Lutz, Fla. – Xplor International, the worldwide electronic document systems association, today named three recipients of the 2019 Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement Award. These awards were presented at Xplor’s Annual Conference, XPLOR19, on Tuesday, April 23rd during the awards ceremony.
The Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2007 and is given to an individual, or individuals, whose efforts and contributions have significantly changed the course and development of the digital document industry. This award is open to Xplor International members as well as non-members.
This year, three Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented.
The first recipient is Steve Luke, founder of Eclipse Corporation who began his career as a field engineer in 1976, repairing printers of all types as well as a wide variety of data communications equipment.
His most successful hardware creations were connections between IBM midrange computers and high speed matrix printers, and the connection of the HP Laserjet IV with an integrated IBM Twin ax in 1992. The design facilitated the sale of thousands, providing advanced barcoding and forms technology for IBM clients at a much lower price and with substantially faster print speeds.
In 1992 he founded Eclipse Corporation. Eclipse created FormsPlus/400 and the product was a huge success which resulted in over 800 installations by the end of 1995. The Eclipse IP technology was acquired by JetForm in 1996.
He and his wife Terry have supported many charities over the past 34 years, with their favorites as Save the Children, Harry Chapin, Big Cat Rescue, Wounded Warriors and several no-kill animal rescue programs in southwest Florida. He is married and a father of two children and four grandchildren. He loves boating and spending time with his family.
The second honoree is Scott Kelly, EDP and this award is being presented posthumously. Scott began his time with Xplor in 1992 and professionally launched two successful software companies, US Lynx and Publishing Data Management.
Scott rarely spoke about business but preferred to focus on his efforts in helping others in the industry, supporting Xplor, and being with his family. He served on almost every committee within Xplor including the EDP Commission, the Education Committee, Northeast Region Officer and board member, Membership Development Committee, Leadership Conference, and lastly, on the Association Board of Directors for the last 10+ years.
Scott supported many causes, from the arts to human rights. Although soft spoken, he was very outspoken when it came to the many causes he supported. The last few years he spent travelling around the world with his partner Terri and daughter Elena.
The third recipient for the Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement Award is Roberta McKee-Jackson, EDP.
Roberta started in the document systems industry as President/CEO of Laser Imaging Systems in Denver, Colorado and attended her first Xplor conference in 1984. She joined Lytrod Software Inc 1993 and became the Western Regional Manager for ENTIRE, Inc. in 1995 and from 1997-2001 she served as Director, Technology and Programs for Xplor International in Torrance, CA. She left Xplor and moved to the UK and from 2003-2015, she served as Director of Administration for Xplor UK & Ireland. She has also served as an instructor in the UK for the Acadami Group.
She has taken on many volunteer roles over the years including as an officer for Rocky Mountain Chapter, the Bay Area Chapter, and Western Region. She was Associate Editor of Xploration: The Journal of Electronic Document Systems and chaired numerous committees including the EDP Commission, where she has served as both Vice-Chair and Chair since her involvement in 2008.
In 2002, she was honored in the first group of Industry Women of Distinction. Her outside activities include being an Ambassador for the 2012 Olympics in London, and since 2016 a Volunteer Champion for Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, based at Mount Vernon Hospital.
Since 2015, she has volunteered as co-manager of the Hertfordshire Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA) Support Group offering support, counsel, and assistance to those living with early onset rare dementia as well as their caregivers, families, and friends.
“I’d like to congratulate Steve, Scott and Roberta not only for their industry achievements, but their impact on our world through their charitable efforts and support of Xplor," says Skip Henk, EDP, President/CEO of Xplor International. “Our industry and the world around us have benefited.”
Other Xplor annual awards, recognized and announced at XPLOR19, include:
Technology of the Year
Winner – Quadient / Omnichannel Coordination
Honorable Mention – DirectMail2.0
Honorable Mention – TEC Mailing Solutions / TEC’s Web Services API
Application of the Year
Winner – RRD / Hosted Customer Communications Management On-Demand Service
Honorable Mention – Legal & General America / Eclipse Corporation
Honorable Mention – Santander Corporate Banking / Quadient