The 2015 Conference (our 20th Annual) by all accounts was an overwhelming success! We’d like to thank all the participants for their contribution to the event and for helping to make it so relevant. It is the presence and enthusiasm of such a variety of attendees from all over the world that make these meetings so worthwhile.
While moving to New Jersey was a bit controversial to some, the amazing views and the accommodations more that made up for a little inconvenience. Most people found the 5-minute trip on the PATH train to Manhattan to be very easy!
The conference was jammed packed with people, quality sessions and every one of our speakers and panelists were prepared to give enormous amounts of information to our audience. We will be posting a series of reviews of all the sessions in upcoming blogs.
Events like this don’t happen without a lot of hard work from a lot of people. A special thank you to Ellen Boughn and her Program Committee for a flawless conference from start to finish: Doug Dawirs, Lynn Eskenazi, Ellen Herbert (Novel Expressions), Paul Melcher, Nuno Silva (500px) and Sonia Wasco (Grant Heilman Photography).
To Ophelia Chong (Stock Pot Images), a new DMLA Member, who jumped in and volunteered to run the front desk at her first conference, a huge thank you… and to the Agency Access crew who assisted her: Amanda Cronin, Katie Knepple, Matthew Spindler and Michele Mattera.
Congratulations to our 2015 DMLA Award winners, a new tradition that was started this year: Volunteer of the Year, Karen D’Silva; Corporate Sponsor of the Year, Agency Access and to our Lifetime Achievement Award winner: Sonia Wasco, Grant Heilman Photography. A Well deserved honor by all of the recipients!
A big shout out to all our speakers, moderators and panelists whose contributions were above expectations and who made our sessions so very interesting and informative. A huge thank you to Doug Dawirs for making the AV work so seamlessly.
We are thankful to our photographer, Joe Santa, who donated his incredible talents to capture the great moments of the event. Look for his photos with our session reviews.
Thanks to all our conference sponsors: 500px, British Pathé, CDAS, Condé Nast, Corbis, Gaopin Images, ImageProtect, Visual Connections and especially Agency Access who did all the design work for the event (Alison Abate and Katie Jackson most of all). Please plan ahead to take advantage of one of 2016’s sponsorship opportunities.
These Conferences keep getting better and better! Make your plans now to attend next year’s event. We’ll have information soon on dates and location. All you need is a quest for knowledge and lots of business cards!
See you next year!!
PACA, the Digital Media Licensing Association, announced today a change in leadership. Steve Spelman, incoming PACA President for the 2014 to 2016 term, made the decision to resign from his position as incoming President after leaving Corbis.
“Due to changes within the sales team in the New York office, I will no longer be working at Corbis, and as a result, I felt it best to resign as President of PACA,” Spelman said. “PACA is an extremely valuable and important part of our collective industry and my involvement over the years has been very rewarding. I look forward to rejoining PACA in the near future.”
The nominations committee quickly nominated and the board unanimously elected Sarah Fix of Blend Images as the new President of PACA. Sarah Fix was serving as Vice President on the current executive board and served as Secretary in the previous term. As VP Creative and member of Blend Images, LLC, Fix is responsible for overall creative direction, marketing, and photographer development. She began her career in stock photography in 1993 at Westlight, and has held various management and director level positions at Corbis, Brand X Pictures, and PictureArts before joining Blend Images.
“Steve Spelman will be deeply missed in his role on the Executive Board,” Fix said. “I am already rolling up my sleeves, working on a strategy and speaking with members. I look forward to working with our Executive Director Cathy Aron and an executive board that represents a variety of different types of agencies.”
The PACA 2014 to 2016 Executive Board also includes Julie Zentmaier of Science Source Images as Secretary, Chris Carey of Minden Pictures as Treasurer, past President Nancy Carrizales of Animals Animals/Earth Scenes, and four members-at-large, Geoff Canon of Masterfile, Keren Sachs of Shutterstock, Karl Schatz of Aurora Photos, and Elena Flanagan-Eister of Depositphotos.
The PACA Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to announce the call for nominees to serve on the 2014 to 2016 PACA Board of Directors.
There are eight positions open for the 2014 – 2016 Board slate – President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and four (4) Officers-at-Large.
Participating on the Board of Directors enables you to lend your leadership and vision to the PACA community and to contribute to defining its path forward. If you are interested in serving or nominating a fellow member, please see below for more information.
The PACA Board’s obligation to its members is to govern the organization and to forward its mission:
To promote and protect the interests of the media licensing community through advocacy, education and communication.
Nominations and Elections Process:
Eligibility: Any member of PACA in good standing may nominate themselves or fellow members to serve on the PACA Board of Directors providing they meet the requirements as established in the PACA Bylaws.
Only complete nominations will go before the Nominations and Elections Committee for consideration. If you would like to nominate another individual to serve, the nominee along with their contact information and reason for nomination is needed. The Nominations and Elections committee shall verify the eligibility of all nominees. Individuals so nominated shall have given prior consent to said nomination and election as an officer.
The call for Nominations and Elections closes at 11:59 p.m. EST, Wednesday, January 31, 2014.
To gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of being a member of the PACA Board of Directors as well as the specific positions that are open on the 2014 PACA Board, please visit the PACA website at www.pacaoffice.org/bylaws.shtml for roles and descriptions. The following positions are open for nominations:
- PACA President
- PACA Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer
- PACA Officer-at-large (4) positions available
|November 12, 2013 –January 15, 2014||Call for Nominations Open|
|January 15 – January 31, 2014||Nominations and Elections Committee Receives Final Nominations|
|February 3, 2014||Nominations and Elections Committee Recommends Slate for Board Approval|
|February 13, 2014||Election Ballots Distributed to Members For Voting|
|March 13, 2014||Final Ballots Accepted by PACA|
|March 26, 2014||PACA 2013 Board Announces Election Results|
|May 1||PACA 2014 Board of Directors will take office|
Should you have any questions, please contact Sonia Wasco – PACA Nominations and Elections Committee Chair at 717-626-0296 or nominations@PACAoffice.org