APTech Elects 2023 Board and Executive Committee

February 13, 2023

Organization’s leadership guided by a streamlined, “get-down-to-business” approach to meet the needs of members and the recovering industry in the coming year.

Nashville, TN The Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech) elected its Board of Directors for 2023, selecting a streamlined lineup of industry executives who embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and game-changing perspective that is needed for the organization, membership and our industry to thrive.

Thayer Long, President of the Association for PRINT Technologies, said, “We felt that, this year, it was important for the organization to have a more active and dedicated Board that can take a more direct role in the implementation of our strategic direction.”

The 2023 APTech Board is comprised of industry professionals who are firmly committed to the Association, its vision, and its organizational strategic objectives of delivering value and enhanced engagement to our membership and helping the industry as a whole grow and flourish.

2023 APTech Board

Gina Danner, Owner, CEO, NextPage

Deirdre Ryder, CEO and President, VITS International

Jon Budington, President and CEO, more vang

Gavin Jordan-Smith, Senior Vice President, CPIBG, Ricoh USA

Board Members At Large:

Kevin Abergel, President, Taktiful
Michael Aumann, Director of Digital Embellishment Solutions, KURZ USA
Erik Norman, President, swissQprint
Steve Portrude, President, Harwill Express Press
Andy Schipke, Vice President, Marketing &Strategic Sales, W+D

As the global economy recovers in the wake of the pandemic, APTech is working on ways to bring the print industry together for the benefit of member companies. The Association’s strategic investment in 2022 to acquire the printing industry’s leading independent media organization, WhatTheyThink, added to the continuing effort to help print businesses grow by providing a prominent platform for education, inspiration, and connection.

In 2023, the combined APTech/WhatTheyThink organization will continue its strategic focus on value, membership, and educational programming. There are currently plans for several event-based programs along with quarterly leadership webinar series, the first of which will debut in March. The other programs will feature Amplify print embellishment roadshows, a LeadingPRINT Summit, and a software conference to round out the year. WhatTheyThink will continue to inform and inspire by finding the best voices in the industry and delivering its renowned thought leadership through email, web, and print.”

Long added, “We’re excited to continue the momentum gained from Amplify, our in-person event held in Minneapolis in June 2022, which saw an enthusiastic reception from an audience of print and embellishment professionals.”

For more information about APTech, the new Board, and its members, please visit https://printtechnologies.org/ or send us an email at aptech@aptech.org.


About the Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech)

APTech is a member-driven association that along with its independent subsidiary, WhatTheyThink, is a premier source of print industry news and analysis; media production; specialty events; and educational content on all facets of today’s print industry. APTech is ANSI-accredited to support national and international standards development for the print industry, including ICC, B65, CGATS and USTAG. For complete information about the association, its programs, and its member companies, visit https://printtechnologies.org/ or send us an email at aptech@aptech.org.

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