About us

about us

Prokom is a global community of Konica Minolta customers, run for the benefit of people like you.

why prokom

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you want to make more money from print?
  • Do you want a highly skilled and motivated workforce?
  • Do you want to grow a more valuable and saleable business?
  • Are you struggling to find the time, money and resources to make it happen?

If the answer to any of these is yes, then you can benefit from being a Prokom member

Our philosophy is to help Konica Minolta’s customers to connect, learn and grow, so they can secure and establish their businesses and careers for the future ahead. With an ever evolving landscape and the sharing of ideas and industry insight, the community will help shape print to business.

Toshi Uemura
General Manager Konica Minolta Inc

Toshi Uemura

Our aim is to build an environment for business transformation and grow a community of profitable businesses through education, networking and shared experience.

prokom benefits

  1. Make better-informed decisions from the latest industry information and reviews
  2. Network with other business leaders to find out what everyone else is thinking
  3. Make better use of your resources with business planning and project management tools
  4. Create new business opportunities by improving your sales and marketing activity
  5. Run a better business with help and advice on managing cashflow, recruitment and operational improvement
  1. Learn how to be better at your job from practical guides on productivity and efficiency
  2. Improve your skills – gain qualifications through our e-learning courses
  3. Find out how to save time and money on the job from the latest tips and tricks videos
  4. Get answers to any of your problems from a global network of other Konica Minolta users
  5. Acquire valuable insights and knowledge from product reviews and user forums

meet the prokom board

The advisory board is made up of Konica Minolta customers, who help shape the future vision and direction of Prokom.

andy barber

chairman of the board prokom

Admitting that he’s been into ‘gadgets, gizmos and the web’ for as long as he can remember, Andy’s job has always involved being in and around logisistics, print and mail all his life.

Alongside working for one of the largest delivery companies in the UK, formerly known as Business Post Group, he is a regular speaker at industry conferences promoting his vision for the future of print, mail and related areas of direct marketing.

He was responsible for the launch of imail, UK Mail’s award-winning print and mail solution for corporate, marketers and individuals. From a standing start in 2008, imail is now a £10m business, printing more than 50 million images a year, capturing the prestigious 2013 World Mail Award.

Andy is married with two young children and has an MBA from Open University, specialising in marketing.

christian kopocz

board member

Christian is addicted to multichannel, a digital native, always curious, disruptive thinker, less talk – more action lover. A German entrepreneur focused on relevant messages at the right time through the right channel.

What started once around the new millennium as a small flexible advertising agency producing ‘just great advertising’, evolved through the years to a true marketing service provider in 2007 under the brand prindoz.

As a skilled banker, Christian combines his analytical knowledge, conceptual thinking, sales experience, curiosity for marketing and multichannel with the ability to put all necessary puzzle pieces of a powerful campaign together.

He is board member of the XMPie Users Group and Prokom, the Konica Minolta Users Group. Steadily sharing his thoughts and knowledge with peers from around the globe, Christian is speaker and host of several multichannel events and conferences

J. Chris Bowen

j. chris bowen

board member

With a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Lock Haven University, and 23 years of experience in commercial printing, Chris understands the immense value of innovation to our competitive edge. He’s mastered the full range of technical positions that keep a place like Cohber humming, from Programmer Analyst to System Analyst to Project Manager to Director of Marketing Solutions.

As CTO, Chris serves on Cohber’s executive team, helping to define business strategy and implementing supporting technology and business development. Before joining Cohber in 2006, Chris cultivated a rich background in the field from companies as diverse as Saatchi & Saatchi, FCB and Harris Interactive.

Creativity, decisiveness, and innovation are all skills important to Chris, and they mark his every contribution to Cohber.

“Craft is our culture,” Chris says. “And technology allows us to continue to keep our craft on the bleeding edge.”

Jacky Gerard

jacky gerard

board member

With a background in the construction industry, Jacky Gerard ventured into the print industry by buying “QuickPrint”, a French chain of print shops. He quickly learned that offering print on the basis of ‘low price, high service with high quality’ would not make a profitable business anymore. For this reason Jacky pioneered with offering tactile marketing solutions, using Jet Varnish. QuickPrint was the first in France to invest in a MGI’s JV3DS, and is growing his business with offering added value print solutions. Jacky has been a Prokom Board Member since 2016.

meet the prokom partners

Partners are investing in your company’s continued success by joining Prokom as contributors and sponsors. This will provide members with the opportunity to get access to future developments and key decision makers. Partners will be an integral part of our diverse content program and e-learning platform as well as supporting Prokom at trade shows and local events

antalis logo
efi logo
GBC logo
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Motioncutter
Objectiv Lune
Plockmatic logo
vpress logo

meet the prokom management team

hans huijsing

regional member contact for europe

Hans Huijsing serves as Business Development Manager at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, and has extensive experience in the area of Production Printing.  As this market is undergoing fundamental changes, his aim is to support print providers in building a thriving business in print, web and mobile communications. He started his career working for one of the leading variable data printing software vendors. He also served as market development manager for Xerox Europe.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in ‘Communications’ and a Master of Arts Degree in ‘Business’ and ‘Management’ from Webster University (USA). He lives in the Netherlands with his wife and 3 children.

Dawn Olson

dawn olson

regional member contact for north america

Dawn Olson is a 30-year veteran of the digital production print industry with extensive experience in its market trends, continuing technological developments, and broader competitive landscapes over time.  Her highly varied career has enabled her to work for, or closely with, Eastman Kodak Company, Hewlett Packard Company, and Xerox Corporation, in both engineering and technical roles, as well as in marketing and market research, launch and sales support, competitive intelligence, and customer business development capacities.  Today she is responsible for Konica Minolta’s U.S. Production Print and Industrial Print Business Development strategy.

neil falconer

content and program development

Neil is Managing Director of Printfuture Ltd and has over 35 years’ experience in the printing industry – across production, management and consulting. He understands how the industry works and crucially, what makes printers tick. As an international strategy consultant, he has led market studies, due diligence projects and business improvement programs. Printfuture work extensively across the print supply chain with leading print groups, manufacturers and brand owners, as well as authoring the drupa trend and insight reports. In 2017 alone, Neil worked on five continents, so his global perspective and knowledge of different operating regions are an invaluable part of guiding clients through the current market trends.

andrea marin

website and design

Andrea Marin is a Marketing Executive specialising in digital and web at Prokom. In this role she looks after Prokom’s marketing and branding as well as all related website management aspects. Andrea is a qualified marketeer that holds a degree in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations from CEU Cardenal Herrera University (Spain).

The Prokom team is here to make sure you get the very best out of your Prokom membership. We are a dedicated and experienced management team who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Prokom community. We act as the driving force for developing the content program, managing Prokom events, membership subscriptions and member feedback.