplyBox Consulting View speaker details
As an attorney for 30 years, Leeton has extensive experience in regulatory compliance, product safety, testing, packaging and labeling of a wide variety of consumer products, including toys, children’s products, promotional products, household products, electronics and apparel. He got his start in product safety more than 25 years ago, when he joined the Consumer Products Legal Department at The Walt Disney Company, where he worked as in-house counsel for 7 years managing the business and legal affairs for The Disney Store worldwide, The Disney Catalog (now Disney Online), ESPN Stores, Disney Gallery and other Disney retail operations, and helped establish Disney’s highly-respected product safety/compliance program. Following his career at Disney, Leeton served as Associate General Counsel at Equity Marketing, Inc., a leading promotions and marketing agency that focused on creating promotional programs and manufacturing toys and premiums for the fast food industry and retail mass market. Due to a product safety recall of more than 25 million units of a Pokémon kids’ meal toy made by Equity for its client, Burger King Corp., Leeton was hired by Equity in 2002 to create and lead a world-class product safety program, ensuring that the sale of the company’s products did not result in any injuries, deaths, lawsuits and recalls or any loss of the company’s valuable clients such as Burger King, Yum! Brands, Kellogg’s, Coca-Cola, NASCAR, Disney, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, Toys ‘R Us, Wal-Mart, Costco and many other Fortune 500 companies and famous entertainment brands. As VP, Regulatory Compliance and General Counsel at ETS Express, Inc., the promotional products industry’s leading drinkware supplier, Leeton was responsible for ETS’ day-to-day business and legal affairs and creating and managing the company’s robust and well-respected product safety and compliance program, which helped the company to become one of the industry’s leaders for product safety and compliance and fastest growing suppliers (more than 370% growth in annual sales over 5 years). In 2016, Leeton formed a product safety and compliance consulting company called ComplyBox™. He focuses on assisting consumer products companies in developing robust internal and external product compliance programs to become more competitive and to protect their companies and valuable clients from potential business and reputational damage. He assists manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers in managing their product risks, ranging from design hazard analysis, materials safety, product quality, packaging and labeling compliance, to customer complaint handling and recalls. Leeton counsels his clients on U.S. federal, Canadian, European and state product safety regulatory requirements, including the latest changes to Cal Prop 65 and the new “Clear and Reasonable” warning label requirements that will begin enforcement on August 30, 2018. Leeton is the current Chair of the Promotional Products Association International’s (“PPAI”) well-respected Product Responsibility Action Group (“PRAG”) which spearheaded and implemented PPAI’s Product Safety Aware initiative and holds its annual, highly acclaimed Product Responsibility Summit. He regularly speaks in front of industry groups and at large supplier’s and distributors’ annual sales meetings to share his product safety knowledge and keen insights on how companies can use product responsibility to provide their clients with great confidence in their products and grow sales. Leeton holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Pepperdine University, Malibu and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He is licensed to practice law in California although he no longer practices.
Handout:Is Your House In Order Updated.pdf
- When: Monday, January 14, 2019
- Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
- Where: Lagoon G
- MAS/CAS: CAS 1.0