IPMA Goes Full Throttle in Milwaukee

More than 130 in-plant managers traveled to Milwaukee for IPMA 2014.

Scott Waldo, of Farmers Insurance, and Tammy Dunham, of Nestle Purina, talked shop before one of the sessions.

At the vendor fair, Ron Shepard (left), of Xeikon, chatted with Clem Deussen (University of North Texas), Rodney Brown (University of Delaware) and Sherri Isbell (University of Oklahoma).

Attendees packed the room for one of the sessions.

Barbara Stainbrook and Erik Holdo, of Konica Minolta Business Solutions, offered a unique presentation in which they discussed new opportunities for in-plants while whipping up a culinary delight.

Staci Hill, of Freese and Nichols, led an interactive session on Web-to-Print.

David Higgins (Connecticut Conference of Municipalities) and David Hoel (University of Minnesota) struck up a conversation between sessions.

A well-attended and informative panel discussion moderated by Elisha Kasinskas (left), of Rochester Software Associates, featured Chuck Werninger (Houston Independent School District), Doug Maxwell (Brigham Young University), Tim Hendrix (State of Oregon) and Brian Wadell (University of California-Davis).

NAPL Consultant Howie Fenton drew a crowd to his session on workflow software.

David Estes (East Kentucky Power Coop), Bob Wamsher (The Hershey Co.) and other managers took in a presentation on the second day of the conference.

James Mason talks with Elisha Kasinskas (right), of Rochester Software Associates.

Michael Gatti of Fairfax County Printing Services.

In-plant managers at a session

The In-plant Printing and Mailing Association celebrated its 50th anniversary last month with a busy, information-packed conference that drew more than 130 in-plants to Milwaukee.

Despite some chilly spring weather, Milwaukee gave a warm welcome to the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association last month. More than 130 in-plant managers were on hand to celebrate IPMA’s 50th anniversary during a very busy conference.

Their ranks included many first-time and long-absent attendees, which added a new dynamic to the discussions throughout the four-day event. A number of government printers from the National Government Publishing Association, now part of IPMA, were there this year, as well as two attendees from Australia.

Frequent themes at the conference included adding value with new services, adding efficiency with Web-to-print, measuring and benchmarking services, and avoiding being outsourced. These topics and many others were discussed in dozens of educational sessions led by in-plant managers, consultants and vendors. The detailed questions from the audience that followed many managers’ presentations reflected a keen interest among attendees in the responsibilities and capabilities of their peers.

Between sessions, managers networked and browsed the booths in the vendor exhibit area, which featured 38 vendors—the highest number in years. The conference was capped with a well-orchestrated tour of Briggs & Stratton’s in-plant, home to an impressive variety of equipment, including a four-color Ryobi press, a Kodak NexPress and a new Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS 2250P. (For many attendees, though, the highlight of the week was the tour of the Harley Davidson museum during the Tuesday evening outing—a venue that also inspired this year’s conference slogan: “Full Throttle Communication.”)

Retired RIT professor and industry sage Frank Romano provided an appropriate kickoff for the conference Sunday evening when he celebrated IPMA’s 50 years of existence by reviewing the graphic arts technologies that have come and gone over the past half century.

The next morning, magician, comedian, author and self-proclaimed “dis-illusionist” Billy Riggs really got things going with an opening keynote that included plenty of magic and impressive “mind reading” tricks, along with some inspirational messages.

Bob has served as editor of In-plant Graphics since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited more than 130 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Graphics.

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  • Elisha Kasinskas

    Great article, Bob! IPMA members can contact RSA for a link to select session videos, Barb Pellow’s presentation, and more. For a copy of the “Idea Book” from the “55 Ideas on 60 minutes” panel session, click on the “Idea Book” ad, or download it here: http://bit.ly/1uJRHor .