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PRINTING United Alliance Announces Newest Members of its Expansive Suppliers and Manufacturers Council for 2021-22

05 August 2021: PRINTING United Alliance, the most comprehensive member-based printing and graphic arts association has announced the appointment of its 2021-22 Suppliers and Manufacturers Council (SMC). Appointed annually, this exemplary group of industry leaders advises the association on issues and trends related to the future success of the printing industry at large and represents a cross-section of all market segments.

The 2021-22 SMC is led by chairperson Carleen Gray, CEO, Stahls’, and vice chair Michael Brice, VP, sales & business development, INX International Ink Co. Andrew Oransky, president and CEO, Roland DGA, assumes the role of past chairman.

“The SMC is a group of industry leaders which represent the diverse segments in the printing industry with a shared mission of sharing business challenges and suggestions for improvement, growth expectations, and moving the industry forward,” says Gray. “Given the financial impact the current global supply chain and logistics constraints are having on all of us, communication and data are critical for making good business decisions. I find the opinions and experiences shared in the SMC meetings, combined with the economic and industry data provided by PRINTING United Alliance are helpful insights for our own business planning at Stahls’.”

“The supplier community is a vital part of the printing industry,” says Oransky. “Over the last two years, the SMC has endeavored to make sure that PRINTING United Alliance offers a platform for suppliers to communicate with and provide value to member organizations throughout the year. We’ve tackled topics ranging from workforce development and training, to segmentation, and how the printing industry can present a unified face to the public. Of course, the impact of the COVID pandemic on printers has been a constant threat over the past 18 months.”

PRINTING United Alliance SMC members for 2021-22 is as follows:
• Carleen Gray, Stahls’ – Chair
• Michael Brice, INX International Ink Co. – Vice Chair
• Andrew Oransky, Roland DGA – Past Chair
• Kimberly Daugherty, Advanced Color Solutions
• Eric Crocker, Delta Apparel
• Michael Sanders, Digital Bias
• Larry Moore, Esko
• Scott Fisher, Fisher Textiles
• Felix Mueller, Heidelberg
• Kay Fernandez, Konica Minolta
• Ken Keyte, MBO America
• Ken VanHorn, Mimaki
• Roger Serrette, Ricoh USA
• Mark Bailey, SanMar Corporation
• Ken Ingram, SCREEN Americas
• Eric Tischer, Serge Ferrari
• Donna Covannon, Xeikon

The SMC provides PRINTING United Alliance supplier and manufacturer members an opportunity for focused peer-to-peer interaction and a chance to participate in selected areas, including event participation, industry research, training, and industry legislation.

Brice says, “Being in the printing industry for over 36 years and having served on multiple boards, I am greatly looking forward to the opportunities and work ahead with this diverse and accomplished group of professionals. We are collectively committed to keeping the industry strong and healthy, as printing is a vital industry in our country. It is imperative that we work together as convergence and diversification flourishes. I am honored to serve on the board and jointly driving the organization’s and industry’s needs and plans for growth and making that a sustainable effort.”

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