James Martin Joins SGIA as EVP

For Immediate Release June 19, 2018 Contact: Kate Achelpohl, SGIA 703.359.1364 kate@sgia.org Fairfax, Virginia — The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is pleased to announce James Martin has come on board as Executive Vice President, Supplier and Manufacturer Relations. In this capacity, Martin will also serve as Executive Secretary of the soon-to-be-launched Supplier and Manufacturer Advisory Council. Martin has a long history in the printing industry including more than 20 years with Heidelberg as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Product Management; more recently, he has served as CEO of MBO America. His experience with trade shows and associations is extensive, as is his knowledge of the concerns facing suppliers across many of the markets served by SGIA, the SGIA Expo and PRINTING United, which launches in October 2019. “I’ve spent my life in the printing industry and have seen a lot of changes and challenges, but no other time over the past several decades has seen so much change and so many opportunities as the current moment. I am excited to be a part of this at a level where my background and understanding can help the broadest range of industry players,” Martin said. SGIA’s establishment of a Supplier and Manufacturer Advisory Council is an extension of its commitment to serve its more than 1,000 supplier members by defining programs, strategies and tactics that will enable them to prosper in a rapidly-changing market. The council will focus on areas including trade show strategy, research, educational programs, association policies, government affairs and advocacy, and partnerships with like-minded organizations. SGIA President & CEO Ford Bowers said, “Suppliers and manufacturers are critical to the health of the industry, and therefore, it’s important for us to serve this community as we do the printers we serve, striving to make the printing industry as successful and vibrant as possible.” “James Martin, as a long-time industry executive, has extensive experience grappling with the complex decisions that are made every day by suppliers and manufacturers. Few are as qualified to speak with his understanding and authority on the challenges facing the supplier community,” Bowers added. Martin begins his official duties this week and will be forming the Supplier and Manufacturer Advisory Council in the coming months to give a strong voice to suppliers and manufacturers in the work of the association and in the ongoing development of PRINTING United as the premier industry trade show for printing in North America. SGIA — Supporting the Leaders of the Digital & Screen Printing Community Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is the trade association of choice for professionals in the industrial, graphic, garment, textile, electronics, packaging and commercial printing communities looking to grow their business into new market segments through the incorporation of the latest printing technologies. SGIA membership comprises these diverse segments, all of which are moving rapidly towards digital adoption. As long-time champions of digital technologies and techniques, SGIA is the community of peers you are looking for to help navigate the challenges of this process. Additionally, the SGIA Expo is the largest trade show for print technology in North America. “Whatever the medium, whatever the message, print is indispensable. Join the community — SGIA.” About PRINTING United PRINTING United, a new event hosted by SGIA in partnership with NAPCO Media, will launch in Dallas, Texas, October 23–25, 2019. Focusing on the opportunities presented by the convergence of printing technologies and markets, PRINTING United will cover print and finishing technologies in industry segments from garment to graphic, packaging to commercial, and industrial. Its objective is to convey all components of integrated solutions to satisfy virtually any client need.
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