Lutz, FL — September 13, 2022: Xplor International, the worldwide electronic document systems association, today named the recipients of the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Awards. These awards were presented at Xplor’s Annual Conference, XPLOR22, on Tuesday, September 13th during the awards ceremony in St. Pete Beach, Florida.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2007 and is given to an individual, or individuals, whose efforts and contributions have significantly changed the course and development of the digital document industry. This award is open to Xplor International members as well as non-members.
The award is being renamed to honor Dr. Keith Davidson, EDP who passed away earlier this year. Dr. Davidson was the original Executive Director of Xplor for 11 years and is responsible for much of the influence of the association. In his honor, Xplor is officially renaming the award to the Dr. Keith Davidson Lifetime Achievement Award.
The 2022 recipients are:
Mark Ferrara, who built a $200M B2B print services business through a combination of organic growth, new business development, acquisition and integration. He accelerated the performance of national digital production distribution and strategic sourcing operations which lead to a comprehensive print supply chain solutions set that resulted in the commercialization of digital print services within Office Depot.
Buck Crowley has spent 20 years automating Commercial Web Presses. He put the first computer control on a web press eventually automating every process, reducing waste and the number of people to run a press. This process was covered by 20 of his US patents. He was responsible for the first jam-free sheet feeder for the Xerox 9700 as well as roll feed in, cutsheet out for the 3800.
Scott Draeger, M-EDP has spent over 20 years at companies such as Exstream, HP, GMC and Quadient. His passion for the industry reflects his enthusiasm and innovation to CCM. His innovative thinking led to several significant technology breakthroughs that resulted in new CX software capabilities and the Remote Collaboration product at Exstream Software, HP, and Quadient.
He has funded and mentored dozens of people to help them receive their EDP industry certification. Scott is executive mentor in the Quadient “Empowerment Program” and also sits on the Advisory Board for the Customer Experience Certification Program at both Rutgers and Seton Hall Universities.
Dr. Jacob Aizikowitz founded XMPie in 2000 which he led to become a global leader in data driven, cross media personalization until it was acquired by Xerox in 2006. Before founding XMpie, his career included time at Scitex, IBM Research, and EFI.
Due to his work in promoting highly personalized business communications, the digital print industry was able to transition from low-value transaction output to higher value and larger volumes of business communications. This transition to business communications accelerated the growth and recognition of digital print as an alternative to offset print.
Dr. Aizikowitz volunteers for the Graphic Communications Education Association and speaks at university student forums.
“Our 2022 recipients represent a diverse group of individuals each contributing to the industry in very unique ways,” says Skip Henk, President/CEO of Xplor International. “We thank them for their contributions and congratulate them for being the first recipients of the Dr. Keith Davidson Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Other Xplor annual awards, recognized and announced at XPLOR22, include:
Technology of the Year
Winner – Smart Communications for The Conversation Cloud™
Honorable Mention – Papyrus Software for their Business Designer software
Honorable Mention – Crawford Technologies for their AccessibilityNow® Validator
Application of the Year
Winner: MetLife for the creation and implementation of their Customer Engagement (CE) Portal
Honorable Mention – State of Tennessee Print Site Consolidation and Hyperautomation Workflow submitted by Crawford Technologies
Honorable Mention – State of Washington DES Print & Mail Services submitted by Solimar Systems
About Xplor International
Xplor International is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the education, evolution, and success of the Customer Communications Management (CCM) industry. Our members design, produce, implement, deliver and manage high-volume, highly regulated and highly personalized communications across all channels and in all formats.
Xplor’s mission is to provide the education and resources necessary for the development of engaging customer communications.
We enhance organizational success and advance the careers of our members by providing research, analyst access, industry certification, professional development, and educator guidance. Global members benefit from our in-person annual conference, virtual events, and networking opportunities.
Xplor International has its worldwide headquarters in Lutz, Florida, chapters in the US and Canada, and active membership across the globe.
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