Join TACUP in Austin October 11!
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The Texas Association of College and University Printers (TACUP) meets in Austin for their annual conference October 11 - 14, 2009, and you’re invited! Come be a part of this collaboration of printing professionals from around the state, as we discuss industry trends and innovations amidst Texas’ vibrant capital city.
The TACUP organization began in 1977 as an annual meeting of university in-plant printing directors and managers, and it has grown into one of the most valuable and respected experiences out there for Texas-based printers. Both TACUP and its national counterpart, the Association of College and University Printers (ACUP), are informal organizations with no dues or bylaws. If you are not a member of either of these organizations, you will automatically become a member by attending the TACUP 2009 Conference.
Huge networking and benchmarking opportunities await you in 2009, and The University of Texas at Austin and the Live Music Capital of the World will provide an ideal setting in which to mingle with friends old and new. You will benefit from open forums on a variety of issues facing in-plant print and mail operations, including equipment, vendors, funding, processes, employee relations, and more. Whether you are from a large university or a community college or trade school, this conference offers events that are just right for you, and we are confident that you will come away with a wealth of knowledge and new resources. We look forward to seeing you in Austin!
TACUP Mission: To maintain a communications network of printing professionals in an academic environment where ideas are discussed, solutions are found and vision and knowledge are shared for the purpose of delivering economical, convenient and quality business services to TACUP customers.
TACUP 2009 was a tremendous success. Both our vendors and participants had a fantastic time networking and sharing experiences. See you next year!
First, I love the opportunity to get to know the individuals we are either working with presently, or hope to in the future. Secondly, higher education is a very attractive market for everything Neopost produces, from software solutions to hardware products. Many of these schools already use our paper handling inserters or addressing systems, or are discussing the need to begin using them. Having the time to share with the members in the evening is every bit as important as the exhibit hall time during the day. Finally, participating in some of the seminar sessions also increases my knowledge base and provides an insight into some of their thoughts.
LOL and LOF (Lots of Learning and Lots of Fun) was had by all who attended TACUP in Austin. HP see’s TACUP as a strong organization that shares openly with all who attend, even if they do not hail from the great state of Texas (like myself). Anytime that HP can sponsor an event to further our relationship with our existing customers and talk with many others that are thinking about taking the big step of a Production Digital Solution for their shop is a great event indeed.
As we go forward into 2010 many vendors including HP will have to make some real tough decisions around all the events that we sponsor across the nation to ensure continued support of the industry associations, but to also ensure HP is strategically spending money where there is clearly value from participating. TACUP will continue to be an event that HP will strive to participate in each year.
To Richard Beto’s team who were actively involved, and those behind the scenes that contributed to the success of yet another awesome event — my congratulations. I am sure with all the support and help that the membership gives next years event will be just as successful.
Ron Shepard, HP
Ricoh continues to support the smaller conferences like TACUP because it provides us with face-to-face interaction with decision-makers and those with influence, not only at their respective institutions, but throughout the in-plant industry. The smaller venues provide a more intimate setting to really get to know the wants and needs of these printing professionals. Creating goodwill with the participants is the first step to earn their trust and build long-lasting, mutually-beneficial relationships.
Mike Loyd, Marketing Manager, Ricoh Americas Corporation PPBG
On behalf of Pitney Bowes State and Local Government Group I would like to thank the TACUP organization and their 2009 staff for the opportunity to participate in this year’s conference in Austin. Pitney Bowes has and will continue to dedicate a great deal of resources in support of our Higher Education clients nationally. As a company we also recognize the value of participating in local and regional events such as TACUP in order to enhance our understanding of the issues facing the print to mail operations of these respective markets. Participating in a conference with a smaller group of attendees like this year’s event at UT Austin affords vendors like Pitney Bowes the opportunity to focus more on individual networking with attendees and also a little more time to join in the educational meetings and seminars. All in all I would say that the TACUP group and this year’s sponsor provided vendors with a good experience, fine accommodations and another opportunity to extend good business relations.
Bill Zama, Pitney Bowes Inc.
My company supports conferences like TACUP because we see the tremendous value College and University Printers provide to our industry. The value is in reducing overall print costs, having immediate and on demand services while ensuring consistent high quality printing and for the students and administration.
Chris Travis, Director of Technology, KBA North America, Inc.
While I understand the thinking that in this economy, with travel and budget restrictions, there are too many conferences and perhaps we should combine, I also feel that each conference has its own personality and value. In some respects, I get more value from the smaller conferences because I feel I can interact more one-on-one with the attendees.
Theresa Hatcher, Vernon Company
This also was Texas State University’s first time at TACUP and it won’t be our last. The presentations were great and informative. We came back with new knowledge on how to better our Print & Mail Services. The best part was how nearly all the in-plant shop there, had same or different better ways of servicing their customers. Look forward to the next one!!!
Bobby Espinoza, Texas State University Print & Mail Services
Although we are not a university or college I am glad we were invited by OCE — one of our venders.
The topics were appropriate as they related to the challenges we face in the printing industry and the difficult economic climate we find ourselves in. Net working helps us to see what others are doing. We are able to assess both what we are doing well and where improvements can be made.
Briefly, two things that I benefited from were, 1] reporting information that has relevance and 2] expanding our scanning services as well as other revenue streams.
We are also looking at purchasing some equipment and I was able to make some good contacts with a few of the venders.
I feel this was a good investment of time and money and hope to be able to attend next year.
Ruben Barraza, Manager, Print & Mail Services, North East I.S.D., San Antonio
I’m glad I got to attend TACUP because, It’s a great place to exchange ideas with other peers and keep up with the ever changing printing market
Attending TACUP helps me, see what other in-plants are doing in serving their customers, plus it is always nice to see old friends and meet some new ones.
This was my first TACUP conference, and I really enjoyed it. I just joined the Texas State Print Shop in June, so I’m very new to the industry. This conference answered a lot of the questions I had without having to ask them and gave me ideas to increase profitability and efficiency at our own shop.
I look forward to the next conference.
Cortney Akers, Texas State University Print & Mail Services
Thanks to you and all your wonderful staff for a great conference. It definitely ranks as one of the top three TACUP Conferences I’ve attended; and I’ve been to a total of 25 during my tenure. Well done, my friends!!!
Jimmy Friend, Director, Printing/Eagle Images/Mail Services, University of North Texas
I’m glad I got to attend TACUP because nothing compares to an opportunity to share knowledge with your peer group. Attending TACUP helps me to get a wider perspective on specific in-plant opportunities. It provides an interaction with other in-plant managers and a very casual atmosphere for conversation with vendors who are currently solving problems in our industry.
W. Mike Spears, Director Internal Services, Lamar University