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Cygnus Expositions Announces Schedules for 2003 Mid-America Print Expo

Press release from the issuing company

Mid-America Print Expo MINNEAPOLIS--April 28, 2003-- Following is the presentation and keynote speaker schedule for the 2003 Mid-America Print Expo, sponsored by the Printing Industry of Minnesota, Inc. Produced by Cygnus Expositions, the expo takes place May 14-15, 2003 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Registration is free online or $20 at the door. The expo will be held in conjunction with the 2003 Strictly Business Solutions Expo. Event ticket holders can attend both events. The Mid-America Print Expo is an education-oriented event with more than 40 training sessions that last from three hours to two days and more than 150 booths showcasing local and national printing product and equipment manufacturers, in addition to the keynote presentations. Printing is the second largest manufacturing industry in the nation's central region, with more than $30 billion in product shipped annually. For more information visit www.midamericaprintexpo.com, or call 800-827-8009 or 952-894-8007. PRESENTATION AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER SCHEDULE Wednesday, May 14 -- 10 a.m.: "A Turning Point for Print: Emerge from the Trenches of Price Warfare with New Value-Added Services." Tom Wetjen, vice president and general manager, Xerox Graphic Arts Industry Business, will discuss the turning point that is underway in the graphic arts industry and new revenue streams that are available through value-added services. Free admission. -- 12:30 p.m.: "Computer to Plate (CTP): Options for Small and Mid-sized Shops." Moderated by Quick Printing magazine executive editor, Bob Hall, a panel of vendors and customers will discuss CTP options. Panelists include: Charles Stein, pre press sales manager, Heidelberg USA; David Furman senior marketing manager of CTP systems, AGFA; Gordon Pritchard, Print Industry Specialist, Creo Thursday, May 15 -- 9:30 a.m.: "Print Market Demand Chain: Who Decides if Print is Still a Big Player? Who Will Specify it or Why They Won't." Barbara Pellow, Gannett Publishing professor, Rochester (New York) Institute of Technology, will moderate a panel of local marketing, purchasing and printing executives who will discuss the role of print in the marketing "ecosystem." Panelists include: Roger Siminoff, Apple Computer senior marketing manager; Todd Bentley, Beacon Direct Marketing senior partner; Jennifer Panning, Best Buy Co. commodity sourcing and procurement manager; Virginia Flo, Thomson West Group manager of creative services, production, technology and procurement; Michael Scanlan, Hennepin County Purchasing senior buyer; and Chris Birt, Andrews/Birt Agency partner/executive creative director. Free admission. -- 11 a.m.: "As We See It: The View from the Corner Office." Moderated by Dick Gorelick, president of the Graphic Arts Sales Foundation, the largest training organization in the graphic arts industry, and featuring a panel of leading print industry top executives who will discuss their plans for keeping their businesses viable in this slowly recovering economy. Panelists are: Jim Anderson, Instant Web Co. president and CEO; Gary Garner, General Litho Services president and CEO; Dan Hickey, Smyth Cos. owner; and Mark Schoeben, The Bureau, Graphics Division president. This event is open only to print company owners, chief executive officers or presidents. Pre-registration is requested. Admission is $25 and includes lunch and VIP parking pass. -- 1:30 p.m.: "The Art of Deception: Are You in Danger of Being Conned?" Presented by Kevin D. Mitnick, co-founder and president of Defensive Thinking and the world's most famous former hacker, will share his perspective on "social engineering," a type of security attack that exploits the human element of corporate security. Free admission.