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FEBRUARY 2014 NEWSLETTER

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Bukovsky Award Banquet Will Honor a Leader

The reprographics industry has honored those who have made significant contributions to the industry with the George Bukovsky Award since 1991. The 2014 Bukovsky Award, the first since 2010, will be presented at a banquet on Friday, April 4.

The list of past winners of the Bukovsky Award reads like a “who’s who” of reprograhics, ranging from Jack Wally to Cathleen Cushing Duff to Mike Carter. Read the entire list of past winners here: http://www.irga.com/knowledge-bank/bukovsky-award-winners/

This year’s winner will be chosen by the IRgA Presidents’ Council, comprised of past presidents of IRgA. The council has been meeting via conference call and email over the past three months to consider nominations.

The Bukovsky Award honors the memory of George K. Bukovsky, who worked in the reprographics industry for more than 30 years. During his career, he served as a champion for the IRgA and actively promoted the industry. He was a friend and advisor to countless industry members. Bukovsky passed away in 1990.

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Acclaimed “Smart Cities” Architect and Visionary Paul Doherty to Headline ERA/IRgA Convention

The reprographics industry has been entrusted with the “digital DNA” of the built environment, and is poised to play a vital role in the dramatic changes now reshaping the AEC industry. Paul Doherty, AIA, will explore that role in his keynote address at the ERA/IRgA joint 2014 Convention in Baltimore, April 3-5.

“Core competencies of document management, project lifecycle, document/data processing and delivery, communication equipment, and traditional printing can be leveraged to meet the AEC market demands while providing valued services that can increase [the reprographic industry’s] bottom line,” Doherty says.

Doherty is the president and CEO of the digit group, inc., a global leader of cloud-based solutions for the built environment. His current work is implementing Smart City solutions throughout the world. He is the co-founder of the critically acclaimed AEC Hackathon, which launched at Facebook headquarters in Silicon Valley in November 2013.

Doherty will explain essential advances in AEC – such as big data, data visualization, smart buildings, and smart cities – and how the reprographics industry can contribute. He will include case studies of projects from around the world.

“The reprographics industry is challenged to control, manage, and lead these new transformative processes or relegate itself as just another commoditized service in the AEC market,” Doherty says.

The ERA/IRgA convention will include a full day of educational programming designed to help reprographics businesses capitalize on these developments.

For more information, visit the 2014 Convention page.

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Trade Show to Feature Latest Technology

Unlike the giant trade shows like SGIA and IPA, which are crowded with thousands of people from all across the imaging spectrum, the trade show at the ERA/IRgA convention will be an intimate event focused on the needs of the reprographics professional.

Leading vendors to the large-format imaging industry know that they can have substantial, meaningful meetings and conversations at the show, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 4, and will occupy the ballroom of the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

Confirmed exhibitors include a number of printer manufacturers, including Hewlett-Packard, Ricoh, RTI, and KIP. Confirmed media exhibitors include Dietzgen and National Azon. Attendees will be able to learn about the latest developments in mounting and laminating from the Drytac booth and the Quality Media & Laminating Solutions booths.

These are just a sampling of the confirmed exhibitors, and more are signing up each week. Stay tuned for a complete list as the convention date approaches.

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