Taizaburo “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.
I’m delighted to announce John Segall of Lifetouch is the recipient of the 2014 PMA Hall of Fame Award – PMA’s highest honor — for decades of service to PMA and to the imaging industry as a whole.
John was born into a photographic family. His grandfather, Louis Segall, was a portrait photographer in Germany; his father, Karl Segall, a Professional School Photographers Association (PSPA) Past President and a recipient of the PMA Distinguished Service Award, joined Louis in opening a photography studio after they immigrated to America in 1938.
John and his brother Jeff joined the family business more than 40 years ago. In 1995, the Segall brothers sold both Segall-Majestic and Elegant Images to Lifetouch Inc., and continue to work with Lifetouch to this day.
John attended his first PMA seminar in New Orleans in 1974. He joined the PSPA Board of Directors in 1982, and served until 1988. He was elected President of PSPA in 1985 (a position John’s brother Jeff also held, in 1995). John served on the PMA Board of Directors from 1989-1997, and was elected President in 1993. He became a PMA Lifetime Member in 1994, and was a member of the PMA Services Board of Directors from 2004-2012. John was the organizer of the industry gift to Roy S. Pung, upon Pung’s retirement from PMA in 2002, and serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Michigan State University Roy S. Pung Best Practices in Management Lecture Series. John received the PMA Distinguished Service Award in 2008, and the PSPA Lynx Award in 2012.
John currently serves the imaging industry as Vice President and Board member of the International Photographic Council (IPC), and organized and staged the United Nations Exhibition of Photography on behalf of the IPC at Photokina in 2012. He is also a member of the Buck Rogers/NPG Group.
“With his long and remarkable service to PMA and the entire imaging industry, John continues and builds upon a proud family legacy,” said PMA president Allen Showalter. “On behalf of the entire PMA membership, it is truly a privilege to recognize John with the PMA Hall of Fame Award, as a symbol of our thanks for his lifetime of hard work and dedication.”
John will be presented with the PMA Hall of Fame Award on Jan. 7, 2014, during 2014 PMA@CES, Jan 7-10, 2014, at the LVH in Las Vegas, Nev. Look for more about John in the upcoming Jan./Feb. 2014 issue of PMA magazine.
It’s always exciting to see people honored for their contributions to the industry. PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA) announced today that Myoung Sup Han, president of the Digital Imaging division of Samsung Electronics, has been named their 2014 Person of the Year. This distinguished award is being given to Han in recognition of his contributions to the highly innovative Samsung Galaxy digital imaging products that are driving new consumer experiences in digital photography and connectivity.
Han will be honored at the 48th Annual PMDA Awards Dinner, which takes place on January 6, 2014 at XS Nightclub at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas, just before the start of 2014 PMA@CES.
In addition, Dr. Ren Ng , founder and executive chairman of Lytro, will be given the Herbert Keppler Technical Achievement Award; Don Franz , publisher of Photo Imaging News, will be awarded the Norman C. Lipton Lifetime Achievement Award; and a special Visionary Award will be given to the Eddie Adams Workshop in celebration of their 25th anniversary of promoting young photographers. In addition, famed rock-and-roll portrait photographer Lynn Goldsmith will be presented with the 2014 Professional Photographer Award.
“We’re pleased to be able to recognize these distinguished individuals for their accomplishments in the field of digital imaging,” said Mike Kahn , president of the PMDA. “Our event will once again shine the light on the many accomplishments and innovations that has kept the digital imaging industry on the forefront of the consumer electronics revolution. It will certainly be a night not to miss.”
For his dedication and service to the imaging industry, Jeff Crowley of Fujifilm Australia Pty Ltd was honored yesterday with the PMA Australia Distinguished Service Award at the PMA 2013 Convention, now underway in Melbourne.
Phil Gresham, PMA Australia National Chairperson, presented the award. Congratulations, Jeff!
It’s always great to hear of someone getting a promotion and this is certainly a big one: Go Miyazaki, President of Fujifilm North America, has been appointed Corporate Vice President of Fujifilm Corp. in Tokyo. He will continue his role as President of Fujifilm North America and will also assume the new title of CEO in the U.S.
As President and CEO for Fujifilm North America Corp., he is responsible for four operating divisions: Imaging Division, Electronic Imaging Division, Graphic Systems Division, and Optical Devices Division; and one subsidiary company, Fujifilm Canada Inc.
I was happy, but not at all surprised, to hear my friend and DIMA Board member, Erin Manning, won three 2013 Telly Awards for education videos she produced for clients over the past year — bringing her total Telly Award count to a whopping sixteen, including two golds for for lifetime achievement. She wrote, produced, and hosted all three videos.
If you’d like to learn just what goes into creating great videos, be sure to attend Erin’s upcoming session at the DIMA 2014 Conference, being held right after the new year, on Jan. 5-6, 2014. The DIMA Conference, like all PMA Conferences, will be held just prior to 2014 PMA@CES, Jan. 7-10, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Kodak’s President of Personalized Imaging Laura G. Quatela announced her intention to leave the company’s consumer segment after it is spun-off as a settlement with the pension plan for U.K. employees.
“To help accomplish Kodak’s objectives in its Chapter 11 restructuring,” the company says, “we asked Kodak President Laura Quatela to serve as the business leader responsible for the sale of non-strategic assets and to directly manage the consumer businesses until their transfer to new ownership. Now that this work is nearly complete, Laura is considering what her next challenge will be, while wanting to provide the future owner, KPP, the opportunity to select the senior executive who will carry the Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses forward.”
Quatela will continue to manage the Personalized Imaging business and transaction-related issues through the ownership transition, currently targeted for September.
The Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA), a PMA member association,
honored Ron Inkley with the PMA/DIMA Lifetime Achievement Award at the Wynn Las Vegas XS Nightclub at Encore. The award was received by Inkley’s son, Mat, on behalf of Ron, who was unable to attend.
The PMA/DIMA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals whose vision and body of work have guided and helped shape the future of digital imaging. Inkley is only the fourth individual to receive this honor since the establishment of the award, joining Graham Nash, Mac Holbert, and George E. Smith.
Inkley opened his first photo specialty store in 1947, and built that business to more than twenty stores in four states. He has served the industry in many positions over the past 5 decades, including as President of PMA from 1972-1973 and many years as President of the Photographic Research Organization (PRO). He is a recipient of both the PMA Distinguished Service Award and the PMA Hall of Fame Award – the Association’s highest honor.
Most recently, he and his son Mat opened a new business, The Imaging Depot.
Jim Esp, Executive Director of PMA, who presented the award at a ceremony held Jan. 7, 2013, said, “On behalf of DIMA, it is an honor to give Ron Inkley this much-deserved recognition of a lifetime dedicated to growing and serving the imaging industry.”
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Don Spring Jr. for close to 20 years, so it is with real delight that I announce he will be receiving the 2013 Hall of Fame Award — PMA’s highest honor — at PMA@CES in January.
Here’s the official announcement:
PMA has named Don Spring Jr. of Cavalcade Color Lab in Huntsville, Ontario, the recipient of the 2013 PMA Hall of Fame Award. PMA is recognizing Spring for his many years of service to PMA and to the imaging industry as a whole.
Spring has served PMA in many capacities and roles. From 1997-2000, he was the PMA National Chairperson for Canada. He joined the PMA Board of Directors as a Trustee-at-Large in 2000, became Vice President of PMA in 2001, and took the helm as President in 2003. He continued his service for many years following his presidency as a trustee, and is currently once again Trustee-at-Large. He has served on various PMA committees, including the Mini Lab Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee. Spring became a PMA Life Member in 2004, and received the PMA Distinguished Service Award in 2010.
“In his service to PMA, Spring follows in the footsteps of his father, Don Spring Sr., who had a 40-year career with Kodak and then spent 15 years as Director of Canadian Activities for PMA,” said PMA Executive Director Jim Esp. “Don Spring Jr.’s contribution to PMA and our members over several decades in the industry has been truly invaluable. It is an honor to present this award to Don for his unwavering dedication to growing the imaging industry.”
Spring, who started Cavalcade Color Lab with his brother, Bill, in the 1970s, has also served the imaging industry in other capacities. He was a founding member of the buying group Foto Source Canada, now with over 150 locations across the nation. Previously Chairman of the Board, Spring is now President of Foto Source Canada. He was also Chairman of the Buck Rogers Photo Finishing Group; is a member of both Independent Photo Imagers (IPI) and the Photographic Research Organization (PRO); and is a CITA Canadian Retailer of the Year Award recipient.
Spring will be presented with the PMA Hall of Fame Award on Jan. 8, 2013, during 2013 PMA@CES, Jan 8-11, 2013, at the LVH (formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton) in Las Vegas, Nev.
Peter Tahmin, former vice president at Ritz Camera & Image and co-founder of the Ritz Interactive e-commerce network is the latest addtion to the Board of Advisors at MailPix, a new onlineprovider of photo cards, photo books, prints, enlargements and other tangible photo products.
Tahmin brings 15 years of e-commerce experience and a lifetime of imaging industry experience to MailPix, which was launched in July by PMA Past President Fred Lerner, co-founder and former president and CEO of Ritz Interactive and former president and CEO of Kodak Processing Labs Inc.
“I’m thrilled about my new advisory role, and I look forward to helping Lerner and MailPix.com chart a smooth course for growth and success,” says Tahmin. “It has the potential to be a truly a unique site – one that will leverage the power of the Web and social networking to families by ‘Turning Images into Memories’ at an extremely affordable price.”
Tahmin joins other industry veterans on the MailPix Board of Advisors, including James Joaquin, former president and CEO of Ofoto; Ted McGrath, former president of Fuji Photo Film USA and general manager, Consumer Imaging Division, Eastman Kodak Co.; and Gary Pageau, principal of InfoCircle and former publisher and head of content development and strategic initiatives at PMA.