Idealliance Acknowledges Management at Closing Board Assembly Previous to Merger with PRINTING United Alliance

The Idealliance The board of directors held its final board meeting on February 18 prior to the completion of the merger between Idealliance and PRINT United Alliance. As part of its final measures during the board meeting, the administrative board celebrated the 55th anniversary of the association. IdeallianceFounded in 1966 as the computer division of the American printing industry, the company recognized the voluntary and executive leadership of the association. Throughout its history Idealliance has evolved with a common denominator to serve as a catalyst for technological change in a wide range of the print and packaging production process and supply chain. On the 1st of March Idealliance took the next step to serve the broader industry by becoming part of the PRINTING United Alliance.

Todd Maute, Idealliance The CEO said: “Idealliance led many, if not most, essential workflow transformations to remove friction in the graphical communication supply chain. The company has hired partners from upstream brands, publishers, creative and advertising agencies, and print buyers, as well as countless print service providers, industrial suppliers, and technology partners to accelerate information, reduce costs, and increase efficiency. “

Also during his final board meeting, Idealliance recognized every officer and director for their service Idealliance in the past year with the sole aim of securing a sustainable strategic direction for its future. These efforts began in late 2019 and resulted in the hiring of CEO Dick Ryan and Managing Director Steinhardt in April 2020. From April through this month the Board of Directors met eight (8) times – with almost 100% attendance from all officers and directors. Each officer and director received a service award. CEO Ryan thanked and recognized each director. They are:

  • Chair: Todd Maute, Partner, CBX LLC
  • Treasurer & former chairman: Wayne Marshall, President of Flatout Branding & Design
  • Secretary: Meghan Milkowski, SVP, Commercial Operations – Printed Products and Business Services, Dow Jones & Company


  • Albin Baranauskas, managing director of Techkon GmbH
  • Andrew Bullock, Partner, Spanner LLC
  • Sonja Dearden, Print Production Manager, Lindt & Sprüngli
  • Jack Frank, Color Process Manager North America – Multi Packaging Division, WestRock
  • Edward Jansen, Vice President, PPS Professional Services, Canon Solutions America, Inc.
  • Brian Keith, Senior Program Manager – Print and Color Management, Packaging and Content, Microsoft
  • Traci L. Lucien, Vice President, Printing Center, AARP
  • Toby Saalfeld, US Director, Color Management, Ricoh USA, Inc.

CEO Ryan highlighted the steadfastness, leadership and dedication of former Treasurer and Director Jansen, former Chairman and Treasurer Marshall and Chairman Maute during the change in leadership.

At the end of the board meeting Idealliance recognized David Steinhardt for his service Idealliance from 2001 to 2021 both as CEO and managing director. Steinhardt is now completing a long and prestigious career Idealliance and the graphic communications industry. CEO Ryan noted his start with the Graphic Communications Association (GCA) (Idealliance Predecessor) as Director of Training in 1985 and then as Chief Operating Officer. Ryan said Steinhardt lived with him for twenty-five years, two-thirds of his career Idealliance from 1985 to 1991 and then again between 2001 and 2021 as CEO and Managing Director. Mr. Ryan presented a recognition award to Mr. Steinhardt, who recognized his commitment and responsibility for him Idealliance and helping guide many of the transformations the industry has gone through as well as its unique way of making many friends along the way.

During his tenure with IdeallianceHe separated GCA from Printing Industries of America and named the new independent non-profit organization International Digital Enterprise Alliance (Idealliance); served as an early consolidator for a fragmented industry by merging seven industry groups Idealliance;; Facilitate and publish the G7 methodology and certification programs; Creation of a global platform for global color management standards by establishing international subsidiaries and joining and partnering with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO); and creating one of the industry’s earliest and most outstanding online learning platforms for education and certification; and publishing of XML-based core specifications in the areas of digital content publishing, mail and distribution, supply chain for paper and forest products, and production workflows in printing and packaging. The board recognized the term of office and the service of Mr. Steinhardt Idealliance with a standing ovation.

Mr. Steinhardt said: “Every generation, Idealliance has redefined itself to stay one step ahead of the changes in the graphics communications industry and create standards-based, automatable processes that enable every part of the print and packaging supply chain to change, grow and succeed. My last business trip with Idealliance was partner of Dick Ryan, former Idealliance Chairman and now CEO to lead the next strategic step Idealliance. My success in my twenty five years with Idealliance was built on the work of volunteer members and their transformation leadership. How Idealliance As we move to the next generation change, our association will stay as current as never before in a rapidly changing printing and packaging industry, serving its members by leading them through the next revolution. “