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2012 Printing Industry Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

July 20, 2012
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Volker Petersen has been a part of the Brown Printing family since 1988 when he joined the company at the RCPC Div. in Riverside, CA. Since then, Mr. Petersen has worked in various roles in almost every Brown Printing and Gruner+Jahr printing facility throughout the United States and Germany.

He received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, and continued his studies in the United States with a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University.

A graduate of RIT, Michael Graff began his career with Press of A. Colish in Mt. Vernon, NY, in 1980 and remained after it was rechristened as Americom Graphics following several mergers. He shot up the corporate ladder, becoming senior vice president of sales, then executive vice president. Mr. Graff helped build sales eclipsing the $45 million mark.

After Americom joined Sandy Alexander, Michael not only managed personal sales of $15 million, he also was appointed to serve as the director of color and prepress operations for the entire organization. Under his leadership, Sandy Alexander was the first to adopt a measurable and repeatable ICC profile database. Mr. Graff was appointed president and CEO of Sandy Alexander in 2008. He has also served as a firefighter for 20-plus years in New City, NY.

The gala’s festivities will also celebrate this year’s nearly 450 gold, silver, bronze and pewter Gold Ink Award winners across approximately 50 categories.

Advanced seating registration for the Monday, Oct. 8, Gold Ink & Hall of Fame Awards Gala is required. For more information on attending, contact Mike Cooper at (215) 238-5434 or e-mail



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