Digital Print for Packaging US 2019 Speaker Lineup

Meet the speakers who spoke at Digital Print for Packaging US 2019!

  • Donald Allred

    VP Packaging Memjet

    An innovator and product conceptualizer, Mr. Allred has worked with inkjet technology for over 35 years, in a variety of technical, marketing, and business leadership positions.  He holds patents in inks, inkjet systems, inkjet applications, and inkjet materials.  Mr. Allred has been working with inkjet and packaging from the early days of inkjet at Iris Graphics (a Scitex Company), Accent Color Sciences (one of the first inkjet integrators), through the more recent times with Kodak (bringing Prosper technology into packaging and various applications).  After a very brief retirement this past summer from Kodak, Mr. Allred returned to the inkjet community with Memjet to help expand the business with the introduction of the newest Memjet technology, DuraLink.  

  • 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

    Senior Process Engineer American Packaging Corporation

    Lee is a Senior Process Engineer with American Packaging Corporation in Columbus, Wisconsin. Among his other duties, Lee has been responsible for connecting machines and putting cutting edge IoT technologies to work at APC to monitor production in real time, measure quality, and drive continuous improvement for manufacturing.  

    He began working in the packaging industry in early 2010 and is an accomplished Engineer with more than 11 years in professional experience to his name. He graduated with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University, in Potsdam, New York in 2007. Throughout his career, he has been a keen proponent of a data-driven analytical approach to continuous improvement. Lee is a Six Sigma Black Belt.

    In his spare time, he enjoys weight lifting, working with animals, and Packer football - all activities that perfectly complement his professional life.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rick Guebert

    Director of Sales of the Southeast Region GMG Americas

    Rick Guebert is Director of Sales of the Southeast Region at GMG Americas, the leading developer of high-end color management solutions. Rick has extensive graphic arts experience that also includes a strong packaging and wide format background and more than twenty years’ experience selling software, workflow and technology solutions.

  • 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 (www.discoverexpressions.com), 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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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!

  • Dan Maurer

    Vice President, Digital Print Business Unit Heidelberg USA.

     Dan is the Vice President, Digital Print Business Unit for Heidelberg USA.  As a member of the Product and Sales Management Team,  Dan serves as Digital Print Solutions Business Driver for Heidelberg’s product range of Primefire 106, Versafire, and Omnifire digital press portfolio, as well as the folding carton sales specialist for the Primefire 106 for the Americas region.  He has spent the last 26 years in the printing industry. His experience spans the areas of product line and sales management, technical program management, sales operations, international business development, R&D, engineering design, and manufacturing engineering.

    Subject Matter Expertise: Digital Print, Postpress (Folding Carton & Commercial)

  • 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.
     

  • Richard Motto

    President and CEO CAD BLU

    Coming soon!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jack Noonan

    Marketing Manager MGI

    Jack Noonan, MGI Marketing Manager, has been involved in the printing and packaging industries for over 20 years. His responsibilities for MGI include International Marketing, Business Development, Sales Support, Media Testing and Corporate Partnership Alliances. He also serves on the United States Postal Service (USPS) Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC), the Association for Print Technology (APTech) Research & Advisory Committee, the TLMI Marketing Committee and the SGIA/NAPCO Printer Certification Advisory Board.   

  • 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. (www.Diageo.com)

    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

    Paul has over 20 years’ experience in the packaging industry, all served with BOBST.  During his career at BOBST, Paul has taken on multiple challenging positions within the organization to further his level of expertise in the arena of packaging,  folding cartons, corrugated board, flexible materials, and labels & digital printing. Paul has travelled all over the globe fulfilling these roles and responsibilities under the BOBST brand.  Currently Paul is driving an initiative to put BOBST at the center of the value-chain for packaging stakeholders.

  • Zsolt Tarjanyi

    General Manager Rigoli s.r.l., Italy

    In 2012, after his university studies Zsolt joined OWN-X, a Hungarian start-up company as a software engineer. He leaded the integration team to develop the WideStar-2000 (a.k.a. Vortex 4200), which has been successfully brought to the market as the first Memjet based, wide format printer. OWN-X was bought by Canadian Reprographics International Ltd., who expanded the international sales of the Vortex printers. Zsolt continued to work as a consultant, and has moved to Rigoli FIME in Milan, where the printers and finishing equipments have been manufactured. In 2016 Rigoli s.r.l. (successor of Rigoli FIME) became an OEM partner of Memjet, and Zsolt joined as General Manager. In 2018 Rigoli launched the Memjet powered MVZ 1000 printer for flexible packaging where Zsolt has played a key role in the development team. Experience General Manager, Rigoli s.r.l., Italy — May 2016-Present Rigoli is a historical brand since 1945 for its self built wide format folders and trimmers. Besides the finishing equipments, Rigoli manufactures the Vortex 4200/4204 and preassembles the MVZ printers. Consultant, OWN-X AG. and RTI-Digital Ltd., Italy — Jan. 2013 - May 2016. Product management and development for single-pass wide- and narrow format printing devices. Product Manager, OWN-X Kft., Hungary — Mar. 2012-Jan 2013. Leader of the development and integration team. Researcher in Biomedical Engineering/Ph.D. student, Univ. of Pannonia, Hungary — Sep. 2007-Mar 2012. Participated in several national and international R&D biomedical projects as a researcher and developer. Education Ph.D. (started) ECG based bioelectric imaging, University of Pannonia M.Sc., in Information Technology, University of Pannonia — 2007 Skills Digital and single-pass printing, specialised in Memjet Technology. Hardware and software development, system integration.

     

  • 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 http://www.naptwg.org. 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.