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Delivering the resources and support you need to help make your business more profitable and successful with Human Resources, Financial, Management, Environmental, Safety, Technical, Marketing, Sales and Operations consulting resources

PPI’s mission is to “deliver what it takes to support our members to becoming more successful and profitable in their businesses.” The PPI team of professionals are available to help build your company’s successful future. We understand that each member company is unique in size, market, capabilities, history, and goals. Our planning, sales, marketing, and operations programs will be designed to meet your specific needs.

A PPI Consultant will:

 – Assess your planning, sales, marketing, and/or operations needs. A preliminary one hour assessment is provided to member firms.
– Present you with the preliminary needs assessment and a full proposal of services recommended and associated costs.
– Upon accepting our proposal, PPI will provide you with a detailed schedule of the consulting services to be completed.You are your company’s leader and visionary.

Take the first step toward “what can be” by calling PPI today and exploring how we can be of assistance. You have a vision of what success looks like and a passion for building a healthy, prosperous business, but too often leaders fall victim to the “barrier trap.” They unwillingly let their team place roadblocks to success. A like-minded and visionary professional can help you dissolve the barriers and guide you in applying a consistent problem-solving formula. We want to team up with you to share the vision of what can be.  Contact me to get started on getting you the support you to need to become more profitable.

Kristin Baldwin, PPI Executive Director

Areas of consulting include:

environmental & safety

The Printing Industries of America Environmental, Health, and Safety Department is staffed with dedicated professionals who have extensive experience within the printing industry. 

The team has the necessary skills to deal with regulatory agencies and the rules that apply to printing operations. The EHS staff also has experience with green initiatives and sustainability in relation to how their application can benefit printers and address customer demands.

This unique combination presents a powerful resource to represent the graphic communications industry on a national level and provide accurate and timely answers, support, and assistance to PIA membership. The goal is to provide printers with effective and efficient assistance so they can concentrate on the business of doing business.
Stay up to date on all the industry environmental, health, and safety issues by joining the EHS listserv or by adding your name to the quarterly email bulletin.

 

financing & financial practices

Human Resources & Employment Law

Most printing companies do not have a person devoted 100% to human resources. So, the person responsible for HR is wearing many hats and may feel frustrated while staying on top of a plethora of laws and regulations, maintaining personnel policies, writing job descriptions, and managing complex benefit programs – not to mention, dealing with complex employee problems.

Our resources are extensive and include:

  • Employee handbook language, state posters, regs & more!
  • Annual Wage & Benefit Survey
  • Regular updates via the news feed and e-news from PIA
  • Quarterly HR webinars
  • Model job descriptions (over 70!) and performance appraisal forms
  • Employee Recognition Program tools
  • Help finding potential employees and employers through PPI Job Bank
  • HR Listservs connect you to other HR professionals – request to be added to Listservs
  • Staff support from HR professionals
  • Discounted 401K  Administration
  • Employment & Labor Lawyers for legal consultations 
And much more!

 

Management Operations

Improve your profits and your cash flows and enhance your business’ value, by identifying and addressing key operational issues in your firm. By adopting proven “best practices,” you will enhance the company’s financial position, and develop strategies designed to increase the value of your investment in your firm, both today and in the future.

Gerry Michael, CPA, CMA, MBA is the founder of GA Michael & Company, PS, a West Coast CPA and consulting firm created solely to serve firms in the Printing and Graphic Arts industries, and has been working with printers since 1984. Gerry can provide a critical independent view of your firm’s strengths and weaknesses, and help you to develop, and to implement, a plan to build on the strengths, while addressing the weaknesses in a proactive manner. In this way he works to help printing firms develop meaningful strategic improvement plans to enhance long-term success.

Gerry Michael ~ PPI Financial Management Consultant
 
206-310-1119

gerrymichael47@gmail.com
www.themanagementguys.com

marketing

You are keenly aware of the importance of effective communication. After all, it is your business to provide your clients with printed communications that meet or exceed their quality expectations. But, how effective are you at presenting YOUR company image and service capabilities in your collateral, website, social media and print advertising, and do you have a marketing strategy that supports your growth goals? Your brand is critical to your success. How it is perceived, consistently applied, leveraged, and how it evolves will have a significant impact on new client acquisition and customer retention.

Jules Van Sant, is a visionary and leader in the print industry. As the association’s Executive Director ex officio and now executive consultant, Jules has championed the region with forward-thinking strategies for sustainability. Her high profile presence on national task forces, committees, and industry networking initiatives, plus her business and marketing acumen have positioned Jules as a leader and inspiration catalyst for the visual communications industry.

Jules Vansant ~ PPI Marketing Services Consultant

503-267-1905

jules@bubblehatch.com
www.bubblehatch.com

 

operational excellence

A fresh pair of eyes can quickly assess a problem that has eluded your staff for months. Couple that with an extensive depth of experience rarely found in the printing industry, and you have a resource as good as gold.
PPI & Printing Industries of America Operations Consulting is focused on your bottom line – improved efficiency, quality, and service. We understand the barriers you face and the challenges all printing companies experience on a daily basis. Many long term employees have never seen another pressroom floor and do not have the opportunity to expand their experience in problem resolution. Engaging our Operations consultant resources could be the most significant forward step that you take in your company’s growth strategy. Whether your goal is to resolve a specific production problem, improve overall efficiency, implement and train staff on G7 or any of our other services, you will realize a long term gain on your investment.

 

sales

The PPI sales consulting professionals will seamlessly integrate with your team to assess needs, strengths, and opportunities. One-on-one and/or team training will deliver innovative planning skills and unique and effective sales tools. Every sales organization can benefit from professional coaching to refresh and build new skills, energize the team, increase “wins” in landing big contracts, improve time efficiency, and increase revenues from new clients and expanded accounts. 

Lisa Magnuson, founder of Top Line Sales LLC, is an expert in strategic sales, sales marketing, and revenue building. She is a qualified trainer, a sales coach, an innovative planner, and a published author. Drawing upon her years of professional training and certifications in sales, sales management, change management, and total quality management, Lisa teaches sales teams how to optimize their potential.

Lisa Magnuson ~ PPI Sales Consultant

503-753-5209
TopLineSales12@gmail.com 
www.TopLineSales.com

 

technical consulting

The Center for Technology and Research is known for cutting-edge technical and educational resources. It is a vital source for the graphic communications industry and helps business owners resolve problems, improve their processes, adopt new technologies, and boost performance and efficiency.

Technical experts from Printing Industries of America’s Center for Technology and Research have decades of hands-on experience solving production, management, and strategic issues. When you call on us to help you solve a problem or overcome a challenge, our experts work with you to provide unbiased, solid recommendations and solutions.

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