The Label Printing Industry Association (LPIA), a special industry group of the Printing Industries of America, recently inducted William Smyth Jr., of Smyth Companies, St. Paul, MN, into the LPIA Hall of Fame.

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) recently completed a total revision of the competencies that form the basis for instruction in PrintED, a national accreditation program for graphic communications at the secondary and post-secondary levels. In addition, GAERF has begun developing a national exit exam for students in PrintED classes to accommodate its adoption as a state-mandated program.

The National Council for Skill Standards in Graphic Communications has announced new officers and board members for 2003. The executive committee and officers include: Susan Kinney, board chairman, owner/president, The Castle Press; Donald Friedel, board vice-chair, vice president of organizational development, Anderson Lithograph; Frank Kanonik, secretary/treasurer, national program manager, customer education services, Xerox Corp. Co-chairs of the skill standards and certification committee include: Alan Clayton, supervisor, program development, Westinghouse Savannah River Co.; and Richard Mix, technical director, Flexographic Technical Association. Co-chairs of the promotion and dissemination committee: Raymond Corigliano, division technical trainer, Vertis Inc.; and William Kindt, quality manager, Worth Higgins & Associates. New board members include Paul Fecke, general manager of press operations, Quad/Graphics; James Goff, bindery manager, Vertis Inc.; Charles Kruger, quality and training specialist, Lake County Press; Damian McInerney, training specialist, Cadmus Communications; Todd Roth, press department director, The West Group; and Cindy Cole Semans, process and skills improvement manager, Packaging Corp. of America.

Gregg Leland has been named as vice president of operations for Chicago-based Rider Dickerson.

PIA MidAmerica has elected new officers for the next fiscal year. The association’s incoming chairman is John Frullo, vice president of Midtown Printing & Graphics, Lubbock, TX. Chuck Chalifoux is vice chairman. He is president and CEO of ColorDynamics, Allen, TX. The second vice-chairman is David DeLana, president and CEO of Heritage Press, El Reno, OK. Secretary is Michael Wurst, president and CEO of Henry Wurst Inc., North Kansas City, MO. John Barry fills the position of treasurer. Barry is the owner and president of Jay Kay Press, Dallas. John Snyder, the association’s present chairman, will serve as an officer of the association and hold the position of immediate past-chairman. Snyder is the president of Johnston Printing, Dallas.

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