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Ben Franklin Honor Society Inducts Eight Industry Notables

November 14, 2011

Diane Romano, HudsonYards
In addition to being president and COO of HudsonYards, Romano is a partner in Caps Visual Communication, its parent company. She serves on several industry boards and as co-Chair of NYU’s Center for Graphic Communications Management and Technology. Romano is a well-known industry speaker and the recipient of numerous prestigious industry awards. She previously held the position of Group Managing Director of Schawk Inc. Prior to that, Romano was President, Media & Entertainment Group of Seven Worldwide and President of Applied Graphics Technologies (AGT).

Hal Slager, Trico Graphics

1Slager has served his local affiliate, Printing Industry of Illinois/Indiana Association (PII), for more than 12 years—three years as Treasurer and the balance as a director on the board. Additionally, he served on its finance committee for more than twelve years and as a member of PII’s Marketing Committee for three years. On the national level, Trico served as the Finance Committee Chairman and has been a member of the officers ranks for the last six years. He has chaired the Investment Committee since its creation four years ago and took the lead in setting up the Investment Committee of Printing Industries of America, interviewing potential investment firms along with other volunteers and directing the association to place its assets within a managed portfolio. Slager is a leader, visionary, and scholar and, most importantly, a friend to many in the industry.

Edward G. Slezycki, Wikoff Color

For more than 30 years, Slezycki has been a vastly sought-after individual in the printing industry. His expertise in troubleshooting pressroom issues runs the gamut of mechanical, electrical, lithographic, and personnel issues. From Service Manager at Miller Printing Equipment in Pittsburgh, to the Director of Customer Service at MLP USA, to his current position as Corporate Technical Service Manager at Wikoff Color, Slezycki has certainly assembled an expansive array of knowledge that brands him as a unique necessity for this line of work. He made his presence known in the printing industry yet again by joining both the Craftsman’s and Litho Clubs and by serving in many official capacities in these organizations.

Slezycki holds several copyrights, was the recipient of an InterTech Technology Award in 2000 for the development of Digital Register Analysis, is Six-Sigma Certified, a G7 Expert, Past President of the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen—Pittsburgh Chapter. He is also a member of TAGA, NPES, LPIA, and the Lithographers Club of Chicago.

Michael R. Stief, Intelligencer Printing
Right out of high school, Stief started as a pressroom helper in 1977, was promoted to pressroom foreman in 1990, and promoted yet again in 1993 to plant supervisor. In 2003, he was named the company’s CEO. Intelligencer has been consistently ranked as an industry profit leader, and it has also been a top Graphic Arts Association Neographics Award winner.

Stief’s love of teaching has benefitted the many employees and individuals he has mentored. He has been a strong advocate for the importance of technical education, encouraging students to seek a career in the trade and urging educators to guide students to consider secondary education in technical programs. Stief is a long-standing member of the Susquehanna Litho Club and has served on various boards at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Lancaster County Career & Technology Center, and Millersville University.

Richard D. Warner, Printing Industries of America

Warner is a security printing consultant and risk management advisor to the brand protection and document verification/authentication industries. He has a 35-year career in the graphic arts industry, serving as Vice President and Director of the Research Department at Printing Industries of America. Warner served as Vice Chairman of the General Council of the IARIGAI (International Association of Research Institutes for the Graphic Arts Industries). Additionally, he was a member of the R&E Council of the Graphic Arts Industry, Inc. The Inter-Society Color Council, the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, Specifications for Web Offset Printing, ANSI, SNAP, and the ISO TAG Committee. Further, Warner has published numerous industry papers, is a coauthor of a primer titled Introduction to Security Printing, and is also an inventor with several U.S. patents.

The Ben Franklin Honor Society of Printing Industries of America recognizes and honors industry leaders who have made lasting contributions to advancing the printing and graphic communications industries. This includes, but is not limited to, Printing Industries of America and its affiliates and the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF). Industry visionaries who have rendered outstanding or meritorious service to those associations or the industry are eligible for membership.

About Printing Industries of America

Printing Industries of America is the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with approximately one million employees. It serves the interests of 10,000 member companies. Together with its nationwide affiliate network, Printing Industries delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency, and profitability of its members and the graphic communications industry through advocacy, education, research, and technical information.

Source: PIA.


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