PrintIT Awards 2020 PrintIT Awards 2020 Sofia Dahlqvist , Director, 55 Connect Ltd Sofia is a leading marketing consultant with over 20 years’ experience in print, finishing, IT and software solutions. Sofia has worked with a range of key manufacturers, including Canon, Ricoh and Apple; resellers – large and small – as well as software vendors working within the print, finishing and solutions arena. Covering projects from value propositions, campaign management, digital marketing, social media strategies and lead generation. Julian Stafford , Former Managing Director, Midshire Julian began his career as Dealer Manager for Riso where he rose through the ranks to become National Sales Manager. In 1997, he co-founded Midshire. Prior to an acquisition by Sharp in 2017, Midshire was Riso’s biggest dealer in Europe and was a major reseller for many OEMs including Panasonic, Ricoh, Toshiba and Sharp, the business also partnered with HP and Lexmark for A4 printers. Julian currently mentors SMEs, helping them to achieve strategic business goals and remains active in the commercial and residential property sectors. Darren Lewitt , Former Director, Midwich For more than two decades, Darren was the face, figurehead and creative driving force behind the Midwich Group’s business evolution which saw the group become one of the largest specialist audio visual distribution companies, with a presence in seven countries. Darren currently acts as a mentor, advisor and coach for individuals and business leaders; he volunteers for a charity that supports young care leavers; provides business consultancy services and is often asked to deliver keynotes at business events, in academies and charity functions. Eric Crump , Director of Strategic Alliances, Ringdale As Director of Strategic Alliances for Ringdale, the inventor of FollowMe printing, Eric leads and develops the strategic alliance activities with global printer manufacturers and key industry analysts. He has over 24 years’ experience working in the US and the EMEA region. Eric is also a board member and contributor for the Standards and Best Practices Committee for the Managed Print Services Association (MPSA), collaborating recently on the upcoming Security Best Practices whitepaper. 07 06 THE JUDGES THE JUDGES Louella Fernandes , Director, Quocirca Louella is globally recognised as a leading authority on market trends in the print, imaging and managed services industry. As an independent industry analyst, Louella provides unique strategic insight and competitive analysis of markets which include managed print services, digital disruption, security and channel trends. Louella has also authored a number of research-led white papers, the most recent being the second edition of the pioneering Print 2025 global market insight study which investigates the future of print in the connected digital workplace. Brendan Perring , General Manager, IPIA Brendan was formerly Editor at Signlink and Print Monthly magazines. After helping to found Link Exhibitions, and with the successful launch of The Print Show, which took place for the first time in October 2015, Brendan was made director of Link Publishing and Link Exhibitions. After a brief break, he returned to the world of print, joining the IPIA to take up its newly created position of General Manager. Jeff Root , UK Country Manager, Mobi Systems Jeff can be described as a true industry veteran. His first foray into the world of technology was back in the day when typewriters and then fax machines were cutting-edge! Jeff has extensive experience in sales, management and marketing across product categories including print, mobile, telecoms, imaging, scanners, audio visual and IT and has held a number of senior positions within the sector. Ian Birch , Managing Director, IBC Group With 20 years’ experience in IT services, Ian founded IBC Group two years ago offering fully independent consultancy services. In Ian’s career, he’s worked with a number of OEMs, including Ricoh and Kyocera, and most recently as Head of Digital Transformation at Xerox. IBC Group has supported a wide range of OEM vendors, channel partners and end clients since launching, with a focus on data insight, process automation and regulatory compliance services.