Chief Executive Officer
Industry innovations: Manned four companies’ transitions from analog to digital; spearheaded PIP Printing’s transition to online ordering; branded Fastsigns as “More than Fast. More than Signs.”
ST Media Group International, a Cincinnati-based publisher of information products for the signage and graphics, packaging, and design fields, has promoted Adrienne Palmer to editor-in-chief of Big Picture, the leading publication for the digital printing industry.
Industry innovations: Emphasizes sustainable business practices; stayed ahead of the curve with digital technologies and often beta tested new equipment; first digital printing company to earn G7 certification for dye-sub printing
SwissQprint and distributor Sihl Direct have announced that they will “amicably” discontinue their 9-year partnership, effective April 1, 2017.
Industry innovations: Pushes for efficiency and conservation of natural resources; emphasizes cross-training
Philanthropy: Chair of National Association of Women Business Owners
Leadership roles: Climbed from answering the phones to owning the company; emphasizes staff mentorship
Owner, Creative Director
Industry innovations: Focuses on customer education and relationships; debunks wrap myths, i.e., “bubbling on vehicles is normal”
Our first-annual Women in Print Award winners have been chosen. These six females are leaders at print service providers or print shops that provide printing services as a primary function. All serving in influential positions such as VP, president, owner, and CEO, these women have advanced the digital printing industry through their innovation, vision in leading successful businesses, and philanthropy, impacting our field as a whole as well as the communities they serve. They demonstrate leadership, progressive responsibility, and community awareness.
I began working for Big Picture magazine in 2012 as assistant editor. As an aspiring journalist fresh out of college, I pounced on the opportunity to work for an award-winning, international publication based in Cincinnati, only an hour from my hometown of Dayton, Ohio. Did I know what “wide format” meant? Nope. Did I know what digital printing was? Not a clue. Had I seen a vehicle wrap? Yes, but I had no idea the amount of material, equipment, and skill that went into printing and installing one.
Mimaki has announced a new distribution partnership with N. Glantz & Son, a 110-year-old sign and graphics distributor with presence across the continental US. N. Glantz will market the following products and corresponding ink and consumables:
• CG-FXII and CG SRIII Series cutting plotters;
• CJV150 and CJV300 Series print-and-cut devices;
• JV150 and JV300 Series eco-solvent/dye-sublimation printers;
• JFX200 and JFX500 UV flatbed printers;
• And UJV Series UV roll-based printers.
Mimaki has announced LUS-350 UV-LED ink, designed for thermoforming applications such as automotive components, molded signs, and prototypes. The ink is scratch- and dimple-resistant after printing and, when heated, transforms into a pliable state with the potential for up to 350% elongation, according to the company. When cooled, it returns to a hard, crack-resistant surface; Mimaki says it will also retain multiple printed layers. Compatible materials include PETG, acrylic, polycarbonate, polystyrene, and PVC.