Cary Printing has promoted Debbie Roberson to fill the position of mailing manager. She has been with the Cary, NC-based company for less than a year, but has more than 20 years of mailing experience.

Patrick O’Brien has joined Direct Group in Trenton, NJ, as vice president of sales and business development.

Padgett Printing in Dallas reports that Matt Pluta has joined the company’s sales team. Pluta joined Padgett from Buchanan Visual Communications where he was a sales representative.

Baltimore-based Vertis announced that Jim Litwin has joined the company as vice president of marketing research. In his new role, Litwin now leads Vertis’ Customer Focus studies and RISC programs, client research and customer care.

The Web Offset Association (WOA), a special industry group of PIA/GATF, announced the appointment of its 2005-2006 officers for the board of directors. Ralph Pontillo, Transcontinental Printing, Fairborn, OH, becomes the 35th chairman. Serving as vice chairman is Art Salayda, Evergreen Publishing and Printing, Bellmawr, NJ; and immediate past chairman is Edward Majerczak, Berlin Industries, Carol Stream, IL. New directors to the board include: Robert Castillo, Press of Ohio, Brimfield, OH; Peter Conway, Courier Corp., North Chelmsford, MA; Matt Edwards, Alliance Press, Knoxville, TN; Craig Faust, Hi-Liter Graphics, Burlington, WI; George Glisan, Hickory Printing Group, Hickory, NC; Dennis Meyer, Banta Corp., Menasha, WI; Kelly Reesor, Publishers Printing, Shepherdsville, KY; and Stephen Spenlinhauer, Spencer Press, Wells, ME.

Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department has established an endowment in honor of the late Terry Bell and the company he helped build, ColorGraphics Inc. The endowment will support growth in several areas of the Graphic Communication program. It is part of the Graphic Communication Department’s 2006 60th anniversary $2.5 million development program.

Dickinson Press, Grand Rapids, MI, announced that Jim Pentecost has joined the company as president, CEO and a member of the board of directors. Pentecost most recently was employed by Vertis Inc.

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