About Image Options

Founded in 1999, Image Options is a leader in the printing, surface imaging, display and visual communications industry. From initial conception to production, from design and fabrication to installation, Image Options delivers provocative and effective visual communication solutions for retail, tradeshows, events, corporate environments and more.

Image Options’ unique approach makes getting the results you need as simple as ROI: Review & Design, Optimize & Produce, Implement & Finish.

With unmatched passion and creativity, superior expertise, cutting-edge technology and a partnership approach that delivers exceptional customer care, Image Options offers innovative products and services that get noticed and get results in a hyper-competitive marketplace. Thanks to our expansive capabilities and an all-star team of nearly 200 of the best and brightest minds in the business, we successfully serve some of the largest and most-recognizable brands on the planet.

Responsible Present, Sustainable Future

Sometimes it’s what you don’t see or hear that makes the most impact. Take sustainable business practices. Cutting hazardous waste by half may not make much commotion but it certainly makes a big difference for the world we all live in.

At Image Options, reducing waste, material usage and our collective impact on the environment is a crucial part of our mission. And it’s one we live seriously every single day. As a major producer of sometimes resource-intensive products, we have a responsibility to ensure we’re leaving a positive legacy and doing all we can to lessen our footprint. Accomplishing that goal requires diligent attention, a forward-thinking attitude and, above all, action.

Our Team

Tim Bennett

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Chairman & Chief Client Advocate

 

Tim Bennett has spent a lifelong career in digital imaging and the related printing industry. Beginning in England, he earned a degree in printing while working for a leading national provider in the then-new era of digital imaging. This solid foundation lead Tim to Crosfield Electronics, the leading digital imaging technology innovator of the time as an applications instructor traveling to many countries in Europe, as well as Scandinavia and the United States. An opportunity to relocate to Orange County, California in 1981 to open a new technical center led to a deeper understanding of the paradigm shift in the printing industry that was about to occur. Armed with this foresight and complete dedication to the new technologies Tim worked with DuPont Imaging and Scitex before co-founding Image Options in 1999. With deep enthusiasm and an unwavering commitment to staying current, Image Options has seized opportunities to grow the company and build an impressive roster of clients, including Oakley, NBC, CBS Outdoor, Kawasaki, Asics, IKEA and Walmart.

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Dave Bales

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Chief Executive Officer

 

In 1984, Dave started his career as an apprentice at American Color while studying for and receiving a B.A. in Industrial Arts from San Diego State University. After holding multiple management positions at several locations with American Color, Dave became a co-founder of Pacific Color Connection in 1990. Pacific Color Connection was the first trade shop to have a 100% digital workflow from day one of operation. In 1996, Pacific Color’s success led to its acquisition by Vertis Communications. Dave served in many regional and national executive positions including vice president of operations, general manager and regional vice president of operations. Dave holds a Green Belt in Lean and Continuous Improvement and Six Sigma manufacturing techniques and has implemented these techniques across a wide range of print manufacturing practices. In 2011, Dave joined Image Options as Chief Operating Officer and Partner.

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Dave Brewer

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Chief Technology Officer

 

Dave has over 30 years of experience in the graphic communications industry. Currently he is the Chief Technology Officer at Image Options as well as Partner. Prior to joining Image Options in 2011, Dave held multiple operations and technology positions at Vertis Communications dating back to 1996. In 1990, Dave co-founded Pacific Color Connection with Dave Bales. Pacific Color Connection was sold to Vertis Communications in 1996. From 1985-1990, Dave was the corporate systems coordinator for American Color. Mr. Brewer attended the University of the Pacific where he was a scholar athlete graduating with a B.A.

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Brian Hite

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Principal & Co-Founder

 

Brian Hite has spent 36 years in the exhibit, event and graphic production industries. While attending college for design and science, Brian began his career at a Southern California exhibit manufacturer specializing in electronics and emerging technology exhibitions. In 1983 he moved to a multinational exhibit company where he managed the production of many permanent museum exhibitions and tradeshow exhibits. In 1991, Brian joined the George P. Johnson Company, opening their California facility and managing the graphic design and production of their significant automotive exhibit business. A desire to build an organization dedicated to providing greater value and quality of service to clients created the opportunity to start a design and fabrication firm in 1998. Quickly growing with clients like IBM, Seibel Systems, Network Associates and Computer Associates required an expansion and evolution of the business model to include printing services in-house. In 1999, Brian co-founded Image Options with a culture built on providing exceptional quality, value and service to its clients. In addition to serving as Image Options' President, Brian participates as a thought-leader on many industry-focused trade panels and advises equipment manufacturers on new technology requirements.

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David Payne

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President, Image Options San Jose

 

As President of Image Option’s San Jose facility, previously known as Splash which he founded, David continues to foster long-term client relationships and develop new opportunities for the company which has included establishing the former Splash studio as a premier provider of corporate interior branding for multiple fortune 500 companies. Graduating from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design he began his career in the exhibit industry in design and fabrication. In 1987 he founded Cannonball Graphics which rapidly grew into a respected supplier of exhibit graphics. Recognizing the then new market of experiential and environments graphics David partnered with Cy Nakabayashi to expand capabilities into the exciting world of experiential graphic design, production, and installation by creating Splash!events. The company was acquired by Image Options in 2017.

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Cy Nakabayashi

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EVP, Creative

 

Cy is responsible for all aspects of design and creative. With over 35 years’ experience in advertising, corporate design, and design agency roles he provides both strategic and creative vision to an array of clients and industries. Under his leadership, the firm has thrived in creating world-class programs for such companies as Cisco, Charles Schwab, Adobe and IBM. Cy began his career at a San Jose advertising agency and later transitioned to Apples’ famed Creative Services department in Cupertino the year the Macintosh was introduced. In 1987 he founded Beyond Design, which later merged with Cannonball Graphics to form Splash!events. Splash was acquired by Image Options in 2017. Cy is a graduate of San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design.

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Ron Jennings

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VP, Exhibits & Fabrication

 

Ron oversees operations at Image Option’s San Jose location and provides the leadership to maintain our position as a premier exhibit and environmental design and production company. Ron joined Splash in 2001 and was instrumental in establishing new business in custom fabrication focused around corporate interiors. He is also responsible for managing cost analyses and value engineering services with over 35 years of construction and management experience consistently delivering successful projects. Ron’s exceptional knowledge of construction, technology and material processes have enabled Image Options to become one of the few truly full-service exhibit and environmental producers in the Western United States. Previously, Ron held management positions at Formetrics of San Jose, CA and ExhibitGroup/Giltspur.

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