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Doug Schirripa, imageTech’s founder and lead cohort, began his career in the photographic business in 1983 by accepting a position in software development with Eastman Kodak. Having just left a short 6 year career teaching mathematics in high school and college, little did he know that the he was also beginning an adventure in digital imaging. Of course, digital imaging in that era was mostly concentrated in government related programs which made fodder for great espionage movies!
But as with many emerging technologies, digital imaging, particularly output, would soon find opportunities in commercial applications. To that end, Doug remembers showing a 4x5 dye sub printer on a table top display at the first MacWorld in Boston. Shortly after, he was alone in showing a page size dye sub printer in the back corner of Photo East in NYC sometime in the late 1980’s, completely surrounded by huge displays of photo lab equipment. In fact, it had to be a separate booth with no brand name, because the “lab guys” didn’t want to be associated with this new technology. The irony of that one trade show was that the two most interested or perhaps, in hindsight, concerned, individuals closely scrutinizing the technology were from another photographic company, The Polaroid Corporation.
A number of years later, that encounter would lead to an opportunity to help Polaroid begin, and unfortunately as we all now know, an unsuccessful transition to digital output. During six years at Polaroid, Doug pioneered the development and launch of the first truly portable, complete digital imaging capture and print system. In one market, seasonal photography, a $100 million/year market – in just 6 weeks!, Doug introduced a digital imaging system that transformed that market from instant to digital in a few short seasons. That market also gave start to a known industry icon, Express Digital. Doug has often joked with Graham McFarland from Express Digital, that at one time he was his biggest competitor in the industry, now he is his biggest dealer!
In 2000, as Polaroid was beginning a transition to consumer products, Doug opted for an early retirement and began imageTech Marketing, providing sales and service to much of the same customer base he ushered into the digital age over the past 25 years. “It really is ironic” Doug says of his career and business, “I have current customers who I met at that Photo East, maybe 20 years ago, who said to me, ‘I’m going to build a business around this technology’, and we all have.”
Laura is a native of the Philippines, but her business accomplishments have sculptured her life in a more global way. In 1980, with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Philippines, she moved to New Zealand, where she started to gain experience in the business world.
Soon after the move, she began working with Shiseido New Zealand Limited, one of the leading multinational cosmetics company in the world. By 1993, Laura had already graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Certificate in Business Studies, a Diploma in Accountancy and passed qualifying exams and prerequisites for admission to New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, while becoming a fundamental key player in the organization of Shiseido New Zealand. With strong leadership skills, high standards and a way with people, Laura moved up the corporate chain very quickly. In 1997, she received the prestigious Executive Director’s Award from Shiseido Co. Ltd., Tokyo Japan.
Prior to joining the imageTech Team, Laura was the General Manager/Director of Shiseido New Zealand. She was responsible for the successful restructuring of the Sales and Marketing Divisions. While at the helm, she effectively managed the New Zealand Shiseido team and saw steady growth of the company. Now, as a key player on the imageTech team, Laura brings over 25 years of experience to the company. She is motivational and a go-getter. Her business expertise helps take our company to the next level, by ensuring that our clients continue to get the best from us.
Cj is known for establishing strong customer relationships and effective consultation to ensure the best solutions for customer needs.
Among her multiple accomplishments, she counts the creation in 1990 of an exceptional 3 acre studio with natural outdoor sets including a unique wooden bridge, antique cars, wagons, tractors, and both indoor and outdoor scenes. Props consisted of a wide variety of natural items similar to many of the commercial options available today. Her creativity in on-location photography won many customers year after year with portraits and event photos. Although she sold the studio several years ago, she continues to offer creative portraits and novelties on a smaller scale.
Another of her achievements is her participation as a leader in the innovative development of iMARK, a counter top die cutter for standard portrait sizes as well as a variety of portrait specialties such as puzzles, fun packs, magnetic photo frames, business cards and more. The company recently released a small portable version of the iMARK cutter that folds for easy transport for on-location photographers. The smaller model was designed by Cj and her team of engineers a few years ago.
Her industry experience also includes supplying photography businesses with custom printed CDs and DVDs with ISODISC, now the industry leader in optical disc services. She consulted with many photographers, studios and labs to enhance their corporate image and ensure repeat business.
Cj earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Nebraska College of Education. She is a past president of the American Marketing Association and still serves on the President's Council. In addition to her 20 years of experience in various phases of the industry, Wilson has extensive experience as a television personality, seminar instructor, and author.