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Merger Of NAQP With NAPL Approved By Memberships Of Both Associations

Press release from the issuing company

PARAMUS, N.J., OCTOBER 16, 2006 — The National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP)/PrintImage, Des Plaines, Ill., will merge into NAPL, the Paramus, N.J.-based trade association for excellence in graphic communications management, effective Nov. 1, 2006. The move, which formalizes and expands an alliance formed by the two Associations in 2005, was approved by NAQP membership at the NAQP Owners Conference in Chicago on Oct. 14, 2006, and by NAPL members at the Association’s Annual Meeting of members in Chicago, on Oct. 15, 2006. Under terms of the agreement, NAQP becomes part of NAPL, while continuing to serve the quick and small commercial printer sectors and retaining its distinct branding, membership structure, and plan of work. The administration of NAQP will be managed by NAPL. NAQP staff, including Steve Johnson, NAQP/PrintImage president and chief executive officer, and Christina Vargas, NAQP/PrintImage vice president, will join the staff of NAPL. Both will continue their fulltime plan of work exclusively for the benefit of NAQP members. “I am extremely pleased that the very successful alliance between NAPL and NAQP is resulting in NAQP officially becoming part of NAPL,” said Joseph P. Truncale, NAPL president and chief executive officer. “We’ve found our values and cultures to be an ideal fit—an extremely important but sometimes overlooked component of a successful partnership. As direct membership associations, each organization has a steadfast commitment to member service and a long tradition of responding quickly and effectively to member needs. This agreement allows us to continue to act on synergistic opportunities in the direct interest of both Associations’ memberships and provide a wider range of tools in support of NAPL and NAQP members’ continued success and profitability.” “I am delighted that NAQP is becoming part of NAPL. I’ve seen the benefits our alliance already has brought to our quick and small commercial printer members and I’m confident that, going forward, the list of benefits and services will be expanded even further,” said NAQP’s Johnson. “The merger enables us to offer our members access to more resources than NAQP would have been able to had it continued as an independent association. These include the significant strategic management services, programs, and content of NAPL.”