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Printing Association of Florida's Print Management Conference a Success

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Orlando, FL – August 5, 2004 – Members of the Printing Association of Florida gathered for an exciting weekend of Awards, Games, and Educational sessions at the Royal Pacific resort at Universal Orlando, a Loews Hotel, this weekend. Printing is Florida’s largest manufacturing industry and represents $157 billion in revenues for the nation. Printers across the region submitted their best work for a chance at winning Best of Show and many other distinguished awards at the 17th annual Florida Print Awards, the annual, elite gala held Saturday evening. Winners included printers from Tampa, Orlando, Miami, and many other cities in Florida. PAF Golf Classic Over 150 people were in attendance for the power-packed weekend, which kicked-off with a four man scramble golf tournament at MetroWest Golf Classic, sponsored by graphic arts supply distributor xpedx. Casino Night Attendees tried their hand at Jacksonville-based sponsor Mac Papers’ popular Casino Night, where many walked away with prizes such as weekend getaways, Apple iPODs, and Callaway golf sets. Florida Print Industry Summit It was standing room only at the 2004 Florida Print Industry Summit, where Ronnie H. Davis, Ph.D., Chief Economist for Printing Industries of America (PIA), and Jeffrey Hayzlett, Hayzlett and Associates, gave comprehensive presentations covering the ways in which members can capitalize on new opportunities in the industry. Davis examined statistical trends in the printing industry, and outlined where growth opportunities exist. He noted the changes in the numbers of printing plants, plant sizes, employment and sales both now and forecasted for the remainder of 2004 and 2005. Hayzlett provided insight into the Print Council, a new business development alliance represented by leaders in the graphic arts industry. The goal of the Print Council is to influence and promote the greater use of print media. Founding members of the alliance include, but are not limited to: Agfa, Heidelberg, Presstek, Pitney Bowes, Kodak, International Paper and many others. Hayzlett talked about the plans for the Council in the coming months and the importance of Print. 17th Annual Florida Print Awards Banquet The most anticipated event of the weekend was the 17th Annual Florida Print Awards, where PAF members entered pieces into the competition and companies were given various awards, including the Trophy Awards and Best of Show designations for each of four divisions, categorized by company size. Trophy sponsors included: Creo Americas, Inc.; Heidelberg USA, Inc.; Komori America Corporation SE; Mac Papers; MAN Roland North America, Inc.; Pitman Company; Printers’ Service of Florida; Spinola Printer’s Supply, Inc.; xpedx; Pitney Bowes; Lee Ryder Lamination; On Demand Digital Papers; Printers’ Software; Xplor; Unisource; and Gould Paper Corp. The winners and their distinguished trophies for the 2004 Florida Print Awards are: • C&D Printing Company – St. Petersburg, FL – Best Annual Report • Moran Printing, An RR Donnelly Company – Orlando, FL – Best Art Reproduction • Coral Reef Graphics – Miami Lakes, FL – Best of Show, Division I • KAM Graphics, Inc. – Miami Lakes, FL – Best of Show, Division II • American National Ltd. – Miami, FL – Best of Show, Division III • Southeastern Printing – Stuart, FL – Best of Show, Division IV • Moran Printing, An RR Donnelly Company – Orlando, FL – Best Poster • Southeastern Printing – Stuart, FL – Best Printer’s Self-Advertising • Franklin Trade Graphics, LLC – Miami, FL – Best Process, Color Printing • Majestic Graphics & Print – Cape Coral, FL – Best Small Press • Franklin Trade Graphics, LLC – Miami, FL – Best Special Treatment • Mercury Printers & Promotion – Orlando – Best Stationary Set • Southeastern Printing – Stuart, FL – Best Use of Color in Design • American National Ltd. – Miami, FL – Best Use of Paper • Universal Printing Company – Miami, FL – Best Web Press • IBF Industries, Inc. – Tampa, FL – Golden Flamingo Award for the Most Best of Categories • Paula Angel, Valencia Community College – Orlando, FL – Best of Show, Student Division If you would like to learn more about the Printing Association of Florida or would like to receive further information about the other awards given this year, please call Anne Gaither, Director of Education, PAF at: 407-240-8009. About Printing Association of Florida (PAF) The PAF Mission: To provide programs, information, and services to positively impact the profitability and professional growth of its members. PAF, one of the most active and influential printing associations in North America, occupies headquarters in beautiful Orlando and a satellite office in Miami, Florida. Today more than 600 Florida-based graphic arts companies consider the PAF their Ultimate Business Partner. Governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors elected by its membership, PAF is a not-for-profit association representing the interests of the graphic arts industry throughout the state. PAF is committed to continuously improving the business environment and promoting the welfare of its members, as well as the entire graphic arts industry in Florida. PAF is affiliated with Printing Industries of America (PIA), the world's largest graphic arts trade association. Membership in PAF automatically entitles professionals to membership in PIA/GATF. In addition to the PIA benefits, PAF Members are also entitled to all Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) benefits. This makes PAF members a part of the largest, most comprehensive Graphic Arts Advocacy organization in the World, providing a single, central source for technical and management information and assistance. PAF also owns and manages the Graphics of the Americas (GOA) trade show and exhibition held annually in Miami Beach. GOA is the second-largest international graphic arts industry trade show in North America, and the largest trade show held annually at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Printing Association of Florida, 6275 Hazeltine National Drive, Orlando, FL 32822 Phone: (407) 240-8009; Fax: (407) 240-8333 www.pafgraf.org