GPO Chief of Staff Is Honored

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Government Printing Office’s (GPO) chief of staff, Maria Lefevre, was honored by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business for her accomplishments at the agency. The awards honor women executives, business owners and entrepreneurs for making a positive impact in their professions. Lefevre, the first female chief of staff in the 150-year history of GPO, took executive of the year honors, as one of the top executives in public and private sector organizations worldwide.

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.

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