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February 2003

James Herbst, president of the commercial print group of Henry Wurst Inc., Apex, NC, was recently named chair of the board of directors for the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF). Expected to hold their positions for one year, the officers are: vice-chair, Jim Mayers, president of Colorcraft of Virginia, Sterling, VA; treasurer, Charles Zunk, an industry consultant based in Cincinnati; and secretary, Laura Gale, vice president of priNexus, Norcross, GA.

Larry Warter, director of new business development for Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., will extend his term as the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) chairman another year. As such, the executive committee for the PGSF board of directors will remain the same with the exception of Jeff White, director of sales operations at Printcafe Software, who becomes the newly elected secretary of the board. Other new members of the 36-person PGSF board are: George Diamantis, president of National Print Group,Chattanooga, TN; Susan Kelly, president of Raine Consulting, Glen Ellyn, IL; and Doug Yeager, vice president of manufacturing at Alcom Printing Group, Harleysville, PA.

The Regional Printing Industry Advisory Group (RPIAG) has announced its new board of directors. It includes Chairman Scott Landis, Berryville Graphics; Secretary Thomas Dahbura, Hub Labels; and immediate past chair Bill Pence, Perry Judd's. Board members include: Christine Buckley-Henry, Buckley's Printing; Garon Gembe, Graphics Universal; and Ed Altemose, Quebecor World.

PrintImage International—formerly the National Association of Quick Printers—has selected the winners of the 2003 Association Awards. The Printer of the Year is Becky Whatley, Quality Printing, Riverside, CA. The Honorary Lifetime Member award winner is Carl Gerhardt, Allegra Print & Imaging, Colorado Springs, CO. The Industry Award of Distinction went to Debra Thompson, TG & Associates, Tucson, AZ.

John Sample has been hired as the director of sales and marketing at Peake Printers, Cheverly, MD. Sample has 12 years of sales and marketing experience in the printing industry.

Amy Sanchez has been promoted to manager of customer service for Custom Printing, Oxnard, CA. Sanchez has worked for the firm for two years. She formerly was a sales assistant.

Paul Nicholson has been promoted to vice president of MIS at EU Services, Rockville, MD. Nicholson began his career at EU Services over four years ago as a computer programmer. In other company news, Gary Belski has been promoted to sales executive with EU's sales division. A long-time employee of EU, Belski began his career in 1992 as a sheetfed press operator, and transferred into estimating and job planning five years ago.

Sonia O'Donnell has been named manager of new business development for the Graphic Arts Show Co. In her newly created position, O'Donnell will develop specialized exhibit platforms and related educational forums for all GASC venues designed to showcase technology opportunities for printers seeking diversification.

I. Gregg Van Wert has announced the formation of The Haven Group, a consultancy that specializes in advancing the business, communications and planning objectives of client companies. Van Wert is the former president of the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL).


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