International Graphic Communication Week Speaker Information

Joe Calmese Joe Calmese

Mark Andy

Tuesday 1:40 PM - 2:10 PM

Joe Calmese is the Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer for the Digital business at Mark Andy. Joe oversees a global business team responsible for creating, launching, selling and supporting new digital products and services in narrow web packaging.
From an undergraduate degree in Physics (Illinois College) followed by an MBA (Washington University in St. Louis) – Joe’s journey to packaging has included roles in engineering, plant operations and now business.
Joe started at Mark in 2011 leading the new product development team. After a few years in engineering, Joe lead the formation of Mark Andy Print Products – Mark Andy’s line of consumables. This new business creation was highly successful and is now the largest printing supplies business in the US. From there, Joe was challenged lead the formation of the new Digital business. This highly strategic initiative represents the future of narrow web packaging and already represents more than 30% of Mark Andy’s business.
A native of St. Louis, Joe moved to Illinois for college and then to Guadalajara, Mexico for his first job. Joe returned home in 2011 to join Mark Andy and is now surrounded by a wonderful wife and two incredible children. They enjoy youth sports, traveling and fighting over a dog dad doesn’t want.

Victoria Chau Victoria Chau


Thursday 2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

Victoria Chau is a GrC Alumnus who graduated in 2014 with a concentration in Design Reproduction Technology and a minor in Photography. Since graduating, she relocated to San Francisco where she worked as a Project Manager for a creative production agency, and now she serves as a Project Manager for Sephora’s Internal Branding team. The team works as an in-house agency to influence and elevate the employee experience through inspiring, educational, and thoughtful design and videography. Outside of work, you can find Victoria enjoying the outdoors, frequenting live music events, or daydreaming about her next travel adventure.

Daniel Dejan Daniel Dejan

North American ETC Print & Creative Manager - SAPPI

Tuesday 9:40 AM - 11:00 AM

As an educator, designer, humanist, mentor and lover of all things graphic arts, Daniel Dejan has been an evangelist for the power of paper and print for the span of his career. He is the face of the etc (education-training-consulting) Group at Sappi Fine Paper North America where he delivers etc services to Sappi’s wide range of clients.
With more than 40 years of design, production, print buying and on-press experience, Dejan is always ready to share his knowledge of the successful and effective marriage of print and paper. On the road 200 days a year, he is a hands-on, in-person resource—delivering presentations to designers, printers, corporations and paper merchants as well as to organizations at public and private events and conferences throughout North America including AIGA, HOW and Printing Industry of America chapters, Canadian Printing Industries groups, IDEAlliance/IPA events, Print Production and Art Directors Clubs.
Mr. Dejan is the recipient of the 2017 Sundeen/Simich Industry Support Award from the Graphic Communication Educators Association and the 2018 Industry Influencer Award from the Printing Industries of New England. As printing techniques have evolved, Daniel has embraced new technology by not only investigating creative and effective ways to use QR Codes and Augmented Reality in conjunction with print and paper—earning him a position as a Google Glass Developer—but also by exploring and commenting on the layered and complex relationships between the print and digital worlds; merging new communications technology and human interaction.
Dejan has written articles for numerous trade magazines and was both a technical consultant and contributor to The Designer’s Guide to Print Production. As a certified G7 Expert, Dejan is an authority in both Color and Color Management and an avid student of color perception and color theory as it relates to branding and printed color reproduction. He co-chaired the Spectrum Conference in 2007 and sat as a member of the Board of Directors for IDEAlliance/IPA for two terms.

Mike Ferrari Mike Ferrari

Ferrari Innovative Solutions

Thursday 3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

Mike Ferrari is founder and President of Ferrari Innovation Solutions, LLC. His focus is with innovation in packaging and printing, coaching Consumer Product Companies to delight consumers and grow their brands. Mike’s purpose is to educate, guide and inspire them as a strategy coach, author and educator. Mike is a guest lecture professor at the University of Florida at the Packaging Engineering College teaching "Consumer Driven Innovation Methodology". Mike completed a successful 32 yr. career as a Global R&D Assoc. Director at The Procter & Gamble Company. He delivered initiatives to the marketplace for some of the world’s leading billion dollar brands. He is the winner of the prestigious 2009 and 2010 DuPont Packaging Innovation Award.

John Gatewood John Gatewood


Wednesday 11:10 AM - 11:45 AM

John Gatewood has over 30 years experience in all aspects of the Graphic Arts industry. He started his career working in pre-press for a web offset printer. As a Project Manager he then made the transition from traditional craft pre-press to digital production and then the transition from digital production to 3D production. In his present role as a Producer at XYZ he manages 3D productions of still images and animations.

Larry Griffin Larry Griffin

WS Packaging

Tuesday 3:10 PM - 3:40 PM

Larry Griffin is General Manager at WS Packaging Group San Luis Obispo. Larry’s career began when he attended Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) studying Color Management and ink chemistry at Berkeley. His management career started at age 24 when he became the youngest plant superintendent. He has also served as quality control manager and production manager at various companies. He has 30 years of experience in the printing industry. Throughout his career he has worked at a wide range of companies specializing in different printing techniques and applications including flexography, gravure, offset, digital (both roll-to-roll and sheet-to-sheet), publication reproduction and high end folding carton production to name a few. The team at the WSPG SLO plant produces mostly prestige labels and packaging, where Larry oversees all departments including plating, ink, production, quality, shipping, customer service, and art.

Morgan Gutierrez Morgan Gutierrez


Thursday 9:40 AM - 10:10 AM

As an undergrad, Morgan Grace was a graphic designer for University Housing, Cal Poly Corporation, and a variety of on-campus organizations. In 2017, she graduated from the Cal Poly GrC program with a concentration in Graphic Communication Management. It was difficult landing a job after graduating, so she kickstarted her freelance design career shortly after and started working in retail. After months of many, many rejections, she finally landed her first post-graduate job in the Bay Area at as a Production Artist at Corefact, a rapidly-growing direct mail marketing firm. She does full-time work in production, press operation, design and product development. As a freelancer, she's managed almost 30 clients, including Cal Poly, and nearly 100 projects within her first year plus offers discounted work to small non-profit and affinity organizations around the Bay Area. She also still does retail for her “fun” job.

Molly Hitchings Molly Hitchings


Tuesday 8:10 AM - 9:00 AM

Molly Hitchings is an Account Manager / Creative Recruiter with Mathys-Potestio in Austin, TX. After graduating from Cal Poly's GrC department in 2014, Molly moved to Austin and made the transition from being a creative to helping other creatives find job opportunities. Outside of work, you can find Molly rock climbing, exploring Austin breweries, or planning her next excursion!

Dov Isaacs Dov Isaacs


Tuesday 12:50 PM - 1:30 PM

Dr. Dov Isaacs is a Principal Scientist at Adobe Systems Incorporated. A 28-year veteran of Adobe, he has responsibility for end-to-end PDF publishing workflow and product interoperability issues. Dov also serves as Adobe’s representative to the Ghent Workgroup and several ISO TC130 committees associated with print industry standards including PDF/X and PDF/VT for which he serves as the chairperson and co-chairperson respectively. He is a member of GrC’s Advisory Board and served as a Cal Poly Research Professor From Industry at GrC in 2013 teaching PDF Workflow and leading students in the development of test files for the newly published PDF/VT specification.

Meredith Mason Meredith Mason


Wednesday 9:10 AM - 9:35 AM

In 2015 I graduated from the GrC department with a Concentration in Graphics for Packaging. During my time at Poly, I was involved in Phoenix Challenge for two years, as well as UGS — one year as a Prepress intern and another as a Prepress Manager. After graduation, I began my career as a QA Engineer at EFI in the Bay Area, working alongside many Cal Poly alumni. This gave me great exposure and insight into a part of the industry that I was very unfamiliar with: testing and developing print software solutions. This job was extremely challenging as I had no previous software development experience, but I was able to apply my thorough print technology knowledge that I had received at Cal Poly, thus giving me a niche in the company as most of the employees had little to no experience with analog printing. Ultimately, after a move to the Portland Metro area, my career transitioned back to a world that I was more familiar with: prepress. However, after spending almost 2 years back in prepress, I decided that my skills and interests were best suited for the engineering department and am now back in QA, where it all began! I plan on settling into this industry for the foreseeable future and am really enjoying the challenges that every day brings. I now work at a company called Digimarc in Portland, Oregon as a QA Engineer where I am on a team that is developing Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop plug-ins for the print and packaging industry. Excited to be back on the grounds of my Alma Mater and to speak to you all!

Kayla McCarty Kayla McCarty


Thursday 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

Kayla McCarty was 6 years old when she told her dad she was going to work for Disney, and 20 years later Kayla is a marketing manager for the Walt Disney Company based in Orlando, FL. After graduating from the Graphic Communication department in 2015 with a concentration in Design Reproduction Technology, Kayla moved to Orlando and has since worked in creative, communications/social media, strategy, and project management roles at Disney. In the past, she has supported Disney theme parks, and she is currently on the Talent Acquisition Marketing team supporting recruitment across Disney business segments. When she's not at work, you can find Kayla eating Asian food, exploring a mountain range, watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks from her bedroom, or forcing people to meet her cat Chickpea.

Jim Niemiec Jim Niemiec

Verso Paper

Wednesday 9:40 AM - 10:00 AM

Jim is responsible for Digital Printing Product Development and is based at the Verso Technical Center in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Over the past 20 years Jim and his group have developed numerous patented coated paper products for laser and inkjet in both commercial and specialty label markets. Jim obtained a BS in Printing Technology from RIT as well as a BCom from York University (Canada) and an MBA from Lakeland College in Wisconsin. He is a TAPPI Fellow and Past Division Chair of the TAPPI Coating and Graphic Arts Division

Sean O'Connor Sean O'Connor

GE Digital

Tuesday 2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

User Experience Lead within the software division of one of the world’s largest companies, GE. Overseeing the design for software and systems focused on IoT, cloud connectivity and analytics for industrial workspaces, including the latest projects in edge applications for GE Healthcare. Before working at GE, Sean worked for companies; Ebay, Sony, Wells Fargo, EA Games and Autodesk Software. He has lectured at UC Berkley, Edge Computing Conferences in Berlin, London and New York.

Nathan Ostrout Nathan Ostrout

Glidewell Laboratories

Tuesday 3:50 PM - 4:30 PM

As Glidewell Laboratories’ Additive Manufacturing Manager, Nathan Ostrout leads the company’s 3D printing initiatives. The recent release of dozens of new 3D printing materials has opened up brand new opportunities for printing medical devices. Nathan and his team are currently developing new direct-to-print products for the dental industry, like 3D-printed dentures, nightguards, and crowns. Nathan is a Cal Poly alum, graduating in 2011 from the Graphic Communication program. He shared the honor of receiving the 2011 Attendee’s Choice Award with his fellow TAGA members, and is the recipient of the 2012 Harvey Levenson Undergraduate Student Paper Award. As a graduate student at RIT, Nathan worked with Professor Shu Chang to develop the 3D printing curriculum in the Print Media graduate program. Nathan is avidly following the development of biocompatible 3D-printable materials like ceramics, metals, and polymers, and is excited to see how this industry will grow.

Victoria Owens Victoria Owens

Whole Foods Market/Amazon

Tuesday 9:10 PM - 9:30 PM

Victoria Owens is a UX/UI Designer at Whole Foods Market/Amazon in Austin, TX. After graduating from GrC in 2014, she made her way to Texas and has worked at Whole Foods Market for the past 2.5 in a few different roles including Contract Web Designer and Digital Marketing Designer. When she’s not at the office, she’s most likely hanging out with her dog or eating charcuterie with Molly.

Nicole Smith Nicole Smith

Hemlock Printers

Thursday 8:10 AM - 9:00 AM

Nicole Smith is an Account Manager at Hemlock Printers, USA. She is committed to helping her clients design, plan, and execute a variety of sheet-fed offset and digitally printed projects. Since graduating from the Cal Poly Graphic Communication department in June 2016, she has spent the majority of her career gaining experience in sales and project management. She attributes her passion for effective communication, as well as her career path choice to her time at University Graphic Systems as both the Production Manager and General Manager. At Hemlock, Nicole’s projects range from niche magazines for luxury cars and cuisine/lifestyle, to promotional and seasonal launch mailers. In the past year, she has been working with a prominent tech company in the San Francisco to help produce bespoke casebound books that have been distributed worldwide. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys skiing in Lake Tahoe, hiking in the Bay Area, and volunteering with both the Cal Poly GrC Alumni Chapter, and the Cal Poly San Francisco/East Bay Chapter.

Doug Weiss Doug Weiss


Thursday 3:50 PM - 4:30 PM

Douglas A. Weiss is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with a B.S. degree in Printing Management. He is Kodak’s business development and brand support manager for flexographic packaging solutions. His vast experience includes flexo, offset, gravure, digital and prepress, and he has been involved in plant expansions, plant turnarounds and greenfield plant projects. In his current role at Kodak, Doug consults with customers and partners on the latest printing technologies that maximize ROI, productivity and print quality.

Eric Wiesner Eric Wiesner


Wednesday 8:20 AM - 9:00 AM

Eric is General Manager of HP's PageWide Industrial division, which includes the broad portfolio of PageWide Web Presses and Scitex Industrial Presses. The division offers leading digital solutions addressing the corrugated packaging, high-volume commercial, and sign and display segments. R&D, operations, and marketing sites are in Netanya, Israel; San Diego, California, and Corvallis, Oregon.

Justin Witt Justin Witt

Affinity Creative

Wednesday 10:10 AM - 10:45 AM

Justin is a recent(ish) Cal Poly GrC grad who is most definitely not writing this bio. After concentrating in WDM he took his talents to the East Bay where he set out to build a digital division for a brand design agency known as Affinity Creative Group. Five years later the ten-person digital team is in full-swing building beautiful brand experiences through storytelling and the digital mediums of photography, video, and websites. When not working alongside his fellow CP grads (Jordan Joseph(’16), Chris DaCruz(’14), Kristin Yeh(’15), Trevor Hooper(’13), Dave Miller (’83), John Swain (’81)) he enjoys studio & landscape photography, snowboarding, golfing, and spending time with his smoking hot wife.

Ashley Zanotti Ashley Zanotti


Thursday 1:40 PM - 2:10 PM

Ashley is the Supply Chain, Compliance and Quality manager at Dome. After graduating from Cal Poly Ashley went to work for Vertis Communications which was subsequently acquired by Quad/Graphic. She learned an immense amount from those formative jobs which prepared her for her current role. Outside of work you can find her enjoying her family time and enjoying Sacramento’s robust food and craft beer scene.

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