Inaugural Vision 3 Summit Deemed a Success
RESTON, VA—April 5, 2011—The attendance of 433 graphic communications industry executives representing 185 companies, with printers outnumbering vendor participants by a 2:1 ratio, solidified the successful debut of the Vision 3 Summit, a groundbreaking new leadership conference produced by the printing industry’s top three associations.
The conference, which took place March 13–16, 2011, at the Desert Springs JW Marriott in Palm Desert, CA, was a joint effort co-produced by the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), Printing Industries of America and NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies (NPES).
Designed for company owners and executives, the two-and-a-half day event offered a distinctly management-level approach to addressing the industry’s biggest challenges.
“Our associations realized early in our planning that, given the variety of challenges facing the graphic communications industry today, it was essential for the conference to speak directly to the needs of the highest levels of company management,” explained Michael Makin, president and CEO of Printing Industries of America.
Participants concurred, reporting the information and management-level discussions were “forward thinking, innovative” and particularly useful, along with the meeting materials that were available online for follow-up.
Because the Vision 3 Summit was a joint effort of the industry’s top three associations, attendees also benefited from a mix of insights they normally would not receive at other gatherings.
“Despite how vast the graphic communications industry is, it really is a small world out there—and seems even smaller when you’re seeing all the same people at the same events every year,” observed Ralph Nappi, president of NPES. “The Vision 3 Summit is a rare leadership conference that mingles both industry service provider and vendor attendees at the highest levels of management. Participants gain tremendous value and best practices for running their companies from such a mix of expertise, experience and perspectives.”