Thayer Long is the President of the Association for Print Technologies (APTech). With the bedrock of NPES as its foundation, APTech is a newly built, North American based industry organization delivering content, building communities, and setting industry standards for the creative minds that love to innovate, and the print leaders who are creating the future of the industry. APTech is focused on the value the industry brings to its customers. Printing has been vital to communication for decades; today, the digital culture has heightened our industry’s complexity and reframed its relevance. Prior to joining APTech, Thayer was the CEO of the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), a US organization representing electrical and power distribution systems contractors, installers, and manufacturers. Thayer has also served as the President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), a US based organization for manufacturers of factory-built homes.