ImageMark President Walter Payne Receives Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurial Award
GASTONIA, NC—February 3, 2015—Walter Payne, president of ImageMark Business Services, was honored by the Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday with the 2014 EPIC Award at the organization’s 55th annual meeting.
Each year, the chamber’s board of directors selects one member who has demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit which has been progressive, innovative and collaborative.
Under Payne’s leadership, ImageMark has grown into a respected full-serve print and content marketing company, an industry pioneer in the print-on-demand space and a pillar in Gaston County, NC. The company serves a variety of clients including international and Fortune 500 organizations. Further speaking to the company’s respect within the industry, ImageMark was selected by Kodak to serve as the company’s satellite digital production demo site and provides Kodak the opportunity to demonstrate its digital print technologies in a live setting.
“It is a true honor to receive the Montcross Area Chamber’s EPIC Award,” remarked Payne. “The relationships I have with my peers and the skilled team at ImageMark have allowed me to grow the business exponentially over the last 19 years. I feel that it is of utmost importance to maintain a forward-thinking attitude and vision to ensure that we are able to provide the most beneficial and efficient services to meet our clients’ goals.”
Extending beyond business growth, Payne has instilled in the ImageMark culture the importance of community service. Each year the company supports Belmont, NC-based Holy Angels with print services for three of the nonprofit’s fundraising events in addition to Payne’s personal work with the organization. Among other philanthropic work, ImageMark also supports Give Kids the World (GKTW), sending thousands of printed photos to families around the world who have vacationed with an ill child thanks to GKTW.
“The vision and leadership Walter Payne exhibited in growing ImageMark Business Services from humble beginnings to an industry leader epitomize the qualities our Chamber honors with its EPIC Award," commented Montcross Area Chamber Board Chair Melia Lyerly of the Lyerly Agency in Belmont, NC. “Apart from his business success, Walter is a good person, who gives back to his community and to those in need in other areas. We could not have chosen a more fitting recipient of the EPIC Award.”
About ImageMark Business Services
The 90-year-old company offers customized content marketing and print-related services to companies committed to improving return on investment in marketing initiatives. ImageMark has built a reputation for being the Southeast’s premier Web-based printing partner to meet demanding marketing needs through its technological capabilities. ImageMark serves national and international corporations.
Source: ImageMark Business Services.