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Graphics of the Americas--Flourishing In Florida

March 2001

The opening day ended with the 18th annual GALA Hall of Fame awards banquet. This year's honorees included Joe Arriola, the first Cuban-American and the second Floridian to receive the coveted Eagle Trophy. Just prior to the show, Arriola had announced the sale of his company, Avanti/Case-Hoyt, to St. Ives plc for a reported $42 million.

During his acceptance speech, Arriola told the record-breaking audience of more than 400 people that he intended to spend time helping his five children with some of his other business ventures.

In addition, Arriola received a special Lifetime Achievement Award from Printing Impressions—one of the sponsors of the GALA awards banquet—for his dedication to the industry, numerous charitable acts over the years (especially following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992), involvement in civic affairs and in recognition of his business acumen in building Avanti/Case-Hoyt into the largest minority-owned printing company in America.

Avanti/Case-Hoyt operates from two manufacturing facilities based in Miami and Rochester, NY. It specializes in brochures and catalogs for the retail, cruise line, commercial and automotive markets, as well as in annual reports.

New York-based Berenson Minella & Co. acted as a financial advisor to Avanti/Case-Hoyt during the sale of the company.

Avanti/Case-Hoyt will become part of St. Ives' U.S. Division, joining existing commercial printing facilities in Hollywood, FL, and Cleveland, which serve the publication, catalog and commercial markets. With expected annualized sales of $230 million, the division is headed by Wayne Angstrom, president and CEO. Gene Martinez will continue as president and Robert Walters as COO at Avanti/Case-Hoyt.

The second 2001 GALA inductee was Brazilian printer Louival Dantas. In 1968, Dantas founded his first printing company, Grafica Vera Cruz. Four years later, he created and became director/president of Editora Grafica Ipiur. Dantas also owns the Web Editora publishing house. He was the third Brazilian to receive the GALA Eagle Trophy.

Longtime Leader
A recognized leader in Brazil's printing industry, Dantas has served as vice president and president of the Federal District Union of Printing Companies; president of the National ABIGRAF Steering Council and the Brasilia Trade Print; and president of the Federal District Federation of Printers.

Another highlight of Graphics of the Americas 2001 was a unique exhibit from the U.S. Secret Service. Demonstrated were anti-counterfeiting techniques, as well as technology changes that have been incorporated into the printing of U.S. currency. At last year's show, the U.S. Treasury exhibited its $1 billion Bureau of Engraving and Printing display, which also featured Mary Ellen Withrow, U.S. treasurer, on hand to autograph currency.

The fourth-annual Salsa Party was held on the show floor immediately following the exhibition on Saturday, February 3, for both attendees and exhibitors.

Held in conjunction with Graphics of the Americas, 45 seminars—including some in Spanish—were spread over four days to accommodate attendees without interfering with their exhibit visits. Once again, an international business pavilion equipped with high-speed communications was set up to provide foreign visitors with a relaxing environment to conduct business meetings.

The next Graphics of the Americas will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center February 1 to February 3, 2002. As this year's show ended, a record number of exhibitors had already signed up for next year's event, reports Chris Price, vice president and general manager. So mark your calendars. The keepers of Booker T surely will.

 

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