Ripon’s Lyke Captures WOA’s VISION Award

RIPON, WI—Andy Lyke, president of Ripon Printers, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Harry V. Quadracci VISION Award, the Web Offset Association and Printing Industries of America announced. Lyke will be honored during the Offset & Beyond Conference to be held June 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch in St. Louis.

The Harry V. Quadracci VISION award is given to an offset printing industry executive who “has reached an unsurpassed level of excellence and achievement in the industry. It is dedicated to the spirit of those industry pioneers whose hard work and determination have created a growing and ever-changing industry.”

Lyke began his graphic arts career by helping out at his family’s weekly newspaper, the Ripon Commonwealth Press. His first duties included sweeping floors and inserting flyers into weekly shoppers.

After attending the University of Notre Dame and completing a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Lyke spent two years in the Chicago office of Arthur Andersen as a staff auditor. He then returned to Ripon Printers in 1985 as the company’s controller. Among other accomplishments, Lyke laid the foundation for Ripon’s leap into the electronic age.

Lyke earned both his CPA license and his pilot wings by 1994 and became president of Ripon Printers five years later. He and his wife, Jeanne, who is a practicing pediatrician, are active in community affairs and the parents of two sons.

Ripon Printers employs more than 235 workers and is equipped with technologies ranging from premedia through fulfillment and distribution, serving catalog marketers and publishers throughout the United States. The newspaper, which dates back to the Civil War, has won numerous awards over the years.

Lyke joins past VISION Award recipients Jim Andersen, IWCO Direct; Edward Barr, Sun Chemical; Thomas Brinkman Sr., Metroweb Corp.; Ken Field Sr., Continental Web Press; John Frautschi, Webcrafters Inc.; Michael Keene, The John Roberts Co.; Remi Marcoux, Transcontinental USA; Robert Murphy, Japs-Olson Co.; Roger Perry, Perry Judds; Thomas Quadracci, Quad/Graphics Inc.; F. Edward Treis, Arandell Corp.; and Jerry Williamson, QuadWilliamson.

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