Printing Industry Hall of Fame Celebration Marks 30th Anniversary; 2014 Inductees Announced
Jon Budington, CEO, Global Printing in Alexandria, VA.
David DeLana, president of Heritage–The Integrated Resource, El Reno, OK.
Martin (Marty) Liebert, founder, president and CEO, Freedom Graphic Systems, Milton, WI.
Chris Pierce, chairman of The Dingley Press, Lisbon, ME.
- Jon Budington has spent his entire 23-year career at Global Printing, which he joined upon graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1991. He quickly moved through the organization, holding a variety of duties, including estimator, copy office manager, president and, in 2001, CEO. Budington took the helm just as the country hit a recession in 2001 and Global lost 30 percent of its revenue, but he worked quickly to implement cost-cutting initiatives, evaluated the company's customer list and sought out new technologies in order to leverage existing relationships.
- It was an accident of fate that David DeLana found the printing industry, but his success in transitioning Heritage—The Integrated Resource from a local print shop to a national provider of sheetfed and digital printing was certainly no fluke. The company survived the oil bust of the 1980s and made great strides by investing in fulfillment and adding promotional products. But perhaps DeLana's biggest move was in adding variable data digital printing and implementing B2B Websites for its customers. Today, its clients' Websites serve 6,500 individual locations.
- Maybe Marty Liebert thought he had a shot at succeeding in the printing industry, but he certainly was tired of getting shot at (with a shotgun) in the collections business for an insurance company. Not long after his collections career ended, Liebert tried becoming a retail store manager and training manager. It wasn't until he partnered with five of his clients to launch Freedom Graphic Systems in 1986 that Liebert discovered his true calling.
- Chris Pierce saw enough potential in The Dingley Press that he purchased the company not once, but twice. He took it over in 1981, when it had odd-sized equipment and no prospects. But the Bowdoin College graduate grew the firm from 30 employees and $300,000 in sales to the $100 million mark and more than 500 employees. In one stretch, the company enjoyed 24 consecutive years of annual sales growth.