Why you should join
the CEO Forum

Being a graphic arts CEO is difficult. You need to move your company along a new pathway — while facing endless demands on your time. You’re always a prisoner of other people’s priorities.

Here’s the support you need. Four times a year: CEO-level advice to help you think about your business and your role as CEO.

We’ve helped almost a thousand graphic arts CEOs and have presented CEO roundtables for five years. We live in your world, and this may be exactly what you need.

Bob Rosen

Mike Philie

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Who should attend?

CEOs  | Owners  | General Managers

From printing companies, marketing services providers, mailing and fulfillment companies who…

  • Want to jump-start their sales results
  • Are committed to improving plant performance
  • Are seeking the right path into new markets, new products and new services
  • Are sick and tired of wrestling with the same issues over and over
  • Are struggling with finding time to work on their priority issues
  • Are committed to being the CEOs their companies need

Why you should attend

  • Most CEOs are prisoners of other people’s priorities: find time for what’s important.
  • Let yourself make progress without having perfect answers
  • Everyone gets stuck. Here’s how you can get unstuck
  • It’s easy to get stuck trying to solve big problems all at once. Here’s how to deal with complex issues one step at a time.
  • Here’s how to get the sales results you need — by building a solid and consistent sales process.
  • Here’s how to get the manufacturing results you need — without re-equipping your plant or firing all your existing employees.
  • Here’s how to make your customers really like doing business with you — by making your company easy to do business with
  • Here’s how to get the quality of employees you need — and get the results you need them to produce.

We’ve helped almost a thousand graphic arts CEOs and have presented CEO roundtables for five years. We live in your world, and this may be exactly what you need.

Bob Rosen is the former owner of six graphic arts companies whose consulting firm has helped the CEOs of almost 650 graphic arts companies to address the challenges of a rapidly changing business landscape.

Bob is the author of the industry-standard reference: The New Graphic Arts CEO, and the soon-to-be-released: So You’re the CEO: Why not ACT like it?

Mike Philie leverages his over 30 years of graphic arts industry experience in sales, sales management, and executive leadership to offer industry CEOs advice on what’s working for companies like theirs and how to safely transition their businesses. Mike has been providing advice to printing and mailing companies across North America since 2007. Having been in the leadership seat, Mike provides practical, no-nonsense roadmaps that can be readily implemented.

Each session will be a full day with a dinner get-together on the evening preceding the sessions.

February 21 – 22, 2024

  • Dinner – Wednesday, February 21 at 7:30 PM CST
  • Session – Thursday, February 22 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM CST

May 8 – 9, 2024

  • Dinner – Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 PM CDT
  • Session – Thursday, May 9 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM CDT

August 14 – 15, 2024

  • Dinner – Wednesday, August 14 at 7:30 PM CDT
  • Session – Thursday, August 15 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM CDT

October 23 – 24, 2024

  • Dinner – Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 PM CDT
  • Session – Thursday, October 24 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM CDT

Our Thursday sessions end with plenty of time to let you catch an evening flight home and be back in your office the next morning. 

Module One 
So you’re the CEO!
Why not act like it?
  • Becoming the CEO your company needs
  • Focusing on your priorities and finding ways to stay focused
  • Choosing a path forward that’s right for your company
Module Two 
Repositioning your company: pursuing a dual strategy
  • Making money on the business you have while repositioning your company for the future
  • What is your company now, and what do you want it to be?
  • How to choose among new directions for your company?
Module Three 
Getting the sales results you need: new business and existing accounts
  • Building a sales process that really works for your company
  • Picking the right target accounts: what makes a good customer for you
  • More fully penetrating your existing accounts
Module Four 
Your people: Alignment, expectations and engagement
  • Getting the quality of employees you deserve
  • You don’t have to do everything yourself: getting the managerial help you need
  • Setting standards — and getting results
Module Five 
Getting the manufacturing results you need
  • What kind of production results are you really getting?
  • The fastest way to improve productivity without spending money or firing your whole staff
  • Aligning your plant with your market
Module Six 
Executing better throughout your company
  • Doing things better: getting beyond plans and good intentions.
  • Clarifying your processes — beginning to end
  • Making sure things don’t get off track: living in the real world of graphic arts
Module Seven 
Enhancing your customers’ experience
  • Your customers’ experience is your most important product!
  • Making your company easy to do business with
  • Showing customers how good it feels to do business with you
Module Eight 
The pay-off: turning sales and operations into financial results
  • Everything you do — or don’t do — shows up on your bottom line
  • Earning the profits you need — and deserve.
  • Little changes can make a big difference

The Forum is designed around an eight session cycle — quarterly sessions over a two year period. Even though you only have to commit for one year at a time, we strongly suggest that you should plan on completing the entire two year cycle.

We’re holding the Forum at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare — at the center of the airport — to make it easy for you to return home in time to be in your office the next day, no matter where you're coming from.

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Make your hotel reservation by visiting the Hilton O’Hare website or by calling +1 (773) 686-8000.

How to Register

We want to help you make the right choice for yourself. Please contact Bob Rosen (RRosen@RHRosen.com, (917) 863-5302) or Mike Philie (MPhilie@PhilieGroup.com, (301) 466-5896), and we’ll help you decide whether the Graphic Arts CEO Forum is right for you.

Or click “Let’s Discuss” and tell us how we can reach you. Bob or Mike will contact you to discuss the Graphic Arts CEO Forum. And you can also click “Stay Connected” to get periodic updates on our activities.

The cost of the forum is $4,500 for the annual cycle of four sessions. The fee includes four quarterly full-day sessions, all course materials, breakfasts and lunches.