Printing United Alliance (Fairfax, Virginia) and Idealliance (Alexandria, Virginia) announced their intention to merge the two organizations in January 2021. The proposed merger was approved unanimously by each board of directors, followed by an examination of Idealliance members at a meeting of active members in accordance with Idealliance’s articles of association. Idealliance members have overwhelmingly approved the merger plan with 96% approval – this is the final step in completing the merger. The planned merger is expected to be completed on Monday, March 1, 2021.
“The traditional segmentation of print providers remains fuzzy and convergent, which has accelerated changes in digital printing technologies,” said Dick Ryan, Idealliance CEO. “Over the past few years, the Printing United Alliance has built an association that appeals to all major segments through expanded membership, a range of events and industry-leading media brands, and brings together significant resources, marketing reach and audiences under one roof. At the same time, Idealliance has developed the know-how not only to set up and introduce its traditional color management programs, but also to provide training and courses based on new standards on a global platform. This is the right strategic move by Idealliance to better serve the graphic communications industry, ”concluded Ryan.
David Steinhardt, Idealliance’s CEO and former CEO for almost 20 years, added: “Idealliance has always looked to the horizon to see the next strategic change and take the practical and tactical steps to stay ahead of the curve. The combination of the two extensive and free portfolios of Idealliance and Printing United Alliance benefits every organization and industry – from brands and print buyers to print service providers to suppliers and manufacturers. Together they will really be greater than the sum of their parts. “
Ford Bowers will serve as CEO of the combined organization and Jordan Gorski will serve as Executive Director of Idealliance as a division of the Printing United Alliance. Idealliance will become an “association within an association” with its own membership base and clearly defined separate programs and services.
All Idealliance employees will continue as part of the combined organization. However, Dick Ryan, CEO, and David Steinhardt, Managing Director, will be leaving. In addition, two of the current directors on the Idealliance board of directors will serve on the board of Printing United Alliance.