2011 Hall of Fame: Ken Kaufman - From Publisher to Printer
Last year, he joined fellow 2011 Hall of Fame inductee David Pitts as a Ben Franklin Society honoree. One of his current projects is as a board member of the Graphic Arts Benefit, which provides health, dental and vision benefits.
David DeLana, president of El Reno, OK-based Heritage Press, has deep respect for Kaufman's opinions and his "straight-shooter" persona. Kaufman has left a lasting impact on the industry due to the association work he has performed, DeLana says. "It's definitely one of his strong suits. Ken did a lot of good things at the PIA helm, and it made us a stronger organization," he adds.
When Braden Sutphin Ink expanded into the DC/Baltimore area in the mid-1970s, President Cal Sutphin said that Kaufman was not only one of the first people he met, but the printer treated the ink vendor like a longtime friend and the pair soon did business. Sutphin has always been impressed by not only how fair and balanced Kaufman was in business, but also in how he had struck a perfect balance between home and work life.
A cherished moment in Sutphin's life came when Kaufman phoned him and asked Sutphin if he would entertain the idea of being a chairman for the then-Printing Industries of Washington, an honor never previously extended to vendors.
"I just remember being swept off my feet; I was going to be the first supplier member in the 85-year history of PIW to be given the opportunity to come up through the chairs," Sutphin recalls. "I'll always remember that call from Ken."
Kaufman and his wife, Jean, have been married 46 years and have three sons, two of which work at Corporate Press. The other is a partner at a DC law firm.
Kaufman enjoys writing and reading, and loves to golf. While taking a cruise three years ago, the Kaufmans were overwhelmed by the beauty offered by St. Petersburg, Russia, and the majestic castles that were rebuilt following World War II. PI