A One-of-a-Kind Business Boot Camp Experience

From Palm Springs to New Orleans and now, Pittsburgh! Each skucamp is a uniquely designed, one-of-a-kind business boot camp experience created to kick-start your calendar year!

Pittsburgh has undergone a massive renaissance, from steel hub to tech hub, and is the perfect place to host industry mavericks who thrive on creative revolution.

Led by entrepreneurial eccentrics, industry independents, as well as outside experts, these high-impact lessons from the trenches will help you take a deep-dive into multiple aspects of building a successful distributorship, from reinventing your brand, commissions, creative merchandising, scaling your business, and much more.

Join your smartest friends, the coolest brands, and the companies we most admire for fabulous networking, bold ideas, and shared learning in an unconference experience unlike any other.

A One-of-a-Kind Business Boot Camp Experience

From Palm Springs to New Orleans and now, Pittsburgh! Each skucamp is a uniquely designed, one-of-a-kind business boot camp experience created to kick-start your calendar year!

Pittsburgh has undergone a massive renaissance, from steel hub to tech hub, and is the perfect place to host industry mavericks who thrive on creative revolution.

Led by entrepreneurial eccentrics, industry independents, as well as outside experts, these high-impact lessons from the trenches will help you take a deep-dive into multiple aspects of building a successful distributorship, from reinventing your brand, commissions, creative merchandising, scaling your business, and much more.

Join your smartest friends, the coolest brands, and the companies we most admire for fabulous networking, bold ideas, and shared learning in an unconference experience unlike any other.

skucamp is where the B-sides of our industry come to gather. The B-sides are where the hidden gems, the most original tracks, exist. We love skucamp.

Brandon Mackay
SnugZ USA

skucamp doesn’t feel like a conference you are forced to sit through for hours on end. It was enjoyable and a fantastic learning environment to be in.

Jillian Brandt
Whitestone Works

Meet Our Speakers

Hear from some of the marketing industry's most passionate and creative personalities. Walk away inspired and ready to tackle the rest of 2019.

skucamp sessions are filled with fabulous ideas, humor, reality checks, passion, the love of creativity, and genius ways to get your sh*t together! I'm surprised we didn't see a unicorn.

Angie Svec
Soul + Swag

Engaging, informative, thought provoking and inspiring! We left feeling that what we learned would definitely be valuable to our continued business growth.

Brent Hoskins
Martket Branding

Schedule

In boot camp style, we’re offering a comprehensive series of in-depth workshops featuring tools, tips, worksheets, and more! Attendees will rotate between all workshops.

skucampers will receive 11.5 MAS credits for attending skucamp

12:00 - 4:00pm

12:00 - 4:00pm

Arrival & Registration

Arrive in Pittsburgh, check into the Ace, grab your famous skucamp gift bag, connect with new and returning skucampers.

5:30pm onwards

5:30pm onwards

skucamp Opening Party @ The Ace Hotel

Celebrate the opening of skucamp with dinner, drinks, fun and games!

6:30 - 7:30am

6:30 - 7:30am

Run Club

Clear out the cobwebs and join us for a run as we check beautiful Pittsburgh on foot! All levels welcome. This is a great way to kickstart a day of learning and inspiration.

7:50 - 8:50am

7:50 - 8:50am

Breakfast

Brain food for business builders.

8:50 - 9:00am

8:50 - 9:00am

Opening Remarks

9:00 - 9:30am

9:00 - 9:30am

Never Enough: How to Stay Hungry Despite Success

From prospecting tips to client retention, Johanna will share how she keeps her ambition kindled, her pipeline full, and best practices for staying lean, moving fast, and winning business.

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9:30 - 10:00am

9:30 - 10:00am

Win-Win! Creating a Compensation Plan Where Everybody Wins

In this session, led by industry expert and financial analyst, Jamie Watson, you’ll learn the options and theories behind various compensation packages, from fixed compensation to straight commission and everything in between.

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10:00 - 10:30am

10:00 - 10:30am

There’s Always a Better Way: Unlocking Secrets to Proficiency

Craig Dunlap has spent his entire career thinking through process and then tearing down and rebuilding to focus his energies and the energies of his team. In this session, Craig will walk you through the ways they’ve streamlined their business.

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10:30 - 11:00am

10:30 - 11:00am

Break

Stretch those legs, grab a coffee, high-five a new friend, etc.

11:00 - 11:30am

11:00 - 11:30am

Unlock the Power of “No” and Unleash the Power of “Yes”

Amanda Delaney will walk through the new power collaboration and how social media, openness to new processes, and constantly customizing your sales approach can help you combine technology+human relationships to buy confidence, win more business, and turn more customers into true, long-term partners.

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11:30 - 12:00pm

11:30 - 12:00pm

From Revolution to Renaissance: How to Disrupt Your Own Enterprise

In this session, Steve and Carson will walk you through reimagining the vision for your company, disrupting your infrastructure, and rebuilding your brand into an adventure that inspires who you want to be.

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12:00 - 12:30pm

12:00 - 12:30pm

Building a Boutique Experience in a Commodity-Driven World

The Ace Pittsburgh story is a unique story about revitalization and growth within a stagnant and commoditized space. The story is how big dreams become practically fulfilled, from vision to funding, to aligning the right partnerships.

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12:30 - 1:30pm

12:30 - 1:30pm

Lunch

1:30pm - 2:15pm

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Origaudio’s Principles for Wickedly Creative Product Development

Known for bringing innovative products to the market, Origaudio has become a trendsetter with its products in both consumer and retail worlds. In this session, Jason will teach the principles that guide their success in product development, sharing their experiences around efficient supply chain management as well as how they determine what ideas to bring to marketing.

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2:15 - 2:45pm

2:15 - 2:45pm

Custom Swag That Can’t Be Copied (Carving Your Custom Path)

John has built a career in this “me-too” industry by carving a path paved with unique merch and one-of-a-kind promotions respected by even his most trend-oriented customers. In this session, you’ll learn how to transform your order-taking business into an order-making machine.

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2:45 - 3:15pm

2:45 - 3:15pm

Inspiring Through Imagery: How to Enchant Your Audience Through Visual Storytelling

Brian Stidham has upwards of 10,000 followers on Instagram and has built this strong following through the unique way he sees the world and through an exceptional emphasis on craft. In this session with Brian, you’ll learn what distinguishes ordinary pics into extraordinary experiences.

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3:15 - 3:45pm

3:15 - 3:45pm

Break

Stretch those legs, grab a coffee, high-five a new friend, etc.

3:45 - 5:15pm

3:45 - 5:15pm

Build the Plane While You Fly: Improv Techniques to Turning Your Team into Power Collaborators

In this fun and interactive session led by experts on improvisational techniques, you’ll learn how to change your focus on the fly so that you can handle objections better and think creatively, plus, you’ll get tips from improv masters on how to work as a team in order to get the best ideas out of the collective.

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5:15 - 6:45pm

5:15 - 6:45pm

Chill / Unprogramming

Space and time to relax, process your notes, share insights with friends, or take a break and explore the fabulous Ace.

6:45pm onwards

6:45pm onwards

Dine Around

Hit the town at several Pittsburgh restaurants with smaller groups of skucampers.

6:30 - 7:30am

6:30 - 7:30am

Run Club

Clear out the cobwebs and join us for a run as we check beautiful Pittsburgh on foot! All levels welcome. This is a great way to kickstart a day of learning and inspiration.

7:50 - 8:50am

7:50 - 8:50am

Breakfast

Brain food for business builders.

8:50 - 9:00am

8:50 - 9:00am

Opening Remarks Day 2

9:00 - 10:00am

9:00 - 10:00am

Break the Wheel: How to Escape Conventional Thinking to Overcome the Ordinary and Build the Extraordinary

In this fast-paced, inspiring talk and workshop, award-winning documentary host and former Google and startup brand-builder Jay Acunzo will hand you a sledgehammer. In this workshop, you’ll shatter conventional thinking by answering the six questions that will help you find clarity quickly, cutting through the noise, through past precedents, and through buzzy trends that only create sameness.

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10:00 - 10:15am

10:00 - 10:15am

Break

Stretch those legs, grab a coffee, high-five a new friend, etc.

10:15 - 11:15am

10:15 - 11:15am

Break the Wheel: Jay Acunzo's Workshop

In this fast-paced, inspiring talk and workshop, award-winning documentary host and former Google and startup brand-builder Jay Acunzo will hand you a sledgehammer. In this workshop, you’ll shatter conventional thinking by answering the six questions that will help you find clarity quickly, cutting through the noise, through past precedents, and through buzzy trends that only create sameness.

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11:15 - 11:45am

11:15 - 11:45am

Break

Stretch those legs, grab a coffee, high-five a new friend, etc.

11:45 - 12:30pm

11:45 - 12:30pm

A Glimpse Into the Future from a Global Perspective

In this exclusive presentation and interview with the industry’s most awarded supplier, Polyconcept North America, David will share thoughts from the current state of the industry, plus, how regulatory affairs like tariffs impact our future.

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12:30 - 1:30pm

12:30 - 1:30pm

Lunch

1:30 - 2:15pm

1:30 - 2:15pm

The Evolution of the Leader

In this session led by Catherine Graham, you’ll learn the pattern of the salesperson who becomes a successful leader and how to ensure that you evolve your role into one that proliferates success through your team by focusing on your single most important priority.

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2:15 - 3:00pm

2:15 - 3:00pm

From Salesperson to CEO: Shaping A Culture While Building a Company

In this session, Sara will share her lessons learned about how to shape culture through building an incredible team, designing the right infrastructure, building a strategy that aligns with your culture, and creating an inspirational brand.

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3:00 - 3:30pm

3:00 - 3:30pm

Break

Stretch those legs, grab a coffee, high-five a new friend, etc.

3:30 - 4:15pm

3:30 - 4:15pm

An Exclusive Interview with Swervepoint Founder and BDA’s CMO, Jamie Mair

Co-founders Jamie Mair and Kevin Phoenix spent 13 years building enterprise value through brand thinking and disciplined execution. In 2017 SwervePoint was acquired by Top 40 agency, BDA. In this casual conversation with Jamie, we’ll explore his journey from start-up to scale-up to successful exit.

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4:15 - 5:00pm

4:15 - 5:00pm

skucamp Wrap Up

We close skucamp with a look toward the future as we chat with Mark and Catherine Graham about the ways we see the industry evolving and how to not merely be the at the center of change but how to carve a new path and accelerate the momentum of our success. We’ll reflect on our time at skucamp together, visiting with the community and sharing with each other the changes we will make in our businesses, and our lives, moving forward.

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5:00 - 7:00pm

5:00 - 7:00pm

Chill / Unprogramming

Space and time to relax, process your notes, share insights with friends, or take a break and explore the fabulous Ace.

7:00pm onwards

7:00pm onwards

Closing Party @ Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing

Sponsored by our friends at SanMar and T-shirt Tycoon, we will close out skucamp by channeling our inner lumberjack. Food, drinks, and transportation will be provided.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is skucamp designed for?

skucamp is designed for the owner, C-level manager or senior level staff within a supplier or a distributor. If you are on the upswing of your career and are making waves in your organization, you should be at skucamp.

What is the schedule?

Sunday, September 22
12-3 pm - Registration
6pm-onwards - opening mixer and dinner

Monday, September 23
9am-5pm - classes and workshops
6:30pm-onwards - dine around

Tuesday, September 24
9am-5pm - classes and workshops
6:30pm-onwards - closing mixer and dinner

Wednesday, September 25
Depart Pittsburgh

What do I wear at skucamp?

skucamp is very casual … funky casual if you will. Dress for comfort, leave the formal suits and gowns at home. Air conditioning indoors may make it cool for some people so dress accordingly. Evenings may be cooler so bring a layer for any outdoor events.

Is there a cancellation policy on my skucamp tickets?

Yes, we will issue a full refund if you cancel before August 1, 2019. There are no refunds after August 1, 2019. Exchanges are permitted, but we kindly ask you to manage finding someone to take your ticket after August 1, 2019.

What should I pack?
  • Laptop and/or tablet (for the workshops)
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Running shoes & workout gear (we will have a run club each morning)
  • An open mind ready to embrace learning and adventure!

  • Be sure to leave some room for all the amazing skucamp swag you’ll receive! Here is our gift collection from skucamp New Orleans to give you a sense of the wonders that await you :)


What’s included in my registration fee?

Your registration fee includes all workshops, entertainment, gifts, drinks and most meals. Travel to/from Pittsburgh and hotel costs are not included.

Included meals:

  • Sept 22 - dinner/drinks
  • Sept 23 - breakfast, lunch, snacks (the cost of the dine-around dinner is not included)
  • Sept 24 - breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner/drinks
How does the dine-around work?

skucamp is all about the power of connections and meeting new and interesting people. One of the ways we do this is by having a dine-around on our 2nd night,September 23. We assign small groups of 8-12 people to various restaurants in town.

Note: the cost of your dinner for the dine-around is not included in your registration fee. You will pay for your meal at the restaurant on September 23.

What costs are excluded?

Travel to/from Pittsburgh and hotel accommodations are excluded. The cost of the dine around for dinner on September 23 is also excluded.

How is skucamp different from your other events?

Each of our events are designed with different themes in mind. Many people will attend all events as they all offer something unique.

skucamp is a 3-day business planning bootcamp for executive level distributor and suppliers to plan their year ahead.

skucon focuses on high-level education and inspiration for any role, distributors or suppliers. It is hosted the day before the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas.

commonsku University is half-day education session for distributors and supplier customers of commonsku to learn how to use the platform more efficiently held at the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas.

commonsku sessions is a 1-day conference for distributors dedicated to thriving in sales. It was designed as we saw a gap in the market around sales focused education for distributor selling owners and their sales teams.

When should I arrive/depart?

skucamp has 2 full days of content. We encourage you to arrive before 5pm on September 22nd so you are checked in and registered for our kick-off that evening. skucamp ends after our closing dinner on September 24th. We recommend catching a flight the morning of September 25th.

Does the Ace Hotel have a gym?

There is not a gym in the hotel, but Ace guests can use the Fitness Factory facilities for free. Guests will ask the front desk of the Ace for passes to the Fitness Factory. The Fitness Factory is located at 212 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA, a short walk from the hotel.

Venue

skucamp takes place at the Ace Hotel, 120 S Whitfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206


Hotel Accommodations

We have a preferred rate at Hotel Indigo, 123 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. The hotel is a 3 minute walk away from the Ace. You can book your room here.

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