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Gary A. Jones is the director of environmental, health and safety (EHS) affairs at the Specialty Graphic and Imaging Association in Fairfax, VA. His primary responsibility is to monitor and analyze EHS regulatory activities at all domestic and some international government levels. He provides representation on behalf of the printing and specialty graphic imaging industry. In doing so, Mr. Jones works closely with the federal and state-level Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and other agencies. He also provides membership assistance on EHS compliance and sustainability programs through a variety of approaches including responding to inquiries, presentations, writing, and consulting services.

Mr. Jones is also supporting Specialty Graphic and Imaging Association’s efforts for the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP). SGP is dedicated to assisting printing operations respond to the customer demand for sustainable printing.

He holds a BS in biology from LaRoche College and an MS in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.

Andrew D. Paparozzi joined PRINTING United Alliance as Chief Economist in 2018. He analyzes and reports on economic, technological, social and demographic trends that will define the printing industry’s future. His most important responsibility, however, is being an observer of the industry by listening to the issues and concerns of company owners, executives and managers.Previously, he worked 31 years at the National Association for Printing Leadership. He has also taught mathematics, statistics and economics at various colleges.Andrew holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics f rom Boston College and a Master’s degree in economics — with concentrations in econometrics and public finance — from Columbia University.

As things currently stand, Former Vice President Joe Biden has secured enough electoral votes to become the President. Although President Trump has yet to concede the election, it may be time to start considering how the new administration’s policy changes can affect both business and the industry as a whole. 

Looking to define new key print buyer expectations, NAPCO Research surveyed over 200 print buyers or influencers, which revealed essential insights on what print buyers and influencers expect from providers, ways to enhance the buyer experience, and strategies for outreach and engagement.

This is the third in a series of COVID-19 Print Business Indicators Research reports tracks key indicators across a cross section of printing companies, including commercial printers, graphic and sign producers, apparel decorators, functional printers, and package printers/converters. 

The first half of 2020 has been burdened by one of the most brutal economic environments printing operations have likely ever experienced. Although a rise in COVID-19 cases will certainly set our economy back, it does not discount the clear steps toward recovery that the country has seen over the past few months.

Expect the printing industry to grow in 2021, boosted by a sharp upturn in the American economy. We can be sure, however, that the upcoming recovery will be selective, giving some companies a lift, while shutting others out.

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