PINE President Jim Tepper to Retire, Replacement SelectedDecember 15, 2011
Tepper has been with the association since late 1976, joining the staff as the director of education and quickly being named as the assistant executive director adding labor relations activities to his responsibilities. He assumed the role of executive director in early 1984 and has remained as PINE’s chief staff executive since then, changing titles to president in 1990.
The association grew from 125 members when Tepper joined the staff, to more than 500 at its peak in the late ’90s. It has slimmed down to the current membership of 350+ as the industry has contracted in recent years.
On April 1, 2012, Tepper will assume the title of president emeritus and Charles Parker, former owner of Odyssey Press, will assume the full-time role of president. Tepper will work with the new chief executive over the ensuing months effecting a transition aimed at providing continuous services and support to the membership.
Parker, from a printing family, brings a long history in the industry to the position, along with the vision of expanding the base and scope of the association.
During Tepper’s tenure, the association has expanded many services and has moved locations twice, each time to larger and more regionally located space. In 1998, he oversaw the selection of a site and the construction of the current headquarters building at the intersection of major arteries connecting New England.
Under Tepper’s guidance, the association expanded its insurance programs establishing its own insurance agency, launched a sponsored member employee focused credit union, which was eventually merged into a major regional institution, began an association owned credit and collection agency serving the industry, purchased and operated a regional trade magazine, created and ran for over seven years a regional trade show, and has instituted a host of value added partnerships with vendors providing member focused products, services, and benefits.
Over the 35+ years with PINE, Tepper has been active in both national and local organizations and efforts. Among the many positions he has held were: Chairman of the PIA managers group, serving on the Boards of PIA and GATF, member of the PIA finance committee for over 15 years, served on a number of national task forces dealing with dues and insurance issues, as well as serving on numerous management committees. Jim is a trustee of the Printing Industries Consolidated Trust and Secretary and trustee of the PINE Health Benefits Trust, both providing employee benefits to employees of member firms.