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31 Mar, 2011


Washington, DC (March 28, 2011) – Over 2,500 professionals in the office products and solutions industry convened last week at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC for the 11th annual ITEX National Expo & Conference.  The Expo floor buzzed with quality attendees for two days while exhibitors such as ECi, OKI Data Americas, BEI Services, Digital Gateway, MWA Intelligence and 170 other companies took the opportunity to showcase their latest products and services.  In addition, the six tracks of conference sessions and the MPS Strategy Forum were very well attended.

“Our move to Washington, DC for the first time in the show’s 11 year history was well received with many attendees and exhibitors commenting on the opportunity to meet and network with prospective new business partners,” said Beth Torrey, Event Director. “There was a consistent buzz of activity on the show floor and packed conference sessions with exciting topics being discussed, making for a very productive two and a half day event.”

The event jump started with two dedicated Pre-Conference Workshops on Monday that addressed issues such as transforming a business beyond the hybrid concept and new methods to enhance your overall service operations.  The pre-conference workshops provided an environment for nearly 150 attendees to deep dive for new opportunities while the industry presenters included leading channel experts as well as dealership executives presenting successful case studies.
While ITEX officially opened on Tuesday, March 22, kicking off the morning with a networking breakfast, it was soon followed by the supercharged keynote session entitled: Innovation Impact - How Technology Will Transform Your Business. The specially planned address was presented by Mike Stramaglio, of MWA Intelligence, and Todd Matsler, of Intel.  As the industry is recognizing the significance of cutting edge technologies that are changing the way business is done now and in the near future, the insightful topic was right on target.
One of the highlights of the conference programs was the MPS Strategy Forum which offered attendees two full days of sessions presented by leaders in the industry.  Speakers offered insight on actionable formulas and strategies for companies to close print management contracts and to leverage MPS for higher profits.

“The information gathered in the conference program and on the expo floor was well worth the time. Learning about ways to help both my organization, as well as my clients, is vital to sustained growth and success in the MPS industry,” said Terrence Young, an attendee from CycleNet Inc.

On the Expo floor attendees came to see best-in-class exhibitors, including ECi, Digital Gateway, DealerSiteBuilder.com, FMAudit, Intel, Liberty Parts Team, BEI Services, OKI Data Americas, MWA Intelligence, Parts Now, Supplies Network, GreatAmerica Leasing, PrintFleet, Synnex Corporation, and many others. 

Product categories showcased included document management, managed print services, managed services, office & imaging equipment, innovative software, workflow management tools and much more.

“ITEX 2011 proved once again for us to be a great event to connect with our existing reseller partners as well as to establish new contacts. The show continues to attract a wide variety of office automation dealers, this time especially from the printing side. In addition, the seminars and workshops were very well attended which provided us with a wonderful platform to share and exchange ideas about the evolving MPS and solution selling market. We are looking forward to ITEX 2012 in Las Vegas,” said Thomas Schneck, President, DocuWare AG.

In addition to best-in-class exhibitors on the Expo Floor, attendees enjoyed the presentation of the 2011 imageSource Magazine Perfect Image Awards to dealerships: FlexPrint, Inc., Marco, Inc., CBE Office Solutions, RJ Young, EO Johnson Office Technologies, Impact Networking,  Advance-The Document Specialists, and Flo-Tech who was the recipient of the Dealer of the Year award.

Attendees’ Expectations were met at ITEX 2011, according to:
Dennis Poole, PS Data Supplies, who said “The 2011 ITEX was our first time attending ITEX and I found it to be very informative and exciting to lean the new technologies and products from the different companies here on display.”

-and Brantly Pearcee, RJ Young Company, who reported “ITEX 2011 has been absolutely fantastic. I attended some great classes, the show floor was great and I have leaned a lot! Also am thoroughly pleased we won the PIA award for our efforts in Service.”

For the first time, ITEX was co-located with the ON DEMAND Expo & Conference and the info360 Conference & Expo, which brought together 20,000 industry professionals in the digital publishing, digital print, enterprise information management and office technology & solutions industries.  An opening night reception was held for all of the event participants which provided increased exposure for exhibitors and attendees. The 2012 ITEX National Expo & Conference will rotate back to the west coast and will be held March 14-15, 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  For information on attending or exhibiting, visit www.itexshow.com.
The ITEX National Expo & Conference and imageSource Magazine are sole properties of Imaging Network, a leading business-to-business multimedia company serving the office products channel, and a subsidiary of Questex Media Group LLC. Questex is a global, diversified business-to-business integrated media and information provider, headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts. Questex serves several industries including technology, telecommunications, beauty, spa, travel, hospitality, leisure, home entertainment, landscape design, building services, and natural resources through a range of well-established, market-leading publications, events, interactive media, research, information and integrated marketing services. For more information, visit www.questex.com.

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