Sunday, April 12

Pre-Conference Workshops: Two Options to Choose From
Noon–6:30 p.m.
Conference Registration
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Preconference Workshops

Lean 101 • MJ Patterson and David Ahlquist, Enterprise Minnesota

A Lean organization understands customer value and focuses key processes to continually meet those needs. Leaders receive an overview of Lean manufacturing concepts and behaviors necessary for successful change. Learn the foundation of Lean by addressing basic disciplines, including Value Stream Mapping, Error Proofing, Quick Changeover, and more. Leave knowing how to maximize customer value while minimizing waste.

Problem Solving and Decision Making • Tim Bjorgum, Enterprise Minnesota

As a manager, you are confronted with situations that need decisions. Take a leadership role in the problem-solving and decision-making process. This experientially based workshop will show you how to apply various problem-solving techniques and make better decisions.
6:00 p.m.
Private PIFE Dinner Reception

Monday, April 13

7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Conference Registration
7:30–8:30 a.m.
PIFE Peer Exchange Breakfast
8:30–8:40 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
8:40–8:45 a.m.
Printing Industries of America Chairman Remarks • David Olberding, Phototype
8:45–10:15 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: Seeing Waste like You’ve Never Seen It Before • Paul Akers, FastCap

Until you and your employees see waste in everything that you do, you don’t understand Lean, according to business owner Paul Akers. How do you know when you and your employees “get it”?—when you use Lean principles at home! His straightforward lessons aren’t all orthodox, but you’ll discover why many businesses swear by them. Come learn 2-Second Lean for yourself.
10:15–10:45 a.m.
Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m.–noon
Printing M&A in 2015—Getting Warmer and Warmer! • Paul Reilly, Partner, New Direction Partners

Participants at this workshop will hear about the latest trends impacting a very vibrant printing M&A environment. Improved printing profits and the continuing “tuck-in” phenomenon are driving one of the more robust M&A markets during this century. Paul Reilly will discuss the financial metrics controlling the latest M&A frenzy.
Noon–1:15 p.m.
Group Lunch
Join fellow attendees for a terrific lunch.
We’ve also built in time so you can visit with conference sponsors.
1:15–2:30 p.m.
Options to Finance Your Business • Panel members: Steve Carrier, Brember Bank; Brian Van Nevel, Spectrum; and Craig Hallett, WaterStreet Funding, LLC. Facilitated by Carlson Advisors

What is the best way to finance operations and growth for your company? There is no one right answer. Finding your top options can be a complicated process and depends on multiple factors. Learn from a panel of experts representing traditional banking roles, asset-based lending, and leasing, how your situation and plans best fit their financing options.
2:30–2:45 p.m.
Refreshment Break
2:45–4:00 p.m.
Lean Accounting Practices • Samantha Metcalf, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen

Learn how your printing company can take lean practices and principles from production and utilize them to develop new ways of reporting for management, helping to drive success through the entire organization.
4:00–4:15 p.m.
Refreshment Break
4:15–5:15 p.m.
PIFE Peer Exchange

Tuesday, April 14

7:00–8:00 a.m.
PIFE Peer Exchange Breakfast
8:15–8:30 a.m.
Managing for Improvement Award Presentation

The Managing for Improvement Award recognizes a manager in the printing industry who has created a real and lasting improvement for his or her company. Visit for more information
8:30–10:00 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: A Factory of One • Daniel Markovitz, Markovitz Consulting

Even if you’ve been applying Lean thinking to improve your business processes, you probably have overlooked waste in the way you work within these processes. Blending organizational and time management techniques with Lean concepts such as 5S, flow, and visual management is the secret to making sure you efficiently manage the most important resource of all—your managerial time.
10:00–10:15 a.m.
Refreshment Break
10:15–11:30 a.m.
Ecommerce, Sales Taxes, and Nexus • Panel Discussion with Matt Scott, Senior Tax Consultant, vJordan Inc., and Rob Younkers, Tax Partner, Carlson Advisors

Sales tax collection has been complicated by the explosion of Ecommerce. Many states are attempting to gain more tax revenue as the use of Web portals and the internet provides an appetizing new stream. Join Matt Scott and Rob Younkers to discuss the various challenges to your business in attempting to comply with the increasingly complex nexus rules.
11:30–12:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)
12:30 p.m.
Leave for Plant Tour: GLS Companies

Tour GLS Companies, a full service, multi-plant company offering a full range of integrated marketing services includes traditional and digital printing, creative services, variable data management and a full range of in-house mailing services. They offer highly sophisticated online web and emailing capabilities, branded promotional products and complete warehousing, inventory control and distribution services.

Transportation Provided. Those not going on the tour can attend CI Conference afternoon sessions. To see the CI Conference Schedule, please see
1:00–2:30 p.m.
GLS Companies
2:30 p.m.
Transportation to hotel or airport