Digital Print for Packaging US 2019 Speaker Lineup

Meet the speakers who will be speaking at Digital Print for Packaging US 2019!

  • Luis Arevalo

    Design & Packaging Director Latin-America business Colgate-Palmolive, Mexico

    Industrial Designer with a master degree in Marketing and a MD in Innovation,  I´m passionate about Innovation, Design, production and sustainability to elevate Packaging to be a growth engine and accelerate profit growth, positioning Design and Packaging as a strategic value-add for the organization incorporating technical and design expertise, process and output using Design Thinking as a mindset

  • Udi Arieli

    Senior Product Director Scheduling, PrintFlow & TGO EFI

    In 1973, Udi began the third generation of his family to own and operate a printing company. He holds a bachelor’s degrees in economics and business administration and a technical degree in electronics engineering. He has been actively involved with many organizations such as the R&E Council of  NAPL and TAGA since 1988.

    Udi was Vice President and then President of the Israeli Printing Industry unit of the Small Business Association of Israel. When Udi became Vice President while heading up his own printing company, he realized how much help the industry needed and how it was so much more behind other industries. Modern, more effective theories were being used in many manufacturing operations, but not in printing. Realizing that all printers had similar problems, he decided to take on the mission to help the industry fight the negative trends he had identified. For Udi, that was, and still is, his Number One goal. Since that time, he has focused on creating the Theory of Global Optimization (TGO) theory, and on building intelligent software products and educational programs around that theory.

    In 1984, Udi founded a company specializing in intelligent production management systems for the printing industry. He educated the industry in the Theory of Global Optimization and the importance of using constraints management to be more competitive, and he and his team created the unique PrintFlow dynamic scheduling system designed on TGO principles. He was one of the main founders of the PrintCafe software company, which brought TGO into the traditional MIS. This produced a new paradigm of a Print MIS, one that fully integrate business and production systems with TGO and automated intelligence.

    In 2003 EFI, being a leader in Fiery Server and other products for the digital print, realized that hardware alone is not enough to maintain a successful business and that it does not bring enough value to customers, and purchased PrintCafe for its MIS and add-on products. Udi helped drive the integration of all EFI products to add the value of total integrated workflows with automation and intelligence. Today, PrintFlow Dynamic Scheduling is an integral part of EFI workflows, and has been successfully implemented in many printing companies. Most recently, PrintFlow has made possible the groundbreaking, total lights-out “Smart Factory” operations, with automated intelligence that optimizes throughput and profits in touchless workflows.

    Udi suggested this EFI workflow to FedEx and managed the project with FedEx for a few year for an amazing success.

  • John Ballentine

    Co-Founder Tango Press, LLC

    John Ballentine founded Tango Press, a digital printing and converting operation focused on corrugated packaging, after spending more than 25 years working in the packaging and printing industry as a packaging engineer and sales representative. His experience and knowledge in serving packaging producers and consumer packaged goods companies comes from working for Cryovac, Campbell Soup Co,  JM Smucker Co, and International Paper where he sold high graphics Litho-Lam and PrePrint corrugated. John holds an MBA from the University of Arkansas, and is a graduate of Clemson University’s Packaging Science program where he also studied Food Science and Graphic Communications.

  • Lee Blythe

    TBD American Packaging Corporation

    Coming soon!

  • John Boggess

    Sr Sales & Operations Manager Middlestreet Graphics (a division of G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Inc.)

    John is the Sr Sales & Operations Manager for Middlestreet Graphics (a division of G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Inc.) Middlestreet Graphics brings a wealth of experience in print, merchandising, design and customer service. John is a leader, innovator, creative thinker, and marketer delivering merchandising solutions and client success stories.  John has 20 years of sales and management experience. John is focused on daily operations and developing innovative marketing and merchandising solutions.

  • Matthew Church

    Manager, Workflow Automation & Logistics FedEx

    Coming soon!

  • Mark Etwaru

    Digital & Transformation Expert Independent Management Consultant

    Mark is a thought leader and a champion for global innovation who has navigated some of the world’s largest organizations through areas of technology strategy, organizational design, operational effectiveness, cost reduction, change management and risk management leading towards organizational growth.

    He has been at the forefront of some of the most critical capabilities such as Digital, Cloud, Social, DevOps, RPA, AI/Automation and more recently Blockchain.

    Mark thrives on tackling complex, high-risk, and seemingly impossible initiatives. He excels at leading long-term strategic projects driving organizational change and transformation towards business strategy.

     In addition to Mark’s day job he currently serves on the boards of multiple not-for-profit organizations, is an adviser to multiple incubators, sits on multiple start-up advisory boards, writes for CIO magazine and a keynote speaker.

  • James Gill

    Account Director Fujifilm Dimatix

    James Gill is Account Director for FUJIFILM Dimatix with over 25 years of global digital inkjet development in North America, Europe, Israel and Southeast Asia.

    Also advisory capacity:

    Technical Advisory Board/Assoc Professor - Philadelphia University MS Surface Imaging
    Associate Chairman - Executive Board of the SGIA soon to be expanded to Print Unlimited.
    Editorial Advisory Board for several industry groups including 'Digital Graphics' magazine


    Current key projects include in-line industrial single pass, digital upgrading of textile mills in India and Brazil, and the successful commercialization of a number of 3D rapid prototype OEM start-ups in the US. 

    FUJIFILM Dimatix is a worldwide market leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of precision piezoelectric printheads and micro pumps.

    James lives with his family in the quiet lakes region of New Hampshire while maintaining a busy global travel schedule.

  • Tom Green

    Regional Manager (Great Lakes), Large Format Division. Durst Image Technology US

    Tom Green is the Regional Manager (Great Lakes) for Durst Image Technology US, Large Format Division.  Tom is an 25-year printing industry veteran with Durst’s UV inkjet digital production printing solutions team, with responsibilities for its Great Lakes region.  Tom’s broad experience with key wide-format print functions, as well as today’s most creative imaging output applications, enables Tom to lend his knowledge of today’s imaging technologies.  With his consultative approach, Tom helps print providers make conscientious choices that will aid their operational efficiency and overall success.

  • Jennifer S. Heller

    Vice President of Marketing & Product Development Waddington North America®

    Jennifer S. Heller is the Vice President of Marketing & Product Development at Waddington North America®. For over 15 years, Jennifer has focused on developing innovative rigid packaging products for the foodservice & consumer goods channels. In her current role, she leads an exceptional team of product development and marketing mavens that focus on customization in all aspects of convenience packaging and home entertaining. We focus on helping our customers build brands and deliver ‘Pinterest-Worthy’ events through unique packaging solutions. Jennifer is most known for her work at WNA® on the TABLELUXETM brand.  In her spare time, Jennifer loves to travel and (tries) to figure out the game of golf.

  • Carl Joachim

    Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer ePac Flexible Packaging

    Carl Joachim is Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of ePac, an all-digital manufacturer of flexible packaging. Carl has over 25 years of executive management experience with Xerox, Ocè, and Ricoh, having helped create over $1 billion of top line revenue with emerging digital technology used by data centers, commercial printers, and in-plant print centers across the US. In 2013 he turned his focused to the packaging industry, and in 2016 he helped create and establish ePac as the first all-digital flexible packaging company in North America.

  • John Kelley

    President DUSOBOX

    President of DUSOBOX

  • Melianthe Leeman

    Global Innovation Platform Director O-I Europe Sàrl

    Melianthe has been working for O-I, the world's largest glass container manufacturer, since 8 years and has a background in Marketing.  She has held several positions within O-I’s commercial department covering Marketing Communication, Category Management and Innovation.  Over the past 4 years she has been working with a multidisciplinary team in O-I to explore and validate direct2shape digital printing technologies for glass packaging.

    In May 2018, Melianthe got appointed Global Innovation Platform Director for O-I.  As part of this role she is overseeing the commercialization and global expansion of O-I : EXPRESSIONS (, O-I’s platform offering personalization and customization services for brands enabled by direct2glass digital printing.

  • Paul Lender

    Business Development Manager - Digital Avery Dennison, Label and Graphic Materials

    In 1935, Stan Avery invented the world’s first self-adhesive label - creating a new technology and a new industry.  Today, Avery Dennison is a $6.6 billion global supplier of labeling and packaging materials.

    Paul has enjoyed 21 years with Avery Dennison where he has held increasingly responsible roles in research and development, custom product solutions, and most recently, business development. He has a background in digital print technologies that include HP Indigo, dry toner technologies and his current focus of water based inkjet platforms.   He works closely with digital printer OEMs and label converters to uncover product gaps, and with the Avery Dennison digital team to fill them. Paul likes to spend his free time relaxing with photography, kayaking and fishing.

  • Matthew Materne

    Product Marketing Manager for the Promotional Product and Customization Waddington North America®

    Matthew (Matt) Materne is the Product Marketing Manager for the Promotional Product and Customization category at Waddington North America®. For the last 11 years, Matt has been focused on developing innovative new promotional-type products such as drinkware, beverage picks & stirrers, and customization technologies for the foodservice & Ad Specialty channels. In his current role, he is responsible for delivering innovative custom solutions for customers, including Waddington’s Envisions™ digital customization platform.  In his spare time, Matt loves to travel and is a die-hard aviation geek!

  • Rick Mazur

    WW Director - Market Development - Packaging/Labels - Enterprise Inkjet Division Kodak, USA

    Rick brings over 20+  years of experience in offset, flexo and digital printing production, along with functional background in sales enablement, outbound marketing execution, product development and demand generation for Kodak solutions that help commercial, publications and packaging printers participate more profitably with their customers. 

    Today, Rick leads Kodak’s efforts worldwide to employ inkjet digital printing to introduce innovative solutions that enable packaging designers and converters to deliver on a wide range of brand strategies including consumer engagement, package functionality, sustainability, and improved time to market, that only digital print can deliver.  This is accomplished by leveraging Kodak’s leading research and development competencies in digital imaging, material science and deposition technologies that are the building blocks for delivering the most productive inkjet printing solutions in the market today.

    Rick has held previous leadership positions with Kodak Polychrome Graphics and International Paper and has been active within industry organizations, such as Printing Industries of America, National Printing Equipment and Supplies (NPES), Book Manufacturers Institute (BMI) and Primir.

    Rick holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University and MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and resides with his wife Susan and four children in Ridgefield, CT.


  • Tom Molamphy

    Sales & Technology Manager Siegwerk

    Tom Molamphy is the Sales & Technology Manager for Industrial Inkjet Inks at  Siegwerk.  He holds bachelors and masters degrees in manufacturing engineering and has over 30 years of experience in engineering, management, sales and business development in the electronic materials and UV curable materials and equipment markets - including pioneering work in the early stage adoption of UV-LED curing in several markets, most notably inkjet printing.

  • Michael Musgrave

    President - Digital Solutions and Specialty Packaging Division Golden West Packaging Group

    Coming soon!

  • Marcene Nichols

    Brand Marketing Strategist Georgia-Pacific’s Hummingbird Digital Print Solutions

    Marcene Nichols is a brand marketing strategist for Georgia-Pacific’s Hummingbird Digital Print Solutions.

    With over twenty years of experience in business and industrial marketing strategy, Marcene brings a balanced message of supply chain advantages and omni-channel brand experience to the digital print for corrugated packaging conversation.

    From Cincinnati OH, Marcene has served inside some of the nation’s top B2C & B2B agencies and has garnered numerous AMA and BMA awards on behalf  of her clients.

    An AMA Certified Business Communicator, Marcene holds a bachelor of liberal arts degree in American Studies/Constitutional History from Georgetown College.

  • Barry Sanel

    Senior Graphics Service Manager Diageo North America

    Barry Sanel is a packaging development professional with over 30 years of functional printing and packaging development experience, mainly in the beverage industry. His unique experiences developing packaging using multiple printing technologies such as lithography, flexography, roto-gravure, silkscreen, combination printing, and digital printing lends to his expertise across direct glass decoration, label, carton, closure, aluminum can, shrink film and shipper packaging categories.

    Barry is responsible for post-design supply graphics commercialization services on all Diageo North-American Brands (US & Canada); Smirnoff Vodka and Smirnoff Ice, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Bulleit Bourbon, Ciroc, and many other Diageo brands. (

    Previously, Barry worked for Snapple Beverage Group, Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages developing packaging for Snapple, Mott’s, Nantucket Nectars, Stewart’s Root Beer, and Yoo-hoo.

    Barry believes that color communication in print must be an open format that leverages ISO schema with a robust, scientifically repeatable validation process across the entire supply chain.

  • Ralf Schomaker

    CEO E+L Corrugated

    Bachelor professional of Business Administration and Operations (CCI). 28 years with E+L. ndustry veteran with track activities in the America, Asia and Europe. 9 year track record in USA as VP Sales / Operations (located at SC operation). Since 2008 CEO of E+L Corrugated GmbH. 

  • Robert Seay

    Robert Seay

    Director of Digital Business Ventures Georgia Pacific

    Robert Seay, Director of Digital Business Ventures, Georgia Pacific

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  • Simon Smith

    Managing Director CS Labels

    Married with two children, Simon Smith joined CS Labels Ltd as Managing Director in 2001, after a twenty year career as a bank manager with a leading high street bank.

    Despite having no print experience or knowledge, Simon refocused the business away from screenprint its traditional market and concentrated on developing the short run flexo side of the business. In 2008 the company acquired its first Xeikon 330 digital press.

    Over the next six years Simon successfully built the company into one of the largest and most successful digital houses in the country. Operating four Xeikon digital presses they have developed a reputation for innovation and quality.

    They have also successfully won Flexo Tech Best Digital Print award in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

    In 2014 CS Labels won best label at the Digital Print Awards and has been nominated for the Flexotech Awards as well as being nominated for SME of the Year at the Print Week Awards.

    Primarily a banker, Simon quickly recognised the benefits offered by the emerging digital technology, and has not been afraid to constantly reinvent his business. Aggressively investing in the Xeikon technology, Simon has ensured that his company has emerged at the forefront of the industry.

  • Chuck Slingerland

    Vice President Sales, Digital Operations Abbott-Action, Inc.

    Mr. Slingerland has over 20 years’ experience in the packaging industry. Chuck joined CSW Inc. in 1996. CSW is the northeast leader in flexographic printing plates. Mr. Slingerland’s tenure included: Technical Sales, Business Develop Manger, and finally Director of Sales. This tenure of 15 years provided an in-depth knowledge of converting, printing, die cutting along with a comprehensive knowledge of pre-press and color management.

    Mr. Slingerland joined the Abbott-Action team in January 2011 as a technical salesperson. It was with his knowledge and work ethic, Mr. Slingerland was promoted to Director of Digital Print. Today Abbott-Action, Inc. is a leader in digital printing and we are very pleased to announce Mr. Slingerland leads the Sales team and Digital Operations as our Vice President Sales, Digital Operations. 

  • Paul Stoudmann

    Strategic Business Development Director BOBST, Switzerland

    Over 20 years in the packaging industry, moving across sales, service, product line management and strategic planning.

    And over this time worked across the spectrum of folding cartons, corrugated board, flexible materials, labels and digital printing. In Switzerland and abroad.

    Am driving an initiative to put BOBST at the center of packaging for value-chain stakeholders.


  • Savvas Tsoukalas

    President Savco Worldwide, Inc.

    Sav is a Logistics and Produce Supply Chain leader with expertise in a wide range of areas within these supply chains, but his passion is produce. 

    He has 25 years’ experience in produce and 20 Years of Transportation/Logistics. Sav started his career working at his family’s produce wholesale business and fell in love with the never-a-dull day environment. He took a position with Robinson Fresh/C.H. Robinson Worldwide working his way up to GM for the Canada Sourcing Division.

    Sav helped manage brands in Canada for fresh produce, such as: Tropicana, Welch’s, Mott’s, Melon Up, Fresh1.

    Sav founded Savco Worldwide, Inc. in 2014 with the goal to bring the taste of home to families and make produce sexy. He has crated brands such as H20 Melon and EAT! and continues to thrive for innovative solutions in produce.

    Sav has made a long-lasting impact on the industry having created “Transportation Best Practices” for the North American Produce Transportation Working Group (NAPTWG), standardizing the loading and transporting of produce. This is still followed today Sav also protected the industry in court to set precedence in transportation law with regards to double brokering.  He is married with 2 boys and currently lives in Oakville, Ontario, CAN.

  • David Wilkins

    Vice President, Sales Xeikon America, Inc.

    Dave leads Xeikon’s Sales operations across the United States and Canada, a role he assumed in 2015.

    He and his team bring Xeikon’s innovative technologies to North American printers and  converters, facilitating growth within their businesses.

    His deep understanding of the industry is founded on decades of senior-level experience with companies such as The Pitman Company, MacDermid Printing Solutions and Intergraph Corp.

    A native of North Carolina, he now shares his time between Georgia, and the Finger Lakes region of New York State enjoying family.