PAF’s 2010 GALA Recipients to be Honored at Graphics of the Americas

ORLANDO—July 14, 2009—The Printing Association of Florida (PAF) proudly announces the recipients of the 2010 Graphic Arts Leaders of the Americas (GALA) Award recipients.

John R. Berthelsen, President and CEO, Suttle-Straus; and Carlos Hernan Aguirre Vargas, Director and General Manager, Quebecor World Chile S.A.; will receive PAF’s prestigious GALA Award during the annual reception held in conjunction with the Graphics of the Americas Expo & Conference, being held in Miami Beach, Fla. February 25-27, 2010.

Berthelsen and Hernan Aguirre Vargas will receive the award before an international audience of graphic arts industry leaders and guests at the annual awards banquet and reception.

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 PIA 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 27 years ago, the GALA Award symbolizes not only industry excellence but also the linking of the Americas and two major industry associations.

John R. Berthelsen – North American Graphic Leader 2010
John R. Berthelsen is the President and CEO of Suttle-Straus. During his tenure, the company has been recognized six times by American Printer magazine in its annual listing of the “Top 50 Fastest Growing” printers in the U.S. Also, Suttle-Straus has been recognized for nine consecutive years (2000-2008) as one of the Master Printers of America “Best Workplace” companies, signifying superior employee relations.

Suttle-Straus was also recognized as one of the outstanding printing operations in North America by the National Association of Printers and Lithographers (NAPL). Since 1982, it has received three gold awards and one silver award in the NAPL Management Plus program. In 1990, the organization was the sixth printer to be inducted into the NAPL Printing Hall of Fame.

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