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

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:

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