•  February 25, 2014
     9:00 am - 11:00 am

Today’s M&A Environment – Should you participate or stay on the sidelines? 

FREE for GLGA Members

All GLGA members are invited to attend this Executive Focus Forum on February 25, 2014 (rescheduled from January 15).  Al Reijmer and Jim Russell of New Direction Partners will discuss today’s mergers and acquisitions environment:

• Changes in the M&A environment
• Current valuation and methods
• Hot markets
• Buy, Sell or Sidelines; which is the current right strategy for you?


About the Presenters:
 Al Reijmer is a partner with New Direction Partners, an investment banking and financial advisory services, with Paul Reilly, Peter Schaefer, Jim Russell and Tom Williams, serving the printing and related industries. Services include merger advisory services through the representation of selling shareholders as well as buy side representation, valuation services, financing and refinancing efforts, turnaround and restructuring services, and temporary/interim management consulting.

He began his 40+ year Graphic Arts career in his family-owned printing firm in Utica, Michigan. Upon the sale of the company Al continued his formal education receiving degrees in Graphic Arts Technology at Macomb College and Business Administration at Wayne State University. Subsequently, Al held production management, estimating and finance positions at King-Smith Company and TAS Graphic Communications, both industrial scale establishments with large format sheetfed and web capability serving the automotive and related industries in southeast Michigan.

In the early 80’s Al shifted his career focus to the supplier side of the industry, utilizing his hands-on production, finance and management experience to assist printing firms analyzing their equipment acquisition requirements through comprehensive investment analysis and ROI evaluations. Al spent 25 years at Heidelberg USA in numerous positions, eventually as Senior Vice President. Since then Al was President of TD Global, a worldwide supplier of graphic arts equipment, and most recently as Vice President of Manroland, Inc.

Al’s diverse graphic arts experience starting at the tender age of 13 has provided him comprehensive knowledge in all facets of the industry. Over the years he has assisted countless printing establishments in both growth and operational challenges, and is often called upon to offer consultation services for both human and technical resource evaluations and investments.


 Prior to New Direction Partners, Jim Russell 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 forms and document management industry.

Jim has hands on experience as both of buyer and seller, having completed eight different acquisitions and sales during the time he served as CEO of the family owned businesses. He earned a degree in Business Administration from Hope College in 1983. Jim also has served on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, NAPL, and currently serves on the Board of the Printing Industries of Michigan, as well as a number of printing industry Advisory Boards and Boards of numerous non-profit and faith based organizations.


Who Should Attend:
Presidents, CEOs, owners, financial officers, and anyone who is involved with strategic decisions for your business

to be announced in the Indianapolis area


Tentative Schedule (time may change):
9:00 a.m. – Check-in
9:15-11:00 a.m. – Presentation

To Register:
To register, click on the link below. If you have questions, please contact Sharon Flick toll free at (855) 522-2210 or sflick@glga.info.


TBA, Indiana, United States

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