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Karen Thomas, Pres., Thomas PR Elected to PMDA Board


November 1, 2005, NY, NY — The PhotoImaging Manufacturers & Distributors Association (PMDA) announced today that it has appointed Karen Thomas, President of Thomas Public Relations, Inc., the leading public relations agency for digital imaging companies, to its prestigious board of directors, which includes the leaders in digital photography.

Ms. Thomas, who is also on the board of the International Photographic Council (IPC), was selected to join the PMDA board because of her leadership position in public relations and branding for photography and digital imaging companies; with a 10-year history of hit PR campaigns for companies, such as Olympus, Foveon, Magix, Lexar Media, Concord Camera,, Digital Foci, Digitalcustom, and many more.

Other PMDA directors include President Stacie Errera, Tamron; Bob Nunn, Executive Director, PMDA; Elliot Peck, Canon; Nancy Carr, Eastman Kodak; Matt Knickerbocker, Fuji; Lorri Avery, Pentax; Liz Vickers, Cygnus; James Chung, IPC; Larry Swensen, Arcsoft; Robert Cartwright, Pure Digital; and Richard Rabinowitz, Popular Photography; as well as other photography leaders.

Ms. Thomas will build awareness and generate publicity for PMDA and its awards and activities, including the annual PMDA Awards given to outstanding individuals and services in the photographic industry, to be held the night before PMA in Orlando, Florida on February 25, 2006. “We are excited to have the expertise and experience of Karen Thomas on the board and are looking forward to working with her to get out PMDA’s message,” said Stacie Errera, Chief Marketing Officer, Tamron USA, Inc. and President of PMDA.

About PMDA
Founded in 1939, the PhotoImaging Manufacturers & Distributors Association (PMDA) has promoted the photo and digital-imaging industry for over 66 years with the emphasis on photo imaging manufacturers and distributors. PMDA provides an open forum for its members to exchange ideas and learn new technologies and business trends, in addition to administering programs that promote photography to the general public. The member companies of PMDA have a box seat on the changing product and business developments of the photo industry and a unique opportunity to network with other industry principals and managers in the receptions preceding each meeting and special event.

PMDA has also teamed up with PMA International to create the Photographic Information Council (PIC) to promote photography to the general public. PIC’s website ( ) provides great photo tips and techniques, celebrity photographers, contests, new product releases and projects. See PMDA’s site for info.

About Thomas Public Relations, Inc.
Thomas PRO is the agency of choice for technology companies to turn to for fast results, placing thousands of articles and winning over 500 awards for its clients. Thomas PR has also won numerous awards for its PR services, including “Best Industry Press Conference” from Marketing Computers Magazine, “5 Star Rating” from Positive Image News, and accolades from PR Intelligence, NextGenelectronics, NTS News and more. Thomas PR President Karen Thomas was named one of “Five People to Watch,” by Newsday.

Thomas PR Client Quotes:
“Karen Thomas knows. She knows the industry, the insiders, the press and the issues — and delivers great exposure on message,” said Eric Zarakov, VP Marketing Communications, Foveon Inc.

“I have relied on the effectiveness, thoroughness, and professionalism of Thomas PR for over ten years. If you need to launch a PR campaign, the first person and firm I would call would be Karen Thomas at Thomas PR,” said Jack Peterson, President, Kidz Gear and previously VP of Sales & Marketing, Lexar Media.

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