Eric Bell is preparing to retire from Canada's graphic arts industry on July 31, 2014, after a 44-year career. He has helped drive companies like Norman Wade, Royal Sovereign and Sydney Stone.
Bell began his graphic arts career in 1970 with Norman Wade Company, working his way up from the factory floor to the position of Vice President of Marketing. In 2003, Bell was hired to build Royal Sovereign from the ground up in Canada. As the first employee of the company, he was responsible for establishing a reseller network and building the Royal Sovereign brand.
After a 10-year tenure with Royal Sovereign Canada, Bell joined Sydney Stone as Business Development Manager in January 2013, tasked with evaluating and implementing a strategy to grow the supplies side of the business. During his tenure at Sydney Stone, Bell launched many new and innovative supplies and the company's Partner Points Program to provide rewards with the purchase of supplies, small equipment and service programs via the Sydney Stone Web portal, Printfinishing.com.
“Eric Bell has been instrumental in the development and execution of our supplies market strategy. Sydney Stone now offers market leading supply products, at fantastic prices and availability,” stated Sydney Stone’s co-owner Michael Steele. “Dylan [Westgate] and myself are very appreciative of his contribution over the past year and a half and offer Eric the most heartfelt congratulations on a successful career and all the best in this next phase of his life.”