Printing Industries Alliance Announces Expert Lineup for 'Digital Printing Think Tank'
AMHERST, N.Y.—September 8, 2015—Printing Industries Alliance (PIA), the trade organization dedicated to supporting the success of New York, northern New Jersey, and northwestern Pennsylvania graphic communications industry, today announced its initial lineup of expert speakers and panelists for its “Digital Printing Think Tank” program, which will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Manhattan at Club 101, located on 40th street at 101 Park Avenue, New York, New York.
The event’s first panel will be a group of large and small printers from across the digital printing market. Moderator Mark Michelson, editorial director of Printing Impressions, will lead the printers in a discussion exploring their path to the present and their plans for the future. It is predicted that digital printing, which launched in 1993 and is currently more than 20 percent of all printing, will become 50 percent of all printing by 2030. Panelists will include Cheryl Kahanec of EarthColor, Glen Boehmer of Sentinel Printing, Kevin McVea of SCI, Ron Sizemore of Influence Graphics, and many more.
The luncheon speaker, Jeff Hayzlett, former Kodak CMO, primetime radio and TV host, business author and keynote speaker, will give a speech titled "Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless." The first 100 registrants will receive a copy of his latest book by the same title.
A second panel will be made up of leading marketing executives from digital printing vendors. They will discuss how they provide press owners guidance in marketing digital printing and assistance in growing the market. The vendors' marketing panel will be moderated by digital printing expert Marco Boer of IT-Strategies who predicted the success of inkjet digital printing a decade ago. Panelists will include Dave Wigfield of Xerox, Marc Johnson of HP, Gavin Jordan Smith of Konica Minolta, Shawn Lawson of International Paper and Andy Fetherman of Muller Martini. To register for the event, please contact Kim Tuzzo at (716) 691-3211 or firstname.lastname@example.org The cost for an individual is $149 and includes lunch and refreshments.
The all day event will also offer a networking fair opportunity which will allow participants to compare notes and speak with sponsoring vendors who will distribute literature. Vendor sponsorships include two vendor staff tickets and three tickets for their customers or prospects. The vendor sponsorship is $650 for those who are annual PIA Platinum sponsors. A low cost conversion to Platinum Sponsorship status will be available. For sponsorship info contact Marty Maloney at (203) 912-0804 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsors will receive a six-foot draped table at the fair and recognition through event PR, literature and signage. Early sponsorships include Xerox, HP, Muller Martini, International Paper, Konica Minolta, RedTie and Ricoh.
The objective of the Digital Printing Think Tank is to educate the industry in a non-biased manner in the reasons for the rapid growth of digital printing and to explore the trends of all formats: sheet and web; toner and inkjet; and all applications, including high-quality, short-run, production run length web inkjet, labels, packaging, wide-format and more. Lastly, there will be discussions surrounding potential trends at drupa in May 2016, drupa 2019, and beyond.
About Printing Industries Alliance
Printing Industries Alliance provides a variety of consultative, informational and cost-saving services to support its members' success and provide a significant ROI on their investments. In addition, the organization provides industry representation to a variety of governmental entities at the local, state and federal level. Consultative services include expert advice on health and safety issues including OSHA; legal and human resource issues; financial and M&A; as well as marketing consultancy.
Printing Industries Alliance is a regional affiliate of Printing Industries of America and is headquartered in Amherst, New York, with a NYC office in Park Slope.
Source: Printing Industries Alliance.