David C. Branch, president of Branch-Smith Printing, Fort Worth, TX, has been named the recipient of the 2003 Sheetfed Executive of the Year Award by the National Association for Printing Leadership, the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation and the Printing Industries of America. Branch is the ninth award recipient.

Gregory Iott has joined Banta Book Group, Menasha, WI, as market sector vice president. Previously, he held management positions at J.J. Keller, and served as vice president of catalog management at Miles Kimball and more recently as vice president of business development with 4Imprint.

Charles Wolfe and Vernie Gullick, lead pressmen at Worth Higgins & Associates, Richmond, VA, have achieved National Council Expert Level Sheetfed Offset Press Operator certification from the National Council for Skills Standards in Graphic Communications. This designation recognizes an exceptional level of knowledge about offset press operations, the handling of raw materials and quality control of the finished product. Ten pressmen at Worth Higgins have now attained this skill level.

Al Starzyk has been appointed senior vice president of sales for Toppan Printing, Somerset, NJ. Most recently, Starzyk served as senior vice president of sales for Bowne Business Communication, a position he held for more than 10 years. Starzyk replaces Peter Grant who left Toppan to pursue other interests.

Clarence Schawk has received the Association of Graphic Solutions Providers’ (IPA) most prestigious honor, the Leonard Holzinger Award. Schawk is chairman of Schawk Inc., Des Plaines, IL.

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