DMS ink creative subsidiary, The Bricks Agency, earns 3 bronze Hermes ad awards

March 1, 2017 – The creative strategy firm, The Bricks Agency, was honored with three bronze advertising awards during the 2017 American Advertising Federation Dayton Hermes Show, Saturday February 25th at the Schuster Performing Arts Center. The annual event recognizes outstanding achievements in advertising design and production by professional and student designers, photographers, videographers and copywriters.

In the category of Elements of Advertising Photography Campaign, The Bricks Agency was recognized for two of its entries with a Bronze Hermes Award for each. One project was part of an environment photo shoot for an international medical sterilization company. The other was a product shoot for another medical supplier, Dayton, Ohio-based, Innovative Sterilization Technologies.

The agency’s third Bronze Hermes was received in the category of Integrated Media Public Service Campaign for a branding project created for Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse. Various branding media was created for the fall 2016 play called, “Alice Although branding,” which included t-shirts, tickets, posters and more.

The Bricks Agency was established in early 2015 as a creative subsidiary of DMS ink, a critical communication company. Based in Yellow Springs, Ohio, the firm provides advertising strategy, graphic design, copywriting, corporate identity and public relations services.

Gery Deer is the managing director of the agency. “We have an amazing creative team and, even though we’re a young agency, our work speaks for itself,” he said. “We’re up against some talented competition every day in business and our advantage is the vision of our president and CEO, Christine Soward, and having our parent company under the same roof with us.”’

The Bricks Agency is a certified woman owned and minority owned business located at 888 Dayton St. Suite 102W in Yellow Springs, Ohio. For more information visit the firm’s website at, or call 937-510-9194.

Happy Holidays from DMS ink …

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings!

15542440_10154797311053497_7615368257708481329_n-1The holiday spirit is in full swing at DMS ink this season. This has been a red letter year for our company with so many things happening from a move to our new Yellow Springs, Ohio headquarters to ever expanding capabilities.

Our new facility is a great point of interest, particularly to local residents and business owners who had seen the building empty for several years. In the last several months we’ve had visits by the Yellow Springs Senior Center, the Yellow Springs High School art class, and countless business and community leaders.

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DMS ink Receives Dayton Business Journal Top Business Honors

boy_winnerlogo2016-%28003%29Dayton – Nov. 5, 2016 – DMS ink, headquartered in Yellow Springs, was honored at the 15th Annual Dayton Business Journal Business of the Year Awards on November 5th.

This year, DMS ink was named top winner of the Woman Owned Business of the Year and also received a second place award in the category of Minority Owned Business of the Year. Additionally, company owner and president, Christine Soward, took home a third place award in the category of Executive of the Year.

The Dayton Business Journal accepted nominations in the spring covering eight categories including: Community support; Executive of the Year; Manufacturing; Minority-owned Business; Not-for-profit; Rookie Business; Woman-owned Business; and Service Businesses. Competition was quite respectable in each category and chosen by local community leaders.

According to the Dayton Business Journal special report publication, “The DBJ selects several business leaders to serve as judges for the awards. Judges for this year’s program were Dan Curran, former president of the University of Dayton, Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman, and Scott Sullivan, president and CEO of SelectTech Services Corporation.” Judges read through nomination material and assign a score to each which are then combined and places assigned to winners in each category and level.


Soward is steadfast in her conviction that innovation and adopting change as part of the company culture is key to the success of her employees and her business. “I believe we will continue to grow and adapt,” Soward told the Dayton Business Journal. “We’re always looking at how we can utilize the next innovation. Stagnation is not part of our plan.”

Earlier this year DMS ink was recognized among the top 100 Asian American Businesses of the Year and a certified company under the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

For more information, contact Gery L Deer, Managing Director of The Bricks Agency, advertising agency of record for DMS ink, by calling (937) 709-4108.

Printing Impressions Interview: How Christine Soward reinvented DMS ink into a Critical Document Digital Printer


In a web interview with Printing with DMS ink owner and president, Christine Soward, explains how she reinvented DMS ink into a critical document digital print company. Watch the video here: Click Here.

DMS Ink New Envelope Converter

The W + D 326 BC Envelope Converter is one of the many new additions DMSInk has acquired. This piece of equipment is capable of taking a blank sheet of paper and completely converting it to an envelope of just about any sort.

DMS ink Named by USPAACC as Fast 100 Asian American Business

 Fast 100 Collectively Post $3 Billion in Revenue, 44% Growth Rate

2016 USPAACC Conference: Fast 100 Award Acceptance Speech from The Bricks Agency on Vimeo.

DAYTON, OH – May 27, 2016 – DMS ink has been named by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) as one of the country’s Fast 100 Asian American Businesses for its enormous revenue and growth rate. Fast 100 Collectively Post $3 Billion in Revenue, 44% Growth Rate

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DMS ink celebrates new facility with ribbon cutting


Yellow Springs, OH – July 12, 2016 – The management and staff of DMS ink celebrated the grand opening of their new headquarters in Yellow Springs this week with an exclusive, invitation-only ribbon cutting and reception. Guests were treated to a tour of the new facility and the opportunity to network and enjoy refreshments in the building’s architecturally stunning atrium.

DMS ink (formerly Dayton Mailing Services) has thrived in the direct mail, digital print, and data management industries for more than 30 years. The company purchased the facility at 888 Dayton St. earlier this year and began moving corporate operations and subsidiaries from the original Dayton, Keowee St. location in April.

“Our goal is to become a true partner to our customers and an extension of their business through trust and dedication,” notes owner, Christine Soward. “Our new facility will allow us to continue to grow as we innovate to meet the needs of our customers.”

DMS ink provides innovative, cutting edge solutions using the latest technology to increase capabilities, improve efficiency and reduce costs, while maximizing consumer response and meeting the needs of the client. DMS ink is a minority and woman owned certified business serving clients nationally.

While some production operations will remain in the downtown Dayton facility, most have been relocated and expanded in Yellow Springs. This includes The Bricks Agency, the company’s creative strategy rm and Barrett Brothers Legal Publishing. More information is available online at

One-stop print shop opens the doors to new business opportunities

DMS ink production facility, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Photo by Kris Wells, The Bricks Agency - Copyright 2016 All rights reserved.

DMS ink production facility, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Photo by Kris Wells, The Bricks Agency – Copyright 2016 All rights reserved.

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Canon Solutions America

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 15, 2016 – Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., today announced an advancement in its ongoing strategic relationship with DMS ink, a full-service direct mail marketing company located in Dayton, OH. The installation of the Océ VarioPrint i300 and Océ ColorStream 3900 color digital presses in the DMS ink facility serves to expand their available services to their customer base, and illustrates Canon Solutions America’s ongoing commitment to advancing customers’ print output through cutting-edge inkjet technologies.

As successful and reliable as DMS ink may be within the mail marketing business landscape, to put an emphasis solely on those capabilities would be a disservice to a company that has recently expanded its operations to include leading data services and digital print offerings. Over the last five years, the Ohio-based full printing and fulfillment center has grown into a prosperous digital print provider that now boasts some of the most game-changing technologies redefining the industry. This transition began in early 2005 when DMS ink began its shift from a traditional letter shop to a variable data printing provider, and is most recently represented by the company’s acquisition of the Océ VarioPrint i300 sheet-fed inkjet press and the Océ ColorStream 3900 inkjet press. Since the arrival of these advanced presses, the early adopter of inkjet has opened the doors to even broader business opportunities.

“I cannot stress enough the level of activity and excitement within DMS ink as we continue our migration to a critical document company with state-of-the-art digital print capabilities,” said Christine Soward, president and owner of DMS ink, whose commitment to innovation and emerging technologies has grown the company’s revenue by double digits over the last several years. “The enthusiasm around our company is perhaps best highlighted by our purchase of what we feel is the product that will lead the charge in the industry-wide inkjet movement, the Océ VarioPrint i300.”

When DMS ink went to market for an answer to its crucial digital print needs, it specifically searched for improvements in print quality and a press that could provide commercial-type color at transactional-type costs. With a commitment to innovation, Soward and her team put an equal focus on finding a digital press that could help diversify their client roster and overall offerings while handling new and more diverse applications with an eye toward profitability. Additionally, DMS ink knew that with the emergence of new inkjet technologies, there was an answer to its ongoing quest to break down the barriers it was finding that pertained to offset printing, short-run jobs, postal optimization, one-on-one personalized communications, and the ability to maximize uptime.

“The new Océ products have allowed us to run jobs at an unbelievable rate and with incredible quality,” added Jim Hoffman, vice president of Business Development at DMS ink. “Of course you always want to get the most out of your investment, and with the Océ VarioPrint i300 and Océ ColorStream 3900 we can now fully leverage our finishing capabilities, which has resulted in heightened efficiency and automated workflows. Our core goal of becoming less of a mail house and more of a strategic partner has been greatly enhanced with the print functionality we now have with our newest acquisitions.”

Built to allow its users the ability to grow within a market that is evolving rapidly, the Océ VarioPrint i300 bridges the gap between the application flexibility and efficiency of sheet-fed presses and the economy and productivity of web-fed systems, without compromising quality. As witnessed by DMS ink, the digital press was designed to offer premium quality output with proven inkjet productivity and flexibility. Operating as the ideal complement to this leading press is the Océ ColorStream 3900 full color inkjet printer. Recognized as one of the fastest growing inkjet presses in the industry, its production and media flexibility enables a simplified transition of applications and business models to more sophisticated documents with variable personalization and smarter communication in color.

“With the confluence of new technologies and the ever-apparent shift to inkjet, we have dedicated ourselves to finding the best way for our customers to accelerate the offset-to-digital print migration with products that will set the bar for the inkjet movement,” said Francis A. McMahon, senior vice president, Marketing, Production Print Solutions, Canon Solutions America. “However, none of that is possible without feedback from our valued customers like DMS ink, which allows us to modify the technology to best fit their business goals and prepare them for expansive growth.”

The collaboration between Canon Solutions America and DMS ink did not end with the installation of the Océ VarioPrint. With the intention to migrate the rest of its inkjet products and to further enhance its workflow, DMS ink additionally implemented the Océ PRISMAproduction print workflow and output management system. This addition is set to provide DMS ink with the ability to create a unified platform for mid to high volume, high speed printing for its entire production print fleet.

“This is very much a time of change and growth here at DMS ink, and we could not be more excited to experience that growth alongside Canon Solutions America,” added Soward. “The future looks bright for DMS ink and our customers!”

About DMS ink

DMS ink (formerly Dayton Mailing Services) has thrived in the direct mail, digital print, and data management industries for more than 30 years. Their goal is to become a true partner to their customers and an extension of their business through trust and dedication. DMS ink provides innovative, cutting edge solutions using the latest technology to increase capabilities, improve efficiency and reduce costs, while maximizing consumer response and meeting the needs of the client. DMS is a minority and woman owned certified business serving clients nationally. Their unique capabilities are sought by a wide range of businesses from healthcare, financial, retail, political, energy, automotive, non-profits, and many others that require full project management of design, material acquisitions, complex data programming, variable content, printing, fulfillment and mailing services.

About Canon Solutions America, Inc.

Canon Solutions America provides industry leading enterprise, production, and large format printing solutions, supported by exceptional professional service offerings. With the technology offerings of the Canon and Océ brands, Canon Solutions America helps companies of all sizes improve sustainability, increase efficiency, and control costs through high volume, continuous feed, digital and traditional printing, and document management solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., Canon Solutions America is headquartered in Melville, N.Y. and has sales and service locations across the U.S. For more information on Canon Solutions America, please visit