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APTech elects 2019 leadership

Reston, VAThe Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech) today announced the election of its new slate of members to the board of directors and re-elected Mark Hischar, Koenig & Bauer, Inc., as the returning Chairman during the PRINT Innovation Exchange, held December 3-5 in Savannah, Georgia.

For the first time, the newly elected board includes print service provider members. The inclusion of print service providers reflects the Association’s commitment to bring the full value chain together as a community to work on common goals and further the industry.

The following people have been elected or re-elected to the Board in 2019:

  • Jacki Hudmon, Komori America Corporation
  • Jon Budington, More Vang
  • Fred DeBolt, Xerox Corporation
  • Eric Hawkinson, Canon Solutions America
  • Cheryl Kahanec, Quantum Group
  • Steven Reny, Standard Finishing Systems
  • Greg Salzman, Aleyant Systems
  • Andrew Schipke, Winkler+Dünnebier
  • Warren Werbitt, Pazazz Printing
  • Jeff White, EFI

Board Members whose terms continue are:

  • Kevin Abergel, MGI USA Inc.
  • Michael Aumann, Brandtjen & Kluge, Inc.
  • Avi Basu, HP Inc.
  • Greg Blue, manroland GOSS
  • Fred DeBolt, Xerox Corporation
  • Nicolas Garrido, Garrido Printing Equipment
  • Stephen Metcalf, AMS Spectral UV – A Baldwin Technology Company
  • Brent Moncrief, FUJIFILM North America Corporation
  • Bruce Peterson, Colter & Peterson

2019 Executive Committee, With Terms Expiring Year End 2019

  • Chair: Mark Hischar, Koenig & Bauer, Inc.
  • Vice-Chair: Deirdre Ryder, VITS International
  • Treasurer: Nick Bruno, Harris & Bruno International
  • Secretary: Steve Mattingly, Southern Lithoplate
  • Past Chair: Mal Baboyian, Retired, (Non-Voting)

“Our 2019 board is comprised of a very dynamic group of industry leaders,” said Thayer Long, President, APTech. “Nearly 60% of the board is new, and we have excellent representation from the print service provider community committed to our mission to bring together the entire print value chain.”

2018 PRINT Innovation Exchange focuses on how to ‘think differently’

This new event by APTech was focused on industry leadership and technology geared to radicalize business strategy and address the challenges of change. Thought-provoking futurist, inventor and hacker Pablos Holman of Intellectual Ventures led out with his keynote: “Innovate or Die Trying.” Wayne Peterson, Black Canyon Consulting Group, Inc. guided a discussion titled, “UnSquaring: Is Your Business Model Crippling Your Future?” based on the ground-breaking book, UnSquaring the Wheel, he co-authored with Dr. Joe Webb and Prof. Chris Bondy.

“An organization’s culture reflects the lessons learned over time,” said Prof. Maury Peiperl, Dean, George Mason University-School of Business. “We should expect, therefore, that any changes in culture will take a significant amount of time and will come from the full experience, including the history, context, and not just upper management.” Peiperl led a series of sessions throughout the event addressing transformational leadership and embedding culture into the way organizations do business.

Clemson University’s Dr. Nona Woolbright led Breakfast with PRIMIR “Attracting New Talent to the Industry.” This was a ‘hot topic’ throughout the event as it is a critical issue the printing and graphic communications industry is facing.

Presentation of Harold W. Gegenheimer Awards

Named for the former Association President and Baldwin Technology Company Chairman Emeritus, the two Gegenheimer Awards recognize an individual and a company that demonstrates enduring commitments to the benefit of the industry.

Henry (Hank) Brandtjen III was recognized as the 2018 recipient of the Association’s Harold W. Gegenheimer Individual Award for Industry Service. His family’s business, Brandtjen & Kluge, was a founding member of NPEA.

Mr. Brandtjen has held numerous positions on the Association’s board including Chairman, Treasurer, Government Affairs Chair, and has served on a variety of committees. He has served as a speaker and has been the chairman for the annual conference. Mr. Brandtjen was the Chairman, Global Print and is a Soderstrom Society member. He continues to advocate on behalf of the Association.

Nick Bruno accepted the Gegenheimer Corporate Award on behalf of his company Harris & Bruno. Mr. Bruno currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association and his company has been actively involved since 2003.

Known for manufacturing ancillary components for printing presses for more than 60 years, Harris & Bruno is a manufacturer of ancillary components for printing presses and has done so for more than 60 years.

For more information about the Harold W. Gegenheimer Awards, visit .

About the Association for PRINT Technologies

The Association for PRINT Technologies is a purpose-driven organization dedicated to supporting the entire commercial printing value chain. We believe in helping our members maximize alignment with their value chain partners to be more effective and competitive. Printing has been vital to communication for decades; today, the digital culture has heightened our industry’s complexity and reframed its relevance. Our signature event—PRINT®—answers the call by bringing the boldest and brightest innovators, influencers, and newest technology together to create connections that showcase and advance our industry. For complete information about the Association, its programs, and its member companies, visit: or phone: 703/264-7200.


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