GRAPH EXPO 2012 Hailed a Success by Exhibitors, Attendees
“GRAPH EXPO 2012 was a successful show for W+D. We have doubled the size of our booth space from 2,000 square feet to 4,000 square feet in PRINT 13,” Andrew Schipke, vp sales and marketing, W+D North America.
In addition to the latest technologies displayed across the show floor were the record 48 co-located events—user group meetings, award galas, and host of education conferences—that took advantage of the synergy at GRAPH EXPO, including Print Buyers International’s (PBI’s) 7th annual Print & Media Conference. As PBI President Margie Dana confirmed once again, “…this event in Chicago reaped kudos from attendees and sponsors alike.”
Other co-located event organizers and special session presenters agreed, as well, that their events held in tandem with GRAPH EXPO created a winning combo:
• “Our ING Conference attendees voted 100% to have this newspaper conference at PRINT 13. They love our conference in conjunction with GRAPH EXPO and PRINT,” Kristy Gerry, President, International Newspaper Group
• “The manroland User Group at GRAPH EXPO Conference was a super success. We doubled our member attendance in 2012; we will be back at PRINT 2013!” Kristy Gerry, Director of Production, Omaha World-Herald
Show goers impressed with the educational offerings and technology demonstrated, also placed a high value on the face-to-face connections to be made during the show.
• “I thought the expo was great. It is always great to see the new products and services coming out in the industry and meet those vendors we currently do business with that we are not always able to see in person,” Mike Ferretti, Owner, PostNet Printing & Graphics, Charlotte, N.C.
• “We have brought about 70 people to the show, including 60 franchisees representing 70 AlphaGraphics locations that together produce about $100 million in annual sales. All of the franchisees are paying their own way and making personal investments of their time to be here. This is my first GRAPH EXPO, and frankly, I’m overwhelmed by the response. We probably have the largest single contingent of any group at the show,” Art Coley, President, AlphaGraphics