Xplor Announces 2023 Dr. Keith Davidson Lifetime Achievement Award

Lutz, FL — November 15, 2023: Xplor International, the worldwide electronic document systems association, today named the recipients of the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Awards. These awards were presented at the 2023 Xplor CCM Summit, on Tuesday, November 14th during the awards ceremony in Orlando, 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 was renamed last year to honor Dr. Keith Davidson, EDP who passed away. 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 has officially renamed the award to the Dr. Keith Davidson Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 2023 recipients are:

Roger P. Gimbel, EDP, has had a long and distinguished history in the Document Industry. His father founded a successful chain of copy shops in New York City in the 1950’s and with his father’s premature passing in the 1970’s, he was thrust into taking over, diversifying and growing the business in additional areas, such as doing Facilities Management for AT&T.

At its’ apex, he had 3 partners in Global Document Solutions, approximately 700 employees, offset, print-on-demand and digital transactional print technologies.

20 years ago, he reinvented himself again, selling his interest in Global Document Solutions and setting up a consulting business, which continues today with 17 consultants advising clients on a broad range of document processes and technologies.

He is a founding member of IPN, the International Printers Network, which connects printers and print work across the globe.

He has been involved in Xplor for over 25 years, has attended and supported regional and global events, most recently as a Platinum Partner. He has also supported the development of our college students through contributions to the Xplor Member Scholarship program.

Scott Baker, EDP, has exhibited exceptional leadership in the technology marketing industry for over 30 years. His knowledge and expertise in technology marketing, strategy development, planning, international channels, and strategic relationships have made him a true visionary and expert in his field.

Throughout his career, he has demonstrated an unparalleled understanding of various industries, including enterprise level software, document accessible solutions, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Direct Marketing (DM), Managed Print Services (MPS), Customer Communications Management (CCM), Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Printing and Publishing, and the Finance sector.

His most significant contribution is his unwavering dedication to sharing knowledge and insights. Scott has been a consistent presence at Xplor events, attending and presenting for nearly a decade.

His commitment to Xplor and industry the in general extend beyond mere participation. Scott

served on the Board of Directors, playing a pivotal role in shaping the association’s direction. He is a global subject-matter expert on customer communications management (CCM), and his visionary approach has influenced the development of critical concepts such as Enterprise Communications Processing (ECP), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Enterprise Content Management (ECM), and Variable Data Publishing (VDP).

As Executive Vice President of Crawford Technologies and during his tenure as VP, Worldwide Channels at Quadient (formerly known as GMC), he has played instrumental roles in shaping the success of these organizations.

“Our 2023 recipients represent the best the industry has to offer,” says Skip Henk, President/CEO of Xplor International. “We thank them for all of their contributions to Xplor and the industry in general.”

Other Xplor annual awards, recognized and announced at the CCM Summit, include:

Technology of the Year
Winner:  Crawford Technologies – SmartSetup
Honorable Mention:  Smart Communications – SmartIQTM
Honorable Mention:  Messagepoint – MARCIE

Application of the Year
Winner:  Mayo Clinic & Solimar Systems, Inc. – Dynamically Created Personalized Patient Booklets
Honorable Mention:  Papyrus Software – Papyrus DocuFlow

Xplorer of the Year
Cheryl Simerson, EDP

Design Competiton Winners
Keilana Calder, Miriam Gabai, Umika Kuroda & Charlotte Smith
California Polytechnic State University

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 Florida, with active membership across the globe.

Further information is available at www.xplor.org.

Xplor International Media Contact:
Chad Henk
Marketing Director