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The Women in Print Awards: Catherine Monson

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Fastsigns' CEO has led the transition from analog to digital not once, but four times.

Catherine Monson
Chief Executive Officer
Fastsigns International
Carrollton, Texas

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.”

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Big Picture Names Adrienne Palmer As Editor-in-Chief

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Former managing editor offers fresh perspective, launches new initiatives.

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.

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The Women in Print Awards: Lynn Krinsky

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Stella Color president proves sustainable practices can equal success.

President
Stella Color
Seattle

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

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SwissQprint, Sihl Direct Part Ways

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'A realignment is … the best thing for our customers.'

SwissQprint and distributor Sihl Direct have announced that they will “amicably” discontinue their 9-year partnership, effective April 1, 2017.

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The Women in Print Awards: Diana Herrera

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'This industry takes courage, and there is no substitute or shortcut for hard work.'

Diana Herrera
President
AP Imaging
Miami

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

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The Women in Print Awards: Katherine Becher

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The owner and creative director of Wicked Wraps has dedicated herself to flawless work and top-notch customer education.

Katherine Becher
Owner, Creative Director
Wicked Wraps
Mukilteo, Washington

Industry innovations: Focuses on customer education and relationships; debunks wrap myths, i.e., “bubbling on vehicles is normal”

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Introducing the First-Ever Women in Print Awards

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Big Picture recognizes six female leaders in the digital print industry.

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.

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From the Editor: A Woman in Print

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As we reveal our inaugural awards program, Palmer looks back on her years in the industry.

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.

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Mimaki, N. Glantz & Son Ink Distribution Deal

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Distributor adds digital equipment to portfolio.

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.
 

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Mimaki Engineers Thermoformable UV Ink

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Reportedly offers up to 350 percent elongation.

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.

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