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A Town Hall Discussion on Top Postal Issues for PSPs and Mailers
In a year that’s walloped all of us in one way or another, the U.S. Postal Service is on a particularly bumpy ride. Already cash-strapped, the USPS has taken a huge revenue hit because of the pandemic, as marketing mail, which makes up over 50% of mail volume, slowed to a crawl with the economy. Without tapping a federal loan, they were in danger of bottoming out by September. The new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, promises to “pivot” and bring the USPS to financial stability, but some of these cost-saving measures, like reductions in overtime, could result in slower mail delivery – potentially bad news for any business reliant on timely delivery of mail and the printing and mail service companies that support them.
Of course, that’s just part of the story. Join us for a “town hall”-style online meeting, led by postal affairs expert, Leo Raymond, Managing Director of Mailers Hub, to discuss the biggest postal issues that will impact on our industry. How will the Postmaster General’s proposed USPS budget cuts impact service? Will rates increase again? Is the USPS headed toward privatization? What would that mean for you and your business?
A group of mail and print practitioners will join Leo on the program, including:
Arthur B. Sackler, Executive Director, National Postal Policy Council
Julie Hennek, Vice President, Sales, Bolger
Rose Flanagan, Manager of Postal Strategies & Logistics for Data-Mail
Kurt Ruppel, Director Postal Policy and Marketing Communications at IWCO Direct
Angelo Anagnostopoulos, VP Postal Affairs at Grayhair
We're expecting a very lively discussion. You can take part too! When you register for this free event, you’ll be able to pose your postal-related questions – they’ll be asked during the session. You can also ask questions live during the live program. Take part in the discussion and gain critical insight into the top postal issues that will have an impact on your print or mailing business.
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August 25, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
Leo Raymond is Managing Director of Mailers Hub, an information resource for commercial mail producers and other companies in the commercial mailing community. His expertise draws from five decades’ experience in postal affairs and related mailing issues. He previously was Director, Postal and Member Engagement, for Idealliance, based in Alexandria, Virginia; before that, he was VP for Postal and Member Relations for legacy Epicomm and its predecessor associations. In those positions, he represented the associations at USPS Headquarters, served the associations’ members nationwide regarding general postal questions, mailing problems, and related government issues, and supported the associations’ chapter- and conference-based educational programs. Leo joined then-MFSA in March 2003 upon his retirement from a career with the US Postal Service that spanned over 35 years.
Angelo Anagnostopoulos, is Vice President, VP Postal Affairs at GrayHair Software, working with clients to help them maximize their postal operations, develop compliance best practices and provide guidance on a wide variety of postal issues and regulations. He sits on major postal industry groups including the Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) and is currently the industry leader for Enterprise Analytics and Data Usage. With over 25 years’ experience with some of the largest companies in the industry, Angelo has extensive expertise in postal affairs and software development for the mailing, parcel, and transportation industries, and the connectivity of computer systems for electronic data exchange using proprietary, US, and International industry standards.
As Manager of Postal Strategies and Logistics for Data-Mail, Inc, Rose Flanagan’s role is to plan, implement and manage postal programs and initiatives to reduce postage costs and achieve reliable postal delivery. She also implements USPS programs, assists in participation of USPS Promotions, guides understanding of USPS rules and regulations or any other postal updates both internally and with Data-Mail’s clients. Rose has over 40 years of experience in the mailing industry working in postal affairs, production, scheduling, client relations and logistics. Although employed in mailing operations she has actively participated in software and print conferences which enhanced her ability to seamlessly integrate postal requirements early in production process. As an active industry participant Rose currently represents Delivery Technology Advocacy Council (DTAC) on the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) serving as Industry Leader for Customer Experience, Product Innovation and Marketing Services, serves as Chairman of the Board of the Association for Postal Commerce (PostCom), and speaks at postal and industry events.
Julie loves to make things happen and believes planning and working the plan is just as effective for producing print and technology as it is for advancing in life or in business. She has 45 plus years of experience in graphic arts and print. Her expertise is in creative engineering, handling complex multi-faceted projects, process development, production, and maintaining and growing long-term relationships. Bolger has all of the technology, equipment and service but it’s the people Julie works with that makes the difference! Julie is driven by the passion she puts into her work and her belief in her colleagues at Bolger is as strong as her commitment to others. She credits the people she works with for helping achieve her client’s goals. Julie’s role as Vice President – National Sales focuses on Bolger’s expertise in the Higher Education, Financial Services and Agribusiness’ markets. Her leadership skills allow her to orchestrate all facets of business needs from client communications, process development, account direction within the Bolger organization, production process through invoice requirements.
Kurt Ruppel is Director Postal Policy and Marketing Communications at IWCO Direct. He is a 38-year veteran of the direct mail industry and IWCO Direct’s resident expert on postal regulations. He also serves as vice-chair of the Envelope Manufacturers Association (EMA) board of directors and represents the EMA on the Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) where he is the MTAC Industry Track Leader for Marketing Mail Letters. Kurt serves on the board of the Delivery Technology Advocacy Council (DTAC) and the member engagement and education committee for Association for Postal Commerce (PostCom). He is a frequent speaker and author on issues related to the impact of postal policies and technologies on direct mail marketing.
Art Sackler is the Principal of Sackler Brinkmann & Hughes LLC (SBH), an advocacy and law firm. He has had an in-depth career strategizing and implementing public policy positions before federal and state governments, as well as internationally. Prior to SBH, he was a Principal in Ford & Huff LC, Vice President/Law and Public Policy for Time Warner Inc., General Counsel to the National Newspaper Association and had run his own policy firm. He has managed, and led the government relations programs of, trade associations and coalitions, among them the National Postal Policy Council, the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service, the Interactive Travel Services Association, Open Allies for Airfare Transparency, the Mailers Council, and the Coalition to Preserve the American Copyright Tradition, as well as having been a representative to many others. He has served on US Government Delegations and Advisory Committees concerning intellectual property, services, trade, privacy, and postal affairs. He held key positions with both the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue and the Global Business Dialogue on e-Commerce. He has a BA and JD from Syracuse University, and an LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.