G7 Expert-Trainers are certified to lead G7 Expert/Professional Training
courses, each has been trained and approved by Idealliance and G7
Inventor, Lead G7 Trainer, Don Hutcheson.



Specialty: Sheetfed Offset & Digital Print

As the inventor of the G7 methodology, Don Hutcheson has more than 40 years’ experience in photography, design, prepress, printing and color science, Don Hutcheson has pioneered many techniques we now take for granted, like RGB workflows, soft proofing, extended-gamut printing and digital proofing. In 1995 he started the world’s first color management consultancy, HutchColor, LLC, to bring the concept of ICC color management to professional graphic users. Today he continues to train the world’s top printers, publishers, agencies, photographers and designers through private consulting and public conferences. In 2006 as chair of the Idealliance GRACoL committee Don used his own Proof-to-Press calibration method (now known as “G7®”) to produce the current GRACoL and SWOP data sets. Since then G7 has made standardized printing and proofing easier and more accessible to thousands of printers and print buyers world-wide.

www.hutchcolor.comEMAIL | (908) 689-7403

Specialty: Sheetfed Offset, Digital Print & Wide Format

Ron Ellis is a consultant specializing in color management, automation and workflow integration. An Idealliace G7 Expert, G7 Process Control Expert, G7 Expert Trainer, and chair of the GRACoL Committee, Ron has performed hundreds of G7 training and calibrations. He has conducting training and consulting for a wide range of customers in Europe, Asia, and North America. Well versed in ISO standards, he is certified as a PSA consultant as well as an FTA Flexo Level 2 Implementation Specialist, and was the primary developer of Idealliance’s G7 Process Control program, and is the G7 PC Master Trainer. Ron specializes in creating and implementing working spaces for brands and agencies that allow them to work more efficiently with vendors, saving both time and money.

www.ronellisconsulting.comEMAIL | 603-498-4553

Specialty: Sheetfed and Web Offset, Newsprint, Digital Print, and Grand/Large Format

David Hunter has been helping companies control and manage their color for over 25 years, primarily in the Graphic Arts and Photography market places. He has been teaching the 5 day Implementing Color Management Course at the PIA/GATF Graphic Arts Technical Foundation since its inception in 1996, and the Advanced Color Management Course since 1997. He is also the Project manager for the Idealliance/IPA Color Management Certification program, the first program available on the Internet to teach and certify professionals on Color Control topics. He was in the original GRACoL G7 Experts and also the original G7 PC Expert group and has been on the GRACoL committee since 2001. David has researched all of the Color Management Profiling software programs as well as all of the measurement devices on the market. He has an extensive background in how all the major desktop and workflow applications work with ICC Profiles and has helped numerous companies implement color control products and procedures.

www.pilotmarketing.com | EMAIL | 651.717.0590

Specialty: Screen and Wide Format

Mike Ruff has 43 years of experience in the Graphic Arts Industry and was formerly the Chief Technology Officer for Nazdar Consulting Services. Former owner of a grand format screen print company and a grand format prepress service bureau serving screen and digital printers domestically and internationally. Mike is a Certified G7 Expert and a Certified G7 Process Control and Conformance Expert. He was trained in color control theory through GretagMacBeth, X-Rite and RIT Color Management Flexographic Training. Mike Ruff is a regular speaker and presenter for many graphic arts trade association in North America and has conducted training classes and webinars for prepress, production personnel, management and sales staffs. Training experience includes teaching process color printing at the Screen Print Technical Foundation Four-Color Workshop in Fairfax, Virginia for over 15 years.

www.mikeruffconsulting.com| EMAIL | 816-304-9595

Specialty: Flexographic Print

Steve Smiley is a 35-year veteran from Print, Pre-Media and Packaging Brand Solutions. Working with numerous major consumer product companies, printers and suppliers he has developed tools to assure brand consistency throughout the world.  SmileyColor & Associates LLC – a solutions provider working with CPCs and their supply chain providing process control audits to ISO standards aligning supply chain partners. Using G7 and PCC training along with ISO standards allow audits to assure consistent results globally. As a Brand Manager Steve has developed the tools for physical and digital standards to define common ingredients and aims across supply chain partners, along with supporting documents ISO 17972-4 CxF X4. Steve is the Chair of Idealliance’s Print Properties and Colorimetric committee, Co-Chair of CGATS, Chair of GWG Colour Committee, US Expert to ISO WG2, WG3, WG4, WG11 and WG13; he is also an 10 year ICC member, Executive FQC Committee for the FTA, and an Advisory Board Member for Clemson University. He is the recipient of the Holzinger Award, FTA President Award, and the Clemson Top Cat Award.

www.smileycolor.com EMAIL | 469-309-2025


Specialty: Ink Systems

Javier E. Robles has 30 years experience in the ink industry. He has experience in the formulation and technical service of various ink systems including; Wide and Super Wide Format Ink Jet, Flexo and Offset. He is develops and delivers technical training to technicians and customers and assists in the development and field testing of new products. Located in Alta Loma, CA, Javier is Idealliance’s first bi-lingual English and Spanish G7 Expert-Trainer.

EMAIL | 909-437-0224


Specialty:  Digital Imaging, Sheetfed and Web Offset, Digital Print, Large Format


Jeff is currently Senior R&D Analyst for Taylor Corporation with a concentration on Color Management for the Corporation. Jeff has been in the Printing Trade for over 30 years.  The concentration through his career has been primarily on Image Workflow, Color Management, Training and Digital Imaging.  Through his career he has worked with large corporate companies guiding Prepress and Color at both, facility and enterprise levels.  Training has been a big part of his career as well, teaching Color Analysis, Color Retouching, Color Management, Prepress, Image Workflows and Digital Imaging.  Jeff was first certified as a G7 Expert in 2008 and has Master Certified dozens of facilities throughout his career.

EMAIL | 507-386-5830



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