– International Photographic Council Announces Board of Directors for 2017

Bernd Gassner

Bob Banasik

The International Photographic Council is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Robert M. Banasik and Mr. Bernd C. Gassner to its existing board of directors.

Dr. Bob Banasik is an associate professor of marketing at Post University and has been active in the photo industry for over 30 years. Bob has served as CEO of Best Photo Imaging

Center, president of the Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA), holds an MBA from Post University, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Walden University.

Mr. Bernd Gassner is managing director and owner of B.C. Gassner GmbH & Co. KG. Bernd bought a 100-year-old dairy farm and converted it to a photo studio and advertising agency in 2003. Bernd achieved the Master Qualified European Photographer award held by only 51 top European photographers. Bernd is president of the Westphalian Professional Photographer Association, vice president of the Central Association German Professional Photographers, and board member of the Professional Photographers in the Federation of European Professional Photographers.

Complete election results included:
OFFICERS
President:  James Chung
Vice President:  Kathy Schneider-Jello
Vice President:  John Segall
Vice President:  Ted McGrath
Vice President:  Kathy Magrane

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Manny Almeida (Fujifilm North America Corp.)
Professor Robert Banasik (Post University)
James Chung
Thomas Curley (Panasonic North America)
Mavis Donkor  (Bemmah LLC)
Kathy Schneider-Jello
Bernd Gassner (B.C. Gassner Gmbh & Co. KG)
Fred Lerner (Mailpix)
Kathy Magrane (SouthComm Business Media)
Andy Marcus (Fred Marcus Studio)
Ted McGrath  (Ted McGrath Consulting)
Ken Olson (Olson Studio)
Manny Parks (Pro Photo Image)
John Segall (Lifetouch Inc.)
Muzammil Izhar Siddiqui  (FOTOLINE)
Tor Weatherstone (Scandinavian Photo Consult)

About International Photographic Council
The International Photographic Council (IPC), a multinational, non-profit, non-commercial organization of the United Nations, is composed of representatives from every major sector of the photographic industry. Founded in 1974, the IPC is dedicated to increasing worldwide recognition of photography as a universal means of communication, through the adoption of a motto, “Peace through Understanding, Understanding through Photography, the Universal Language.”