ZINK Imaging Inc. is a privately held company founded in 2005. Led by Mary Jeffries, ZINK Chairman of the Board and CEO, our company is a cross-functional team of experts in chemistry, physics, image science, manufacturing, and business development all dedicated to the success of ZINK.
Mary has over 30 years experience working with management teams on their challenges of aligning operations with strategic initiatives; reorganizing for long-term growth; improving business processes and performance; decreasing costs and maximizing reviews.
Her career has spanned public accounting, executive level corporate positions and professional consulting. Mary has worked in or with emerging growth and global companies, new ventures and owner-managed firms.
Before taking this role Mary was a principal at Acuity Strategic Consulting. Prior to Acuity Strategic Consulting, Mary was the Chief Executive Officer of Polaroid Corporation. Before Polaroid, Mary was General Partner and Chief Operating Officer for St. Paul Venture Capital a large early-stage venture capital firm and Chief Operating Officer of WeberShandwick an international public relations and marketing communications company.
Mary has been active in many non-profit and for-profit company boards. She currently is on the Board of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
Gerard is the co-Founder and Managing Partner of Mangrove Capital Partners. Gerard - a serial entrepreneur - looks at both internet consumer plays and enterprise software plays. The fact that he speaks 8 languages fluently means that he will go pretty much anywhere to find the right deal. As a hands-on VC and experienced entrepreneur, he lead Securewave - a Mangrove company, as the CEO for two years.
Gerard is a believer in entrepreneurship as an academic program and sits on the advisory council of Miami University's business school in the US.
Ronald Morrison is a seasoned photographic industry executive with more than 40 years executive management and global manufacturing experience. Ron is President of RC Management, a consulting firm that provides strategic and operational management consulting to a number of Canadian Manufacturing and Service Organizations. Prior to RC Management, Ron had a 40 year career with Eastman Kodak Company. Ron's last position with Kodak was manager, worldwide color paper flow. Before managing Kodak's worldwide color paper flow, Ron was General Manager, Kodak Park, Rochester, New York, Corporate Vice-President Eastman Kodak Co. and Chairman of the Board, Kodak Canada. He also was President and General Manager, Kodak Canada Inc. In Canada, Ron had full responsibility for all aspects of performance of an approximately three quarter billion dollar Canadian domestic and export enterprise including manufacturing, six major business segments and field service support as well as administrative responsibility for China Export Sales for the Eastman Kodak Co. Ron has a Chemical Engineering Degree from University of Toronto and participates on several boards and associations.
Ira has over 30 years of experience and held executive level positions with various stages of companies. He has a very strong legal, technical, and business development background.
Before taking on this role, Ira was the Executive Vice President, Corporate & Business Development, and General Counsel for AOL LLC. As EVP, Corporate & Business Development, Ira oversaw the organizations that drive mergers and acquisitions, new investment opportunities, strategic transactions and relationships for the company and evaluates new business opportunities.
Ira joined AOL in 2006 from Polaroid Corp., where he served as Vice President and General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer. In that role, he was responsible for all legal, regulatory, and compliance matters.
Before joining Polaroid in 2004, Ira served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Genuity, Inc., an Internet infrastructure services provider formerly known as GTE Internetworking. Earlier at Genuity, he was Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer.
Ira also worked for GTE Corp. as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel and was a partner in Washington law firm Alston & Bird. Before that, he spent nearly 10 years with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) in Washington in various legal positions including Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of the FDIC's Resolution Trust Corp.
Ira earned his law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta and received a bachelor of arts degree from Brooklyn College at the City University of New York, where he was a magna cum laude graduate.
Mark is the co-Founder and Managing Partner of Mangrove Capital Partners. On behalf of Mangrove, Mark is mostly involved with Internet consumer businesses and travels extensively throughout Europe looking for the next big thing. He has had the privileged experience of being involved with Skype, which was sold to eBay in 2005 and has been named to the Forbes Midas List for 2007 and 2008, as one of the top 100 deal makers in technology. He is always on the outlook for cool ideas which look to disrupt the norm and is an enthusiast and believer in the outlook of entrepreneurship.
Alexey Bogdanchikov started his career with ABN Amro in Moscow and later joined Rosneft, currently world’s largest public oil company by crude oil reserves and production, where he spearheaded investor relations efforts around Rosneft’s landmark 10.7$ billion initial public offering in 2006, world’s fifth biggest at the time. Alexey later led all M&A activity of Novatek, Russia’s largest independent natural gas producer, executing a string of acquisitions which helped propel Novatek to the ranks of world’s top 10 public gas companies by proved gas reserves. Having conducted over 1000 investor meetings during his IR career, Alexey relies on a wide network of contacts with leading institutional and private investors.
Alexey is also involved in a number of charity projects contributing, among others, to Russia’s Children’s Hearts fund, which helps finance much needed surgeries for children with heart disease, Happy Age project which provides care for elderly citizens and the Center for Curative Pedagogics helping special-needs children.
Paul is Senior Vice President of Sales for ZINK Imaging, Inc. Paul has extensive sales and marketing experience, which includes consumer products sold through the largest national retailers, commercial products sold through commercial vertical channels, and co-development of products sold through OEM channels. Paul will drive ZINK revenue and margin by establishing strong strategic partnerships with key go-to-market and OEM partners.
Paul recently served as General Manager for Polaroid's digital print kiosk program, leading all aspects of commercialization from product inception through successful retail trials. In this role, Paul led the development of critical strategic partnerships with industry leading partners in Japan and Switzerland.
Previously, Paul served as Division Vice President, North America Sales for Polaroid, growing sales to over $1 billion through the successful introduction of new digital and film based cameras. Prior to this role, Paul led sales and marketing for the Commercial Imaging Division where he initiated successful joint marketing activities with both OEM partners and strategic channel partners.
Paul has over 20 years of sales & marketing experience, and holds an MBA from Boston University and a BA in Economics from Colby College.
Bob Harris is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of ZINK Imaging Manufacturing. Bob joined ZINK Imaging after the acquisition of the Konica Minolta manufacturing facility in North Carolina in July 2007. Bob launched his career with an extensive contribution to the United States armed forces. After graduation in 1967, he was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in Armor in the United States Army. Over the next five years, he had various armor assignments in the U.S., Germany and Vietnam. During his two tours in Vietnam, he was awarded the Silver Star, Three Bronze Stars, two Air Medals, and two Purple Hearts. After completing his graduate studies in Chemistry, Bob transitioned to a new career as an Assistant Professor at West Point from 1974 through 1978.
After resigning from the Army in July 1978, Bob joined Polaroid Corporation and over the next twelve years, he had various assignments in Manufacturing, Applied Research and Marketing. This included four years as Vice President, Operations of Polaroid Graphics Imaging, a graphic arts subsidiary.
Bob joined Konica Minolta Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. (KMMU) in January 1991 as the senior American executive. At KMMU, he initially managed the Production and Engineering Departments and then served as President and COO from May 1993 to July 2007.
Bob holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as a Masters Degree in Physical Chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology. He also earned his MBA from Boston University in 1984.
Steve is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of ZINK Imaging. Steve is capitalizing on nearly 30 years of corporate research & development experience to ensure ZINK development milestones are achieved and help cultivate new and manage existing partner relationships.
As Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer for Polaroid Corporation Steve led the R&D efforts that included the invention and development of ZINK imaging technology. Prior to this appointment Steve held various positions within Polaroid ranging from leading a molecular design and synthesis group to managing complex international multi-company imaging system product development and manufacturing programs. He has fifteen years experience initiating and managing collaborations with companies in the Far East.
Steve is an imaging technology expert with in-depth knowledge of competitive technologies. He made numerous contributions to Polaroid's silver halide instant photography products over the years as well as to a wide range of Polaroid proprietary digital imaging technologies. Steve earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Merrimack College graduating Magna Cum Laude and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has presented a number of invited technical lectures, is an author on eight publications, is co-inventor on three patents, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Organic Chemistry.
Dave joined ZINK Imaging in April 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He has more than 25 years of finance and operations leadership experience in the consumer and medical device fields. At ZINK Imaging he is responsible for all financial activities, human resources, information technology and facilities management.
Prior to joining ZINK, Dave was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at NeuroTherm, a pain management medical device manufacturer, until their acquisition. Prior to that he was the Sr. Vice President Finance for ACMI Corporation, a urology and gynecology medical device manufacturer, until their acquisition. Over the course of his career , he has held other senior roles at Boston Scientific, AsiaHealthWeb and The Stanley Works.
Dave obtained his CPA designation while at Price Waterhouse and is a graduate of Boston College.
Scott is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for ZINK Imaging. Scott's training as an electrical engineer, combined with several years of senior marketing leadership will enable him to drive the company's brand, growth, commercialization of products, and market expansion.
Scott previously served as Marketing Manager at New Balance, a leader in athletic footwear, where he managed the company's global running business directing product development, design, and marketing. Prior to New Balance, Scott served as General Manager and Director of Marketing for Polaroid's Instant Digital Printing business. In this role, he managed Polaroid's branded digital products and oversaw the commercialization of new digital printing technologies.
Scott has more than 15 years digital imaging experience and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a MBA from Georgetown University.
Richard M. Allen is a Senior Scientist at ZINK Imaging where he is a member of the chemical synthesis group. He is responsible for supplying key materials necessary for the development and manufacture of ZINK media. Richard helped to develop the manufacturing process for all three dyes and is actively involved in outsourcing. A co-inventor of image dyes, Richard has also developed dispersion technology critical for manufacturing ZINK media.
Prior to joining ZINK Imaging, Richard worked for Polaroid Corporation for 17 years as a process research chemist responsible for the development of several large-scale-manufacturing processes for instant film. He also worked on several digital-imaging projects and invented a synthetic approach to near-infrared absorbing dyes. He holds 3 U. S. patents for this work.
Richard received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He received a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, Richard enjoys outdoor activities with his family including boating, camping, hiking and bike riding.
Brian D. Busch is a Distinguished Scientist at ZINK Imaging where he is a member of the Image Science Laboratory. His work at ZINK Imaging focuses on overcoming the innate cussedness of inanimate objects, especially those used in thermal printing.
Prior to joining ZINK Imaging, Dr. Busch worked for Polaroid Corporation for 5 years as a member of the Image Science Laboratory. While at Polaroid, Dr. Busch became an expert on several aspects of thermal printing, including numerical modeling, color mapping and calibration, crystallization kinetics, marketing, gravure coating, image quality analysis, mechanical design for manufacturing, firmware development, graphical user interface design and system integration.
Dr. Busch also served as a Science Teacher Trainer volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps, working with the Ministry of Education in Kpalime, Togo to improve the quality of middle-school science teaching in that West African nation. Dr. Busch credits the Peace Corps for giving him the skills necessary to sit though an all-afternoon staff meeting without hurting anyone.
Dr. Busch received a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from Cornell University, both with distinction, as well as Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Physics from Harvard University.
His hobbies include sailing, cycling and drinking tea.
Michael P. Filosa, Ph.D. is a Senior Manager of Science and Technology at ZINK Imaging, where he is the leader of the Chemical Synthesis Group that is responsible for molecular discovery, chemical scale-up and analytical chemistry. He is a co-inventor of the ZINK amorphochromic yellow, magenta and cyan color-forming materials. He has also contributed a number of other key imaging materials to ZINK media.
Prior to joining ZINK Imaging, Dr. Filosa worked for 26 years at the Polaroid Corporation where research groups under his direction invented non-staining hydroquinone developers, sensitizing dyes, inhibitor-releasing developers, alkali-bleachable filter dyes and novel reagent additives which were incorporated into instant silver halide film products. He has published 13 scientific articles and book chapters, and has 10 issued patents.
He is currently the editor of the newsletter of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, The Nucleus, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Northeastern Section.
Dr. Filosa received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974, and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University in 1979. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Lambda Upsilon honorary societies and the American Chemical Society.
Kenneth J. Launie is a Senior Principal Engineer at ZINK Imaging, where he works on developing new printing concepts and products based on the ZINK Technology. He is also charged with designing and building apparatus used in the development and testing of new ZINK systems.
Prior to joining ZINK Imaging, he spent 28 years designing numerous instant cameras for Polaroid Corporation, working on most mechanical and optical aspects of cameras made by the tens of millions, starting at the concept phase, and bringing them into high volume production. The last eight years of that effort involved working with Far East camera manufacturers in the US and overseas, work he found interesting and rewarding. He has been awarded 12 United States patents for this work.
Mr. Launie is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. While there he was part of a team that developed one of the first low cost video games at the MIT Innovation Center. His thesis project, an above-knee prosthesis, was the winner of the annual Admiral Luis de Florez award for innovative design. His other interests include photography and the history of the telescope.
Chien Liu joined ZINK at its birth in 2005. He is a member of the Image Science Lab and is a co-inventor of the fundamental patent of ZINK technology. Since then he has been contributing to the ZINK technology in the modeling and experimentation of dye forming chemistry, system optimization, thermal print head design, printing method, power management, mechanical design, and image quality.
Dr. Liu was a member of the Image Science Laboratory at Polaroid for five years. Prior to Polaroid, he worked on cold atoms and ultra slow light at the Rowland Institute for Science. His 2001 paper on reducing the speed of light to zero has been cited by over 400 scientific papers as of Nov. 2005.
Prior to Rowland, he worked on scanning tunneling microscopy and x-ray optics at Harvard University. His paper on the long propagation of x-ray waves on a whispering gallery wave guide received editorial reviews from several scientific and technological journals.
He received his B. A. in physics from National Taiwan University and M. A. and Ph. D. in applied physics from Harvard University.
John L. Marshall, PhD, is a Distinguished Scientist at ZINK Imaging, where he is a member of the Chemical Synthesis Group. His responsibilities include execution, direction, and scale-up of synthetic chemistry that enables performance of Zero-Ink media. He is a co-discoverer of the amorphochromic dye phenomenon and co-inventor of some dyes and other components of the media.
Prior to joining ZINK Imaging, Dr. Marshall worked for Polaroid Corporation for 26 years. His career began in process research for large-scale-manufacturing. From 1992 to 2005 he was involved in the development of several types of digital imaging media. He served a role in the discovery and scale-up of some near-infrared absorbing dyes for the Sunspot laser direct thermal imaging system, as a synthetic chemist and director of synthetic chemistry for the Acid Amplified Imaging photosensitive media project (where he was co-inventor of novel sensitizer dyes, supersensitizers, and image dyes), and was a co-inventor and lead synthetic chemist for the Opal two-second print photo kiosk media. He holds 20 U. S. patents for this work.
Before working for Polaroid Corporation, Dr. Marshall worked for SISA, Inc. performing pharmaceutical synthesis related to opiates and cannabinoids. His research interests include the development of new synthetic methods, heterocyclic synthesis, dye chemistry, and process chemistry. He has published 11 scientific articles and presented talks on 15 research topics.
Dr. Marshall received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organic Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also served a two-year postdoctoral NIH fellowship at the University of New Hampshire.
Suhail S. Saquib is a Distinguished Scientist at ZINK Imaging where he a member of the Image Science Laboratory. His expertise is in image/signal processing techniques and his research work has focused on model-based computational algorithms for improving image quality in electronic imaging systems. His contributions to ZINK technology include real-time modeling and compensation of thermal effects, color management, dot screening and image enhancement algorithms.
Prior to joining ZINK Imaging, Dr Saquib was a member of Polaroid Corporation's R&D Group for 8 years, where his research encompassed all aspects of electronic imaging. He was a co-recipient of Polaroid Corporation's 2000 North American Excellence Gold Award for contributions to the imaging physics of OPAL technology.
His research at the Los Alamos National Laboratories in the area of infrared optical tomography, won him the Michael B. Merickel award for the best student paper at SPIE's 1997 Medical Imaging Symposium. He has published 15 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences and is the inventor of 4 issued United States patents. He is a member of IEEE, SPIE, and IS&T professional societies.
Dr. Saquib received a Bachelor of Technology degree in electronics and electrical communication engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1991, and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University.
Dana F. Schuh is an Engineering Fellow at ZINK Imaging, where he is the leader of System Engineering and Integration.
Prior to joining ZINK Imaging, Mr. Schuh worked for Polaroid Corporation for 27 years. Mr. Schuh's expertise is in the integration of digital imaging systems comprising novel media, novel hardware, and novel imaging technologies. He has developed products in the fields of Medical Imaging, Graphic Arts Imaging, and Photographic Imaging for both Industrial and Consumer applications. These systems have utilized laser imaging, LED imaging, and thermal imaging.
Mr. Schuh has also been the technical leader on many joint development projects with external partner companies. These partnerships have been undertaken both domestically and internationally, including Europe and Asia.
Mr. Schuh received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University.
Juan C .Van Dijk is Engineering Fellow and Director at ZINK Imaging, where he leads the Hardware Development group. Prior to joining ZINK Imaging, he spent 18 years at Polaroid Corporation where he was most recently Director, Science & Technology. He led the Instant Digital Printing Hardware group and was charged with developing unique printing apparatus for new thermal media, enabling new Product Concepts, transferring technology to various US and foreign OEM/ODM partners and overseeing Engineering Development activities.
Before joining the Instant Digital Printing Division, Mr. Van Dijk was Mechanical Engineering Department Lead and Program Manager for several increasingly complex Polaroid Instant Camera Programs. He helped forge key technology transfer processes, innovative designs and alliances with Far East Camera Manufacturers that delivered the low cost, high quality design and manufacturing imperatives.
Mr. Van Dijk is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
William T. Vetterling, Ph.D. is a Research Fellow at ZINK Imaging, serving as chairman of the Image Science Laboratory. He is a co-inventor of the ZINK photo-printing system, and has contributed to the ZINK technology for thermal management, dot placement, media coding, power management, image processing and print head design.
Prior to joining ZINK Imaging, Dr. Vetterling was with Polaroid Corporation for 21 years, undertaking laboratory research and computer-modeling studies of digital imaging systems, including CCD, CID and CMOS imagers for electronic photography, photodiodes, color liquid-crystal displays, solid state lasers, HDTV cameras and several novel printing technologies.
Dr. Vetterling was also a member of the physics faculty of Harvard University for nine years, becoming an associate professor in 1980 and serving on the Faculty Council of the University for two years. From 1982 to 1984 he acted as a consultant to Polaroid Corporation, joining the company in 1984 to assist in the development of a center for microelectronics research.
In addition to his work in experimental physics and computer modeling, Dr. Vetterling is co-author of the award-winning Numerical Recipes series of books and software, which are used worldwide as a reference for computer methods in scientific research, and is vice-president of Numerical Recipes Software. He has published over 60 scientific articles and books, and has 10 issued patents.
Dr. Vetterling received a Bachelor of Arts in physics, summa cum laude, from Amherst College, and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in solid-state physics from Harvard University.