“The center of activity for the mailing department in today’s print shop is no longer the bindery. It’s database management, the mailing industry equivalent to prepress.” Nancy DeDiemar, page 16
“The more you know about your customers the less likely it is that you’ll lose them.” Dave Fellman, page 25
“It is one thing to be linked to someone online and quite another to be in a live discussion.” Mitch Evans, page 26
PIP, Sir Speedy, and Signal Graphics Franchisees Meet in Las Vegas
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The annual Sir Speedy, PIP Printing and Marketing Services, and Signal Graphics International Convention and vendor show drew more than 350 attendees to The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. While most were from North America, some came from as far away as Saudi Arabia, Brazil, England, India, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, and Taiwan. The three day event featured a slate of awards, keynote presentations, general sessions, roundtable discussions, and what was billed as the largest trade show of any printing and marketing services company. Nearly 100 companies exhibited in more than 125 booths.
Keynote presenters at the event included Gina Testa, VP of the Xerox Global Business & Strategic Marketing Group and Steve Gilliland, inspirational speaker, comedian, and author of “Enjoy the Ride and Making a Difference – Purpose, Passion and Pride.” Seminars and roundtables covered such topics as website development, mailing services, sales management, social media, cross-media marketing, large-format, marketing services, and business management.
This year, the PIP Franchisee of the Year Award was presented to Bob and Claudia Pelzek and Michael and Vicky Tarby of East Longmeadow, MA. The Sir Speedy Franchisee of the Year Award was presented to Howie and Judy Budrow of Chicago Heights, IL. Franchise Top Volume Awards went to George Coriaty of Sir Speedy, Whittier, CA; The Fulner Family of PIP in Indianapolis, IN, and Nashville, TN; and Riley and Kay Gunnels of Signal Graphics in Atlantic City, NJ. The International Top Volume Award went to Marwan Al-Bawardi and Ganga Prasad of Sir Speedy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In addition, QP editorial director Bob Hall presented Quick Printing Top Volume awards to both George Coriaty and the Fulner Family. He also presented Quick Printing Top 100 awards to the PIP and Sir Speedy franchisees who made the 2011 Quick Printing Top 100, which lists the leading quick and small commercial printers in North America
Awards were also given to franchisees and salespeople in the categories of: Top 10, Top 25, Volume Increase Percentage, Century Club, Million Dollar Club, Sales Achievement Awards, and Application Innovation Awards.
“All of our award recipients represent leaders in our franchise network, the printing and marketing services industry and in their communities where they continue to help their business customers grow,” said Richard Lowe, COO of Franchise Services, the franchise management company that owns the PIP, Sir Speedy and Signal Graphics brands. “Their sales achievements are extraordinary accomplishments and I am proud of the efforts they have set forth to achieve both professional and personal success.”
The 2012 PIP, Sir Speedy, and Signal Graphics convention will be held August 15-18, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, MD.