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Distinguished service: PMA recognizes the careers of five members.

PMA, Jackson, Mich., honored five members with the Distinguished Service Award. This honor is given based on career commitment and invaluable contributions to the imaging industry. Each recipient was recognized during PMA 08, held in Las Vegas, Nev. The 2008 honorees are: Larry Capodilupo, George R. Champagne, John D. Clause Jr., Carlos Eduardo Hellmund, and John L. Segall.


Larry Capodilupo, president and owner of ICL Imaging, Framingham, Mass., has been in the imaging business for more than 40 years. His career spanned several companies before he purchased the lab.

Early on, Capodilupo worked for Proctor and Gamble in Suffolk County, N.Y., selling a variety of products. He later went to Polaroid Corp., selling cameras in Long Island, N.Y., and held a variety of positions, including Worldwide Military Sales manager, and (the first and last) general manager for the Polaroid Sunglass division.

In 1980, Capodilupo became a regional vice president for Berkey Film Processing in Boston, Mass. When Colorcraft Corp. acquired Berkey Film Processing in 1986, Capodilupo purchased a commercial photo lab in Framingham, Mass., and has spent the past 21 years operating and growing the business.

In 2002, Capodilupo was the president of the Association of Professional Color Imagers (APCI), now known as the Association of Imaging Executives (ALE). He has also served on the PMA Board of Directors and in 2005-2006 served as PMA treasurer.

He also has been involved in several volunteer activities the past 15 years. He was a founding member and served as a trustee for The Southborough Open Land Foundation. Capodilupo has served as a board member of St. Mark's School, Southborough, Mass. Currently, he serves on the executive committee and board of the Cape Cod Hospice and Palliative Care organization.

His "passions" are business and golf, and hobbies include reading and travel. A 1964 graduate of Yale, Capodilupo is married to Jan, and they have one son.


George R. Champagne is president and CEO of Abar Imaging Center and owner of Screencraft Tileworks. Abar services commercial accounts, providing a mix of imaging products such as pressure-sensitive photographic labels, POP signage, and display graphics. Screencraft Tileworks prints images on marble tile, and its products are sold to the gift industry throughout the United States. Both companies operate from one location in Providence, R.I.

Champagne is a past president of both PMA and APCI. He has been involved with photography for more than 38 years, working both as a photographer and as a photofinishing technician. He received his Bachelor in Business Administration degree from Bryant College and holds a Masters in Photography degree from the Professional Photographers of America Inc.

Champagne is married to Nancy, and they have three children and three grandchildren.

John D. Clause Jr. spent four decades--most of his career--with Nikon Inc., Melville, N.Y. From 1998 until his retirement in 2004, Clause served as the senior vice president for the Photo Division. Currently, he works as an independent sales rep and consultant exclusively for Nikon in Latin America and the Caribbean.


A native of Chicago, Ill., Clause began his career working in camera stores and as a photographer. His first wholesale job was with the distributor Lenco in San Francisco, Calif., from 1965-67. He joined Nikon (Ehrenreich Photo) in 1967, and worked as a salesman and regional manager until 1978. He transferred to New York in 1978 as national sales manager. Clause John D. Clause Jr. was named vice president of Sales in 1984, and served in that position until 1998, when he was promoted.

Clause attended his first PMA show in 1974, and has attended every PMA show since 1978.

Clause says during his 41 years with Nikon and 45 in the industry, he has made numerous friends, including many of the top photographers in the world, as well as people involved with NASA, the FBI, and the U.S. military.

The current annual Nikon Sales awards are given in his name, The John D. Clause Award, which he cites as a great honor.

He was married 30 years to Janice Jones, who passed away in 2002, and has one daughter and one granddaughter.


Carlos Eduardo Hellmund, born in Caracas, Venezuela, is the chairman of the board and former CEO of Venezuela-based C. Hellmund & Cia S.A., established in 1862. Hc also is the vice president of Laboratorios Rapid Fat, C.A., owned by C. Hellmund & Cia S.A., which offers photo imaging processing and distribution.

He serves as a board member Carlos Eduardo Hellmund for many organizations, including Becoblohm; the Universidad Metropolitana; Good Will Industries; CAVIFOT, the Chamber of Venezuelan Photo Distributors; Oficentro Los Ruices C.A. (real estate); CEVEU, the Committee of Venezuelan-U.S. Businessmen; CEAL, the Committee of Latin American Businessmen; and CEDICE, the Center for the Propagation of Economic Thought.

Hellmund continues to be involved in other organizations. He was the former president, now honorary president, of CAVEJA, the Venezuelan Japanese Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as chairman of JAVEC, the Japanese Venezuelan Economic Committee.

He has participated in numerous photo exhibitions and has a photograph included in the collection at the Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y.

Hellmund is the recipient of many honors, including one in 2006 conferred by the Emperor of Japan. In 2007, he was named Businessman of the Year by the Caracas Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

He received a Bachelor in Economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, in 1959. He is married to Mariela Blohm, and has three children: Elisa, Carlos, and Ricardo.


John L. Segall has spent nearly four decades in the industry in a variety of executive positions. From 1969 until 1994, he owned and operated Segall-Majestic, a regional school photography company based in Maryland, prior to acquisition by Lifetouch Inc.

After the acquisition, he was named vice president, Business Development of Lifetouch, a John L. Segall position he held until 2001. In that position, he conceived and developed world-class imaging opportunities, including the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, numerous Super Bowls, and many business opportunities with Fortune 500 companies. In 2001, he was named vice president, Professional Relations for Lifetouch, where for 2 years he developed and maintained professional relations within the photo industry.

In 1989, he also founded, owned, and operated Elegant Images, a national glamour photography chain of franchised and company-owned studios. He worked in that position until 1995.

Segall has held numerous executive positions with PMA. He served as president from 1993-1994, and also was the president of the Professional School Photographers Association (PSPA) in 1985.

He currently is a member of the board of directors for Pictage Inc. and the International Photographic Council (IPC).

Segall also is active within his community. He is a member of the board of visitors, University of Maryland, Greenebaum Cancer Center, and served as chairman from 1996 to 1999. He also served as a member of the board of trustees, McDonogh School for 8 years, working as chairman for the Capital Campaign in 1996.

Segall is married to Gloria and they have three children and one grandchild.
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Title Annotation:PMA 08
Author:Gretzner, Bonnie
Publication:PMA Magazine - Connecting the Imaging Communities
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2008
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