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• Photokina Innovations to be Highlighted at PMDA Luncheon

A special PMDA Executive Forum Luncheon will feature experts talking about the breakthrough products and technologies unveiled at this year's photokina. Speakers include GARY PAGEAU, publisher, Photo Marketing Association (PMA), and LIZ CUTTING, director, Consumer Technology, The NPD Group. Pageau and Cutting will provide an overview of what was new at photokina, the hottest digital products, what was going on behind the scenes, market trends, and the most active exhibits.

The luncheon will be held October 22 at Ben and Jack's Steakhouse in Manhattan; admission, including the full-course luncheon, is $95. RSVP by October 13 by calling 732-679-3460 or emailing Gen Christo at christo@pmda.com.

• Fujifilm Commemorates Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Camera Bundle

Fujifilm U.S.A. has introduced a pink digital-camera bundle that it hopes will help to generate awareness of the importance of mammography for detecting breast cancer and promote "Images of Health: Mammograms for a Million Moms," an initiative sponsored by Fujifilm Medical Systems USA. The camera package includes a Fujifilm FinePix Pink Z20fd digital camera, a stylish pink-nylon camera case, a 1GB Fujifilm xD memory card, and a digital photo-frame keychain. Also included is the brochure "How Mammograms Save Lives," with important information about mammograms and who should be getting them.

• CHA Show Set to Offer Hottest Craft and Hobby Products, Trends

The 2009 Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Winter Convention & Trade Show (January 25–28, 2009, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA) will feature seven major sections this year: Scrapbooking & Paper Crafts; Fabric/Quilting/Needlecrafts; Art Materials & Framing; General Crafts; Licensing & Design; an International Pavilion; and New Exhibitors. CHA will offer an extensive educational program, including dozens of hands-on workshops and business seminars designed to provide retailers with the insight needed to compete more successfully in the increasingly competitive industry.

As part of the theme, "It's Easy Being Green: Discover the Possibilities," the show will help exhibitors focus on providing innovative, environmentally friendly and sustainable craft products for consumers. To date, 56 companies, or 14.5 percent of exhibitors, have increased their space from 2008, illustrating the interest in this growing product category.

• Leica Camera/Phase One Form Alliance

Leica Camera AG and Phase One A/S have agreed to enter into a long-term strategic alliance for the technical development and marketing of premium products for the professional photography segment. The objective: to offer photographers innovative high-end solutions that guarantee the greatest possible creative freedom and set standards in terms of performance, quality, and technological maturity. Close cooperation has also been decided upon for the expansion of effective service and marketing structures.

• Memorex Targets Ad Campaign to Women

Memorex has launched a new brand, ad campaign, and website aimed at women consumers. The company says it will be shifting its identity as a sound- and video-reproduction brand to one focused on creating electronics and media tailored to fit the lifestyle of the 25- to 44-year-old woman and every member of her household.

As part of the new brand strategy, Memorex says it is expanding its current product emphasis on digital media and storage devices to include intuitive and stylishly designed home and personal electronics such as Blu-ray Disc players, iPod accessories, digital photo frames, and MP3 players. The company also launched the "Memorex Fits Your Life" campaign, featuring online, print, and nontraditional advertisements to position Memorex as a modern consumer-electronics brand.

• Tennis Star Querrey to Promote Olympus Products

Olympus Corporation of the Americas, the exclusive title sponsor of the Olympus US Open Series and official sponsor of the US Open, and Blue Entertainment Sports Television (BEST) announced that tennis star SAM QUERREY has agreed to participate in Olympus' programs to promote its brand and products. His participation in Olympus promotional activities may include personal appearances at Olympus US Open Series events and the US Open, as well as use of his likeness in media including television, radio, interactive, print, and other collateral. Querrey joins fellow BEST tennis athlete JOHN ISNER as the only professional tennis players with endorsement deals with Olympus.

• Wynit Unveils Fall/Winter Catalog

Wynit, Inc., has issued its new Fall/Winter 2008 Full-Line Catalog, designed to improve the competitive position of suppliers and dealers. The catalog features thousands of individual product listings, SKU numbers, product descriptions, and color product pictures, released at a time to aid resellers in finding profit opportunities for the holidays. The categories in the catalog are also featured on the company's newly redesigned website (www.wynit.com), creating symmetry between the print and electronic sources so customers can quickly locate individual products. For a free copy of the catalog, dealers, resellers, and system integrators call 1-800-GO-WYNIT or email sales@wynit.com.

• General Imaging Expands Drugstore Presence

General Imaging, the worldwide exclusive licensee for GE digital cameras, has announced it is expanding its presence in the chain-drug category, adding West Coast–based Longs Drugs to its growing list of retailers carrying the camera line. Under the agreement, Longs stores will stock three models--the A730 Black, the A835 Black, and the A1030 Red--beginning in late October.

• Prolab Golf Classic Renamed Pro Imaging Golf Championship

The digital, photo, signage, and inkjet printing industries are melding their colors--and will be gathering to hit the greens at next year's Pro Imaging Golf Championship. This is a 23-year-old tournament that has convened at some of the country's most prestigious golf clubs and resorts.

Pro Imaging Golf Championship Chairman Toren Prawdzik says the former ProLab Golf Classic has been renamed to reflect the breadth of attendees and sponsors, as well as the changes in our industry.

The sponsors for the 2009 Pro Imaging Golf Championship include:

Eastman Kodak; Fujifilm; Durst US; Quality Media and Laminating; AIE (division of PMA); ZBE Inc.; and new sponsors: IPI (Independent Photo Imagers), Versadig Seemee US, and Liberty Photo Products (a Kodak distributor).

Next year, the Pro Imaging Golf Championship will be held at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, April 25–29. Golfers should contact one of the aforementioned sponsors for an invitation. Additional information is available on the website www.proimaginggolf.com.
--Liz Cunningham

• Calumet Appoints CMO

Calumet Photographic announced the appointment of BRENDAN SULLIVAN to the role of chief marketing officer, group director. Sullivan will work to provide group-level marketing direction to operations in the U.S. and Europe. He will focus on increasing synergies across the marketing functions globally, developing best practices for print and online marketing, as well as a balanced approach to increased customer loyalty and customer acquisition. Sullivan came from CDW Corporation, where he held various positions in marketing and sales over a 13-year career.

• Bin-Nun Appointed VP of Sales for Humaneyes

HumanEyes Technologies has appointed SHAHAR BIN-NUN to the position of vice president of sales, worldwide. He is assuming global responsibilities for the company's sales and marketing efforts, including management of key customer, partner, and distributor relationships. Bin-Nun brings 13 years of experience in sales, marketing, and business development in the U.S. and abroad. Before joining the company, he served as VP, sales and business development, for Press-sense, Inc.

• Tamron Appointments

JOHN VANSTEENBERG has been named senior education manager at Tamron USA, a new position created to fulfill the increasing need to educate consumers, dealers, and sales representatives in the SLR lens market. Among his responsibilities in this new role, he will be developing deeper relationships and a stronger presence in the school market and with professional photographer associations across the U.S. He will also be instrumental in building training content and seminar programs for sales associates, sales representatives, and end-users.

RUTH COX has been appointed western regional sales manager, assuming the position left vacant after the promotion of BERT KRANK to vice president in May. Cox has represented Tamron in Southern California since 2002. Cox will manage 10 independent reps and three house reps located west of the Mississippi.

 

• KBA Names Whitacre as VP of Sales

DOUG WHITACRE has joined KBA North America as its new vice president of sales for both preowned equipment and national accounts. Whitacre replaces JOHN RAITHEL, who was promoted to the newly created position of KBA senior vice president, sales, for the Sheetfed division.

• Milligan Joins Neschen as Print Media Specialist

Neschen Americas has welcomed COREY MILLIGAN to the company's sales team as the new print media specialist. He will provide technical and applications support to the company's sales team, direct customers, and authorized resellers for all print media products. This will include providing applications expertise to the marketplace through the development of educational programs and training seminars, as well as functioning as liaison with printer and ink manufacturers to support media product development and performance. Prior to joining Neschen Americas, Milligan held key sales and marketing positions within the digital printing and graphics industry at Drytac Corporation, Graphicadd Supplies, and N. Glantz.

IN MEMORIAM

CARLOS A. CHAPMAN, a former executive VP of marketing and sales for Fujifilm, passed away on September 14. Chapman's first job in New York was for Fairchild Camera, which produced early home video cameras. He eventually moved on to his positions at Fuji, where he led Fuji's sales and marketing activities as a sponsor for the Olympics held in 1984 in L.A. He also encouraged Fuji to sponsor other major sporting events, and helped launch the QuickSnap, the first disposable camera.

WILLIAM JOHN FRANK, JR., the executive director of the CompactFlash Association, passed away on September 19 at the age of 74. He was known in the data-storage industry as a manager, analyst, and an innovator for 30 years. Bill cofounded InfoCorp in 1982 and started AugurVisions in 1988.


   







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