The Premier Mailing &
Shipping Industry Event.


About NPF

The NPF has partnered with the USPS to present the mailing and shipping industry’s premier educational venue, trade show and networking event. Held every spring, the four-day NPF is the only event that works directly with USPS managers to provide the most comprehensive educational and networking platform possible for meeting the needs of the industry and postal customers.

NPF Mission: To be the premiere educational conference for the entire mailing and shipping supply chain community to grow the industry. To facilitate collaboration of attendees through workshops, live demos and profiles and thoughtful dialogue. To showcase the latest in shipping and mailing technology, innovation, and related business needs and provide a place to recognize performance excellence in this industry.

A not-for-profit educational corporation, NPF established in 1968 by a group of major postal customers/mailers who were committed to an ongoing partnership with the USPS. The goal has always been to provide education to business mailers, along with communication and feedback between the USPS and its business customers for a more responsive and efficient mail communications system.

Why Attend NPF?

Top-notch industry education.
Professional networking opportunities.
Meet with USPS leadership.

This is the only event that brings together all senior level USPS executives, leaders of the mailing and shipping industry as well as the industry’s major suppliers and partners. You can’t afford to miss this opportunity to listen and learn from these champions of mail and shipping!

While we live in a high-tech world, mail remains the preeminent “high-touch” means of reaching out to customers, businesses and the world, and no one knows that better than our attendees! The NPF is the ideal way to stay in sync with all the advances and trends that affect the rapidly progressing and changing mailing and shipping industry.

Who Attends NPF?

4,000+ Industry Professionals

Middle to Upper Level Professionals

Small to Large Corporations

More than 95% from North America

Banking Institutions
Credit Card Companies
Credit Union
Database Marketing
Advertising and eCommere
Federal Government
Financial Services
Fulfillment Companies
Health Care Companies
Hotel/Travel Industry
Insurance Companies
Lettershop Mail Order Houses
Manufacturing Companies
Marketing Groups
Military Segments

Board of Directors

Chris Lien

Chris Lien —

Chris Lien has been active in the mailing industry for thirty years. He began as a software engineer in the 1990’s at CH Robinson developing dynamic mail entry solutions based on Mail.dat. In 2000, Chris joined Postalsoft/Firstlogic where he focused on address quality and presort technology. In 2007, Chris joined BCC Software and led the company as its president for a dozen years until selling the company to BlueCrest Inc in 2020 and transitioning to a role as Executive Vice President of Postal Affairs in 2021. Chris is a recognized industry expert speaking at such events as the National Postal Forum, Postal Customer Councils, and countless industry events. He regularly participates in numerous industry associations such as Association for Postal Commerce, Delivery Technology Advocacy Council (DTAC), and the Postmaster General’s Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) where he currently serves as a former MTAC Industry Chair. In 2016, Chris Lien received the Donald A. Mumma Award – the highest award of distinction that DTAC presents in the mail preparation and processing arena.

Anita J. Bizzotto

Anita J. Bizzotto —

Anita Bizzotto was named Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President at the US Postal Service in May 2005. A 31-year postal veteran, Ms. Bizzotto was responsible for Sales, Product Development, Customer Service, Pricing and Classification, Advertising, and International Business. Prior to being named Executive Vice President, she served as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President. Ms. Bizzotto also served as Vice President of Pricing and Classification, where she was responsible for managing the pricing and classification policy for postal products and overseeing the reform of mailing regulations and pricing structures.

Dennis Farley

Dennis Farley —

Dennis Farley served as Distribution Director for ESPN The Magazine for 21 years as well as for Fairchild Publications for 16 years where he was involved in postal and logistic issues for all classes of mail. Dennis started his career working in the mail room at a Wall Street law firm while attending Fordham University where he earned a degree in Economics in 1973. Dennis has been a National Postal Forum attendee since 1982. He has been an NPF Session speaker; General Session speaker and a National Award winner for the Northeast Area. Dennis was a USPS MTAC member for 26 years representing The Red Tag News Publications Association. He served as President and Board Member of Red Tag and was also a member of the Magazine Publishers of America Postal Committee. Dennis has been involved with USPS issues at his local PCC meetings; Periodical Focus Groups; Area Focus Groups; AIM as well as working with the Postal Regulatory Commission and with the USPS Board of Governors. He has spoken to many USPS employee groups directly and through video on the great partnership mailers share with the USPS.

J. Pierce Myers

J. Pierce Myers —

Pierce Myers has held a variety of positions in the private sector and the Federal Legislative and Executive branches, serving as advisor and counsel on postal and governmental policy matters. Since 1997 he has represented mailers and postal vendors before the Postal Regulatory Commission. Since 1999 he has represented the Parcel Shippers Association as Executive Vice President and Counsel.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Myers worked for 20 years for the U.S. Congress, serving as Counsel to five different House committee chairmen and working on more than 100 bills that became law. As Deputy General Counsel of the House Postal Office and Civil Service Committee, he was the primary congressional advisor on postal matters. Following his congressional work, he served three years as Special Counsel to the Chairman of the Postal Rate Commission. In 2002 the Postmaster General awarded Mr. Myers the Postal Service’s Partnership for Progress Award for his work securing emergency funding following “9/11” and the subsequent anthrax mail attacks.

Michael J. Genick

Michael J. Genick —

Michael Genick is past Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the National Postal Forum.  Prior to joining the NPF, Mr. Genick served as Vice President of the American Newspaper Publishers Association and its successor, the Newspaper Association of America. Mr. Genick also served in the United States Army. He is a native New Yorker and attended the New School for Social Research, and he is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and American Society of Travel Agents.

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Kate Muth

Kate Muth —

Katherine “Kate” Muth has been executive director of the International Mailers’ Advisory Group (IMAG), a trade association representing the interests of the U.S. international mailing and shipping sector, since 2014. IMAG’s core mission is to address barriers to the efficient flow of information and goods across borders.

Prior to IMAG, Kate was Vice President of the Association for Postal Commerce in the mid-2000s, and she served as the editor of the award-winning trade publication Business Mailers Review for nearly a decade. She is a regular speaker at industry events and has contributed articles to a range of industry publications, including Mail and Express Review and Mailing Systems Technology.

Kate is also the president of Muth Communications, a small business that provides a wide range of editorial and communication services to clients, focusing on consulting, technical writing, trade reporting, white papers, and editing. She specializes in postal and logistics issues, but she has also served clients in the energy and biotechnology industries. She has written promotional material for the annual cycling races in Arlington, VA, and she has had poetry published in small literary publications. She is a graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati.

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Bob Schimek

Bob Schimek —

Quad Director of Postal Affairs,

Bob has over three decades of experience in the mailing industry, providing leadership and technical knowledge for postal operations, USPS policy and the technical infrastructure of the postal service. Bob actively participates in the country’s top postal industry associations, serving as Chairman of the Board for PostCom 2016-2017, 2022-2023, and elected 2024-2025), currently sitting on the MTAC Executive Committee as Industry Immediate Past Chair (2022-2023), and acting as Chair of DTAC Mail.dat Work Group committee.

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Jim Sauber

James W. Sauber —

Jim Sauber is the former Chief of Staff at the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), a position he held from July 2006 to December 2022, when he retired from NALC. He was responsible for coordinating the research, collective bargaining, public policy, and legislative activities of the union, which represents 290,000 members in virtually every city and town in the United States. He joined the staff of the NALC as an economist in 1985 and served as the union’s director of research and international relations from 1990 to 2006.

Sauber established E Street Consulting in 2023 and now serves as an external consultant to the NALC and other clients.

He is a founding activist of the National Vote at Home Coalition and currently serves as member of the board of its NGO, the National Vote at Home Institute.  

Sauber earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan (1982) and a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University (1992).

Paul Smith

Paul Smith —

On Capitol Hill, Paul was Assistant House Legislative Counsel, assisting the Post Office and Civil Service and other Committees and Members. He then served as Minority Chief Counsel/ Staff Director for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

In private practice, he advised mailers and also worked closely with USPS and UPS officials to improve relationships and develop areas of cooperation. He routinely participated in meetings of the Star Route Mail Contractors Association, PostCom, the NPF, and Postal and Delivery Economics conferences by Rutger’s Center for Research in Regulated Industries (CRRI), where he authored with Paul Vogel (former USPS President, Mailing and Shipping Services), a paper A Team of Rivals: Collaboration between United States Postal Service, and UPS, subsequently published in Heightening the Competition in the Postal and Delivery Sector. Postmaster General Patrick Donahue later awarded Paul as a “honorary mailman“ for his work on improving USPS/UPS relations. He was also appointed to the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Postal Delivery Services (IPoDS).

During much of his career, Paul was an adjunct law professor at George Washington University Law School.

Meet our Staff

Maureen Goodson
Executive Director
(703) 293.2316

Mary Guthrie
Director of Marketing and Exhibits
(703) 293.2313

Laurie Woodhams
Manager of Exhibits and Program Elements
(703) 293.2329

Judy Clear
Manager of Registration and Accounting
(703) 293.2317

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