I am delighted to announce four outstanding individuals are being honored with the 2015 PMA Distinguished Service Award in recognition for contributions to PMA and to the photo imaging industry as a whole. Recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award are Scott Brownstein of Brownstein & McCabe; Bob Hanson of Harold’s Photo Experts; Nigel McNaught of PMA UK; and Brian Wood of Photovision. They will be recognized at an awards presentation on Jan. 5, 2015, during the PMA 2015 Conferences at Bally’s Las Vegas, immediately preceding the Digital Imaging/Photography Conference and Marketplace, presented by PMA, at 2015 International CES in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Scott Brownstein During his 23 years at Kodak, Scott Brownstein was responsible for many advanced digital products including dye sublimation printing, “Create-A-Print” consumer operated kiosks and finally the Kodak PhotoCD system. In addition, Scott was also the founder and Chief Technolo gy Officer of Fujifilm e-Systems, where he was responsible for the conception and development of advanced digital solutions for the professional and retail markets alike. While at Fuji, he was also the creative force behind 1-hour web-to-retail printing at more than 1,000 camera stores and over 3,500 mass merchandiser locations. He holds 20 U.S. patents. He was the founding president of the Digital Imaging Marketing Association, served as a member of the Board of Trustees for PMA, and was also a member of the Board of Directors of PNI. Since leaving Fuji in 2006, Scott has remained active as an independent imaging consultant and visionary to small and large photo industry stakeholders alike.
Bob Hanson Bob Hanson is the president of Harold’s Photo Experts, which operates four retail photo stores in South Dakota, North Dakota and Iowa. Harold’s is a family-owned business that was started in 1910 by Emil Hanson, Bob’s grandfather, as a portrait studio. Bob’s three children are active in the business. Harold’s has been an early adopter and currently operates a central lab with full production capabilities that include film, scanning, wide format printing, press printing, video, sublimation printing, and framing. The company offers a comprehensive online ordering platform and employs a staff of about 60. Bob served as a PMA Territorial Vice President in the 1970s, and was actively involved as a member of PMA’s Retail Local Markets Committee in the 1990s and 2000s. He has also served on the PMA Board of Trustees, and the PMA Executive Committee as both treasurer and vice president. Bob has been a member of the Photographic Research Organization (PRO) for over 40 years, and served on the PRO Board of Directors, on the Executive Committee, and as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Additionally, Bob is a member of Independent Photo Imagers (IPI) and contributed to the development of IPI’s Marketing Services Program.
Nigel McNaught Nigel McNaught spent 50 years working in the photo industry, starting as a shop assistant at a local photo dealer during his youth. He studied the science and technology of photography at University in London, United Kingdom, and his first “real” job was using photography within a research department in the aerospace industry. He joined Polaroid in 1973 as a technical sales rep, and held many subsequent posts, including publicity manager at the time of the patent infringement court case with Kodak. He then headed up the national accounts sales team before moving to Olympus as general manager. Nigel’s career also included an international marketing role with Hope Industries and working with darkroom supplier De Vere before joining PMA as UK Director in 2003. With PMA, Nigel introduced the very popular retail business forum program, which became a regular vehicle for the exchange of ideas. Among the many posts Nigel held over the ensuing 11 years was Chairman of the Skillset Imaging Forum, part of a government initiative to regularize training and qualifications in the creative industries. He also headed the ongoing ID/passport photo campaign for specialty photo retailers, and frequently shared his extensive knowledge of the imaging industry and trends by speaking at sales conferences and meetings. Nigel has also been a regular contributor to a number of photo magazines. Nigel retired from his role at Director of PMA UK in 2014, but says he “is surprised at how many telephone calls he still gets asking his opinion on matters photographic.”
Brian Wood Brian Wood fell in love with the photo industry when his parents bought a photo business in Salem, Ore., in 1968, where he began learning to dry and sort prints on a Pako drum dryer. By 1973, he was working after school in both the camera store and the photo lab. In 1977, he took over the photo lab side of the business and soon split it off from the camera store as a separate company. Over the past 35-plus years, he has built the business extensively, while taking the time to serve the industry in many capacities. In 1993, Brian joined IPI, and was invited to join the National Photofinishers Group (NPG), which he served as Chairman in 1996. Three years later, he helped merge NPG with the Buck Rogers Group, and became Chairman of Buck Rogers in 2001. Brian served on the board of IPI from 2006-2011, including positions of US National Chairman in 2006 and Chairman from 2007-2009. In 2008, Brian joined the PMA Executive Board, and served as President of PMA from 2010-2012. Brian currently serves PMA on the Board of Trustees. Register for the PMA 2015 Official Business Session on Jan. 5, where Scott, Bob, Nigel and Brian will receive their award, as well as all the other exciting sessions and opportunities PMA has to offer in conjunction with CES this January, by visiting http://bit.ly/1rpOCMm.