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Idealliance members vote to approve PUA merger


February 1, 2021
By PrintAction Staff

Printing United Alliance (PUA) and Idealliance recently announced the intent to merge the two organizations in January. The proposed merger has been approved unanimously by each of the companies’ Boards of Directors, followed by consideration of Idealliance members at a meeting of active members on Jan. 29, in accordance with Idealliance bylaws. Members of Idealliance overwhelmingly approved the Plan of Merger with 96 per cent voting in favour, which marks the final step to effectuate the merger.

“Idealliance has always looked to the horizon to see the next strategic shift and to take the practical and tactical steps to stay ahead of the curve,” said David Steinhardt, Idealliance’s managing director. “Pairing the two considerable and complimentary portfolios of Idealliance and Printing United Alliance will benefit each organization and the industry, from brands and print buyers, to print service providers, to suppliers and manufacturers. Together they will truly be greater than the sum of their parts.”

Ford Bowers will serve as the CEO of the combined organization, while Jordan Gorski will serve as executive director of Idealliance as a division of PUA. Idealliance will become known as an “association within an association” with its own membership base and separate programs and services. All Idealliance staff will continue on as part of the combined organization, however, the association’s CEO, Dick Ryan, and David Steinhardt, managing director, will depart. In addition, two of the current Directors serving on the Idealliance Board of Directors will serve on the PUA Board of Directors, going forward.

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The proposed merger of the two organizations will be finalized on March 1, 2021.