Pittsburgh, PA - Printing Industries of America (PIA) is pleased to announce that Joe Marin, one of the industry’s leading voices on digital and offset technologies, will be returning to the organization in June as Vice President of Education and Training. He previously served the association in a myriad of roles from 1995 to 2013.
“We are thrilled with Joe’s return,” noted Michael Makin, President and CEO of PIA. “He brings to the job an unparalleled skill set, which includes training program development, business management, public speaking, and production knowledge. Marin is dynamic, energetic, and has the experience and technical acumen needed to help PIA members succeed in our ever-evolving industry,” added Makin.
Marin started his career in print 25 years ago after graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Communications from California University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Printing Industries of America in 1995, he worked in the industry as a prepress technician for Herrmann Printing and Litho, Inc.
At PIA, Marin held progressively senior positions within the organization and developed expertise as a prepress technologist and production specialist. He managed, created, and delivered custom training programs for major industry manufacturers and suppliers on such diverse topics as best business practices, software technology, digital printing, and print production workflow.
He developed curricula for graphic arts instructors across the country; managed all of PIA’s public workshops, webinars, training programs, and graphic arts educator conferences; and consistently ranked as one of the organization’s most well regarded speakers.
He is a veteran presenter at GRAPH EXPO and other industry venues on the topics of color management, PDF workflow, preparing print-ready files, web-to-print, process control, and other business-related issues.
Marin is the author of three books (Process Control Primer, Digital Prepress Primer, and the PDF Print Production Guide) and has written more than 60 industry articles, white papers, and technical reports for various leading industry publications.
Following a brief stint as Executive Director of the Western States Printing Alliance, a PIA affiliate, Marin joined Konica Minolta Business Solutions (KMBS) as a Production Solutions Consultant. He provided pre-sales consultation, assessed client business and workflow requirements, and recommended solutions to streamline workflow and increase profitability, and followed up with post-sales training to optimize equipment use. During his time at KMBS, Marin acquired deep knowledge of high-volume monochrome and color printing equipment, software solutions, and digital finishing solutions.
On his return to PIA, Marin shared “I’ve never been more excited—and challenged—to be a part of an industry with so much rapid change. Consumer behavior is driving this rapid change directly, as they demand communication via relevant messages on platforms that are most convenient to them. From digital marketing to digital finishing embellishment solutions, this cycle creates exciting growth opportunities for service providers.”
Marin added, “The most successful companies are on top of these trends, stay nimble, and adapt quickly as the market changes. Printing Industries of America has always been at the forefront of industry trends, disseminating information and providing resources to educate its members and give focus for important business decisions. I’m delighted to be joining PIA where I can continue to share my passion and knowledge for the industry and use it to drive innovative educational programs to help our member companies be the very best they can be.”