MALVERN, Pa., Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced it was named the MFP Manufacturer of the Year by THE CANNATA REPORT, published by Marketing Research Consultants LLC, which also honored former Ricoh Americas Chairman & CEO Katsumi "Kirk" Yoshida with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The awards were presented at THE CANNATA REPORT's 28th Annual Awards and Charities Dinner held on October 16 at the Park Savoy in Florham Park, NJ. This year's event brought imaging and document solutions industry dealers and manufacturers together who raised and pledged a total of more than $130,000 for the MaryAnn Ingoglia Memorial Grant for Leukemia Research at Hackensack University Medical Center. Since 1997, THE CANNATA REPORT, along with imaging and document solutions industry dealers, has raised approximately $1.2 million for various charities.
Senior Vice President of Marketing Dominic Pontrelli accepted the award for MFP Manufacturer of the Year on behalf of Ricoh. The distinction was given based on responses to THE CANNATA REPORT's 28th Annual Dealer Survey where 255 dealers provided feedback on which manufacturer they believe provides the best multifunction products (MFPs).
"For many years our dealers have been at the forefront of our business, helping to solve customers' business challenges while serving as ambassadors of the Ricoh brand," said Pontrelli. "It is a great honor for Ricoh to be recognized by the dealer community with this MFP Manufacturer of the Year award as their continued collaboration with us is critical to making information work for our customers."
THE CANNATA REPORT also presented Kirk Yoshida with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Beginning his career at Ricoh Company, Ltd. in 1967, Yoshida dedicated a total of 18 years to Ricoh's U.S. business between 1973 and 2009, including five years as Chairman & CEO of Ricoh Americas Corporation (1998-2002 and 2008-2009). Retiring from Ricoh in 2012, Yoshida received this award from substantial recommendations by dealers and was ultimately chosen by THE CANNATA REPORT for the significant impact he made on the industry.
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About THE CANNATA REPORT
Since its launch in 1982, THE CANNATA REPORT quickly became a leading domestic and international management media resource for the office products and workflow solutions industry (formerly known as the copier business). We have subscribers in nine countries and have enjoyed a reputation for providing industry-renown editorial, analyses, and opinion regarding this business for over 30 years.
Our primary focus and audience are independent office products and workflow solutions dealers (formerly referred to as copier dealers) and related businesses, including hardware manufacturers, software providers and more. As this channel continues to evolve and expand into a comprehensive managed services provider, IT management, production print and beyond, we remain at the forefront of the transition.
THE CANNATA REPORT and it complementary media brands, THECANNATAREPORT.com and Live Wire blog, are owned and operated by our parent company Marketing Research Consultants LLC. MRC's media portfolio also extends across social media via THE CANNATA REPORT's Facebook page, Twitter page, LinkedIn page and YouTube channel.
MRC itself provides consulting services that assist those who wish to either penetrate or broaden their market position across this highly effective and profitable channel of distribution. In the 34 years that MRC has been in business, we have provided consultative services for every major copier and multifunction printer manufacturer in the world.
| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).
The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.
Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change.,Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.
For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com/about/.
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