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.