Mark Michelson

Mark Michelson
Mike Jacoutot, Mark Subers Reveal New Client Loyalty Survey Offering, Awards

Mike Jacoutot, founder of Butler Street, and Mark Subers, president of Printing, Packaging and Publishing at NAPCO Media, discuss a new partnership program that enables individual printing companies to measure their performance through their customers' eyes via the Best of Print & Digital Client Survey. Based on their high Net Promoter Score results, winners of Best of Print & Digital awards will be able to promote their distinction and will garner further publicity in Printing Impressions, Target Marketing and Print & Promo magazines.

GRAPH EXPO 15 Will Be a Tasty Appetizer

As we approach GRAPH EXPO 15 and CPP EXPO in Chicago next month, digital production printing will take center stage. This year’s GRAPH EXPO event will showcase several new show floor attractions, making the trip to Chicago well worth your time.

PI XChange Interview with Dan Defino, VP and Managing Director at Tukaiz

Marketing services production company Tukaiz has shaken up the typical creative process by recently adding a boutique creative agency to its 250,000-square-foot production campus in suburban Chicago. This move comes on the heels of the 120,000-square-foot fulfillment center it opened last year. In the interview, Dan Defino discusses Tukaiz' trailblazing work with Scodix for creating special effects, its long-time relationship with digital printing pioneer Benny Landa and a myriad of innovations the company is known for in the areas of digital printing and cross-media communications.

IWCO Direct, Canon Solutions Host Open House to Debut New Inkjet Presses

More than 65 printing executives from around the country, as well as several trade press members, analysts and Canon Solutions America employees, took part in the "Future of Inkjet" event held at IWCO Direct's facility in Chanhassen, Minnesota, June 23-24. The main attraction was the ability to see the first U.S. customer installations of the Canon Océ VarioPrint i300 cut-sheet and ImageStream 3500 continuous-feed inkjet presses running side-by-side.

Why GRAPH EXPO Is Orlando-Bound in '16

Having returned from a recent “GRAPH EXPO 16 Exhibitor Preview” event in Orlando, Florida, Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC) President Ralph Nappi was frank in his assessment why next year’s annual industry trade show is moving to the Orange County Convention Center, Sept. 25-28, 2016, after a run of 20 consecutive years at McCormick Place in Chicago.

PI XChange Interview with Dave Johannes, Senior VP of Operations at IWCO Direct

IWCO Direct is the first company in the United States to install full-color, cut-sheet digital inkjet Océ VarioPrint i300 (formerly called the Niagara) and full-color, continuous-feed inkjet Océ ImageStream 3500 presses from Canon Solutions America. Dave Johannes talks about these new investments and how the one-to-one direct mail personalization capabilities of IWCO's total high-speed inkjet printing platform is reshaping the entire IWCO Direct organization and creating greater ROIs for its direct marketing clientele.

PI Xchange Interview with Kimberly Lawton Koon of Lawton Connect

The longest consecutively family-owned general commercial printing company in the United States, Lawton Printers, has rebranded as Lawton Connect to reflect its expertise in integrated marketing communications and customizable solutions that extend beyond print. Watch President and CEO Kimberly Lawton Koon describe why the venerable shop changed its name, what new markets it's targeting, where our industry is headed and how she is plans to continue her rich family legacy.

Takeaways as Inkjet Momentum Grows

It’s been fascinating to watch the production inkjet printing market mature, and the Inkjet Summit has served as an accurate barometer to measure the triumphs and tribulations of stakeholders on both the printer and supplier sides of the equation. In spite of the headwinds and growing pains being encountered as production inkjet continues to mature, printers and suppliers alike will all agree that this is a very exciting time to be in the printing industry.

Dave Johannes on IWCO Direct's Latest Production Inkjet Press Installations

IWCO Direct in Chanhassen, Minn., is serving as an early adopter of two new production inkjet color press offerings just being introduced by Canon Solutions America: a continuous-feed Canon Océ ImageStream 3500 and a cut-sheet Océ VarioPrint i300 (formerly called project Niagara). Dave Johannes, senior VP of operations, describes the value proposition these two new output devices will provide IWCO Direct while attending the recent Inkjet Summit 2015.

Allied Printing Services' John Sommers Jr. on Taking Over at Age 27 on PIXLive

In a PIXLive interview, John Sommers Jr. describes how his father prepared him well to take over the family-owned, Manchester, Conn., commercial printing operation following his dad's untimely passing in 2013. Only 27 years old at the time, the third-generation leader hasn't stood still since, making major capital investments in offset and digital equipment, a large solar panel installation on the plant's rooftop, expanding the company's sales force and building on a corporate culture that empowers Allied employees to be successful. Check out this interview with a true, rising young star in the printing industry.