Regis J. Delmontagne

CHICAGO—On the whole, organizers of PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05 are calling the event a tremendous success. The finally tally is in, and the Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC) is reporting that about 62,000 people filled the McCormick Place complex for the exhibition held here in the Windy City last month. International attendance exceeded 7,200, an 11 percent increase from the previous PRINT show, and overall nearly 100 countries were represented. A total of 954 exhibitors—an increase of 61 over the 2001 show—filled about 750,000 square feet of booth space. More than 2,200 people attended one or more of the record 80-plus seminars.

Cream Rises to the Top This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Printing Industry Hall of Fame, which is co-sponsored by Printing Impressions and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) School of Print Media. Having played a part in the selection process these past two decades, it's a blur when I think back on all of the industry heavyweights we've honored over the years. I fondly recall former powerhouses like Frank Beddor, The Beddor Cos.; Curtis Bourland, Continental Graphics; Quebecor's Pierre Peladeau; Mark C. Pope III, of Graphic Industries fame; and, of course—among our inaugural class in 1986—the late Harry V. Quadracci, founder

RESTON, VA—With the coming retirement of industry veteran Regis J. Delmontagne leaving large shoes to fill for three industry associations, it was only fitting that his replacement bring extensive association experience to the printing table. Ralph Nappi will succeed Delmontagne as president of NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, the Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC) and the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF), beginning January 1, 2006. Nappi will join the three organizations as president-elect on October 8. He is currently head of the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA), a position he has held since 1993. Prior to

RESTON, VA - Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) reports it already has sold more exhibit floor space at the upcoming GRAPH EXPO and CONVERTING EXPO 2004 than ultimately was sold figure for the 2003 show. The event will be held October 10-13, 2004 in Chicago's McCormick Place Complex. According to the show company, the floor plan was expanded three months ago to accommodate an influx of requests for booth space. It expects the current floor plan to be sold out completely come October. The show's Mailing & Fulfillment Center has been expanded to double its previous size (in 2003). The Wide Format Pavilion

CHICAGO—The feeling inside McCormick Place was one of optimism as the 2002 Graph Expo and Converting Expo exhibition featured crowded aisles, nearly 38,000 attendees, full seminar rooms, well-attended product demonstrations, 570 exhibitors and buyers from more than 9,600 companies. "Solid attendance, strong sales performance, full seminar sessions and abundant networking opportunities all characterized the annual event, creating the success for the industry that was sorely needed," reports Regis J. Delmontagne, Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC) president. And, after last year's big-ticket event, PRINT 01, was brought to a halt by the September 11 terrorist attacks, it was reassuring to see crowded exhibit areas and

The show must go on. The spirit behind that old saying resonated through the halls of McCormick Place during the later days of PRINT 01. The show remained open for its entire scheduled run, even though the level of activity did drop significantly after Tuesday morning. The mood and topics of conversation though, understandably, turned away from graphic arts industry issues to the horror of the terrorist attacks. "Prior to September 11th, in spite of the weak economy, PRINT 01 was attracting good attendance, and exhibitors reported steady and serious buying activity across all product types and sizes," reported Regis J. Delmontagne, president of

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