APAOC is officially closed.

This page will soon be redirected to the new Paper Show page hosted by PIASC.


To:         APAOC Members and Supporters
From:    2015 APAOC Board of Directors
cc:         Printing Industries Association of Southern California
Date:     December 16, 2015 (See original announcement from 12/1/15 here)
Re:        Important Announcement (Revised)

We would like to thank our members and supporters for your continuous dedication and support of APAOC throughout the years.

After 30 years in existence, APAOC’s journey is coming to an end.

The organization will be closing at the end of the calendar year, effective December 31, 2015, and will switch over to a LinkedIn Alumni group starting January 1, 2016.

The decision to close APAOC was difficult. While our programs over the past two years have been very successful in attendance and have received great feedback on the topics, we are unable to sustain the organization due to minimal volunteers, decrease in paid memberships, and financials. Although the digital age has helped us in our reach of communications, it has also brought a higher workload for our limited volunteers.

What’s Next?

We are excited to announce that your favorite event, the Annual Paper & Substrate Show, will still live on through the Printing Industries Association of Southern California (PIASC). We encourage you to continue supporting your printing and marketing industries by becoming a member and attending local events organized by the PIASC and the American Advertising Federation of Orange County (AAFOC).

Please be sure to subscribe to our LinkedIn group for the latest alumni news and information. Our Facebook and Twitter accounts will live on through PIASC and will be updated with announcements about the Paper Show. Current APAOC email subscribers will be automatically transferred to the PIASC database for Paper Show announcements.

We will forever be grateful to our founder, Gail Monaco, for forming our organization in 1985 and giving us a way to unite and learn with our peers in the print world. Thank you to the other 18 Presidents that stepped up as leaders and to all of our board/committee members for graciously donating your time. Thank you to Primary Color for supporting us from day one and to the rest of the print vendors that have donated to our organization. It’s been a great run and we hope to see you all at next year’s paper show.

Let’s reminisce about the past; Share your memories of APAOC here.