NPOA Owners Conference Tops 140

Attendance at NPOA's 2nd Owners Conference, set for Feb. 27 - Mar. 2, in Fort Lauderdale, FL will top our 2013 New Orleans attendance numbers.

More than 140 registrants, speakers and vendors are expected to attend this information packed conference. The conference Program Agenda is packed with speakers addressing a variety of topics ranging from marketing challenges, keys to success, cornerstones of success and web-to-print basics. Other topics will include valuing a typical medium size printing firm, planning for retirement, healthcare and insurance, pricing large format plus various breakouts on web-to-print, mailing, and wide format.

NPOA's Board of Directors will be making a special announcement regarding a brand new member benefit that will be available to all members following the conference. Check back here for details.

Can you still register? Yes, but it may be difficult at this point in time to reserve a room at the Renaissance Hotel. If you make a decision at the last moment, don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected] and we will be glad to assist you. You can go here to register on-line.  


Larry Hunt Newsletters Prove Valuable

Larry Hunt Newsletters -2"Many of us have touted the value of Larry Hunt's various newsletters for years," notes NPOA President Jace Prejean. "Larry saved me enough money on one purchase to subscribe to all of these newsletters for a lifetime." Prejean adds. (Download Sample PDFs Here)

"Since then," adds Prejean, "Dirck has saved me that much more many times over. I would never buy a color, b/w or wide-format printer without first getting his opinion. Plus, if you are a subscriber, he will review your proposals personally and tell you where it's strong and where it's weak."

"Trade associations, including NPOA have negotiated member discounts from various vendors, but there's always a better deal to be made. For those who don't know this, often times sales people won't come out and tell you that," Prejean notes with sarcasm. "You won't get a better deal unless you ask, and once you get a better deal you should keep on trying to get a better one. That's money coming directly off, or added directly to, your bottom line," Prejean adds.

NPOA Wants Your Input Regarding
Future Conference Site Selection

Whether or not you are planning on attending our upcoming Owners Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, we really need your input and feedback regarding future dates and locations for future meetings. We have prepared a very brief 9-question poll that should take you less than three minutes to complete. We would really appreciate your input. Take Our Survey Here! Please note that while the deadline is Jan. 23, 2014, completing it as early as possible will be a great help. Thanks so much.

Register Now - Time is Running Out!

Please don't delay your decision to register for this exciting conference until next month! The 2nd Annual NPOA Owners Conference, Feb. 27 - Mar. 2, 2014 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL is expected to be a sell-out. This is your opportunity to get away from the cold weather (at least for a few days) and attend great seminars and rub shoulders with fellow printers. Read more here.

2014 Conference Agenda Packed
With Information-Packed Seminars

Beginning with an energy-packed presentation by YouTube sensation Warren Werbitt, and continuing throughout the next two days with seminars by popular speakers such as Larry Hunt, Mike Stevens, Jennifer Matt, James Harmon and David King, this program is guaranteed to leave you with dozens and dozens of ideas to take back to your firms for implementation in 2014. Check-out 2014 Agenda here.

Most PrintOwners Subscribers Check List Serv Daily

Printowners poll photoMost subscribers to the popular PrintOwners list serv check their email at least once a day, according to the latest results of a survey conducted by NPOA. However, the vast majority of subscribers only attempt to post 1-3 times per month or less, notes this just-released study. Approximately 186 PrintOwner list subscribers responded to our recent poll.

A large percentage of subscribers are self-described "old-timers" with approximately 50% of our survey respondents claiming they have been members of the list serv for more than six years. More than 95% of our survey participants said they would highly recommend the list to fellow printers, with the only reservation expressed by many that, "The volume of email traffic on the list serv can overwhelm some owners." You can download a PDF of this detail report by clicking here: PrintOwners User Poll.

NPOA Publishes New Survey Results

NPOA Member SurveyThe vast majority of NPOA members gave a big "Thumbs Up" to the association in a recent survey of members. "Even though the board of directors is generally pleased with the findings, we know we have our work cut out for us in a number of areas," according to Jace Prejean, NPOA President.

Approximately 41% of NPOA members participated in the poll, conducted Nov. 11-15, 2013. More than 90% of those responding indicated that NPOA was performing either "Above their expectations" or that they were, "Generally very pleased" with the association's progress in the past 11 months. You can download the 4-page PDF of this report by clicking here.

Members Only Link Center

NPOA Members can now take advantage of some valuable links provided by Scott Cappel, one of NPOA's founders and industry expert when it comes to social media and anything "tech" related. Scott has provided an initial set of 19 links and resources pertinent within our industry. Scott is the owner of Sorrento Mesa Printing in San Diego. We appreciate Scott's efforts in providing these links, and we encourage other NPOA members to submit links of their own. Feel free, when submitting a suggested link, to provide 1-3 sentences describing your link and why you consider this site valuable.

The NPOA Link Center can be accessed through the "Members-Only" portion of our web site.

User Names & Passwords

If you joined NPOA prior to Oct. 24, 2013 you should have received an email on Nov. 1, 2013 between 8-10 p.m. with the subject line: "Welcome to the new NPOA website!"

That email contained details about our new site and included a User Name and Temporary Password to enable you to log-in to the Members Only portion of our site. Please check your spam folders and folders containing recently deleted emails for this important message. If you cannot find your User Name or Temporary Password, please contact us at [email protected] or email NPOA's Director of Communications at [email protected].

In the event that you have joined in the past seven days, you should be receiving a special email from us within the next 24 hours or so containing your user name and password. As part of the switch-over from one site to the next, we were required to submit our initial data base about seven days ago, and those who have joined during this period must be entered into the data base manually. Thanks for your understanding.

Travel Plans for 2014 NPOA Conference

Dear NPOA Memberswe've already had some inquiries from members asking for more details about 2014 Owners Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Although we plan on announcing a complete Agenda and program details within the next three weeks or so, there is something we need to address for those members who are using miles to make early travel reservations. 

While our current conference page provides some details, it is worth noting that we are offering members something totally different next year - a unique educational opportunity that may require arriving a day earlier than normal for many of our members.

Here's the deal in a Nut Shell - Our conference opens officially onThursday, Feb. 27, 2014, with registration throughout the day and a "Welcome Reception" scheduled that evening. Our seminars and breakout sessions will be held as usual on Friday, Feb. 28th and Saturday, Mar. 1st. However, Graphics of the Americas Expo (GOA), the country’s largest graphic arts trade show is being held in nearby Miami Beach at the very same time as our conference, and that's great news for many NPOA members.

Working in coordination with NPOA, the organizers of GOA have generously  extended to NPOA members a special offer of free admission to their trade show and free attendance to any of their educational programs being offered throughout their conference. Click here for Seminar Info GOA will also be providing NPOA members free shuttle transportation between our headquarters hotel in Fort Lauderdale and the GOA Expo at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Should You Adjust Your Travel Plans? If NPOA members want to take advantage of the special arrangements noted above, it will mean (at least for many) that you will need to consider adjusting your travel plans so as to arrive on Wednesday, Feb. 26th, as opposed to the more traditional Thursday arrival.

By doing so, that will allow you to take full advantage of this unique educational arrangement with GOA. Yes, that means one extra night at the hotel, but the expanded educational opportunities may well be worth that extra investment for many of our members.

One additional and helpful fact.... the Renaissance Hotel (Plantation, FL) is less than an eight minute taxi ride from the Fort Lauderdale International, so whether you arrive late on Wednesday or early on Thursday you are just a very short distance from our Conference Hotel site.

Vendor Show2014 Owners Conference Features Vendor Showcase
Vendors and suppliers interested in participating at NPOA's Vendor Showcase, Feb. 28, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, FL can click here for further information about the conference and opportunities for vendors.

 NPOA Equipment Price Exchange Data Moves to "Members Only" Section of Site

Please note that the listings provided under NPOA's Equipment Price Exchange have moved to the "members only" portion of our site. We strongly encourage all NPOA members to continue to provide us with product and pricing information on equipment they have purchased in the past six months. By sharing this type of information, you are doing your part as a member of the growing NPOA community. Thank you.            

Purchasing a Xerox Printer?
If so, remember you can now save 10-15% at the final configuration level when purchasing Xerox
Digital Color or Monochrome Printers. This offer is available only to NPOA members. Simply mention your NPOA membership to your Xerox Representative.

NPOA Member Offers Analysis of 3D Printing...

NPOA member Dennis Sookikian, owner of UBuildABook, LLC explores 3D printing and provides his analysis and forecast.  click here

NPOA Membership Reaches 344!

We want to welcome some of our newest members. Be sure to visit our Newest Member item on the main menu of our site. As printers join the association, they are added almost automatically to our Membership Map as well. Once again, you'll find that map on our Main Menu.

Executive Summary of NPOA's 2013-2014
Bindery Services Pricing Study Now Available

Cover of Executive Summary

If you participated in NPOA's recent Bindery Services Pricing Survey you should by now have received notice that the study is available for download. To verify whether you are on the list of qualified participants, you can check the official participant list HERE. However, even if you did not find the time to participate, as a NPOA member you are still entitled to a FREE 24-page summary of the complete report. To download your copy simply click here

Industry Wages Appear Stagnant

NPOA Offers Preview of New Wage Study

With the expected release of NPOA’s 2014-2015 Wage & Benefits Study less than three weeks away, we can already offer a preview of what this new study will reveal. 

Of the 19 key positions covered in this study, wages have either dropped or remained stagnant for 13 of these positions when compared to the wages reported in early 2012. With an overall “margin of error” of less than 1%, the drop or stagnation in wages is not a “fluke” or a reflection of differences in data bases, but rather a clear indication that, for whatever reason, owners have chosen to freeze wages during the past 26 months.

As an example, average wages for “General Managers” has dropped from the $28.60 reported in 2012 to $26.19 in 2014 – an 8.4% drop. Wages for “Customer Services Supervisors” dropped from $19.54 to $18.40, a 5.9% drop! Wages for “Senior Graphics & Digital” operators have remained virtually stagnant at $19.34 in 2012 versus $19.23 in 2014.

The only exceptions to the above appear in wage classifications dealing with either “mailing” or “signs & large format” where wages have increased on average of 5.7%. The largest increase in wages when compared to 2012 data is for the “Jr. Mailing Department Specialists” position, where average wages increased from $13.85 in 2012 to $15.21 in 2014. NPOA members can read read more about this upcoming study as well as view key graphs by clicking here.