2006 Speakers Include

padovaTed  Padova

With ten titles in circulation, is the world’s leading author on Adobe Acrobat and the PDF format. His most recent titles are the Adobe Acrobat 7 PDF Bible (Wiley Publishing), now in its fourth edition; the first book published on Adobe Reader titled Adobe Reader Revealed (Adobe Press); and the Adobe Creative Suite Bible (Wiley Publishing). A one-time service bureau owner of 15 years and an internationally known speaker on Adobe Acrobat and digital imaging, Ted spends his time writing, lecturing, consulting, and teaching.

Leonard Rosenthol
Chief Technology Officer
PDF Sages

A well known and well respected software developer, Mr. Rosenthol previously served as Director of Advanced Technology for Aladdin Systems developing their StuffIt line of products. Previously he worked in software development for Adobe Systems as the “Designated Free Electron.” Upon leaving Adobe, he joined Appligent – a leader in the server-based PDF market. As their Director of Software Development he helped to enhance and improve their technology. When he’s not working on PDF, Leonard continues to pursue some of his other areas of specialty by helping to maintain a number of open source projects. Back to Top.

DeFurioBob Connolly
BC Pictures

Located in Toronto, Canada, BC Pictures is a full service production company that specializes in convergence technologies. For the past 16 years, BC Pictures has been producing award-winning DVDs, TV series, music videos, records, commercial and educational CD-ROMs, Internet web sites and most recently – Interactive “Rich Media” PDF documents. Their company features a team of highly skilled, multitasking professionals consisting of musicians, graphic artists, writers, on-air talent, still photographers, video camera operators, editors, computer programmers, and support staff that try to push the boundaries of what can be done using “Rich Media” PDF as an Internet delivery platform.
Their clients include: General Motors, Ford, Mazda, Jaguar, Nissan, Toyota, Dell Computer, Apple Computer, Benjamin Moore, Pfizer-Parke Davis, Trinidad, Aruba Tourism Authority, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, VIA Rail, Bell Canada and many tourist boards from around the world.
The company is led by Bob Connolly, an accomplished musician, writer, record, television and movie producer with a vast rich experience in the print publishing industry. His knowledge of advanced PDF workflows originated while under contract to produce training videos for the Linotype Company. He has received several research grants from the Government of Canada to develop Interactive TV via PDF. Back to Top.

Lori DefurioLori Defurio
Developer Evangelist
Adobe Systems, Inc.

Lori has more than 16 years experience in the technical document publishing industry. Employed as an SGML/XML consultant for four years prior to joining Adobe. At Adobe she concentrates on Acrobat, SGML/XML, database and structured publishing solutions. Back to Top.

Dov Isaacs
Principal Scientist in the Print Workflow Products Group
Adobe Systems Incorporated

Dov Isaacs is a Principal Scientist in the Print Workflow Products Group at Adobe Systems Incorporated. He has responsibility for workflow and product interoperability issues associated with print publishing workflow products. Additionally, he monitors numerous InDesign, FrameMaker, PDF, prepress, and printing mailing lists and user forums, not only contributing advice and solutions, especially in the area of printing and PDF creation, but also using the issues raised and problems identified as feedback for Adobe product development. Previously, Dov founded Adobe’s corporate Product Interoperability Group and also served in other engineering and marketing management positions within Adobe including serving seven years as Director of Quality Assurance for Adobe’s PostScript printing products and drivers. Back to Top.


Franklin J. Garner, III
President and CEO, Amgraf, Inc.

Amgraf, Inc. specializes in forms software technology for print manufacturing, industry and government. Amgraf’s products are widely used for business forms pre-press automation, and electronic and Internet forms systems.  In addition to his position as President and CEO of Amgraf, Franklin is an instructor of Forms Automation Technology for the Document Management Industries Association (DMIA), and regularly teaches classes on HTML and XML for the Business Forms Management Association (BFMA). During his career, he has written and co-authored several research papers and articles for leading business documents industry trade magazines and journals. Franklin also serves as Treasurer on the Executive Board of the North American Security Products Organization (NASPO). Back to Top.

Mordy Golding
Author, Consultant

Mordy has played an active role in the design and publishing environment since 1990. A production artist for both print and the web for many years. Mordy, an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Print Specialist, has served as a hands-on trainer and has spoken at worldwide events and seminars. He previously served as a product manager for Adobe Illustrator and has authored numerous books relating to Adobe Illustrator and the Adobe Creative Suite.

SmithChristopher Smith
CEO, American Graphics Institute

As an Adobe Certified Expert in Acrobat, Smith regularly provides consulting services and develops PDF implementation strategies for organizations large and small. A skilled communicator Smith has delivered Acrobat training sessions to more than 5,000 attendees. Smith’s many Acrobat books include Teach Yourself Adobe Acrobat in 24 Hours,Real World Adobe Acrobat and he is a contributing author and editor for the Adobe Acrobat Classroom in a Book for both versions 6 and 7. Under Smith’s leadership AGI Training has become the largest provider of PDF training services in North America , offering classroom training in 6 U.S. cities and customized training and curriculum development world-wide. Smith is actively involved in education outside of the world of PDF and serves as an elected member of the School Board in his hometown in suburban Boston , Massachusetts . Back to Top.

De AbrewKarl De Abrew
Founder and CEO of BinaryThing, (Planet PDF’s parent company)

Karl De Abrew (B Dig Sys) leads the team that brings you Planet PDF. Since 1997, Karl’s guidance and extensive PDF development knowledge has seen. Planet PDF become the home of the PDF community, boasting six-figure visitors and millions of page views each month. Planet PDF’s relevant news, tips and techniques, in-depth articles, code samples and development combine to form a crucial resource center for PDF users of all levels. Karl is also a seasoned speaker, having been an expert panelist, moderator and track chair at conferences and seminars across the planet.
Prior to founding BinaryThing, Karl worked with the ANZ Investment Bank as a Systems Engineer, where he oversaw the development and deployment of a PDF-based Web publishing system for their Research department. Karl has also been a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MSCE) and a commissioned officer in the Australian Army Reserve. Back to Top.

Lisa Forrester
Product Specialist
Adobe Systems

Lisa has been involved in the publishing industry for the past 25 years, including positions in sales, art direction, sales management, and as a publisher in the newspaper, magazine and design industries. She has been a consultant, trainer and instructor in desktop publishing, prepress and design at corporations, resellers and higher education institutions. Lisa was a design firm owner for 12 years prior to joining Adobe. In the seven years she has been with Adobe, Lisa has been promoted from application engineer to team leader and technical resources manager and now serves as a Team Lead for Product Specialists in Creative Pro and Digital Video. Back to Top.

Tim SullivanTim Sullivan
President, activePDF

Tim Sullivan is president and founder of activePDF, Inc.; the leading provider of server-side PDF development and conversion tools for Windows NT and 2000, offering a complete suite of industrial strength PDF tools that free the developer from the nuances and idiosyncrasies of dynamic PDF creation. With over 12,000 server licenses world-wide, activePDF is quickly becoming the industry leader in server side PDF solutions.
Tim brings over 20 years of development and management experience in leading activePDF. As the chief architect of much of the activePDF line, he understands the requirements that web developers have when deploying applications. Previously with Automated Solutions Group, Tim consulted for over 10 years directly with companies such as Mexicana Airlines, Warner Bros. Records, Southern California Edison, Amway, AirTouch Cellular, Kaiser Permanente and dozens more. In the 1980’s, Tim was with the University of Southern California as the Technical Manager for Student Information Systems and with Todd Pacific Shipyards as a Naval Engineering Programmer. Back to Top.

Thom ParkerThom Parker
WindJack Solutions

Thom Parker, Founder of WindJack Solutions, has been developing solutions for Adobe software since 1997. Thom has been writing software in a broad range of areas for over 20 years. He has developed many innovative PDF applications including PDF CanOpener and AcroButtons. Today, Thom’s sole focus is PDF software development with an emphasis on JavaScript. He writes articles to help elucidate PDF issues for both novices and PDF pros, and frequently answers questions on the various PDF forums.
Windjack Solutions, Inc. offers custom development services, specializing in Acrobat JavaScript and also do rapid development of small modules or applications for the PDF community.  WindJack can modify existing applications or develop new ones from the ground up. Back to Top.

Duff JohnsonDuff Johnson
Document Solutions

Founder, CEO and Lead Consultant for Document Solutions, a professional services company specializing in PDF technology, Duff Johnson has pioneered PDF technology solutions for electronic document applications since 1996.
An evangelist for the higher-order capabilities of PDF since producing his first all-PDF interactive CD-ROM title in 1996, Duff Johnson decided in 2001 to promote accessible PDF, launching the world’s first Accessibility Enhancement and Section 508 Compliance Services developed especially for PDF content.
A frequent speaker and panelist at Seybold, AIIM and other conferences and trade shows, Johnson’s articles have appeared in Planet PDF, Electronic Publishing, Intranet Journal, EZ Tech Guides and other publications. Johnson is Business and Government Contributing Editor for Planet PDF. Back to Top.

James HealyJames J. Healy
Chief Technology Officer
FormRouter Inc.
Jim founded FormRouter in 2001 and is an enthusiastic technologist, having been designing business models surrounding Internet communication software since 1993. Prior to his involvement with FormRouter, Jim worked as an independent technology consultant designing workflow solutions for financial institutions and large member-based organizations. His clients include GE, Dupont and The United Way.
Jim holds undergraduate degrees in Business and Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and, prior to founding FormRouter, was working toward an MBA. Back to Top.

HappyLarry Happy
Vice President
AGI Training

An Adobe Certified Expert in Acrobat, Larry is responsible for coordinating ongoing continuing education for AGI Training’s staff instructors and for quality control of training delivered at AGI’s 6 classroom locations. He has served as a technical editor of numerous books relating to Adobe Acrobat and served as a contributor to theAdobe Acrobat 7 Classroom in a Book from Adobe Press. When he is not working with other instructors to improve their skills, Mr. Happy develops and delivers Acrobat training classes at client sites and at AGI’s New York City location. Back to Top.

Doug Rosen
Doug Rosen has been involved in the Electronic Pre-press industry for over 20 years. He has been involved with such diverse areas as technical support, system installation, workflow automation and has also worked in the trenches as a prepress operator. Currently Doug works for Markzware, the leader in Preflight Solutions, where he is involved in training, QA/QC, and technical support.

Jennifer SmithJennifer Smith
Executive Vice President
AGI Training

Jennifer has authored a number of books on print and Internet publishing, including the Adobe Creative Suite for Dummies, Adobe Illustrator CS Classroom in a Bookand Sams Teach Yourself Adobe GoLive in 24 Hours. Jennifer is widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities in electronic publishing and design. She regularly speaks at conferences and assists many corporations, organizations and agencies efficiently implement new software technologies. Back to Top.

Dennis NewmanDennis Newman
General Manager Information Technology Services
PFS Corporation

PFS Corporation is America’s leading third party plan review agency for the modular and mobile construction industry.  Dennis has written two white papers for the Manufactured housing industry on using and securing PDF files in engineering drawings.  Dennis is a member of the PDF/E committee working to develop the ISO standard for using PDF in engineering files, and has worked extensively with both National and State agencies to develop regulations and standards to allow the use of digital signatures to replace the traditional ‘wet stamps’ on officially filed engineering drawings.  Back to Top.

Luis MendesLuis Mendes
Catalog Production Manager

Luis Mendes has served as a graphics manager and production manager in magazine, financial and book publishing environments where he has established PDF based workflows for both proofing and final print output. Recently he has served as a technical advisor for print output content in the Adobe Acrobat Classroom in a Book. He now works as the production manager for Staples overseeing the production of their product catalogs. Back to Top.

Chris M. Pieper
FormRouter, Inc.

Chris Pieper is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for FormRouter, Inc. Prior to joining FormRouter, Chris founded and served as Chairman and CEO of ABC Technologies, Inc., a Portland Oregon-based software firm specializing in Activity-Based Costing and Performance Management (ABC/M) and BetterManagement.com, a leading Performance Management Internet portal. ABC Technologies, an Inc 500 company, and BetterManagment.com were acquired by SAS Institute Inc. in April 2002.

MendesEric Rowse
Acrobat Instructor and Consultant

Eric works with AGI clients to implement PDF solutions to streamline workflows and capture efficiencies of electronic document distribution. He has led the conversion and training process of large business organizations as they deploy Acrobat across their enterprise, delivering training to hundreds of Acrobat users.
Educated as a designer, Eric received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute and continues to work with graphic design and multimedia applications. When not teaching at the AGI’s New York City facility, Eric can frequently be found on the Long Island Expressway or the New Jersey Turnpike – look for the man on the motorcycle with a laptop slung over his shoulder. Back to Top.

Martin Bailey
Senior Technical Specialist
Global Graphics.

Mr. Bailey is the vice chairman of the Committee for Graphic Arts Technologies Standards (CGATS). Mr. Bailey has been an effective leader and active participant in the standards development process, both in CGATS and in ISO. Mr. Bailey chairs the ANSI/CGATS SC6 Task Force 1 and also the ISO TC130 WG2 TF2, both of which are developing aspects of PDF/X. He is the CEO of CIP4 (the International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Pre-press, Press and Post-press) and specifier of the JDF standard. His other standards work relates to variable data printing. In 2002 Mr Bailey won the Roland Zavada Standards Award, “The Rollie,” presented by CGATS in recognition of the significant contribution of an individual toward the development of U.S. graphic arts standards through active participation in accredited standards activities. He is an expert in PDF/X and PDF/A standards

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