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March 14, 2019  
2019 Premier Print Awards Competition Accepting Submissions

The Premier Print Awards competition recognizes the highest quality printed pieces in various categories from around the world. Each year, only the most worthy pieces receive Awards of Recognition, Certificates of Merit, and the highest honor--the Benny statuette.

The Benny has become a universally recognized symbol for excellence in the printing industry. For seventy years, winners of the largest, most prestigious print competition in the world have leveraged this honor to gain a competitive advantage.

Are you ready to showcase your company's best work? Visit to get started today! The deadline for entry is May 31, 2019 but don't forget about our Early Bird entry discount ending on April 26!

Important Dates for this year's competition
February 2019—Premier Print Awards entry system opens
April 26, 2019—Early Bird Premier Print Awards entry deadline
May 31, 2019—Premier Print Awards final entry deadline
June 7, 2019—Premier Print Awards judging
October 2, 2019—2019 Premier Print Awards Gala featuring the InterTech Technology Awards in Chicago, IL in conjunction with PRINT19

Questions about the Premier Print Awards? Contact Mike Packard at

There is always room for improvement—in our personal lives, our professional lives, and in the operations of our companies. It is our drive to achieve that which makes us want to develop new skills and find ways to improve.

This year’s theme, Striving for Peak Performance, honors the path that each of us may take on the journey to achieving operational excellence. It’s a long and winding road with many twists and turns. Sometimes we may have to pick up speed due to an unexpected change and other times our pace may slow as we become distracted, but we always need to keep our goal in sight.

What's in store for you at the 2019 Continuous Improvement Conference?
  • Develop a roadmap to protect your company’s survival
  • Discover how the concepts and tools of Lean manufacturing are implemented in printing companies and other custom manufacturers
  • Hear case studies by printing companies revealing their advanced approaches to cutting costs and becoming more productive
  • Get advice and inspiration from nationally-known authorities in operational excellence
  • Learn what is required of execs to lead a cultural transformation
Surround yourself with like-minded professionals who want to make a difference in their organizations too!

Building Your High Performance Business Development Team
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Just making more sales calls may not be the answer to increasing your sales. You'll need a more focused approach, targeted to leveraging your strengths in the marketplace. Buyers have changed what they buy and how they buy—how have you changed to better align your efforts with their expectations? You need a plan for both retention and new business development that also aligns with the goals of your business.

Your sales team will need the proper tools, guidance, and support to be successful. Attend this webinar, learn how to set up a plan with measurable steps, and provide a proper path for recruiting, onboarding, training, and supporting your business development sales team.

Brilliant! The Very Latest in Optical Brighteners
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Optical brighteners (OBA) are intended to help create a brighter “blue” white and are found in many papers available today. OBAs can have a major effect on color reproduction and the ability to match proofs to printed sheets or printed sheets to previously printed work. In this webinar, you will be brought up to speed with all of the important OBA updates, new advancements, latest practices, and solutions.
Effective Management Methods of High-Performance Printers
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

The management approach a leader uses can have a dramatic impact in improving organizational performance. But which approach is best for you? Using findings from the PIA printing business management practices study, Dr. Ralph Williams will discuss the relationships found among six management approaches (analyzing financial ratios, a quality focus, entrepreneurial orientation, goal setting, strategic thinking, and social capital) and the performance impact. Based on the study's findings, Ralph will provide guidance on how to execute strategic planning and the importance of an innovative culture.
All Printing Industries of America webinars are FREE to members and $29 to non-members. An archive of previous webinars can be found in the iLearning Center at, To learn more about becoming a member of PIA, visit
Now Accepting 2019 InterTech™ Technology Submissions

Printing Industries of America’s 2019 InterTech™ Technology Awards program, celebrating its 41st year, is currently open and accepting entries of innovative technologies from manufacturers and suppliers of equipment and software. It's your chance to earn industry-wide recognition for your company's inspiring innovation!

To qualify for a $500 discount,* make sure to pay for your entry by March 31, 2019. 
Special pricing is also available for small manufacturers and suppliers. The final deadline for the 2019 InterTech™ Technology Awards is May 31, 2019.

*Early-bird discount is qualified by payment received by March 31, 2019 and does not require full submission of entrant’s materials until the final program deadline of May 31, 2019.

Visit for more information.

Partner Event: 
BMI 2019 Spring Management Conference
As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, book manufacturing is being affected by automation, data exchange, the internet of things (IoT) artificial intelligence and more. BMI invites PIA members to attend the 2019 Spring Management Conference in Charlotte, NC from April 28-30, 2019. 

This conference will explore Industry 4.0, what it means for manufacturing, what industry leaders are already doing and how they plan to adapt to the next revolution in book manufacturing. To register and learn more, click here.
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