GPPC Conference

GPPC Conference Supported by IDEAlliance®


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Gravure Publishing and Premedia Conference

Date: November 18-21, 2014

Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North

Naples, Florida 34102
Reservations 800.237.7600. Click here for online hotel reservations. The code is: gravure. The special conference rate of $175/night expires 10/20/14. Rate will be honored 3 days before and after the event based on availability.

Registration Options:

  1. Click here to register online.
  2. Call Allen Krusenstjerna at 201.523.6042 x104 to register by phone.
  3. Click here to download a registration form and fax to 201.523.6048.
  4. PLEASE NOTE IDEAlliance members: if you are not also a GAAmericas member, you must use option 2 or 3 above in order to receive the member rate.

Registration Rates: GAAmericas' member suppliers and printers - early bird rate $675 and regular rate $775.  End users - $345.  Early bird cut off date is 10/11/2014. Special offer:  After you register for the GPPC Conference consider attending the Environmental Workshop (November 17-18) for only $95.  You can recieve the same special hotel rate.  You must call Allen Krusenstjerna at 201.523.6042 x104 to receive this special rate.  See the Environmental Workshop page »


GPPC Program Additions/Changes (These are not reflected in the brochure)

Joining our program on Wednesday morning is Steve Bonoff, Executive Vice President, IDEAlliance, who will present on the topic of Integrated Media Workflows: Impact & Opportunity.

The fact that the market for printed materials is in a marked paradigm shift is nothing new. The distinction between print and digital media is blurring and 24/7 access to content via smart phones and tablets has transformed the way information is produced and shared. Consumers now shift seamlessly between channels, sometimes engaging many simultaneously. It’s a new industry where integrated media is the name of the game! How can those with print-centric workflows make a transition toward new integrated media workflows?

 In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How a traditional print workflow compares to an integrated media workflow
  • How print providers can incrementally add digital media into existing print services offerings
  • The role of Cloud technologies in transforming workflows to support integrated media offerings
  • New opportunities to monetize content and extend printer-based services in the future.

On Thursday afternoon, we have had a program change as Dave Paterson will be unable to participate.  Joining us will be David Refkin, President, GreenPath Sustainability Consultants.  He will be discussing RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABILITY:  IMPLEMENTING SIMPLE SOLUTIONS - REALLY.

With all the challenges facing magazine publishers and related industries, sustainability can seem like just one more headache. After all isn’t this really a cost related to compliance, which is annoying enough to manage?  As we near 2015, increasingly the customers of our industries have significant goals and programs in place to meet a series of a sustainability “commitments”. Not only are customers showing more interest in where and how products are manufactured, but increasingly investors are also. How can we turn this challenge into an opportunity?

David Refkin, a 26 year veteran of the publishing industry, who focused in his career at Time Inc. on paper purchasing and sustainability will address these issues. Among a series of opportunities to consider is an easy way for the publishing, paper and printing industries to support recycling through assisting the efforts of The Recycling Partnership, a new initiative organized by The Curbside Value Partnership to expand curbside recycling first in the Southeast and in the near future throughout the U.S. David will discuss a growing partnership with support from Hearst Corporation and others to have the industries at the GAA Conference support The Recycling Partnership. He will also discuss the threat of new recycling technologies, such as Dirty MRF’s, on paper recover and fiber costs. Additionally, other sustainability issues will also be discussed with a focus not just “playing defense”, but also developing new growth opportunities.

More Information:

  • Return to The Naples Beach Hotel & Historic Dates – With this year’s return to The Naples Beach Hotel ( , we will also return to our historic conference dates.  The GPPC conference will begin the morning of Wednesday, November 19 and run through the morning of Friday, November 21.  Mark your calendars!
  • GAAmericas Environmental Workshop to Precede GPPC Conference – We encourage you to come in early and attend the GAAmericas Environmental Workshop, which will start on the afternoon of Monday, November 17.  This year’s event will be co-chaired by Dave Schirmer from Hearst and Monica Garvey from Verso.  If you register for both events, you will receive a price break on the GAAmericas Environmental Workshop.
  • Focus on Media Synergies The theme of this year’s GPPC conference will be . . . AND THEY ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER TOGETHER: Creating the 360 Experience. Sessions will highlight how Print, On-Line, and Mobile work together to create the best customer experience.
  • Strong Speaker Line Up – In addition to the return of many popular speakers such as Tom Carroll from RR Donnelley, Joe Schick from Quad/Graphics, John Maine from RISI, and David Kotok from Cumberland Advisors, we have some exciting new speakers including Verso’s President & CEO, Dave Paterson, and our keynote speaker, Allison Massari, a nationally-acclaimed presenter who will take you on a thought-provoking journey from absolute loss to incredible success.
  • Premedia Takes the Spotlight on Wednesday – Premedia will take center stage on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 19 with a special Premedia Panel Session on Tools for a Web-First Workflow moderated by Janie Downey, Publishing Consultant, Media Solutions Group.
  • GEF Fundraising Events – Throughout the conference, there will be opportunities to raise money for a great cause – the Gravure Education Foundation, including a putting contest and fundraising auction.
  • We welcome feedback and encourage your participation on the planning committee.  Please contact Pamela Schenk at GAAmericas ( to learn about future planning meetings and how you can get involved.

Look for more information as we approach the fall!

Distinguished Honorees Luncheon:

  • Winners of the prestigious Golden Cylinder Awards for the Publication Category will be announced.
  • The 2014 Class of the Cylinder Society will take their place among a group of prominent gravure industry stalwarts.

GPC Board Meeting - Tuesday November 18th @ 3:30 pm
Attention All Publishers, Catalogers and Retailers
Consider joining us to attend the council meeting and learn more about how you can impact the industry through participation on the GPC Council. We welcome your presence!

Many Thanks to Our GPPC General Conference Sponsors!



Many Thanks to Our GPPC Conference Event Sponsors!


Silent and Live Auctions:

Be sure to participate in the Silent and Live Auctions benefitting the Gravure Education Foundation. The mission of the Gravure Education Foundation is to promote and support educational development in gravure technology by raising and properly distributing money and resources to deserving educational institutions and students.  By so doing, the Foundation will motivate and develop individuals with technical proficiency and leadership skills for the print communication industry.

Click here to download a blank Auction Item sheet.

Please take a few moments to look over some of the great items to be auctioned on the evening of November 20th during the GPPC Conference:

  • Round of Golf at Wee Burn Country Club, donated by Dave Schirmer, Hearst (Click here for details)
  • One Week on an Indiana Farm, donated by Jeffrey Hill, Horizon Paper (Click here for details)
  • Day of Fly Fishing in the Midwest, donated by Jeffrey Hill, Horizon Paper (Click here for Details)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab, donated by Stephen Begley, Resolute Forest Products (Click here for details)
  • Trail Ride 1, donated by Terri Welsch, Shopko (Click here for details)
  • Trail Ride 2, donated by Terri Welsch, Shopko (Click here for details)
  • Necklace and Earrings, donated by Terri Welsch, Shopko (Click here for details)
  • Kaleidoscope 1, donated by Walter Vail, Scout Sourcing (Click here for details)
  • Kaleidoscope 2, donated by Walter Vail, Scout Sourcing (Click here for details)
  • Four Dozen Golf Balls, donated by Timothy Christie, Lindenmeyr Central (Click here for details)
  • Sailing on Lake Superior, donated by Paul Steen, Target (Click here for details)
  • 4 Boston Red Sox Tickets, donated by Joe Hoffman, Cellmark Paper (Click here for details)
  • 4 New England Patriots Tickets, donated by Joe Hoffman, Cellmark Paper (Click here for details)
  • 4 New York Jets Club Tickets, donated by Mike McKee, Cellmark Paper (Click here for details)
  • 8 Gravure Cylinders, donated by Dennis Wilcox, Southern Graphic Systems (Click here for details)
  • IDEAlliance Color Management Certification, donated by Steve Bonoff, IDEAlliance (Click here for details)
  • IDEAlliance Media Workflow Certification, donated by Steve Bonoff, IDEAlliance (Click here for details)
  • Lands' End Tote, donated by Alan Glover, Lands' End (Click here for details)
  • iPhone 6, donated by Victor Canzolino and Katie Haggerty, RR Donnelley (Click here for details)
  • iPad Air, donated by Scott Van Lieu, UPM (Click here for details)
  • Golf for 4 at Darien, CT or Colleton, SC, donated by Robert Obernier, Horizon Paper (Click here for details)
  • Hand Made Jewelry 1, donated by Kim Spencer, Talbots (Click here for details)
  • Hand Made Jewelry 2, donated by Kim Spencer, Talbots (Click here for details)
  • Culinary Gift Basket, donated by Kim Spencer, Talbots (Click here for details)
  • 6 Gravure Cylinders, donated by Ed Broadhurst, Trident Americas (Click here for details)
  • 4 Chicago Cubs Tickets, donated by Paul Clancy, NewPage Corporation, (Click here for details)
  • Best Buy Gift Card 1, donated by Julie Scott, Catalyst Paper (Click here for details)
  • Best Buy Gift Card 2, donated by Julie Scott, Catalyst Paper (Click here for details)
  • Philips Bluetooth Speaker/Clock Radio, donated by Jennifer Young, Verso Paper Corp.  (Click here for details)
  • Fitbit Flex Activity and Sleep Wristband, donated by Jennifer Young, Verso Paper Corp., (Click here for details)
  • Bluetooth Speaker and Headphones, donated by Jill Crossley, Port Hawkesbury Paper (Click here for details)
  • Sony Portable Bluetooth Speaker/Case, dontaed by Jill Crossley, Port Hawkesbury Paper (Click here for details)
  • Starbucks Gift Card, donated by Phil Pimlott, Gravure Association of the Americas (Click here for details)
Keep checking this list of auction items!  Many more to come!