2017 Industry Expert Speakers

Representatives from Kodak, Havi, Tonejet Limited, DataLase, SGIA and more will present at Digital Print for Packaging US. Learn more about the 2017 speakers below.

  • Will Dowden

    Technical Sales Manager, Printing Clariant Plastics and Coatings

    Will Dowden is Technical Sales Manager for Non-Impact Printing within Clariant’s Pigments business unit. He is primarily responsible for delivering solutions to digital ink and toner manufacturers in North America from Clariant’s wide range of pigments and dyes.

    Will has nearly 30 years experience in the printing industry.  He joined Clariant in September 2000 after holding R&D and technical management positions at multiple firms including Electrocal and Kurz Transfer Products.

    Will Dowden holds a BS degree in chemistry from the Central Connecticut State University.

  • Mark Abramson

    CEO PrintForm

    Mark Abramson is CEO of PrintForm Corporation, a company that makes software-as-a-service for single piece and short-run digitally printed product manufacturing.  Mark is an expert in complex global supply chains for high-growth apparel companies and now excels at digital workflow and industrial printing of single piece and short-run products.

    Mark's own product business, ThinFolio Custom Wallets, went from a very labor-intensive manual design and print process to one that is now totally automated thanks to the online designer and digital workflow system they built in-house.  He then started PrintForm after getting many requests to implement his software for other manufacturers.  He has a BS in Computer Science from Tufts University and his greatest achievement is his startup role of Proud Dad.  Fun facts: he is a former president of USA Cycling and he also restores antique woodworking machines.

  • Donald Allred

    WW Sales & Marketing Innovative Solutions, Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division Kodak, US

    Mr. Donald Allred has had a key part of developing several inkjet technologies, applications, and markets in his career.  His over 35 years of work has been focused on inkjet technology and applications.  Of note is his participation in phase change drop-on-demand inkjet technology for industrial applications, binary continuous inkjet technology for proofing and fine art reproduction, and at present the Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology.  Mr. Allred is currently responsible for Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Packaging and Innovative Applications covering business opportunities through partnerships and direct with customers to expand the breadth of applications using the new Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology. 

    Mr. Allred has helped open several new applications for Kodak inkjet including newspaper printing, corrugated printing, carton, d├ęcor, napkins, and now into direct printing on flexible films.

    Mr. Allred has a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Central Florida.  He currently lives in the Cincinnati – Dayton area, while traveling regularly to see his children and grandchild in New York and Columbus, Ohio.

  • Scott Anderson

    Barberan Jet Master Lead Bennett Packaging

    Scott Anderson, a Midwest native, graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. It was at that time, about 20 years ago, that he began his career in Graphic Design. Initially in the signage industry, with a little apparel on the side, he eventually moved into the retail packaging and displays industry about five years ago. Scott’s drive for perfection led him to learn as much as he could about printing technology—as the print was imperative for effectively translating a great design. It was that knowledge, and his passion, that won Scott the Digital Production Supervisor role at Bennett Packaging of Kansas City. This was right at the time the Bennett’s were in the market to add supplemental equipment to the plant’s already impressive printing capabilities.  Scott was charged with researching and ultimately observing a large-format, direct-to-sheet, single-pass digital press being manufactured by Barberan, a company in Spain. With the help of Scott’s educated analysis, the Bennett’s took the leap and invested in the only digital printer of its kind in North America—the Jetmaster 1680. Scott was an integral fixture during the installation, testing, and training of the new digital equipment. In less than six months, Scott and his team were supplying Bennett clients with award-winning, high-graphic, digitally-printed displays. Now, as Bennett’s “in-house digital printing expert”, he is not only the lead supervisor, but also the key resource during plant tours, not to mention the biggest digital printing advocate you’ll find in the Kansas City area!

  • Fran Biderman-Gross

    CEO and President Advantages

    Fran Biderman Gross is President and CEO of Advantages, a design, marketing, and branding agency in New York City with national clients from the service, retail, manufacturing and not–for-profit sectors. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Fran has led Advantages to focus on purpose-driven work in areas from brand development to packaging design, print production through project management. 

  • 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.

  • Rob Daniels

    President QTL

    Rob Daniels, President, QTL

  • Neil Darin

    Senior Program Manager, Global Innovation Havi

    Neil Darin is a packaging engineer with over 20 years of experience within the packaging industry.  He has worked with a diversity of materials and applications as a product developer, researcher, and innovation specialist at OM Scotts and Sons, Union Camp Corporation, Kraft Foods, and most recently HAVI.  His career focus has been to enable companies to build brand recognition, market share, and value by bringing emerging, packaging relevant technologies to commercial fruition.  Among his accomplishments, Kraft Foods was recognized by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute with the Packaging Line of the Year award in 2005 for a flexible film platform and operation which he initiated.  In his present role, he leads the HAVI Global Innovation program, where HAVI partners with technology owners to enable market activation of their technologies.

  • Raymond W. Dickinson

    Vice President, Marketing and Business Development for Digital Solutions Mark Andy Inc.

    20+ years developing Digital Printing markets, technologies, applications & solutions.  Currently at Mark Andy, Inc. Vice President, Marketing & Business Development for Digital Solutions.  Previously worked at Indigo which became part of the Hewlett-Packard Company, 1997 – 2012.  Prior to Indigo, held marketing positions at paper manufacturing and converting firms: Fort James Corporation and Sweetheart Cup.


    Professional Certification: CPIM, American Production & Inventory Control Society

    Degree: BS Business Operations Management, University of Delaware.  

    Navy Veteran: Submarines

  • Karen English

    Market Development Manager

    Karen has been in the flexible packaging industry for 13 years.  She currently serves as Market Development Manager for Printpack, a global leader in flexible and specialty rigid packaging, and is leading Printpack’s digital printing business.   She has extensive experience in product, materials, and packaging development and has a passion for innovation.  Karen earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Kentucky and her Masters of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville.  She enjoys photography, hiking, tennis, and travel.

  • Todd Fayne

    Principal Engineer PepsiCo

    Todd attained his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. His PepsiCo experience includes printing and ink systems development and commercialization, in addition to, flexible packaging materials and barrier development and commercialization.

    Todd received the PepsiCo Chairman’s Awards, DuPont innovation Award and “R&D 100 Award” for “One of the 100 Technologically Significant New Products of the Year”.

    Prior to PepsiCo worked at Toray Plastics as a technical engineer developing PET films for industrial and packaging applications.

    Todd lives in Dallas, Texas. In his spare time, Todd enjoys world travel, fine food and drinks, and cool summer breezes on the ocean.

  • Marvin Foreman

    Sales Manager Tonejet Limited

    Marvin Foreman has over 30 years experience in the printing industry, including 20+ years spent in the USA.  Marvin enjoyed a successful 10 year sales career with Fujifilm Graphic Systems in their wide format digital equipment division before heading back to the UK.  In 2014 Marvin joined Tonejet as Sales Manager and is responsible for digital equipment sales into the packaging market, specifically the beverage industry.

  • Scott Gilbert

    Director of Innovation and Commercialization Phototype

    As Director of Innovation and Commercialization, Scott is responsible for business strategy, planning and operational execution to globally commercialize product offerings unique to Phototype.

    Phototype is a 95-year-old, 4th generation family-owned business. We’re a strategic, creative, and production powerhouse that provides fully integrated graphic solutions to the consumer packaged goods (CPG), retail, printing and converting industries. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Phototype maintains numerous client dedicated service centers in the U.S. and operates a number of world-class production facilities, both domestically and internationally.

  • D. Robert Hammond

    Technical Sales Director Mica Corporation

    Rob started at Mica in 1998. He started in the laboratory both developing new products and creating the QA procedures for testing manufacturing products. 3 years later, he moved into the Technical Sales department. In 2014, he took on the role of Technical Sales Director. He is an active member of TAPPI, SPE, AIMCAL, IoPP, and ACS.

    Previous to Mica, Rob worked for 17 years in Corporate Research and Development; those companies were Allied Chemical (Honeywell), GTE Laboratories (Verizon), and Polaroid. Rob graduated from Northeastern University with an ACS accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. His professional fields of specialization include molecular spectroscopy, thermal analysis, polymer technology and coating technology.

  • Dave Joseph

    Segment Marketing Manager HP

    Dave Joseph, Segment Marketing Manager, HP

  • Brett Kirkpatrick

    Chief Operating Officer Bay Cities

    Brett Kirkpatrick graduated from DeVry University in 1988. While finishing his schooling Brett started his career with Bay Cities in 1986 and worked his way up through the ranks, beginning as a Sample Maker in the Design Department. In his 31 years at Bay Cities, Brett has assumed a variety of roles including Structural Designer/NSTA Testing Engineer, Pre-Production Manager, CSR Manager, Operations Manager, VP of Operations, and in 2011 he took over the role of COO. During his time as Vice President, Brett implemented energy saving programs and sustainable initiatives throughout the manufacturing process, coordinated the layouts and purchase of tooling to run the most efficient way through all machinery, and saved over $1MM in worker’s comp costs by promoting a safe working environment, amid many other accomplishments. Brett has worked in making Bay Cities a more efficient company in the implantation of digital printing which cut down in both time and costs and allowed flexibility for customer orders that require variety. He also oversaw the improvement of the packout logistics process by introducing a new software system that utilizes cloud technology. His variety of experience working in each of the departments at Bay Cities gives him a deep understanding of the company and corrugated industry allowing him to implement positive changes, processes, and efficiencies along the way.


    Brett loves spending time with his family and a bit of adventure. He enjoys boating, camping and traveling.

  • Chris Knecht

    Commercial Lead and Product Development Manager Georgia-Pacific Corrugated

    With over 30 years experience in gravure, flexo and offset pre-press, print tooling and print for packaging - Mr. Knecht has been instrumental in the development of product offerings, paper testing and design and pre-press standards for digital inkjet print for packaging. He has been on the ground floor with GP and their implementation of the first HP T400 and now the first and only HP T1100 in North America. Chris leads a team of Creative, Design and Print professionals to bring solutions to the consumer packaging market.

  • Aaron Mallory

    Account Executive- Brand Management Solutions ESKO

    Aaron Mallory is an Account Executive for Esko’s Brand Management Solutions business unit, helping to deliver software solutions for graphics, packaging, and print for some of the world’s largest brands.  This is Aaron’s 2nd stint at Esko, making for a total of 13 years as an Esko team member.  In between his stints at Esko, Aaron was a Solution Architect at HP in the Indigo Labels & Packaging segment, providing expertise around DFE, automated workflow and color management.  He lives in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio and services brands and CPG's from Michigan all the way over to New England.

  • Oana Manolache

    AMS Labels and Packaging Marketing Manager HP

    Oana Manolache, AMS Labels and Packaging Marketing Manager, HP

  • Todd Meissner

    President Color Ink, Inc.

    Todd Meissner, President, Color Ink, Inc

  • Terry Milano

    Director of Channel Development ESKO

    Terry Milano is the Director of Channel Development for Esko Graphics in North America.  He has over 30 years in manufacturing and production including 20 years of experience automating and streamlining workflows in businesses to help increase efficiency, reduce mistakes, and increase profit margins.  Terry has worked closely with many of Esko’s and HP’s customers – both brands and supply-chain partners – to help them leverage digital technologies to strengthen the brand in order to create a competitive advantage.

  • Brent Moncrief

    VP Marketing FujiFilm

    Brent Moncrief has spent more than 30 years in the graphic communications industry, including significant roles in the Agency, Commercial, Sign & Display and Packaging segments. He is active in many industry associations, including Chair, Board and Committee positions across all print market verticals. Brent is currently leading all Marketing and Brand Management efforts for Fujifilm’s Graphic Systems Division for the Americas.

  • Chuck Pemble

    V.P. of Business Development DataLase

    Chuck Pemble is a sales and marketing professional with over 25 years in packaging and automation.   He has held numerous positions at Square D Company, Domino Printing Sciences and the last 12 years for Datalase Ltd., now part of Sato Group.  In his current position as V.P of Business Development, Chuck leads a team that provides solutions to brand owners utilizing Datalase’s proprietary color activated materials which are incorporated into coatings for various packaging. These coatings allow brand owners to deploy laser technology to digitally print in-line graphics and content directly onto packaging at various points in the supply chain.  The solutions allow brand owners to bring the virtual world closer to the physical world, allowing them to take the data in the Cloud and connect with the consumer in a more personal way that keeps them engaged with the brand.

  • Gianluigi Rankin

    Director of Product Marketing Memjet US Services, Inc.

    Gianluigi Rankin joined Memjet in 2016 as the Director of Product Marketing. His main responsibility is to inform and drive Memjet’s product marketing strategy in the wide-format, commercial printing, and packaging markets.

    Prior to joining Memjet, Gianluigi spent 24 years working in a range of large format, commercial printing and corrugated packaging businesses for HP in Germany, Spain, and the US. Most notably, Gianluigi was the product manager for the HP PageWide T400S and T1100S web presses from the inception of the projects until he left the company.

  • 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

  • Bob Taylor

    Senior Software Architect HP

    Bob Taylor is a Senior Software Architect at HP, focusing on web service development & deployment for 2D & 3D printing.  He has experience in building businesses and developing systems for the production, consumer, and enterprise markets.

  • Debbie Thorp

    Business Development Director Global Inkjet Systems

    Debbie has worked in digital printing for over 20 years, including 10 years in senior positions at specialist digital printing consultancy companies such as BIS Strategic Decisions, IT Strategies and CAP Ventures. Debbie joined Xaar as Head of Group Marketing in the late 90’s and then moved on to be Director of Business Development at AIP Ltd, a liquid toner technology JV between RLA and TTP.  More recently Debbie was VP EMEA Operations at iTi - an inkjet integrator and materials deposition device manufacturer. In early 2010, Debbie was appointed Business Development Director at Global Inkjet Systems Ltd, a leading developer of software drivers and electronics. Debbie has a BA degree in Modern Languages from Manchester University and an MBA from Durham University Business School.

  • Martin Van Waeyenberge

    Business Consultant Digital Printing Corrugated Bobst

    Martin Van Waeyenberge, Business Consultant Digital Printing Corrugated, Bobst

  • Ray Weiss

    Digital Imaging Specialist SGIA

    Ray Weiss, Digital Imaging Specialist for SGIA, joined the Association in 2014.  He provides solutions and technical information on digital printing as well as digital equipment, materials, and vendor referrals. He oversees several workshops at SGIA along with the association's digital equipment evaluation program. Ray is also a regular contributor to the association's Journal. Ray has extensive experience in color management and worked closely with the Smithsonian Institution to implement a color managed workflow in their Exhibits department.

    Color Management/Accuracy and Verification

    • Color Management for Digital Textile Printing
    • Color Management Challenges
    • Verification


  • G. Scott Wood

    Senior Product Manager, Inkjet Solutions EFI

    G. Scott Wood is a Senior Product Manager for EFI Inkjet Solutions, a leading manufacturer of wide-format and superwide digital inkjet printing solutions, based in Meredith, NH. With over 16 years of product management and development experience, Scott has managed products and services in the graphics printing, industrial marking and coding, and precision fluidics industries with leading companies, such as EFI, Parker Hannifin, and Markem-Imaje. Scott holds undergraduate degrees in flight operations and aviation management from Daniel Webster College, as well as an MBA from Franklin Pierce University. 

  • Ed Zumbiel

    President Zumbiel Packaging

    Like you, a business leader and digital aficionado, Ed Zumbiel has spent most of his career in the packaging trenches.  And, like you, Ed has waited, with the patience of Job, for the development of digital machinery capable of satisfying the needs of high volume packaging customers.

    After over 20 years, with patience at an end, Ed commissioned a team of global leaders in digital printing and press manufacturing to engineer a high-speed digital paperboard packaging line for Zumbiel’s food, beverage and pharmaceutical customers.   Ed will provide highlights of the team’s digital odyssey, and details of the unique production capabilities as a result thereof.

    Ed is President of Zumbiel Digital, which evolved from Zumbiel Packaging, a 170 year old family-owned paperboard packaging firm headquartered in Hebron, KY.  Ed also serves on the Board of the Paperboard Packaging Council. 

  • 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.