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Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

SGIA Academic Conference

Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N115

Friday, September 16
8:00–8:45 am
State of Technology: The Specialty Imaging Industry
Presenter: Johnny Shell, SGIA
This session will provide an in depth overview of the specialty printing industry, the technology platforms commonly used, the primary market sectors of the industry and the product range within each community. This is a great opportunity to learn about the full breadth of the industry so you can get your students excited about the possibilities in the fascinating world of specialty printing.

8:45–9:30 am
Adding Sublimation & Screen-printing to your Graphic Communications Program
Presenter: James Ortolani
Learn how to add a sublimation and screen-printing lab to your existing graphic communications program. Many programs have been revitalized and it's an exciting way for students to expand their creativity and learn real job skills. Learn about classroom equipment needs and curriculum available on sublimation and screen-printing.

9:30–10:15 am
Heat Printing: Expand Your Classroom’s Horizon
Presenter: Josh Ellsworth, STAHLS’
This session will serve as an introduction to heat printing, one of the fastest growing market segments in specialty printing. You’ll learn what heat printing really means (vinyl transfer and print/cut media), the capabilities, and see examples of finished results. You’ll also learn about the equipment you need, and the popular materials and techniques you can use in your classroom or as a revenue generator for school activities and events!

10:15–10:30 am

10:30–11:15 am
Introduction to DTG
Presenter: Matt Rhome, EPSON
The DTG technology wave continues to penetrate the industry and has captured new market segments in decorated apparel. In this session, you’ll learn what DTG can bring to your classroom and the key requirements for success. You’ll also learn about the variety of finished products you can produce using a DTG device.

11:15 am–12:00 pm
Industry Panel
Panelists: Lynn Krinsky (Stella Color, Seattle, WA), Michael Emrich (Meto-Grafics Inc, Cary, IL), Chris Bernat (Vapor Apparel, Charleston, SC) 
Come and hear business owners discuss the needs of their businesses and the recurring challenges associated with finding and hiring skilled labor. This session is intended to enlighten educators and discuss our industry’s skilled labor needs.

12:00–12:30 pm

12:30–1:30 pm
Expo Floor Tour
Host: Johnny Shell, SGIA
We’ll hit the hot spots on the trade show floor to get a firsthand look at the variety of technology options, materials, and end products produced! Bring your questions along as we trek through each industry sector (Graphic, Garment and Industrial)!