Former Heidelberg Executive James Martin Succeeds George Ryan at PAF, GOA
ORLANDO, Fla.—December 8, 2015—The Printing Association of Florida (PAF) and the Graphics of the Americas Conference and Expo (GOA) have announced that James Martin is succeeding George Ryan as CEO and president of the two organizations, respectively; and effective immediately. Ryan will retire after serving as president for nine years.
Curt Kreisler, PAF chairman of the board, commented, "On behalf of the Board of Directors, I welcome James Martin as the new President and CEO of PAF and Graphics of the Americas. James has guided important and positive change at the foremost organizations in our industry, and we are confident that he will bring similar success to PAF and Graphics of the Americas."
Martin spent more than 20 years in senior level leadership positions in sales, marketing and product management at both Heidelberg NA and Unisource Worldwide. An innovative leader, he also has extensive experience in event management and remains one of the key architects of Heidelberg's Print Media Center, a dedicated area where visitors can view practical demonstrations of integrated print production with a focus on customer benefits.
Martin has held board positions at both NPES and PIA, continues to participate on the advisory board of Cal Poly, and is chairman of Clemson's Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics.
Ryan's long-term tenure in the industry includes his position as president of the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF). Ryan went on to serve as executive vice president and COO of the combined organization that resulted from the merger of GATF and Printing Industries of America (PIA). He then joined PAF and GOA.
"George has had such a positive impact on PAF and GOA. His technical acumen and acute business sense have combined to make him one of the most highly respected executives in our industry. I am excited about the challenge to expand on the already-excellent foundation that George has built across two continents. I'm hitting the ground running, meeting with PAF members and GOA participants, all while we get ready for Graphics of the Americas 2016!" said Martin.
Ryan commented, "I could not be more proud to have worked alongside the finest people and printing operations in the world." He continued, "Having them tell us that we've helped improve their own operations, as well as the industry, with top-notch education, networking, and other professional resources; is highly gratifying.
"My sense of responsibility to all of these people makes me comfortable handing the reigns over to James Martin; a forward-thinking, successful professional who will undoubtedly take these organizations to ever higher heights. I look forward to seeing what the future will bring."
Graphics of the Americas 2016
GOA takes place Feb. 18-20, 2016, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. For more information about GOA 2016, or to register for the show, visit: www.goaexpo.com or call: (800) 331-0461.
About Printing Association of Florida (PAF)
The Printing Association of Florida is one of the most active and influential printing associations in North America, with headquarters in Orlando, Florida. More than 300 Florida-based graphic arts companies consider PAF their ultimate business partner. Governed by an all-volunteer board of directors elected by its membership, PAF is a not-for-profit association representing the interests of the graphic arts industry throughout the state. PAF is affiliated with Printing Industries of America, the world's largest graphic arts trade association. PAF is located at 6250 Hazeltine National Drive, Suite 114, Orlando, Florida, 32822.
About Graphics of the Americas (GOA)
Entering its 41st year, Graphics of the Americas, produced annually by the Printing Association of Florida, will take place on Feb. 18-20, 2016, at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida. GOA is one of the graphic communications industry's largest, annual, combined expositions and conferences. GOA is a unique event attracting printers, designers, and creative professionals from North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and all corners of the world.
Source: Printing Association of Florida.