IPMA Conference Starts Sunday
The In-plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) board of directors is already in Pittsburgh, preparing for an expected crowd of more than 150 in-plant managers at the IPMA 2017 conference. Though the event officially gets underway on Sunday evening with an opening reception, activities tomorrow and Sunday will keep early arrivals very busy.
On Saturday, IPMA members seeking their Certified Graphic Communications Manager (CGCM) or Certified Mail Manager (CMM) certifications will be tested. Then that evening, managers will watch the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Miami Marlins at PNC Park.
Just outside the hotel's front door on Saturday and Sunday, the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival will be taking place in Point State Park, with free admission to music performances and exhibits. (Be sure to check out the Umbrella Sky Project, a floating canvas of colorful umbrellas.)
Sunday's IPMA activities include a morning Fun Run/Walk, a luncheon for the Franklin Stamp and Ink Society, comprised of CGCM and CMM holders, and a new attendee welcome session. Canon and Ricoh will hold focus groups to discuss various in-plant issues, Rochester Software Associates will run a WebCRD workshop, and several roundtable discussions will take place. The welcome reception begins at 6 p.m.
The rest of the week will be filled with educational sessions, a vendor display area featuring more than 50 vendors, a riverboat cruise on Wednesday evening and an awards ceremony. Throughout the week, managers will have plenty of time for networking, making new friends and sharing advice. And on Thursday, managers will tour Highmark Health Solutions' in-plant, which uses production inkjet technology to print statements, bills, payments, letters and more. Watch InPlantGraphics.com for full coverage.
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Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited more than 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, co-sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.