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January 2009

Edison Holds Large-Format Seminar

NORTH BERGEN, NJ—Edison Litho & Printing held its first seminar to help its existing and potential customers—print buyers, ad agencies, graphic designers and paper companies—learn more about its large-format printing capabilities. Attendees were given a tour of Edison’s facility, along with a working demonstration of the company’s two 81? KBA Rapida 205 sheetfed presses. 

Several industry experts were on hand (pictured here, seated from the left), including Frank Romano, professor emeritus, School of Print Media at Rochester Institute of Technology; Greg Kestler, printable films manager for GPA; and Chris Travis, director of technology for KBA North America. 

Seminar topics included the potential of printing large-format jobs on different substrates, as well as the intricacies of running the largest press in the world.

The Digital Solutions Cooperative (Dscoop) has added two new members to its board of directors: R. Craig Curran, general manager of strategic solutions, Nosco, Waukegan, IL; and Mark Sarpa, president, Progressive Solutions, Santa Clara, CA. In addition, Dscoop has named two individuals to advisory board positions: Rod Key, president and CEO, R and R Images, Phoenix; and Rob Seaver, vice president of business development, TAG Marketing & Recruiting, Franklin, TN.

The Printing Association of Florida (PAF) announced that Hans Wegner, vice president of production services at Washington, DC-based National Geographic Society, has been named the recipient of the 2009 Graphic Arts Leaders of the Americas (GALA) Award for North America. Wegner is responsible for prepress, manufacturing, quality control and distribution of National Geographic, as well as the organization’s photographic imaging lab. The GALA award will be presented at the 26th annual GALA Award Banquet and Reception in Miami in February.

At Wright Imaging Solutions, Portland, OR, Stacy Plamp has been named sales coordinator for the Transactional Services Division of Wright Enterprises Holding Co. Plamp is now responsible for managing all inside sales functions at the company’s Portland facility.

Mars Graphic Services, Westville, NJ, announced that Dick Gorelick, CEO of Dick Gorelick Associates, will provide expanded advisory services to the firm’s direct mail clients and prospective customers. The company also reports that it has retained Compass Capital Partners to provide advisory services for various corporate development and marketing projects.

The 2009 officers of PIA/GATF were installed recently. They include: chairman of the board, Ken Kaufman, president of Omniprint Inc.; first vice chairman, Bill Gibson; second vice chairman, Michael Keene, president and CEO of The John Roberts Co.; secretary, Laura Lawton-Forsyth, president of Lawton Printing and File-EZ Folder; treasurer, Hal Slager of Trico Graphics, who will continue his term; and immediate past president, Janet Green, CEO, Greens Inc.

Lianne Rogers has joined the sales team at Dallas-based Padgett Printing. She previously served as a sales rep with Henry Wurst.

The Mailing & Fulfillment Service Association (MFSA) has chosen Ken Garner as the association’s CEO and president. Garner served as president and COO of United Litho, an operating division within The Sheridan Group, and most recently as vice president of business development for Sheridan Magazine Services. He succeeds David Weaver, who served as MFSA’s CEO and president for 20 years. Garner served as chairman of NAPL and on the boards of various industry organizations. He also helped found the Print Council.



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