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Former Ricoh Chairman Kirk Yoshida to be Honored


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Russell Marchetta          Frank G. Cannata

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HARDYSTON, NJ (October 8, 2013) Frank Cannata, president of Marketing Research Consultants LLC (MRC), and editor-in-chief and publisher of the THE CANNATA REPORT and Live Wire, announced today that THE CANNATA REPORT’s 28th Annual Awards and Charities Dinner will take place on Wednesday, October 16, at The Park Savoy in Florham Park, NJ starting at 5:30 p.m.


The annual event recognizes the best products from manufacturers in the office equipment and work flow solutions industry.  The awards are determined by the results of the THE CANNATA REPORT’s Annual Dealer Survey — now in its 28th as year as well.


“Dealers from across the country take part in our Annual Dealer Survey and it does more that just rank the best products and software from manufacturers,” said Frank Cannata.  “This probe uncovers the dealers’ major concerns and reveals how well they are progressing towards becoming a true services provider,” Cannata added. 


In addition to the survey awards, The Cannata Report will honor Kirk Yoshida, the retired chairman of Ricoh Americas Corporation with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Mr. Yoshida spent his entire career at Ricoh, starting in 1967, with Ricoh Company, Ltd., in Japan.  In 1998, Mr. Yoshida was appointed Chairman and CEO of Ricoh Corporation (USA).  In 2002, he became a corporate Managing Director and was appointed General Manager of the International Marketing Group in Japan in 2003.  Mr. Yoshida returned to the United States in 2008, once again as Chairman of Ricoh Americas Corporation.  He returned to Japan in 2009, becoming Chairman of Ricoh Leasing before his retirement in 2012.


“All proceeds from The Cannata Report's 28th Annual Awards and Charities Dinner will benefit the MaryAnn Ingoglia Memorial Research Grant for Leukemia conducted at The Hackensack University Medical Center.”  In 1998, the annual dinner started raising funds for charities with nearly $ 1million donated to various charitable organizations,” Mr. Cannata said.


About The Cannata Report


Since it’s launch in 1982, THE CANNATA REPORT quickly became a leading domestic and international management media resource for the office products and workflow solutions industry (formerly known as the copier business).  THE CANNATA REPORT magazine and its complementary news service Live Wire (launched in 1985) are both published 12 times annually. They have subscribers in nine countries and have both enjoyed a reputation for providing industry-renown editorial, analyses, and opinion regarding this business for 32 and 29 years respectively. 


THE CANNATA REPORT and Live Wire’s primary focus and audience are independent office products and workflow solutions dealers (formerly referred to as copier dealers) and related businesses, including hardware manufacturers, software providers and more.  As this channel continues to evolve and expand into a comprehensive managed services provider, IT management, production print and beyond, THE CANNATA REPORT remains at the forefront of the transition.


THE CANNATA REPORT and Live Wire are owned and operated by parent company Marketing Research Consultants LLC (MRC).  MRC itself provides consulting services that assist those who wish to either penetrate or broaden their market position across this highly effective and profitable channel of distribution.


In the 34 years that MRC has been in business, we have provided consultative services for every major copier and multifunction printer manufacturer in the world.

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