Awards & Engraving

March '20

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A&E MARCH 2020 • a-e-mag.com 57 Direct Color Systems Brings on New President and CEO Direct Color Systems (DCS) announces the addi- tion of Tom Kaplinski as president and CEO. According to Direct Color Systems, Kaplinski is an accomplished business leader who has delivered growth for original equipment manufacturers over his 28 years-plus of global business and technology experience. "Throughout our history, Direct Color Systems has continually demonstrated the speed and innovation that has enabled us to grow and enter exciting markets and the company is again positioned for another period of substantial growth," says Blair Allen, DCS board member and shareholder. "In order to take advantage of this opportunity and continue to improve all aspects of our business, we have put into place an experienced executive leader that will guide the company through this exciting period." Kaplinski is not only responsible for the daily management and operation of DCS, but he will also lead the development, promo- tion, and strategic direction of the company. Blair Allen and Bill Allen remain invested in the future of DCS as shareholders and will continue to serve on the Board of Directors where they will work with Kaplinski to help develop, promote, and support the strategic direction of the company. Prior to joining DCS, Tom Kaplinksi held executive leadership positions as president and CEO at Starbase Technologies, vice president at CLARCOR Engine Mobile Solutions, and executive director at Stanadyne Corporation. "We already have a strong team here at DCS and Tom is a great fit that only makes it stronger as we move into our next phase as a company," Allen states. ON THE MOVE Kaplinski Ellsworth A&E Prior to opening the storefront, Legacy Images was based in the Catlin's barn in rural Westfield since 2004. Paul, a craftsman who taught graphic arts at Frankfort High School for 24 years and industrial technology at Frankfort Middle School for seven years, had the opportunity to be involved in a business that created custom products. Retz explains that through a strange twist of events, Paul fell into the laser engraving business that would ultimately be named Legacy Images. A year after the business began, Legacy Images started selling Legacy Frames using customers' words or ideas to create one-of- a-kind frames. "Many of our items we offer are from ideas of customers," says Retz. "We liked how the frames turned out and thought they would sell well, so we made them a part of our line." A handful of years later, in 2012, the business launched on Etsy. Nowadays, the offerings, which have expanded to items such as a Drop Box Guest Book, are available on other platforms including Wayfair and Amazon Handmade. Learn more: http://aemag.ly/legacyimages. Inland Products Celebrates 30th Anniversary Menifee, California-based Inland Products, a manufacturer and distributor of tags, metal labels, nameplates, and signs, recently celebrated 30 years of business. Over the years, the company has grown to offer more than just the engraved pet tags its foundation is built on. Inland Products began in 1988 when Andrew Christie and his wife ordered a pet tag for their dog. "I was working in a manufac- turing company at the time and realized I had the ability to make these tags myself as a part-time business, and did so for a few years, before quitting my job and going full-time in the business," says Christie. "We initially made only engraved pet tags for sale to pet owners and later realized that we were better off selling the blank tags to engravers in bulk quantities and letting them sell to the end user," Christie explains. This worked well for a number of years, until computerized pet tag engraving machines started showing up in big chain stores, according to Christie. To make up for the toll that took on the busi- ness, Christie says they had to start adding other types of tags and nameplates to the product line. Nowadays, Inland has products available for other companies to personalize for their own customer bases, including awards and engraving shops, sign and graphics companies, and printing businesses. Keep reading here: http://aemag.ly/inland30. GroupeSTAHL Promotes Josh Ellsworth to Senior Vice President GroupeSTAHL's chief executive officer Carleen Gray announces the promotion of Josh Ellsworth to senior vice president, dealer, and enterprise sales at GroupeSTAHL. Ellsworth's career at Stahls' began in 1998, and he's moved up in the company as his experience and knowledge have grown over the years. His most recent position was vice president sales, dealer channel, and before that, he served as the general manager for Stahls' CAD-CUT Direct. An expert in the field of heat printing, he's best known for his work as an educator. According to the company, he has created, written, and been featured in more than 1,000 educational videos. He writes a column for Printwear magazine and contributes to other industry resources. Additionally, Ellsworth delivers educational seminars at trade shows around the world. "As a regular participant in the Stahls' Heat Press for Profit Facebook group, Ellsworth is deeply engaged with the needs and challenges of apparel decorators. He prides himself on bringing customer insights into all aspects of his job," according to GroupeSTAHL.

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