PMA Adds Professional Wedding and Studio Photographers International (PWSPI) to Association Portfolio

JACKSON, Mich. – PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations and Professional Wedding and Studio Photographers Association International (PWSPI) announce PMA has acquired the new PWSPI organization. The announcement follows an earlier agreement with PWSPI, through its GoingPro series, to provide education at the upcoming PMA 2011 event. Industry veterans Skip Cohen and Scott Bourne recently launched PWSPI.

“Scott and I are thrilled to join with PMA to bring a new level of service to aspiring pros and working professional photographers,” says Skip Cohen, president, Marketing Essentials International.

“Over this past year, through GoingPro as well as our careers in the photographic industry, we’ve learned so much about the needs of professional photographers, especially those just starting out,” adds Scott Bourne, president, Bourne Media Group, and cofounder, PWSPI. “We’re going to continue to be involved and help PMA develop the concept further, following our original intent, but now we’ve got the horsepower of one of the largest and oldest associations in photography behind us.”

PMA will be working hard to expand the benefits offered to PWSPI members. In addition, PWSPI will continue to offer and expand their services, such as public print critiques by leading photographers and special exclusive purchase/support benefits from sponsors.

“The acquisition of PWSPI is one more step in the PMA plan to expand our educational presence, and it fits perfectly with CLiQ, launching January 11,” says Ted Fox, executive director, PMA.

Major PMA events coming soon:

  • PSPA/SPAA 2011 Conferences, February 19-20, 2011, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • PMA Latin America Peru Expo 2011, June 8-9, 2011, Lima, Peru
  • 6Sight Future of Imaging Conference, June 20-22, 2011, San Jose, Calif.
  • PMA Australia Imaging and Entertainment Expo, June 24-26, 2011, Sydney, Australia
  • PMA 2011 International Convention and Trade Show, September 8-10, 2011, Las Vegas, Nev.

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About PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations

As a professional trade association, PMA® helps the worldwide photo imaging community achieve business success and adapt to new technologies. Its commitment to members in 100-plus countries is part of an 85-year legacy that connects business owners to a network of knowledge and support. PMA furthers this purpose through the development of educational programs, marketing research, publications, and trade shows. As a not-for-profit organization, any success PMA achieves in its endeavors directly benefits the industry, providing the means to continually develop services and activities for members.