Epicomm and Idealliance Boards Vote to Merge

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If approved by membership votes, the two will come together as Idealliance in July.

Impact CEO Tim Johnson
Impact CEO Tim Johnson

Two trade associations that serve the direct mail community have agreed to merge. The boards of Epicomm and Idealliance approved the alliance in separate meetings last week and will submit the move to a vote of membership later this month.

Epicomm was formed by a merger of three trade groups in 2014: the Association of Marketing Service Providers, the National Association for Printing Leadership, and the National Association of Quick Printers. Idealliance focuses on technology and best practices for digital and print communications.

“We believe that by combining the strategic planning and management expertise of Epicomm and the industry-standard technical and workflow expertise of Idealliance we will create an organization that will be equipped to serve the business development needs of our members in a comprehensive and highly effective manner,”said Impact CEO Tim Johnson, who serves as chairman of the Epicomm board.

Johnson will serve as chairman of the merged organization, which will assume the Idealliance name. Idealliance's current vice chairman, Dick Ryan, VP of sales and marketing at Publishers Press, will continue in that role with the merged body.

If members approves, the two associations expect to come together as one on in July. One issue the new association will need to iron out is it's stand on postal reform. Epicomm recently signed onto a letter that recommended keeping the 4.3% exigent surcharge in Sen.Tom Carper's iPOST bill; Idealliance signed a letter opposing it.

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