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Printing Industries of America Elects Its 2013 Officers and Board of Directors

November 12, 2012
PITTSBURGH—Nov. 12, 2012—Printing Industries of America is pleased to announce the election of its 2013 officers and board of directors. These executives are key industry leaders, and their involvement in the national printing association and their local affiliate organizations is invaluable.

Chairman of the Board—Timothy J. Burton of Burton & Mayer, Menomonee Falls, WI
Burton is president and chairman of the board of Burton & Mayer. He served as the first vice chairman of the Printing Industries of America board of directors, serving on the Assn. Relations Committee, Investment Committee, and Finance Committee. He is currently a director and past chairman of the board of the former Printing Industries of Wisconsin—now Great Lakes Graphics Assn.

Burton is also involved in several local civic organizations, including Friends of Milwaukee Public Television, Institute for Graphics and Imaging, the Work Services Committee of Milwaukee Center for Independence, and Paws with a Cause.

First Vice Chairman—Jeff Ekstein, Willow Printing Group, Concord, ONT
Ekstein has served Printing Industries of America as second vice chairman, as an executive committee member, a Premier Print Awards judge, and from 2009 to 2011 he served as the Education Committee chairman. He is the current co-chair of Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council, and has been a director of Canadian Printing Industries Assn. (CPIA) for many years. He served as CPIA’s chair from 2004 to 2005.

Ekstein represents the third generation in his family to own Willow Printing Group and is currently the president and CEO. He has spearheaded the acquisition of several printing companies over the years and has most recently acquired a mailing shop.

Second Vice Chairman—David A. Olberding, Phototype, Cincinnati, OH
Olberding has served Printing Industries of America as secretary to the board and also as marketing committee chairman. At the local level, he has donated a great amount of design work to Printing Industries of Ohio and Northern Kentucky, currently serving as the chair of the Education Committee. He is a past chairman of the board, vice chairman, and treasurer. Olberding has served on the board for International Prepress Assn., is a former president of the Southeast Prepress Assn., and a former chairman of the photography committee of the Flexographic Technical Assn.

Secretary to the Board—Bradley L. Thompson II, Inland Press, Detroit
Thompson II is a past chairman of Printing Industries of Michigan and currently serves as a chairman of both the Government Affairs and Labor Policy Committees of Printing Industries of America. He is a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Press Assn. and serves as government affairs chair of the American Court and Commercial Newspaper Assn. Thompson also serves as vice-chair of the Clements Library at the University of Michigan.

Treasurer—Michael S. Wurst, Henry Wurst, Kansas City, MO
Wurst is treasurer of Printing Industries of America and a longstanding Assn. Relations Committee member. He is also actively involved in his local affiliate, Printing & Imaging Assn. of MidAmerica, serving on the executive committee for four years, including one year as chair.

Wurst is the CEO of Henry Wurst, a 75-year-old family-owned commercial printing company. Headquartered in North Kansas City, MO, the company also has facilities in Denver. Wurst is also a Ben Franklin Honor Society member.

Immediate Past Chair—Laura Lawton-Forsyth, Lawton Printing, Spokane, WA
Lawton-Forsyth is president of Lawton Printing and File-EZ Folder, both located in Spokane, WA. A fourth-generation printer, she joined the family business in 2001. Her industry involvement is extensive. She has served the Pacific Printing Industries Assn. (PPI) since 2002, becoming board president in 2008. Lawton-Forsyth has been affiliated with Printing Industries of America since 2001, serving as an R&D Committee member in 2001; board member from 2002–present; chair, Young Print Professionals Group, 2004–present; Executive Committee member 2006–present; and Finance Committee Member, 2008–present.

Also joining the board of directors in 2013 are:
  • Jim Cunningham, Printing Industries of Ohio/Northern Kentucky, Westerville, OH, representing the affiliate managers group;
  • Gary Garner, GLS Companies, Brooklyn Park, MN, representing Printing Industry Midwest; and
  • Doug Rawson, Superior Lithographics, Los Angeles, representing Printing Industries Assn. of Southern California.

About Printing Industries of America
Printing Industries of America is the world’s largest graphic arts trade Assn., representing an industry with approximately one million employees. It serves the interests of thousands of member companies. Together with its nationwide affiliate network, Printing Industries delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency, and profitability of its members and the graphic communications industry through advocacy, education, research, and technical information.

Source: PIA.


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