January 21, 2015

It's Wednesday... and the region PPI represents has 2015 CRED!!!
-  Hawaii - Marcus Mariota win's the Heisman Trophy
-  Oregon - Trip to the BCS National Championship
-  Washington... can you say Seahawks + Superbowl?!?!

What's your game plan for success? I have a few thoughts on how to develop that winning strategy in the December / January issue of Canvas Magazine. Remember that we're on your team and ready to support your business! Recharging: Strategies of Rejuvenation for 2015

One way we're working on your behalf is to expand our outreach to students at regional career day programs, high school and community college fairs regionally. Given that we have few, if any, graphic arts training programs in our region, myself and Teri LeVine will be traveling to CalPoly next week for their annual PrintWeek activities and to entice their student base to consider moving from California and bringing their excitement for visual communications into our thriving, awesome businesses. We will be gathering resumes and have a few companies collateral and specific job openings we will share with those visiting our table. 

The culture, the vibe, the life-style  should be considered when embarking on your post educational path, and we will represent our regions and YOU! If you'd like us to share your story, contact Teri ASAP HERE and we'll do the recruiting on your behalf. 

And WHAT is PPI doing to RECHARGE? WELL... an enhanced website  (read more below and please give it a test drive) as well as a motivated, exciting Board of Directors, with Phillip Parrish of PrintWest in Woodinville, WA taking the lead for the next 2 years. He brings intelligence, youth, yet lots of experience to the roll and will help continue our navigation into serving future generations. Please help me in thanking Phillip and all the board reps for taking on this important position!
AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR A FEW NEW MEMBERS... Let me know if you're interested in the board or joining a committee!

FINALLY, I can't let you go without a little energy to get you over the HUMP today! You may have seen this, but it so makes me smile that I wanted to share it again. If the Dover Police Department can create engagement (
21,000,000 Hits & counting) through untraditional means, so can we all. Shake off the old, have a little attitude and don't be afraid to dance (or sing) like no one is looking!

Dover Police DashCam Confessional (Shake it Off)
Dover Police DashCam Confessional (Shake it Off)


Be well, Have fun, and GO HAWKS!
Jules Van Sant
Executive Director
PPI Association - The NW Visual Communication Industries Assn




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Even if you're not planning on selling online, 

a well-crafted website is essential for any business. 


It is no secret that the days of Yellow pages are long gone, but what is surprising is that too many of our printing industry professionals do not understand the importance of their website. We could wax poetic for days about  digital + print as vital to your marketing strategy, but let's sum it up with just a few critical facts:


Websites promote you 24/7: No employee will do that.

To the 22 billion people online, 

many do not trust businesses that do not have a website. 

The quality of your website reflects the quality of your products and services.

Websites are not brochures. To maximize their potential for generating business they must be dynamic, current, search engine optimized, and contemporary.


Your Association believes it is our responsibility to provide leadership in envisioning the 

digital + print world. To provide cutting edge news, educational events and business tools that will help you manage your business and CONNECT YOU TO THE INDUSTRY'S BEST. Toward that end...

PPI Announces the 
Launch of its New Website, 

& Debuts Featured Online 

Resources & Business Tools 

PPIAssociation.org represents our ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information to members and constituents. We believe this new exciting website design and functionality and brand enhancements are more closely aligned with the Association's strategic vision for growth and expansion over the next decade, and beyond.

We are very proud of the new website - and we hope it provides a useful, informative portal for our constituents to connect with the Association and strengthen their business strategy!


What's in PPI's New Website?


-  A robust Buying Power Program with MORE partners and easy discount registration.


-  Business Tool Kit that includes HR and management resources developed by industry experts and PIA professionals.


-  News at your fingertips!  Industry, Association, Health & Safety,Interactive Media, social media, and of course, Printlandia Blog by Executive Director, Jules VanSant.


-  Educational events designed to address the needs of your team - management, finance, HR, pressmen, bindery and eager-to-learn entry level staff.


-  Expanded information and history of PrintROCKS, so you can access past years' awards books and event photos.


-  New tools to help you with recruiting... PPI's online, post a job, plus job seekers can post their resumes. Watch for intern resumes as we participate in Career Fairs! PPI has an annual booth at the CalPoly Graphic Communications Career Fair.


-  Who is PPI's Consulting Services team? Easy to find out and check out the services provided in strategic planning, sales, marketing/branding, and operations.


-  Photos, photos & more photos! We have them! All the events organized in photo files, so you can access and download your favorite team pics or selfies.


-  Industry nonprofit charitable organization, Pacific Printing Industries Educational Trust, is a featured page and has an easy "Donate Now" link to PayPal. Be sure to explore the WhyVizComm page detailing its important role in attracting youth to our industry.


-  So much more... Testimonials (we'd love to hear from you), expansive video library (we're still adding to that!), sponsorship and advertising info, and PrintGreen resources.


Hope you enjoyed the tour of our new website.

We would appreciate your feedback. 

Soon we will be announcing its launch via direct mail. 

Watch for your package, as it will have an awesome contest!


PPIAssociation.org - We're here 24/7!


A colossal THANK YOU to the PPI team for their exceptional work on our website. 

PPI's own, Teri LeVine - MC2 Marketing & On Fire Websites, managed its development, plus designed it and developed much of the content.  Our awesome partner, Randall Spence - AnalogueWeb.com, built our database from the ground floor up our database and custom HTML coded the entire site. Awesome Raeann Barnes of PPI filtered through tons of details and proofreading to help us deliver a really ROCK'IN site.


(2 New member applications on their way and counting for the next newsletter... who will it be?!)




Jim Hamilton's Review of 2014 Corporate Greeting Cards
Jim Hamilton's Review of
2014 Corporate Greeting Cards

Each year Jim Hamilton, Group Director at InfoTrends, collects the corporate greeting cards he receives over the holiday and describes the use of innovative printing techniques, substrates, design, and personalization.


Strategic Partnerships Help Commercial
Printers Transition to New Markets

New business opportunities in labels and packaging, sign and display, and other types of specialty printing

Commercial printers are increasingly seeing new business opportunities in high-growth applications such as labels and packaging, sign and display, and other types of specialty printing. But transitioning to those kinds of printing applications presents numerous challenges, from understanding the hardware, software and production requirements to the dynamics of unfamiliar markets and forging successful partnerships. A free downloadeable White Paper by Richard Romano, Senior Analyst, WhatTheyThink, sponsored by Esko discusses how. Hardware and software vendors like Esko are uniquely positioned to offer printing companies guidance in expanding in these new directions.  Read more...




 PPI encourages Washington State  Lawmakers to combat patent 'trolls' 

 with new bill 

Builders, Radio Stations and others are unlikely partners as PPI works with other groups to fight Patent Trolls in Washington State.   Get the full story



Catch up on the PPI Washington State Legislative agenda March 13. Join moderators Bill Stauffacher & Gerry Michael for lunch in the Seattle area.  Details to follow. RSVP to jules@ppiassociation.org. 





Name Changes, Same Discounts


CardConnect has merged with Marathon Solutions, Inc., PPI's exclusively endorsed credit card processing partner. The company has rebranded as CardConnect but the great discounts and services will stay the same. 

  • Wholesale Rates - PPI members typically see a 10% - 40% reduction in processing fees.
  • Point-to-Point Encryption - Sensitive payment data is instantly encrypted the moment a customer's card is swiped, meaning it never hits or is stored within your system.
  • Patented Tokenization - Taking the protection of encryption one step further, tokenization replaces sensitive payment data with a unique identifier known as a token, which renders cardholder data unreadable and therefore useless to hackers.
  • Superior Service - Each member receives a single point of contact the moment they sign up. CardConnect is the same great company, with a new look
GET A NO OBLIGATION QUOTE! See how much you can save and get your cash flowing.





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This month, Netflix made all 236 episodes of Friends--the sitcom that launched thousands if not millions of Rachel hairdos--available for streaming online, right in time for the show's 20th anniversary.


As a tribute to the beloved show, which ran weekly from 1994 to 2004, Eurydyka Kata and Rafał Szczawiński of Re:Design created a poster illustrating the highlight moments of each episode as circular pictograms. It's not a replacement for binging on all 10 seasons on Netflix, but it's a quicker way to relive your time with Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Joey, Ross, and Phoebe.


[via Designboom]


HR Webinar - February

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 

Time: 9am PT 
Presenter(s): Jim Kyger, VP Human Relations at PIA

Topics to be covered include:

Work Opportunity Tax Credits Reauthorized for 2014 (but not 2015), BLS Injury and Illness Rates and Corrections, No More HIPAA Certificates!, New NLRB Election Rule, Purple Communications (Corporate Email)Immigration Executive "Action" and HR Implications, DOL proposed change to 541 Exemption Tests, plus State Law Updates

NEW -- This webinar has been approved for one recertification hour by HRCI. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

More Information


Prepare for Significant NLRB Changes: Webinar 

Date: February 12
Time: 11:00 a.m. PST (90 minute in-depth session!)

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is putting union election times in the fast lane. Learn how your company can prepare and respond. Register today for a free-for-members webinar: NLRBs Quickie Election and Significant Rulings that Affect Your Corporate Email/Arbitrations

Importance of HIPAA, SSAE 16 and SOC 2 Compliance
Webinar with NEW PPI Partner KirkPatrick Price
Date: February 19
Time 11am pt / 2pmEST
Why do you keep hearing about SSAE 16, SOC 2, and HIPAA Compliance? Join us as we overview SSAE 16, SOC 2, PCI, HIPAA, and FISMA Compliance. We will discuss how they relate and why you might pursue one or more of them.

WASHINGTON STATE Legislative Agenda / Economic Luncheon

Join PPI Lobbyist Bill Stauffacher and  Gerry Michael w/PPI's CPA Firm Partner Carlson Advisors for our quarterly lunch & conversation about the Legislative agenda, economic impact on our state and visual communication businesses. 
SEATTLE AREA LOCATION TO COME - RSVP Jules@ppiassociation.org

Rescheduling for April Date  - to Be Announced!

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 
Time: 9am PT 
Your employees are your greatest asset - this valuable webinar will provide you with up-to-the-minute information on key Human Resources issues affecting your company and your workers.If you're a business owner, manager or supervisor, you can't afford to miss this important HR update. Come prepared to ask specific or troubling questions of the presenter.

More Information


_______________________   CONFERENCES  _________________________


ASN Tour - February 25-26 

Join us for the 2015 Automation Solutions Network (ASN) Meeting, coming February 25-26 in Miamisburg, OH. Tour Think Patented, where their entire operation is completely redesigned for efficiency and automation. Learn more about your tour leader, Niels Winther, chairman, managing partner, and owner of Think Patented, in this article from Printing Industries of America: The Magazine. 

More Information


TAGA - March 22-25 

At the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts Conference in Albuquerque, NM, thought-leading keynotes include Chris Travis, KBA; Michael Van Haren, Quad/Graphics; Patrick Younk, Los Alamos National Lab; and Dr. Bruce Kahn, Clemson University. Learn more about these speakers in this blog.   More Information

Continuous Improvement Conference - April 12-15

A key aspect to a successful continuous improvement strategy is a healthy corporate culture. The Culture Audit Tool is a free resource that allows you to assess your culture in 33 crucial areas and compare your answers to other companies. 

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Printing Industry Financial Executive Conference - April 12-15

Work smarter and learn how you can save your company money. Be a part of the 2015 Printing Industry Financial Executive Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Get tips for e-commerce and taxes, working with your banker, and get a real valuation of your business. Check back for the lineup of expert speakers soon to be announced!

More Information

Print Leadership Summit - May 18-19

Join us for the 2015 Print Leadership Summit in Minneapolis, MN, where business leaders will connect with innovative ideas and new approaches on how to do business now and in the future. 

More Information


Your Ed Trust!
Pacific Printing Industries Educational Trust - Learn more about the Trust and how they support YOU! You can visit the website page, too.

Pacific Printing Industries Educational Trust - 

Learn more about the Trust and how 

they support YOU!
 You can visit the website page, too.

Pacific Printing Industries Educational Trust 
is a non-profit charitable organization. Focused on education and related activities, the "Ed Trust" was created to help the visual communications industry ensure a continuous supply of motivated and skilled candidates at every level, from press operators to managers and CEOs, capable of powering the our industry into the future.

The Ed Trust depends on donations from PPI member companies. 


  • PPI Member benefits can save you money and expand your resources. Here is the latest list of benefits.
  • The first hour of PPI Consulting Services is FREE... Strategic Planning, Sales, Branding/Marketing, and Operational Excellence.
  • PPI brings the news to YOU! Bookmark our website newsfeeds: Association & Industry News and Health & Safety.
  • The Pacific Printing Industries Educational Trusts support programs that attract young people to careers in printing. Would you like to get involved?
  • When you win a PrintROCKS! award you win national exposure. Your winning entry is automatically entered in the American BENNY Awards (aka the Premier Print Awards). 2014 Winners will be sent off in March to compete!
  • PPI gives member companies extensive Human Resource tools.
  • You can have VALUABLE EXPOSURE to PPI Members & Friends by advertising on our website, including social media and print promotion of your services.

There is much more PPI can do for you.

Take advantage of membership!

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 Jules Van Sant
PPI Executive Director, Pacific Printing Industries Association
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