Retiring Keenan to Be Honored by Printing Industries Alliance at Franklin AwardsSeptember 4, 2014
Keenan joined the organization as vice president in 2006 as part of the organization’s expansion into the Metro New York region. She made an immediate and positive contribution assisting the organization in understanding the various elements and concerns of the metro New York graphic communications industry.
From 1993 to 2006, she served as vice president, executive vice president, and president of the Association of Graphic Communications. A consummate professional, a great deal of Keenan's career has been devoted to representing the industry’s interests with regard to federal, state, and local governmental affairs. In this capacity, she has been involved in a variety of critical issues including sales tax on postage and direct mail, clean air regulations, and creation of an $8 million Printers Relocation Fund, to name just a few.
She started her career in Washington with successful positions as a senior government and public affairs representative for the National Newspaper Association, Bechtel Corp. and the American Consulting Engineers Council.
Keenan has served for many years on the NYC Dept. of Education’s Graphic Arts Industry Advisory Commission. She was a founding board officer of the now Graphic Communications Scholarship Foundation, a member of the East Orange (NJ) High School’s Printing and Graphic Communications Center Advisory Committee and represented the industry on two separate NYC Mayoral Advisory Committees: Small Business and Graphic Arts. In 2012, she was honored with the Gold Key Award and inducted as an honorary member of the Gamma Epsilon Tau Gamma Chapter, an international Graphic Arts Honor Society at NYC College of Technology.
She has been instrumental in developing the annual Franklin Event (now the Franklin Luminaire Awards) into the premier networking event in the graphic communications industry.
In making this announcement, PIA Chairman Patrick R. Ryan commented, “PIA, and our industry, owe Vicki Keenan a debt of gratitude for her dedicated years of service and work on behalf of us all. Best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement!”
PIA President Tim Freeman remarked, “I have been pleased to call Vicki a friend since the day she started at AGC. We have worked together on a number of important industry issues through the years and much of the success we have achieved on these issues should be attributed to her business acumen and political savvy. Her knowledge and perseverance have always been big industry assets that will be hard to replace.”
The PIA membership, board and staff, wishes Keenan all the best for happy and healthy retirement.
Keenan will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Franklin Luminaire Awards program being held Sept. 17, 2014 at Pier Sixty in Manhattan. For further information contact Printing Industries Alliance at (716) 691-3211.
About the Printing Industries Alliance
Printing Industries Alliance is a printing trade organization with offices in Amherst, NY, and Roselle Park, NJ, and serving graphic communications firms in New York State, Northern New Jersey and Northwestern Pennsylvania.
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