Printing Industries of America Mourns the Lost of Ken RizzoFebruary 17, 2011
As one of Printing Industries authors, Ken always had his finger on the pulse of what printers needed beyond information. In his best-selling book "Total Production Maintenance: A Guide for the Printing Industry," he made sure to include access to the worksheets and checklists he mentioned in the book, to make the information even more applicable. "He opted to go the even more practical route with his upcoming 'Operational Excellence' workbook series, minimizing the text and boiling it all down to the step-by-step processes and procedures people could follow and implement in their facilities," noted Amy Woodall, directory of technical information.
In addition, Ken has authored articles in various Printing Industries of America publications—GATFWorld, Management Portfolio, and The Magazine. He also had articles in many of the leading publications for the print and graphic communications industry including American Printer, Contexto Graphica (Mexico), Graphic Arts Monthly, High Volume Printer, Paperboard Packaging, and Printing Impressions. Rizzo’s writings and articles have been referenced and quoted in litigation court cases, as well as manufacturers’ customer training.
Rizzo’s most recent accomplishment in 2009 was the creation and development of Printing Industries of America's Digital Production Assessment (DPA) and Digital Production Excellence Accreditation (DPEA audit certificate) programs. These unique programs were designed to help and address the distinctive challenges that digital and variable-data printers experience. Rizzo was a noted industry speaker and experienced trainer and educator, instructing on various topics, including Extreme Offset Production, Printing UV, Troubleshooting Printing and Production Problems, and 10 Steps to Operational Excellence.
“Ken was intensely passionate about our industry and helping companies run their operations in a disciplined and intelligent way, cutting out unnecessary waste and expense. He modeled this behavior in his professional life. His talents and energy will be sorely missed,” said Jim Workman, assistant vice president of the Center for Technology and Research at Printing Industries of America.
Ken was 61 years old. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, sister Corinne Adamonis, father Earl Rizzo, three sons, Douglas, Craig, and Brian, and daughter-in-law Kathryn Rizzo.
About Printing Industries of America
Printing Industries of America is the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with more than one million employees. It serves the interests of more than 10,000 member companies. Together with its nationwide affiliate network, Printing Industries delivers products and services than enhance the growth, efficiency, and profitability of its members and the graphic communications industry through advocacy, education, research, and technical information.
Source: Press release.