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NAPL: Top Management Conference 2004 To Be Held February 25-29

Press release from the issuing company

PARAMUS, N.J., DECEMBER 4, 2003 — The National Association for Printing Leadership (www.napl.org) will present its NAPL Top Management Conference 2004 at The Registry Resort in Naples, Fla.., on Feb. 25-29, 2004. Reflecting this year’s theme—Where Leadership & Innovation Meet—attendees at the annual Top Management Conference (TMC) will learn about the latest industry innovations and how they can use their leadership skills to leverage those innovations within their own organizations. TMC has a well-earned reputation as the forum for in-depth management information, up-to-the minute business strategies, and multiple opportunities for leadership development and peer networking. Noted industry experts and renowned thinkers from outside the industry contribute to a comprehensive program of keynote presentations, informative general sessions, and targeted daily breakout sessions addressing the critical issues facing today’s graphic communications leaders. “The best management insights from within and outside the industry come together at TMC,” said Joseph P. Truncale, NAPL president and CEO. “That’s why industry leaders take time from their busy schedules year after year to attend this landmark event. They know the knowledge they gain and the peer interaction will give them a substantial return on their investment.” TMC 2004 features two thought-provoking keynote presentations: • In The Five Temptations of a CEO, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni, founder and president of The Table Group, a management consultancy, shares proven strategies for executive team development and achieving organizational health. • In Leadership at the Top, Dr. James Harris, noted author, speaker, corporate consultant, seminar leader, and successful businessman, uses a blend of humor, best practice action ideas, and audience interaction to share his valuable insights into leadership development and building a strong and dynamic organization. Informative General Sessions include: • In an annual TMC tradition, Andrew Paparozzi, NAPL vice president and chief economist, will present the key findings from NAPL’s proprietary landmark study, in a way that enables printers to put this valuable information to work for their short- and long-term planning. • In a Critical Trends Panel, sponsored by the Research and Engineering Council of NAPL and moderated this year by Ken Lowden of DuPont, industry leaders discuss the latest technological trends in the industry and their impact on graphic communications. Panelists include NAPL Chairman David Branch, president of Branch-Smith Printing, Ltd., recipient of a 2002 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, who will share insights on successfully implementing company-wide quality programs; Howard Fenton, NAPL senior digital technologies consultant, who will talk about the latest developments in the digital arena; and John Sweeney of Graphic Microsystems, who will explore the benefits and challenges of computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM). An array of breakout sessions are offered daily, covering topics ranging from differentiation through marketing and diversification strategies to cash management tactics and avoiding ethical meltdowns. Another highlight of the Conference is the Management Plus Cocktail Reception and Banquet (Thursday, Feb. 26, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.), at which the NAPL Management Plus Award winners will be introduced. Special dining and social events throughout the Conference add excitement and provide opportunities for more informal networking and knowledge sharing. These include golf and tennis tournaments, an optional catamaran sailing excursion, and the Dessert’s On Us! event. The following companies are generously sponsoring some of the key events at NAPL’s 2004 Top Management Conference: American Printer magazine; Compass Capital Partners, Ltd.; DuPont; EFI; Epson; Fuji Film; Heidelberg; HP; Kodak Polychrome Graphics; Komori; MAN Roland; Printable Technologies, Inc.; and Sentry Insurance. Registration is $1,095 for NAPL Corporate members ($995 for those registering before Dec. 15, 2003) and $1,495 for non-members. Spouse/guest fee is $600. For more information or to register, call NAPL at (800) 642-6275, ext. 1345, or visit www.napl.org/events/.