2013 Hall of Fame : Frank Defino Sr. - Printing's Heavy Hitter
Maintaining competitiveness has presented a formidable challenge for Defino, as many of his contemporaries cut prices, unwittingly commoditized their offerings and faded without a true value proposition.
Defino has kept busy on the association front, garnering affiliations with a host of organizations past and present, including the Printing Industry of Illinois, the Chicago Print Production Club, Litho Club of Illinois, Digital Indigo Customer Exchange (DICE), Digital Solutions Cooperative (Dscoop), Print on Demand Initiative (PODi), Direct Marketing Association (DMA), International Prepress Association (IPA) and the IDEAlliance.
Aside from spending time with his children and grandchildren, Defino still enjoys a round of golf. He was honored recently as the Sportsman of the Year by the National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame for his support and philanthropy.
Sadly, Lilly Defino wasn't around to share in the moment. She passed away three years ago after having bravely, and valiantly, battled cancer.
"She was my best friend and soul mate," he says. "She showed me what courage is all about. And we had a great 50-year run." PI