2012 Printing Industry Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Carl Gerhardt, chairman, Allegra Network, Plymouth, MI.
David Harding, president and CEO, HardingPoorman Group, Indianapolis.
Volker Petersen, president and CEO, Brown Printing, Waseca, MN
Michael Graff, president and CEO, Sandy Alexander, Clifton, NJ.
Under David Harding’s guidance, Harding Poorman Group (HPG), a $34 million business, has been recognized nationally and by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce the past four years as one of the “Best Places to Work,” finishing eighth in the most recent competition.
Prior to HPG, Mr. Harding owned The Printing Co. for 17 years, eventually selling it to a consolidator. The Printing Co. was elected to the Management Plus Hall of Fame of the NAPL. Prior to owning The Printing Co., he was a radio news reporter and talk show host for 12 years.
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.