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Why Vendors/Suppliers Are Not Involved in the Print CEO Forum

As many know,

By Randy Davidson
Published: August 30, 2010

As many know, WhatTheyThink will present our 2nd Print CEO Forum on October 1st and 2nd. This is an exclusive event for printing executives only. The Print CEO Forum will be held at the prestigious University Club in Chicago.

Since the announcement I have been contacted again by many of our sponsors and suppliers in the industry asking how they could sponsor or attend the conference. I have explained that this conference will be unlike any other since we will not have vendor/supplier sponsors in attendance. In conjunction with the CEO Forum, we will present the CEO of the Year award at a dinner ceremony. The award dinner is sponsored by manroland but is not part of the conference.

Our mission with this conference is to present objective content to attendees without any perception of an agenda from industry suppliers or sponsors. I wanted to just provide clarification again that this content will be presented without input from suppliers and we think this provides a unique venue for printing executives.

We want our attendees (printing executives) to know that they will be mingling only with their peers with no pressure from their suppliers. This is not to say that events that have sponsors are tainted. We believe an event without sponsors presents an opportunity to deliver a different experience for attendees. Last year’s event was great and this year will be even better.

If you are a printing executive, this event will detail what you should know about economics, resources, Internet, technologies, products, strategies, and trends that will shape the future of print. Structuring your printing business for success is the bottom line and our mission with the Print CEO Forum is to help you do that.

For more information, visit www.PrintCEOForum.com

Randy Davidson,



By Michael Jahn on Aug 30, 2010

Hi Randy,

While I have never been a CEO of any printing company (many are breathing a sigh of relief on that statement), reading the above to cause me to question as to exactly how one might distinguish or define a printing CEO in a W2P world?

I mean, would you consider J. Kirby Best, Adam Slutsky, Robert Keane a Print CEO ?

And while neither of these CEO's companys actually print anything, what about about Bob Holt (BiblioLife) or Bob Young (Lulu) is enable printing in a very big way?

I certainly would not Jeff Bezos a print CEO, but I certainly would suggest he is probably the most important change event person as it relates to printing (or not printing) books.


By Randy Davidson on Aug 30, 2010

Michael - The finalists will be announced this week and the great thing about this award is that the winner will be voted on by his/her peers after they review the nomination. Truly something to be proud of.


By Michael Jahn on Aug 31, 2010

I guess I was not clear enough. I was not asking about who might be a finalist. I was asking who might be invited, or better said, how do you draw the line between Vendor and User when it comes to companies that offer Web2Print services ? The simplest example might be a company that offers printing services and sells, licences and markets their APIs ?


By Randy Davidson on Sep 02, 2010

Web2Print providers wont be invited, but printers that offer W2P as a service to their customers will be invited.


By Hot Flash on Sep 03, 2010

Randy, as an example - HP reports several of their top producing Indigo customers were not previously commercial printers. Mr. Jahn is asking if Snapfish or York photo (as examples) both who own and operate fleets of Indigo equipment and produce very high volumes - are they invited? In particular Snapfish/HP provides their APIs to other companies in order to facilitate web2print receipt of new orders boosting their page volumes substantially - so its not a simple question of "am I a commcercial printer or not" because some OEMs and vendors are humongous printers going forward. Another example: If RRD or CGX were to also sell RRD or CGX hardware would they be excluded?


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