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Meet the PRINT IT Award 2021 Judges: Part Two

We’re delighted to introduce the rest of the Print IT Awards 2021 judges, and here’s a reminder of the award categories – remember you have until July 30 to submit your entry

KEY DATES : ENTRIES NOW OPEN : Final entry deadline 30 July (5pm) : Shortlist announced 14 September : Awards Dinner 7th December 2021

Ian Birch, Managing Director, IBC Group

With 20 years’ experience in IT services, Ian founded IBC Group, 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. 

Recognising the challenges facing traditional managed print service providers, Ian has set out to support the transformation of their business models to meet changing client needs, delivering solutions which positively impact the way end-clients work, drive deeper relationships and increase resilience to competitor enquiries. 

www.ibcg.co.uk

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Sofia Dahlqvist
Sofia Dahlqvist

Sofia Dahlqvist, Director, 55 Connect Ltd 

Sofia is a leading marketing consultant with extensive experience in print, finishing, IT and software solutions. As an independent marketing consultant with over 20 years’ experience, Sofia brings a wealth of know-how in building bespoke marketing strategies and campaigns within the print and imaging industry. 

Sofia identified a gap in the market to provide a highly personalised service, whereby businesses could hire a marketing professional on a project by project basis, who would become an extension of their team; really getting under the skin of the business and working with its leaders to create powerful marketing strategies that would ultimately increase growth and sales, whilst giving them the flexibility to bring in expertise and huge industry knowledge when and where necessary.

She 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. 

www.55connect.co.uk

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Julian Stafford
Julian Stafford

Julian Stafford, Former Managing Director, Midshire 

Having been in print for most of his career, Julian is a valuable addition to the judging panel. He began his career as Dealer Manager for Riso where he rose through the ranks to become National Sales Manager. 

In 1997, he left Riso to set-up Midshire with friends Phil Powell and Kevin Tunley. Phil ran the Birmingham operation, while Julian headed up the northern division, which provided him with the opportunity to move back to his native Stockport. 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.

Prior to an acquisition by Sharp in 2017, the business’ annual turnover was c£35 million. Julian agreed to stay on and lead the business while it continued to operate as an independent organisation. By November 2019, Midshire had become fully integrated with Sharp’s direct operation, and Julian decided the time was right to retire and pursue other interests. 

He is currently mentoring a number of SMEs, helping them to achieve strategic business goals; remains active in the commercial and residential property sectors; enjoying spending time with his family and travelling.

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Darren Lewitt
Darren Lewitt

Darren Lewitt, Former Director, Midwich 

Darren began his career with the RAF, where he gained a lot of self-discipline and learnt team ethics, skills he took with him to the business world when he joined what was then a small IT distributor – Midwich. 

Darren worked his way up to become a director and owner of the newly created Midwich group of companies. For more than two decades, he was the face, figurehead and creative driving force behind the company’s business evolution which saw the group become one of the largest specialist Audio Visual distribution companies, with a presence in seven countries. 

A few years back, Darren sold his stake in the business, freeing up time to focus on new opportunities and the next challenge in his life. He 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. 

www.darrenlewitt.com

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Eric Crump
Eric Crump

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. 

With offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore and Japan, Ringdale has a strong global partner network and established relationships with the world’s leading print manufacturers.In addition to his role at Ringdale, 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 Security Best Practices whitepaper. 

www.yourmpsa.org

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Louella Fernandes
Louella Fernandes

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 an extraordinary breadth of understanding of the global market dynamic and the rapid changes the print and imaging industry is experiencing. Key areas of current research focus include the growing impact of the IoT landscape on the printing market; why smart multifunctional products should be better leveraged as intelligent, connected devices; digital transformation, managed print services, workflow and collaboration, alongside emerging trends such as augmented reality and 3D printing. 

www.quocirca.com

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 Brendan Perring
Brendan Perring

Brendan Perring, General Manager, IPIA 

After graduating from Edinburgh University with an MA (Hons) in English Literature and History, Brendan worked as an investigative reporter for the Sunday Times of Scotland. Following this experience he moved to Wales and attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from Cardiff University and carried out freelance work for a number of regional newspapers. 

Brendan’s next move took him into the printing world as Editor at Signlink magazine and Deputy Editor of Print Monthly magazine. After two years he was promoted to Editor of Print Monthly and then this was shortly followed by becoming Managing Editor of Link Publishing, which owns these national print titles. 

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 spell working in PR, looking after clients in the insurance, marketing, outsourcing and exhibition sectors. Brendan joined the IPIA to take up its newly created position of General Manager. 

https://ipia.org.uk

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Jeff Root
Jeff Root

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! He has forged a successful career path working with companies including Canon, Samsung, Panasonic, Sagemcom and Philips. 

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, most recently as General Manager of Sagem UK. 

Having ‘left’ the industry 12 months ago to lead a Microsoft-led change programme for one of the UK’s largest housebuilders, he is currently Country Manager for Mobi Systems, a pioneer in multi-device, cross-platform mobile app development. 

www.mobisystems.com

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2021 Print IT Award categories

Entering the awards is simple and straightforward, simply visit www.printitawards.co.uk and register your details. Entries are now open and to be in with a chance of winning an award, you must submit your entries by 5pm on July 30

SPECIAL AWARDS :  CORPORATE AWARDS :  RESELLER/DEALER AWARDS :  PEOPLE AWARDS :  PRODUCTS & SOLUTIONS AWARDS :  GENERAL AWARDS :

KEY DATES ENTRIES NOW OPEN  :Final entry deadline 30 July (5pm)  : Shortlist announced 14 September : Awards Dinner 7 December

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