KBA North America is strengthening its sales team and dealer relationships by making a number of new appointments. In its West Coast territory, Rick Parks will be overseeing the district sales managers as the new regional vice president of sales. On the East Coast, Jeff Tignall has been given responsibility to handle sales for the Mid-Atlantic region. For the dealer market, Dan Macke is now responsible for the KBA dealer network as the distribution manager. Also, Steve Korn has been promoted to director of book markets. He will continue to work in his sales territory of Illinois and Michigan.

Standard Finishing Systems has promoted George Vergilis to director of sales. Vergilis will retain overall sales responsibility, and a new national sales manager will be added to the team to coordinate field sales programs and activities.

Expanding the benefits of its print- services coverage, MAN Roland recently certified St. Louis Metallizing as its primary cylinder reconditioner for sheetfed and web offset presses. St. Louis Metallizing utilizes a thermal spray coating process for cylinder surfacing.

Pace Systems Group has formed the Pace User Group, establishing a community for customers that provides an organized opportunity to exchange ideas, network with peers and communicate with Pace Systems Group management to help establish development priorities.

Bill Bonallo, former president and CEO, and Steve Barberi, former COO of Technotrans America/IST sheetfed division in Corona, CA, have announced the startup of a new company, Absolute Graphic Technologies USA.

Wausau Paper announced three new hires to manage and develop the company’s printing and writing sales efforts. Dan Reeves has joined the company as Western regional sales manager, and David Shelton is the new Eastern regional sales manager. Daniel Hoffman has been tapped as business development manager, responsible for creating demand for Wausau Paper products in targeted market segments.

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