International Graphic Communication Week Speaker Information

Kendra Aronson Kendra Aronson

Cookbook author and entrepreneur

Tuesday 8:10 AM - 9:00 AM

Kendra Aronson is the vision and voice behind The San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market Cookbook: Simple Seasonal Recipes & Short Stories from the Central Coast of California. Her enthusiasm (and endless energy) made it real— from the writing, recipe testing, and food photography, to the editorial design and self-publishing. Kendra is the one-woman show behind Kendra Aronson Creative Studio, she specializes in content creation for the culinary industry: cookbook production, food photography, food styling, food writing, and web design.

Kim Connely Kim Connely


Thursday 2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

Kim Connolly is a veteran of the printing industry not only the San Francisco Bay Area, but also nationally. She graduated from Cal Poly in 1985 with a concentration in Printing Management; she has worked in the industry ever since, first as an estimator, then a production manager, and before long, moved into sales. Once she began working independently as a broker, she became known for her resourcefulness in finding the right supplier, and her expertise in direct mail. About 10 years ago, she had an opportunity to begin managing projects for a large wine conglomerate and now not only has an exquisite wine cellar, but also a great understanding of supply chain fundamentals for the packaging sector, and is the go-to print expert for wine labels. Kim's personal mission is literacy. Concern for basic literacy is one of the reasons she chose print as a career, and her volunteer efforts over the years reflect her dedication. Currently she volunteers with Books n Blankies in Solano County, supports Room to Read and is researching starting an Imagination Library in Solano County.

Jordan Damron Jordan Damron


Tuesday 3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

I grew up in Ventura and graduated from Cal Poly GrC in 2014 with a concentration in Design Reproduction Technology. Before landing at Patagonia, I was a UGS manager, a design intern at a local wine bar and a graphic production designer at Apple. I’ve worked at Patagonia for 3 years now and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.

Keir DuBois Keir DuBois

AIGA SB President

Tuesday 1:40 PM - 2:20 PM

Keir is a designer by trade and a writer by training. He helps businesses and nonprofits keep a stylish, organized identity and clear, consistent message. Keir writes creative copy and wrangles design projects for print and pixel—mostly publication design, event collateral, illustrated maps, and music artwork. He held several creative positions from 2004-2016 at BBM&D (Ventura) and Oniracom (Santa Barbara) before co-launching his own creative partnership, Tight Ship, in 2017. Keir is also a UCSB alum (1999) and volunteers as the current president of AIGA Santa Barbara.

Alyssa Duhe Alyssa Duhe

Sr. Graphic Designer, Tillys

Tuesday 9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

Alyssa Duhe graduated from GrC in 2009 with a concentration in DRT and a minor in Art. She is currently a Senior Graphic Designer / Art Director at Tillys. Designer by day and doodler by night. She has a love for witty copywriting, exploring the world, skateboarding, and making art.

Don Gulcher

Xerox XMPie

Thursday 1:40 PM - 2:20 PM

Don started his printing and publishing career at the In-Plant Printing facility at Indiana University while studying computer science. He programmed content for a Xerox 9700, the first commercially available laser printer originally developed by Xerox. After college, Don worked for Xerox as a systems analyst supporting various technologies such as the DocuTech and other publishing systems. Don left Xerox in 2000 to help with a silicon valley startup that was acquired by Cisco. After the "dot-bomb" in 2003, Don returned to sales and marketing for Xerox. Don currently manages the west for XMPie, a Xerox Company, helping customers with media personalization, Web2Print, and Marketing Automation opportunities.

Ryan Hansen Ryan Hansen


Thursday 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

Ryan Hansen is a Cal Poly GRC graduate and is currently working as the Digital Graphics Manager for Multi-Color Corporation in Napa, CA. He started his printing career working for Esko in Dayton, Ohio as an FIQ Specialist (Flexo Implementing Quality), where he focused on training Esko CDI imagers, implementing HD Flexo technology, and configuring DFS (digital flexo suite) installs all over the United States and Canada. After working for Esko, he joined Sun Chemical and quickly became the Prepress Manager for their Concord, CA facility. Ryan managed a team of 6 prepress professionals, built Esko Workflows, and helped grow Sun Chemicals business into the wide-web flexible packaging market. After Sun Chemical, Ryan joined the Wine & Spirit industry. He started his career working for TAPP Label as their Prepress Director. He was responsible for managing three prepress departments and implementing new technology to help grow TAPPs business. After his short stay at TAPP, he joined MCC as their Digital Graphics Manager. Ryan Hansen currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Jen and newborn son Emerson. Here’s to another 30 years! Print is not dead.

Melissa Hicks Melissa Hicks

Sr. Visual Designer, Pandora

Tuesday 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

I graduated from Cal Poly as a GRC major in 2013 and have been working in Oakland, CA on Pandora’s design team ever since. I’m passionate about the outdoors, music, and awesome design!

Molly Hitchings Molly Hitchings


Thursday 7:40 AM - 8:20 AM

Molly graduated from GrC in 2014 with a concentration in Web and Digital Media. Since graduating, she moved to Austin, TX, where she picked up the odd jobs here and there before falling into a company and position she truly loves. Mathys+Potestio is a creative staffing agency that focuses on creatives helping other creatives. Outside of work, you can find Molly enjoying the local breweries, rock climbing, or eating all of the tacos Austin has to offer.

Carl Joachim Carl Joachim

ePac Digital Packaging

Thursday 12:10 PM - 12:50 PM

Carl Joachim is currently Partner and Chief Technology Officer for ePac Digital Packaging in Madison, Wisconsin. He is also Sr. Advisor for Arion Partners, an investment advisory services firm specializing in flexible packaging. Carl sits on the Cal Poly State University Graphic Communication Advisory Board, is an Associate of the Cal Poly Graphic Communication Institute, and has served on the board of NPES, the leading trade association for the printing market. Carl has over 25 years of executive experience in digital printing with Xerox, Ocè, and Ricoh, having helped create over $1 billion in top line revenue with emerging digital technology. He has been a friend of Cal Poly for many years, and was instrumental in bringing Ricoh technology to the labs here at GrC. In 2012 Carl began to focus on the expected impact of digital printing on the packaging market. He 2014 he spearheaded a joint market research study on the subject, entitled Emerging Technologies for Packaging Innovation, conducted by Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Institute, and Packaging World, a leading industry trade publication. This market research served as the basis for an investment thesis developed by Carl and Arion Partners. As a result, the necessary investments were securred to form ePac, a start-up company focused exclusively on digitally printed flexible packaging.Carl holds a B.A. degree in Mathematics from St. Michael’s College, studied Applied Statistics at Villanova University, and completed programs in executive leadership at Harvard Business School and Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business.

Monique Martinez Monique Martinez


Tuesday 3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

I’m originally from Ventura, California and graduated from Cal Poly in 2015 as a GrC major, concentrating in DRT. While at Cal Poly, I was involved in intramural sports, the study abroad office, greek life and worked at a local marketing agency. I interned at JPL in their photo department and was lucky enough to land my current job as a Graphic Production Artist at Patagonia right after I graduated.

Erin Nuss Erin Nuss


Thursday 9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

Erin Nuss holds a B.S. in Applied Engineering & Technology Management with a concentration in Graphic Communication. She began her career as SGIA’s Associate Manager, Education shortly after graduating from Millersville University in 2015. Erin works directly with schools that offer graphic communications programs and encourages students to pursue careers in the printing industry through her management of the organization’s scholarship program, student printing competition, career boards, curriculum guides, and more. Her role also extends to involvement in SGIA’s workshops, Tech Tips, Women in Print Alliance, and Student and Educational Institution Memberships. A music fan with a love for the outdoors, Erin enjoys camping, hiking and fishing in her free time.

Doug Pike

Xerox XMPie

Thursday 1:40 PM - 2:20 PM

Doug Pike is the Vice President of Sales for North America at XMPie, a Xerox Company. Doug has held other management and senior level sales positions at Xerox Corporation where he is now celebrating his 26thyear. XMPie (which stands for Xross Media Personalization In E-business) is considered a leader in dynamic publishing; Omni-Channel and Web-to-Print solutions, with over 6000 clients using their award winningPersonalEffect software solutions on a worldwide basis. Doug has extensive experience in the 1-to-1 personalization; Print-On-Demand; Cross Media/Omni Channel and eCommerce Technology spaces; working side by side with clients on numerous ground breaking and leading-edge projects that produce tangible business results. Doug has been a presenter at the Xerox Gil Hatch Center for Customer Innovation; at the Print On Demand Show; at the Graph Expo Show; and at the Treadaway Print Leadership Forum; and is a guest instructor at The Xerox Document University /Training Facility. Recently Doug was recognized by the Graphic Communications Department at Clemson University, receiving their "Top Kat Award" in 2016, as well as their "Treadaway Commitment to Progress Award" in 2017, for contributions to Graphic Arts Education.

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