Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.

For the record: Gord Griffiths

You’d be hard pressed to find a printing industry executive with more experience and business savvy than Gord Griffiths. He currently heads Gordon Group Enterprises Limited, a Toronto-based consulting firm that specializes in helping printing and packaging companies in the areas of revenue building, mergers and acquisitions, recruiting and succession planning. His resumé, accomplishments and roles in key industry organizations during the past 30 years would fill several pages of this magazine and then some.

For the record: John Honderich

He is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, holds degrees in political science and law and is a hard-working family man. But for me (and most former Toronto Star employees), he personifies the newspaper’s long-standing editorial values of fairness through balanced journalism – and giving a voice to those in our society who simply have none. John Honderich was publisher of the Toronto Star from 1994 to 2004.

The transition to becoming a Marketing Services Provider (MSP)

A chat with John Foley Jr. in advance of his Toronto appearance as a Keynote Speaker at Printing Survivor 2011.

I recently sat down with John Foley Jr., founder and CEO of interlinkONE and Grow Socially, to chat about current trends in the print industry, and what steps are necessary for a printer to get involved in multi-channel marketing.

Keynote Speaker Peter Muir will reveal how to implement Printing Survivor’s ideas

On Oct. 13 at our Printing Survivor 2011 event, you’ll hear what print providers could be doing to boost their businesses. Bizucate’s President Peter Muir, our “closer” for the event, will reveal how to put many of these great ideas and others into practice. Take some time off from working IN your business – and he’ll share with you how to work on your business to make it more profitable.

Printers who inspire

This issue begins a new feature profiling printers of distinction; those unique individuals who quietly go about their business, day in and day out, and continue to thrive in these tough economic times. They are our industry’s unheralded role models. We salute them!

It’s showtime! GRAPH EXPO preview

The 2011 version of GRAPH EXPO, the printing industry’s annual showcase for the Americas, is set for Sunday, September 11 to Wednesday, September 14 at Chicago’s world-class McCormick Place. Trust me – you’ll need more than the entire four days to visit the over 450 exhibitors and special feature areas, and take in some of the more than 34 co-located conferences, user groups and special events – not to mention the over 50 seminars covering just about every conceivable aspect of printing and graphic arts. Those “in the know” will come one day earlier, on September 10, to attend the always-popular EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK conference where the 2011 MUST SEE’em technologies and products – the best of the “Best in Show”— will first be revealed.

Canada Post wars

Controversy and some common-sense strategies for your survival

So while some of the best U.S. thinkers gathered at the Postal Vision 2020 Conference June 15 to offer workable strategies to rescue their postal service, what did we do afterwards here in Canada? We endured another strike! As a result, many printers and related service providers lost income – even though postal workers were legislated back to work in a relatively short time.

For the record: Don Gain

I recently chatted with Donald N. Gain, President of Harmony Printing in Etobicoke, Ontario who has seen a lot evolve in his more than four decades in this industry.

You purchased Harmony Printing in 1988 and have guided it from a small shop to one of the most successful and respected mid-sized printers in the industry. What were some of the key turning points?

Grafik’Art review

The Grafik’Art Show April 14–16 at Place Bonaventure in Montreal attracted about 6,000 visitors who walked its 120,000 square feet of floor space exploring 87 booths – compared to 82 exhibitors in 2009. There was everything from small specialty printers to large press and pre-press equipment to finishing to sales and marketing solutions. However, as with all similar shows I’ve attended, I was impressed not only with the high level of technology, but even more so with seeing long-established companies survive and thrive in this current troubled ecomomy.