Meet the Industrial Applications and Printed Electronics Committee

Art Dobie Technical Sales Representative Chromaline Products

Art Dobie has been in the screen-printing industry for 40 years. He received his BS in Graphic Communications, specializing in Screen Printing Technology, in 1980 from California University of Pennsylvania. Art is a Life Member and Fellow of the Society of the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) and was the 2006 recipient of the IMAPS John A. Wagnon Technical Achievement Award for outstanding technical contributions to screen printing technology as related to microelectronics. Art was inducted into the SGIA’s Academy of ScreenPrinting Technology in 1998, and received the SGIA David Swormstedt Sr. Memorial Award, recognizing the best published article or technical paper written for any aspect of the screen-printing industry in both 2010 and 2019. 

Brooke Hamilton President & CEO NPI Nameplates Inc.
Brooke Hamilton is the President and CEO of NPI printing and nameplates, producers of high-quality printing and product identification products. Following in the footsteps of her Mother and Grandmother, she is now the third generation of female leaders for the organization.

Under Brooke’s leadership, NPI has expanded its services and product offerings by investing over $3 million in new and advanced-technology equipment. This progress, coupled with additional leadership training, marketing efforts, certifications, and rebranding, has positioned the company to be successful in the modern market.   NPI was also the Tulsa Regional Chamber Manufacturer of the year in 2016.  In the past, she won the Women in Manufacturing Step Ahead Award, the Tulsa Business and Legal News Women of Distinction award and was recognized as a Top 40 under 40 by the Tulsa People Magazine. 

Brooke currently serves as a board member for SGIA, the Tulsa Regional Chamber, Tulsa Small Business Connection board, and is a member of the TRC Manufacturers Council.  She also serves as a board member for the Port Authority, via a mayoral appointment. 

In her time away from NPI, Brooke enjoys golfing, traveling, and relaxing with her 14-year-old son Conley, fiancé John, and French bulldogs Stella and Annie.
 
Francois Lequin Vice President of Technology GGI Solutions
 
Gene Hasch Director of Manufacturing Operations The Cubbison Company

I have more than 20 years of industry experience in screen printing pre-press and on-press, and his background includes GRACol G7 color management for process color printing, research and applications for industrial membranes, overlays, functional and screen-printed flexible electronics. I has also been technical liaison between the client, design engineers and production department — responsible to ensure production can deliver what their customer wants no matter now obscure, complex or intricate the printing or the parts may be.

In 2013 I initiated CAFÉ [Consortium for the Advancement of Flexible Electronics]. CAFÉ is an industry organization dedicated to the evolution of integrated systems to produce high aspect ratio, micro trace circuits. For the past 6 years, Gene has been in research & development with a focus on the fluid dynamics of screen printing, and ink and paste rheology.

The past 17 months I have been Technical Director of Print Operations for the Cubbison Company. As of November, I was promoted to Director of Manufacturing Operations. But still overseeing the technical print operations.

Jonathan Darling President Romo Durable Graphics

Jonathan Darling joined Romo Durable Graphics in 1994 after stints with Ernst & Young Consulting, Ford Motor Company and commodity trading at the Chicago Board of Trade. Jonathan gained a Finance and Engineering education at Purdue University, and returned “home” for his MBA from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jonathan serves as President and Chief Troublemaker, taking the reins from his father Fred, who retired in 2007.

The family acquired Romo in 1983. Romo innovates, designs, engineers and produces durable graphics that bring new and better tomorrows for its OEM client base. Romo has been a proud, active SGIA member since its inception in 1953.

In his off time, Jonathan enjoys his family, golf, fishing, perfecting the art of ridiculously spicy Bloody Mary’s and bratwurst. Jonathan aspires to be a wedding-speech-giver-for-hire in his next life.

Kevin Miller Vice President of Sales, Printed Electronics Insulectro

Mr. Miller is Vice President of National Sales at INSULECTRO. INSULECTRO is a National distributor supporting the printed circuit and printed electronics markets in North America. He duties consists of managing four regional sales teams and supporting the technical requirements of the high-end market in the USA.

Kristen Danson Managing Partner MitoGraphics

Kristen began her career in the graphics industry in 1999, and has since focused on the Graphics for Industry products and client sector.  Kristen has partnered with many clients to support product development for high tech and industrial applications; working from the prototype stage through to volume production

Kristen participates on the SGIA Industry Committee for Printed Electronics and Industrial Graphics.  Locally, Kristen also serves on the Board of Directors for The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce and The Cambridge Self Help Food Bank (Vice Chair).

Michael Emrich President Meto-Graphics Division of St. Paul Stamp Works

Following his studies in physics at the University of Wisconsin and business at Northwestern University in 1972, Mike joined Meto-Grafics Inc as general manager. Established in 1948, Meto-Grafics, like many companies at that time, was still using old technology to produce its mostly-metal nameplates and control panels. Mike’s main thrust over the next several years was to bring Meto up-to-date, expanding their product offerings and technology into the world of computers and digital imaging and fabrication.

Mike brought Meto-Grafics (now DPI) in 1981, and then joined SGIA in 1986. This connection with the industry as a whole gave Meto the contacts and resources to continue its technological advances and processes into virtually all metals and plastics, and to expand its customer base nationally into transportation, aerospace, military products and high-energy transmission.

1987, Mike assumed the role of President of Meto-Grafics and continued to steer the company into cutting-edge technology and quality. He served on the SGIA Board of Directors in the 1990’s, and again in the 2010’s. He has chaired and served on numerous SGIA committees for 30+ years. In addition, Mike served two terms on the General Motors Supplier Council and was Co-chairman of the GM Supplier Council Technology Committee in the 1990’s.

Meto-Grafics merged with St. Paul Stamp Works Inc in 2016, with Mike remaining president of the Meto-Grafics Division.

Outside of his business life, Mike is married to concert pianist and music professor Terree Shofner-Emrich, has four grown daughters, five grandchildren and an Irish Water Spaniel. His personal interests are opera, travel, cooking, woodworking and armchair sports.

Mike Vogt Commercial Account Manager Epson

Mike is a commercial account manager with EPSON America focused on industrial and commercial strategic business development. A graduate of Iowa State University, Mike brings nearly twenty-years of industry experience to the IAPE Committee and begun his journey in print during the evolution of silver halide to digital photography. Past roles include technical sales and national account management, sales team management, training and development roles and OEM channel account management. Past industry participation and recognition includes SGPP membership, leadership: 40 under 40 by The Gulf Coast Observer, Certified in Situational Leadership, along with Sales Manager of the year and a cacophony of sales achievement accolades.

Currently a resident of Camas, WA., Mike and his family enjoy the abundant nature and beauty that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife, Heather and two children (Quinn, 12) and (Elise, 8). When not traveling, Mike can often be found on an adventure hiking some random mountain, exploring new golf courses, breaking out a digital SLR, or participating in a high intensity interval training class.

Mike is appreciative to SGIA for selecting him to participate as an IAPE committee member and hopes to bring an OEM perspective while expanding his own knowledge of this niche industry category.

Mike Wagner Chief Operations Officer Butler Technologies Inc.
Mike Wagner is the Chief Operations Officer at Butler Technologies, Inc. with more than 26 years of manufacturing experience. During his career, Mike has held positions in Engineering, R&D, Quality, Sales, and Senior Management. He has spent more than 20 years working exclusively with Industrial Printing, Membrane Switches, and Printed Electronics. Mike has served on SGIA’s Industrial Applications and Printed Electronics committee since 2010 and on the SGIA Board of Directions since 2015. He also serves on the advisory board for Engineering curriculum at Butler County Community College.

Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1991 and completed the Indiana University of Pennsylvania MBA Certificate Program in 2010. To maintain his professional growth and keep informed of current technology, he attends industry symposiums and tradeshows as well as continuing education classes at local colleges.
 
 
Phil Heft Business Development Manager Memcon

Phil Heft’s career comes with a wealth of experience within the PEMS Industry, having spent sixteen years at Nicomatic Corporation where Phil was instrumental in managing, servicing and supporting the Printed Electronics and Flexible Technology Industry.

Prior to that, Phil was partner/owner of Metro New York Rep Firm Heft & Ficarra Associates where he successfully provided technical sales starting in 1983 for Miller Dial Corporation and then in later years with Valmark.

Joining in advance of Memcon’s 10th year Anniversary in October 2017, Phil joined a fast growing manufacturer and supplier focused on flexible and printed electronics. Whether products for HMIs (Human Machine Interface), Displays, Wearables, etc to all industry – Memcon provides standard and custom solutions reducing costs and solving problems.

Phil was past President of NY Chapter of ERA as well as the Radio, Television and Electronics Square Club. Named in patent for Ultra-Thin-Alphnumeric-Displays. He has also made presentations to SGIA, AHAM and SID.

About: Memcon is a Global Supplier to the Membrane Switch and Flexible Technology Industry, which offers customers a range of quality products and services to suit their needs. Memcon’s understanding and experience in the Industry is unparalleled. More information on the company’s products, services provided, international locations, and exhibition schedule can be found on the website; Memcon.net.

Thomas Bianchi Vice President Eastprint Inc.

Thomas Bianchi is currently Vice President and Partner at Eastprint Incorporated, a 40-year-old screen printer and electronic assembly contract manufacture. He has over 25 years of experience in the marketing, manufacturing and designing of HMI Technologies from membrane switches to In Mold Electronics. In addition to HMI technologies, through his knowledge of Printed Electronics Technologies, he has led Eastprint to become a leader in Wearable Device contract manufacturing for medical body worn patches and e-textile integration. He currently serves, and is past chairman, on the Industrial Applications and Printed Electronics committee of the Screen Graphic Imaging Association. He holds a BS in Business Administration from the Peter Paul School of Management at the University of New Hampshire.

Vincent Cahill Director VC Enterprises

Vince Cahill began screen-printing in 1969. In the mid-1970s, he developed a small table method for printing silk fabric for his wife’s textile decoration business. From 1977-1979, Vince managed a screen-printing operation in Frederick, Maryland, and in 1980 he established The Colorworks, a custom screen-printing business with his wife Claire. Vince and Claire sold The Colorworks in 2008. In the spring of 1980, they were introduced to digital carpet printing at a textile design conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and Vince began tracking digital print developments. In 1995, he established VCE Solutions as a print consulting business.

From 1996 through 1998, he consulted and wrote reports for IT Strategies about wide format inkjet and digital textile printing technologies. In 1997, he joined the Board of Datametrics Corporation, a company that manufactured rugged digital printers for challenging environments.

He became President and CEO of Datametrics from 1999 to 2000, having helped the company successfully reverse its decline. In 1998, Vince helped to form Newhill Technologies LLC and Specialty Materials Inc, distributors of transfer materials to the sign and garment decorating industries. He sold his interests in both companies in December 2010. In 2003 he formed Industrial Printing Solutions (IPS) to distribute digital printing printers and chemistry.