Industry Veteran Dr. Edwin Masten Recognized by PRIMIR/NPES
RESTON, VA, August 29, 2007... The Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization (PRIMIR), an NPES group devoted to providing cutting-edge market research for the printing industry, presented the Neil Richards Visionary Leadership Award to Edwin Masten, Manager of Strategic Planning at International Paper, Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Masten was presented with this award during the PRIMIR/NPES Meeting in Portland, Oregon on August 9, 2007.
PRIMIR Chairperson, Christina Echevarria of Goss International presents Edwin Masten with the Neil Richards Visionary Leadership Award.
This award was established in 1998 in honor of a long-time GAMIS member and printing industry visionary, Neil W. Richards who now serves the industry as a consultant. For more than 33 years, in his pursuit of market information and intelligence, Mr. Richards (now retired from Eastman Kodak Co.) demonstrated integrity and visionary thinking while having the courage to be an independent voice about the future of the graphic arts industry. Past recipients include: Dr. Joe Webb, Larry Warter, Bill Lamparter, Frank Romano, and Dr. Ron Davis. PRIMIR/NPES assumed the tradition of presenting this award.
The Neil Richards Visionary Leadership Award is intended to recognize a leader in the graphic arts industry who has: actively participated in and supported numerous national/international graphic arts industry associations contributed to the growth and development of industry colleagues as a mentor or role model fostered honesty and integrity in his/her approach been broadly known and respected or nationally recognized willingly and aggressively shared his/her knowledge with associates aggressively promoted new, innovative or futuristic thinking exhibited a focus on the practical application of market information Ed was recognized for his contributions to the printing industry in the areas of market research, visionary thinking, and mentoring. According to his nomination, “Ed is a graphic communications industry veteran who has focused his career on market analysis and strategic planning, first for IBFI/PIA and then with Union Camp which later was bought by International Paper.