IPMA 99 A Time For Change
With a balance of educational sessions and networking, the conference in Minneapolis was a huge success.
As in-plant managers drifted into Minneapolis for IPMA 99, they gradually caught wind of a startling piece of news that seemed sure to affect the entire conference: Larry Aaron, executive director of the International Publishing Management Association, had resigned just a week before.
Despite some early concerns, however, IPMA staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to bring the 40th international conference and exhibit to a successful conclusion—and one that left attendees with a positive outlook for the future of the organization.
Aaron's departure—which was followed by the resignation of his executive assistant, Cheryl Mundorff—came after he had served 15 years with IPMA. West Barton, IPMA international president, informed attendees that Aaron left the association to start his own business, a move he had been planning for some time.
The preparation that he and his staff had done paid off; the conference's 30+ educational seminars and keynotes, as well as the various evening activities, were all well organized—and well attended. The exhibit area was packed with vendors and the awards banquet was a glittering success.
Among the other events:
• IPMA and Unisource formally announced their partnership to sponsor the popular two-day in-plant management workshops, which have hit 36 cities since the fall of 1996.
• In-Plant Graphics presented its Manager of the Year award to Mike Loyd, of Louisiana State University, and its Industry Leader of the Year award to Steve Cronin, of Adobe Systems.
• Attendees met with others in their regions for an informal evening reception that offered many networking opportunities.
The conference got under way with a keynote talk by Mel Kleinman, of Humetrics, who talked about how to recruit, select and retain quality employees. Good employees quit, he said, not because of money, but because they're tired of putting up with bad employees. He said managers have to offer more positive recognition to good employees.