Subject: Joe Marin to Return to PIA as VP of Education and Training

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Joe Marin to return to PIA as 
Vice President of Education and Training

I am very pleased to announce that Joe Marin, one of the printing industry’s leading voices on digital and offset technologies, will be returning to the organization on June 6 as Vice President of Education and Training. He previously served the association in a myriad of roles from 1995 to 2013.

Joe brings to the job an unparalleled skill set that includes training program development, business management, and hands-on production expertise. He is dynamic, energetic, and has the technical acumen needed to help PIA members succeed in our ever-evolving industry.

Joe started his career in print 25 years ago after graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Communications from California University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Printing Industries of America in 1995, he worked in the industry as a prepress technician for Herrmann Printing and Litho, Inc.

At PIA, Joe managed, created, and delivered custom training programs for major industry manufacturers and suppliers covering topics such as best business practices, software technology, digital printing, and print production workflow. He developed curricula for graphic arts instructors across the country; managed all of the organization’s public workshops, webinars, training programs, and graphic arts educator conferences; and consistently ranked as one of the association’s most well regarded presenters and speakers.

He is a veteran presenter at GRAPH EXPO and other industry venues on the topics of color management, PDF workflow, preparing print-ready files, web-to-print, process control, and other business-related issues.

The author of three books (Process Control Primer, Digital Prepress Primer, and the PDF Print Production Guide), Joe has also written more than 60 industry articles, white papers, and technical reports for various leading industry publications.

Following a brief stint as Executive Director of the Western States Printing Alliance (WSPA), Joe joined Konica Minolta Business Solutions (KMBS) in 2014 as a Production Solutions Consultant. He provided pre-sales consultation, assessed client business and workflow requirements, recommended solutions to streamline workflow and increase profitability, and followed up with post-sales training to optimize equipment use. During his time at KMBS, Joe acquired deep knowledge of high-volume monochrome and color printing equipment, software solutions, and digital finishing solutions.

“I’ve never been more excited—and challenged—to be a part of an industry with so much rapid change,” said Joe speaking about his return to PIA. “Consumer behavior is driving this rapid change directly, as they demand communication via relevant messages on platforms that are most convenient to them. From digital marketing to digital finishing embellishment solutions, this cycle creates exciting growth opportunities for service providers.”

He added, “The most successful companies are on top of these trends, stay nimble, and adapt quickly as the market changes. Printing Industries of America has always been at the forefront of industry trends, disseminating information and providing resources to educate its members and give focus for important business decisions. I’m delighted to be joining PIA where I can continue to share my passion and knowledge for the industry and use it to drive innovative educational programs to help our member companies be the very best they can be.”

Joe will be joining the Executive Management Group (EMG) of PIA, assuming all of the educational responsibilities previously held by Julie Shaffer, who is leaving the organization on June 9. PIA wishes Julie all the best in her career and thanks her for her 17 years of service.


Michael Makin, MBA
President and CEO
Printing Industries of America

301 Brush Creek, Warrendale, PA 15086, United States
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