The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) welcomes new officers and members of the Board of Directors. These new members are key industry and academic leaders from the ranks of the top companies and technical universities supporting the graphic arts industry. They strengthen the leadership of TAGA, which is the only global professional technical association for the graphic arts industries. TAGA serves the CTO, CIO, and R&D management personnel of printers, publishers, and premedia companies, as well as engineers and scientists employed by graphic arts systems and equipment providers, ink manufacturers, and paper manufacturers.
TAGA Officers welcome Martin Habekost, Vice President; Hal Stratton, Secretary/Treasurer; and David Niles, Vice President of Membership and Publicity. TAGA Board Members also welcome newly elected Udi Areli, Ragy Isaac, Liam O'Hara, John Seymour, and James Mauro.
Martin Habekost, Vice President, Education
Martin Habekost is Associate Professor at the School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University in Toronto Canada, the only university-level Graphic Arts program in Canada.
Previous to joining Ryerson University in 2005, he had been working for 10 years in the printing ink manufacturing business in Europe and North America as R&D Chemist and Technical Service Manager. Martin is also a member of the Oil & Color Chemists’ Association in Canada and serves on their general board and the educational committee.
Additionally, he has been the faculty advisor to the TAGA student chapter at the School of Graphic Communications management since becoming a TAGA member in 2006.
Hal Stratton, Secretary/Treasurer
A thirty-one year veteran of the printing industry, Stratton now works for Komori America Corporation as their Market Development Manager working on both offset and digital solutions for their customer. He currently serves on the IDEAlliance Print Properties and Colormetrics Council and Printing Industries of America Supplier Advisory Committee.
David Niles, Vice President of Membership and Publicity
David Niles is currently manager of the Printing Technologies Group, and research fellow for Sappi Fine Paper North America. He has been with Sappi/SD Warren for 26 years and involved in the graphic arts industry for 22 years. He is an expert on ink and paper interaction, web offset, commercial offset, and digital paper products.
Udi Arieli is the senior director of Product Management at EFI, Inc., for Digital Workflows and EFI Print Flow Dynamic Scheduling. Udi holds bachelor’s degrees in economics, business administration, and computer science from Hebru University in Israel, and a technical degree in electronics engineering.
Udi represents the third generation of his family to own and operate a printing company, and his career boasts such accomplishments as creating the Theory of Global Optimization (TGO) to help the industry be more competitive and a 2001 GATF InterTech Technology Award for innovative technology for the graphic communications industry.
Udi is considered an expert in the field of optimization and a visionary for the industry. He has been widely reported on and quoted in trade magazines in North America and Europe.
Ragy Isaac is the quality director at Goss International Corporation. He is an engineer, a statistician, and an experienced Six Sigma analyst. His industry experience includes data analysis, expertise in ink, dampening solution, and plate technologies with emphasis on interactions and relationships to press design and to the printing process.