2007 Printing Industry Hall of Fame —Fearlessly Embracing Technology - Gary Samuels
He’s also done his part for the betterment of the bindery, having worked with Stefano Palamides on certain modifications to Palamides’ paper banders. In the process, Samuels devised a way to double throughput in the bindery while reducing staffing needs by 50 percent.
Samuels prides himself in being able to think a few moves ahead of the game. When Pictorial Offset began exploring ISO 9000 quality management certification roughly 10 years ago, Samuels felt it behooved the company to take on the challenge of dual registration and gain ISO 14000 environmental management certification. He says it is the first dual registration ever achieved.
Samuels also claims Pictorial Offset was the first printer to go carbon neutral through reforestation, and it received an award in 2006 from the Rainforest Alliance for its environmental responsibility.
He has spent time as president of the Metropolitan Lithographers Association and sits on the board of directors for the benefit funds, which is part of the AFL-CIO. He is also an occasional speaker on the show circuit, having spoken at the Web Offset Association conference and NPES annual meeting.
When he’s not at the office, Samuels enjoys spending time with daughters Jaye, 23, and Shawn, 21, along with son Brian, 17. They enjoy family activities ranging from skiing, scuba diving and fishing to Sundays on the golf course.
Last summer Samuels traveled through Tuscany, Italy, to enjoy another one of his passions—wine. While there, he took cooking lessons and can now whip up a mean dish of seared tuna with fennel and black pepper over tomatoes with pignoli nuts. PI
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