MasterCard, ABNote North America, CPI Card Group and ITW Card Technologies (China) Employees Earn ICMA ACE Accreditation

New Additions Bring Total Designees to 31

PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ – January 5, 2012 – The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) announced five more members have earned the Advanced Card Education (ACE-M) accreditation, which recognizes the knowledge and expertise of leading professionals in card manufacturing.

ACE-M covers areas of general card manufacturing. The program currently has 31 designees. The following are the most recent members to earn the ACE-M designation:

Simona Yordanova

Francisco Soriano
Production Director
TAG Systems

Wayne Hart
Operations Manager
ABNote North America

Jim Hays
National Accounts Manager
CPI Card Group

Candice Hou
Technical Support Engineer
ITW Card Technologies (China)

Individuals earn the designation by demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of card manufacturing processes through the completion of a rigorous exam. Applicants must be working for an ICMA member company and have a minimum of three years of industry experience in order to take the exam.

The exam is comprised of eight sections: Substrates, Inks, Adhesives, Printing, Collation, Lamination, Die-cutting and Standards/Testing. Individuals must meet a minimum proficiency in all eight areas to pass the test.

“Our members truly see the value of the ACE Accreditation program and how it not only helps their professional stature in the industry but also validates their value proposition to their companies,” said Al Vrancart, ICMA Founder Emeritus and Industry Advisor.

The following members have also earned ACE accreditation: Arun P.K., Cupola Plastic Cards; Derrick Celewicz, Versatile Card Technology; Bill Crawford, Waytek; Shannon K. Crawford-Taylor, ITW Card Technologies Group; Bob Cristinzio, ITW Card Technologies Group; Julie Davidson, Travel Tags, Inc.; Peter Deisenroth, Bristol ID Technologies; Christopher Dyball, LaserCard Corporation; Walter Floyd, ITW Card Technologies Group; Joel Germain, Travel Tags, Inc.; Julie Hermanson, CPI Card Group; Keefe Lemmon, Fiserv; Manoj Mathew; Lynne McDevitt, ABnote North America; Guy Meeker; Barry Mosteller, CPI Card Group, Inc.; Matthew O’Connell; Mark Powell; Jason Prince, CardLogix; Del Reyes, Giesecke & Devrient; Mike Sabatini, Perfect Plastic Printing; Mike Sovich, QCR Solutions Corp.; Daniel Szumski, ITW Card Technologies Group; Eric Virostek, Giesecke & Devrient; Jim Ward, Allegheny Plastics Inc. and Dean Warner, Bell and Howell.

The next testing date is April 18, 2012 in Aventura, Florida, in conjunction with the ICMA 2012 EXPO. Members registered to take an exam will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive training course on April 15, 2012 at the EXPO to help prepare them for the exam.

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.


About ICMA
Based in Princeton Junction, NJ, USA, ICMA is a non-profit association of plastic card manufacturers, personalizers, issuers and related industry participants. With more than 240 members globally, the ICMA acts as a clearinghouse for industry issues, including the production, technology, application, security and environmental issues of plastic cards. Visit www.icma.com for more information.