Graphic Media Alliance

2021 Leadership Conference

Leadership Conference: September 12-13  |  Golf Tournament: September 14

We are back to in-person for our 2021 Leadership Conference! This conference has received fantastic reviews for a number of years and promises to be another excellent learning and networking experience. Though last year was a different year with utilizing a hybrid conference model, we had tremendous success and look forward to continuing the trend this year. We are excited to see everyone in person and offer a dynamic, more personal conference experience and a chance to speak more with the presenters. 

We strive to keep our conference relevant to the industry and directly impactful to Association members. This year, we will be discussing topics on HR and Culture, Sales, Project Peacock, Cyber Security and more!

We will be holding our Leadership Conference at Quest Conference Center in its NEW location! This new location is located just behind the old location in the Polaris area of Westerville, OH. This new location boasts larger and updated rooms all on just one floor, beautiful views, ample parking and updated air quality systems in place.

Additionally, we will again host all of the great networking events that you’ve come to enjoy. We’ll start with Casino Night on Sunday, September 12, honor the Best of Category winners from our annual print contest at the Millcraft Grand Ceremony on Monday, September 13, and conclude with our 16th annual Sterling Distribution Golf outing at Delaware Golf Club on Tuesday, September 14. Come socialize, network and impress at all of these great opportunities!

Look for more information in our upcoming Summer edition of The Communicator as well as our weekly e-newsletter First Impressions.

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Blocks of rooms have been reserved at two hotels adjacent to the conference center. The Fairfield Inn and Suites/9000 Worthington Road/Columbus, Ohio 43082, is offering a special rate of $109 per night (plus all applicable taxes); they can be contacted at (614) 568-0770. The Hampton Inn and Suites/8411 Pulsar Place/Columbus, Ohio 43240 is offering a special rate of $121 per night stay (plus all applicable taxes); they can be contacted at (614) 885-8400. Contact either location and ask for the Quest Rate to get these special rates. Reservations can be made up until the day before the conference.


2020 Leadership Conference

Our 2020 Leadership Conference was a great success! Thank you again to all of our sponsors, partners, speakers, staff and of course, all of the participants who attended this year.

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We kicked off the conference with a welcome from PRINTING United President, Ford Bowers. Ford gave an update on the PIA and SGIA merger. He stated that the best reason to merge the two associations was to create one entity that is inclusive of all segments of print and graphic communications within the industry. He discussed the other events taking place this year, and the change to digital for PRINTING United. He also reminded printers that the COVID-19 setback is temporary and to look to the horizon.

We were excited to bring in Mark Potter, who is the Publisher of Canvas Magazine and CEO of Conduit, Inc., to give his insight on where he sees opportunities to help drive your print business. The pandemic has widened the emotional gap of an already disconnected economy. Print can fill that gap. Real success results from real engagements and human interaction needs to be a part of the culture and strategy of your business. He closed with his favorite story, reminding everyone to be the buffalo that charges though this storm and comes out ahead on the other side, and not the cow who runs away from it.

David Wilaj, Economic and Market Research Analyst at PRINTING United Alliance, filled in for Andy Paparozzi and gave an update on the most recent Print Business Indicators survey. David sees the need to prepare for a post-COVID-19 world, and sees a demand in e-commerce remaining higher. He advised that it is time to analyze market trends and act on it The full results of the survey will be available in October. 

Lisbeth Lyons, V.P. of Government Affairs for Printing United Alliance, gave an update on the 2020 election and where the stimulus package discussions stand at this time. She mentioned that there are talks on a more "skinny" stimulus package that has small business funding and a USPS stimulus initiative, which would both be beneficial to the printing industry.

Jeff Smith, Partner at Fisher Phillips, dove into Diversity and Inclusion and noted that top organization leadership value diversity, but many managers are ill-prepared to handle issues that arise. Jeff made it clear that diversity is not enough; inclusion is needed for a successful organization to value their employees. The best initiatives to follow to expand diversity in your workforce are recruitment, career advancement and accommodations. 

2020 Leadership Conference Participant Quotes:

“I thought it was very educational and in some ways motivational to keep going in these difficult times. I enjoyed Ford Bowers.”

“Love this fellow, much more optimistic than some economists.”

"Mark Potter is a Rock star, he was awesome.”

“Felt incredible to actually attend an event and interact with other association members.”

“Lisbeth was very enjoyable and informative as always, she’s great.”

“As good as all of the speakers were I thought Jeff’s presentation was the best on a very difficult subject.”

Again, we appreciate the overwhelming support of our sponsors for this year's conference. Many of our sponsors attended and we're sure they feel appreciated and supported by our membership!

Please show your support of our faithful sponsors:

Conference Sponsors

Presentations from the Leadership Conference are available for download on our website. 

Conference presentations are available here: Association Presentations. NOTE that member login is required for these resources. If you are on our mailing list, you can use the Forgot Login/Password link to get a temporary password sent to your email address. Contact the Association office if you need help with your login information: 614-794-2300.