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Seven Printing and Production Executives Inducted into 2009 Hall of Fame

August 21, 2009
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HERB ZEBRACK, President, Lithographix
Zebrack, for more than 50 years, has strived to take the quality of printing to a higher level. He's certainly done as much during his tenure with Lithographix; a $1.6 million a year performer when he took the reins in 1980, the company now registers sales of roughly $125 million. Still, Mr. Zebrack refuses to take all the glory for Lithographix's accomplishments, saying, "Our growth is not a tribute to me, but a tribute to we." Mr. Zebrack took printing class in high school and honed his skills at L.A. Trade Tech, an industrial arts college. After stints at a few smaller shops, he arrived at Lithographix in the early 1970s.

SHONA BURNS, Executive Director of Production, Chronicle Books Burns, in the course of her 23-year career, has demonstrated how a willingness to learn, coupled with an innovative spirit, can translate into success. Rather than resisting the technological and workflow developments that have transformed publishing over the past 15 years, Ms. Burns has embraced them to maximum strategic advantage. Her formal training at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland included ink technology, editorial, copy editing, language, art history and graphic design, and afforded her a big-picture view of publishing operations.
MARK W. WHITE, Vice President Manufacturing and Distribution, U.S.
News & World Report
White joined U.S. News & World Report in 1995 doing cost analysis as a financial analyst in manufacturing before being elevated to manager and eventually director. His ability to wade into complex manufacturing and production issues and to master them sets him apart from so many of his peers, and has led to many cost saving ideas and projects throughout his career.
JOHN BLANCHARD, Vice President of Operations, Reed Business
Information (RBI)
Blanchard spent 20-plus years in the consumer packaging industry—where there was a heavy emphasis on efficiency and automation—principles that manufacturing managers live by today. He joined RBI 11 years ago, as a consultant in the prepress area in the company’s Chicago office. He worked his way up through management positions, starting as operations manager of the Chicago division, eventually expanding his purview to include the offices of Variety and other entertainment properties on the West Coast.
The September issue of Printing Impressions will feature a profile of each of the PI/RIT Hall of Fame inductees and the September issue of Publishing Executive will feature a profile of each of the PE Hall of Fame inductees.
The Gold Ink Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet is co-sponsored by Printing Impressions, Publishing Executive and Book Business magazines. For more information, visit

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