Former Sony VP Mike Kahn brings new “gig” to The Big Photo Show

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Mike Kahn newYou probably saw our recent announcement that Entertainment Radio News will once again be broadcasting live from The Big Photo Show, and we are very excited to welcome them back. ERN will broadcast their nationally syndicated and internet radio programs including Popular Technology Radio, Working Mother Radio, and Popular Science Radio from the show. You also might have noticed, when reading that announcement, a name very familiar to many in our industry among the show hosts: Mike Kahn.

Yes, it’s that Mike Kahn, our good friend and former Vice President of Partnership Marketing at Sony Electronics. Mike recently became host of  Popular Technology Radio, in which, along with Pop Tech’s impressive array of regular contributors and guests, he covers all the latest news, products and gossip concerning the wide field of consumer technology and entertainment.

Popular Technology Radio broadcasts via syndicated radio every Saturday from 9:00-11:00 AM PT on 41 stations nationwide in markets including; Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle, Orlando, St. Louis, Nashville, Grand Rapids, Memphis and Jacksonville.

Mike has also shaken up the consumer technology world with the advent of the Pop Tech Testers program which allows consumers to try out the latest and greatest technology first-hand. Testers are given the opportunity to provide real, relevant feedback live on Popular Technology Radio.

Kahn commented, “I am thrilled to be hosting Popular Technology Radio for ERN. My mission: share new technology that makes our lives better, easier and most importantly, fun.”

He will be doing just that at The Big Photo Show in Los Angeles on May 17. Be sure to listen in!

PMDA elects Dan Unger as president


Dan-Unger-March-2014-large PMDA-Logo-New-vert-largeOur friend Dan Unger has an impressive new achievement on his resume — he is now president of the PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA).

In taking the reins of PMDA, Dan, the corporate communications manager at Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co., will continue PMDA’s mission to promote and advance imaging while working with member organizations to help chart the industry’s future.

Having served on the PMDA board of directors since 1993, Unger succeeds another good friend of ours, Mike Kahn of Sony, who will remain an active member of the PMDA board. In addition, Neal Manowitz, a director of product marketing at Sony, will join the PMDA board.

Walk off the war: Fujifilm sponsors veterans organization

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The U.S. division of Fujifilm is sponsoring Warrior Hike, a non-profit organization supporting combat veterans transitioning from their military service by hiking America’s National Scenic Trails.

Warrior Hike has partnered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and more recently with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and the Pacific Crest Trail Association to expand the “Walk Off The War” Program. During the 6-month 2,000-plus mile journey along a National Scenic Trail, veterans have the opportunity to decompress from their military service and come to terms with their wartime experiences while learning to use the outdoors as an alternative form of therapy.

As part of its sponsorship, Fujifilm has donated several FinePix XP-Series rugged, waterproof cameras “so that as the veterans embark on their journeys through the “Walk Off The War” program, they are able to capture the scenery and memories as they experience them.,” the company says. “We hope the veterans will find solace in the images and movies they capture along the trails and help them as they transition back into civilian life.”

In addition, Fujifilm will be supporting the Warrior Hike by matching their employee donations through their Corporate Giving program.

Fujifilm Holdings America Corporation is the Regional Headquarters for all the Americas, comprised of subsidiary companies in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.

Canon USA names new CEO, opens new service center

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Yoruku Adachi steps up as the new chairman of Canon U.S.A. Adachi has been President and CEO since 2005; he will remain CEO. He joined Canon in Japan in 1970.

Yuichi Ishizuka is now president and COO. Ishizuka will continue his current responsibilities as executive vice president and general manager for the Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, where he oversees the camera, video and inkjet printer groups. Ishizuka joined Canon in Japan in 1981, where he worked in the camera division.

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Also: In the US, Canon opened a new service and support center in Itasca, Illinois — just outside of Chicago.

The facility “will provide comprehensive product repair and maintenance of Canon’s professional products to Cinema, Platinum, and Gold level members of Canon’s Professional Services (CPS) program, and owners of Canon professional broadcast lenses,” the company says. Canon adds that it wants to provide support “where our professional photography, cinema, broadcast and television production customers work, so that we can return their products to the original factory condition and operation as quickly as possible.”

Canon says the Itasca facility is its third service facility exclusively available to professional clients, joining the Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center and the New York/New Jersey service and support center.


Nikon Research CEO retires, new president appointed


Nikon says the CEO and president of its Nikon Research Corporation of American subsidiary has retired.

Tom Novak is succeeded by Dr. Donis Flagello, who assumed the role of NRCA President, CEO and COO effective April 1, 2014.

Novak worked at Nikon since 1992. Flagello has served as an NRCA Fellow for the past five years, and has more than 30 years experience in the semiconductor industry, Nikon says.

NRCA provides research and development in the United States for Nikon’s worldwide product portfolio.


PPFA member Herbert Goode of Silver Cloud Galleries shot to death in robbery

This image of Howard Goode appeared in the Chicago Tribune, attributed to Savor Photography
This image of Howard Goode appeared in the Chicago Tribune, attributed to Savor Photography

This image of Howard Goode appeared in the Chicago Tribune, attributed to Savor Photography

Tragic news has been reported by the Chicago Tribune: PPFA member Herbert Goode, owner of Silver Cloud Galleries in Chicago, Ill., was gunned down on Saturday in an apparent robbery. The shooting happened at the factory Goode owned, and where he has worked for the past 30 years.

Goode was a donor to and volunteer for animal welfare organizations, and had been active in local school boards and the Boy Scouts of America, the Chicago Tribune reports. Read more here.

In memoriam: Bea Calev

Beatrice “Bea” Calev of Scottsdale, Arizona and East Northport, New York, wife of former PMA President, the late Ben Calev,  passed away from a stroke on Feb. 21, 2014.  A loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and longtime friend to many, Bea Calev loved life, and shared it with all she came in contact with.  She will be truly missed by many.

Canon Canada announces new President and CEO

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TaizabCanon logouro “Ted” Egawa was named President and CEO of Canon Canada yesterday. He replaces Kazuto “Kevin” Ogawa, who now assumes an executive position with Canon China and the Canon Asia Group after six years with Canon Canada.

A 31-year veteran with Canon, Ted joined Canon Inc. in 1983, beginning his career with the International Business Management department where he was responsible for office equipment sales for corporate clients. He has worked in several Canon Global Regions, including Japan and the United States. He also spent a year with Canon Canada’s Camera and Video Division between 1984 and 1985.
Most recently, he was the Vice President & General Manager of Strategy Planning & Administration for the Imaging Technologies and Communications Group (ITCG) at Canon U.S.A., spending close to 16 years with this region where he was responsible for the strategic direction and business operations for Canon’s digital photographic and imaging solutions products.

IPC celebrates 40th anniversary at 2014 PMA@CES

The IPC 40th Anniversary logo, designed by IPC board member Kathy Magrane and IPC member Muzammil I. Sidiqqui, combines elements of IPC’s traditional logo with 40th anniversary graphics.
The IPC 40th Anniversary logo, designed by IPC board member Kathy Magrane and IPC member Muzammil I. Sidiqqui, combines elements of IPC’s traditional logo with 40th anniversary graphics.

The IPC 40th Anniversary logo, designed by IPC board member Kathy Magrane and IPC member Muzammil I. Sidiqqui, combines elements of IPC’s traditional logo with 40th anniversary graphics.

PMA began its 90th birthday celebration this week at the PMA 2014 Conferences — but we’re not the only ones marking an important milestone in 2014.

The International Photographic Council (IPC), the New York-based nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing worldwide recognition of photography as a universal means of communication, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. To help launch a year-long celebration, IPC unveiled a new commemorative logo during PMA@CES today —“PEACE THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY”—which reflects its history and core mission.

Since it was founded in 1974, the non-governmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations, with an international membership representing every major photo industry sector, has supported initiatives that embrace the motto “Peace Through Understanding, Understanding Through Photography, the Universal Language.”

From its early achievement in getting a commemorative stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service to honor photography, the IPC has driven and implemented major initiatives in support of the photoimaging industry.

Each year, IPC President James Chung invites professional photography organizations to nominate a professional photographer who best represents their group’s ideals. Honorees are recognized at an Annual Leadership Award Luncheon at the United Nations during “May: International Professional Photography Month.”

In 2012, IPC presented a United Nations Photo Exhibit at Photokina in Cologne, Germany. The “United Nations: Decades of Achievement” exhibition ran throughout the convention, September 17-23, and continues as an international traveling exhibit.

IPC offers scholarships to outstanding photoimaging students: the Ira Seebacher Scholarship Award for American school students who excel in the study of photography; the Kunio Yatomi Scholarship for graduate students in Japan who achieve excellence in their photoimaging major; and the Sophie Smoliar Scholarship for outstanding European students in photographic classes. The photo industry of Germany co-sponsors this European scholarship.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “This year, our Annual Leadership Award Luncheon at the United Nations will be a very special occasion,” says IPC President James Chung. “In addition to celebrating the achievements of our professional photographer honorees, we will celebrate our 40th anniversary. We join our friends at PMA in celebrating their 90th anniversary, along with the 175th anniversary of photography in 2014 — a year filled with key industry milestones.”

Throughout 2014, IPC will be posting anniversary-related stories and images on its website and social media. Watch for testimonials and anecdotes from Leadership Award honorees, photographs and IPC historical trivia, on the IPC website.



In memoriam: PMA Past President David “Cork” Robison

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David "Cork" Robison

David “Cork” Robison

David F. “Cork” Robison, President of Robison-Mohr Photo Labs (RO-MO) and PMA President in 1974-1975, passed away on Dec. 5 in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was 85.

He was preceded in death by his father, Elon C. Robison, who was also President of PMA in 1957-1958; and by his mother, Frances “Fran” Robison; and his brother, Donald E. Robison.
He is survived by his children Michael W. (Pam) Robinson, Mary L. Robison,  Timothy D. (Debbie) Robison Sr.,  Anne I. (Richard) Emnett, Brian P. Robison, and Kathryn P. (Jay) Bowden, and six grandchildren.

Donations can be made in his name to the SPCA, Friends of Strays or Pet Pal Rescue. A celebration of David’s life was held Dec. 8 at St. Petersburg Yacht Club, St. Pete Beach, Fla. Visit the family’s personalized online guest book at