When Sylvain Preumont founded iMakr 3 years ago, he knew that the company would grow into a thriving commercial enterprise in a short time. Now, with flagship stores in London and New York, and a strong global internet presence, iMakr have in fact become a leading name amongst independent 3D retailers. This growth is culminating the hiring of new CEO, Eric Savant, to lead future growth and business development.
“The skills, experience and spirit that Eric brings to iMakr are exactly what we feel the company needs at this time,” says Sylvain Preumont, iMakr Chairman. “We’ve built a foundation of knowledge in desktop 3D printing and scanning that is the envy of the industry. Eric’s expertise in marketing, eCommerce and branding will provide that added dimension that cements our position as the world’s leading independent 3D printing retailer.”
A San Francisco native with an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, Eric came to the UK in 1998 working as a Marketing Director for Franklin Mint, a renowned data driven marketing specialist dealing in high-end collectibles and licensed products. He then moved on to become Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Adler Limited, a global leader in B2B advertising gifts. Most recently Eric has worked as Managing Director of his own start-up venture, essentails4travel, an eCommerce retailer of travel goods.
“I believe iMakr are a company poised on the cusp of great things,” Eric said. “To be able to join this already successful venture and have the chance to lead it on the next stage of its journey in a burgeoning 3D industry is an incredible opportunity and a challenge I can’t wait to take on.”
iMakr opened its first flagship store on Clerkenwell Road, in the heart of London’s design district in April 2013, and opened its second store in Manhattan in June 2014. iMakr’s expert team of engineers test and approve each product to ensure the company offer only the best quality 3D printers, 3D scanners and printing material available on the market.
The company also includes the MyMiniFactory curated 3D model database and the MyMiniFactory Academy for designers who want to learn 3D modeling software, especially focused on designing for physical models. This combination is proving a powerful one, as it covers all aspects of 3D printing, from idea and collaborative creation to hardware and production.
Perhaps the only thing still missing in this expansion strategy is a significant communication push to truly bring these services to an even wider audience. Finding out exactly how to do this effectively, might just be a job for the new CEO.