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PIA Announces 2010 Officers and Board of Directors

November 17, 2009
PITTSBURGH—November 17, 2009—Printing Industries of America is pleased to announce the installation of its 2010 Officers and Board of Directors. An installation ceremony took place on November 15, 2009, at Printing Industries' Fall Administrative Meetings held in Charleston, SC.
 
Chairman of the Board-Bill Gibson, Vice President of Sales, Trico Graphics, Inc., Chicago, IL
Gibson grew up in a family tradition of print. In 1908, his grandfather started Gibson Graphics, Inc., a commercial sheetfed printing company in Chicago, and Gibson's father took over the company after World War II. After graduating college, Mr. Gibson worked for Waverly Publishing until his father decided to sell Gibson Graphics in 1982. Gibson purchased the company and ran it until 1998 when he sold it to Rider Dickerson. He remained with the company as Vice President of Sales until joining Trico last year. He is active in his local affiliate, Printing Industry of Illinois/Indiana Association (PII), and serves on its board. He is also past president of the Ben Franklin Club of Chicago and past chairman of both Printing Industries of America's Presidents Conference Advisory Committee and Education Committee.
 
1st Vice Chairman-Michael Keene, President and CEO, The John Roberts Company, Minneapolis, MN

Keene started his career while attending The University of Minnesota. After graduating in 1972, he was appointed supervisor of the prepress department and was named Vice President in 1982. Keene has served as president of The John Roberts Company since 1986 and as Chief Executive Officer since 1994. During Keene's tenure, The John Roberts Company has increased market share and maintained a reputation for technical excellence and the effective integration of new technologies. Spearheading the company's investment in ISO 9001:2000 certification is just one of the ways in which he has led The John Roberts Co. into the highly competitive global economy of the 21st century.

2nd Vice Chairman-Laura Lawton-Forsyth of Lawton Printing, Inc., Spokane, WA
Laura Lawton-Forsyth is President of Lawton Printing, Inc. and File-EZ Folder, Inc., both located in Spokane, WA. She is the fourth generation to join the family business, working full-time beginning in January 1991 and becoming President in October 2001. Lawton-Forsyth's industry involvement is extensive. She has been involved with the Pacific Printing & Imaging Association (PPI) since 2002, most recently becoming Board President in 2008. She has been affiliated with Printing Industries of America since 2001, serving as R&D Committee Member in 2001; Board Member 2002-present; Chair, Young Print Professionals Group, 2004-present; Chair, Education Committee and Executive Committee member 2006-present; and Finance Committee Member, 2008-present. She has also been a Kodak Commercial Printing Advisory Group Member, serving from 2004 to 2007.
 

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