NPOA announces agenda for 2017 Owners Conference

npoa2017a-inThe National Print Owners Association (NPOA) has released the agenda for its fifth Annual Owners Conference to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Hotel Intercontinental from February 2-4, 2017. Industry experts Dave Fellman, Pamela Crouser and Philip Beyer will anchor dynamic educational sessions. Other notable presenters will include Dan Antonelli from SignShopMarketing and Thaddeus Rex. The conference will begin on Thursday evening, February 2, with the popular and entertaining Welcome Reception sponsored by conference host, Ricoh. This reception offers a close setting to reconnect with print shop owners and previous attendees, and make new friends before heading out to on-your-own group dinners at various “Nawlin’s” hot spots.

John Fulena.
John Fulena.

“We’re proud to host and sponsor this year’s NPOA Owners Conference, largely due to the similarities in Ricoh’s vision and NPOA’s values,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh USA, Inc. “NPOA is laser-focused on giving print owners the tools to enhance growth and profitability – and so is Ricoh. When we see all NPOA has done to help printers, including many of our own customers, there’s no question that we want to support it. We’re looking forward to another exciting, educational conference.”

Friday, Feb. 2 will kick off the educational presentations with a breakfast buffet and special keynote by Thaddeus Rex on The Science of Charisma. The day’s general sessions – sponsored by AccuZIP, Fastsigns, Allegra Marketing & Print and Pocket Folders FAST – will build on the concepts and key points shared in Rex’s session, and will feature “Mechanics, Message and Mardi Gras.” Printer’s Plan will once again sponsor the popular One Minute Mastermind luncheon – an engaging and information ideas exchange.

Dave Fellman.
Dave Fellman.

Print sales specialist Dave Fellman will be the keynote speaker on Saturday morning, Feb. 3 for a breakfast presentation on “The Top Ten Mistakes Printers Make and How to Avoid Them!” sponsored by Marketing Ideas for Printers. A panel of successful printers will address problem solving and mistake avoidance after the presentation by Fellman, and a moderated round table before the Industry Luncheon will allow attendees to brainstorm with fellow print owners. The “Partners in Profit” Supplier Showcase – part reception, part mini-tradeshow – will cap off the conference activities with a vibrant mix of workshops, networking and vendor booths.

Dan Antonelli.
Dan Antonelli.

The conference has been carefully designed to provide optimal learning experiences from presenters as well as industry peers, while taking advantage of the fun and energy of the Big Easy! To do this, the NPOA Board of Directors enlisted the help of: Kevin Herbert, St. Charles Printing, and Fastsigns of St. Charles in Boutte, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans; Danny Paline, Five Star Printing and Signs in Denham Springs, LA; and Pamela Crouser, PROforma, an associate member of NPOA. “I have always believed learning is a requirement to achieve the goals that we’ve set for our businesses and ourselves. NPOA and this conference is a wonderful opportunity to tap into amazing training, people and information. I’m honoured to participate,” said Crouser.

Early bird registration is $485 for NPOA members, $590 for non-members, and ends on December 1, 2016. Regular registration is $565 for members and $690 for non-members. Discounted rates for attendees from the same company are available. Special conference hotel rates at the Intercontinental are $199 per night. More details and registration information is available at the NPOA website, www.printowners.org.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.