IPMA 2013 Conference: Bayside Blockbuster

With information-packed sessions, a well-stocked vendor exhibit and fantastic networking opportunities, last month's In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association conference, on the shore of the San Francisco Bay, was one of the best events of the year.

Almost 135 in-plant managers from all over the country attended last month’s IPMA conference, the largest in-plant event of the year.

Tim Hendrix, with the State of Oregon, chats with California State Printer Jerry Hill before one of the sessions.

Beautiful weather drew attendees outdoors to enjoy the sunshine between sessions.

On the crowded vendor show floor, a representative from PSI Engineering (left) gives a demo to five managers. From the left: Juan Espino and Hector Espino (Freese and Nichols); Terry Johnson (Deseret Mutual Benefit Administrators), David Estes (East Kentucky Power Cooperative) and Mike Lincoln (State of Colorado).

Staci Hill, of Freese and Nichols, gives a presentation about how her in-plant was able to expand and improve over the past year.

NAPL’s Howie Fenton holds the audience’s attention with his presentation on benchmarking.

Kicking off the conference was management expert Barry Maher, who suggested some real-world tactics for increasing productivity and job satisfaction.

Keynote speaker Barb Pellow, of InfoTrends, gives a presentation on cross-media services and the ever-growing importance of mobile technology.

Tim Hendrix (State of Oregon), Michael Jaffe (Judicial Council of California) and Todd Graham (Delta Dental of Michigan) listen to one of the speakers.

Past and current winners of IPMA’s Mail Center of the Year award are all smiles during the awards banquet. From left: Mike Lincoln (State of Colorado), Catherine Ciardi (Excellus BlueCross BlueShield), Richard Beto (The University of Texas at Austin—this year’s winner) and Beth Gatewood (The University of Oklahoma).

Sally Roberts, of the University of West Georgia, reveals how her in-plant doubled its revenue over a three-year period.

Steve Nelles (center), of Ventura County’s in-plant, fields questions after his session from Gordon Rivera (Allan Hancock College), Michael Jaffe (Judicial Council of California), Tim Hendrix (State of Oregon) and Arthur Pare (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center).

Almost 135 in-plant managers attended last month’s IPMA conference, the largest in-plant event of the year.

Barbara Stainbrook, of Konica Minolta, fields questions from managers in the vendor fair.

The World Bank's Jimmy Vainstein gives a session on his in-plant's new inkjet press.

Steve Nelles of Ventura County.

Sally Roberts looks at some of the In-Print contest winners during the awards reception.

Karin Tarter, of Albuquerque Public Schools, described how she overhauled her in-plant.