View from the publisher: More success stories in a highly diverse issue

First let me congratulate SinaLite on its 21st anniversary. Launched in 1999 as Sina Printing, SinaLite has grown from a small, two-colour press storefront, to one of North America’s leading trade-only printing companies. It currently has several high-end presses and a complete bindery, both housed in a 100,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art production facility in Markham, Ontario. It’s also a trusted print supplier to more than 10,000 businesses, producing literally millions of printed products each year. Congratulations to Oscar, Mike and Brian Meshkati, along with their office and production staff, on their ongoing success. Their future looks very bright indeed.

Congratulations also go out to industry veteran Jack Noonan, who was recently appointed as Vice President of Business Development for PRINTING United. In this newly-created position, he’ll oversee the tradeshow’s exhibitor and sponsorship partnerships, strengthen existing communities, develop postal and packaging-sector participation, and explore new business opportunities. From personal experience, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy! Congrats also to Nick Titus for being named President of Minuteman Press International, and to Asher Levy, recently promoted to Chairman of Landa Digital Printing.

This month’s issue certainly has plenty of variety, in addition to our lead feature on print Management Information Systems (Print MIS) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. Diana Varma reveals some helpful and accessible resources that will save you time and money. Peter Dulis examines wallcoverings, a profitable niche for many wide-format printers. Steve Aprile has 12 “insider tips” for financial success in 2020. Joanne Gore explains how printers can capitalize on the power of direct mail. And Warren Werbitt outlines the importance of peer groups.

Finally, as a proud Irish-Canadian, I’d like to wish everyone a very happy St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17. Celebrations here in Toronto this year include the Grand Marshal’s Ball March 13, the Mundy Live Concert March 14, and of course, the St. Patrick’s Parade March 15. But no matter where you live in Canada, March 17 and the days before, will likely be marked by many more regional celebrations and festivities –all  in honour of Ireland’s most celebrated patron saint.

As always, stay positive and stay focused.

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Joe Mulcahy Publisher, Graphic Arts Magazine joe@graphicartsmag.com