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Graphics of the Americas 2009 Sizzles in Miami

March 2009
MIAMI BEACH—March 19, 2009—Technology, networking, and education once again brought thousands of graphic communications professionals together in Miami Beach, Florida for the annual Graphics of the Americas (GOA) Exposition and Conference held from February 23-24.
Attendees from the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe came to do business with more than 400+ exhibiting vendors.  

"This was our 10th year exhibiting at Graphics of the Americas, and this year's show definitely met our expectations. The visitors were higher quality and ready to buy. In fact, we sold more equipment right on the show floor than we did last year," says Si Nguyen, product marketing director at DUPLO USA.
"Exhibitors walked onto the show floor to set up with a pessimistic attitude. After the third day, there was nothing but praise for the sales that were conducted on the show floor and for the contacts that were made both with U.S. and buyers from the Latin American countries," says Orazio "Omike" Fichera, dealer/marketing strategist and publisher, Dealer Communicator.
"There was a lot of excitement about vehicle wraps at Graphics of the Americas.  The reactions, solid leads and sales we received from both Latin and North American attendees confirmed the vehicle wrap advertising segment growth we've all been hearing about. Our demos on a Mustang were created with a Mutoh ValueJet printer and Arlon technology.  The crowds loved it," says Randy Rickert, General Manager, Mutoh.
"This was a very well put together show and we are glad we attended!  We secured a couple of new partnerships during the show and we were able to also talk with potential new customers. We have seen very good results and benefits from this event and look forward to the 2010 GOA show," says Jeffrey Strahl, Vice President H.W. Sands Corp.
Attendees also took advantage of the plethora of educational sessions.  Among the highlights of the 34th Annual GOA event were:
Pulitzer prize-winning humorist Dave Barry, who entertained audiences at the keynote session with his unique and hilarious perspectives on life -- especially in Miami.
Brand Protection Conference, where Robert C. Tapella, the Public Printer of the U.S., delivered a powerful and revealing specialty keynote on his agency's efforts to establish secure documents, both digitally and in print.

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