2 Minutes with Valerie Price, BIA Conference Chair and Director of Business, Coyne Graphic Finishing
Binders and Printers. A match made in heaven? This year’s BIA Annual Conference, one of the most popular postpress networking and education forums, is teaming up with the 2015 Print Leadership Summit in Minneapolis May 18-19 for a synergistic event that will surely have people talking. Here Valerie Price tells us about the benefits of the NEW BIA and why their upcoming conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for members.
Q: As the industry continues to advance, how can postpress companies stay ahead of the game? How can they retain a competitive advantage?
VP: By always knowing what is happening within the printing environment, staying up to date with the leading-edge printers, and creating partnerships between print and finishing. Another best practice is educating printers on binderies and why it’s sometimes better to send their finishing to an expert rather than trying to keep everything in house.
Q: The BIA rebranded in 2014. Can you tell us about the BIA’s fresh focus and the benefits it offers members?
VP: Our new value proposition expands the member services. Not only can companies join the BIA directly now, but we also have our own industry-specific Ratios, training through the Integrated Learning Center, and many more unique advantages. BIA members now have access to the Human Resource listserv, moderated by PIA’s Jim Kyger, and have direct access to environmental, health, and safety resources with the help of expert Gary Jones. These are huge assets to smaller companies that do not have the resources. And that’s not all. BIA members also enjoy access to the monthly newsletter Bound for Excellence, Peer Groups, and so much more.
Read the extended interview with Valerie Price, including an insider’s look at the upcoming BIA Conference, in the April issue of The Magazine (member login required).