Expo 411: Nurturing Industry Ties and Gaining Competitive Edge
The PRINTING United Expo — October 18-20 in Atlanta — is quickly approaching, and attendees are gearing up for a week of learning, networking, and inspiration. As a lead-up to the Expo, we are sharing a series of Q&A interviews featuring attendees from a variety of backgrounds sharing why they are attending the PRINTING United Expo, what they hope to learn, and what excites them about the upcoming event.
Mike Hobgood, President
St. Louis, MO
The RMX Network is an alliance of independent print providers specializing in wide-format applications. They equip its members with educational resources, sales and business training, marketing solutions, cultivation of vendor partnerships, and a global network of trusted print collaborators.
WFI: What made you decide to attend this year's Expo?
Hobgood: Nurturing industry ties is vital for the RMX Network. PRINTING United, being the largest print exhibition, is essential for engaging fellow industry leaders, spotting trends, and strengthening our ecosystem. As RMX members connect and share valuable insights post-event it gives a real competitive advantage to have 100+ sets of eyes and ears working to make member companies successful.
WFI: What brings you back to the Expo year after year?
Hobgood: It's an indispensable event that traditionally aids in staying ahead of the curve. Experiencing the latest advancements, diverse brands, and innovative trends/services positions the RMX Network at the forefront of markets they serve.
WFI: What products, brands, or services are you most looking forward to seeing?
Hobgood: Partners like Canon, Commercial Capital, EFI, Glantz, Grimco, HP, Print IQ, Sepialine, and others. They are consistent in translating trends into actionable insights that help RMX members make informed decisions and stay competitive. We are also on the lookout for anything that aids in gaining insights into the industry's trajectory.
WFI: How do you plan and make the most of your time at the Expo?
Hobgood: Doors open to doors closed, we're discussing and collaborating with RMX Members on what their goals are. Time management, meticulous review of the event layout, and exhibitor prioritization are all factors.
Denise Gustavson is the Editorial Director and Special Projects Editor for the Printing & Packaging Group, which includes Printing Impressions, packagePRINTING, In-plant Graphics and Wide-Format Impressions magazines, among other brands. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Wide-Format Impressions.