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Four Printing Executives Inducted into Hall of Fame

September 1, 2009
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CHICAGO—With several hundred industry peers, coworkers and family members on hand, four more printing industry luminaries were formally inducted into the Printing Impressions/Rochester Institute of Technology Printing Industry Hall of Fame. This year's class included: Janet Green, CEO, Greens Printing; Ralph Pontillo, President, Miami Valley Publishing; Steve Hayes, CEO, Omaha Print; and Herb Zebrack, President, Lithographix.
Green is the third woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Judith Booth and Diane Romano. She was the first female to serve as chairman of the board for the Printing Industries of America in its 130-year existence.

Eight years ago, Ms. Green testified in front of the U.S. Senate on the subject of repealing the estate tax, an issue of importance to all private business owners across every industry. She’s also been involved with the local PIASC chapter in various executive roles since 1995, including chapter chair, public relations committee chair and member of the government affairs committee.

On the national level, Ms. Green is active with the finance, association relations, planning and government affairs committees, among others.
Pontillo graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and kicked off his 37-year career with a stint at the former Wallace Business Forms. His big break came when he joined the venerable W.A. Krueger in Scottsdale, AZ.

In 1994, Mr. Pontillo was hired by Transcontinental to right the ship of Miami Valley Publishing, located in Fairborn, OH. In January of 2009, he began negotiations with the company to take ownership of Miami Valley.

For the past 10 years, Mr. Pontillo has been an active participant with the Web Offset Association (WOA) and its board of directors; he served a three-year stint as chairman. Previously, he was on the GATF Innovations selection committee and a number of other task forces.
Hayes has spent the last 37 years continuing a proud tradition at Omaha Print, which traces its business roots back more than 150 years, before Nebraska had even been admitted to the union. After toying with the idea of going to law school, he attended the University of Northern Colorado, where he played football on a scholarship, then joined the ranks of Omaha Print. In his early years, he worked in the office products division.

Hayes took the helm of the company in 1991, and made several strategic moves. First, he divested the company of its office products division, mindful of the emergence of superstores such as Staples. Then he invested in sheetfed, followed by web, technology. Described as both a maverick and a visionary, Mr. Hayes has been an active participant with the PIA, Printing Industries of the Midlands and NAPL.

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