I will be writing an extensive article on the two 2013 PMA@CES Official Business Sessions for the next issue of PMA magazine — and be sure to keep an eye out for another post in PMA Newsline, which will be coming just as soon as I can get it done, about a few very interesting comments made by some of the speakers on our Visionaries panel this morning. But for now, below is a quick glimpse at what happened.
Yesterday, PMA President Allen Showalter presented five remarkable PMA members with the 2013 PMA Distinguished Service Award for their many contributions to the photo imaging industry: Bob Friend, Rob Markoff, CPF, Brian Mundy, Margaret Remy, and Peter Rose. Allen also presented PMA’s highest honor, the 2013 PMA Hall of Fame Award, to Don Spring Jr. (Click on their names to read more.)
Following the awards presentation, emcee Mark Comon welcomed members of the “Young Guns” panel — Michael Rak of Artona Group, Mat Inkley of Imaging Depot, Ryan Millman of Nations Photo Lab, and Jennifer Waicukauski of Looking Glass Photo — who were interviewed by moderator Antonio Neves of ThinqAction. Neves queried the group on lessons learned in the past year, how they connect with their customers, and what they will be doing differently in 2013.
The second 2013 PMA@CES Official Business Session followed this morning, beginning with the election of the 2013-2014 PMA Board of Directors. In an unprecedented vote, PMA President Allen Showalter was reelected to serve a second consecutive term. Having also served as president in 2008-2009, Allen is also now the Association’s only three-time President.
After the election, Neves interviewed our Visionaries panelists: Mike Kahn of Sony, Ron Gazzola of Samsung, Steve Tiffen of Tiffen and Jirair Christianian of Mike’s Camera. In this lively discussion, the group talked about a variety of topics, including the abiding love of photography on the part of the consumer, the great need for more education and where the camera market is going. As interesting as the discussion was, it got more interesting by far when the audience started asking questions… be sure to look for my next PMA Newsline post to find out what was said. I promise, it will be worth waiting for.