The focus of the convention is on “The Reality of Tomorrow,” and a series of presentations should help provide ideas for attendees.
“We’re going to have an interesting program relative to where the future is taking our industry in terms of the economic and technological sides,” said NAPIM president William T. Rimel III of American Inks and Coatings. “This is a good time for us to look at where our industry is heading.”
The convention opens April 6, with the President’s Reception and Dinner.
On April 7, the keynote speaker will be Bodine Balasco, who will discuss “The Reality of Tomorrow.” Mr. Balasco, who was recently named “One of the Top 21 speakers for the 21st Century” by Successful Meetings magazine, will focus on the latest model of human achievement. He will be followed by the Annual Meeting.
On Tuesday, April 8, the future of the ink industry will be examined. First, there will be a panel discussion on “Technology and the Future.” The panelists include Ron Tarewicz of American Inks and Coatings, who will discuss liquid inks; Andrew Matthews of Flint Ink, who will discuss offset inks; and Robert Schlosser of IES Engineers, whose topic is future regulatory issues. NAPIM is also anticipating having a speaker on the subject of digital and ink jet ink.
That panel is followed by Henri Dyner, retired president and CEO of Sun Chemical, who will give a presentation on “Innovation and Global Competitiveness.”
“One of the highlights of the program will be Henri Dyner’s talk about innovation as it relates to the ink and pigment industries,” said James Coleman, NAPIM’s executive director.
On Tuesday night, there will also be the Ault Award Dinner, honoring an ink official for years of dedicated service.
After the Technical Associate Member (TAM) Breakfast at 8 a.m. April 9, the State of the Industry report will be presented by Brad Bergey of Sun Chemical, chair of NAPIM’s Management Information Committee. The report will be followed by “Strategic Planning and Profit,” a talk by David L. Perkins Jr. The convention closes with the Suppliers’ Party, which will have a Gilligan’s Island theme.
For recreation, there will be the annual golf and tennis tournaments. There will also be a variety of interesting tours, including Sunday’s Trolley Tour of Naples, Tuesday’s visit to the Philharmonic Center and Wednesday’s tour of Edison Ford Estates and lunch at Traders.
While the convention officially ends April 9, attendees are invited to stay on Thursday to help work on a Habitat for Humanity project, which is part of NAPIM’s goal to give something back to the convention’s host community. Mr. Coleman said that last year’s volunteers found the work was rewarding.
“The response last year was very excited,” said Mr. Coleman. “There’s a group willing to spend the extra day to help out the community.”
NAPIM’s leaders anticipate that the 2003 annual convention will be a memorable one. For more information or to register for the convention, call NAPIM at (732) 855-1525.