Liberty marks 30th anniversary

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libertyLiberty Synergistics is celebrating 30 years in business. Ron Green founded Liberty in 1984, initially as a supplier of plastic and stainless steel ball bearings to the photo and motion picture industries. Over the past 30 years, Liberty has grown significantly to meet the product, parts and accessories needs of wholesale and retail image processing companies across the USA and internationally. In recent years, Liberty added a fulfillment division, ivoke, making millions of personalized products. ivoke is a production and fulfillment powerhouse, working behind the scenes of many companies, brands, photographers and artists.

“We are continuing to realign our product offerings to include all the new innovative products that allow us to personalize our lives through imaging,” comments Green, CEO.

As a testament to Liberty’s commitment to the evolving imaging and personalization industry, the Company is launching a new website, www.Liberty2Create.com, in August. Using the latest web and e-commerce technology, the new site offers a broad array of products to help imaging and personalization companies grow their revenue. From wide format printing to sublimation, direct print and mounting, Liberty2create offers a broad line of products to help labs increase their revenues and provide new and differentiated products to their customers.

Check back often, as the site will continually be updated with how-to videos, new products, and more.

In memoriam: George Champagne Sr.

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obit_photoGeorge Champagne passed away June 6 at the age of 89. He was owner, with his wife Irene, of Champagne Studios in Pawtucket, R.I. for 22 years, and co-owner of Abar Color Labs of Providence, R.I., for 32 years. He served the industry in many capacities all throughout his career, including as president of the Association of Professional Color Labs (APCL), the precursor of the Association of Imaging Executives (AIE), in 1988-1989. He also received the PMA  Distinguished Service Award in 1998.

He is survived by his children, George R. Champagne (Nancy); David G. Champagne (Linda); Diane Neligon (Thomas); Jean Kruzan (Bradley); Jacqueline Schlageter (William); and the late Suzanne Padien (Richard); 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

In memoriam: Suzanne Cohn

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Sue Cohn

Sue Cohn

I am sad to report that Suzanne Cohn, 79, wife of PMA Past President Herb Cohn of Violet Camera Shops in Chattanooga, Tenn., died on the morning of June 9, 2014. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

Suzanne was born in Chicago in 1934 and met Herb her freshman year in college. They married in 1954 and had three children, Geoffrey, Amy and Gerry. Sue was employed as a social worker at Moccasin Bend Hospital, as the executive director of the American Heart Association, and in the Continuing Education Division of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A tireless volunteer and organizer, Sue lived a life of giving to others, be it family, friends, synagogue, community, or strangers she met on the street. She received numerous awards of recognition for her service to community, including the American Lung Association Woman of Distinction, the JC Penney Golden Rule Award, and the Partnership for Families Family of the Year award. Sue was also active in all aspects of her synagogue, Mizpah Congregation.

Sue is survived by her husband of 59 years, Herb; daughter, Amy and son-in-law, Jon Cohen; son, Gerry Cohn; siblings, five grandchildren, and seven nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Sue’s life will be held at Mizpah Congregation at 1 p.m. on  June 13. The family will be available for visitation in the synagogue beginning at noon. Burial will follow the service at Mizpah Congregation Cemetery.

Memorial contributions be made in Sue’s honor to the Mizpah Congregation Endowment Fund (923 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403), or the Chattanooga Area Food Bank (2009 Curtain Pole Road, Chattanooga, TN 37406), designated in memory of Suzanne Cohn.

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

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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

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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.