AGI’s Christopher Smith to Present Keynote Address at GOA 2012

ORLANDO—Jan. 27, 2012—George Ryan, president of The Printing Association of Florida’s Graphics of the Americas Expo & Conference (GOA), announced that American Graphics Institute’s (AGI) Christopher Smith will present this year’s keynote address at GOA 2012. The keynote will take place on Thursday, March 1, 2012, at 9 a.m.

The full Graphics of the Americas event will run March 1-3, 2012, at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, FL.

In his “Publishing 2012” address, publishing technology expert Christopher Smith will help attendees gain an understanding of new and emerging devices, tools and applications that are changing the way content is consumed and delivered. Putting ink on paper is no longer enough, as customers expect to find their favorite content on electronic devices—smart phones, tablets, e-readers, etc.—in addition to print.

This highly informative session, essential for anyone working in the publishing field now, or moving forward, will address topics such as:

• Achieving a better understanding of the major forces impacting graphics, media, and publishing firms; and ways to use new media, new tools, and new technologies to become empowered as an individual, and as a business.

• Devices and tools that are reshaping the way content is created and viewed.

• How to get content onto multiple platforms, including those from Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

• Ways for businesses to adapt to succeed as a modern publisher.

Ryan says, “We are very pleased that AGI’s Chris Smith will be presenting this year’s keynote. His role as president of the American Graphics Institute, coupled with his experience supervising the Digital Classroom series, and leadership in other strategic areas; makes his counsel a tremendous asset in our industry.”

About the Keynote Presenter
Christopher Smith is president of AGI in Boston, Mass. He is the creator and series editor of the Digital Classroom book series, an imprint of Wiley publishing. He was instrumental in making the series among the first books available in Apple’s iBooks store, as well as for Amazon’s Kindle, the NOOK, and other e-reading devices.

At AGI, Chris has provided strategic technology consulting to some of the largest catalog, book, magazine, and newspaper publishers. He is the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing software, including Adobe Creative Suite for Dummies. He has served as a consultant to technology companies including Adobe and Microsoft. Chris studied Journalism at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark prior to joining AGI, where he has worked for more than a decade.

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About Printing Association of Florida
The Printing Association of Florida is one of the most active and influential printing associations in North America, with headquarters in Orlando, FL. More than 400 Florida-based graphic arts companies consider PAF their ultimate business partner. Governed by an all-volunteer board of directors elected by its membership, PAF is a not-for-profit association representing the interests of the graphic arts industry throughout the state. PAF is affiliated with Printing Industries of America, the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, making PAF members a part of the largest, most comprehensive graphic arts advocacy organization in the world.