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Welcome to Graphic Media Alliance


New Programs

We are always looking to add new and exciting programs to offer our members. Check out the latest offerings below.

NAM Health Insurance

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is committed to the continued success of you, who make things in America, and your employees. Thanks to the collaboration among NAM, Mercer and UnitedHealthcare, you can offer an easy and convenient, Fortune 500-type benefits buying and enrollment experience to your employees and their families: NAM Health Care. Check out the plans and get a FREE, no-obligation quote at: GMA.NAMHealthCare.com.

With NAM Health Care, member companies and their employees will have access to medical, dental, vision and life insurance built specifically for small to medium-sized manufacturers, offered through a simplified web-based platform. NAM Health Care utilizes UnitedHealthcare’s largest preferred provider organizations and Mercer’s Multiple Employer Solutions. Mercer’s Multiple Employer Solutions is a one-stop web-based onboarding solution that makes the benefits buying and enrollment experience easy for our members and their employees. 

Employee Enrollment And Engagement

Once you have signed up, Mercer’s technology-based enrollment system will provide a streamlined, easy-to-use shopping experience. In addition to clearly explaining the benefits available, the site provides guided shopping tools to help your employees select the most appropriate plans and benefits to fit their family's needs.

NAM Health Care Advantages For You

  • Customized plans built for your company
  • One-stop plan administration and issue resolution
  • Reduced administrative costs
  • Easy and simple web-based solution makes the buying and enrollment process easy

NAM Health Care Advantages For Your Employees

  • Competitive premiums
  • Flexible product options
  • Advocates dedicated to them
  • Access to UnitedHealthcare’s largest preferred provider organization networks

Enrollment is open! Get your free quote at: GMA.NAMHealthCare.com


Sales Vault

The Sales Vault is a resource for salespeople and selling owners in the Graphic Arts featuring live events, such as workshops and peer-to-peer discussions, downloadable sales tools such as prospecting letters and voicemail scripts, and 35+ years of archived training content organized by sales challenge and available on demand.

As a GMA member, you receive 30 days free followed by a discounted monthly rate of $30/participant. 

Other Vault resources:

  • NEW: Replays—Insider exclusive recordings of Office Hours sales discussions
  • Downloadable prospecting letters
  • One killer-good intro letter only the bravest of the brave send out
  • A downloadable voicemail script
  • 15 on-demand video sales courses
  • Archived sales content searchable by sales challenge

Activate Your Free Trial Today!


Project Peacock

The new Project Peacock Platform is a one-click destination for print customers and printers to discover the latest innovations that level up print marketing and connect directly with partners that can help them bring new possibilities to life. Supporting research and sample requests, it is designed to help print buyers, creatives, marketers, advertising agencies, brands, and students learn directly from the industry subject matter experts. The platform also makes it easy to connect with print service providers.

Print customers are actively looking for new partners and new ways to do things; printers are looking for new customers and new technology. Press and finishing manufacturers, paper, software, and marketing technology companies have the tools we need to move forward creatively and efficiently. This platform brings everyone together and provides an ecosystem for effective print communications. Why search Google when you can have access to everything you need on Project Peacock?

Gather more information, stay up-to-date on our Peacock Partners, and to register for FREE platform access and a FREE ticket to all live educational and networking events! 

Upcoming live presentations feature:

Project Peacock: PUBLISHING

September 9 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Project Peacock: POINT OF PURCHASE

November 11 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Check out Project Peacock!


Upcoming Webinars:

A Roadmap to Attracting Next-Generation Talent

Wednesday, July 28, 2021  |  12:30 ET | 90 Minutes | Cost: Free for members!
 
The importance of attracting a new generation of employees is a universal agreement in our printing industry.  However, what is not so clear are the tactics companies can use to educate young talent about the benefits of a career in printing – and then convince them to join. 

This Printing Industry Midwest webinar addresses these workforce development challenges directly. Our speaker lineup of established millennials in the industry will provide unique insight and practical steps towards overcoming these challenges and reaching success in establishing the future of your company’s workforce.

Hear why you'll want to attend this webinar!

Register Today!

thINK Webinar - USPS: Mail’s Dynamic Journey

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Members: Free, Non-Members: $95

We will explore the dynamic ways businesses can use mail as the foundational building block in omnichannel media campaigns. For brands and marketers, mail drives action across the customer journey. The Customer Journey is the key to understand customer expectations, experiences, and perceptions. And it helps businesses understanding how to engage more effectively at every touchpoint. Steve Monteith, Vice President of Marketing with the United States Postal Service, will share insights into the value of print and mail in today’s marketplace and provide details on the programs being deployed to feature the strengths of physical mail to drive results.  Attendees will gain new insights and learn how mail provides a solid return on their investment. Today’s mail can reach customers both physically and digitally, increase interaction and encourage faster response.

Register Today!


From the Chair

In any industry or profession, new birth, new products, new ideas, and even new people lead to continued growth. If we’re not growing, if we’re not introducing new blood to the mix of what we have, it will be difficult for us to continue our success. The lifecycle and growth of the graphics industry aren’t any different than any other lifecycle. Yes, printers come and go, but just because one shop may close it doesn’t mean the entire printing industry is not sustainable.

And while in the last ten years the number of printers has steadily consolidated, it should be noted that in those same ten years there has not been a significant decline in the overall number of impressions.

I would say the same can be said about our industry’s trade associations. While the number of associations has consolidated and will continue to do so in the near future, the consolidations have brought new blood to the mix, and the new blood has brought new programs, services, and comradery of industry leaders. Services are developed at the Affiliate level and address local needs, but are also shared nationally. These services cannot be created in the vacuum of a national online association with national goals and limited local input. 

Printing Industries of America (PIA) and Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA) merged in May 2020 to form PRINTING United Alliance (PrUA) and, as you have heard by now, there have been significant changes on the national level. While these changes are controversial, GMA will not lower our standards and change just to conform to national aspirations. As a separately incorporated association, GMA will continue our century-long partnership of providing local programming that meets the needs of our local members. We will, however, continue our partnership with the other 15-20 former Affiliates of PIA across the country. We have also recently initiated a membership with the National Association of Manufacturing, NAM. Through this membership, we are also introducing a new exciting health insurance program with NAM through United HealthCare, and a new Cyber Security Insurance option to provide coverage for smaller companies as well as mid-to-large companies in GMA.

So how did we get here you ask? In January, our Executive Committee participated in a presentation with PrUA President, Ford Bowers. Bowers laid out the future direction of PrUA. Contrary to the PIA-Affiliate relationship of the past, PrUA wants to be more directly in control of the day-to-day operation and direction of all of the affiliates, including GMA. PrUA believes in a national approach that is more virtual than ours and features the same services, brand identity, etc. for all Affiliates across the country. Bowers used McDonald’s as an example of his goal to create a national structure. PrUA’s demands would also require ceding our decision-making capability, revenue, and investments to PrUA for use on general industry projects. This approach would very quickly eliminate the local services and face-to-face networking on a statewide basis that has created our members’ bond and loyalty to GMA and between GMA members. Bower’s proposal could lower dues for some current members, however, PrUA would also charge for all of their speakers, iLearning, and other services in addition to dues.

While we believe in the concept of a united industry, our goal is to be the Tesla version of associations and not McDonald’s. We strive to be creative, innovative and work to provide the best solutions possible for our members. As one GMA Board member remarked, “We can do better than handing a cold hamburger out a drive-up window!” Therefore, your GMA board unanimously determined that the proposed structure presented by PrUA is not in the best interest of our members in Ohio, Michigan, and Northern Kentucky.

GMA has been in existence for over 100 years and our members’ commitment to our Association has been and continues to be excellent. A good example of this was when GMA members struggled throughout this past year from the impact of COVID. Those members continuously turned to us for guidance and pandemic-related information when online reports and data were inconsistent or incredibly difficult to comprehend. If we had not previously developed professional and personal relationships with our members, many would have been left attempting to navigate this incredibly difficult situation on their own. This is one of the strengths of GMA and our Affiliate structure and is not possible within a primarily virtual structure as Bowers proposed. An even more significant strength of GMA comes from the leadership of our board and regional councils. These industry leaders help identify and lead the development of relevant programs and services for our GMA members. The PrUA proposed structure virtually eliminates the value of our board and regional councils as well.

Our GMA team has been specifically organized to respond to your needs on a timely basis. As a result of this local strength, we do not rely on the services of a national organization. However, we continue to be open to working together with PrUA in the future.

While PIA did provide several benefits to our members, more than 80% of all services members utilize are local, and many, like the HR listserv and Wage + Benefits reports are managed in combination with our fellow Affiliates. Direct Partners like those listed at the bottom of our homepage are just some of our network of partners providing products and services, as well as discounts, for GMA members.

NAM is not our only new opportunity. Canon is adding thINK to our education offerings by providing pertinent monthly industry webinars to GMA’s educational programs. In addition to thINK, GMA will continue to present regular webinars and educational opportunities through our regional meetings and conferences. Networking is always rated as the top benefit of any association and GMA’s Print Week events and Leadership Conference and Golf, will not change. Deborah Corn, Mark Potter, Bill Farquharson, and David Mauro are already scheduled to present this year, and we will be adding other industry-leading speakers.

While we will miss working with PrUA, we have always had alternatives for the services they inherited from PIA. Our Board has determined that because of GMA’s self-sufficiency we can better use the dues we would pay PrUA to further support our members. We will continue to improve and create new programs and services as we have done for years.

Bowers did say that PrUA will compete with GMA and all of the Affiliates for your membership, and we expect them to reach out to you directly in the next several months. Please feel free to contact me, GMA’s President, Jim Cunningham, your BDD or your local Board Representative, for additional information and/or to clear up any miscommunication.

Again, thank you for your role in making GMA the best local association in the industry and I hope you are as excited as our Board and I are about the future of GMA and our industry!

Sincerely,

Tara Halpin, Chairperson Graphic Media Alliance

Owner/CEO Steinhauser, Inc.


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Thank you for your membership and continued support of Graphic Media Alliance.

Membership

Networking, education, insurance and buying programs are all common reasons for joining an industry’s association, but like any business decision, becoming a member of Graphic Media Alliance should be evaluated based on each company’s assessment of its potential Return On Investment (ROI) for its dues dollar. Of course, every membership needs to take into consideration intangible benefits including networking opportunities, fellowship with other graphic communications firms and having a trusted confidant at the Association’s office to discuss business issues.

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Meetings & Events

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Michigan Regional Council Meeting

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Latest News

07/20/2021

A Roadmap to Attracting Next-Generation Talent

GMA has partnered with Printing Industry Midwest to bring you this webinar on how to tackle the workforce challenge of attracting young talent to our industry. This webinar is free for members.


07/20/2021

2021 Wage + Benefits Survey

The Wage + Benefits Survey is now live and will close in August with the report being published in October! Use the Wage + Benefits report to recruit and retain an essential workforce!


07/20/2021

Bill Farquharson to Present at 2021 Leadership Conference

We are back to in-person events for our 2021 Leadership Conference September 12-13! We look forward to having Bill Farquharson present two sessions during the conference, one on Sunday and one on Monday.

Print Excellence Award Winners Gallery

Partners

Sponsorship materials are available here. 

For more information about sponsorship, please contact Association President, Jim Cunningham.