5 Reasons I’m Super Excited About PRINT 13

I won’t spend a lot of time setting this up because I don’t really have time and I think you all get the picture. I will be at PRINT 13 for three days this year, which is a heck of a lot better than the four hours I spent last year at GRAPH EXPO.

I am super excited that I get to…

1. Support—This is such a great event and we can all go to emphasize that we believe in our fantastic industry. We can visit our trusted vendors to show our loyalty. We can swing by our competitors to either steal their ideas or try to sabotage their booths. (I hope you know me well enough to know that I am totally kidding about this)…or AM I?

2. Schmooze—This will be a great time to see people I hardly ever get to see, like Mary Beth Smith, Bev Burger (I hope), and hopefully some of the fine folks at Printing Impressions. I’ll also be checking out Rider Dickerson’s Print Forum event on September 11—they’ve got some cool speakers and it’s always a great industry event extolling the virtues of print to the creative community. Topping it off will be a mixer with the Great Lakes Graphics Association, where I am told there will be beer. (There BETTER BE!)

3. Pontificate—I am honored to be appearing on the Girls Who Print Mentoring panel this year—I love the idea of women sharing experiences and helping the next generation of girls who print to find their way in this industry. FYI—It always makes me feel great when a stranger comes up to me and says, “Aren’t you Kelly Mazzolli?” And I say, “Close enough.” And then they tell me that they read my stuff and think I am brilliant and we both agree wholeheartedly that I am.

Now working as a consultant, Kelly sold digital printing for 15 years so she understands the challenges, frustrations and pitfalls of building a successful sales practice. Her mission is to help printers of all sizes sell more stuff. Kelly's areas of focus include client recovery, retention and acquisition, and marketing communications projects.
Kelly graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and, among other notable accomplishments, co-founded the Windy City Rollers, a professional women's roller derby league.

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  • Katherine Tattersfield

    Well I won’t be there, although our CEO and company manager will be there. I will be at the PrintMediaCentr Twitter command center, though. That’s just as good, right???

  • Mary Beth Smith

    Hey "Mazzolli" – you ARE brilliant! And I can’t wait to see you and all the rest of our motley crew – even the big brother you never wanted!

    :) mb

  • aspireforbill

    What about the OTHER reasons to be excited about Print ’13:
    1. Grab the freebies from the booth before those pesky students come in and swipe them all
    2. The yummy McCormick Place food that’s been reheating since Graph Expo ’12
    3. The ease of grabbing a taxi afterward
    4. Practicing the art of not making direct eye contact with anyone in a booth

    You know, Kelly, it’s not just about giving. It’s about getting, too!

  • Nick Lombardi

    Good stuff Kelly, I am excited too about Print 13 (my first time there) and looking forward to networking, learning, "schmoozing", and meeting some great people. Oh, and the GLGA mixer sounds fun too! Hope to meet you there :)

  • Bill Farquharson

    Just as a follow-up to this blog, I would like Kelly’s readership to know that she was a huge hit at Print ’13. I felt like I was walking around with a Rock Star! She received many well-earned complements and comments for her work and writing. Given the fact that she accomplishes everything while running her household, it really is quite remarkable and I am in awe of her abilities, especially the one that brings balance to her life.