Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

October 14-17, 2018

The 43nd Annual Southeastern University Printing & Digital Managers Conference

2017 Conference Highlights

The 2017 edition of our conference continued in the tradition of the past 41 years with timely topics and a wealth of time for peer-to-peer conversations…..along with some free time to see the area’s popular sites.


Please join us in 2018 in Daytona Beach, FL


2017 Speakers & Sessions


SUPDMC Session – The MTSU Story & Marketing Your Department: Andrew Oppmann, host MTSU’s VP for Marketing & Communications, oversees the University’s department of Printing Services. He has been a staunch supporter of the department and a driving force behind the department’s transition to the digital-printing arena, as well as the launching of the highly-popular Blue Print Solutions site at the Student Union. He will speak on two topics in his session: (1) the MTSU Story and (2) marketing your department’s services. As a former Gannett official, he has a broad background in marketing and communications. (We will also tour MTSU Printing Services this week.)


SUPDMC Session – Featured Guest: Morris Dennis, a witty 90+ years old, has plenty to share and every word is worth listening to. Dennis is the founder of Dennis Paper Co. in Nashville and still goes to work every day. Over his long career, he has seen it all in our graphic arts industry, from the letterpress to the offset press to the digital press…..and he has a story for each era. He is a widely acclaimed leader in the independent paper merchant industry. But, his story also includes his tour with the U.S. Navy at the Normandy invasion and a touching encounter with a starving young French girl. This is a “can’t miss” session.


SUPDMC Session – Leveraging In-Plant and Outside Vendor Partnerships: Vic Barkin has learned a lot over his 30-year printing career and has a lot to share with this year’s conference. The former Northern Arizona University printing services leader, will speak about leveraging our partnerships with vendors. As we all know, this can be a tricky proposition, but it can be very fruitful if approached correctly. Vic also has aided our industry with a wide range of consultations and audits.


SUPDMC Session – Building a Strategic Plan/Justifying your Existence & Retooling to meet Demand:  Sean Carroll, Vanderbilt’s Director of Business Operations, directs the day-to-day operations from his office in Vandy’s Printing Services. He joined Vanderbilt in in 2011 and has seen his department continue to grow in a highly-competitive urban Nashville printing environment. Prior to joining Vandy, Sean was in operations/management with FedEx Office. He will speak about “building a strategic plan/justifying your existence” from first-hand experience at Vanderbilt and “retooling to meet demand”, which he is also presently doing at Vandy. (We will also tour Vanderbilt Printing Services this week.)


SUPDMC Session – A “Potpourri” Roundtable Discussion: Here we will explore topics attendees want to discuss. We all spend a lot of time listening at conferences. But, we all know we have a lot to share! Here’s your chance to speak (!!), share ideas and ask questions of your fellow conference attendees.


SUPDMC Session – Platinum Sponsor SC Logic: In this session, we will learn a great deal about the world of innovative campus logistics software systems that leverage the latest barcode scanning, printing, mobile computing and wireless technologies. The company, founded in 1996, has thousands of enterprise, government and university users around the world.


SUPDMC Session – Diversify!!: In 2016, Western Carolina University showed us first-hand many diversified avenues to creating profitable revenue for your operation. But, if you are like me, I want to know more! WCU Director of Printing & Mailing Services Tom Frazier will give us some vital details of how he created such a successfully-diverse operation on his campus and open up the session for attendees to share some of their “winning” services. (Be ready to chime in and share!)


SUPDMC Session – Building a Network of Clients: As featured on the cover of In-Plant Graphics, Tammy Golden and her team handle the printing needs for the State of Tennessee. From her post as an Asst. Commissioner in the State of Tennessee administration, she has created the Tennessee Government Printing Alliance in a move to direct more and more State printing to sister operations at State entities like UT-Knoxville, MTSU and etc. Her vision will appeal to everyone in challenging us to look beyond our walls for opportunities.


SUPDMC Session – Retirement and other timely topics: A SUPDMC friend for many years, Gary Williford will take time to lead a conversation on retirement and other timely topics that may arise. Gary served as Director of Graphic Arts Service at the University of Tennessee for 35 years.


2017 Sessions & Tours Agenda


Sunday, Oct. 15

3 – 5:30 p.m.   Registration

6 p.m.   Reception

9 p.m.   Night-time Networking: Suite 230


Monday, Oct. 16

6 – 9:30 a.m.  Breakfast

8 a.m.   Registration

8 a.m.   Vendor Set-up

9 a.m.   Session 1: MTSU’s Andrew Oppmann

10 a.m.    Vendor Fair

11 a.m.   Session 2: Featured Guest – Morris Dennis

Noon   Lunch (PIAS’ Ed Chalifoux)

1 p.m.   Session 3: Vic Barkin

2 p.m.    Session 4: Vanderbilt’s Sean Carroll

3 p.m.   Vendor Fair

4 p.m.    Session 5: Potpourri of Topics Discussed

5:30 p.m.   Embassy Suites’ Manager’s Reception

6:30 p.m.   Dinner

9 p.m.   Night-time Networking: Suite 230


Tuesday, Oct. 17

6 – 9:30 a.m.   Breakfast

9 a.m.   Host Comments, Updates

9:30 a.m.   Session 6: Platinum Sponsor SC Logic

10:30 a.m.   Vendor Fair & Drawings/Must be present to win

Noon   Lunch

1 p.m.   Session 7: Western Carolina’s Tom Frazier

2 p.m.    Session 8: State of Tennessee’s Tammy Golden

3:30 p.m. Board bus to tour Middle Tennessee State University Printing Services’ 2 campus sites

4 p.m. Tour MTSU Printing Services

6 p.m.    Dinner at Murfreesboro’s B. McNeel’s Rest.

9 p.m.   Night-time Networking: Suite 230

Wednesday, Oct. 18

6 – 9:30 a.m.  Breakfast

9 a.m.    Session 9: Gary Williford

10 a.m.    SUPDMC Business Session

11 a.m.   Board bus to Nashville

11 a.m.    Lunch on bus

Noon   Tour Vanderbilt University Printing Service

1:45 p.m.   Tour Grand Ole Opry’s Ryman Auditorium

5 p.m.   Dinner at Nashville’s Old Spaghetti Factory

8:30 p.m.   Depart for Murfreesboro Embassy Suites

9:30 p.m.   Night-time Networking: Suite 230


Thursday, Oct. 19

6 – 9:30 a.m.  Breakfast

11 a.m.   Check-out


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