Becker, 85, Longtime Financial Consultant to Printers
COLUMBIA, MD—Becker, a division of RS&F Chartered, announced the death of Joseph Becker, CPA. Mr. Becker died on Nov. 6 at the age of 85 following a year‐long illness.
Mr. Becker served the printing and packaging industry for more than 60 years and was recognized as “The Printing Industry’s Accountant” for his expertise in finance, production standards, compensation and incentive packages, mergers and acquisitions, and long‐range planning. He was also a frequent speaker on industry financial topics for national association events such as Printing Industries of America’s (PIA) Executive Development Program and National Association for Printing Leadership’s (NAPL) Management Institute. His numerous articles on industry topics and his “Cup of Joe” phone conferences are memorable.
Mr. Becker was a founding partner of Becker & Co., and a principal with MargolisBecker prior to joining Becker/RS&F. His legacy is honored in the ongoing “Becker” brand, which as a division of RS&F, provides CPA and management advisory services for the printing and packaging industry.
He helped hundreds of clients accomplish their personal and business goals with his trusting, insightful and energetic style. “For 30 years, Joe was my business partner, mentor and friend,” said Bart Krupnick, partner at RS&F. “While we will miss Joe’s calm, caring and fun‐loving personality, his footprint on the industry and our firm will last forever.”
Mr. Becker's contributions to the graphic arts industry resulted in his induction into NAPL’s Walter E. Soderstrom Society and attainment of PIA’s Ben Franklin award. He was also a founding member of the International Association of Graphic Arts Consultants and an “onsite” consultant for both PIA and NAPL.
A Washington, DC, native and a graduate of George Washington University, Mr. Becker also served in the U.S. Coast Guard. While providing services to a national client base, he worked and lived in the Maryland suburbs, then recently relocated to Lewes, DE. He is survived by his wife, Chris, and his children, Marlene, Myra, Cecile and Suzanne, and several grandchildren.