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.
Ragy has been active in the graphic arts since 1975. He has been awarded four patents for inventions in printing related technologies.
Liam O’Hara is an assistant professor for the Department of Graphic Communications at Clemson University. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Graphic Communications from Clemson in 1997 and began working as creative services manager at Phoenix Packaging in Winston-Salem, performing graphic and structural design for corrugated packaging. Liam returned to Clemson in 2001 to teach courses on press characterization, color management, inks and substrates and introductory graphic courses. He has been a TAGA member and the student advisor to the Clemson Chapter for the past seven years. He has served on the Board of Directors for two years and is currently the editor of the TAGA Journal of Graphic Technology.
John Seymour is the principal engineer for QuadTech, where he has been doing research in printing, color theory, and imaging since 1992. John was instrumental in the development of QuadTech’s Color Control System and AcuCam. John currently holds fifteen patents and has authored over twenty technical papers. He is an expert on the Committee for Graphic Arts Technologies Standards and ISO TC 130 and currently serves on the board of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts.
James Mauro began his career in the graphic arts and printing Industry in 1983. With continuous service at Heidelberg USA, he has held various positions leading to his current responsibility as product manager for Prinect Press products, including press control and quality control systems, as well as pressroom integration and security printing. He has been a frequent speaker and participant in many industry events and a regular contributor to well-known industry publications.
Jim is a TAGA member and has served on the advisory boards for various Printing Industries of America and GATF events as well as the NAPL Applied Technology Conference.
Continuing as TAGA Officers are: Paul Cousineau, Don Duncan, Alexandra Pekarovicova, and Björn Kruse.
Continuing TAGA Board Members are: Charles Gehman, Yung-Cheng Hsieh, Brian Lawler, William Li, Rick Riegger, Erwin Widmer, and Yu-Ju (Mandy) Wu.
The Board of Directors of TAGA recognizes professionals with distinguished careers to receive The Michael H. Bruno Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Graphic Arts Industry. Earlier in 2012, Dr. James C. King and Dr. John E. Warnock were recognized for their significant contributions to the printing and graphic arts community. For more information on these honored recipients, please see the 2012 Bruno Award Press Release.
The 65th Annual Technical Conference will be held February 3–6, 2013 in Portland, Oregon. New to the TAGA Annual Conference, Scientific Papers as well as Technical Innovation Papers will be accepted for the first time ever. Scientific Papers are based on emerging science, technology, and the application of all forms of graphic technology and printing processes. Technical Innovation Papers will cover topics where a broad technology perspective needs to be provided. Papers accepted and presented at the conference will be published in the 2013 TAGA Proceedings. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2012.