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Print & Media Conference Midwest to Touch Down in Chicago this May

February 4, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, MA—Feb. 4, 2011—If you work at the intersection of print and digital communications, this event is calling your name. Print Buyers International (PBI) is expanding west and will host its first-ever PBI Print & Media Conference Midwest at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare on Thursday, May 19, 2011.

This groundbreaking, one-day event will feature everything you love about PBI’s Annual Print & Media Conference in Massachusetts—right in the Windy City. Hosted by e-newsletter publisher, blogger, professional print buyer and PBI founder Margie Dana, the conference will include the world’s foremost industry experts, cutting-edge information, one-on-one interactions with knowledgeable print industry pros, and the highly affordable price of just $79 until March 15 ($399 for industry service providers).

Dana, whose new book, “Print Buying Made Simple,” gives print buying professionals a road map to career success, created the Midwestern event in response to repeated appeals from followers outside the Eastern seaboard.

“For years we’ve been asked by people outside of New England to produce events elsewhere. We decided 2011 would be the year,” she noted.

Leading the conference’s roster of speakers will be two of the world’s top experts in print and print buying—RIT Professor Emeritus Frank Romano and WhatTheyThink Economics and Research Director Dr. Joe Webb. Joining them will be elite print buyers Jeff Dickerson of State Farm Insurance and Melissa Clemente of Draftfcb, along with other topical speakers. Dana—whose e-newsletter “Margie’s Print Tips” is read by 5,000 subscribers worldwide—will lead a brainstorming session and resource swap with attendees.

“It is a great day-long event for Chicago in the spring. We look forward to offering the local print buying and agency communities the chance to get together, learn from some of the best, and talk shop without leaving their own backyards,” said Dana.

The Print & Media Conference Midwest is sponsored by Foster Printing, Japs-Olson Co, Original Smith Printing, Unisource Worldwide, and Xerox. It is designed for print buyers, print production managers, graphic designers, creative directors, and marcom pros who work with print and digital media. The program will include high-quality learning, networking and connecting around the concerns of modern print and media pros, such as:

• What's really going on with digital printing today?

• Where's the print industry headed?

• What does a successful cross-media campaign look like?

• What are the best resources online and off for people in this field?

If reaction to the 5th Annual Print & Media Conference in November is a predictor of future success, then the Print & Media Conference Midwest is sure to be a hit.

“Thank you for putting together such a high quality, content rich, relevant event. It changed the way I look at my career and how I will continue to educate myself,” wrote 2010 attendee Debbie Sahd.

“I truly believe you take the right direction by providing awareness and educational issues to your group, print buyers. You don't just assume everyone understands these important topics and are diligent about bringing the best people with insightful presentations. Yours is as good as any conference I have seen," observed attendee Gerry Gerlach.

Easy online registration for the Print & Media Conference Midwest is happening now at Don’t wait. The price rises after March 15.

Questions? Contact Barbara Graham at or at 978-490-0100.

If you can’t make it to Chicago in May, join us in November at the 6th Annual Print & Media Conference in greater Boston. Watch for details at

About Print Buyers International
Print Buyers International (PBI) is an independent organization that caters to professionals who purchase or influence the purchase of print and other media. Each fall it hosts an annual conference, providing education and networking for professionals who work with printing and the graphic arts. Learn more at

Source: Company press release.



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