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SGIA creates first-ever Convergence Council

New council taps supplier executives from all printing industry segments to advise association New council taps supplier executives from all printing industry segments to advise association

In an unprecedented move, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has created a Suppliers and Manufacturers Council (SMC), an elite group of industry leaders who will advise the association on issues and concerns related to the future success of their companies, their customers and, more importantly, the printing industry.

“The SMC will reflect the ever-changing diversity of the industry and provide an important voice from the supplier community,” said Ford Bowers, President & CEO, SGIA. “It’s strategically important for keeping with SGIA’s larger, community-based approach.”

The SMC also gives supplier and manufacturer members an opportunity for peer-to-peer interaction and advice in selected areas including event participation, access to customers and new markets, industry research, legislative affairs and advocacy, training programs and talent acquisition.

“We’re relying on the SMC for their industry experience and knowledge as well as their desire to play a pivotal role in helping shape the future direction of the industry and our association,” said Bowers.

“This council gives SGIA a unique opportunity to look at how these rapidly converging markets of applications and technologies are impacting the industry and where an increasing number of customers are now looking for us to help them enter new market segments. The SMC represents our first and best opportunity to really leverage this association and the PRINTING United partnership between SGIA and NAPCO Media to help define the future,” said newly appointed SMC Chairman Andrew Oransky, President, Roland DGA Corporation.

The SMC is designed to represent the convergence taking place in the printing industry. Members include executives from segments including commercial print/publications, in-plant printers, package printing, wide-format and graphics, garment decoration and functional printing:

Andrew Oransky (SMC Chairman), President, Roland DGA Corporation Danny Sweem,
CEO, The M&R Companies
Kimberly Daugherty,
President, Advanced Color Solutions
Carleen Gray,
CEO, Stahls
Heather Poulin,
Director — Strategic Planning & Business Development, Ricoh USA
Ken VanHorn,
Vice President — Marketing and Operations, Mimaki
Chris Raney,
President, Baumer HHS
Ken Ingram,
President, Screen Americas
Frank Tückmantel,
Vice President — Corporate Marketing, EFI
Michael LaBella,
Commercial Director — Inks & Industrial Colors, Sensient
Larry Moore,
Vice President — NA Partner Programs, Esko
Michael Abergel,
Executive Vice President & Managing Director, MGI
Scott Fisher,
President, Fisher Textiles
Eric Tischer,
President, Verseidag
Kay Fernandez,
Senior Vice President — Marketing, Konica Minolta
Michael Sanders,
Director — Printable Textiles & Finishing Technology, Top Value Fabrics
Jacki Hudmon,
Senior Vice President — New Business Development, Komori
David Wilkins,
Vice President — Sales and Marketing, Xeikon 


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