“The Road Show Is Getting Ready to Roll!” – Jan Portwood
IPMA takes to the road starting September with our Road Shows— bringing mini-conferences to regions across the US. Education, networking, In-Plant tours, a mini-vendor fair, and more— the Road Show brings you the latest. If you missed IPMA’s annual conference in June or want to keep the momentum going after conference, want to explore IPMA’s benefits with more of your staff, or simply want to find out more about IPMA, the Road Show is for you. And, with the exclusion of our first-ever Government Symposium, they’re all one-day events designed to easily fit into your busy schedule!
And this year is extra special as we launch our new Government Symposium! What will be a continuing annual event, this two and a half-day mini-conference kicks off the Road Show in Pennsylvania’s state capital, Harrisburg. Sessions are focused on government In-Plant issues, but these can translate to all types of In-Plants and everyone in the area is encouraged to attend. And what a venue— the State Museum of Pennsylvania!!! Did you ever think you’d attend a conference in the company of dinosaurs, mastodons, civil war artifacts, art, and archeological finds? How cool is this!!!
You may ask, why attend? The Road Show provides a unique opportunity, not only for learning, but also to meet, discuss issues, gain insights, and learn about new technology experiences with your in-plant colleagues. It’s a time to build your network through relationships with vendors and peers. Plus, it provides a means for exposing your employees who typically cannot attend a conference the experience on a small scale and at a fraction of the price. And, even if you went to our annual conference, Road Shows provide new information and exposure to technologies that are ever-evolving. And probably the best benefit, it’s close to you!
The mini-vendor fair brings new technology to you. You’ll have facetime with vendor representatives to answer your questions and learn what’s on the horizon. You’ll get to sample new products in an external environment from your shop.
In addition, Road Shows provide a chance for you to introduce your colleagues who may be thinking about becoming IPMA members to experience IPMA benefits first hand. These may include other members of your In-Plant team that you’ve been considering for IPMA membership and/or have expressed interest to you, as well as your associates in other In-Plants in your area.
It’s also a time to bring your supervisor to educate them about In-Plants in general, as well as IPMA. With the continual pressure of outsourcing, exposing supervisors to other In-Plants, new technology, and possible new services, you can help keep your In-Plant out of the outsourcing crosshairs and maybe even pave the way for expansion.
So, check out our lineup and hop on the Road Show. For more information and to register, visit http://ipma.org/ipma-road-show/. Hope to see you there!!!
Jan Portwood, Marketing & Social Media Manager IPMA
Jan joined IPMA’s staff in 2018. She is a seasoned professional with technology, marketing, customer service and sales expertise. She is very familiar with the in-plant printing and mailing industries having worked for 10 years at Louisiana State University (LSU) Graphic Services as an Information Technology Professional where she was instrumental in modernizing the technology—both hardware and software. She is well versed in technology, social media marketing, marketing and relationship building, and is a professional, award-winning photographer who has had her work featured in exhibitions across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, including New York City.