ISA Sign Expo 2023
Event: April 12-14 | Pre-Conference: April 11

Mandalay Bay Convention Center | Las Vegas, NV

Speakers

Meet Our Industry Experts

Speakers are listed in alphabetical order below. 

Darren Antle PE is licensed in 24 states and has been completing sign designs for over 11 years.

Sam has an incredible depth of knowledge of the sign industry, having worked in the business for more than 20 years. She is the founder and managing director of the successful ‘Make it Happen’ signage consultancy, which provides impartial and independent advice, knowledge, and direction to support people at all levels and any stage of their career in the signage business.

Fiercely committed to helping sign businesses succeed, as ISA-UK President, Sam focuses on working with ISA-UK members to establish future growth strategies allowing them to flourish. She also tackles the most pressing issues facing our members and helps to advocate on their behalf.

Lisa Auld is a Solutions Provider with Compass, where she focuses on the Organizational Development offerings of the organization. She brings experience from the corporate world in sales and marketing, along with a history of higher education, athletic administration, and counseling to her clients. Lisa focuses on training and development, coaching, and overall employee engagement.

Craig Berger is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the CD Pathways program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City as well as a consultant on professional, manufacturing, and academic projects. Craig started as a preservation architect before managing sign and streetscape programs for the Foundation for Architecture starting in 1996. In his capacity there Craig became an expert in urban sign and interpretive programs. With that experience Craig built a consulting business centered around the development of planning, technical and educational tools around new practice areas working with clients like DuPont and Sunoco. He also helped launched initiatives in urban wayfinding including launching programs, writing books and creating workshops on the subject.

Craig took those skills to the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) in 2002 and developed an educational and training program for the organization based on designer competencies as well as outreach programs in universities and other design associations. Inside SEGD Craig built knowledge areas in Wayfinding, Brand Environments, and Exhibition Design. He has also spearheaded education programs in practice areas like the ADA, dynamic wayfinding, and evidence based design. He took these skills to FIT where he has built a number of initiatives including a successful Design Thinking program that marries business and design.

Craig has a bachelor’s of arts and a bachelor’s of architecture from the Pennsylvania State University (1993), and a Master’s of Business Administration from Temple University (1999) with a concentration in International Business.

James Carpentier is currently the Director State and Local Government Affairs with the International Sign Association. In this capacity James works with and educates local officials and planners in the creation of beneficial and effective sign codes. James is a national speaker and author on issues related to the regulation of signs. Prior to that James was the owner of Carpentier Consulting LLC where he specialized in sign variances, entitlements and sign legislation. James also has over 25 years experience as a certified planner in the public and private sectors.

Louis Cortina PE is licensed in 39 states. He has completed over 25,000 sign projects over the past 30 years.

Keith has a very diverse skill set that allows him to be an asset on multiple types of projects. With over 20 years experience every aspect of the design and manufacturing process, he has consistently proven to be the go-to resource capable of delivering the highest quality installations in some of the most complex environments.

Mitch Evans is a Managing Director of Graphic Arts Advisors, a boutique strategic financial advisory and consulting firm focused exclusively on the printing, packaging, mailing, marketing services, brand management, and related graphic communications industries. Mitch has over 35 years of experience in the print and graphic communications industry, during which time he has worked with hundreds of clients and been involved in more than seventy-five successful print industry M&A transactions. Mitch has the unique experience of having begun his career as a consultant before he successfully owned his own printing company for 23 years, bringing to GAA’s clients the insights he has gained from his significant hands-on operational printing experience.

Mitch currently facilitates three print peer groups, is a well-known speaker at industry events, and is a co-author of Taking Your Business to the Next Level as well as the author of Owner’s Guide to Outside Sales Compensation and the industry association’s publications Financial Benchmarking, Marketing & Sales and Digital & Wide Format Pricing.
Mitch’s extensive experience in the print and graphic communications industry includes seven years on the board of NAQP, serving as President in 1994-95;and being named an Honorary Lifetime Member of NAQP and a Member of the graphic communications industry’s prestigious Walter E. Soderstrom Society. Mitch holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Management Science both from Lehigh University.

David M. Fellman is the president of David Fellman & Associates, Raleigh NC, a sales & marketing consulting firm serving numerous segments of the graphic arts industry. He is the author of Sell More Printing (2009) and Listen To The Dinosaur (2010), which Selling Power magazine listed as one of its “10 Best Books To Read in 2010.” His articles on sales, marketing and management topics have appeared in a variety of industry publications, and he is a popular speaker who has delivered seminars and keynotes at industry events across the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Ed Foulke is the only attorney in the country confirmed by the U.S. Senate to run the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). He is currently a partner in the Atlanta office and the Washington, D.C. Metro office located in Arlington, Virginia. He is the former co-chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. He is also the President of Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions, LLC.

Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, Ed was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health named by President George W. Bush He served from April 2006 to November 2008. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injury, illness and fatality rates dropped to their lowest levels in recorded history.

For more than 30 years, Ed has worked in the labor and employment area, focusing on occupational safety and health issues, workplace violence risk assessment and prevention, whistleblower protection, and accident and fatality prevention. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health and is a frequent keynote speaker and lecturer on workplace safety, leadership development, and other labor and employment topics.

Ed has testified before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Congressional Committees on occupational safety and health issues and appeared on CBS “60 Minutes”

He also served on the OSHA Review Commission in Washington, D.C., chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February 1994. Ed is the only person in the United States to serve as both head of OSHA and Chairman of the Review Commission. Ed was named one of the “”50 Most Influential EHS Leaders”” by both EHS Today (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) and Occupational Hazards (2008) magazines.

Ed currently serves on the EHS Today Safety Leadership Board of Directors and on safety committees for the Georgia Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Poultry Association, , the National Association of Tower Erectors, and the American Foundry Association.

John is an accredited small business consultant with the AASBC, past Board member with the California Sign Association, and contributing Author to various trade magazines.
Prior to founding Oculus, John led his own sign manufacturing company for more than 35 years. He’s taken the knowledge and best practices from that experience to helping other shop owners to do the same.
Currently with Oculus Business Solutions John helps Sign Shop owners take their companies to the next level through LEAN implementation processes designed to improve throughput, lead time and profitability.

Mark Hahn is the Senior Managing Director and the founder of Graphic Arts Advisors, a national M&A advisory and consulting firm focused exclusively on the printing, packaging, mailing, marketing services, and related graphic communications industries. With more than 40 years of graphic communications experience in the areas of finance, operations, sales, M&A, and general management, Mark has served as chief financial officer, chief operating officer and other senior positions with several commercial printing companies, as well as founding and eventually selling his own printing company.

Mark and his partners at GAA assist company owners and management, as well as their lenders, investors, and other stakeholders in the following areas: mergers & acquisitions, business valuations, challenging situations & financing, strategic counsel & advisory and expert analysis & opinions. Mark is the author of The Target Report, a well-respected monthly analysis of macro-trends in the printing and packaging industries and the only dedicated M&A transactional database for the graphic arts industry. Mark is regularly published and quoted in printing industry trade and management journals and is a frequent invited guest speaker at printing industry events.

Jim Hanson is the Director of Production for Daktronics, a role he’s held since 2014.

Jim is responsible for leading teams that support many of Daktronics US factories and the European factory located in Ireland. He regularly meets with Business Unit leaders to develop and prioritize strategic initiatives. Included in his responsibilities are Lean Manufacturing, Environmental, Health and Safety and Worldwide Facilities.

Prior to taking on the role of Director of Production, Jim was the Plant Manager for the Daktronics factory located in Redwood Falls, MN for six years. He was an advocate for lean manufacturing and developing future leaders through solving problems and promoting continuous improvement.

In addition to his management roles, Jim has also led manufacturing engineering teams and began his career as a process engineer after graduating with a Mechanical Engineering degree from North Dakota State University. All totaled, Jim has 27 years of experience in manufacturing and the associated support areas.

Outside of work, Jim’s hobbies include hiking, mountain biking, home improvement projects and detailing cars.

Since growing up in his family’s boating business to founding his company CMI, Bruce Hodes has dedicated his career to helping companies grow by developing executive leadership teams, business leaders and executives into powerful performers. Bruce’s adaptable Breakthrough Strategic Business Planning methodology is specifically designed for small-to-mid-sized company challenges. In February of 2012 Bruce published his first book Front Line Heroes: How to Battle the Business Tsunami by Developing Performance Oriented Cultures. With a background in psychotherapy, Hodes also has an MBA from Northwestern University and a Masters in Clinical Social Work. More info: bhodes@cmiteamwork.com, 708-383-7970, www.cmiteamwork.com To access Bruce Hodes speaking video, click here.

After being a co-founder of a billion-dollar national manufacturing and research company, Glaxo, he retired in 1991 and formed his own company, Wilmington Quality Associates. With degrees in chemistry and mathematics and an MBA in marketing from Xavier University, he specializes in highly successful business management implementation. His focus is on helping companies improve competitive performance by teaching effective leadership skills, improving company image, developing highly motivated employees and creating delighted customers. He was Chairman of the Board for a North Carolina Bank and is currently on the Board of Directors for Blue Ridge Community College and Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee. He speaks to 10-15 conventions and educational conferences a year as a keynote speaker and breakout session presenter on business management topics. Tom has written several nationally published novels, including a high adventure mystery novel called Incident at Cat Island;an international mystery thriller called The Andros Connection;and a foreign intrigue crime thriller called Appointment at Crooked Island. He is a licensed pilot, a retired Commander in the US Navy, an accomplished recorder player, and has sailed a 38-foot ketch across the Atlantic to Europe. And until recently, he raised llamas on a farm in North Carolina.

Babu Khalfan is the founder of Signs & Decal, a business producing high-end architectural signage in New York City. Born and raised in Madagascar, Babu started his career in Tanzania before moving to New York City, where he launched Signs & Decal in 1970 along with his wife, Tazzim. Now, Signs & Decal is one of the biggest sign companies in the city.

Over the last 47 years, Signs & Decal has boomed. Its work has appeared in high-profile projects across the city such as the World Trade Tower, JFK Airport, La Guardia, Bank of America Towers, Penn Station, Grand Central Station, Hudson Yard Project, and many others. Since producing architectural signage is highly complex and detail-oriented work, it requires careful thought and long-term planning. Babu has produced a lot of fascinating work for the transportation business, such as work for the George Washington Bridge, as well as for over two hundred Amtrak stations across the country.

Mr. Lew is the Executive Vice President at Lauretano Sign Group (LSG). In this position, Mr. Lew has overall responsibility for the company’s Global Operations. He oversees the departments of Design, Estimating, Project Management, Production, Installation and Service as well as outsourcing, new product development and overseas partners. Prior to joining LSG, Mr. Lew served as Vice President and General Manager of Business Technology Management Inc. – an international business management consulting firm. He has over twenty-five years’ experience in leading business improvement programs and is an expert in analyzing business processes and implementing advanced process management models. Over the years, Mr. Lew worked with a broad spectrum of industries around the globe from aerospace and defense to medical devices, automotive parts, electronic components, airlines, hospitals, food products, apparel and more. In addition, Mr. Lew was the founder and President of three start-up companies.
Mr. Lew holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and an Executive Business Management certification. Mr. Lew was awarded several patents and trademarks. He is a frequent guest speaker at various industry forums, academic institutions, and business owners’ gatherings.

As the On Premise Market Manager for Daktronics, Taylor Nilson is involved in a wide range of activities from product development and production to marketing and sales. He draws on his 17 years of experience with Daktronics, including 13 years in the Services department to enrich customer experiences with Daktronics products and services.

His background in Service for a diverse customer base gives him a broader perspective on how to best to work with every customer, from the very beginning of the relationship. In fact, Taylor believes the sheer breadth of the Daktronics customer base is an essential part of Daktronics core strength. Providing the best customer support through every phase of the relationship is crucial to mutual success.

Taylor’s wife Eryn also works for Daktronics as a Human Resources professional, and they have a young son. When Taylor isn’t working at Daktronics, he enjoys working on home projects, weightlifting and fitness activities, and gaming.

Alex Perry is the CEO of Right Way Signs, LLC in based in Chicago, IL. Alex has over 20+ years experience in the sign industry as a business owner on top of 8 years of experience working for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the states largest business association. In his role with the Chamber, he worked with businesses of all sizes and engaging them in public policy issues from workers compensation reform, healthcare policy, infrastructure policy and policy issues that impacted small businesses. Starting in 2015 Alex teamed up with business leaders to champion sign permit reform in Chicago, leading to the passage of new sign ordinances in 2021. For over 20 years Alex has worked with municipalities on making small changes to their sign codes that help the businesses in their communities. In 2004 Alex was appointed by the Mayor of Evanston to the Sign Review and Appeals Board and in 2018 Alex was named the first ever Sign Code Champion by the International Sign Association.

Kenny Peskin is the Director of Industry Programs for the International Sign Association. Kenny helps represent
the on-premises sign industry in developing technical standards and responding to code issues across the country. As part of his work, he regularly meets with city officials, appears at public hearings, files written comments on draft ordinances, and speaks
on sign-related issues. Kenny serves on the NFPA 70 National Electric Code Code-Making Panel 18, the International Code Council A117.1 Consensus Committee on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, Underwriters Laboratories’ Standards Technical Panel
48 for Electric Signs, and cochairs the Underwriters Laboratories Sign Industry Business Panel. Kenny grew up in the sign industry, as his family manufactured custom electric signs in Youngstown, Ohio for nearly 100 years. Before joining ISA, he worked for
the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, handling federal regulatory and environmental issues.

Kevin Poland is the founder and President of The Renaissance Group, a management consulting and coaching company that provides advice and guidance to business owners who are ready to build a great business and live a great life.
Certified as a Senior E-Myth Consultant, Kevin uses this specialized training to help small business owners design and grow businesses that work for them, rather than because of them. He speaks regularly on the topic of business growth strategies and how to solve other challenges that are unique to owner operated businesses.
Kevin has over twenty years of strategic business leadership experience. He holds a MS in Engineering Management and a BS in Industrial Engineering. Prior to starting The Renaissance Group, his previous business experience was working with large corporations in the areas of Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Management, Operations, Production Planning and Strategic Planning.

Enthusiastic, educated and experienced business practitioner. Over 20 years in the sign industry helping to run a business and keep people productive and happy!
Executive MBA graduate with 15 years teaching management courses in the MBA School in Boston, MA. Gerry loves to engage people in her talks so be prepared to participate.

Kelly Radomski is Vice-President – Client Solutions at Compass Business Solutions where she leads the OD offerings of the organization. Her expertise includes training and development, strategic organizational development, DEI, executive coaching, performance management, and employee engagement.

Jim Raffel is a color management consultant who also serves as CEO of ColorCasters, LLC and ColorMetrix Technologies, LLC. As a veteran of the printing industry and a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology’s acclaimed printing management program, in 1995 he formed ColorMetrix to bring an idea he had to make color measurement and evaluation easier by creating easy-to-use software solutions. Today as a certified G7 Expert and Instructor for the Color Management Professional program, his consulting practice focuses on dye sublimation and flat-bed UV inkjet printing. This work keeps him on the road many weeks each year working with end users and manufacturers to improve their color management processes.

Graduate Industrial engineer, MBA with more than 35 years experience in the area of Engineering, manufacturing, and company management

Mark has been in the sign and print market for over 35 years. His focus has been on training & education for individual shops and companies. He has conducted hundreds of live seminars and webinars on topics including, color management, FlexiSIGN, wide format printing and more. He is the author of numerous online courses as well as DVDs and videos used by companies & individuals aorund the world.

Shelby Sapusek is a color management consultant who also serves as CMO of ColorCasters, LLC. She grew up in the newspaper industry;working primarily in graphic design and pre-press. In her editor capacity, she was responsible for the print and color quality of several newspapers around the country. In 2011 after 17 years in the newspaper industry, she joined fellow instructor Jim Raffel in his company ColorMetrix and later co-founded ColorCasters. Today, she works with graphic designers, end users and manufacturers in the print industry to improve their color management skills.

Deacon Wardlow is a speaker, author, and innovationista. Co-director of Spectacular Media, Co-owner of Vantage LED (a 100% Employee owned & operated company), and Founder of FiSimply Consulting. Certified Global Business and Trade specialist with 20+ years of experience delivering disruptive technology, change management, leadership training, digital signage, and tech integration.

Louis Cortina | PE Director of Operations, MBI Companies Inc. - Engineering

Louis Cortina PE is the Director of Operations for MBI Companies Inc. - Engineering. Graduate from the University of TN - Knoxville with a BSCE . Licensed Professional Engineer since 1987 and currently licensed in 39 States. Been involved with over 20,000 sign structures since 1990.

Keith Davis | Technical Design Director, KRD Design

Keith has a very diverse skill set that allows him to be an asset on multiple types of projects. With over 20 years experience every aspect of the design and manufacturing process, he has consistently proven to be the go-to resource capable of delivering the highest quality installations in some of the most complex environments.

Vince DiCecco | Principle (Retired), Your Personal Business Trainer, Inc.

As the founder and owner of the metro Atlanta-based consultancy, Your Personal Business Trainer, Vince DiCecco, was a dynamic and sought-after business coach and seminar leader with a unique yet practical perspective on the art and science of strategic planning and business development. Before his recent retirement after serving the sign and digital graphics for 18 years, Vince would spark the kind of passion within his client business owners that created customer delight and loyalty, sharpened their competitive edge and delivered double-digit gains in profitability to an organization’s bottom line. As an award-winning professional with over 40 years of roll-up-your-sleeves experience in training, sales and marketing, Vince made significant contributions to the success of two Fortune 200 companies, the US Coast Guard and numerous small- to mid-sized businesses. He has been a presenting speaker at many industry expos—including ISA—and was a monthly columnist and featured author for several trade publications—including Sign & Digital Graphics magazine. Today, Vince enjoys his home in Dallas, Georgia with his wife of 26 years, Karin. He is an avid tennis player and golfer, and has three successful sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and five fun-loving grandchildren.

Bill Farquharson | President, Aspire For

Bill Farquharson is a sales trainer and content creator for all the Graphic Arts. Having sold print, signage, and labels over the course of his 40-year sales career, Bill has a unique perspective, lots of experience, and plenty of instantly-applicable ideas to share.

Edwin Foulke | Partner, Fisher Phillips LLP

Ed Foulke is the only attorney in the country confirmed by the U.S. Senate to run the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). He is currently a partner in the Atlanta office and the Washington, D.C. Metro office located in Arlington, Virginia. He is the former co-chair of the firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. He is also the President of Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions, LLC. Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, Ed was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health named by President George W. Bush He served from April 2006 to November 2008. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injury, illness and fatality rates dropped to their lowest levels in recorded history. For more than 30 years, Ed has worked in the labor and employment area, focusing on occupational safety and health issues, workplace violence risk assessment and prevention, whistleblower protection, and accident and fatality prevention. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health and is a frequent keynote speaker and lecturer on workplace safety, leadership development, and other labor and employment topics. Ed has testified before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Congressional Committees on occupational safety and health issues and appeared on CBS “60 Minutes” He also served on the OSHA Review Commission in Washington, D.C., chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February 1994. Ed is the only person in the United States to serve as both head of OSHA and Chairman of the Review Commission. Ed was named one of the ""50 Most Influential EHS Leaders"" by both EHS Today (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) and Occupational Hazards (2008) magazines. Ed currently serves on the EHS Today Safety Leadership Board of Directors and on safety committees for the Georgia Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Poultry Association, , the National Association of Tower Erectors, and the American Foundry Association.

John Hackley | Chief Efficiency Officer, Oculus Business Coaching

As Chief Efficiency Officer of Oculus Business Solutions, Inc, John assists shop owners and their managers who want to improve their business. Whether poised for expansion, making a generational transition in leadership or needing a “Shop Makeover” to increase performance and profitability. – He will help you take your business to the next level. John is an experienced leader and mentor sharing best practices identified & honed over 35 years of hands-on experience in the Visual Communications, Architectural, and Electric Sign manufacturing industries. As a thought-leader and consultant, John contributes regularly to Sign Builders Illustrated Magazine, and The International Sign Association on subjects, including Reducing Rework and Continuous Process Improvement, and he speaks at conferences around the country. Prior to founding Oculus, John led his own firms for more than 35 years and has taken the knowledge from starting, growing, and selling his companies to help others do the same. He is an accredited consultant with the AASBC, past board member of the California Sign Association, and an expert in the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and LEAN Manufacturing.

Shon Hopwood | Associate Law Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Yaron Lew | Executive Vice President, Lauretano Sign Group

Mr. Lew is the Executive Vice President at Lauretano Sign Group (LSG). In this position, Mr. Lew has overall responsibility for the company’s Global Operations. He oversees the departments of Design, Estimating, Project Management, Production, Installation and Service as well as outsourcing, new product development and overseas partners. Prior to joining LSG, Mr. Lew served as Vice President and General Manager of Business Technology Management Inc. – an international business management consulting firm. He has over twenty-five years’ experience in leading business improvement programs and is an expert in analyzing business processes and implementing advanced process management models. Over the years, Mr. Lew worked with a broad spectrum of industries around the globe from aerospace and defense to medical devices, automotive parts, electronic components, airlines, hospitals, food products, apparel and more. In addition, Mr. Lew was the founder and President of three start-up companies. Mr. Lew holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and an Executive Business Management certification. Mr. Lew was awarded several patents and trademarks. He is a frequent guest speaker at various industry forums, academic institutions and business owners’ gatherings.

Tom Lichtenstein
Tim Lloyd | Director, Nova Polymers, Inc.

Tim is the fourth generation of his family involved in the sign industry. Over 25+ years Tim worked for Spraylat Paint, Matthews Paint (rising to the level of Director), and now the Director of Nova Polymers. A career working with fabricators, designers, and sign supply distributors. "It continues to be my privilege continuing to service the the valued people working within the sign industry.

Kenny Peskin | Director, Industry Programs, International Sign Association

Kenny Peskin is the Director of Industry Programs for the International Sign Association. Kenny helps represent the on-premises sign industry in developing technical standards and responding to code issues across the country. As part of his work, he regularly meets with city officials, appears at public hearings, files written comments on draft ordinances, and speaks on sign-related issues. Kenny serves on the NFPA 70 National Electric Code Code-Making Panel 18, the International Code Council A117.1 Consensus Committee on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, Underwriters Laboratories’ Standards Technical Panel 48 for Electric Signs, and cochairs the Underwriters Laboratories Sign Industry Business Panel. Kenny grew up in the sign industry, as his family manufactured custom electric signs in Youngstown, Ohio for nearly 100 years. Before joining ISA, he worked for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, handling federal regulatory and environmental issues.

Kevin Poland | Owner & President, The Renaissance Group

Kevin Poland is the founder and President of The Renaissance Group, a management consulting and coaching company that provides advice and guidance to business owners who are ready to build a great business and live a great life. Certified as a Senior E-Myth Consultant, Kevin uses this specialized training to help small business owners design and grow businesses that work for them, rather than because of them. He speaks regularly on the topic of business growth strategies and how to solve other challenges that are unique to owner operated businesses. Kevin has over twenty years of strategic business leadership experience. He holds a MS in Engineering Management and a BS in Industrial Engineering. Prior to starting The Renaissance Group, his previous business experience was working with large corporations in the areas of Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Management, Operations, Production Planning and Strategic Planning.

Jim Raffel | CEO & Consultant, ColorCasters, LLC

Jim Raffel is a color management consultant who also serves as CEO of ColorCasters, LLC. As a veteran of the printing industry and a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology’s acclaimed printing management program, in 1995 he formed ColorMetrix to bring an idea he had to make color measurement and evaluation easier by creating easy-to-use software solutions. Today as a certified G7 expert and color management professional, his consulting practice focuses on dye sublimation and flat-bed UV inkjet printing. This work keeps him on the road many weeks each year working with end users and manufacturers to improve their color management processes.

AJ Titus | Director of Education, MUTOH

Mark has over 35 years in the sign and print market and has owned and operated two successful sign shops. He uses his experience in those shops when offering guidance in problem-solving because he had to solve issues himself as an owner-operator. He is an expert with design software, color management, FlexiSIGN, and much more. His seminars are practical and the information provided can be used immediately.

Mark Rugen | Director of Education, MUTOH

Mark has over 35 years in the sign and print market and has owned and operated two successful sign shops. He uses his experience in those shops when offering guidance in problem-solving because he had to solve issues himself as an owner-operator. He is an expert with design software, color management, FlexiSIGN, and much more. His seminars are practical and the information provided can be used immediately.

Karen Vanhoy | Senior Project Manager, Atlas Signs

Karen Vanhoy is a Senior Project Manager with over 17 years of Project Management experience in the signage industry.  Karen has managed several high level teams that  successfully completed multi-million dollar projects including re-image programs, new construction and natural disaster response programs. Through the years Karen has facilitated programs/projects for National and Regional Retail Chains, Restaurants (fine dining and fast food), Hospitality and large roll out programs for the banking industry.. Karen’s reputation in the signage industry has provided many invitations to facilitate training programs and seminars on Leadership and Project Management at several sign associations Including The International Sign Association, Mid-South Sign Association and Northeastern Sign Association.

Alexia Vernon
Cliff Waldman | CEO, New World Economics

During his extensive career as a Washington, D.C. economist, Cliff Waldman, New World Economics CEO, has been an active and in-demand public speaker on topics ranging from the U.S. and global economic outlooks to new markets, productivity, and automation. While he has spoken throughout the US, he has also appeared in Germany, Canada and South Africa. As a rising voice in the D.C. policy research community, Cliff has made appearances at events on Capitol Hill and in major think tanks. He is the host of Manufacturing Talk Radio’s “Manufacturing Matters With Cliff Waldman” which is now in its third year. From 2003 to 2018 Cliff served as Senior Economist and Chief Economist of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI). He has spent 17 years writing and speaking on the global economic picture as well as range of issues of central importance to the manufacturing sector, including productivity, demographics and emerging markets. His career has also included tenures as an economic researcher with a state government forecasting and policy research unit as well as with a small business research team in Washington, D.C. He has won three national research awards and recently published a paper with Indiana University on competitive challenges in U.S. manufacturing. As a leader in the economics community, Cliff served two years as Chairman of the Board of the National Economists Club. In 2019 he served as co-chair of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) manufacturing roundtable. In 2018 he was awarded the Certified Business Economist (CBE) designation by NABE.

Deacon Wardlow | Special Ops, Spectacular Media

Deacon Wardlow is in-Continuous Improvement Manager & Innovationista at Vantage LED, Co-Director of Spectacular Media, Founder of FiSimply Consulting, and an avid speaker, author, and futurist often tasked with delivering information on new and emergent technology and its effect on various industries. Deacon helps simply address complex issues with revolutionary solutions. From 2003 to 2018 Cliff served as Senior Economist and Chief Economist of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI). He has spent 17 years writing and speaking on the global economic picture as well as range of issues of central importance to the manufacturing sector, including productivity, demographics and emerging markets. His career has also included tenures as an economic researcher with a state government forecasting and policy research unit as well as with a small business research team in Washington, D.C. He has won three national research awards and recently published a paper with Indiana University on competitive challenges in U.S. manufacturing. As a leader in the economics community, Cliff served two years as Chairman of the Board of the National Economists Club. In 2019 he served as co-chair of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) manufacturing roundtable. In 2018 he was awarded the Certified Business Economist (CBE) designation by NABE.