Thursday, September 19

(all times are preliminary and subject to change)

8:30 – 8:45 Convention Welcome
Co-Chairs: Susan January, Leanin’ Tree & Dave Phipps, Avanti Press
 
8:45 – 9:00 GCA President’s Opening Remarks
Speaker: Carlos Llanso, Legacy Publishing
 
9:00 – 10:00 Session TBD  
10:00 – 10:15 Break  
10:15 – 11:15 Greeting Cards in the Key Account Channel
Speaker: Sadie Piller, Paper Source
 
11:15 – 12:15 Greeting Cards & the Independent Retailer – Q & A with 5 Naples/Ft. Myers Retailers  
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch On Your Own  
1:30 – 2:00 *NOTED Expo – Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities
Speakers: George White, Up With Paper & John Smyth, A Smyth Co 
 
2:00 – 3:00 The Inklings Story
Speaker: Lindsay Henry, Inklings Paperie
 
3:30 – 4:30  Ask the Mentors — Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About the Industry But Were Too Afraid to Ask!  

 

Friday, September 20

(all times are preliminary and subject to change)

8:30 – 8:45 Day Two Announcements
Co-Chairs: Susan January, Leanin’ Tree & Dave Phipps, Avanti Press
 
8:45 – 10:00 Greeting Card Trends from Across the Pond – Greeting Card trends from the UK Market and how they influence the category in the US.
Speaker: Amanda Ferguson, Executive Director of UK Greeting Card Association
 
10:00 – 11:00 Sales, Customer and Product Data – How to Gather, Interpret and Use your Data to Improve Your Business Performance  
11:00 – 11:15 Break  
11:15 – 12:15 The Dating Game:  Meet Your Perfect Supplier Match through Speed Dating with the Associates  
12:15 – 1:30  Lunch Break  
1:30 – 2:30 Sales Management Strategies – How to Find, Hire & Keep Your Sales Reps
Speakers: Tim Hampton, Leanin’ Tree & Tim Cross, Legacy Publishing
 
2:30 – 3:30 Postal Update
Speaker: USPS
 
3:30 – 4:00 Ask the Executive Committee/State of the Industry Q & A Panel