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“Throw Down: Outsourcing vs In-Plant Debate”

“Throw Down: Outsourcing vs In-Plant Debate”

Keynote session at the IPMA 2018 Educational Conference held in Costa Mesa, CA June 10-14, 2018 debating the benefits of outsourcing vs in-plant facilities management between Howie Fenton & Barb Pellow moderated by Bob Neubauer, Editor of In-Plant Graphics magazine.

Howie Fenton, Howie Fenton Consulting – During his 25+ year career, Howie Fenton has been an trusted advisor to in-plant community and a friend to the IPMA members. His focus is helping in-plants increase their value and competitiveness. He is a subject matter expert on the best practices used by leading in-plants to streamline operations. His knowledge of hardware, software, process improvement tools allows him to identify and repair inefficient workflow processes, and improve performance. His knowledge of the print industry is deeply rooted in theoretical, research as well as practical experience. He has taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology School of Printing as well as managed a quick printing company and the department of a commercial printing firm.

Barb Pellow, Pellow & Partners – A digital printing and publishing pioneer and marketing expert, Barbara Pellow helps companies develop multi-media strategies that ride the information wave whether it is developing a strategy to launch a new product, building a strategic marketing plan or educating your sales force on how to deliver an effective value proposition. In her role at InfoTrends, she brings the knowledge and skills to help companies expand and grow business opportunity.
Until starting her own consulting practice, Barb was the Group Director for InfoTrends Business Development Practice. Before joining InfoTrends, Pellow was the Chief Marketing Officer of Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group, where she was responsible for all marketing activities for the division, including business strategy, marketing communications, public relations, marketing intelligence and advertising strategy. Prior to joining Kodak, Pellow was the Gannett chair in integrated publishing sciences in Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) School of Printing Management and Sciences (SPMS). As chair, Barb focused on the relationship between traditional paper-based media and emerging electronic new media. Previously, she served as Corporate Vice President of Marketing for IKON Office Solutions; Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Indigo; Vice President and General Manager for the Xerox Document Production Systems Group; and Director of the On Demand Printing and Publishing Service at CAP Ventures, an internationally known firm specializing in the digital document and print on demand industry
She is a frequent speaker at industry events and a recognized author. She has been on the Board of Directors of publicly held companies including Presstek, TR Systems and the SFN Group.
Barb can be reached via email at and by telephone at 585 734 2228.

Bob Neubauer, In-Plant Graphics – Editor and content director of In-plant Graphics, a Philadelphia-based magazine dedicated exclusively to the in-plant industry. He has served as editor since October 1994, following a three-year stint as managing editor of Printing Impressions. Before that he was a reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer, and also a freelance travel writer for the Inquirer, the L.A. Times, the San Francisco Examiner and other papers. His book, “Two Wheels and a Map,” chronicles his solo bicycle ride down the East Coast, from Maine to Florida. Bob is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences, and has visited more than 140 in-plant operations to keep abreast of managers’ concerns. Bob has coordinated numerous conferences and seminars for in-plants and has given scores of presentations to in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Contact him at

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