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Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

Academy Leadership

Mike Ruff, Chairman

Mike Ruff

Mike Ruff
Forty-one years of experience in the Graphic Arts Industry and is currently the Chief Technology Officer for Nazdar Consulting Services. Former owner of a grand format screen print company and a grand format prepress service bureau serving screen and digital printers domestically and internationally. Mike is a Certified G7 Expert and a Certified G7 Process Control and Conformance Expert. He was trained in color control theory through GretagMacBeth, X-Rite and RIT Color Management Flexographic Training. Mike Ruff is a regular speaker and presenter for many graphic arts trade association in North America and has conducted training classes and webinars for prepress, production personnel, management and sales staffs. Mike is a technical writer with numerous articles in trade publications, including the SGIA Journal, Screen & Display Graphics, Specialty Printing Magazine, Flexo Magazine, Grafica (India) and Screen Printing magazine. Many articles have been  translated to multiple foreign languages. Training experience includes teaching process color printing at the Screen Print Technical Foundation Four-Color Workshop in Fairfax, Virginia for over 15 years. 

Accomplishments:

  • Member of the Academy of Screen Print Technology
  • Member of the IDEAlliance Print Properties Committee
  • Member of the USTAG TC130 delegation to ISO technical work groups 3 and 4 concerning creation of standards for graphic arts proofing and printing. 
  • Technical author of the International Screen Print Standard ISO 12647-5 (2012)
  • Developer of the Chromatix Process Control certification system for grand format screen and digital printers.
  • Winner of the 2010 IDEAlliance Leadership Circle Award
  • Two-time “Swormstedt Award Winner” for the best technical article in the specialty imaging industry. 

Charlie Taublieb, Vice Chairman

Charlie Taublieb

Charlie Taublieb
With more than 35 years of experience in the screen printing industry, Charlie Taublieb, Owner of Taublieb Consulting, trains technical personnel for new and existing shops, helps design new plant layouts and provides state-of-the-art instruction in new procedures and techniques. Taublieb graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in fine art. He was a Vice President at Great American Screen Designs for six years and President of Bullseye Screen Printing Supplies for 13 years. Taublieb is a repeat instructor for several popular SGIA workshops. He is also a member of the Academy of Screen Printing Technology (ASPT).

Marci Kinter, Secretary

Marci Kinter

Marci Kinter
Ms. Kinter is the Vice President for Government & Business Information for the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association International. Ms. Kinter oversees the development of management resources for the Association and represents the screen printing and digital imaging industries, as well as their associated supplier base, before federal and state regulatory agencies and the U.S. Congress on environmental, safety and other government issues directly impacting the screen printing and graphic imaging industries. She is responsible for directing the activities of not only the government  affairs portion of the Association’s activities, but the development and implementation of business resources for the membership.

In 2008, Ms. Kinter, in conjunction with colleagues from other printing trade associations, was instrumental in launching the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership program. The SGP Program is a
registry system for printing facilities that includes third party verification. The program successfully launched as an independent organization in August 2008.

Ms. Kinter is a member of and serves as Secretary for the Academy of Screen Printing Technology. In 2001, Ms. Kinter received the William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award for significant  advancement of environmental awareness in the graphic arts industry.

Before joining SGIA International, Ms. Kinter worked for The American Waterways Operators, Inc., the national association for the barge and towing industry.

Ms. Kinter holds bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University.