2013 Hall of Fame : David Pilcher Sr. - Inspiration and Reclamation
Marc Olin, senior vice president and general manager of EFI's Productivity Software business, sees Pilcher as a "true leader" of the industry. It is Pilcher's willingness to take calculated risks that impresses Olin.
"He was able to take a 100-year-old business and turn it into a state-of-the-art, highly competitive facility that is growing fast in one of the toughest segments of the printing industry today," Olin notes. "That Dave had the vision to see opportunity in a place where many only saw risk is a testament to his leadership and skills. The industry needs more people like Dave Pilcher if it is to survive and thrive in the future."
From an association standpoint, Pilcher has been active in the PIA with both the Printing Industry of Illinois and the Printing Industries of Ohio and Northern Kentucky. In 2012, he was honored by PIANKO with the Franklinton Award.
Jim Cunningham, president of Printing Industries of Ohio and Northern Kentucky, counts Pilcher as a good friend and is extremely impressed by his business creativity. When PIANKO sponsored the Ohio state fair, Pilcher was one of the first to step up and donate considerable resources to the fair's program.
"He's an industry leader, someone who is committed and concerned about the industry," Cunningham says. "That comes across in all walks of his life. The man bleeds ink, but he truly cares about people. He's very open to providing his experience and anything he can do to help others.
"Every time I visit his facility, I feel like I'm walking into a friend's home."
On the personal side, Pilcher has been married to his wife Jean for the past 46 years. In addition to David Jr. and James, they have a daughter, Elizabeth (who works part-time for the printer). All told, Jean and Dave Pilcher have 11 grandchildren.