FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

National Print Owners Association Contracts With
Printing Industries of America for Administrative Services

Melbourne, FL January 12, 2016 - The Board of Directors of the National Print Owners Association (NPOA) announced today that it has contracted with Printing Industries of America (PIA) for a number of administrative services, effective February 1st. The move follows the resignation of NPOA Executive Director John Stewart, who will resume his printing firm valuation services and as well as publishing his acclaimed industry research studies.

“Printing Industries of America will provide back office administrative support including mail and phone service, database management, order fulfillment, membership renewal assistance and all accounting services for the association,” said NPOA President Barry Martin. “We wanted to ensure that NPOA continued to operate without an interruption in service and are confidant PIA can service our administrative needs.”

NPOA’s board emphasized that the relationship with PIA is strictly for services and should not be construed as anything but. “Our membership is proud of being an association of print entrepreneurs and our relationship with PIA in no way changes our autonomy as an independent organization with its own board, mission and direction. We are simply capitalizing on existing expertise from a known and trusted organization in our industry and paying for the services,” added Martin.

“We are honored to work with NPOA and look forward to a long relationship, said Michael Makin, President and CEO of Printing Industries of America.”

About NPOA

From its grass roots inception three years ago, NPOA has grown from 19 founding members to almost 350 print shop owners, making it the fastest growing association in the printing industry. Along with an annual conference, it provides its members with proprietary studies and surveys on technology, pricing, business operations, and many other topics. It also offers an on-line discussion forum for print shop owners to share ideas and solutions to common problems. The association’s motto is “By Printers, For Printers” and its members represent the most progressive printing operations in the industry. NPOA’s 4th Annual NPOA Spring Conference will be held April 14-16, 2016 in San Antonio, TX at the Hotel Contessa. For more information, visit: www.printowners.org

For Further Information Contact: 
Barry Martin
President NPOA
301-791-7400
barry@copyquik.com

 

Hear What Your Fellow NPOA Members
Have to Say About the Annual Conference!

Still haven't decided to register for the 2016 NPOA Annual Spring Conference in San Antonio? Take it from your peers - this is an event that you don't want to miss.

This video offers testimonials from fellow printers who attended the 2015 Annual Conference in Orlando FL..

More than 100 of your fellow NPOA members attended the 2015 conference to network with other printers, learn from industry experts and share tips with one another. The 2016 Conference promises more of the same. This is the only conference created BY printers FOR printers. Click this link to meet the Conference Committee and view the agenda and THEN REGISTER!

What are you waiting for? 2016 is your year to kick up your success another notch!

Just our best wishes for a happy holiday and a safe New Year. P.S. We are also conducting a test of our RSS feed to make sure it is working for the new year!

John Stewart, Executive Director
National Print Owners Association

NPOA Pricing Study Executive Summary
Now Available for Free Download

NPOA Members can now download a PDF copy of the 2015-2016 Quick Printing Industry Pricing Study "Executive Summary" by visiting the Members Only portion of our web site. Go to Membership > Members Only. You will have to use your Username and Password to access this portion of the site.

Although it is not intended to provide all the information available in the complete 120+ page study, this executive summary still provides valuable data and insight into pricing trends and practices in the industry. The complete study is available in the NPOA Bookstore with a retail price of $285. However, NPOA members can purchase the study for only $171, a 40% discount!

2016 NPOA Conference Committee Putting Final Touches on Agenda


(Left to right, Bob Stor, Charlene Sims and Dave Hutlin)

Lots of ideas and effort goes into creating the only conference FOR printers BY printers, Meet your 2016 Conference Committee here

Your peers have developed a fantastic program for NPOA members, by reviewing surveys from attendees and soliciting input from the PrintOwners List. This year the conference will offer dedicated sessions on sales and marketing while also providing the ever popular panel presentation from the top profit leaders in our association.

Wendy Weiss, The Queen of Cold Calling, will talk about a 2 step process for ensuring that you only spend time with solid qualified buyers as part of her "Sales Prospecting" session.

Fellow printers and frequent contributors to PrintOwners List will participate on panels for sales and profitability. The conference will also feature new presenters on technology, social media and apps that can build your business. Check out the agenda here - session descriptions will be added soon.

Don't miss the 2016 NPOA Spring Conference - the only conference created FOR printers, BY printers. You can view the agenda, make hotel reservations and register for this conference by visiting our Main Conference Information Page. 

NPOA Announces Election Results

Membership Selects Two Members to Serve 3-Year Terms

John Henry, CEO of Mitchell's Speedway Press, Oswego, NY and currently finishing out a one-year term on the NPOA board as Director of Programs and Events, has been re-elected to a new three-year term on the board. You can reach John at: John@mpcny.com 



 


Randy Herron, president of Herron Printing & Graphics, Gaithersburg, Md. will be joining Henry as the newest member of the NPOA Board of Directors. You can reach Randy at:Randy@herronprinting.com

NPOA NOMINATING COMMITTEE PRESENTS
THREE CANDIDATES FOR TWO VACANCIES

Nathaniel Grant is the owner of GAM Printers, Sterling, VA, a printing firm with 14 employees and $3.2 million in sales. Grant is a respected local entrepreneur with experience in developing mass production efficiencies and growing distribution channels to a global level. “I am a big believer in using the latest technologies to achieve competitive advantages, and I believe I can do that for NPOA as well.” In addition to GAM Printers, Grant has been involved in starting up five other companies ranging from National Tool Rental, Inc., Carolina Brothers PIT Barbeque, Dynamic Plumbing Heating & AC and Savvy Communities.  (nathaniel@graphicsandmarketing.com

 

John Henry is the CEO of Mitchell’s Speedway Press, Oswego, NY. Henry is a 3rd generation owner and is currently focusing on sales, marketing and growing his firm. He is one of the original co-founders of NPOA and is finishing his first term on the NPOA Board as Director of Programs and Events. John has been actively involved in planning and implementing five national owners’ conferences for the association. “I believe I can continue to help guide NPOA by using the unique skills I have picked up working with professional event planners.” Henry notes. (john@mpcny.com)

 

Randy Herron is president of Herron Printing & Graphics, a firm with $1.6 million in sales located in Gaithersburg, MD. Herron manages the day-to-day operations of Herron Printing including sales, marketing, production, scheduling and strategies for his company. Herron has served on Ricoh’s Graphic Arts Council, and well on the Executive Committee for EFI. “I believe that no matter how effective a trade association is, it can always improve as a result of an infusion of new ideas and a fresh outlook,” Herron notes. Prior to starting Herron Printing, Randy was also a former Kwik Kopy Franchisee. (Randy@herronprinting.com)

Go here for additional information on NPOA's Election process.

 

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2016 NPOA Owners Conference
Registration Desk Now Open! 

The 2016 NPOA Conference Committee met by phone, the agenda has been drafted and the site visit to the hotel completed…and promotion of the NPOA 2016 Annual Spring Conference is officially underway! Format changes based on past attendees surveys will make this one of the most dynamic, interactive conferences yet!



The Registration Desk in now open with early bird pricing of $445 set for first attendees and $395 for additional attendees. Register your spouse for only $99 and enjoy the networking receptions together. Go here for: Conference Information & Rates or register right now with the Conference Registration form. 



Responding directly to many requests from past attendees, this conference will feature:

  • Expanded Supplier Showcase featuring mini sessions by vendors
  • Table Topics Luncheon to learn from experts & fellow printers
  • Industry leaders sharing real world experience
  • Sales & marketing ideas you can put to use right away

This is the only conference created BY printers FOR printers, so every day, every session will be packed with the education you want and the good times you’ll enjoy.

Our Conference Committee - Fellow printers Robert Stor, Copycats, New York, NY and Charlene Sims, The Master’s Press, Dallas TX, along with vendor member Dave Hultin from Marketing Ideas for Printers, are veteran conference attendees. They are developing a conference that will be relevant to YOUR business.

We promise a great mix of tried and true highly-rated speakers from the past as well as fresh new presentations from industry experts.

Click here for Early Bird registration


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STEWART RESIGNS AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 
OF NATIONAL PRINT OWNERS ASSOCIATION

Melbourne, FL - John Stewart, Executive Director of the National Print Owners Association (NPOA), has announced he will resign from that position effective January 31, 2016. Stewart has been the executive director of the association since its inception in December of 2012. He will continue to serve the printing industry with his critically acclaimed industry studies and will resume his print shop valuation services which he de-emphasized after taking on the NPOA Executive Director role.

“John has been instrumental in the creation and growth of NPOA,” said NPOA President Barry Martin. “His efforts and expertise have helped the association grow and prosper and we wish him the best as he continues to serve the industry in other capacities.”

“It has been an honor to serve the association during the time of its birth and growth,” said Stewart. “However, it is time for me to move on and turn over the reins to someone else and get back to doing research studies, regional seminars and valuations in an industry I love. I will always be available to the association and its members for any advice or consultation they may need in the future. My tenure with NPOA has been as exciting and rewarding as any time in my industry career.”

About NPOA

From its grass roots inception three years ago, NPOA has grown from 19 founding members to more than 400 print shop owners, making it the fastest growing association in the printing industry. Along with an annual conference, it provides its members with proprietary studies and surveys on technology, pricing, business operations, and many other topics. It also offers an on-line discussion forum for print shop owners to share ideas and solutions to common problems. The association’s motto is “By Printers, For Printers” and its members represent the most progressive printing operations in the industry. NPOA’s 4th Annual NPOA Spring Conference will be held April 14-16, 2016 in San Antonio, TX at the Hotel Contessa. For more information, visit: www.printowners.org

 NPOA Releases Pricing Study

 Study Participants Receive Email with Confidential Link

If you participated in NPOA's recent 2015-2016 Quick Printing Industry Pricing Survey, you should already have received an email with a subject line - "Your NPOA Pricing Study is Ready to Download." The email was sent at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. The Email provides a special, confidential link to our special download site. The new study is 126+ pages in length and is packed with useful pricing information for both digital and offset printing products and services. Please check your spam folders and deleted folders before emailing us regarding issues or concerns regarding non-receipt of this email.

The Study is now also available in the NPOA Bookstore and retails for $285. The NPOA Member Price is $171, reflecting a 40% member discount.

Not Sure Whether You Participated? - If you're not sure whether or not you participated and thus should be expecting a free copy, simply visit our "Official Participant List" page. This page list all eligible participating companies.

A special Thanks to our sponsors for this year's study - EFI, Printer's Plan and Ricoh. 

NPOA Welcomes New Members...

Five Printers Join NPOA in October


NPOA welcomes five printers who have joined our association in October.

 

Robert Merritt, R2 Graphics, Inc., Cheshire, CT

Meredith Bullock, Independence Press, Inc., Aspen, CO
Roy Beaupain, Economy Offset Printing & Digital, Goshen, IN
Brian Trucksess, Marshall Graphic Services, Wilmington, DE
Duncan Burke, Burke Printing, Napaneee, Ontario, Canada

NPOA Associate Member BindRite
Features Made-in-America Products 

The global landscape for purchasing printing equipment and supplies has been changing dramatically in recent months, as low cost countries are experiencing inflation and labor cost increases, and that has given the BindRite Dealer's Association (an NPOA Associate member) impetus for introducing its "Made in America" strategy, according to Albert (Al) Boese, Executive Director, BindRite Dealers Association. 

Doing business in these formerly cost effective locations has always been more complex with unit volume expectations, quality variations, supply chain issues including; travel time, dock strikes and other inconveniences, but cost was attractive." Now," notes Boese, "vendors to the printing industry are rethinking their options and sources of manufactured products. Many are either continuing or expanding their US manufacturing operations or moving back to America altogether."

In response to this worldwide paradigm shift, Bindrite has developed, according to Boese, a “Made in America” strategy for our web site, featuring companies who produce products for the Print Finishing industry and are manufactured in the USA. NPOA invites members to visit the BindRite website.

 

 

 

 

PrintOwners List Survey Results

NPOA Completes Members-Only Survey

NPOA has just released the results of a "Members-Only" survey conducted earlier this month regarding the PrintOwners Listserv. The survey deals with issues such as listserv activity, whether non-NPOA members should be charged a subscription fee, and if so, what members suggest that fee might be!

NPOA members can Click here to view the results. You must have your "Username" and "Password" to access the results of this survey. This survey, like most surveys conducted by the association, is part of the association's on-going efforts to solicit the opinions of its members as to issues of concern. As always, thank you for your input and participation.

NPOA First Regional Road Show
Comes to New England!

NPOA brings the popular topic of wide format directly to its members with an education seminar by Skip Grant of Grant Graphics. Skip was a highly rated speaker at the 2015 Conference in Orlando. He will present his session "Print, Cut and Make Money!" in the morning and moderate a panel of successful printers experienced in wide format sales and production in the afternoon.

NPOA is partnering with Mimaki, a manufacturer of wide format equipment to hold the one day seminar and panel presentation at the Mimaki offices in Newton MA on Friday, November 13 from 10 am to 4 pm. Registration is $49 for members and $75 for non members and will include the seminar and lunch, plus a Happy Hour that evening at the Newton Marriott.

For more information and to register for the seminar, click here.

An NPOA Members-Only Benefit

Jeffrey Hayzlett Webinar Released
"Think Big, Bigger - Be Relentless"

An hour-long Webinar video by popular business celebrity and maverick marketer Jeffrey Hayzlett is now available for NPOA Members Only. To view the webinar, go to NPOA Webinars. You will have to enter your user name and password to view this and other videos.

Grand Prize - Harley Davidson Signed by Jay Leno

AccuZIP Brings Out Smiles at Graph Expo
With Award of Harley Sportster to NPOA Member 

NPOA Member Bob MacIntosh, owner of Zoom Printing, Long Island, NY, was the lucky "Grand Prize" winner in a drawing held by long-time NPOA Associate Member AccuZIP. Click here to read the full story.

A high-energy webinar you don't want to miss...

"Think Big, Bigger: Be Relentless!"
By Global Maverick Marketer Jeffrey Hayzlett
September 18, 2015, 11:00 A.M. EST

 

Jeffrey Hayzlett has been called a lot of things; most of them good. From Global Business Celebrity to Maverick Marketer, his bold, brash style makes a big first impression.

He’s a cowboy – literally. Jeffrey hails from South Dakota, and even far from his ranch, you’ll still find him in his signature cowboy boots. But hang on—because all that cowboy bravado is not without a point. Jeffrey is a business and marketing expert who saddles up to drive top companies on the path to change and growth. He asks the tough questions and gets up in their business: from people to process, marketing to social media, public relations to mobile marketing—Jeffrey knows what it takes to drive success.

So why is this accomplished marketer, author and celebrity talking to a group of NPOA Printers? Jeff’s start was as a printing company owner in South Dakota. Ink and toner are in his blood and his heart is with us still. He was a former NAQP board member, lobbied Washington for printers, and directed marketing of Discount Labels. He wants to show printers how in today’s changing world we matter and how we can think big, make big impressions and rightfully deserve a place in every businesses marketing tool kit. Click here or the sign-up form below to register for this sure to be sold-out webinar. Attendance is limited.

Attendees will receive at least three automated email reminders and links in advance of the seminar.  Look for emails containing "Hayzelett Webinar" in the subject line. 

NPOA Welcomes Newest Associate Member

 CPrint Founder Tom Crouser Joins NPOA

Tom Crouser, a long-time business consultant, speaker, consultant, and founder of CPrint International, has joined NPOA's ranks as the association's latest associate member.

NPOA's newest Associate Member has served as a business consultant to printing and allied companies on a variety of topics including, financial analysis, business organization, transitions, business to business sales and marketing since the early 1980's. In 2003 he founded CPrint International, a program for the printing industry with participants throughout the United States as well as Canada. Crouser is also founder and president of Crouser & Associates, Inc., a business consulting firm. Tom got his start in the printing industry in the mid 1960's as founder and president of Three Printers, Inc., Charleston, WV.

Popular Industry Publisher - Tom has authored numerous publications including, "Prospering: Putting the Business to Work for You and Your Family in 5 Basic Steps", 2001, "Dead Printer Working: a Printer's Financial Survival Guide", 1996, and he is publisher of the popular "Crouser Guide to Estimating Printing," a yearly pricing guide for commercial printing firms in manual and software formats. The latter has been published yearly since 1989 and Includes both digital and offset values. 

Crouser is also a Senior Contributing Editor to Printing News, formerly Quick Printing magazine, and he has presented seminars before business audiences throughout the United States, Canada, England and Australia.


For additional information regarding CPrint, click here.

 

 Association Releases More Survey Data

NPOA Releases Findings From
PrintOwner Subscriber Survey

MEMBERS ONLY - NPOA Members can view and read the latest findings from a survey conducted by the association in August 2015. The survey results are quite revealing and report on both the activity levels and satisfaction levels as expressed by both NPOA members subscribers as well as subscribers who are not members of the association. Click here to view charts and read a brief analysis. (You must sign-in with your user name and password to view this report.)

 NPOA Welcomes Simon King
Our Newest Member from the UK

Simon King, managing director of Blackfriars Contracts, Ltd., Plymouth, UK, is NPOA's newest "International" member. "Blackfriars began 36 years ago and I still enjoy what I do," says King.

Blackfriars is a commercial printing firm, and employs a staff of 9 in a 9,000 square foot building. According to King, Blackfriars uses a variety of equipment to meet the needs of their customers, including: A Ricoh 7100 with the "Extra Color" feature, Ricoh 5110, Sharp 6240, Konica 1050, Ricoh 2200, Kip 3000, HP 6200, and a HP 6100.

King is a subscriber to the PrintOwners Listserv and can be reached at simon@netprinter.co.uk While the text is almost impossible to read, the photos below appear in an impressive PDF distributed by Blackfriars that illustrates some of the company's enhanced capabilities. Notice the colorful graphics on the Ricoh 7100!