Former Olympic Snowboarding Hopeful Turns Family Business into Gold

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Automated Marking, Inc. is please to announce that Julian Mear has joined the 33 year old family business after recovering from a career-ending broken back suffered in training.

Automated Marking Inc. (, the exclusive North American distributor of Reiner’s line of handheld ink-jet printers, is excited to announce the addition of Julian Mear to their executive team. Julian, taking on the role of Vice President, will help support the growth of the company through innovation and new product offerings.

The son of company President Jeffery Mear, Julian began his young career as a Junior Olympic Snowboarder and member of ITSC, a multi-national Olympic development team based in Colorado. However, after a devastating back injury during an early season race in 2011 that left him with six broken vertebrae and 21 fractures in his spine, doctors advised him to retire from snow-boarding. Albeit sad, this injury caused Julian to reflect and consider the more tame sport of real estate investing.

Through self-education and by teaming up with some of real estate’s biggest players in the country, Julian co-founded Winvest Properties (, an investment company that offers seamless, turnkey real estate investments for busy professionals and real estate investors looking to create passive income and long term wealth. Despite making great strides in real estate, Julian wanted something more. After noting several revolutionary advancements in handheld inkjet printing, Julian saw an incredible opportunity to work hand-in-hand with his father, who founded AMI, to help innovate an industry and find new applications for this burgeoning technology.

In joining AMI, Julian became an integral part of a family owned business that his father started over 33 years ago. “We’re very excited to have Julian on board, and not just because he’s my son,” says Jeffery. “He’s a smart young man, and he surprises me every day. He has been for 23 years.” What began as a small rubber stamp and numbering machine retailer, AMI has continued to grow along with the century-old, German based company Reiner to introduce and dis-tribute new advancements in the marking, coding, inkjet, and numbering industry to North America. Julian and Jeffery, along with Julian’s sister, Stephanie, hope to make AMI a Mear Family legacy.

To this day, not many people are aware of the amazing technology available in handheld ink-jet printing and automated marking and coding machines. With the ability to serve as a seamless back-up to expensive, bulky, in-line marking equipment, AMI/Reiner’s line of products lower the barrier between small businesses with complicated printing needs, and the technology they need to satisfy those needs.

Additionally, AMI offers cutting-edge solutions to many companies who currently rely on obso-lete equipment, such as rubber stamps and paper labels. These devices are currently being used in public administration, logistics, and contract packaging. However, with the ability to print on nonabsorbent and curved surfaces, such as metals, plastics such as HDPE and PET or glass bottles, Reiner’s products have numerous applications in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, as well as food and beverage, and the loss prevention and packaging industry, to mention a few. AMI is continually working with the best ink development companies to ensure further advancement of the line into new markets

Spearheaded by Julian and his sister Stephanie, AMI is currently offering an exciting new oppor-tunity to dealers who wish to add the Reiner line of handheld ink-jet printers and automated marking and coding machines to their current offerings. AMI is promising the highest discounts to those dealers who purchase a demo unit and agree to be trained to handle and respond to all customer inquiries directly. Julian and Stephanie have put together a new marketing package for all dealers that wish to come on board. Additionally, proactive dealers will receive new leads from AMI on a rotating basis as well as ongoing marketing support. Julian has hired a top SEO and marketing company to make sure that the business continues to expand and grow to new heights.

For more information on AMI, please email Julian Mear at julian(at)handheldinkjet(dot)com.


AMI, established in 1981 by Jeffery Mear, is the exclusive distributor for all Reiner products in-cluding the hand-held inkjet line in North America including Canada and parts of South and Cen-tral America. AMI only works through a network of high quality dealers that are trained in all as-pects of the Reiner line in order to provide innovative marking and numbering solutions to a wide variety of industries.

BBG Marketing is a full-service communications firm located in Westchester, New York. Founded in 2007, BBG PR provides a wide range of public relations and marketing services to small and medium businesses in the New York region.

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