Praise for IPG's Digital Printing Conference in DC
Attendance at the 2015 Digital Printing in Government & Higher-Ed Conference exceeded expectations, and in-plant managers who were there seemed very pleased with the event.
"It was a great experience, meeting so many of my peers, whom I may not have had the chance to meet, in a small setting like this," remarked Richard Peterson, manager of Office Services and Procurement at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. "The subjects and the people who spoke were very good and interesting and informative. I look forward to your next conference."
Peterson drove to Washington, DC, from the New York area (after the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia shut down service), but several came from much farther away: California, Illinois, Tennessee and even Canada. All were glad they made the trip.
"It's refreshing to get together with other in-plant managers. I'm always reminded of how much we have in common," observed Tammy Golden, director of the State of Tennessee’s Division of Printing and Media Services. "I also look forward to hearing from the industry experts, as well as the vendors, to get the latest stats on the state of the industry and what's in our future. The icing on the cake was having it hosted at the GPO and getting to hear from their staff. It was well worth the trip."
IPG organized the conference to share best practices and bring new ideas to in-plants in the government and university sectors. Helping us in our educational mission were key sponsors Canon Solutions America, Ricoh USA, Muller Martini, and Xerox. Other sponsors included EFI, HP, Rochester Software Associates, Kodak, Presstek, International Paper and Roland. IPG partners IPMA and Xplor had tables at the event as well.
“Change is a way of life for printers these days, and we are feeling this pressure to innovate very acutely in the in-plant segment," noted Sean P. Carroll, interim director of Vanderbilt University Printing Services, who flew in from Nashville, TN. "Holding a forum like IPG’s Digital Printing 2015 conference was a great way to share best practices, success stories and emerging technologies in the printing industry. As the new director of a university in-plant, this event could not have come at a better time for me and my team.”
Even some veterans of many educational conferences spanning decades were impressed.
"I wanted to take a moment to congratulate you and the staff for such a successful event," praised Ed Danielczyk, president and owner of business eXcellence consulting & associates. "As you know, during my Xerox years, I participated and/or hosted many events such as this. I can honestly state that this had to be one of the most successful and well organized customer events I have attended or participated in. I'm always impressed with the high level of creditability you have within the general in-plant market space."
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