Jackson, MI—After a successful PMA@CES exhibition and conferences in Las Vegas, the leadership of PMA is looking ahead to a full year of new programs, events and services. The date for the 2013 PMA@CES was also announced as January 8-11, 2013.
“This year was one of incredible change in our industry and at PMA,” said 2012-2013 PMA president Allen Showalter, of King Photo/Showalter Imaging Group in Harrisonburg, Virginia. “There seemed to be as much variety in the challenges we faced as there are SKUs in digital products! As a result, PMA is focused on building our support for all our members with increased communication among members and suppliers.”
Showalter, who returns to PMA presidency after serving in 2008-2009, is the association’s first two-term president. Other association officers were elected for the 2012-2013 term: Gabrielle Mullinax, Fullerton Photographics, Fullerton, California, was moved to president-elect; Mark Klostermeyer, MCPF, Design Frames, Falls Church, Virginia, was elected vice president; and Robert L. Hanson, Harold’s Photo Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the treasurer.
Jim Esp was elected PMA executive director/secretary, and PMA’s 2010-2012 president, Brian Wood of Photovision, Salem, Oregon, is a trustee.
“I’m so proud to be a part of the PMA leadership team. I understand the challenges we are facing require a knowledge of the roots of the organization, which need to be nurtured to reestablish our firm foundation,” said Klostermeyer, who served as president-elect in 2010-2012. “Nothing changes my level of support or enthusiasm, however, in the new directions PMA is headed!”
Klostermeyer plays a role in the development of the association’s programs to help expand the quality and growth of the framing business. In fact, the upcoming conference colocation of the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA), a PMA member association, with the West Coast Art and Frame Show later this month is due in part to his continued insight and experience.
Esp pointed out such colocations and partnerships are the beginning of a new PMA era, where the association will be reaching out to allied industry groups. The recent 2012 PMA@CES exhibition was part of the 600 digital imaging exhibitors at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Venetian, and the DIMA conference attracted more than 400 attendees.
Looking forward, the PSPA/SPAA 2012 conference, Feb. 17-19, 2012, at The Renaissance Las Vegas, is adjacent to the WPPI tradeshow. pmai.org