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January 2008
Open House Offers Cash Grab

CHATSWORTH, CA—Impress Communications recently hosted an open house at its new facility here, which included a drawing to participate in a $50K Cash Grab Money Booth. Winners of the drawing had a chance to “test their skills” and grab as many airborne bills as they could in 15 seconds.

Snatching cash was the perfect way to cap off the open house, which featured a variety of presentations, including: Web 2.0—The Current Era of the Web, Lighting for Digital Photography, Going Green/FSC Certification and Beyond, Single Message Marketing Strategies, and Specialty Printing Techniques. The staff at Impress offered Komori sheetfed press demonstrations that highlighted Impress’ full range of creative services and printing capabilities. Two separate demonstrations were held to show the capabilities of Impress’ newest presses—an eight-color Komori Lithrone S40P and a six-color Komori Lithrone SX29.

In Glendale, CA, 4Over hosted a blood drive to benefit the Providence Blood Donor Center. Seventy-five 4Over employees volunteered to donate blood, ultimately collecting 50 pints that can potentially save up to 100 lives.

Public Printer Robert C. Tapella has announced the appointment of Maria Lefevre as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). Lefevre arrived at the GPO in 2004 as Deputy Chief of Staff and, prior to joining the GPO, she worked on Capitol Hill for nearly a decade.

Rémi Marcoux, founder and executive chairman of Montréal-based Transcontinental Inc., was invested as a member into the Order of Canada at a ceremony presided by the Governor General of Canada, Michaëlle Jean. This award is the country’s highest civilian honor, recognizing a lifetime of achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

Carlstadt, NJ-based Pictorial Offset recently named Arnie Savin as vice president of strategic planning. A printing industry veteran for more than 40 years, Savin formerly served as vice president of sales operations at L.P. Thebault Co.

The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) announced its new officers and board members. New officers include chairman, Stephen L. Johnson, president of RR Donnelley-State (Columbia, SC), replacing Joan B. Davidson, group president of Sheridan Publication Services. Other elected officers include vice chairman, William “Bill” Woods Jr., president and CEO of The EPI Companies; and secretary/treasurer, Keith Kemp, president of Xerographic Digital Printing. In addition, David Pitts, president of Classic Graphics, has been named to the board’s executive committee. New board members include: Charles “Chuck” Gehman, director, product management of EFI; Kevin Joyce, managing director of Eastman Kodak; and Niels M. Winther, chairman and co-owner of Think Patented.

Nationwide Graphics/Premier Print (NG/PP) has tapped Steve Macres as director of direct mail services at its Las Vegas division, Graphics West. In his new position, Macres will focus on continuing the growth of direct mail services by expanding his current relationships in the market and providing support to the sales force.

St. Paul, MN-based Impressions Inc. has hired Joe Kocik and Jon Kush as sales representatives. Kocik will primarily work with promotional and commercial printing. Kush will be working with software cartons and other aspects of packaging.

The 2008 officers of PIA/GATF were installed recently. They include: chairman of the board, Janet Green, CEO of Greens Inc.; first vice chairman, Ken Kaufman, chairman and CEO of Omniprint; second vice chairman, Bill Gibson, vice president of sales of Rider Dickerson; secretary, Michael Keene, president and CEO of The John Roberts Co.; and treasurer, Hal Slager of Trico Graphics, who will continue his term. Joining the board are Mark Rand, Curt Kreisler, Robert Lindgren, Chris Parrilli, Joseph Schmissrauter, Michael Kucharski and Jeff Ekstein. Joining the PIA/GATF Executive Committee are Nick Wagner, Tim Burton, Jim Mayes and Charlie Calhoun.

Arandell Corp., based in Menomonee, WI, has appointed Blake Hutchison as its director of purchasing. Hutchison will focus on the management and direction of the company’s paper utilization and work to expand the company’s paper purchasing services.

Joe Trizza, print sales representative of Dallas-based Padgett Printing, was honored as Best Commercial Print Sales Rep at the 2007 Dallas Ad League Eagle Awards ceremony. Trizza has been with Padgett for 27 years.

Baltimore-based Vertis Communications has hired Stephen Flood as general manager of its digital direct marketing operations in Monroe Township, NJ, and Irvine, CA. Flood was formerly senior vice president of operations at L.P. Thebault. Also, Jon Singer has been hired as senior vice president of sales and marketing for the company’s direct marketing division. Singer was a former group vice president of sales for Banta Corp.


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