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National Photo Industry Groups Merge



Henderson, NV -- July 25, 2008 -- Independent Photo Imagers (IPI) accepted as new members all current members of the Town and Country Photo Dealers Buying Group, an organization with over thirty years of history in the photo industry. This action was the result of an agreement reached between IPI and Harry L. Reiter, founder and president of Town and Country Photo Dealers Buying Group.

"We are honored Harry chose IPI to continue providing member benefits and services to all Town and Country members and we are anxious to share our industry leading programs and membership benefits with them," said Brent Bowyer, Executive Director of IPI. He further stated, "With well over 600 independent owners of over 850 store front locations as a result of this action, IPI is certainly the voice of the independent service specialty retailer in the United States."

"All Town and Country members will be fast tracked as IPI members as a result of the rapidly approaching IPI Annual Members Meeting and Trade Show in August in Las Vegas, Nevada," said Bowyer. That meeting features as speakers well known industry leaders and executives from Fujifilm USA, Hewlett Packard, Noritsu, Eastman Kodak, and other international industry organizations as well as executives from Photo Marketing Association International and Harry Loyle, President & CEO of Moto Franchise Corporation and Portrait Avenue.

"Our good friends at IPI have made it very attractive for all the members of Town and Country to enjoy the services and benefits to which they have grown accustomed to since 1973," stated Harry Reiter, President of Town and Country. "And with the added benefits that IPI will provide, I'm sure assimilation of my members into IPI will be quite seamless and very beneficial for their continued success in today's somewhat challenging industry and business world."

"This is truly a great day for the Independent Imaging Industry," said Kirk Sidley, Chairman of the IPI Board of Directors and architect of the transaction. Sidley further stated, "Membership in a buying group is critical to continued success in today's somewhat challenging industry and business world and we are looking forward to the additional knowledge, experience and buying power that Town and Country members will bring to our IPI community."

IPI is North America's largest buying group/trade association composed of independent businesses operating in both the image capture(photography) and the image archiving (printing of all kinds and preserving) industries.

As a community of over 600 members owning and operating in excess of 850 locations in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Mexico, Canada, and Australia, IPI is known as The Network for independent photo businesses in terms of providing its members with purchasing and expense management, cyber and face-to-face meeting, and educational opportunities. Founded in 1982 in Southern California and spreading today around the globe, IPI is well recognized in the photo industries and many allied industries as being a leader in innovation and execution of a wide range of programs and initiatives for the benefit of its members and consumers.

Town and Country Photo Dealers Buying Group has been a leader in the photofinishing industry for 35 years. Founded in 1973, Harry L. Reiter has provided the vision and leadership on a national basis that has provided opportunities and business management for its 180 members. In addition to be invaluable to its members, Town and Country has provided industry vendors with information and assistance that grew their business to new heights.


   







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