Welcome to Graphic Media Alliance
Welcome to Graphic Media Alliance (GMA)! GMA is a community of over 250 leading graphic communications companies throughout Ohio, Michigan and northern Kentucky.
It is our goal to provide programs, offer services and promote an environment that assists you to improve your company’s profitability and adapt to the future. To that end, we have the combination of a terrific staff, excellent programs and the backing of over fifteen affiliated associations across the country including multiple graphic industry groups. We also offer many excellent programs and cost-saving plans to help support your business. GMA is proud to work with many of the most highly regarded technical and management associations in the industry.
Thank you for your membership and continued support of Graphic Media Alliance.
2022 Welcome Reception and Awards Ceremony
Join GMA and Americas Printing Association Network (APAN) for an evening celebration as we welcome APS22 attendees and honor the best in print in our area and across the United States and Canada!
We will start the welcome reception at 5 pm as the APS22 exhibits close for the evening. Our live DJ will rev up classic favorites and current hits to draw attendees in to share in the party before leaving for the day. Once inside the reception space, we’ll have a cash (credit card) bar and share complimentary appetizers. This will be open to everyone who is attending APS22.
Guests may register to attend the VIP awards celebration which will follow at 6 pm. This portion of the evening includes a buffet dinner along with seats for GMA’s Grand Ceremony and the inaugural Americas Print Awards presentation. Registered guests will also receive two complimentary drink tickets for the reception.
After the awards presentations conclude, we will open up the space, turn the music volume back up and kick off an after party!
Print Excellence Awards - Call for Entries
The 2023 PEA competition officially kicks off on September 1, 2022, but we're happy to accept entries early. We'll even pick them up and store them for you. Just let us know that you have entries ready, and we'll take care of the rest.
GMA’s first ever FOREtheWIN Workforce Development Challenge was a huge success! We had 20 students from 10 different schools across Michigan in attendance. These schools included: Brighton High School, Ferris State University, Jackson Area Career Center, Michigan State University, Oakland Schools Technical Campus-NW, Oakland Schools Technical Campus -SE, Oakland Schools Technical Campus -SW, Saline High School, Walled Lake Northern High School and Western Michigan University.
The students were all eager to meet current print professionals and they had great conversations about the industry. It was great to see their faces light up as they talked about future opportunities and what they have learned so far in their programs.
We had six member companies send representatives to connect with the students. These member companies were: ArborOakland Group, Handy Bindery, McNaughton & Gunn, Print Bind Ship (formerly Mel Printing), ULitho and Wolverine Solutions Group.
It was wonderful to have a variety of companies who offer different services within the print industry. This gave students an opportunity to see the different facets of the industry and learn about different opportunities. All of our representatives were excited to have meaningful conversations about their companies, what they do and what they are looking for in future employees.
Several companies brought in samples of what they produce, and the students were thrilled to have a chance to touch and engage with the various products in real-time.
Joe Carte with Specialty Print Communications, who was an event sponsor, welcomed the students to the event and told them about his history in the industry and what opportunities await them.
Congratulations to the winning group, the students!
Thank you again to all of our sponsors! This event could not have been successful without your continued support of GMA and the future of the industry!
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
Cary Sherburne of What They Th!nk previews the upcoming Americas Print Show 2022, scheduled for August 17–19 in Columbus, Ohio, which will offer an opportunity for commercial printing professionals to once again gather in person after a long pandemic hiatus.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 17, 2022, is the kickoff for the inaugural Americas Print Show! Check out the schedule and plan the sessions you want to attend. Registration is still available!
We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at our Welcome Reception & Grand Ceremony!! Join GMA and other members of the Americas Printing Association Network for a welcome reception followed by an awards ceremony on Wednesday, August 17 beginning at 5pm.