LPIA Names New Officers, Inducts Frantz into Hall of Fame and Details Technical Institute Program
PITTSBURGH—December 10, 2008—The Label Printing Industries of America (LPIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of new officers to the LPIA Board of Directors for 2009–2010. Serving as chairman of the board is Randy Hicks, vice president of operations, WS Packaging Group/SenecaSalem in Franklin, PA. Serving as vice chairman is Bernie Lacy, vice president, Litho Press Inc. in Indianapolis. The secretary/treasurer position will be held by Louis Iovoli, vice president of sales and marketing, Hammer Packaging Corporation, Rochester, NY. William J. Hickey, III will serve as the immediate past chairman. Bill is the president & CEO of Smyth Companies in Minneapolis.
LPIA is also pleased to announce the appointment of four additional directors to the LPIA Board of Directors. Stacy Buening, vice president and general counsel, Philipp Lithographing Co., Grafton, WI; James Helms, president, Oak Printing Co., Cleveland, OH; Scott Payne, director of corporate procurement and analysis, Inland Label & Marketing Services, LLC, LaCrosse, WI; and Robert Kuehl, director of Polar Cutting Systems, Heidelberg USA, Inc., Kennesaw, GA.
In other news, the association announced that Stephan Frantz, COO, Huston Patterson Corp. is the ninth recipient of the LPIA Hall of Fame. Frantz was inducted during the November 2008 LPIA Fall Management Conference.
Frantz has been involved with the printing industry for more than 40 years, beginning in the pressroom of Colwell Printing in 1964. The publication and stationary printer became Kowa Graphics in 1975. Frantz joined the staff of Midland Litho in 1980 as assistant to the vice president, commercial division, a company known for printing Hallmark greeting cards and state road maps. In 1985, Frantz was hired by Huston Patterson as general manager, where he worked on Sangamon Greeting cards and assisted in establishing national sales territories for labels. Frantz served as vice president, sales and production, for Printing Incorporated from 1990–1995; worked as vice president of sales and marketing for Midland Litho from 1995–2000; and rejoined Huston Patterson in 2000 in his current position of COO. During his successful printing career, Frantz has worked or supervised in every area of the field but accounting.