Ben Franklin Honor Society Inducts Nine Industry Notables

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.

Izquierdo pioneered work in developing the association’s educational foundation, RAISE, which organized a focused effort to assist secondary-level graphic arts educational programs. Printing Industries of America presented her with its Educator Award of Excellence in 2006 and the Naomi Berber Award in 2008, an award recognizing outstanding women in the graphic arts industry. She also played a vital role in developing the Choose Print campaign, an ongoing campaign supported by Printing Industries of America and almost all of its affiliates, and she is now in discussion with the leaders of CANAGRAF to extend Choose Print to Mexico.

Michael Keene—Keene has served as president of The John Roberts Co. since 1986 and as CEO since 1994. He has been a driving force behind the sustainability efforts at the printer. Keene is a long-serving member of his local PIA affiliate board and was recognized in 2007 as The Outstanding Graphic Arts Industry Leader of the Year for Printing Industry Midwest. He was also recognized with the Vision Award from the Web Offset Association and is a member of Printing Impressions/RIT Hall of Fame.

Nationally, Keene has served as chairman of the Web Offset Association, chairman of the Presidents Conference Committee, and is the immediate past chairman of Printing Industries of America’s board of directors.