2011 Hall of Fame : David Pitts - With Intellect and Intensity
The same can be said from an association standpoint. Pitts availed himself of the resources offered by his Printing Industries of America (PIA) local affiliate, The Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA), during Classic Graphics' formative years, and he has spent much time and energy returning the favor.
"In the early years, when we were a little tyke—$500,000 to $1.5 million in sales—those associations were the information delivery system, especially for small printers who didn't have vendors beating down the doors," Pitts points out. "PICA and PIA (national) were absolutely invaluable to us when we were growing up. Now, I'm a member because I have an obligation to support the industry as a whole, and I think the PIA does good work representing our interests in Washington, DC. If they didn't do it, I don't think it would get done."
Pitts is also involved at the board level with the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) and is a member of the peer group Print America. The latter is an effective sounding board that also allows members to compare notes on a wide variety of subjects.
Away from the office, Pitts and his wife of 26 years, Wendy, enjoy spending time at their getaway home on New River, VA. He has traveled to Italy, Africa and New Zealand. They have two dogs, Zoe (Lab/Dalmation mix) and Jesse (German shepherd).
An avid hunter, fisherman and shooter, Pitts also enjoys wildlife and landscape photography.
"I've had the opportunity to take thousands of pictures," he notes, "and dozens of really good ones." PI