What is CONNECT? and why is the tournament called an "expo"

Connect is our newest event, a conference hosted by vendors and industry veterans specifically for Portrait Labs, Vertically Integrated Shooters, and Retail Store fronts.  Education will be provided as well as a relaxed atmosphere to meet and network with other like professionals.

Future Imaging Symposium is where the “expo” part of Pro Imaging EXPO comes in and, is an event that has been hosted along side our golf tournament for large format graphics individuals.  Content is provided to encourage forward thinking and examine the future of the imaging world.  Speakers are brought in from various graphics industries and outside the industry to present a vision of what is to come in the industry.  This one is a must attend for anyone wanting to break out of the old and into the new.

Can I attend all the events? and how does that work?

Pro Imaging CONNECT is a separate event, although it overlaps the beginning of the Future Imaging Symposium and Golf Tournament.  When registering, you can register for the full event in registration, by selecting the single or double golfing guest registration option.

This will get you into CONNECT, The Future Imaging Symposium, The golf Tournament, breakfast every day, a slew of discounts at the resort, and super swag bag with over $300 in gifts, as well as all hosted events (which typically include complimentary drinks and dinners on event days).  It will also get you invited to the private events at the SGIA expo as well.

How are teams picked for the golf tournament & what if I don’t play much golf?

No problem, we have you covered.  We typically ask new attendees an average golf score and rank players by A, B, C, and D player ability.  Teams are randomly drawn live at our “pairing party” on the Sunday prior to the first day of the tournament.  We typically have a range of talent join the event, so even if your response is “I only play once a year”, don’t sweat it, we are here for the fun.

What are the prizes for golf?

Prizes are handed out from first place to fifth place in two flights.  So, that is 10 teams of 4 that get prizes.  Prizes typically include crystal trophies, clubs of various scales (first place gets iron sets, on down to drivers and putters for lower place teams), and there is the tournament money derived from the $50 each player brings to the pairing party night and given to your randomly selected A player (team captain).

What is meant by non golfing guest?

Non golfing guest is someone who comes down to attend the event, but does not care to golf in the event or take part in the CONNECT conference.  They get to come to all the after parties, dinners, and events, but would rather hang by the pool, drink some cocktails, and relax.

Can I invite other industry people?

For sure, the more in the industry the better.  Although be wary, that we can only put out 144 golfer at each event, so they will need to get in early to make sure they have a spot….or they too will be a “non golfing guest”.

Can I invite my significant other?

For sure, we always let attendees invite their significant others to evening events complimentary, and with the pool and other activities at the resort, its a great way to get the family away for a bit of a vacation.  There will be other families there and we can always make sure everyone meets each other and has a great time meeting new people.

What if I don’t know anyone?

That is the best part about this.  Some of our attendees have been coming to this since it inception over 30 years ago.  They love to meet, greet, and introduce new people in the mix.  Come with and open mind and a sense fun, as this group has proven over and over again, it can be a super fun group.

What are the prizes for golf?

Prizes are handed out from first place to fifth place in two flights.  So, that is 10 teams of 4 that get prizes.  Prizes typically include crystal trophies, clubs of various scales (first place gets iron sets, on down to drivers and putters for lower place teams), and there is the tournament money derived from the $50 each player brings to the pairing party night and given to your randomly selected A player (team captain).

Should I play practice rounds even if I am not a good golfer?

Think of the practice rounds as networking on steroids.  Basically you get to hang out, enjoy the day, partake in some beverages, for over 4 hours in a small cart with another crew of 3 people that you may or may not know…..well what I am getting at is that you really get to know someone well on the golf course and that is a good thing.  The practice rounds allow you to connect with people in a very low pressure environment, where everyone can be open and relaxed.  Some big deals and big connections have happened on those practice rounds.

There are multiple events on the website, which is right for me?

Our event draws from all segments of the imaging industry.  From Commercial print shops and portrait photo labs, to retail camera stores, vertically integrated shooters, and even large press & label printers.  Most of our events overlap at some point.  We have the “CONNECT Convention” which is geared towards the portrait lab, vertically integrated shooters, and retail stores, but typically we will have commercial graphic printers attend as they sometime cross over into some of these fields.  The same goes for the “Future Imaging Symposium & Golf Tournament”.  There is a educational component to that as well that is geared towards large commercial graphic printers, and large print houses, but we have quite a few other segments attend that as well.  More often than not, its good to hit it all, and being that CONNECT is no additional cost to attend, there really is no excuse.

The SGIA networking event….well that is just one big party!  Who doesn’t like a party.

Typically for the new attendee there are a few questions.  Hopefully below we can answer as many as possible.  If you don’t find all you need on this page, please fee free to contact us directly at toren@proimagingexpo.com or (616) 452-3941.