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

September 6, 2011

In past years, she has served the Xeikon User Group as President, National Council for Skill Standards in Graphic Communications as Past Chair, R & E Council Executive Committee, GATF Board of Directors, GATF Education Committee, GATF Marketing Committee Chair, PIASC Production Conference Chair, PIASC Sales Conference Chair, and the PIASC Management Conference Chair.

Kinney is the only woman in the United States to be inducted into all three printing industry honor Societies: Ash Khan (PIA), Society of Fellows (GATF), Soderstrom Society (NAPL). She has also received numerous additional awards including: Pasadena Women Achievers-Business Life - 2006; CITEA Industry Person of the Year - 2005; Women in Business Award Carol Liu & Jack Scott - 2005; Print On Demand Pioneer Award - 2000; GATF Leadership Award for National Skill Standards -1995; PIASC Pioneer of the Year - 1993; GATF Award of Excellence - 1992; GATF Naomi Berber Award 1992; PIASC Industry Award - 1991; award from California Department of Education for Graphic Arts Academy - 1991; PIA Southern California Executive of the Year; and winner of the Ben Franklin Award - 1990.

Kinney has written numerous articles on education issues for trade publications, and has been a sought-after speaker on issues ranging from education to variable data and digital printing. Industry venues and events in which she has participated include: PIASC Sales Club; Research and Engineering Conferences; International Association of Business Communicators; Spectrum; Non-Heatset Web Conference; ADA; On Demand; VuePoint; Seybold; UCLA Strategic Sourcing; Xplor; Tech Alert; Variables; PrintFest; PODI; and the NAPL Top Management Conference.

Gabriel Comelli Berruti, Impresora Policolor - Latin American Graphic Leader 2012
GOA Gabriel Comelli

The Latin American Confederation of the Printing Industries, CONLATINGRAF, has selected Gabriel Comelli Berruti as the 2012 Latin American Graphic Leader. Comelli Berruti is the owner and director of Impresora Policolor, a printing company located in the center of Montevideo, Republic Of Uruguay. The firm specializes in producing and distributing calendars nationwide.

Comelli Berruti began his career in 1980 in his future father in-law’s business, where he honed his skills until 1993. When the company was sold, he became printing area manager at Impresos S.A., a prestigious graphic firm. In 1995, he established his own company that developed into a well-known entity, not only in the capital, but also throughout Uruguay.

Comelli Berruti has an extensive association history. He has attended courses and seminars organized by the Association of Uruguayan Printers (today the Graphic Industrialists Association), and has held the directorship of CENGRAF, the association’s graphic training center.

He became a collaborating member in the Uruguayan Printing Association and held several positions within the association including president, vice president, and representative to CONLATINGRAF.

In his long and distinguished career as a representative to the Federation, Comelli Berruti was honored in 1998 as a Member of the Advisory Board of the organization, a distinction that is granted only to past presidents and those who have excelled in their participation at national and regional levels. Currently, he serves as Treasurer in the CIFAG (Latin American Corporation for Education in the Printing Industry) institution, directly related to CONLATINGRAF. His professional training includes participation in courses by AIU/AIGU, Training for Teachers in Bogotá by CIFAG/GTZ, courses in Germany on the implementation of Dual Education by GTZ, and Training for Entrepreneurs on Negotiations, by EMPRETEC/BID.

Graphics of the Americas 2012 is scheduled for March 1-3, 2012 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. To register or for more information, please visit

About Printing Association of Florida (PAF)
The Printing Association of Florida is one of the most active and influential printing associations in North America, with headquarters in Orlando, Fla. More than 400 Florida-based graphic arts companies consider PAF their ultimate business partner. Governed by an all-volunteer board of directors elected by its membership, PAF is a not-for-profit association representing the interests of the graphic arts industry throughout the state. PAF is affiliated with Printing Industries of America, the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, making PAF members a part of the largest, most comprehensive graphic arts advocacy organization in the world. PAF is located at 6275 Hazeltine National Drive, Orlando, FL 32822, by phone: (407) 240-8009 Fax: (407) 240-8333, and on the Web at

About Graphics of the Americas (GOA)
Now in its 37th year, Graphics of the Americas is produced annually by Printing Association of Florida, Inc., an industry trade association. GOA 2012 is scheduled for March 1-3, 2012 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. GOA is one of the graphic communications industry’s largest annual combined exposition and conference in the U.S. With worldwide attendance, GOA is a unique event that attracts over 9,500 printers, designers, and creative professionals from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Source: GOA.


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