Stephen Blake to Lead Fargo Secure Systems

April 3, 2006
Industry veteran brings 25 years’ experience in overseeing growth in the secure ID market

Minneapolis, MN – Fargo Electronics, Inc. announced today that Stephen D. Blake has joined the company as product marketing director for secure systems. Mr. Blake will direct the growth and development of complete solutions that incorporate Fargo secure printers, secure materials and secure software with other related products.  Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Fargo is a global leader in secure technologies for card identity systems.

Mr. Blake brings more than 25 years of experience in the ID card industry to this position. Prior to joining Fargo, he served in executive positions for Laminex, Inc., and IdentiSys, Inc., both ID-based security solutions integrators. He also has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations with DataCard Group.

“Steve is one of the most experienced executives in the card industry,” said Kathleen Phillips, head of sales and marketing for Fargo. “With his knowledge and insights from the perspective of both integrators and manufacturers, we will develop customer-focused, secure card systems that meet the needs of a variety of vertical markets.”

Founded in 1974, Fargo Electronics is a global leader in the development of secure technologies for identity card issuance systems, including secure card printer/encoders, materials and software. The company has sold more than 120,000 systems in the U.S. and over 80 other countries worldwide. Fargo card issuance systems reduce vulnerabilities and potential for loss of time, money and lives by continually improving the security of identity credentials. Fargo provides physical, information and transaction security for a wide variety of applications and industries, including government, corporate, national IDs, drivers' licenses, universities, schools and membership. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, Fargo markets its products through a global distribution network of professional security integrators. For more information about Fargo, visit