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Incoming- IRGA Managing Director
May 13th, 2013
Over the last month, the Board of Directors of the IRgA has
been in the process of interviewing candidates to replace Joel Salus, who is
departing at the end of May. The Board is now happy to report that Ed Avis has
been hired to be the new IRGA Managing Director. A unanimous choice by the
Board of Directors, Ed comes to the IRGA with much experience and knowledge of
our Industry. Ed was the editor of
IRgA’s Plan & Print magazine and editor/publisher of Modern Reprographics.
He also wrote extensively for Repro Report magazine and wrote The Green
Reprographics Handbook. In the ever evolving landscape of the new IRGA, Ed’s
background in journalism and web-site content management will serve the IRGA
well. The Board also felt it was important that our policy remains as an
unbiased association representing all reprographers.
Joel and Ed are working to make the transition as smooth as
possible and will complete it by the end of May.
The Board also wants to recognize the contributions of Joel
Salus and the progress he has made in the resurgence of the IRgA. His insight
and dedication to the IRGA hasn’t gone un-noticed, we wish him well in whatever
new endeavor he undertakes in the future. Thank you Joel for your hard work!
IRGA Board of Directors
John A. Davis- President
THE EASTERN REPROGRAPHICS
ASSOCIATION (ERA) CONCLUDES ITS ANNUAL CONVENTION AND TRADE SHOW
As most of you are aware, the Eastern Reprographics
Association was created, a few years ago, when the Eastern Regional
Reprographics Association merged with the Southeastern Regional Reprographics
This brief "wrap of” of events was provided
by Bob Roperti, member of the IRgA Executive Board. Our thanks to Bob for the write-up.
* 16 or 17
reprographics companies had representatives at the ERA
* 14 – 16
vendors participated in the trade show
Approximately 60-70 people attended the ERA
table-top exhibits and the cocktail party event were well attended
The Education Program was EXCEPTIONAL; it,
alone, was worth the price of admission!
speaker, KP Reddy (of ampirix.com), presented the impact of
Cloud-based technology on the reprographics industry and options for our
businesses. He discussed API packages
and their fit when combined. He elaborated
on SAAS models that could be marketed to our existing customer base, where we
have market knowledge, receptive clients and the technology to support client
service needs. Further, he discussed
"Steps to the Cloud” within our businesses - - e-mail, collaboration and phone
systems, interfacing all client communications with CRM programs via the Cloud.
Tony McGaughey (also of ampirix.com) outlined programs to incorporate social media pages to
the various services, Facebook, LinkedIn, other options. His focus was on developing a Marketing
Calendar and stick to it for regular posts, covering the topics built into the
strategy. He discussed racking tools
required to measure and support the results, including Hootsuite, Nutshell Mail
and Google Analytics. And, he talked
about the vital importance of developing good landing-page content, responding
to all social media postings, even critical ones. Defining opportunities with
contacts of interest from inquiries.
On Saturday, during the educational "break-out”
provided more "nuts and bolts” action items, "to do list” guidance.
PowerPoint files of the above two
presentations will be posted on the ERA web-site (eastrepro.com), so if you were not able to attend the ERA
event, you will still be able to view the presentations that were given.
As to the location
and timing of the next ERA Convention and Tradeshow the new ERA Board
is currently evaluating venues for the next conference and would welcome any
recommendations from the membership.
The ERA Board of Directors announced the slate of ERA Officers for this year (2012-2013):
- Michael Shaw
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT -
Blueprint & Reprographics
Pensacola, FL 32501
VICE-PRESIDENT – Ryan Santoro
Road, Butler, PA 16001
- Charlie Hackworth
Way, Chesapeake, VA 23323
VENDOR CHAIR / MEMBER CHAIR
Woodstock, GA 30189
Announcement from the IRgA Board – Re:
IRgA Managing Director
The Board of
Directors of the IRgA has elected to find a replacement for Joel Salus,
Managing Director of the IRgA since August 1st, 2012. The reason for this change: Joel, who operates an active consulting
practice, recently took on an additional engagement for one of his clients,
and, after the IRgA Board thoroughly discussed his new engagement, our Board
members determined that Joel’s new engagement would conflict with his position
as Managing Director of the IRgA.
provided the expertise and management skills needed in the resurgence of the
IRgA. There are approximately 700 individuals, worldwide, now registered as
IRgA members. The IRgA website blogs
provide current information on topics of interest to members domestically and
abroad. Joel’s reprographics business experience and industry insight has
provided the Board of Directors with a clear path for future association
development and direction. We appreciate Joel’s service and contribution and
wish him well in his new endeavor.
IRgA Board’s commitment to provide senior level networking opportunities in
support of all reprographers and to continue as an information resource.
anticipate a smooth transition of services while the Board selects a new
IRGA / REPROGRAPHICS 101 "REPROGRAPHER SURVEY” –
WINTER 2012-13 "SURVEY RESULTS” FILE
Update, March 10, 2013
You will no longer need to scroll
through the Reprographics 101 Blog in order to find and access the "survey
results file”. That file is now
accessible by visiting (on the IRgA Home Page) the "Knowledge Library” tab,
then the "Reprographics 101 Surveys” tab.
Membership COUNT CONTINUES TO GROW
Update, March 2, 2013
February 28th, the IRgA added its 700th member. Please encourage
your industry friends, associates and competitors to sign up for IRgA
QUICK AND EASY ACCESS TO INTERVIEWS OF FORMER CEO / COO’s
Update, March 2, 2013
of the Reprographics Business”, a series of in-depth interviews with
highly-successful reprographics industry veterans. These interviews were
published, one by one, as they were received, on the Reprographics 101 Blog.
Now, at the suggestion of one of our members, the "home page”
of the IRgA web-site now shows a tab (in the left-hand side-bar) that will take
you to a page that provides a snapshot of the list of interviewees and links to
the interview documents.
CHANGES AT THE IRGA
Update, March 2, 2013
As per actions taken by IRgA Board members at the Board’s
"Winter Retreat” meeting that took place Feb 22nd-23rd
in Scottsdale, AZ:
John Davis (CEO of Alabama Graphics), previously Secretary-Treasurer of the
IRgA, moves to President of the IRgA.
Kim Long (CEO at Reprodux), previously the "At-Large” Board member of the
IRgA, moves to Secretary-Treasurer of the IRgA.
(And, in that position, Kim also becomes "President-elect”.)
Paul Fridrich (CEO of CyberCopy), previously an IRgA
regular Board member, moves to the
"At-Large” Board member position, and will be the next Secretary-Treasurer
of the IRgA.
Tim Horn (Vice-President of Sales, North America, at KIP USA) was
appointed Supplier-Director of the IRgA, replacing Sonny Odom of KIP.
Other people who currently serve on the IRgA
Board of Directors:
Bob Roperti (CEO of Jiffy Reprographics, and
Bob is the Immediate-past-President of
the IRgA and a member of the IRgA Executive Board) and "standing” board
member Tony Militano (CEO of
GOODBYE AND GOOD LUCK TO DAN
Dan Mulrooney, who assumed the role of
President of the IRgA last August 1st, recently purchased a business
outside of the reprographics
industry, and, in order to focus all of his time and energy on his new
business, submitted his resignation to the IRgA Board. Dan’s resignation was accepted by the IRgA
Dan’s new business is in the "construction
materials and supplies” industry, in Northern California and the Central
We wish Dan every
success with his new venture!
committing to his new venture, Dan was a Vice President at ARC. Dan came to ARC as a result of ARC’s
acquisition of Stockton Blue. Dan was a
key contributor to ARC’s business.
moving into the role of President of the IRgA, Dan devoted years of his time to
the IRgA, serving the IRgA in various capacities, including his participation
as a member of the IRgA Board of Directors.
On behalf of the IRgA Officers and Board of
Directors, we want to thank Dan for his many years of service to the IRgA and
for his many contributions to the IRgA. During Dan’s tenure as President, membership
in the IRgA grew from 263 to 687, an increase of 424 members!
continuity of the remaining Officers and Board members, our Officers and Board
members include people who are well-experienced in the Reprographics Industry.
wish Dan Mulrooney all the best!
REPROGRAPHER SURVEY – WINTER
We'd like to thank the
73 reprographics firms who participated in the IRgA / Reprographics 101 Survey,
Winter 2012-13 edition.
The results of the survey and our comments about the survey results can
now be accessed by visiting the Reprographics 101 Blog on this web-site. If you
have any difficulty locating the "survey-results” file, please contact us.
In order to access the results, you will need to sign up as an IRgA
member. There is no cost to sign up as
an IRgA member.
On behalf of
the Officers and Directors of the IRgA, we wish all of our members a happy
holiday season and a healthy, prosperous, rewarding New Year. We’d like to thank you for being members of
the IRgA, and we hope that one of your New Year’s resolutions will be to participate
in the IRgA by posting your thoughts – and other information – on the IRgA
Member Blog. We’d also like to express
our gratitude to the vendors who’ve signed up as Vendor/Sponsors of the
Holidays and Happy New Year!
Managing Director, IRgA
Names of, and links to, Reprographics and
Printing Associations in countries other than the U.S. can now be found under that tab on the side bar of our home
REPROGRAPHICS 101 BLOG is ACTIVE, check
it out (and subscribe to it so that you don’t miss anything).
IRgA MEMBER BLOG is ACTIVE, check
it out (and consider participating; it’s your blog).
FORUM SECTION is SET UP and ready to be used.
KNOWLEDGE LIBRARY now contains survey results for the two surveys that Repro 101
conducted and published in January 2012. Knowledge Library also contains
all of the surveys that RW Baird conducted.
MEMBERSHIP SIGN-UP ANNOUNCEMENT:
Important News about IRgA Membership
We encourage you to sign up as a member of the
IRgA. Please visit our "membership information” page for detailed
information about membership and that will lead you to the membership sign-up
For the fiscal year beginning August 1st, 2012,
IRgA membership is available – to all who are eligible for membership - at no
Please note: if you were a paid member of the
IRgA this past year, your membership information is already in the member
database. If you were not a paid member this past year, please visit the
"member sign-up” page to apply for membership.
After you’ve submitted a request for membership,
our site-administrator will receive your request, review it, and approve it.
IRgA memberships are "individual”
memberships. We encourage reprographers, printers and imagers to
encourage all of their company team members to "sign up” for IRgA membership.
In addition, Vendors to the reprographics industry are encouraged to sign-up
for membership. Investors and financial analysts who follow the
reprographics industry are also invited to sign up.
IRgA Managing Director
A NEW DIRECTION FOR THE IRGA:
As promised during the IRgA 2011 Convention &
Trade Show, we are following up with you to inform you of a new direction for
the IRgA, recently determined during a Board of Directors. Moving forward, the
purpose of the IRgA is to maintain a senior contact network within the
reprographic industry. Our mission is to preserve the senior executive network,
as well as improve cross industry communication, understanding and networking.
The IRgA will continue to serve as independent, unbiased and neutral resource
for sharing information between segments of the industry.