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LIA conference will tackle the big industry issues

Friday, 10 October 2003
By Print 21 Online Article
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“Some people disputed whether the theme was accurate and appropriate, saying it was alarmist, but with so many printing companies going out of business, I believe we are spot on,” said Robert Black conference chairman. “Too many people are sitting around saying it can’t happen to me, and they are just the type of people who would benefit most from the information we are trying to deliver at this conference.”

A good mixture of international and local speakers seems set to provide a value-packed conference. Keynote speaker Robert Rosen reflects the businesslike attitude of the three-day event (17-19 October – 2003 Biennial Conference: Geelong, Victoria).

Rosen (pictured) from New York, is the former owner of six graphic arts companies, operating them for ten years before selling them in 1986. In 1987 he formed Rosen Associates to meet the graphic arts industry’s need for consulting services on top management issues. The firm’s concept has been validated over its 15 years of operations, as it has provided advisory services to the senior managers of more than 450 graphic arts companies.

Editor’s note: Robert Rosen will be conducting a series of presentations under the aegis of GASAA after the LIA Conference. Details available shortly.

Next up is Dr Jack Goodwin (pictured), an independent executive educator and consultant also from the US. His areas of interest include operations management, business strategy, and organisational performance enhancement. For eight years, he was part-owner and a member of the Board of Choice Communications, Inc., a commercial printing company located in Richmond Virginia.

Local speakers reflect the solid line-up
A number of high-profile local industry professionals contribute to the speaker list.

Brett Maishman has been working within the printing industry for approximately 20 years. He has experienced many of the technological changes within the graphic arts industry in both a production and management capacity.
In his current role as the graphic arts industry marketing manager with Fuji Xerox, Brett will offer an insight into the very latest news in the world of digital print.

Howard Dare is the Collie Director and head of the International Centre of Graphic Technology (ICGT). Participation in the printing and graphic arts industries has formed the major part of Howard’s professional and working life. Born and educated in Australia, he has also lived and worked extensively in the USA, Europe and Asia, always in the industry or in education.
Prior to becoming the inaugural Collie Director of ICGT, he was the regional managing director of Heidelberg Asia-Pacific and a former CEO of Heidelberg Finishing Systems and Heidelberg Australia. As a member of the Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG Operating Group Management, he led company acquisition teams in the USA, UK and Asia Pacific Region.

Dean Mason is a business development consultant with Common Ground Publishing, working with publishers, printers, booksellers and education institutions on the implementation of new book creation, management and distribution strategies.
Dean is also director of Enakt, a company established to introduce a range of new book technologies to the Australian, New Zealand and Asian markets.

Stan Solomidis is the joint managing director of G Force Business Solutions, a company specifically set up to service the needs of companies operating within the graphic arts industry in Australia and wider Asia Pacific Region. He is a widely read columnist with industry magazine Print 21.
Stan has in excess of 20 years experience in management and senior management positions at state, national and international levels with Heidelberg, Citicorp Finance and Midland Bank.

The LIA is a rapidly evolving organisation and reflects the changes sweeping through the industry. The 2003 Biennial Conference is sure to be a landmark event.

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