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Image owner Kilpin sets down his pen

Wednesday, 28 March 2018
By Print 21 Online Article

Stan Kilpin, owner of Image Magazines (pictured above), has announced his retirement after 29 years in the industry. He has sold his magazines, including Digital Image and Sign Gear NZ, to new publisher Image Publications, headed by Janet Maitland.

Kilpin, who has been in the sign and display magazine business since the era of screen printing, says he has almost ‘seen it all’ over the past three decades of progress. “It’s been a long, eventful and very satisfying time in which I have met and enjoyed the company of so many industry people whose friendship I will long remember,” he said. “I could not and did not do it alone, and I am so grateful for all the encouragement and support received over the years in achieving this.”

Digital Image, Textile Image, Sign Gear NZ and the Image Sign Price Guide, plus the online publications Image Online Classifieds and Image Online News, will now be published by Janet Maitland and Image Publications. Maitland, who has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior level executive and management consultant and has worked with Image Magazines through a joint venture with joint venture with Sign Price Cruncher, is looking forward to her new role. “I have experience with the sign industry, combined with extensive sales and marketing experience. I am looking forward to creating and building connections as the publisher of the industry’s leading publications in Image and Sign Gear,” she said.

Kilpin will remain for the handover period over the next few months, and contact details for all of Image’s magazines will stay the same.

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