Spring In-plant Conferences Are Approaching
It may still be winter but the spring in-plant conferences are just around the corner. From April 29-May 3, the Association of College and University Printers (ACUP) will meet on the shores of Lake Tahoe, and then six weeks later, the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) will convene just 470 miles south in Costa Mesa, Calif., from June 10-14.
Both will feature educational sessions on a variety of topics important to in-plants. ACUP sessions will cover marketing your services, wide-format applications, utilizing student workers, strategic planning, in-plant success stories, revenue strategies, pricing your services, copier fleet management, bindery and merging with mail.
Topics for IPMA sessions will include disaster recovery, employee engagement, fleet management, inkjet, bicycle mail delivery, lean manufacturing, new revenue generators, succession planning, virtual mailboxes, Web-to-print, wide-format and student workers.
Both conferences will feature two days of vendor exhibits, an award ceremony (the ACUP Awards and the IPMA and In-Print 2018 Awards), roundtable discussions and interesting keynote speakers.
At ACUP, opening keynote speaker Jennifer Powers will offer tools and strategies to help managers step into a more positive, empowered mindset, and on day two, Ken Macro, chair of Graphic Communications at Cal Poly State University, will examine the shifting role of the in-plant.
IPMA’s keynote speakers will be Leon Logothetis, star of the Netflix series The Kindness Diaries, and motivational speaker Scott Burrows, a quadriplegic who has overcome many setbacks and thrived as a result. One IPMA session sure to draw a crowd is the “In-plant Throwdown,” in which Howie Fenton and Barb Pellow will clash over the merits of outsourcing versus in-plant printing.
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 nearly 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, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.