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ICMA ACE-M Exam Validates 20 Additional Members as Industry Experts

ACE-M Designee Total Rises to 67

PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ – April 16, 2013 –Bringing the total number of program graduates to 67, the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) announced that 20 new members have successfully passed its ACE-M exam, an assessment that not only covers the general processes of card manufacturing but also puts member companies at the forefront of the industry by elevating and validating their expertise.

The ACE examination validates the expertise of individuals and employees in the card manufacturing industry, while also aiming to increase customer confidence in the buying process. The designation evaluates the skills and knowledge of card manufacturing professionals and is comprised of eight key sections, including PVC/Plastics, Inks, Adhesives, Printing, Collation, Lamination, Die-cutting and Standards/Testing.

While applicants must meet the criteria of working for an ICMA member company and having a minimum amount of experience in the industry, this year’s designees all participated in ICMA’s interactive training session led by ICMA Standards and Technical Representative, David Tushie, to learn the best preparation methods for the exam.

Designees include:

Michael Walsh, Sales Manager, SICPA
David Hummel, Sales, Jet Lithocolor
Adam Wahler, Creative Director, A to A Studio Solutions
Leighton Bromfield, Quality Supervisor, VALID USA

CPI designees include:

Nick Kordosky, Production Manager
Dana Solomonson, Quality Assurance Manager
Brett Larsen, Production Supervisor/PM Coordinator
Bruce Cessna, Quality Engineer
Bob Carlton, Production Manager
Paul Boge, General Manager

Travel Tags designees include:

Dave Bauman, Project Manager
Melissa Bengen, Project Manager
Jason Christianson, Project Manager
Wanda Haley, Project Manager
Rachel McCargar, Project Manager
Paula Pogulis, Project Manager
Danielle Varholdt, Project Manager
Pamela Ahlvers, Customer Service Sr. Supervisor
Jerry Zien, R&D Manager
Jeff Horst, Creative Manager

“Seeing the number of ACE-M designees rise year after year is a true representation of the industry’s prominence and value,” said ICMA Executive Director, Jeffrey Barnhart. “We are proud of these individuals for demonstrating their in-depth knowledge of card manufacturing processes and are excited to see what their expertise will bring to the industry.”

The following members have also earned ACE accreditation: Megan Anthony, CPI Card Group, Inc; Arun P.K., Cupola Plastic Cards Ltd; Derrick Celewicz, VALID USA; Mark Costello, CPI Card Group; Bill Crawford, Waytek; Shannon Crawford-Taylor; Robert Cristinzio, ITW Card Technologies (CFC); Julie Davison, Travel Tags, Inc; Peter Deisenroth, Bristol ID Technologies; Joëlle Denidder, MasterCard; Christopher Dyball, LaserCard Corp; Walter Floyd, ITW Card Technologies (CFC); Jim Fry, CPI Card Group; Rodrigo Gonzales, AMF Medios Transaccionales; Joel Germain, Travel Tags, Inc; Brad Hanson, CPI Card Group; Wayne Hart, ABNote North America; Jim Hays, CPI Card Group; Julie Hermanson, CPI Card Group; Steve Hobbs, CPI Card Group; Candice Hou, ITW Card Technologies (China); Vanessa Jones, CPI Card Group; Keefe Lemmon, Fiserv; Stephen Magee, CPI Card Group; Tony McGee, CPI Card Group; Manoj Mathew; Lynne McDevitt, ABNote North America; Tim McKearney, CPI Card Group; Guy Meeker, Teraco, Inc; Robert Michaelis, CPI Card Group; Max Michieli, CPI Card Group; Alvaro Moreno, CPI Card Group; Barry Mosteller, CPI Card Group; Matthew O’Connell; Mark Powell; Jason Prince, CardLogix; Ryan Raymo, Bristol ID Technologies; Del Reyes, Giesecke & Devrient; Jay Schwisow, CPI Card Group; Francisco Soriano, Tag Systems; Mike Sovich; Daniel Szumski, ITW Card Technologies (CFC); Eric Virostek, Giesecke & Devrient; Chris Vosler, ITW Card Technologies (CFC); Jim Ward, Allegheny Plastics Inc; Dean Warner, VALID USA; Simona Yordanova.

For more information on ICMA’s ACE accreditation program, or to learn how to become an ICMA member, call (609) 799-4900; e-mail info@icma.com or visit the ICMA website at www.icma.com.

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About the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA)
Based in Princeton Junction, NJ, ICMA is a non-profit association of card manufacturers, personalizers, suppliers and related industry participants. With more than 240 members globally, ICMA acts as a resource for industry issues, including the production, technology, application, security and environmental issues of cards. More information is available at www.icma.com.

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