John Wall appointed president of Visual Connections for 2022

Visual Connections, the association representing suppliers to the print, sign, display and visual communications industries, has named John Wall from Roland DG as its incoming president for 2022, following its recent AGM and member meeting.

Wall thanked outgoing president Mitch Mulligan for his leadership in the past.

“I look forward to working together with the board as we look to the return of some normality, trade shows and events in the future,” he said.

In addition, a new board for 2022 was set – while many board members will return, Peter Wagener, the WA-based managing director of Euro Poles and All Flags Signs & Banners, was elected to join as a new board member.

“Peter is a passionate, long-term supporter of the industry,” Mulligan said.

“He believes in a bright future for print, sign and display and wants to see Australian businesses, particularly manufacturing businesses, thriving.  Peter’s energy and enthusiasm will be a real asset to the Visual Connections board, and we are delighted to welcome him onto the team.”

The full list of board members are: Ben Eaton from Starleaton, who was elected vice-president; Luke Wooldridge from Fujifilm Australia who is staying on as treasurer, as well as general board members including Jeremy Brew from HP; Russell Cavenagh from Mutoh Australia; Ian Martin from Ferag Australia; Mitch Mulligan from Böttcher Australia and Peter Wagener from Euro Poles.

At the AGM, Mulligan also outlined a clear strategy for the future. He described 2021 as “another challenging year” with the cancellation and postponement of expos and events – which normally bring in the majority of the association’s income – having a significant impact.

Overall, however, he said the association is in sound shape, with both the board and operational team looking towards 2022 with a clear strategy, a renewed sense of purpose, and genuine excitement at the prospect of returning to in-person events.

“Our events team has been kept busy planning, cancelling, rescheduling and replanning events all year, but we were extremely pleased to be able to deliver a number of successful events recently, including the State PICAs and the National Print Awards presentations, and the ASGA / FESPA Australia HP Awards for Excellence,” he said.   

“No event cancellation impacted the organisation more than that of its flagship trade show, PacPrint, and its co-located exhibitions, Visual Impact and the Label & Packaging Expo.”

The show will now be held from 28 June to 1 July 2022, with Mulligan saying that the organisation and its co-host, the Print & Visual Communications Association, are gearing up for a bumper event after a two-year absence of trade shows.

“We are very much looking forward to catching up with as many of our industry colleagues as possible as we are able to gather more often in 2022,” he said.

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