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Ben Franklin Honor Society Inducts Nine Industry Notables

November 12, 2012
PITTSBURGH—Nov. 12, 2012—Nine industry leaders were recently inducted into the Ben Franklin Honor Society of Printing Industries of America at a black-tie induction and awards ceremony during the association’s Fall Administrative Meetings, which was held in Spokane, WA.

William English—English began his career at Superior Business Solutions in Kalamazoo, MI. He served as a sales representative and IT director in 1977 and in 1994 was named president. Superior Business Solutions, originally Superior Business Forms, is a third-generation printing solutions reseller.

English was a member of the Young Presidents Organization from 1994 to 2004, and served as its chapter forum officer from 2002 to 2003. He served on the Document Management Industries Assn.’s board of directors from 2000 to 2003, receiving its President’s Award in 2008; and on the Print Education and Research Foundation’s board of trustees from 2006 to 2012, including serving as vice chairman from 2007 to 2008 and chairman from 2008 to 2012.

Gary Garner—Garner was first exposed to the printing industry in 1969 with a printing class at Columbia Heights High School. He quickly became the teacher’s assistant and, in his senior year at the age of 17, he began working for a local building supply company to help produce its wholesale, loose-leaf lumber catalog. Garner later began working for a small printing company in Minneapolis and, over the years, gained experience in printing sales.

In 1984, he and two partners founded General Litho Services (GLS). Today, Garner serves as president and has served on its board of directors and as chairman. He was also named to Printing Industries of America’s board of directors.

Mary Garnett—Garnett has been working with Printing Industries of America’s members for more than 19 years. She has brought creativity, fresh new ideas to the association, and her programs have brought honor and distinction to Printing Industries of America as well as accolades from attendees.

Garnett also serves as the publisher of The Magazine and is the co-author of “Social Media Field Guide: A Resource for Graphic Communicators.” Prior to joining Printing Industries of America, her professional experience has been with universities and colleagues in U.S. military educational programs in Korea, Germany, and the United States. 

Ara Izquierdo—Izquierdo began her career when she joined the Printing Industries Assn. of Southern California more than 42 years ago. She quickly became the office manager and a key staff member. During an extended disability leave of then-manager, Henry Henneberg, she effectively ran the association.


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