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NAPL Calls For Management Plus Participants

Press release from the issuing company

PARAMUS, N.J., July 2, 2003 – Evaluation forms are now available from the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) for its Management Plus program. Graphic arts companies of all sizes have been using Management Plus for more than 20 years to assess their organizations with an eye toward identifying and capitalizing on their strengths and pinpointing and eliminating their weaknesses. The unprecedented challenges that today’s graphic arts companies face make this diagnostic tool more valuable than ever. The program consists of two major elements: • A self-audit in which companies can examine nine critical areas of their operation to gain a comprehensive view of their organizational effectiveness. Unlike other graphic arts competitions in which printed pieces are evaluated, Management Plus enables participants to judge their management performance against accepted industry standards in nine critical areas: internal control systems; financial performance; marketing/sales plan; business planning; human resources; environmental/safety concerns; quality control; community/industry affairs; and vendor relations. • A Management Plus Awards Competition. Once companies have completed the self-audit, they may enter an awards competition in which an NAPL Judging Committee will evaluate entrants in one of six categories: five based on size and one for in-plant printers. Management Plus honors include: Gold Awards, which recognize companies who have scored at least 90% in the self-audit; Silver Awards, for organizations scoring at least 80%; Merit Awards, presented to companies achieving a minimum 70% score, and the annual William K. Marrinan Management Plus Hall of Fame Award, presented to a company that has won at least five Management Plus awards (including one in the current year and a minimum of three Gold Awards). Entries for the current Management Plus competition must be postmarked by Nov. 7, 2003. The awards are presented at a special banquet during NAPL’s Top Management Conference. Winners of the current competition will be honored on February 26, 2004, at The Registry Resort in Naples, Florida. A Management Plus evaluation form and awards application can be downloaded from NAPL’s website, www.napl.org, or obtained from Robin Schabacker, program coordinator, (800) 642-6275, ext. 1307.