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Michael Punch to Pass ASGA Torch to Damian Nielsen

The Australian Sign & Graphics Association has announced that long-time Association office bearer and industry legend, Michael Punch, will retire from his active roles with the Association at the end of June, handing over his duties to Damian Nielsen as of 1 July.

Mick Harrold, ASGA President, says Michael’s retirement marks the ‘end of an era’ for the Association, with the former General Manager and current Membership & Events manager playing a ‘pivotal role’ across many years.

“Virtually every one of our Members will know Michael by name, and have positive memories of the many conversations and interactions they’ve had with him over the years,” Mick says. “In many ways, he has been the face of the ASGA, and the things we have achieved over the past few years are in no small part due to his dedication.

“There will be more to say in the near future about Michael and his contribution to ASGA, but suffice to say there are few people, in any industry association, who have demonstrated the kind of commitment to Members and to his industry that Michael has done, and we are fortunate to have had his contribution for such a long time.”

Michael’s current role of Membership & Events Manager will be taken up by Damian Nielsen, who is Creative Director of his Queensland consulting company INbrandigo. As well as holding the Vice Presidency of the ASGA for the past five years, Damian is the Association’s Queensland Chair and also sits on its Education Committee.

Damian has more than 30 years’ experience in the signage industry, starting with work experience which was followed by an apprenticeship where he learned everything from brushwork through to fabrication and installation. Having recently stepped aside from his role as General Manager of CV Media, Damian says he is now planning to balance his consulting work through INbrandigo with opportunities to ‘give back’ to the industry which has provided so much to him over his career thus far.

“There’s no question I have very big shoes to fill, but it’s exciting to be taking on these responsibilities at such an exciting time for the Association,” Damian says.

“I am delighted to be stepping into this new role and very much looking forward to connecting with all our Members over the coming months as we continue to roll out a busy program of webinars, events and other initiatives to support their businesses and the wider industry.”

Damian can be contacted at [email protected] and, for those who would like to drop Michael a line before he finishes up, he can still be reached at [email protected]

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