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May's Regional Council Meetings

May 2017 Council Meetings

On the whole, 2017 is shaping up as an encouraging time for business. Many owners think, or at least hope, that having a new administration in Washington will mean fewer regulations, more tax breaks and a friendlier climate for expansion.  There’s a renewed sense of confidence and, along with it, a greater willingness to take entrepreneurial risks.

Optimism is like oxygen for business owners. Without it, they wouldn’t be motivated to invest in capital equipment or to pursue new markets. It’s when optimism begins to shade into euphoria that a dose of reality is called for.


I. Administration Changes Effect On Our Industry

II. Optimism vs. Euphoria: Choose Carefully

III. How Long Until The Next Recession

IV. Building Long Term Value Into Your Business

V. What Is My Business Worth

VI. Q & A



Digital Print Solutions

Jim Russell of New Direction Partners will guide us through these questions and choices.

Northern Region, Tuesday, May 16th

Fisher Phillips

9150 South Hills Blvd
South Hills Conference Center
(on the Lower Level)
Cleveland, OH  44147
Register here!


Central Region, Wednesday, May 17th

CareWorks, Dublin

5555 Glendon Court, Room 3A
Dublin, OH 43016
Register here!

Southern Region, Thursday, May 18th

Cornerstone, Cincinnati

2101 Florence Avenue
Cincinnati, OH  45206
Register here!


All meetings will begin with registration at 11:00 am, continue with lunch at 11:30 am and the presentation will begin at 12:00 pm.  The price is $30 and the meeting is open to all, members and their guests.  Non-member price is $60.

About Jim Russell, Founding Partner of New Direction Partners:

Jim Russell is a founding Partner in New Direction Partners, an investment banking and valuation firm that specializes in merger and acquisition services in the print, packaging and label segments of the graphic arts industry.  Prior to New Direction Partners, Jim was President and CEO of Arbor Press in Royal Oak (Detroit), Michigan. During his tenure at Arbor Press, the company was recognized as an eight-time winner of the National Association for Printing Leadership’s (NAPL) prestigious Management Plus Awards program that recognizes the best managed graphic arts companies in the country. Arbor Press was also recognized twice during Jim’s leadership as one of the 50 fastest growing printers in the country.

While serving as President of Arbor Press, Jim simultaneously served as President and CEO of RBF, Inc., of Lansing, Michigan, an industry leader in the document management industry.  Other business related experience includes ownership with full P&L responsibility in companies ranging from bottled water, home building, fire and flood restoration, and both residential and commercial real estate.

Jim earned a degree in Business Administration from Hope College in 1983.  He currently serves on the Board of the Printing Industries of Michigan, and is Board Chair of Covenant Community Care (a faith based health clinic in SW Detroit), Chosen Vision (a faith based group of group homes for the developmentally disabled in Lansing MI.) and The Amy Foundation.  Jim also has served on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, NAPL, and a number of other non-profit and business organizations. 

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