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IPC Honors Sigma's Michihiro Yamaki

(l. to r.) IPC president James Chung, Paul Harmel, Michihiro Yamaki, and Kathy Schneider-Jello.
IPC president James Chung presents Michihiro Yamaki with the Hall of Fame Award.
Sigma CEO and founder, Michihiro Yamaki during his acceptance speech.

The International Photographic Council (IPC) honored Sigma Corporation's founder and CEO Mr. Michihiro Yamaki with its prestigeous Hall of Fame award last month at a luncheon held at the United Nations in New York. The award was presented before a packed room of attendees.

Mr. Yamaki founded the Sigma Corporation in 1961. Throughout his career, he has been involved with the Japan Photographic Enterprises Association, Photographic Society of Japan, Japan Camera Industry Institute, and other such organizations. He was named to PMA's Hall of Fame in 1994 and had received the IPC Leadership Award in 1998.

The opening remarks for the luncheon were delivered by Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka, the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information at the United Nations. Bill McCurry, chairman of McCurry Associates gave the keynote. McCurry spoke about the global economy and what it may mean to the photographic industry in the near future.

Mr. Yamaki was introduced into the IPC Hall of Fame by last year's recipient, Paul Harmel, chairman and CEO of Lifetouch Inc.

In addition to the aforementioned persons, the luncheon was organized by James Chung, IPC president and luncheon chairperson Kathy Schneider-Jello, of CSJ Media Inc.

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