Color Management Group Acquires Elevated Color; Bill Owens Provides Support
MORGAN HILL, Calif. — February 10, 2016 — The Color Management Group announced that it has acquired Elevated Color, a Lakewood, Colorado-based color management organization. The company will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary and will continue to provide color management products, service and support to its existing customers, while helping other Color Management Group customers and dealers, as well.
The Color Management Group is a "think tank" consortium of consultant-based resellers sharing technical information/knowledge and working together to conduct co-marketing activities promoting print products and services. The Color Management Group offers four primary services to color management expert members: It provides access to a full range of products, offering one buying source for current and emerging technologies; a resource for technical service, training and support; a complete portfolio of marketing services; and back office services to allow members to focus on their areas of color expertise while allowing their businesses to become more productive.
ColorManagement.com provides a single business entity for strategic partners, vendors and national accounts to do business with the best color management consultants in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Listed on the ColorManagement.com website, Premier Consultants are trainers and installers of color management products who understand the need for a definitive resource for color management technology.
Elevated Color, founded in 2008 and an active member of the Color Management Group, built a nationwide client list with a strong reputation of helping printers install and operate color management systems. The company also provided direct and Web sales of software and hardware related to print and color management — and consumables such as ink and paper.
The company's founder, owner and president, Bill Owen, has been involved with prepress, printing and color management since the early 1980s and is well known and respected within the print community. Owen's broad education in print technology was honed at International Paper and xpedx, where he was required to provide installation and training for every product the company sold — from a variety of print devices to software. Owen specializes and is certified in a wide range of color management technologies from prepress to the pressroom. He helps print providers to calibrate their entire shop to industry standards such as GRACoL, SWOP and others.
"We are very enthusiastic to add Elevated Color to our business," remarked CMG President Lida Jalali Marschke. "This acquisition is in accord with our strategic direction to offer the best color management sales, service and support to a growing list of print providers. We will continue to provide the company's distinguished list of customers the same level of service of field training and technical assistance that they have been accustomed to. Bill Owen is a solid, experienced technician who will also be able to help our dealers grow their own businesses."
Owen explained, "After running a business and managing a Web-based sales site for eight years, I am looking forward to putting the business part of my job behind me, to free myself up to what I love to do." He continued, "As a long-time Color Management Group dealer, I am very much aware of the business and technical expertise and support Lida Jalali Marschke offers her customers and dealers. I am thrilled to be a part of the Color Management team and look forward to focusing solely on color consultation, helping to continue these efforts."
About Elevated Color
Founded in 2008 by Bill Owen, Elevated Color is all about color. The company is comprised of certified and insured color experts who bring nearly thirty years of experience with prepress, printing and color management to client facilities. The company helps customers achieve color fidelity with their existing—or new—equipment. Whether it's calibrating a monitor, a printing press or an inkjet proofer to international standards such as G7, GRACoL or SWOP, the company is an expert color resource. The company makes it easy to schedule technician visits, complete with all the necessary tools to calibrate printing equipment.
About Color Management Group
Founded in 1998 by Lida Jalali Marschke, who has 36 years experience in the graphic arts industry, the Color Management Group (CMG) is a growing worldwide "think tank" consortium of premier independent consultants. Certified as a National Woman Owned Business, the Color Management Group offers its members the ideal environment for sharing and developing technical ideas and concepts, and working together to improve the industry. Empowered by Color Management's distribution, the Color Management Group has access to a growing portfolio of best-in-class graphic arts solutions. Armed with technology, Color Management Group members provide pre-sales consultation, product sales, integration, training and technical support for all color management solutions, including the latest G7 technologies.
The groups' alliance companies bring years of experience supporting its global customer base, strengthening the group's relationship with leading vendors. CMG members hold a myriad technical certifications (including G7 Expert, G7PCC, G7 Instructor, PSA, ISO, FIRST level I and FIRST level II) and host a broad array of educational activities including remote sessions via TeamViewer/GoToMeeting, seminars and events that provide knowledge and insights into the newest techniques and best practices.
Source: Color Management Group.