Proforma Reports Successful Annual Convention with Over 800 Attendees
CLEVELAND—August 3, 2015—Proforma recently concluded its 28th Annual Convention and Family Reunion in Orlando, Florida, at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. More than 800 Proforma Member owners, sales reps, supplier partners and support team members came from offices worldwide to network, strengthen relationships, improve business practices and celebrate another record breaking sales year.
"Convention is always an exciting time for the entire Proforma Family to come together to learn, share and grow together, but this year was especially powerful," said Greg Muzzillo, founder of Proforma. "Proforma’s Convention has the industry’s largest private Vendor Showcase, more than 90 education sessions and the most million dollar producers under one roof. This year we unveiled new cutting edge technology advancements, marketing resources and business development tools to make it easier than ever for Owners and Sales Reps to be more successful. There is no other event in our industry like it."
Highlights of this year’s Convention included a powerful and engaging keynote presentation by featured guest speaker, Keith Ferrazzi, the world’s foremost expert in professional relationship development. He is the author of the #1 New York Times best-sellers "Who’s Got Your Back" and "Never Eat Alone." Attendees also heard presentations from special guests Dave Fellman, president of David Fellman & Associates, and Glenn Gaudet, the president and founder of GaggleAMP.
"The theme of this year’s Convention was 'relationships' and it was clear throughout the event how important our clients, associates, family, friends and fellow Proforma Family Members are to our lives and business," said George Klare, Million Dollar Club Member and Co-Owner of Proforma Design Management in Alvarado, Texas. "Between the motivating keynote presentations, valuable Vendor Showcase and the insightful breakout sessions, it was clear that Proforma has the right people and relationships in place to help us all succeed.
" Owners and Sales Reps in attendance also witnessed the debut of the new and improved Proforma.com website. Proforma partnered with USAWeb to revamp Proforma.com with a sleek and modern look. The site is now designed with Proforma customers in mind, showcasing a streamlined and easy-to-navigate page. A new $10 million order entry and CRM platform was also unveiled by Vera Muzzillo and Proforma’s Technology Team. Owners demoed the improved platform, which features a more efficient and simplified ordering process with even more features such as an inventory module, CRM functionality and more to come in the following year.
"The advancements to our technology systems and online presence reinforce Proforma’s dominance in this industry," said Devin Jones, owner of Proforma Gateway Solutions in Houston. "I’m excited about the direction Vera is taking Proforma’s technology initiatives. She has proven she is serious about ensuring we have the best technology solutions to set us apart from other marketing providers."
During the Annual Awards Dinner and Celebration Proforma welcomed 14 new members into the Million Dollar Club, two new members into the Multi-Million Dollar Club and three new members into the 5 Million Dollar Club. Fred and Suzette Albrecht, Proforma’s first 25 Million Dollar Club Members were inducted into Proforma’s Hall of Fame, recognizing them for helping to shape the organization and provide mentorship and knowledge to their fellow Proforma Owners.
Proforma also presented 104 Centurion awards to Owners who increased their sales by over $100,000 in the 2014 calendar year and recognized the business achievements of more than 52 additional Owners. The 2016 Proforma Convention & Family Reunion will be held July 24-27, in Las Vegas, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
With over 35 years of experience and more than $500 million in sales, Proforma remains clearly focused on providing solutions to businesses worldwide for their graphic communications needs. A leading provider of promotional products, printing services, business documents, and eCommerce solutions, Proforma has received numerous awards and is recognized as one of the top five largest companies in our industry. Proforma serves approximately 60,000 clients through more than 750 member offices across the globe, backed by more than 130 Team Members in the Proforma Worldwide Support Center located in Cleveland.