Ben Franklin Honor Society of PIA Inducts Eleven Industry Notables
Lawton-Forsyth is the second generation in her family to be elected to the Ben Franklin Honor Society. Her father, Ray Lawton, was elected in 1996 to the Ash Khan Society, which later merged with the Society of Fellows and created the society in 2005.
Dennis E. Mason—Dennis E. Mason, Mason Consulting, IL, has an extensive history in the industry. He has authored more than 200 bylined articles in industry trade magazines and has delivered more than 100 speeches and panel appearances at industry functions. He is also a sole or collaborating author of more than 20 industry publications for trade associations. He has served as associate editor of Graphic Communications World, Greensheet BIZ, and American Printer. Dennis holds a BS in electrical engineering (electronics) from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and earned an MBA from Butler University.
He has also served as a member of the Printing Industries of America and GAMIS boards of directors in 1987 and on the NPES(National Printing and Equipment and Supply Association) board from 1987 to1990, where he was chairman of its Market Research Committee with a $100,000 annual budget to perform industry-wide research studies.
Edward W. McLamb—Edward McLamb The McLamb Group, Inc., Charlotte, NC, has been active on The Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA) Board of Directors since 1983, when he was appointed assistant secretary/treasurer for the association. Moving through the ranks, he served as Chairman of the Board during the 1989–1990 fiscal year. McLamb's work has also impacted industry training through his oversight of the PICA/xpedx Graphics Management Institute—a top management program held periodically in the Carolinas.
When a chairman of PICA has completed his term on the Board, they become a lifetime trustee of the PICA Foundation. His tenure with the PICA Foundation began in 1990 and continues to this day. In April 1992, he was also appointed chairman of a newly created Scholarship Committee to oversee the process of organizing and managing the awarding ofscholarships to the various graphics programs in the Carolinas. Since its inception, this committee has awarded more than half a million dollars in scholarship funding to students studying graphic communications at community college and university programs in the Carolinas, and it is also responsible for providing financial assistance to the North and South Carolina SkillsUSA (formerly VICA) participants when they travel to their national competition.