Idealliance and Epicomm Boards Approve Merger of Their Industry Associations
The board of directors of Idealliance and the board of trustees of Epicomm, both of Alexandria, Va., have voted to recommend the merger of the two industry associations to their respective memberships. The boards approved the merger in separate meetings last week and both associations will now present the merger proposal to a vote of their memberships according to the regulations of their respective bylaws. Voting is expected to be completed by the end of February.
If both memberships approve, the associations plan to complete their combination on July 1, 2016. In the interim, the organizations’ staffs, boards and volunteer committees will work to ensure a smooth and productive combining of their organizations and member services.
“Our board enthusiastically supports and recommends this merger to our members,” said Epicomm Chairman Tim Johnson, CEO, Impact, Minneapolis. “We believe that by combining the strategic planning and management expertise of Epicomm and the industry-standard technical and workflow expertise of Idealliance, we will create an organization that will be equipped to serve the business development needs of our members in a comprehensive and highly effective manner.”
“In wholeheartedly supporting and recommending this merger, our board has reviewed the many ways in which Idealliance and Epicomm complement each other and can enhance each other’s offering to members,” said Idealliance Board Chair Marriott Winchester, executive vice president, SGS International Inc., Louisville, Ky. “Adding the strategic and economic focus of Epicomm with the processes of innovation of Idealliance offers a powerful combination of benefits for all who support the graphic communications supply chain.”
If the merger is approved, honoring the brand equity and name recognition of its 50 years serving the graphic communications industry, the combined organization will retain the name, Idealliance. The new association will be headquartered in the current Epicomm headquarters at 1800 Diagonal Rd., Suite 320, in Alexandria, Va.
Johnson will be chairman of the new organization and Idealliance Vice Chairman of the Board Dick Ryan, vice president of sales and marketing, Publishers Press, Shepherdsville, Ky., will be vice chairman. Idealliance President and CEO David Steinhardt will serve as president and CEO of the new association and Epicomm President and CEO Ken Garner will become executive vice president.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Idealliance, a not-for-profit industry group that is a leader in information technology and graphic communications, and a catalyst for technological advancement across the total media production process, developing standards and best practices to enhance efficiency and speed information across the end-to-end digital media supply chain. Its members include more than 1,600 content and media creators and their publishers, print and digital service providers, material suppliers and technology partners. Among its best-known offerings are the G7 Expert/Professional Certification and G7 Master Qualification Programs, and print quality and workflow specifications; GRACoL, SWOP, Mail.dat and PRISM.
Epicomm, the Association for Leaders in Print, Mail, Fulfillment, and Marketing Services, was formed in 2014 through the merger of three long-standing graphic communications industry trade associations: the Association of Marketing Service Providers (AMSP), the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) and the National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP). Together, they have more than 200 years of experience serving graphic communications companies of every size and specialty. Epicomm has some 1,600 members who provide printing, mailing, marketing and fulfillment services, as well as industry vendors and educators.
“Epicomm’s team of business advisers, publications, products and services provide research and trends analysis, management insight and guidance, education, networking, advocacy, and specialized consulting services for leading companies across our broad industry spectrum,” said Garner. Among its best-known offerings are the annual Epicomm State of the Industry Report and multi-faceted postal issues advocacy.
“Epicomm exists to serve its members and support the industry to grow and prosper,” he continued. “Although the merger that led to the formation of Epicomm is just three years old, we are moving forward with our merger with Idealliance because this combination offers an extraordinary opportunity to bring together two organizations that serve a common industry, have distinctive competencies that complement each other rather than compete against each other, and who, together, are better positioned to serve our memberships today and long into the future.”
“Through our active working groups, networking events and training resources, Idealliance and its members collaborate to craft best practices, advance standards, and certify people, processes, and systems to achieve the highest performance in creation, production and delivery of graphic communications,” noted Steinhardt.
“This opportunity for partnership mirrors the industry we serve, where growing through strategic partnerships extends the potential impact of the organization and creates more value for its stakeholders,” he continued. “Our industry is undergoing seismic change and the associations that serve it must address these changes in a more collaborative way. The merger of Epicomm and Idealliance is designed to meet the challenge of industry change squarely and forcefully, delivering significant value to every member, no matter how big or small.”
Combining the distinctive competences of Idealliance and Epicomm, the new association will serve companies across the total graphic communications supply chain, providing products and services in six primary categories: Best practices and specifications, strategy and consulting, advocacy and standards, certification and training, education and events, and research and resources. Of the two associations’ more than 3,000 members, only 129 companies—or less than a 4 percent overlap—hold dual memberships.
Idealliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) is a not-for-profit membership organization that has been a leader in information technology and publishing since 1966. Idealliance advances core technology to develop standards and best practices to enhance efficiency and speed information across the end-to-end digital media supply chain—creation, production, management and delivery of knowledge-based multimedia content—digitally and in print. Idealliance members represent a unique convergence of the leading brand owners, agencies, publishers, printers, materials suppliers and solution providers. Idealliance provides a user-driven, cross-industry and open environment in which its members can strategize, innovate, standardize and implement solutions to real business challenges in graphic communications.
Epicomm, the Association for Leaders in Print, Mail, Fulfillment, and Marketing Services, is a not-for-profit business management association representing companies in the $80-plus billion graphic communications industry in North America. It provides industry advocacy, management training and a comprehensive slate of business-building solutions for companies in an evolving market environment. It was created in 2014 through the merger of the Association of Marketing Service Providers (AMSP) and the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL)/National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP). Its founding associations have some 200 years of combined experience serving graphic communications companies of every size and specialty.