2018 SGIA Expo Features Robust Educational Program for Graphics and Signage Producers
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June 26, 2018

2018 SGIA Expo Features Robust Educational Program for Graphics and Signage Producers

More than 70 sessions will complement networking opportunities at North America's premier printing trade show.

Fairfax, Virginia — In addition to hosting more than 500 exhibitors, the 2018 SGIA Expo (October 18–20, Las Vegas) will take an in-depth look at the latest printing technologies, applications and opportunities through its 72-session educational program.

With the Expo + Education Pass, attendees will have access to the full array of educational sessions, designated by track to outline content specific to a particular industry segment or areas of crossover.

"Staying competitive in today's printing industry requires strong industry-specific knowledge," said Dan Marx, Director of Content Development, SGIA. "The educational programming at this year's SGIA Expo has essential, up-to-the-minute information for printing businesses seeking to reinforce their current plans, or launch their businesses toward new, profitable opportunities. With the Expo + Education Pass, attendees can receive top-quality information at a bottom-line-friendly price."

Among the sessions for graphics and signage producers and installers are:

  • Digital Opportunities to Add Profits to Your Pockets
    Matt Buckley and Mary Ann Geers, GPA, Specialty Substrate Solutions
  • How and When to Set Up Your Automated Workflow
    Jeremy Pilcher, Innovate Print Solutions
  • Inkjet Maintenance: The High Cost of Inaction
    Travis Barcelona, Nazdar
  • Soft Signage is Everywhere! Grasp the Possibilities!
    Mike Wozny, EFI

"As technology is growing, it is becoming easier and easier to utilize it to automate tasks in your printing workflow that at one time were not easily obtainable," said Pilcher. "My session will discuss when it is feasible to set up automation and describe five key points in setting this up, which include getting the right people, setting up the best environment, getting the right equipment, getting the right technology in place and what kind of investments you need to achieve this."

"For print service providers to be seen as value-added partners in the eyes of their clients, it’s critical to stay informed about innovative products and ideas," said Geers. "Knowing how to harness unique substrates and advanced printing techniques can pay off in higher margin projects that are harder for the competition to duplicate at lower costs. Our session will cover the latest substrates available, helpful tips, market insights and insider information designed to give attendees actionable ideas for growth.”

Additionally, sessions such as "60 Minute Print Sales Boot Camp" with Peter Ebner, Ebner Seminars, and "Turn Your Team into A Championship Team: Hiring, Training, Management, Motivation and Retention" with David Fellman, David Fellman & Associates, will enable attendees to examine their business approaches.

“There’s an old saying about only being as strong as your weakest link. I’m going to talk about identifying those weaknesses, and then doing something about them," said Fellman. "There’s no snap-your-fingers solution to staffing challenges, of course, but this session will teach attendees how to create an improvement plan, including timelines and benchmarks, that will put them in better HR shape than they're probably in now.”

The Expo + Education Pass is free for SGIA members and, for a limited time, $99 for nonmembers. Attendees can also participate in two pre-Expo half-day sessions — "Essential Small Business Strategies" and "Wide-Format 101: Essential Skills for Success" — for which separate registration and fees are required.

The 2018 SGIA Expo will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information and to register, visit sgia.org/expo.

SGIA — Supporting the Leaders of the Digital & Screen Printing Community
Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is the trade association of choice for professionals in the industrial, graphic, garment, textile, electronics, packaging and commercial printing communities looking to grow their business into new market segments through the incorporation of the latest printing technologies. SGIA membership comprises these diverse segments, all of which are moving rapidly towards digital adoption. As long-time champions of digital technologies and techniques, SGIA is the community of peers you are looking for to help navigate the challenges of this process. Additionally, the SGIA Expo is the largest trade show for print technology in North America. “Whatever the medium, whatever the message, print is indispensable. Join the community — SGIA.”

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA)
10015 Mian Street
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: 7033591364
E-Mail: kate@sgia.org
Website URL: www.sgia.org

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