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IPMA Conference Wraps Up in California

June 7, 2013 By Bob Neubauer
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The largest in-plant event of the year came to a conclusion Wednesday in San Mateo, Calif. About 135 in-plant managers gathered in this San Francisco suburb for the annual In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) conference. 

From Sunday evening's opening reception to the awards banquet Wednesday night, managers were constantly busy, reconnecting with old friends, making new ones, attending numerous excellent sessions and visiting vendors in the exhibit area. A wonderful dinner boat cruise in the San Francisco Bay provided breathtaking vistas and great opportunities for managers to talk and get to know one another. At the awards banquet, two in-plants were named as the winners of this year's In-Print Best of Show awards. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Washington State University won the coveted awards, which honor the printed pieces that demonstrate the highest quality out of all the entries in the In-Print contest.

Monday morning started with management expert Barry Maher offering some real-world tactics for increasing productivity and job satisfaction. The lesson: great leadership is about showing your employees there is more to them than they know, so they won't settle for less. Build people up—and not just when you're about to knock them down with criticism.

Other keynoters included Barb Pellow, of InfoTrends, who once again opened managers' eyes with her emphasis on the importance of making print and mobile technologies work together, and NAPL consultant Howie Fenton, who offered a wealth of practical information for in-plants on how to better benchmark their operations and show that printing is their core competency. 

The roster of excellent presentations included:

  • Sally Roberts detailing how her in-plant at the University of West Georgia turned itself around; 
  • The three managers from The World Bank discussing their recent installation of an inkjet press (IPG's June cover story); 
  • Debbie Pavletich from Briggs & Stratton offering money-saving suggestions that her in-plant has implemented; 
  • Steve Nelles, with the County of Ventura, detailing how he has successfully replaced some print products with digital services;
  • Rex Brooker, of Principal Financial Group, describing the multiple levels of digital color his in-plant provides.

Read IPG's full report in the July issue. And view more photos from the conference at



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