Printing Industry Association Executive Nick Stratigos Passes at Age 60
Michael Makin, executive VP at PRINTING United Alliance, released the following statement about long-time printing industry executive and employee of Printing Industries of America, Nick Stratigos.
I am deeply saddened to share that our friend and colleague Nick Stratigos passed away in his sleep on Aug. 27 after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. He was only 60 years old. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to his widow Cindy and his children Melina, Lizzy and Erik.
Nick was a lifelong and proud Pittsburgher and one of the staunchest Penguins fans you could ever meet. He attended Duquesne University where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science and Carnegie Mellon University where he earned a Masters in Finance. He was also a Certified Association Executive (CAE).
Nick began his career as a business manager with his alma matter, Carnegie Mellon. He transitioned to association work in 1994 and held senior finance positions with the Iron and Steel Society, the Pittsburgh Technology Council, Printing Industries of America and most recently PRINTING United Alliance. He was a past Chairman of the Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives.
Besides his love for hockey and other sports, Nick enjoyed dabbling in the theatre with his children and also did voice actor work. He was the proud announcer for the annual Miracle League All-Star Game. He also was an extraordinary stock market investor and led an investing club. He addition to teaching investing, he prided himself on beating the S&P 500 12 of the last 15 years!
Above all else, Nick was a devoted family man and, in the end, he was surrounded by those he loved most.
Michael Makin was appointed President and CEO of Printing Industries of America on August 1, 2002. Born and raised in Montreal, Makin attended Carleton University in Ottawa where graduated with honors with a degree in Journalism in 1986. He also holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix. After a brief stint as a reporter and public affairs officer with the Canadian government, he began his career in association management 20 years ago. Prior to joining Printing Industries of America, Makin was President of the Canadian Printing Industries Association and for almost 10 years served as an executive with the Canadian Construction Association.