Fresh off of its successful National Printing Ink Research Institute (NPIRI) 45th Annual Technical Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) is heading back to Arizona for its Annual Convention.
NAPIM’s 2002 Annual Convention, which will be held April 14-17 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, promises to be an active meeting, culminating in a panel discussion on the state of the printing industry.
The keynote speaker is retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Bill Keyes, who has revitalized Colt’s Manufacturing as its president and CEO.
“Lt. Gen. Keyes won the Navy Cross in Vietnam and was the commander of the 2nd Marine Division in Desert Storm,” said William P. Rimel III, NAPIM’s president and president and CEO of American Inks and Coatings. “He has turned around Colt’s Manufacturing and made it successful again.”
Another talk will be given by Meagan Johnson, a consultant, on hiring and keeping young employees.
“Meagan Johnson will speak about getting young people into our industry, and how to keep these talented people,” Mr. Rimel said. “It’s a very important issue for our industry.”
On Wednesday, the State of the Industry report will be followed by a panel discussion of printing industry officials. “The theme of the discussion is what our customers see in their economic future,” Mr. Rimel said.
“In this economy, we need to understand where our customers are going, and get their current perspective,” said James Coleman, NAPIM’s executive director.
There will also be the Ault Award Dinner, honoring an ink official for years of dedicated service.
For recreation, there will be the annual golf and tennis tournaments, and the Supplier’s Party chaired by General Press Colors’ Lisa Schneider. There will also be a number of interesting activities, including a Sunday morning tour of Sabina Canyon and Ted DeGrazia’s “Gallery in the Sun,” a Monday raft trip on the Gila River, a Tuesday tour of the San Xavier Mission and Tubac, and a Wednesday tour of Kartchner Caverns.
There’s even a post-convention activity, as interested people can help build a house as part of Habitat for Humanity’s efforts. Mr. Rimel said that the idea came from Mr. Coleman and his wife, Sue.
“Working with Habitat for Humanity is an initiative by Jim and Sue Coleman,” said Mr. Rimel. “This allows us to give something back to the community.”
“For the past several years, we’ve tried to do something for the area where our convention has been held,” Mr. Coleman said.
“I know how rewarding this can be,” said Ms. Coleman, who has worked on similar projects over the years. “We expect to start at 7 a.m. and work a long half-day, maybe doing some sanding, taping and painting. This looks like it will be fun, and it will also help the community.”
With all that is planned, Mr. Rimel expects the 2002 NAPIM Convention to be an exceptional gathering.
“It’s a great place and great people,” Mr. Rimel said. “I’ve never been to a resort where the people are friendlier. It should be a great convention.”
For more information or to register, call NAPIM at (732) 855-1525.