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GALA Award Recipients to be Honored at Graphics of the Americas 2012

September 6, 2011
ORLANDO—September 6, 2011—The Printing Association of Florida (PAF) proudly announces this year’s recipients of the 2012 Graphic Arts Leaders of the Americas (GALA) Award. This is the GALA’s 29 year.
Susan Kinney and Gabriel Comelli Berruti will each receive PAF’s prestigious GALA Award during the annual reception and banquet held in conjunction with the Graphics of the Americas Expo & Conference being held in Miami Beach, Florida, on March 1-3, 2012.
Both Kinney and Comelli Berruti will accept their awards before an international audience of graphic arts industry leaders and guests at the annual GALA Awards reception and banquet being held at 7:00 p.m. on March 1, 2012, in the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island.

Graphic Arts Leaders of the Americas (GALA)

Established in 1982, the GALA Award is one of the printing industry’s most prestigious recognitions awarded to outstanding industry professionals each year. GALA recipients are nominated by Printing Industries of America affiliates and CONLATINGRAF (Confederación Latinoamericana de la Industria Gráfica) members and are chosen for their leadership in areas of management, technology, business and quality; as well as their contributions to the graphic arts industry, their community and society in general.
Since its inauguration, the GALA Award symbolizes not only industry excellence but also the linking of the Americas and two major industry associations.

Susan Kinney, President, Castle Press in Pasadena, CA - North American Graphic Leader 2012

Founded in 1931 as a printer of fine limited-edition books, Castle Press has, under Kinney’s leadership, grown into a commercial printing company widely recognized for the meticulous attention it devotes to the quality of its products and for the flexibility and speed of the leading-edge technologies it employs. Kinney purchased the company in 1979 and, since the acquisition, sales have grown from $200,000 to over $6 million.

Today, Castle Press offers variable-copy digital and sheet-fed lithographic printing plus complete in-house mailing services, including database management and ink-jet, addressing the needs of a diverse range of organizations in many industries.

In her lengthy career, Kinney has dedicated years of service to the American printing industry. She currently serves on the following committees and boards: PIA Southern California Board of Directors since 1984-Past President; PIA Southern California Education Committee Chair; PIASC Nominating Committee; PIA/GATF Education Committee; PIA/GATF Research Committee; and the GUA Board Member since 2006-Kodak Users Group.


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