Konica Minolta Executives and Dealer Partners Named Among 40 Most Influential People

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Executives and Dealer Partners Selected by Industry Publication as Digital Imaging Influencers

Rick Taylor, President and COO, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.

“While our Top 40 included some surprises, the inclusion of Rick Taylor, Kevin Kern, Terry Newsom, and Keith Allison were not a surprise at all,” said Scott Cullen.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, today announced that key Konica Minolta executives and dealer partners have been named among the 40 Most Influential People in the Imaging Industry as selected by The Week in Imaging.

Konica Minolta executives and dealer partners included in the list are as follows:

  • Rick Taylor, President and COO, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. – “Who wouldn’t want Rick Taylor at the helm of their company? (He's) done a terrific job during his tenure at Toshiba, and is now making a huge difference at Konica Minolta… His recent promotion to President & COO underscores the impact he’s already had at Konica Minolta and just how important his presence is to one of the industry’s most progressive office technology companies.”
  • Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. – “Kevin Kern was there at the dawn of the digital age when Canon released their first digital products and has taken that knowledge and enthusiasm for digital technology with him to Konica Minolta where he has risen through the ranks while remaining one of the most technologically astute individuals in the industry.”
  • Terry Newsom, President, Pacific Office Automation – “Can an independent office technology dealership successfully expand from their home turf in the Pacific Northwest into other regions of the country? And can an independent office technology dealership do that carrying five different brands within each of those five different locations? The answer to all those questions is a resounding ‘Yes’ and it’s all thanks to Newsom who has come up with a successful business model for expansion, and one that is profitable as well.”
  • Keith Allison, President & CEO, Systel Business Equipment – “Keith Allison has been described to us as an innovator from an independent dealer perspective particularly when you look at what he’s done in the production print area. Since 2004 Systel has been providing commercial offset printing and digital printing through its Printing Services Division... Allison has been running the business since 1981 and has grown it into one of the largest independent office technology dealerships in the Southeast.”

“While our Top 40 included some surprises, the inclusion of Rick Taylor, Kevin Kern, Terry Newsom, and Keith Allison were not a surprise at all,” said Scott Cullen, publisher and editor of The Week in Imaging. “Those names came up again and again while we were soliciting nominations because they have each made a difference and continue to make a difference within their organizations and the imaging industry as a whole.”

The Week in Imaging is an online, interactive one-stop news and information source for those who sell imaging solutions. The top 40 list includes those prominent figures who make influential contributions to the industry. They come from all corners of the industry: OEMs, analysts, consultants, associations, and supplies and solutions providers.

“It’s a great honor to have Konica Minolta so well-represented in this industry ranking with the inclusion of Kevin, as well as Terry and Keith, two of our key dealer partners, “ said Rick Taylor. “We are constantly striving to deliver the best technologies in the digital imaging marketplace and this recent accolade is another key indicator of how customers can count on Konica Minolta to continue its industry leadership position.”

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop. For the fourth consecutive year, Konica Minolta was recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys. BLI has named Konica Minolta 2011 “Line of the Year” award winner for the company’s award-winning line of bizhub Color and Monochrome Multifunctional Products. For more information, please visit http://www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Konica Minolta Contact
James Norberto
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 201.825.4000
PR(at)kmbs(dot)konicaminolta(dot)us

Konica Minolta is a registered trademark of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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