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Two Industry Veterans to Be Honored

MIAMI BEACH, FL—At the upcoming 19th annual Graphic Arts Leaders of the Americas (GALA) awards banquet and reception, to be held here during Graphics of the Americas 2002, two industry leaders will be honored for their lifetime industry achievements and their significant contributions to the graphic arts.

Hans Peetz-Larsen, CEO of Heidelberg Americas, and José Zamora Contreras, CEO of PROCOEL S.A., have been named GALA North and Latin American award recipients (respectively) for 2002 by the Printing Association of Florida (PAF).

GALA Award recipients 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. This unique, dual-recipient award was established by the PAF to acknowledge the link between the North American and Latin American graphic arts communities.

Peetz-Larsen has been a member of the North American graphic arts community for more than two decades. He was named president of the former Heidelberg Eastern in 1974—a position he held until 1993 when Heidelberg Eastern and Heidelberg West merged to form Heidelberg USA.

In 1998, Peetz-Larsen rose to his current position while simultaneously serving as chairman of Heidelberg USA, Heidelberg Canada, Heidelberg Mexico and as a board member of NexPress. He also serves on the boards of PIA and GATF, as well as the board of advisors of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Zamora has been involved in the graphic arts industry since 1975, starting out as an administrative officer. He has been with Mexico City-based PROCOEL S.A. since 1983. Zamora volunteers extensively and is currently secretary of the Unión de Crédito de la Industria Litográfica and president of the Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Artes Gráficas.

The GALA Awards banquet and reception will be held 7 p.m. Friday, February 1, in conjunction with the Graphics of the Americas show, which expects more than 25,000 domestic and international attendees and over 600 exhibitors.

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