Recently, the MPSA announced its new board of directors and executive committee. To welcome them, we'll be doing a series of Q&As with each new member.
President Doug Bies:
Q: How long have you been involved in the MPSA and in what role/s?
A: I’ve been involved in the MPSA for about four years. I initially got involved as a member of the education committee to learn more about MPS from the experts, then in time became the co-chair of the education committee. From there, my position evolved into additional committees, then vice president, and now to president. Just like at our paying jobs, skills you develop within the MPSA open the door for advancement.
Q: What experience do you bring to this role?
A: I’ve spent 100 percent of my time in the print industry post-college, including the last 11 years being highly involved in MPS with an OEM and independent dealership. Having spent my previous MPSA term as the MPSA vice president, it in some ways was an internship for the president position. Ideas, thoughts, connections, and an understanding of the MPSA logistics will enable the MPSA to be successful again this term.
Q: What changes or opportunities are you seeing in MPS that excite you the most?
A: I’m excited to see MPS providers become more like consultants for their customers rather than just providers selling a commodity. With MPS far along in the innovation adoption curve, providers need to do more to deliver value to their customers. Digitization, and IT services tie in with MPS are short-term opportunities for MPS providers to do more for their customers.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time when you’re not at work?
A: When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling to breweries to learn more about brewing beer and of course, sampling all they have to offer. Travel, photography, sports, and comedy are other passions of mine.