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Former Fuji Exec Joins SmartDisk, Digital Now Founders Leave Amid Restructuring



Retail Rumblings

May 2001


FORMER FUJI EXEC JOINS SMARTDISK

SmartDisk Corp., a company that provides technologies and products for managing digital content, appointed former Fuji executive Rod H. King as senior vice president, Sales and Marketing.

King will be responsible for directing all U.S.-based marketing and sales activities, formulating SmartDisk's global marketing and sales strategies, and coordinating worldwide sales and marketing programs.


Betty Weiner, of Eastern Camera Exchange passed away March 9, 2001 at the age of 66.

A friend to all, she began working at Eastern Camera Exchange in 1950 where she met her future husband, Myron Weiner. She and Myron were married in December of 1955. Betty is survived by her husband Myron, two daughters, Sheila and Arleen, and a son, Robert in addition to four grandchildren. PTN, along with the entire photo industry, will miss Betty.


DIGITAL NOW FOUNDERS LEAVE AMID RESTRUCTURING

Digital Now has announced restructuring to help the company return to profitability. Founders Steve Giordano Sr., executive vice president, Judy Mezzullo, executive vice president, and Steve Giordano Jr., chief technology officer, have left the company. Giordano Sr. continues to serve as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors.

The company continues to focus its energies on its core business of supplying the photo processing industry with high-speed digital imaging systems and other technology that enables photo processors to provide digital image products to their customers.


Eastman Kodak recently presented "Best In Class" awards to 19 KODAK Image Center Solutions dealers for their outstanding work in 2000. The "Best In Class" winners represent the top level of retail excellence within KODAK Image Center Solutions stores, recognized for embracing the latest in imaging technology.


by Alan Kessler

While I hope everyone has managed to stay warm and dry this season, all of us at PMDA have been busy planning for a year of activities full of fun and education.

In my new position, I would like to share my sincere appreciation and pleasure in serving as President of the PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA).

My colleagues and I have concluded that there could not be a more exciting time to be in the world of photography. As we all witnessed at PMA 2001, the digitalization of image capture, the convergence of technology and now the ability to share images with anyone, anywhere, anytime, has presented to avid photographers enormous opportunities and growth. At the same time, traditional photography remains strong in the ever-expanding world of image capture and illustrated story telling.

In the short time I have served as President, our organization has hosted a successful awards dinner in addition to the March and April meetings of our organization.

As you can see, our industry continues to grow, with increasing sophistication and talent. At our March dinner, the Photographic Information Council (PIC) previewed their Website, takegreatpictures.com during the panel discussion. In addition, PIC announced their new public relations agency, ShoreFire, who will use celebrities to promote the site, with extensive TV spots. The other panelists also demonstrated their sites and shared success stories of building online communities.

At our most recent dinner in April, the topic of discussion was "What Make Teens Click." A panel consisting of Lynn Lehmkuhl, President of TEEN Magazine, Eric Lent, Marketing Director of One-time-use Cameras and the Youth Market, Eastman Kodak Company, and Matt Knickerbocker, Vice President of Marketing, Consumer Markets Divison, Fuji Photo Film, U.S.A., Inc. discussed the dynamics of the photoimaging market among American youth, including current trends, issues and opportunities of this interesting demographic.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to providing our members with fresh topics and events.

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