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One of the changes we're making at Advanced Imaging is the establishment of an Editorial Advisory Board. It's one of the most important things a business-to-business publication can do. These industry experts will keep us on track and up-to-date on what's happening in an ever-changing market. So far three have accepted a position on the board, where they will help us steer through the seas of change and development.
I'm guessing that they probably are familiar to you. The first three are Bud Brown, Director of New Business Development at Northwire Inc. in Osceola, Minn., Henrik Ilsby, an industry veteran who now operates his own consulting agency, H. Ilsby Aps in Copenhagen, and Austin Richards, of Flir (Indigo Operations) in Goleta, Calif.
Bud Brown has been in the industry for almost 30 years, 16 in machine vision. Before joining Northwire, Bud was general manager at Intercon 1. Before that, he was with Zercom Corp., and Ji-Haw Industrial Co., a supplier of information technology and communication cords and connectivity in Taiwan and Thailand. He began his career as a technical training coordinator at Force Electronics (Inglewood, Calif.)
Henrik Ilsby worked at JAI from August 1994 through August 2007 as a Senior VP. For the first seven years he was responsible for development of the camera business and global sales. For the next five, he was responsible for global sales and marketing, along with business development. With H. Ilsby Aps, he provides consulting services to the vision industry and industrial automation. He specializes in helping Japanese companies export to Europe and European companies enter the Japanese market.
Austin Richards is a Senior Research Assistant at Flir (Indigo Operations). He has written for Advanced Imaging since 2000, when he did a piece entitled "ThermoSoniX: Finding Defects in Safety-Critical Components and Materials." He also is the author of a book, "Alien Vision: Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum with Imaging Technology" (SPIE PRESS, 2001).