2007 Printing Industry Hall of Fame —Fearlessly Embracing Technology - Gary Samuels
Ed Young, regional vice president for Goss International, notes that Samuels was extremely focused in bringing technology to customers, which enabled Pictorial Offset to become one of the premier players in the New York/New Jersey market.
“Gary is very committed to quality and service for his clients,” says Young, who has known Samuels for roughly nine years. “He has embraced technology not only to advance his company’s position, but also to enable his clients to meet their goals.”
Niels Winther, former president and CEO of Heidelberg USA and currently the head of Winther and Associates, calls Samuels a “straight shooter” who is well-liked by clients. Many people admire Gary’s trait of being tough but fair, according to Winther.
“Gary runs a terrific plant, takes automation to the Nth degree and pushes it to the limit,” Winther adds. “He’s very print knowledgeable in terms of how a product can be manufactured. And he’s always looking for ways to improve productivity.”
Samuels truly enjoys the lifespan of a completed project, which he relates to the pieces of a puzzle, each fitting tight- ly with one another to produce the desired image. He’ll even visit trade shows and exhibitions for other industries to see how they approach material handling.
Most impressively, Samuels isn’t afraid to sit down and map out his own ideas to the point of seeing them become technological realities. A trip to one dairy packaging expo sparked him toward the creation of an ink pump that processes UV and conventional ink for web and sheetfed. In fact, Samuels has secured the U.S. patent for his design, and it is patent pending worldwide.
“It’s the only ink pump in the industry that allows you to go from one color to the next in 15 minutes,” he says. “That helped meet the challenge with the speed of the Sunday web press, so the crews can keep up with varnish and spot colors.”
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