New PMA leadership to grow and develop association

The Board of PMA has announced the appointment of industry veteran Jim Esp to the position of Executive Director.

“Our industry is constantly changing,” says Brian Wood, international president, PMA “We need somebody at the helm with strong leadership qualities and an in-depth understanding of the needs of our members. Nobody knows this industry better than Jim or has a stronger willingness to deal with the constant shift in the paradigms where manufacturing and distribution meet retail.”

Esp has been involved in the photographic industry for more than 30 years. During the last decade, as part of the PMA senior management, the majority of his time was spent working with the overseas markets to help develop some of the world’s most successful PMA conventions and associations in Australia, Canada and Latin America.

So, what’s at the top of his list in this new role?

“Right off the bat we need to focus on making [email protected] 2012 an outstanding show,” says Esp, in an interview to be published in an upcoming issue of PMA Magazine – Connecting the Imaging Communities. “We have all the right ingredients in place. Exhibit space is nearly sold out, but that’s only in the short term.”

“Nothing could be more important than working to develop new educational and support programs for our 10,000 worldwide members,” he adds. “Included in this effort is a stronger mission statement and better communication systems between all key industry executives in manufacturing, distribution and retail.”

“Jim’s role as the new Executive Director of PMA comes at a challenging and exciting time for both our industry and the association,” says Neil D. Cohen, PMA past president and CEO, District Photo Inc., Beltsville, Md. “I’ve worked with him for many years on a variety of different projects and his vast experience makes him the ideal person to lead PMA and strengthen the association going forward!”