Visual Connections has confirmed that Peter Wagener has stepped down as a director of Visual Connections.
A statement issued to Sprinter by Visual Connections CEO Peter Harper confirmed that Wagener resigned from the board last week as his businesses including Euro Poles and All Flags were placed into liquidation.
Wagener joined the board in late 2021 and at the time outgoing Visual Connections president Mitch Mulligan was ebullient about his appointment.
“Peter is a passionate, long-term supporter of the industry,” Mulligan said in late November 2021.
“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,” Mulligan said at the time.
When elected, Wagener was the only printer on the board and joined by Ben Eaton from Starleaton, Luke Wooldridge from Fujifilm Australia, Jeremy Brew from HP, Russell Cavenagh from Mutoh Australia, Ian Martin from Ferag Australia and Mitch Mulligan from Böttcher Australia.
Wagener shared specific insights into the reasons why he joined the Visual Connections board.
“For our company, Visual Connections is primarily a source of connections and relationships within the industry. That’s particularly important as I’m based in the very isolated city of Perth,” Wagener said.
“We joined five years ago after the successful launch of our textile framing system at PacPrint and have stayed to see the growth of our business through trade shows.
“I believe that if you want to see change in the industry, you have to get involved; to be the catalyst for that change. It’s important for all Boards to refresh regularly, with the energy and motivation new people bring. I am looking forward to contributing by providing a different viewpoint to balance those of more ‘typical’ suppliers, and to sharing the experience I’ve gained through business and by travelling the world to trade shows for many years.”
Wagener had selected a prime spot at the front of the Visual Impact show to be held in Brisbane next year, but withdrew from this location and from the show entirely in September.
Wagener’s businesses were placed into liquidation last week. A ‘Notice of Deemed Special Resolution to Wind Up a Company’ was issued last week for the following businesses: Wagener Holdings (trading as All-Signs, All Flags Signs and Banners, Pennant House, Photos on Glass, Dot Imagery, All Flags); All Signs WA; Double Trouble WA (trading as Euro Poles Textile Displays, Euro Poles and Flag Displays, LF Media; Pennant House; Vuteks WA (trading as Vuteks WA and Flexible Signage Solutions).
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