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NPES + PRIMIR Connect to Produce High-Level Economic and Industry Trends Update Conference




NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies together with PRIMIR, the Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization, have announced the executive level agenda for the combined NPES 2014 Annual Conference and PRIMIR Winter Meeting, coming November 2-4, 2014 to the historic Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, SC.

The program, themed “Print By-the-Numbers: Formulas for Success,” is set to deliver the latest economic and industry market trends information and has been designed to best position NPES and PRIMIR member companies for success in the months and years ahead. Registration is now open at

Following NPES and PRIMIR Executive Committee meetings, and the NPES Board of Directors meeting earlier in the day, the event will officially kick off on Sunday evening, November 2.

The education program will begin on Monday morning as Keynoter Alan Beaulieu, President & Chief Executive Officer, ITR Economics, presents his “Economic Forecast 2015—The Road Ahead.” Alan, a noted adviser to companies throughout the U.S, Europe and Japan, joins the program lineup by member request after his top-rated presentations at previous NPES Annual Conferences and the EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK conference at PRINT 13.

Next up, with the first of two PRIMIR Study Presentations, will be Dennis Mason, Principal, Mason Consulting. Widely regarded as an astute commentator on the graphic arts, packaging, electronics, and software industries, Dennis will share his timely insights during the PRIMIR Study Presentation: “Adaptation Strategies for a Changing Business Environment by Printing Equipment Manufacturers.” Immediately following, Eric Frank, PRIMIR Chair and Vice President, Marketing & Product Management, KBA North America, Inc., will moderate a Member Exchange panel on this topic.

Following a networking luncheon, participants will reconvene in PRIMIR and NPES Task Forces to gain the opportunity to contribute to newly launched PRIMIR research topics and provide their companies with a voice in finalizing the scope and objectives of the 2015 and 2016 research studies.
Later that evening, the Reception and Dinner will feature a celebration of outstanding leadership, recognized by presentations of the PRIMIR Service Awards and the Harold W. Gegenheimer Awards for Industry Service.


Tuesday morning the education will resume with a PRIMIR study presentation on “The Future of Retail Advertising,” by John Zarwan, Ph.D., President, J Zarwan Partners. Afterwards, Eric Frank will once again lead a post-session Member Exchange to dive more deeply into the practical research applications of the study.

Wrapping up the program in entertaining style will be Sam Richter, Founder and CEO, SBR Worldwide/Know More! and the Social Selling Institute, with his session titled, “Using SEO to Know More (and Sell More).” This session is not just about selling. Sam is an internationally recognized expert on sales intelligence and online reputation management. Here, he will share with participants a host of eye-opening strategies for utilizing Internet resources and search engine optimization to build more meaningful relationships, and differentiate their companies from the competition to win more business.

For complete information, and to register for the NPES 2014 Annual Conference and PRIMIR Winter Meeting, visit:

About NPES
NPES is a U.S. trade association representing more than 600 companies that manufacture and distribute equipment, software and supplies used across the workflow of printing, publishing and converting process. NPES is a co-sponsor of the global PRINT exhibition, and GRAPH EXPO—the largest and most comprehensive prepress, printing, converting and package printing, binding and finishing, mailing and fulfillment, and digital, hybrid and offset equipment trade show and conference in the Americas. For complete information about the association, its programs, and its member companies visit: or phone: 703/264-7200.

PRIMIR, the Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization, is a global source of data, analysis and trend information about print and related communications industries. PRIMIR research is funded by member dues as well as through support from NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies. PRIMIR annually provides over $400,000 in current research studies including relevant market data and detailed information on graphic communications and related fields. Members also benefit from meetings, market research skills building, and robust business networking opportunities. For more information about PRIMIR phone: 703/264-7200 or visit:




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