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February '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • February 2019 • 75 Dallas-based GSG (Graphic Solutions Group), a sup- plier to the screen, sign, digital imaging and embroi- dery industries, promotes Mark Serna to operations manager of the company's Houston branch. Serna's career with GSG spans 10 years. Before his promo- tion, the company points out that Serna has served in "every operations position" at GSG. He comes to the role with a strong background in order pulling, receiving and shipping systems. Most recently, Serna headed up the Houston receiving department, overseeing stocking and organizing inven- tory. As operations manager, Serna's role will ensure the efficient and timely delivery of customers' orders from the warehouse through transit. Serna continues to coordinate with receiving and inventory control manager Chris Blake to improve the branch location's services. UK-based B-Tech AV Mounts, makers of mount- ing systems for professional audio/visual settings, including all kinds of digital signage, announces the promotion of Mark Walker to its director of opera- tions in the UK. Walker has been with B-Tech since 2007, his company says, and has worked with most facets of the business, as well as establishing himself as one of the most well-known and popular faces in the AV world. Having started out in internal tech sales, it soon became clear that Walker at his best when with people and his career has seen him progress in roles as area sales manager, key account manager and senior business development manager. Salt Lake City-based SAi (SA International), a pro- vider of software solutions for industries including sign-making, large-format digital printing and CAD/ CAM for machining, announces the appointment of Mikki Webb as director of customer experience. In her new role, Webb will drive the development, continuous improvement and delivery of customer service for SAi as well as assume responsibility for inside sales and technical support teams at the company's Salt Lake City headquarters. Webb has spent the past quarter-century in sev- eral customer service roles, beginning with Southwest Airlines. As part of Webb's varied background, she has worked with several major U.S. e-commerce companies including six years as senior operations manager with eBay, a post that saw her responsible for sales teams spanning three continents. Most recently she had a similar role at Wayfair. New York City-based Vistar Media, an advertising platform that uses geospatial technology to target consumers on their mobile devices and with out- of-home advertising, announces the appointment of Chris Waterman as director of publisher partner- ships. Vistar calls itself an early pioneer of program- matic buying for digital out-of-home media, bringing the power of data science and automation to publishers and media owners around the globe. Through Vistar's platform, pub- lishers can connect with buyers directly for both exchange and PMP transactions. Waterman brings more than a decade of digital media strategy, programmatic technology and business expertise to Vistar, where he will oversee publisher partnerships globally, with a focus on fast-growing markets including the U.S., Canada and Europe. Marabu North America, Charleston, South Carolina-based maker of screen, digital and pad inks and coatings, welcomes Tim Tesmer and Marsha McDowell to our U.S. sales team for screen and pad inks. Tesmer joins us with more than 25 years indus- try experience, most recently with Sun Chemical. As Marabu's new national sales manager, he is responsible for all sales of screen and pad inks throughout North America. McDowell comes to Marabu with 32 years of industry experience, most recently with Dubuit as a global applications engineer. Prior to that, she spent 18 years with Serigraph as a chemist. In her new role as technical sales manager, McDowell will be responsible for tech- nically supporting Marabu's customers, the management of its state-of-the-art print lab and the development of new products. Chicago-based specialty substrate manufacturer GPA announces the hiring of Rob Olson as its newest business development manager. In his new role, Olson will focus on his familiarity of the local markets of Colorado and southern California, helping GPA cus- tomers grow their businesses. Sanborn, New York-based KATZ Americas, makers of display boards for sign making, announces the hiring of Dana Smith as its new customer service manager. In her new role, Smith will oversee the KATZ customer service team. Smith comes to the company with a decade of experience in customer service with various companies, a role that often had her direct- ing others. She also has some sales and project management experience. Pittsford, New York-based Kernow North America, the U.S. division of the England-based company that makes digital media coatings targeting a variety of industries and applications, including wide-format aqueous printers, announces John Danio as its vice president of sales and marketing. This newly created position, which will serve the company's North American customers, will support the company's aggres- sive growth plans in this market. Kernow North America recently introduced various new products that Danio will be charged with pushing further into the company's target markets. Brooklyn Center, Minnesota-based Showdown Displays, makers of banners, flags and other event and display products, announces Kevin Walsh as its president. Walsh is an industry veteran with more than 30 years in the promotional, signage and print- ing industries and previously was chief marketing and sales officer at Showdown, a position he has held since 2011. In his new role as president, Walsh will now have expanded oversight of Showdown Displays' mission, strategic direction and customer experience. Findlay, Ohio-based engraving substrate manufac- turer Rowmark announces that its president and CEO, Duane Jebbett, retired at the start of the new year. On January 7, 2019, Jim Ellward took his place. Jebbett has led the Rowmark team as president since 1998. Although a bittersweet decision to retire, Jebbett and Kathy, his wife of 45 years, look forward to traveling, enjoying time with family, and going on new adventures together. "Anyone who knows Duane can be sure his retirement will be anything but relax- ing," the company says in its press announcement. On the Move Serna Walker Webb Waterman Olson Smith Danio Walsh Jebbett Ellward SDG

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