Josephine Herrick Project elects new exec board, new president Matt Sweetwood

Matt Sweetwood is the new JHP president

Matt Sweetwood is the new JHP president

Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) elected a new executive board in preparation for the 2016 commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the organization.  The new officers are Matt Sweetwood, president; Miriam Leuchter, vice president; Craig Nisnewitz, secretary and Russell Pomeranz, treasurer.

Sweetwood was president of Unique Photo, a state-of-the-art Nw Jersey camera store for 30 years, and is a regular contributor on national TV as a photography expert. He is currently business and marketing consultant to the photo industry.

Leuchter is the editor-in-chief of Popular Photography ( and American Photo ( She is responsible for editorial content for both of these brands, and is responsible for the expansion of Popular Photography into books, video, and other areas.

Nisnewitz has 30 years experience specializing in construction law, commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation, prosecution and defense of surety and bond claims, administrative law and prevailing wage claims under Federal and New York State labor laws. Pomeranz has 25 years of experience leading the finance and administration of nonprofit organizations with missions related to social services, education, the arts and think tanks. Most recently, Pomeranz started his own consulting firm, The Claverack Advisory Group.

Other directors are  Jackie Augustine (past president), Randy Bourne, Mark Hempel, John McGeary, Brett Morash, Richard Rabinowitz, Ron Sharpe (past president). Barbara Suen, and Theo Vaskevitch.

JHP will host its annual Benefit Party and Photography Auction (including original prints from  Douglas Kirkland, Man Ray, Robert Farber and other photographers), Monday, Oct. 19, at Affirmation Arts in New York City.

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

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.

Canon USA names new CEO, opens new service center

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.


Canon Canada announces new President and CEO

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.

John Segall of Lifetouch receives 2014 PMA Hall of Fame Award

John Segall receives PMA’s highest honor. Photo by Diane Berkenfeld.

John Segall receives PMA’s highest honor. Photo by Diane Berkenfeld.

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.

PMDA names 2014 Person of the Year

pmda logoIt’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.”

Crowley honored with PMA Australia Distinguished Service Award

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!

(Left to right) PMA President Allen Showalter, Distinguished Service Award recipient Jeff Crowley of Fujifilm Australia, PMA Australia National Chairperson Phil Gresham, and PMA Executive Director Jim Esp

(Left to right) PMA President Allen Showalter, Distinguished Service Award recipient Jeff Crowley of Fujifilm Australia, PMA Australia National Chairperson Phil Gresham, and PMA Executive Director Jim Esp



Fujifilm names Go Miyazaki as Corporate Vice President of Fujifilm Corp.

Go_MiyazakiIt’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.