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PI CONNECT 2020 Imaging Conference Announces Top Speaker Lineup

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Press release from the issuing company

Photo/imaging trends and technology innovation lead topics

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Pro Imaging CONNECT, the new executive conference for the photo/imaging industry, has announced the first major speakers at its conference March 21-22, 2020, at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Austin, Texas.

“Pro Imaging CONNECT brings together executives from different segments of the photo/imaging industry to share ideas and to build relationships,” says Toren Prawdzik, conference organizer, and president, Photo EVO. “Digital technology is breaking down the barriers between the amateur photography, the professional photography and graphic arts markets. PI CONNECT unites these industry interests for the future.”

“The first Pro Imaging CONNECT was a good start to building a strong network among personalized photo companies, printers, and the graphic-arts world,” says Andrew Laffoon, founder, Mixbook. “I look forward to seeing it grow to a premier meeting place for our industry!”

The Pro Imaging CONNECT program is programmed by Gary Pageau, editor of the Dead Pixels Society, the photo/imaging networking group and news site.

Pro Imaging CONNECT will kick off Saturday, March 21, at 1 p.m., with a presentation by Alan Bullock, associate director, Keypoint Intelligence-InfoTrends, will the educational program, “A Snapshot of the US Photo Printing & Imaging Market”; the session is sponsored by Mediaclip.

The session will provide an overview of photo/imaging trends that Keypoint Intelligence - InfoTrends is seeing in several annual U.S. end-user surveys conducted annually. Attendees will learn how consumers are using the images they are taking and ultimately how they are printing and producing photo products with them. Bullock will talk about the who, what, when, where, and why behind the print and photo merchandise markets – specifically focusing on books, cards, and wall décor products, including the triggers that lead consumers to order print products. He will also touch on the retail photo landscape as well as the print habits of professional photographers.

The international world of photo imaging
Speaking next will be leading international photo/imaging researcher, Don Franz, presenting, “The International World of Photo Imaging.” In this presentation, Franz will explore how social media and the internet have driven photo/imaging sharing and output around the world, both for consumers and professionals. He will also consider the reviving interest in film photography by both consumers and professionals. The former distinction between graphic arts and photography production facilities for output has blurred, and he will look at the impact of this evolution on the traditional photofinishing industry.

Franz has studied the photo/imaging world for more than 40 years. In addition to the monthly Photo Imaging News newsletter, he conducts market research around the world and participate in international photo conferences.

New standards for color and appearance management
The evening program, the Future Imaging Symposium, will feature Don Carli, president and co-founder, Nima Hunter Inc., speaking about “New standards for color and appearance management: Why you should care and what you need to know.”

There is far more to appearance than color, there is far more to color than RGB and CMYK, and there is far more to print than 2D. This session will explain what you need to know about iccMAX (ISO 20677) and related new standards for color and appearance management. Carli will present information on brands leading development of solutions to address growing high-value markets by making it possible to capture, to model, to display, and to print expanded gamut color as well as metallic, pearlescent, iridescent, gonio-chromatic, fluorescent, gloss, sparkle, surface texture, and other appearance effects for 3D e-commerce and AR/VR/XR, as well as for 2D, 2.5D, and 3D print applications.

Carli co-founded Nima Hunter Inc., a market insight consultancy founded in 1986 that conducts research in support of branding, positioning, product development, product marketing, competitive intelligence, market forecasting, business strategy and sales process improvement.

About Pro Imaging CONNECT
Pro Imaging CONNECT kicks off with two days of executive-level education, while Pro Imaging Golf follows with two days of networking and the famous scramble golf tournament. Attendees can choose to attend just the Pro Imaging CONNECT educational event, March 21-22; just the Pro Imaging Golf event, March 23-24; or both events.

Pro Imaging CONNECT registration is currently underway, with conference-only registration of $199. Until March 10, a nightly room at Horseshoe Bay Resort is $267.74 per night includes conference registration. To attend both events, the registration package for Pro Imaging CONNECT, Pro Imaging Golf, nightly room, plus one round of golf per day at Horseshoe Bay Resort is $355.74 per night. There is a hard cut-off of March 10 for registration.

For more information, visit www.proimagingconnect.com

About Pro Imaging Expo
Pro Imaging Expo features networking, education and golf events for the imaging industry.

Pro Imaging Golf, with more than 30 years in existence and now partnered with SGIA, hosts more than 144 industry attendees in North Orlando, FL, for three days of fun-filled activities including golf, parties, networking events, and educational events.

Pro Imaging, in conjunction with SGIA, hosts a networking event at PRINTING United in October. This event is open to all in the industry.

Pro Imaging Expo’s newest event, Pro Imaging CONNECT, is aimed at education and networking for individuals in the pro lab, vertically integrated school/sports photography, and retail photography business.

More at www.proimagingexpo.com 

About the Dead Pixels Society
The Dead Pixels Society, formed in 2009, is dedicated to provide news and information to the businesses in the photo imaging/industry. The group continues to meet clandestinely at industry events and conferences, identified by their stylish lapel pins.

More at www.thedeadpixelssociety.com 


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