Keynote Speakers

In today’s challenging climate, the industry applauds inspirational leaders who stand out by creating a successful vision and direction for their companies. The keynote speakers are leaders within the industry and will address their view of the industry, their business models, solutions, and how they address challenges in today’s economy.

Craig Faust
President, Commercial & Specialty
Quad/Graphics Inc.
Faust has more than 25 years of management and leadership experience in the graphic arts industry. In his current role as President of Commercial & Specialty for Quad/Graphics, he oversees a network of facilities that provide commercial products and services including short-run books, catalogs and directories, marketing collateral, print-on-demand, custom publications, specialty binding, and point of purchase materials to customers.



Michael Komasinski
President, Group Managing Director
Schawk Retail Marketing
Schawk Retail Practice has been partnering with retailers to develop brands and brand experiences that change the
competitive landscape. With unparalleled access and control in the shopping experience, today’s retailers have an unprecedented opportunity to command brand loyalty and share-of-cart. Komasinski will address how Schawk delivers stellar brand strategy, brand development, retail strategy, and retail consulting for top brands worldwide.




Michael Makin
President & CEO
Printing Industries of America
Makin was appointed President and CEO of Printing Industries of America on August 1, 2002. Born and raised in Montréal, Canada, Mr. Makin attended Carleton University in Ottawa where graduated with honors with a degree in Journalism in 1986. He also holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix. After a brief stint as a reporter and public affairs officer with the Canadian government, he began his career in association management 20 years ago.

Prior to joining Printing Industries of America, Makin was President of the Canadian Printing Industries Association and for almost 10 years served as an executive with the Canadian Construction Association. He serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Graphic Arts Show Corporation as well as Secretary to the Graphic Arts Educational Research Foundation. He is also President of the Printing and Graphics Scholarship Trust Fund (PGSF), an organization which provides $400,000 in scholarships each year to students entering the graphic arts industry. In 2005, Makin was honored with the Earl Sundeen Award for contributions to education by the International Graphics Arts Education Association (IGAEA). In 2006 he was named a member of the Ben Franklin Honor Society.

Makin is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives. He is a former National President of the Carleton University Alumni Association and a past Governor and Senator of the University.



Volker Petersen
President & CEO
Brown Printing Companies

Volker has worked in various roles in almost every Brown and Gruner + Jahr printing facility throughout the United States and Germany. As president and CEO of Brown, Volker works with customers and employees to continuously
enhance Brown’s service portfolio to deliver first class and value-added solutions to their customers. Brown Printing Companyproudly serves America’s premier publishers, catalogers and retailers with magazine printing, catalog printing, pre-media, distribution, and value-added services.




Bob Sacks

A veteran of the printing/publishing industry since 1970, Bob Sacks (aka BoSacks) is a publishing industry consultant and president of The Precision Media Group ( He also is co-founder of mediaIDEAS (, a company providing research and guidance to the paginated media industry, with leading expertise in digital, mobile, social research and consulting. Bob is also publisher and editor of Heard on the Web, an international, daily e-newsletter that delivers pertinent industry news to a diverse publishing community of over 11,750 media industry leaders. It is the longest running e-newsletter in the world.





Matt Steinmetz

Matt Steinmetz, Publisher, North American Publishing Co., is Publisher of Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines – North America’s leading b2b brands covering the book and magazine publishing industries. He also directs the annual Publishing Business Conference & Expo in New York City, which is the largest trade show in North America serving both book and magazine publishers.





Published on Thursday, March 10, 2011 (updated 05/30/2014)

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