NPES Names Thayer Long to Head Association, Succeeding Ralph Nappi
RESTON, Va. — March 9, 2016 — NPES Chairman of the Board Mal Baboyian, executive VP, large-format solutions/production print solutions for Canon Solutions America, announced that Thayer Long will serve as the next president of NPES-The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, succeeding Ralph Nappi who has led NPES for the last 11 years and announced his retirement at the October 2015 board of directors meeting.
"We are delighted that Thayer Long will be joining the Association to lead NPES and the Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC). Thayer brings eight years of effective leadership experience that includes all aspects of association management including strategic plan development, trade show management, government affairs, education and foundation work. He will be a great asset to NPES as we navigate the future waters of our industry."
In addition to leading NPES and GASC, Long will also serve as president of the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF).
Long has nearly 20 years of association experience serving most recently as executive VP and CEO of the Independent Electrical Contractors, and prior to that as president and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Institute. Both organizations are headquartered in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
Current NPES President Ralph Nappi remarks, "Thayer is a good colleague whom I have known for five years; the industry is fortunate to have such a highly qualified professional joining our organization. Thayer possesses the skill set to take NPES, GASC and GAERF to new levels and will bring a high degree of creativity and enthusiasm to our industry. It will be my pleasure to transition the leadership roles of our industry's key associations and trade shows to him."
Long will begin his roles on April 28. Nappi has agreed to continue in a transitionary capacity through the end of July.
The national executive recruiting firm of Heidrick and Struggles was engaged to conduct the search, which was directed by a committee that consisted of: Mal Baboyian, executive VP, large-format solutions/ production print solutions, Canon Solutions America; Mark Hischar, president and CEO, KBA-North America; Michael Ring, VP, worldwide sales and digital solutions, Gallus Inc.; D. J. Burgess, president/CEO, Burgess Industries; and Ralph Nappi, president, NPES.
NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies is a U.S. trade association representing more than 600 companies nationwide that manufacture and distribute equipment, software and supplies used across the workflow of printing, publishing and converting process. NPES is a partner in the Graphic Arts Show Company that sponsors the global PRINT exhibition and GRAPH EXPO — the largest and most comprehensive graphic communications trade show and conference in the Americas. NPES offers members a wide range of services including: statistical, market research and education programs; government affairs representation; safety and technical standards development coordination in the national and international arenas; and, international trade assistance.