Printing Executives to be Inducted into PI/RIT Hall of Fame
Philadelphia--Four exceptional production executives will be inducted into the Printing Impressions/Rochester Institute of Technology Printing Industry Hall of Fame at the 15th Annual Gold Ink Awards Reception and Banquet, to be held October 7, 2002, in the McCormick Place Grand Ballroom during Graph Expo and Converting Expo 2002 in Chicago. For seating availability, contact Michael Cooper at 888-627-2630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DONALD BELCHER is chairman of Banta Corp. Prior to joining the Menasha, WI-based printer in 1995, Belcher spent 24 years with Avery Dennison. When the opportunity to take the helm at Banta presented itself, it fulfilled Belcher's dream of leading a publicly held company. Belcher drew upon his experiences at Avery Dennison. But he attributes much of his success to the early training he gained from being in The Boy Scouts of America. This is where he says he acquired the nuts and bolts, the morals and values necessary to position Banta into a billion-dollar empire. His proudest accomplishment is reflected in his marriage to his wife Marie of 40 years and his three children and two grandchildren. Belcher has degrees from Dartmouth, Stanford business school and spent two years on active duty in the Army. He has plans to retire in April 2004.
ROBERT KREHBIEL III is CEO of the C.J. Krehbiel Co. in Cincinnati, OH. As caretaker of the family's fourth-generation business, Rob has grown it to $41.5 million in sales. He was also named "Printer of the Year" by Cincinnati's Printing Week Council, the same award his father, Bob, won 25 years earlier. Rob has served on the Printing Week Council for three years and spent four years on the MPS Executive Committee. He also served for eight years on the board of directors for the Printing Industries Association of Southern Ohio. Rob is an amateur magician, a biking enthusiast, musician and actor who once appeared in a rock opera titled, "Dear Christians." Aside from controlling a 130-year-old family affair, Rob and wife Jan have three grown children: Amy, Matt and Sara.
RAY SCHOLLER, president of Times Printing, owes a great deal of debt and gratitude to his father, Henry Scholler, founder of Random Times Publishing, forerunner to Times Printing. The founder of the 84-year-old printing company clearly passed down a tireless work ethic and a vision for success which helped Ray take a single press and parlay it into a $60 million company with 450 employees. In addition, Scholler not only kept the business in the family, now in its fourth generation of ownership, but he kept it in Random Lake, WI. You could say Ray has been a printer for life, for he is as old as the company, having been only two weeks old when it was started. Aside from wife Bernice, Scholler has four children—Jack, Judy, Jean and Jim, along with six grandchildren.
MICHAEL SIMON is executive vice president and co-owner for Publishers Press. He is the custodian, along with his brother, Nick, of the fifth-generation family owned Publishers Press of Shepherdsville, KY. The company, now a projected $160 million printer, debuted in 1866 under the guidance of Simon's great-great grandfather, Nicholas. Simon takes a lot of pride in the distinction of Publishers Press being a true computer-to-plate pioneer, as the first publication printer to embark on computer-to-plate technology. He also feels the company's policy of breaking down sales and service into separate entities is an important element that distinguishes Publishers Press from the competition. Through it all, the proud lineage of Publishers Press is a stewardship Simon takes seriously, along with the obligation to build upon the tradition his elders have established. Simon and his wife, Debbie, are the parents of three children: Michael Jr., 11; Jackson, 9; and Carolyn, 6.
The October issue of Printing Impressions will feature a profile of each of the inductees. The Printing Impressions/Rochester Institute of Technology Printing Industry Hall of Fame is co-sponsored by PrintMedia. For more information, visit www.GoldInk.com.