CPI Card Group Takes Industry Lead by Investing in ICMA Training and Accreditation Program

The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), the world’s leading trade group representing plastic card manufacturers, personalizers, issuers and suppliers, has announced that member, CPI Card Group, has graduated an additional 11 of its employees from its Advanced Card Education (ACE) accreditation program, bringing the company’s total number of designees to 14.  CPI Card Group now joins the ranks of 29 other ICMA member designees that have already earned the accreditation, bringing the total number of program graduates to 43 since it began.

CPI Card Group is also the first ICMA member company to host an ACE group training and exam for its employees, marking a new milestone in the program’s success. The first-ever accreditation program for the global card manufacturing industry, ACE was launched in 2007 as a way to recognize those with advanced card manufacturing knowledge.

“We are pleased with CPI’s member support and outstanding achievement with our ACE program”, said Al Vrancart, Industry Adviser & Founder Emeritus of ICMA. “ICMA remains dedicated to providing tools for global industry training and education while acknowledging personal individual and company member success.”

The ACE designation is awarded to people with a broad and detailed knowledge of card manufacturing and processes who successfully complete the rigorous exam.  ACE accreditation validates expertise and distinguishes employees as motivated experts in the card manufacturing industry. The designation evaluates the skills and knowledge of card manufacturing professionals in eight key areas: PVC/Plastics, Inks, Adhesives, Printing, Collation, Lamination, Die-cutting, and Standards/Testing.

“We are so proud of our team for their continued dedication to expanding their education in our industry,” said Steve Montross, president and CEO of CPI Card Group. “Being the first company to host the ACE group training and exam, with the graduation of 11 of our employees, confirms our commitment to staying at the top of the game as the global leader in financial and commercial card production.”

 The current CPI Card Group program graduates are as follows:

 Brad Hanson, Regional Account Manager

Tim McKearney, Regional Sales Manager

Alvaro Moreno, Blank Card Sales Manager

Robert Michaelis, Director of Project Management

Mark Costello, Regional Sales Manager

Jay Schwisow, Director of Commercial Sales

Max Michieli, Post Print Manager

Vanessa Jones, Pre Production Manager

Tony McGee, Manager, Customer Care

Jim Fry, Manager, Customer Care

Megan Anthony, Senior Designer

Jim Hays, National Account Manager

Barry Mosteller, Director of R&D

Julie Hermanson, QMS Manager

The next exam and ACE training seminar will take place in conjunction with the ICMA Regional Events in September in Chicago and October in Munich. Please email info@icma.com for more information on applying.