First-Ever LeadingPRINT CEO Summit to Tackle “Overcoming What Sucks About Your Business”

Slated for October 4 at PRINT®19

Reston, Va. The Association for Print Technologies (APTech) is launching its inaugural LeadingPRINT CEO Summit at PRINT®19, the print industry’s longest running and most comprehensive event (October 3-5, McCormick Place North, Chicago) with the provocative theme of “Overcoming What Sucks About Your Business.” 

The summit will take place on October 4 from noon to 1:30 p.m. and feature a panel of leading CEOs who are successfully navigating today’s difficult industry landscape: Jon Buddington, CEO, More Vang; Gina Danner, CEO, NextPage, and Tom Moe, president, Daily Printing. The moderator will be Mark Potter, CEO, Conduit. 

“We’re looking forward to a frank discussion on how other print industry leaders can overcome the harsh realities of running a business,” says Thayer Long, president, APTech. “An open forum centered on staffing, insurance, regulations, cash flow, and evolving technologies will hopefully open minds to new ways of running and improving businesses.”

“The industry isn’t going back to the way it was, but I believe there is a bright future for print. It isn’t going to be delivered to us on a silver platter, we’re going to have to deliver it to ourselves,” said Jon Budington, CEO, More Vang.

The LeadingPRINT CEO Summit is an extension of the organization’s LeadingPRINT magazine and content platform into live events and is designed to bring insight, tools, best-practices, and entrepreneurial success stories to a wider and more diverse audience. 

“The panelists at this Summit are on the ‘A’ list of forward-thinking print service creators,” said Mark Potter, CEO, Conduit. “Each brings a unique methodology to how they have continued to build a business in a contracting industry, and they’ve each committed to talking about what makes running a print business suck and why they still love it.”

“Let’s be honest, in our industry it’s easier to look back fondly at the Good Old Days than to constantly be adapting to today’s challenges. All of our programs, from LeadingPRINT to the upcoming PRINT®19, are all about looking forward,” says Long.

PRINT®19, the industry’s signature event, will feature an array of printing equipment and technology and 80+ educational sessions including hands-on labs, creating the nexus of critical business-building and networking that drives revenue growth across the industry’s entire $80 billion value chain. 

Those looking to learn more about the LeadingPRINT CEO Summit can contact Long at

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