2018 Advisory Board

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • David Murphy

    Worldwide Marketing Director PageWide Industrial division HP

    David serves as worldwide marketing director for HP’s PageWide Industrial division. David and his team drive the division's global marketing strategy, product marketing, and business development. He works intimately with HP’s customers in commercial print, mail, publishing, and packaging sectors, helping them transform their business models, accelerate growth, and maximize value through digital print.

    In his 20-plus-year tenure in the production print community, David has held multi-national leadership roles in marketing, sales, and business development. He is an advocate for digital production print and the graphic arts industry, having served in numerous print associations, conferences, and boards of directors.

    David holds MBA and BS degrees in marketing and he makes his home in San Diego, California.

  • Robert Seay

    Robert Seay

    Director of Digital Business Ventures Georgia Pacific

    Robert Seay, Director of Digital Business Ventures, Georgia Pacific

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  • 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

  • Debbie Thorp

    Business Development Director Global Inkjet Systems Ltd

    Debbie Thorp has worked in digital printing for over 25 years and is Business Development Director at Global Inkjet Systems Ltd (GIS), a leading developer of RIP software, drivers, electronics and ink system components for industrial inkjet printheads.

    In the late 1990’s Debbie was Head of Group Marketing at Xaar plc and then moved on to be Director of Business Development at AIP Ltd, a liquid toner technology development project.  Before joining GIS, Debbie was VP EMEA Operations at iTi - an inkjet integrator and materials deposition device manufacturer. Earlier in her career, Debbie worked for over 10 years in senior positions at specialist digital printing consultancy companies - BIS Strategic Decisions, IT Strategies and CAP Ventures (now InfoTrends).

    Debbie has a BA degree in Modern Languages from Manchester University and an MBA from Durham University Business School.