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Ben Franklin Honor Society Inducts Eight Industry Notables

November 14, 2011
PITTSBURGH—Nov. 14, 2011—Eight industry leaders were formally inducted into the Ben Franklin Honor Society of Printing Industries of America at a black-tie induction and awards ceremony held November 11, 2011, at Printing Industries’ Fall Administrative Meetings held in Miami Beach, Florida.

Michael D. First, Chairman, Graph Com
First’s contributions to the printing industry are many. He served his local affiliate, Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia, in the officers ranks from 1999 to 2002: as First Vice Chairman in 1999, Chairman Elect and Treasurer to the Board of Directors in 2000, Chairman of the Board in 2001, and Past Chairman in 2002. Further, in 2002, First was selected to represent his affiliate on Printing Industries of America’s Board of Directors, where he also acted as Education Chairman and served on the Executive Committee. He was a member of the Long Range Planning and Presidents Conference Committees.

William J. Gibson, Burton & Mayer

Gibson was just recently named as the Illinois State Director for the newly created Great Lakes Graphics Association, which was the merger of Printing Industries of Wisconsin (PIW) and Printing Industry Association Illinois/Indiana (PII). He has served on the board of PII and is the past President of the Ben Franklin Club in Chicago. Gibson is also Past Chairman of the Education and Presidents Conference Committees as well as Printing Industries of America Board of Directors.

Gibson got his start in the industry by working in his family’s printing company, Gibson Printing Company. He purchased the company from his father in 1982 and ran Gibson Graphics until 2000, when he sold it to Rider Dickerson, but remained with the company to serve as its vice president of sales.

Ken Rizzo, Printing Industries of America (posthumous)
Rizzo started working as a consultant for GATF in 1990 and left in 2000 to become a process engineer for Gulf States Paper Corporation, one of the country’s largest producers of packaging products and paperboard, but he returned to the nonprofit world, re-joining Printing Industries of America (formerly GATF) in 2006. Among his most recent accomplishments was the creation and development of 2009 of Printing Industries’ Digital Production Assessment (DPA) and Digital Production Excellence Accreditation (DPEA audit certificate) programs.

Sadly, Mr. Rizzo, Director of Technical and Lean Services, passed away suddenly on Feb. 15, 2011, while on assignment in suburban Boston. He was a loyal and dedicated employee, author, workshop leader, speaker, and among the world’s most knowledgeable people for production efficiency and excellence.
 

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