Celebrating 10 Years at Avanti
Josh Perkins, Product Manager for Avanti Slingshot, was born in Mississauga, Ontario. After graduating Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management/Marketing program in 2004, he was hired by Avanti as a member of our Support team. This gave Josh the opportunity to take his knowledge of the print industry and apply it to the software world. Clearly this was the right decision; Josh soon moved out of Support and into Product Management as a Product Specialist. He was then promoted to Team Lead before landing his current role as Product Manager, overseeing the last 3 years of product development, and subsequent launch, of Avanti Slingshot.
Our industry has experienced many changes over the last 10 years. According to Josh, the most significant are a result from the move to digital systems and controllers of non-digital equipment. There continues to be a definite focus on integration and automation, particularly as more and more business expand their offerings beyond “ink on paper”. Many shops are incorporating digital web solutions such as online ordering, offering 3rd party outsourced products such as branded premium incentives, fulfillment solutions and more. As a result, they now need a way to not only integrate equipment, but the various departments within their organization, in order to better manage inventory, costs, production workflow and, of course, customer expectations.
Josh is an avid TFC (Toronto Football Club) fan and, in addition to soccer, enjoys playing golf and baseball. He has an older sister, has been married for 5 years, and recently celebrated the birth of their first son in February of this year. Congratulations, Josh! Here’s to another successful 10 years at Avanti.