2009 Printing Industry Hall of Fame: The Industry Stage
Public speaking is a daunting task and, considering the audience, that could make anyone's knees knock. Unless, of course, you're used to singing, dancing and acting in front of an audience or a camera.
"I'm talking to a lobbyist and he says, 'This is heavy stuff, all these senators you'll be speaking to...are you going to be OK," Green recalls. "I replied, 'I'm fine. I don't need a pill, just give me a microphone, an audience and knowledge of what I'm saying.' "
You don't need to sell Michael Makin on the belief that Green has a penchant for lighting up a room. The president and CEO of the PIA is frequently awestruck by Green.
"Janet has effervescence, energy, dynamism and power," Makin says. "She's one of the most amazingly energetic, positive and enthusiastic people I've ever met—a true life force that brings a sparkle to every occasion. She's a committed professional, entirely goal-oriented. Janet has achieved so much in her life, and she's just a marvel to watch in action."
Active at Many Levels
Green's resumé is quite impressive; aside from the PIA chair, she's been involved with the local PIASC chapter in various executive roles since 1995, including chapter chair, public relations committee chair and member of the government affairs committee. On the national level, she is active with the finance, association relations, planning and government affairs committees among others.
The only girl in a family of six growing up in Long Beach, CA—where she resides today—Green quickly became engrossed in sports and competing. That competition continued into her teen years, which was the time when she was bitten by the musical theater bug, performing in shows such as Carousel, Brigadoon and Kismet.
Entertainment ruled Green's life, but in the background stood Greens Printing, the family business founded by her grandfather in 1908. It had been a constant in her life; she remembers attending a groundbreaking ceremony at the age of 6 to kick off construction of the company's newest facility. Once Green graduated from high school, the printing business became her fallback position of sorts, a seat warmer while she waited for her career to take off.
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