First-ever board features top executives from 12 of the industry's largest graphics producers.
The Big Picture, the leading publication for wide-format digital printing and related technologies for more than a decade, has formed its first editorial advisory board. Beginning with the April 2007 issue, top executives from some of the largest and most progressive digital print shops in the industry will provide feedback on the magazine's editorial strategies and execution.
The 12 members of the new editorial advisory board all hail from high-volume digital-printing businesses that collectively produce nearly $180 million of graphics annually. All of the new board members have worked with The Big Picture's editorial staff as members of the advisory council for The Signage and Graphics Summit, the industry's leading executive conference that is produced by the magazine's parent company, ST Media Group International.
'We're proud to welcome 12 leaders from the digital-graphics arena to serve on our new Editorial Advisory Board,' says Gregory Sharpless, editor of The Big Picture. 'This sage group of advisors represents some of the most innovative print-service providers in the marketplace, producing a broad range of graphics and applications. From them, we'll garner expertise and feedback that will help ensure The Big Picture continues to cover the most timely and pressing subjects of interest to our readers.'
Joining the new editorial advisory board are:
* Rick Bachelder, president, Filmet, Tarentum PA (www.filmet.com). Bachelder is the third-generation owner of the company and became its president in 1980. He quickly moved the company from the photographic industry into point-of-purchase printing and has invested heavily in digital and more recently screen printing technology.
* Kathy Boydstun, president, Fusion Imaging, Kaysville UT (www.fusion-imaging.com). Fusion Imaging was born from ProGrafix International's acquisition of Impact Imaging in 2005, meshing more than 25 years of industry expertise. Under Boydstun's leadership, Fusion has become proficient in all areas of large-format graphic production, as well as project consulting, installation, lighting, and event marketing graphic applications.
* Terry Corman, vice-president, Firehouse Image Center, Indianapolis, IN (www.fire-house.net). In 1970, Corman bought Firehouse, which was founded as a full-service commercial color lab. Under his guidance, Firehouse has maintained its position as a premier photographic lab, but has also expanded its reputation as a major digital 'print for pay' provider targeting retail-graphics applications.