2018 Expert Speakers

Learn more about the 2018 speakers below.

  • Paul Aliprando

    VP, Digital Technologies SUN Automation

    VP, Digital Technologies – SUN Automation 

  • Paul Angelsky

    Market Segment Manager, Label North America Xeikon

    Market Segment Manager, Label North America, Xeikon

  • Brian Ashe

    Solution Architect X-Rite Pantone

    Brian Ashe brings 25 years of experience to the field of Color Management. Brian applies his expertise in color reproduction across a variety of industries including graphic arts, packaging, textiles, plastics and inks. Working with a client base as diverse the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Procter & Gamble, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and DreamWorks, Brian teaches clients about setting standards, communicating color, and process control. Brian has presented papers at a variety of color conferences such as Clemson University, FFTA, GATF, and been a guest lecturer at RIT and Parsons School of Design. Brian's background in Quality Assurance, ISO certification and print production gives him a unique perspective on customer needs.

  • Mike Barry

    Marketing Manager for Digital Solutions Fujifilm Graphics Systems

    Mike Barry is Product Marketing Manager for Digital Solutions for Fujifilm Graphics Systems, North America. Mike is involved with the FPA, FTA, and TLMI and has given multiple presentations on digital printing in the label and packaging space. Most of Mike’s career has been in digital printing although he has a background in offset and flexo printing. Mike’s currently speciality is in Digital Hybrid systems. Mike works with converters all over North America to develop solutions fitted for unique business challenges. 

  • Fran Biderman-Gross

    CEO and President Advantages

    Fran Biderman-Gross is the CEO and Founder of Advantages. Advantages is an NYC-based digital marketing company that helps companies uncover their “Why” and implement it to drive success beyond what they imagined was possible.

    After losing her first husband and business partner to cancer in 2001, Fran assumed the leadership of Advantages and grew it from a local printing business to an Inc. 500 marketing and branding agency with national clients, and one of Inc. Magazine’s 50 Best Places to Work. With 20+ years of marketing expertise, Fran leads her clients on a journey of brand discovery that explores their core values, their mission, vision and the personal “Why” that propels them to excel every day. She then transforms the essence of their discovery into intensely creative branding, marketing and business campaigns that help her client meet, and even, exceed their goals. By telling authentic stories through purposeful marketing, Advantages is the agency to get you noticed! 

  • 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.

  • Douglas Copen

    Packaging Safety Specialist Nestle

    Packaging Safety Specialist, Nestle 

  • Jan Duffhues

    Founder & CEO Jan Duffhues Printed Packaging Consultancy

    Over 30 packaging experience, “ to translate a creative idea into industrial printed packaging” Starting with design and graphics educations, graduated in packaging:  specialized in Consumer packaging  Start to work for Philips Electronics and switched to Mars Chocolate Europe

  • 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 Café 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.

  • Mary Ann Geers

    Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy GPA Specialty Substrate Solutions

    Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, GPA Specialty Substrate Solutions 

  • Ben Ginesi

    Managing Director HSG Packaging Ltd

    Managing Director - HSG Packaging Ltd

  • Kevin Kohler

    VP, Client Engagement Americas Schawk

    Kevin has over 25 years’ experience in the packaging industry, with a wide range of expertise that ranges from managing international operations start-ups to collaborating with Fortune 500 clients on best-in-class solutions for packaging brand challenges of any given scope. 

    Kevin’s prior engagements include working with clients such as Henkel, PepsiCo, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Dollar General, PetSmart, and ConAgra Brands as well as hundreds of Packaging Print Converters. 

    Kevin holds a B.S. in Management from West Virginia University and a Master’s in Industrial Education/Graphic Communications from Clemson University. 

  • Helmut Kraus

    Head of Business Unit Digital & Logistics BHS Corrugated

    Helmut Kraus graduated in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Regensburg, worked for 6 month in the research labs of the Australian National University in Canberra and holds an MBA in Corporate Governance from the University of Augsburg / Katz Business School Pittsburgh.

    He started with BHS Corrugated in 1995 as a software engineer and gained specific knowledge in the field of SCADA systems.

    After heading the Electrical Development and Engineering Department of BHS Corrugated for more than 13 years, he is now head of the newly founded Business Unit “Digital & Logistics” at BHS Corrugated, responsible for Digital Printing, Digitalization in the context of industry 4.0 and Intralogistics.

  • 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.


  • 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

    Business Development Manager agfa Graphics

    Tom Molamphy is the Business Development Manager for Industrial Inkjet Inks for Agfa Graphics in North America. 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.


  • 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.

  • Ron Osborn

    Principal Scientist, Packaging Compliance Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Wrigley

    Ron Osborn is currently a Principal Scientist for the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, at their Global Innovation Center in Chicago, IL.  He is a member of the Scientific and Regulatory Affairs group and is primarily responsible for the Safety and Regulatory Compliance assessments of food contact materials.  Additional responsibilities include safety evaluations of the seasonal add-on items marketed with Wrigley products and leading the development of Wrigley’s Packaging Compliance Management System.  Prior to his current position, Ron had a successful 20 year career in the analytical laboratory.

  • Montserrat Peidró

    Head of the Digital Print Business Unit Heidelberg Druckmaschinen

    For the last 20 years, Montserrat Peidró has been actively driving the digitization of the graphic arts industry. Since 1998, Montserrat has introduced more than 15 different digital printing systems and related solutions from Hewlett-Packard in market segments as diverse as signage, commercial, professional photography and packaging. In 2016, Montserrat joined Heidelberg Druckmaschinen and has been recently been named Head of the Digital Print Business Unit.

  • Patrick Poitevin

    Principal Scientist RDQI Mondelez International

    Principal Scientist at RDQI Mondelez International, based in Bournville UK.  Working global and cross category, blue sky and focused on innovations, digital and digital associated technologies.  Nearly forty years Blue Sky, Packaging Development, Packaging Innovation, Packaging Engineering and Quality Assurance experience.  Fully conversant with all packaging related processes from raw materials until landfill. Passion and hungry for innovation, newness and latest technologies.  Technical strengths with analytical and scientific approach.  Short and long term provider, strategic, market research and trend analysing.  Explore within own environment, at competitors, cross industry and where possible apply biomimetics.  Eager to be a leader, being first and try not to follow.  Strong personality with many skills. Team player and with ability to make decisions and takes responsibility.  Creative and innovative and constantly looking for new challenges and opportunities.  Mentor and keen to motivate students, colleagues and developers.  

  • Mike Schliesmann

    SR VP – Business Unit Manager Great Northern Corporation

    Mike has been in the packaging, POP, and Instore display industry for over 37 years now. He has had the unusual experience of starting out in this business working on the manufacturing floor, running production equipment, and has worked his way through various positions over the years, to currently leading two of Great Northern’s successful business groups.

    Mike has a unique perspective and set of experiences regarding both traditional flexo, offset, and digital packaging manufacturing areas, having been involved with digital for almost 10 years now. During this time there have been some successful equipment launches, and some less successful attempts, as we sometimes find when working with cutting edge technology. 

  • Dustin Smith

    Co-Founder / CEO BoldtSmith Packaging Consultants

    Dustin currently serves as the Co-Founder and CEO of BoldtSmith Packaging Consultants. Prior to founding BoldtSmith Packaging with John Boldt, Dustin’s roles included Packaging Engineering Manager at Galerie and Sr. Packaging Engineer at the Home Depot. 

    Dustin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Packaging from The University of Wisconsin-Stout.

  • 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

  • John Snow

    Innovation Manager - Intelligent Packaging Unilever R&D

    Bio coming soon. 

  • John P. Sweeney

    Business Development Director SpencerMetrics LLC

    John Sweeney is Business Development Director for SpencerMetrics LLC, a leading developer of productivity metrics software for the print industry.


    John previously served as Vice President at Fine Eye Color Solutions, Inc.; Director, Color Measurement Systems at Graphics Microsystems, Inc.; and Vice President at GATF (Graphic Arts Technical Foundation) in Pittsburgh.
    He has served on the IDEAlliance, TAGA and CIP4 Board of Directors, as a member of the SNAP, GRACoL and SWOP committees, and was elected to the R&E Council Nonpareil Society.
    A vocal proponent of standards in the Graphic Arts, John is known for launching new color, quality, and productivity improvement technologies in the printing industry.  He resides in Pittsburgh, PA and is a graduate of the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon. 

  • 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.

  • Martin Van Waeyenberge

    Sales & Marketing Manager webfed Mouvent AG

    Started working in phototype setting back in 1982 with the company Scan Graphic from Wedel, Germany; function technical sales.

    Moved towards Screen in function of Branch Manager BeLux in 1992 and later towards Xeikon as a Sales Director in 1995 and General Manager for the DACH region in 2007 in the same company.

    From 2010 until May 2016 working with coatings and varnishes for the printing industry.

    Joined Bobst for the digital corrugated printing project and later Mouvent in March 2017 as a Sales Manager for Web fed industry.

    Studied graphic arts, printing industry at a Technical institute in Brussels and finalised the A1 level at Higro in Ghent.

    Fluent in 5 languages and with a down to the earth mentality meaning hands-on. One motto: customer satisfaction is key but don’t forget that you work for a company!