PMA honors five with Distinguished Service Awards

I’m happy to announce that five remarkable PMA members have been selected to receive the 2013 PMA Distinguished Service Award. Being honored for their invaluable contributions to the photo imaging industry with the 2013 Distinguished Service Award are Bob Friend, Rob Markoff, CPF, Brian Mundy, Margaret Remy, and Peter Rose. They will receive their awards during the upcoming 2013 PMA@CES event at the LVH – formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton – on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.

Jim Esp put it well when he said, “PMA is all about promoting the growth of the imaging industry, and no one exemplifies what that means more than these five individuals. It is truly a pleasure to recognize them for their hard work and endless dedication to PMA, its membership, and to the industry as a whole.”

Here’s a brief look at the careers and accomplishments of the honorees:

Bob Friend

Bob Friend’s career in photo imaging has spanned 40 years, with the last 35 years at District Photo Inc. in Beltsville, Maryland, where he has been the Executive Vice President & General Manager for the last seventeen years.

During his tenure, he has worked in all phases of the business, helping District become one of the biggest fulfillers of image related products in the world, serving major retailers and e-commerce companies in all 50 states and the United Kingdom with its four manufacturing plants.

He has served PMA in numerous capacities as a Territorial Vice President, Trustee-at-Large and as PMA Treasurer in 2008-2009. In 1975, he was the PMA Territorial Vice President of the Year when he worked for Sundance Photo.

With a B.A. from Alfred University, he received his Master’s Degree at the Melvin S. Cohen School of Business, which has served him exceptionally well over the years.

Rob Markoff, CPF

Rob Markoff, CPF, has been an active member of the picture framing community for 42 years. With his wife, Barbara, they own and operate Gallery Services, a custom framing and installation company, and Artrageous!, a multi-store art and framing retail chain that has grown into a firm specializing in corporate art consultation with an emphasis on the healthcare sector.

Rob has been involved with the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) since its inception. He served for many years as the Vice President and Program Chairman of the San Diego Chapter and is a member of the PPFA Advisory committee. Rob originated “trade-show tours,” taking framers attending the PPFA Convention through the PMA trade show to find and demonstrate items of value to framers offered by the imaging industry. He was awarded the PPFA President’s Special Recognition Award in 2005.

Rob wrote extensively for DECOR Magazine and is a regular contributor to Picture Framing and Profile Magazines. He is a popular speaker and educator at industry venues across the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Brian Mundy

Brian Mundy

Brian Mundy works for YB Squared as Director of Photography, Training and Technical Solutions. Previously, he was the Vice President of Digital Imaging for Photomation, where he had been employed from 1982-2012. He was responsible for managing the company’s design projects and digital development, generating approximately $5 million in annual sales.

He is a past president of the Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA) and produces and hosts the weekly DIMAcast podcast, focusing on industry trends and idea exchanges through interviews with innovative professionals and industry leaders.

Brian is a frequent speaker at national industry conferences covering various topics, including digital workflow, quality improvement processes, color management and other subjects to help industry professionals grow and enhance their businesses.

He has taught graphic design at Fullerton College, and holds a Graphic Design certificate from the University of California, Irvine.

Margaret Remy

Margaret Remy started Quick Prints, then the first one-hour photo lab in Meridian, Mississippi, in 1984, and joined PMA two years later. Since attending her first PMA event in 1986, Margaret has never missed a PMA trade show. She was one of the first two women to serve on Mini Lab Advisory Committee. She served several years as president of the PMA Dixie Division, and was Territorial Vice President of the Year for the United States in both 2004 and 2010. She has also been a moderator for PMA and DIMA Conference sessions, a Certified Photographic Consultant test administrator, and is affectionately known as the PMA “Official Hugger.”

Among many other honors, Margaret was appointed as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business in 1983 by Congressman “Sonny” Montgomery and has since served as a delegate to every summit of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), affording her the opportunity to address industry issues with legislators and cabinet heads.

She was named by NFIB as Mississippi Small Business Champion in 2004, the first year the program was initiated nationwide.

Peter Rose

Peter Rose

Peter Rose, currently Director of Australian Activities for PMA, began his career in the photo industry at Hanimex in 1961, and first became active in PMA. He held several roles at Hanimex, eventually becoming Sales and Marketing Manager for Hanimex Australia. In 1981, he was appointed the first Managing Director for J. Osawa Australia, a Japanese trading house for photographic equipment. In 1983, Peter, along with two key employees, founded a new company, Merit Imports – which eventually purchased Baltronics, a professional supply business that held the Sinar, Broncolor and Foba agencies. Merit sales grew rapidly with agencies including Vivitar, Yashica, Fotima camera bags, Panasonic flash and cameras, Sea and Sea underwater cameras, and Vivanco video editing equipment.

After 10 years in business, Peter sold his company to Haminex and became General Manager of Camerahouse Australia, and in 1997, was asked by Kodak to head up the largest of their regions in Australia.

In 2005, Peter took on the director role for PMA Australia, where he has spearheaded the growth of the PMA Australia Annual Exhibition and Convention with the innovative introduction of the public to the event, and the expansion into framing, drawing framers to the PPFA Conference and Expo. The 2011 event drew over 20,000 trade, professionals and enthusiasts. Under Peter’s guidance, PMA Australia also offers regional state meetings, and has developed the Future Leaders Program. He continues to coordinate the PPFA, APCI, PIEA and DIMA groups in Australia.


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