Greg Wayne, director of manufacturing for California Offset Printers (COP) in Glendale, CA, was the winning finalist in the third annual GATF/SGI Web Press Skills Competition. Sponsored by the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, Sinapse Graphic International and MAN Roland, the contest used the SIR Heatset Web Offset Training Simulator, a virtual press, to present problem solving exercises. The competition took place during the Web Offset Association’s annual conference.

Negotiating traffic jams and finding parking spots will likely became much more enjoyable pursuits for one Metropolitan Fine Printers client. As the winner of the Vancouver-based printer’s Segway contest, Laura Rioux of Rethink Communications is now the owner of a Segway Human Transporter. The prize marks the culmination of a year-long promotional effort by Metropolitan in support of its new stochastic screening capabilities.

Randolph Camp, president of Monroe Graphics in Monroe, GA, has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF). Other elected officials include: Vice Chairman David Reny, vice president and managing director, Standard Finishing Systems, Andover, MA; and board members David Branch, president, printing division Branch-Smith Inc., Fort Worth, TX; Stanley Freimuth, executive vice president and COO, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Elmsford, NY; J. Kenneth Garner, president, United Litho, Ashburn, VA; and Dwight Vicks, president, Vicks Lithograph, Yorkville, NY.

Steven Neal has accepted an account executive position with ColorDynamics in Allen, TX. He has worked for firms such as Vertis Inc., Meredith Burda and Nevada Web Graphics during his 20-year career.

International Paper has announced the winners and finalists of its second annual “The Best Ideas on Paper” Awards. They include: Writing, Text and Cover—Corporate ID: Metropolitan Printing, Portland, OR; Writing, Text and Cover—Annual Reports/Financial: P.E.G. Solutions, Oakland, CA; Writing, Text and Cover—Collateral: Oliver Printing, Twinsburg, OH; Carolina Coated Cover—Collateral: Quality Color Graphics, Elk Grove Village, IL; Carolina Coated Cover—Packaging/POP: Structural Graphics, Essex, CT; Carolina Coated Cover—Direct Mail: Structural Graphics, Essex, CT; Accent Opaque: House of Printing, Burtonsville, MD; Williamsburg: Tropical Printing, Sarasota, FL; and Springhill or BriteHue: Extra! Extra! Graphics, St. Petersburg, FL.

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