The Power of Gravure: GAA Annual Mtg

ROCHESTER, NY -- The Gravure Association of America, Inc. (GAA) urges industry professionals to "experience the power" of gravure at its 2002 annual convention next month. Slated for May 19–22, 2002, at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, GAA's annual gathering will focus on "advancing of gravure," says the organization, and will feature industry experts (including RIT's Frank Romano); GAA's annual showcase ("the only exhibition in North America focused solely gravure community's needs"); and, for fun and fund-raising, a GAA/GEF (Gravure Education Foundation) corporate cup golf challenge tournament, the proceeds of which support the GEF scholarship fund.

Following is brief overview of the convention agenda. (For more a full conference brochure, visit gaa.org.):

  • Sunday, May 19
  • Registration Opens -- 8:00 am
  • GAA Executive Committee Meeting -- 8 to 10 am
  • GEF Board of Trustees Meeting -- 12 to 2 pm
  • GAA Board of Directors Meeting -- 2 to 4 pm
  • President's Grand Opening Reception and Showcase Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony -- 5 to 7 pm
  • Cylinder Society Meeting/Dinner -- 7 to 9 pm
  • Monday, May 20
  • GEF Educator's Breakfast (by invitation) 7 to 9 am
  • General Session
    Dare to be Different... How Leaders Make It Happen, Barry Wisner, 9:15 to 10:30 am
    Publication/Packaging Buyers Panel, moderator, John Burgess, Armotek Industries, Inc., 10:45 to 11:45 am
    Gravure Showcase, buffet luncheon and networking, 12 to 2 pm
    Supply-Chain Management Panel, 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm
    Growing Gravure in the 21st Century, moderator, Walter Vail, St. Marys Paper Ltd., 4 to 5 pm
    Gravure Showcase reception and GEF live auction, 5 to 7 pm
  • Tuesday, May 21
  • GAA Annual Business Meeting -- 8 to 8:30 am
  • General Session
    Short-Run Gravure Panel, moderator Rodrigo Sosa, RJR -- 8:45 to 10 am
    Gravure Success Stories Panel, moderator, Mike Green, Flint Ink Corp. -- 10:30 to 11:45 am
    Box lunch for all attendees -- 12 pm
    GAA/GEF Corporate Cup Golf Challenge Tournament -- 1:30 to 6 pm
    Awards Reception -- 6:30 to 7:30 pm
    Best of Best Awards Dinner, presentations include: Golden Cylinder Awards, Cylinder Society Inductees, GEF/Sun Chemical writing awards, and GEF golf tournament awards
  • Wednesday, May 22
  • Special Management Session: Discussion of world as "single marketplace" and what this means for business, moderator Ann Marie Bushell, Quebecor World
    ERA (Europeon Rotogravure Assn.) Report, Jan Bormans, ERA -- 8:45 to 9:15 am
    European Economy, Jan Bormans, ERA -- 9:15 to 10:15 am
    State of the Industry: GAA/RIT Market Profile Survey Results, Frank Romano, School of Printing Management & Science, Rochester Institute of Technology -- 10:30 to 11 am
    State of the US Economy, Dr. Martin Regalia -- 11 am to 12 pm

Convention registration, cost, and hotel information is available at gaa.org. Or you can contact GAA at 716/436-2150, by fax at 716/436-7689. Registration deadline is May 10 (if you want to be included in registrant list distributed during convention).


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