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(Cedar Rapids, IA) – GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation announced today that it surpassed the $2 billion mark in assets and concurrently reached its 25th year of uninterrupted organic growth. The two milestones are the latest installment of the remarkable journey of a young immigrant’s dream to build a company that would be the best in its field.
“Tony [Golobic] changed the paradigm in the leasing business,” said Carol Mitschke, Owner of Frontier Business Products and one of the first GreatAmerica customers. “He understood that he needed to partner with the office equipment Dealer on the financing piece, and be invested together to make sure customers were happy and stayed with their Dealer.”
As GreatAmerica grew, it applied its Dealer-centric approach to other industries, averaging annual double-digit asset growth since its inception. GreatAmerica also drew on the knowledge base of its customers to build tools and systems to help them grow. FleetView®, PathShare®, SnappShot®, DocEase® and Collabrance® are just a few of the GreatAmerica non-financing initiatives created to help build the businesses of their channel partners.
“Our longevity and success has had everything to do with the bond between our loyal partners and our exceptional employees,” said Tony Golobic, Chairman and CEO of GreatAmerica. “We’ve been fortunate to have strategies in place that drive us to constantly re-evaluate where we are in providing the best value-add services for our customers. Their needs have changed over the years, and we continue to evolve to create a frictionless platform to help them become more successful and differentiate.”
At the GreatAmerica Annual Awards event this summer, employees celebrated the 25th Anniversary and saw for the first time the GreatAmerica origin story. “There are a lot of elements in our origin story that are woven into our culture,” said Jennie Fisher, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Office Equipment Group and the third person hired at GreatAmerica. “The “why” of what we are doing becomes very clear, especially after seeing how the foundation stones have been laid. Most, if not nearly all of our 525 employees make that connection and strive to live up to our “Hard Work. Integrity. Excellence.” motto.
About GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation
GreatAmerica is among the largest independent small ticket national commercial equipment finance companies in the U.S. and is dedicated to helping manufacturers, vendors, and dealers be more successful and keep their customers for a lifetime. A family-owned business, GreatAmerica was established in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1992 and today is organized into seven business units. It has a staff of over 500 employees with offices in Georgia, Minnesota, and Missouri. We also offer innovative non-financial services to help our customers be more successful. For additional information, please visit the GreatAmerica corporate website: www.greatamerica.com
August 7, 2017 —The Managed Print Services Association is pleased to announce its new Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Elections were held in July, with two-year terms beginning in August.
The newly elected MPSA executive committee consists of:
President: Doug Bies – Complete Document Solutions
Vice President: Tawnya Stone – GreatAmerica Financial Services
Treasurer: Brian Stevenson – footPRINT Managed Services
Secretary: Ann Priede – Canon Solutions America
“I’m honored and thrilled to remain part of the MPSA and have the opportunity to serve as President,” said incoming President Doug Bies. "The MPSA continues to provide its members with the ability to learn, network, and market themselves and their companies to a broad audience. We have grown as an association under Kevin DeYoung and his predecessor’s leadership, and have a long-term vision that will continue to position us as MPS experts for years to come. Great things lie ahead!”
The newly elected board of directors consists of eight members: Seven members were chosen during the elections, while the outgoing President, Kevin DeYoung, will hold the eighth position.
Board of Directors:
Sarah Custer – Supplies Network
Kevin DeYoung – Qualpath
Mitch Filby – First Rock Consulting
Jennie Fisher – GreatAmerica Financial Services
Bill Ford – Clover Imaging Group
Kevin Morris – OneDOC Managed Print Services
Ron Alphin – Parts Now
Annie Willert – LMI
The 12 members that will guide the MPSA for the next two years have some of the most extensive experience in the imaging channel and represent a wide span of the industry from independent dealers and financial services to OEMs and consumables manufacturers.
The new officers will be welcomed to their new positions at the board meeting in August 2017.
If you are not currently a member of the MPSA, this is a great time to get involved and help shape the dialog. Join an international group of professionals from every aspect of the imaging industry: http://www.yourmpsa.org/join
About the Managed Print Services Association
The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that serves the MPS industry. Its focus is on the development of standards, education and industry guidelines that unite the different segments of the industry that bring value to all those participating. For more information about benefits and memberships, visit www.yourmpsa.org.
Chicago, Ill. – July 10, 2017 – Clover Imaging Group (CIG) is excited to announce the latest updates to cloverimaging.com including new navigation, freshly launched blog, and more. The CIG team is dedicated to continuous improvement of its web technology and ordering functions in order to simplify and improve business for its customers.
“In this latest website release, we launched several enhancements to further streamline navigation and new functionality features to increase user efficiency,” said Mike Posch, SVP E-Commerce, Product Management, and Merchandising for Clover Technologies Group. “Our team will continue to develop and deploy new tools and functionality to ensure cloverimaging.com fulfills our commitment to provide our dealers with the best level of service in the industry.”
Recent updates to the website include:
To read CIG’s latest blog posts and check out the other new website features, please visit us at: cloverimaging.com
The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) is now holding open nominations for positions on the board of directors and executive committee by members of the MPSA. The nomination period is open until June 30 for candidates to serve on the MPSA Board of Directors and Executive Committee two year terms beginning July 2017. Learn more here, or email email@example.com.
The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) is pleased to announce that 9 members of the MPSA have been named “Difference Makers” in the document imaging industry by ENX Magazine. Each year, ENX contacts dozens of respected folks across all segments of the document imaging industry for recommendations and profiles the difference makers that result from those efforts and responses.
This year’s list of Difference Makers includes the following MPSA members.
The MPSA is proud to recognize these members who volunteer their time and energy to the association while making an impact on their organizations and the imaging industry.
The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that serves the MPS industry. Its focus is on the development of standards, education, and industry guidelines that unite the different segments of the industry and bring value to all those participating. For more information about benefits and memberships, visit http://yourmpsa.org/Membership.
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Chicago, Ill. – May 18, 2017 – Clover Imaging Group (CIG) is excited to release refreshed Axess Managed Print Services (MPS) SalesPro training. Axess MPS SalesPro Training is the most comprehensive e-learning MPS sales training curriculum available. Consisting of thirteen web-based video modules, the MPS training includes multimedia content, real world examples, field implementation tools, and knowledge checks to keep sales teams engaged and to ensure mastery of material. The course overview and module one are available online for free today.
“There are lots of moving parts that go with implementing, running, and maintaining a managed print services program,” said Aldo Spensieri, Vice President of MPS Solutions. “Our MPS experts poured all of their hard-earned MPS experience and knowledge into creating these exhaustive MPS training modules. Everyone can benefit from this comprehensive training.”
The Axess SalesPro MPS Training modules cover topics from creating an initial go-to-market strategy, assessing the print environment, making the close, and proactively managing the account. The self-paced setup is great for busy imaging staff who are eager to master MPS and who can’t take much precious time away from the field. The training is available 24/7 online. Current Axess clients should reach out to their CIG sales representative to get access to all the training modules. New and prospective clients should watch the course overview and reach out to email@example.com to get started with Axess MPS today.
Axess MPS is CIG’s comprehensive, fully integrated suite of software and services designed to help dealers deliver more profitable MPS solutions. Axess MPS is designed with the flexibility and scalability dealers need to provide MPS solutions to their customers. For more information, please visit www.cloverimaging.com.
About Clover Imaging Group
Clover Imaging Group offers a complete imaging and solutions platform for independent dealers, OEMs, and retailers. From remanufactured printer cartridges and computer/server parts to managed print services tools and marketing support, a comprehensive suite of products and services is available, all utilizing intelligent technology, proprietary engineering, and sustainable innovation. From its early beginnings as an ink and toner remanufacturer, CIG has grown into a global powerhouse that manufactures more than three million cartridges a month and offers world-class products, branding, distribution, and support that provides the perfect portfolio to fit each customer’s needs — let’s go even further, together.
Chicago, Ill. – April 11, 2017 – Clover Imaging Group (CIG) is excited to announce the release of 201A remanufactured color cartridges for the M252 line of HP JetIntelligence printers. The release of the 201A toner cartridges creates a new benchmark for the industry for innovation and engineering prowess. CIG transformed its patented and proprietary technology to successfully remanufacture color cartridges for the challenging, new HP color cartridge families.
“As was the case with the 26A, the seal technology was a critical barrier since the seal winds internally with no user intervention,” said Luke Goldberg, EVP Global Sales and Marketing of CIG. “The same technology exists in the color M252 printers, and our patent pending secure seal technology, that we first introduced with the 26A, proved to be scalable to these models as well, which creates a seamless user experience for the customer.”
CIG features the innovative technology behind the build of remanufactured color cartridges for M252 printers in a newly released video. Instead of looking to compatible cartridges as a solution, as competitors in the imaging industry have done, CIG engineers got to work, developing a new line of remanufactured color cartridges that provide an OEM like user experience and print performance. CIG’s patented reman processes and technology advancements in research and development helped their engineers address the challenges of the new JetIntelligence designs and allowed CIG to build the only true OEM alternative.
“We view this release as another testament to CIG’s ability to offer OEM alternative quality and to overcome barriers erected by OEMs,” said Eric Tuvesson, VP of Color R&D of CIG. “We also view this as substantiation that the best way to provide a high quality aftermarket replacement cartridge is to start with the highest quality product available, namely the spent OEM core and remanufacture it to exacting standards. We believe this path provides the safest possible option for our customer from both an IP and quality perspective.”
(Springville, UT) — DecisionWise is proud to recognize GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation as a top-performing organization through its 2017 Employee Engagement Best Practice Awards. GreatAmerica is one of five organizations to receive the award based on a review of over 8.3 million survey responses in the DecisionWise international employee engagement survey benchmark database.
Results from 80 companies were analyzed by measuring the number of fully engaged, key contributor, opportunity group, and disengaged employees in each organization using a set of employee engagement anchor questions. Those organizations with the most fully engaged and key contributor employees were eligible to receive the award. Final winners were confirmed by evaluating the overall culture of the organization as well as best practices and GreatAmerica initiatives that contributed to the scores.
“We’re privileged that GreatAmerica has made DecisionWise a strategic partner for employee engagement surveys, and we’re proud that it has taken clear, measurable actions to leverage employee feedback and create a positive, engaging, and energizing workplace for its employees,” said DecisionWise Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Tracy Maylett.
About DecisionWise, Inc.
DecisionWise, Inc. is a management consulting firm specializing in leadership and organization development using assessments, feedback, coaching and training. DecisionWise services include employee engagement surveys, 360-degree feedback, leadership coaching and organization development. DecisionWise was founded in 1996 and is privately held. With offices in the United States and affiliate offices throughout the world, DecisionWise operates in over 70 countries and conducts surveys in over 30 languages.
GreatAmerica is a national commercial equipment finance company in the U.S. and is dedicated to helping manufacturers, vendors, and dealers be more successful and keep their customers for a lifetime. GreatAmerica was established in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1992 and today is organized into seven business units. It has a staff of over 500 employees with offices in Georgia, Minnesota, and Missouri. We also offer innovative non-financial services, including PathShare® HR Services and Collabrance, LLC, to help our customers be more successful. For additional information, please visit the GreatAmerica corporate website: www.greatamerica.com
[Toronto, ON, Canada] - [March 23, 2017] - SmartPrint Inc., Canada’s award winning, independent Managed Print Services firm, announced today that it has acquired DynaCharge Laser Inc. in Montreal, Quebec.
“We are thrilled to welcome DynaCharge’s clients into the SmartPrint family. We’re excited to help take their organizations to the next level of efficiency through improved document workflows and more cost effective and highly secure office printing environments.” said Tim Lomax, President, SmartPrint Inc. “Since 1989, DynaCharge has been providing custom-tailored, high touch Managed Print Services to their clients across Canada. We’ve had a close working relationship with owners Doug and Wayne McGurk for over 20 years, and share their passion for delivering an outstanding client experience. DynaCharge will continue to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of SmartPrint, led by Wayne and his existing staff. We wish Doug a long, well-deserved retirement.”
“This is a game changer for our Quebec based clients, who will now be able to leverage SmartPrint’s deep expertise in Managed Print Services, their Tier 1 equipment portfolio partners, and suite of best in breed software solutions.” said Wayne McGurk, President, DynaCharge Laser.
The strategic acquisition of DynaCharge, whose head office is based in St. Laurent, Quebec reinforces SmartPrint’s existing footprint in Quebec and affirms SmartPrint as the leading independent Managed Print Services experts in Canada.
HP’s Print Partner of the Year, SmartPrint is Canada’s most recognized independent MPS provider, helping organizations make sense of complex print environments. SmartPrint’s team of Managed Print Services (MPS) consultants leverage the markets best tools and systems offering best in breed office printing equipment and software to help simplify printing, scanning and document workflow. Our clients experience dramatic improvements in user efficiency, reduced costs of 30% to 50%, reduced helpdesk calls by 25% and significant administrative efficiencies through vendor consolidation. SmartPrint's solutions are not about printers and copiers, they're about people.
To find out more about SmartPrint, please explore our website: www.smartprint.com.
Fort Lauderdale, FL [March 22, 2017] - Adam R. Fish, partner lead at Google, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), will deliver a keynote address at this year’s Imaging and Technology Education Exposition (ITEX 2017). An expected one thousand attendees will listen as Fish delivers his speech, Growing Your Business with Digital in a Mobile-First World, which will expound on the future of Internet searches and marketing as well as the importance of Business Solutions Providers (BSPs) developing strong digital footprints in their local markets.
As the partner lead, Fish is responsible for large client sales at Google. He advises large corporations on strategy, digital media, and mobile for performance-driven markets. His primary focus is embracing change and putting customers first through digital experiences. Fish served as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers prior to his work with Google.
Fish’s keynote address will take place on April 20, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. During this thirty-minute session spanning from 8:20 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., Fish will discuss the core components of a high-performing digital acquisition channel in a mobile-first world. Business owners will be empowered to evaluate their own websites and marketing strategies against Google’s latest best practices.
“My career at Google is devoted to connecting people with information and helping businesses grow on the web. I look forward to delivering a productive session with actionable insights for ITEX leaders and a glimpse into the future of digital,” said Fish.
The keynote will reinforce the innovative undertone of the ITEX trade show, which keeps in the mind the goal has always been to put BSPs at the forefront of the technology industry.
Founder and owner of the ITEX trade show, Marc Spring, emphasized the importance of Google’s presence at ITEX2017 for BSPs in the technology channel stating, “With over 60 percent of consumers using Google to find reputable local businesses and increasing local competition, digital marketing has become the key to generating leads. Our BSPs need to establish strong digital presences in order to sustain their businesses, and Google sharing best practices will help them do just that.”
Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top Internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world.
ITEX Imaging & Technology Education Exposition is the largest and most extensive national trade show connecting vendors and resellers in the office technology space. Founded by Marc Spring in 2001, ITEX was developed to provide dealers with access to a vendor-agnostic trade show featuring practical education that addresses modern industry solutions to help grow their businesses. As the show grew over the years, it proved to be a huge success—with revenue growing 780 percent between the show’s inception in 2001 and when Spring sold the show in 2009. Spring reacquired the show in 2016. For detailed information visit www.itexshow.com