Offset and Beyond — Training Ground For the WinnersApril 2008 By Ralph Pontillo
Actions we continue will be as important as actions we start or stop. In every downturn, whether it is an official recession or not, winners emerge. Winners don’t lay low or “wait and see.” Winners act!
As the dedicated printers and suppliers of the Web Offset Association (WOA), we recognize the gamut of tactics that your company needs to focus upon. Offset and Beyond 2008 is a lens on the critical issues with proven techniques to drive your company to be a winner. It is a lens to focus on the future, a lens to focus on the profitability map and a lens to action. Winners focus on people; this conference is about people—people in your company who will drive profits, cement customer relationships and become your first line of defense to master operating excellence.
Offset and Beyond 2008 is the second year of a partnership formed with WOA and PIA/GATF to offer a one-stop conference for both web and sheetfed offset printers. This conference is our place to form a community, our place to answer questions about the business of printing. 2008 will build on the success and feedback of 2007.
Our common foundation is offset lithography and the “beyond” acknowledges that the offset community is wider and broader than offset lithography and includes digital printing, green issues and much more. It’s about the business of printing. It’s about the business of people in printing!
WOA leaders along with our sheetfed advisors have devoted entire tracks to the technology of the processes with a web technology track and a sheetfed technology track. We offer a full gamut of sessions in the management and combination tracks for a total of four tracks. New suggested features are implemented each year such as a Saturday start, a concentrated all-day session on fulfillment, a Green Printers Showcase and a student outreach program.
The foundation of the meeting remains. There are newsmaker speakers such as James Bradley (author of “Flags of Our Father”) and David Gregory (MSNBC White House correspondent); industry notables such as Jim Andersen, president and CEO of IWCO; Ken Field from Continental Web and winner of the Harry V. Quadracci Vision Award; panelists representing the best practices in successful printing companies; and real-world talk and solutions about everyday problems.