A few days before PPE in New York a few weeks ago, Sheila and I flew in and headed down to Bob and Kathi Nunn's down near Tom's River, NJ. Bob and I have been friends since the late 80's when I joined Hasselblad. He was at Agfa, who had a huge presence in the industry back then. A few years later he joined Hasselblad as National Sales Manager.
Going back to his Agfa days, we were both involved in PMDA, the Photographic Manufacturers and Distributors Association. We were both on the Board, and he served as President of the association for a term as well.
Bob, like me, is a memory hoarder! LOL Although today successful in residential real estate on the Jersey shore, his office walls and shelves are loaded with wonderful reminders of his career in the photographic industry. He pulled out an album one night, and the memories and the stories flowed!
The year is 1990, and the event is the special event PMDA Dinner, which once a year took place at the United Nations in the delegate's dining room. Casper Weinberger was the guest speaker and surrounding him are the members of the PMDA Board at the time.
Like every Throwback Thursday post I share, the photograph brings back a lot of great memories.
- PMDA was a powerhouse back then and hosted a monthly dinner, always with a guest speaker. Based in NYC, the dinners always brought in a large number of manufacturers from the area as well as most of the ad reps from the industry.
- Besides a lot of old friends in this group shot, opposite me on the other end of the group is Jeff Dade. When I left Polaroid as Specialty Dealer Manager in 1987 to join Hasselblad, Jeff replaced me. He's a great guy, and even though we've lost touch over the years, every so often I track him down to catch up.
- Catch the wardrobe - everybody is in suits. In fact, I'm betting EVERYBODY wore a suit every day to work. It was all part of the style back then. This was before "casual Friday," which later morphed into casual every day! However, I love the fact that today I own more shorts and bathing suits than I ever owned suits!
- Casper Weinberger was our special guest that month, but other guests over the years included Senator Howard Baker and Paula Zahn, to name a few.
A few years ago, PMDA joined forces with PMAI (Photo Marketing Association International) to form the Imaging Alliance. While the names of the two organizations may have changed, the dedication of the people involved is still focused on their passion and support of the photographic industry.
and to attract and serve alliance partners.