Orazio Fichera Is Named 2015 Recipient of the NPES Harold W. Gegenheimer Award
RESTON, Va.—October 30, 2015—NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies awarded its 2015 Harold W. Gegenheimer Individual Award for Industry Service to Orazio "O.Mike" Fichera, president of Dealer Communicator and Trade Show Times. The award, named for the former NPES president and Baldwin Technology chairman emeritus, recognizes leadership and participation in NPES and industry activities, civic leadership and technical innovation. It was presented at the NPES 2015 Annual Conference and PRIMIR Fall Meeting, held Oct. 26-28, in Palm Beach, Florida.
"O.Mike Fichera has supported NPES and our industry for many decades, in the trenches, with no regard for what he would get back, only what he could give. In his publications and to whomever he speaks, he personifies the proverbial "glass half full"—a selfless promoter focused always on the opportunities that our great industry presents. We are honored to recognize him for his selfless and longstanding dedication to NPES and our industry," said Ralph Nappi, president of NPES.
For his service to NPES, the numbers speak for themselves: 33 years as a member; 25 years serving on the association's Membership Committee; attendance at 10 NPES Annual Meetings, and the numbers can continue.
O.Mike received a plaque, and his name will also be added to a plaque of past awardees on display at NPES headquarters. NPES has also established two Harold W. Gegenheimer Award scholarships with the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation.
NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies is a U.S. trade association representing more than 600 companies nationwide that manufacture and distribute equipment, software and supplies used across the workflow of printing, publishing and the converting process. NPES is a partner in the Graphic Arts Show Co. that sponsors the global PRINT exhibition and GRAPH EXPO—the largest and most comprehensive prepress, printing, converting and package printing, binding and finishing, mailing and fulfillment, and digital, inkjet, offset, flexo, gravure, and hybrid technologies, products and services trade show and conference in the Americas. NPES offers members a wide range of services including: informational publications; statistical, market research and education programs; government affairs representation; safety and technical standards development coordination in the national and international arenas; and, international trade assistance.