2017 Advisory Board

2017 Digital Print for Packaging Consulting Experts

  • Ford Bowers

    President and CEO Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA)

    Ford Bowers entered the printing industry as an account manager for Miller Zell, a leading  retail/POP print and service provider,  in 2006. He became the vice president and general manager of the Graphic Center at Miller Zell in 2008, leading the company through the transition from analog (screen and litho) to mostly digital print production. In January of 2016, he became the president and CEO of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, where he continues his involvement in the industry through SGIA’s focus on education, information and the development of its various imaging communities.Ford Bowers entered the printing industry as an account manager for Miller Zell, a leading retail/POP print and service provider, in 2006. He became the vice president and general manager of the Graphic Center at Miller Zell in 2008, leading the company through the transition from analog (screen and litho) to mostly digital print production. In January of 2016, he became the president and CEO of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, where he continues his involvement in the industry through SGIA’s focus on education, information and the development of its various imaging communities.

  • Tom Cooper

    R&D Manager Digital Printing WestRock

    Tom has a BFA ( Photography and Clay) from the University of Maine. He was a production potter for many years and built a log house from scratch over an 8 year period. Tom has been with WestRock (formerly RockTenn Company) from 1991 to Present and works with in the Merchandising Display Division.

    Tom started working in Prepress producing plates for Flexo presses back in 1991. He then managed the Prepress Group for the Winston-Salem MFG location for over 8 years. He served on the FTA First board for 7 years working on both the 2nd and 3rd Edition of the First Book. In 1999 he was given the opportunity to start researching digital printing for his Division and still does to this date. In 2008 Tom earned his Six Sigma Black Belt certification within RockTenn and today works with in the Process Development Group. He has travelled and tested most of the industrial level printers around the world (RGB laser, Toner, and Ink Jet) He was recently installed on the SGIA Board of Directors in 2011.

  • David France

    Packaging Research Fellow ConAgra Foods

    David serves as Packaging Research Fellow for Conagra Brands.  His charge is to identify new packaging technologies, processes and materials with the potential to drive innovation, new product/packaging platforms and support Conagra’s goal of becoming America’s fastest growing food company. He is passionate about good design, sustainability and consumer delight.

    David has been with Conagra for 19 years and has led the development of some of the organization’s most disruptive and successful packaging systems; including the Orville Redenbacher pop-up bowl and the technology behind the Healthy Choice CafĂ© Steamers.

    Prior to joining Conagra, David worked at Apple Computer for 10 years, during that time he served as Apple’s Manager of Worldwide Structural Packaging Design, leading the team that created structural and protective packaging for Apple’s full line of computers, peripherals, and software. David still has a carefully packaged, special edition Newton deep in the bowls of his basement. Make sure you ask him about that.

  • Liz Logue

    Senior Director Corporate Business Development EFI, US

    As the Sr. Director of Corporate Business Development for one of the most active companies in print technology acquisitions, Liz Logue is responsible for planning, market evaluation and execution behind EFI’s strategic M&A activity. In that role, she has helped EFI identify the next key segment applications that enable EFI customers to capitalize on the accelerating analog to digital transformation in print. Her work in corporate development has included directing or assisting in EFI’s strategic moves into the ceramics and textiles while assisting in strategic product development, working with engineering, ink and software teams to implement the correct solution for the target market.

    Prior to joining EFI in 2008, Logue worked for 10 years in various roles at IT Strategies, a specialized strategic consultancy company focused on the digital print industry. In her roles she advised hardware, ink and software vendors on corporate, product and M&A strategy. She also managed research initiatives, maintained industry relationships and kept abreast of the latest technology developments.

    Logue, who lives in the Boston area, has a BA in marketing and finance from Simmons College. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

     

  • Robert Seay

    Robert Seay

    Director of Digital Business Ventures Georgia Pacific

    Robert Seay, Director of Digital Business Ventures, Georgia Pacific

    • USA
  • Steve Shannon

    National Sales Manager - Americas HP

    Stephen’s entire career revolves around developing collaborative relationships within various industries and bringing to life improvements while consistently demonstrating a customer-centric approach, which is sensitive to top & bottom-line priorities. As an accomplished and diversely qualified management professional with a demonstrated track record of successful business growth within regional, national and international businesses including Xerox, Creo, Kodak, IPW, InnoMark Communications and Hewlett – Packard.

    Stephen’s goal is to transit enthusiasm, creativity, contribute new ideas and experience enlightening the corrugated packaging industry for on – going continued growth by providing tactical leadership and innovative concepts helping HP Inc. customers manage all operational aspects of their businesses while ensuring continuous operational improvements.

  • Sean Smyth

    Print Consultant Smithers Pira, UK

    Sean Smyth has spent over 25 years in the industry in senior technology positions for a variety of print businesses across the supply chain, in hands on and consultancy roles. He helps companies make money through the appropriate use of technology.

    Sean has a deep knowledge of the global print market, and a key member of the team providing quantitative market data and forecasts for the printing, paper and packaging industry. He authors off-the-shelf market studies and provides strategic consultancy services to a range of clients across the value chain.

    Sean has a strong background in appropriate application of technology to print, implementing digital print systems, MIS and workflows to take time and cost out of the print supply chain. In 1994 he became Technical Director of Rexam, where the first colour digital presses in the UK were installed and he has extensive experience of digital printing. He has written many books and market studies on the future, print technology and digital print, including Smithers Pira's flagship title "The Print & Production Manual" and the "Future of Global Print Markets".

    He has held senior management roles for several large and small print and print management companies where he applied systems and technology to improve efficiencies. He has a very strong background in digital printing, for users and suppliers. Currently he acts as a non-executive Director at REAL Digital International, the pioneer of high volume inkjet and electrophotographic print. He is the editor of "Digital Labels and Packaging" launched in 2010 for Whitmar Publications, and contributes regular technology columns and articles for the Trade Press and Smithers Pira journals

  • David Zwang

    Principal Zwang & Company

    David Zwang, travels around the globe helping companies increase their productivity, margins and market reach. With over 40 years of industry experience, David specializes in process analysis, and strategic development of firms in the fields of publishing, design, premedia, and printing across the globe. His expertise in production optimization, strategic business planning, market analysis, and related services to companies in the vertical media communications market has transformed many businesses. He is currently the Chairman of the GWG (Ghent Workgroup), and sits on many national and international standards bodies.