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January 2008

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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